1995 BMW M3 E36 LightweightI
n 1991 BMW introduced the third generation of 3 Series sports sedans. While this new car reflected its predecessor's philosophy of Performance, Safety, and Value, it was designed from a clean sheet of paper.
This model contained a new 2.5 liter DOHC engine with the latest in engine electronic management controls; a newly developed rear suspension first developed on the Z1 sports roadster; and completely redesigned ergonomics - all wrapped in a completely new body shell designed to maximize occupant safety and aerodynamic efficiency.
Offered initially as a four-door; coupe, convertible, compact and touring versions were developed during the car's life span. This car was the inspiration for the second generation M3, which went on to achieve two manufacturer's championship titles in the U.S. Sports Car Series.
The M3 Lightweight was designed as the ultra-performance version of the M3. The car was built in limited numbers to help make American Showroom Stock Sedan racers a little more competitive on the racetrack. The main features of the Lightweight were designed to reduce the weight of the car. They included aluminum doors; Carbon fiber materials used for the center console, ashtrays, glove box, and doorsteps. Further weight reduction was accomplished by removing the radio, air conditioning, and sunroof from the standard M3. Finally, a lightweight cloth interior replaced the heavier leather.
These cars were intended to be raced and, with safety equipment installed, that is where you will most likely see them today.
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