DAILY DRIVEN

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NZPC: Hi, Max. That’s a su­per tidy daily. How did you end up own­ing it? Max: Hey NZPC. I was work­ing for BMW at the time and the M3 was owned by a reg­u­lar cus­tomer of ours. The E46 was al­ways that poster car for me when I was younger, and my dad also loved them, which is prob­a­bly where I got it from. Any­way, the pre­vi­ous owner traded the car in on a new BMW 1M, and when dis­cussing the pur­chase with the fi­nance department, he said they could only take it as a trade if I were to buy the car, this com­ing af­ter lengthy dis­cus­sions with him pre­vi­ously about how I’d love to own it. I took it home that day and it’s been three years now — what an amaz­ing ma­chine to drive; I was sold af­ter the first time be­hind the wheel.

That’s a pretty sweet way to pick up a new ride. What brought about the the ITB and trum­pet set-up, and how has it changed the feel of the car? I toyed with ideas on what to do with the car engine-wise, trawl­ing through in­ter­net con­ver­sa­tions and toss­ing up com­po­nents like tur­bos, su­per­charg­ers, etc. But I’ve al­ways en­joyed do­ing things a touch dif­fer­ently, and went down the route of mak­ing power out of the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated engine. From re­search­ing and watch­ing co­pi­ous videos, I found two com­pa­nies that sold the ve­loc­ity stack con­ver­sion at a very high price point. With that span­ner in the works, I de­cided to make my own, and that was started about three weeks out from the V 4&Rotary South Is­land Champs in Ti­maru! Af­ter mak­ing the trum­pets, blank­ing off lines, and fit­ting the ap­pro­pri­ate sen­sors, I con­tacted my friend Codie Ni­choll at BCD in Christchurch to get it all run­ning smoothly. Af­ter many tweaks, and the help of a friend re­motely plug­ging in from Italy, the car runs great. The over­all per­for­mance is much bet­ter, and, most im­por­tantly, driv­abil­ity hasn’t been com­pro­mised in the process.

From where did you draw your in­spi­ra­tion when mod­i­fy­ing it? Be­ing born in Eng­land, I grew up around th­ese kinds of things. I’d never seen an E46 M3 in New Zealand that had been mod­i­fied in a way that re­ally stood out to me, es­pe­cially those that would re­main prac­ti­cal. So, the ma­jor­ity of in­spi­ra­tion has come from overseas.

Be­ing a bit of a Euro-tourer, has it seen any track work? Yeah, I re­cently gave it a shakedown at Lev­els Race­way in Ti­maru. The car sounded phe­nom­e­nal on track with the ve­loc­ity stacks.

No doubt about that — it’s an awe­some-look­ing setup! Thanks for the chat, Max.

2003 BMW M3 (E46) PHO­TOS: ROSS DRANSFIELD

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