For decades, BMW has used electronic fuel injection in its street and race cars to provide optimal engine performance. BMW had previously used carburetors and forms of mechanical fuel injection. While vintage cars can still be found on the road and track using these fuel delivery systems, most of the cars racing today have electronic fuel injection (EFI) with an electronic engine management system.
Many of BMW’s most iconic models feature an independent rear suspension that utilizes a trailing arm. Trailing arms are a suspension piece that connects the rear hub to a mounting point on the body/frame using a bushing as a pivot point. This bushing is referred to as a rear trailing arm bushing, or RTAB for short. At the BMW factory, the control arm bushings that are installed feature metal and rubber components that are subject to a lot of pressure and movement. BMW used rubber to provide the most comfort possible for everyday driving conditions. As a result, these bushings will wear out over time and will need replacement. Read on about several of the symptoms that point towards failing or failed trailing arm bushings.
Engine mounts play a significant role in your car’s handling, performance, and comfort, yet they are an often overlooked item until they fail completely. Factory BMW engine mounts utilize rubber and metal components, and some are even liquid-filled in some applications. These materials are used to minimize engine vibration and provide the most comfortable ride possible. Here are five signs to look for and some of the best reasons why you should replace your engine mounts.
If you attend one of the many sports car races, track days, autocross events, or historic races held across the United States every year, you will find one constant: the presence of BMW cars. Founded in 1916, BMW has one of the most storied histories in all of motorsports. They initially started manufacturing aircraft engines and produced their first motorcycles, which also have a great competition history, in 1923. The first car to wear a BMW badge was produced in 1928 and was based on an Austin 7, but BMW really came into their own with the introduction of the 328 in 1936.
When you think about performance upgrades for your BMW, engine mounts might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but they are a vital part of your Ultimate Driving Machine and choosing the correct mounts for your car can aid in your driving experience on the street and on the track. With several choices available, the replacement mounts you choose will depend on how you plan to use your car, and the information below will help point you in the right direction.
Congratulations! You are the owner of an older BMW, the Ultimate Driving Machine, and you are ready to start pushing your car to the limits in the safest way possible. It looks like a track day is in your future, but what is the best way to prepare? While every track and motorsports facility will have its own rules and regulations, there are a few basic preparations that will benefit you no matter where you plan on driving. These preparations will not only improve your performance, handling, and responsiveness, but they will improve your overall safety as well. Getting ready for a track day starts long before you ever arrive at the track.
On any given weekend across the country, you will find BMWs being pushed to the limit at some of the greatest race tracks the world has ever seen. Tracks can be exciting for many reasons; they can be fun to drive, challenging, technically demanding, picturesque, fun for spectators, or oozing with BMW motorsports history. So, which tracks are considered the most exciting in the U.S.? Every individual will have their favorites for personal reasons, but the tracks listed below have earned their place at the top of every BMW enthusiast's list.
Having a street car that can be used on the track is the dream of many motorsport enthusiasts. It seems at any track day event, you will find multiple generations of BMW machines, engine swapped E30’s, track prepped E36’s twin turbo E92’s, and everything in between, all there to be pushed to their limits. Many of these cars feature not just BMW performance parts but aftermarket racing parts as well, and the transition from stock street car to performance track car can be a tricky process, but this list will put you in the right direction
There’s a reason why BMW is considered the Ultimate Driving Machine. For decades, they have been designing and making some of the most legendary engines of all time. Here’s a list of our favorite BMW engines. Give it a read and let us know if you agree in the comments below!