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Racing Requires Some Serious Safety Mods... (archive)

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Posted by dpeete on January 12, 2000 at 19:10:30:

In Reply to: Re: What kind of racing? posted by broadster on January 12, 2000 at 18:31:17:

such as those which Tom Bell made to his Z3. A beefier roll-bar, arm restraints and a 5-point seatbelt. These will be required by BMWCCA to do a "track day" or by most racing organizations to compete. Also note that car insurance does not cover competitive events (any event where stop watches are used!!!).

There are however "track days" which are not races and have limited passing. Because these are techincally not competitive events you stand a good chance of having your insurance company cover an "off track excursion".

Anyway, know that the road to competitive driving with a Z3 is not as simple as just making your car faster. A convertible requires more consideration then if you were to purchase an e30 M3 to take to the track... something that I am thinking about doing after I learned the safety issues around the Z3.

: : Good Point. I actually haven't researched it much, but I will definitely look more closely before making a decision. Thanks for the warning!
: Brad

: : What kind of racing are you planning to do at the track? First off, you should get the rule book for whatever class you're planning to run. In the SCCA, for instance, you can't change much without getting into classes dominated by highly modified (and unstreetable) cars. Certainly camber plates and/or superchargers a going to put you there.

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