BimmerWorld is a popular BMW parts supplier located in Dublin, Virginia. Founded in 1997 by James Clay, BimmerWorld also fields a race team. Driven by Clay, the BimmerWorld team fielded a BMW M3 race car for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The team recently released a short video of their time on the mountain.
Clay and BimmerWorld's M3 started life as a BimmerWorld project car. The car was a 2011 E92 model bought at auction. BimmerWorld's original goal of the project car was to showcase how with $45,000 you could turn the M3 into a streetcar monster. From that idea, they switched gears to convert it to a Pikes Peak build.
The M3 has significant upgrades in every department. The car features three-way adjustable MCS Coil Overs, Hotchkis sway bars, Ground Control Race camber plates, and BimmerWorld solid mounts, control arms, and monoball bearings. Pikes Peak is 156 turns and a majority of them can send you off the side of the mountain, so brakes are very important. BimmerWorld's car is equipped with Performance Friction four-piston calipers.
The mountain starts at around 9,100 feet and has more than 4,000 feet of elevation change. That high up horsepower is lost, while many add turbochargers or superchargers to their engine BimmerWorld decided to stick to the original roaring naturally aspirated 4.0-liter BMW S65 V8 engine. For a full build break down as well as links to all of the parts you can buy of the build directly from BimmerWorld, check out BimmerWorld's M3 Hillclimb car page.
Clay ended up finishing the race in 6th place in his class, only a few seconds away from 4th with a final time of 11:02.966.
Check out BimmerWorld's Pikes Peak video below.