- Andrew Armstrong

-  Owner of Street Racer in Northern Ireland Car

-  E46 M3 Race Car

 

 

 

Tell us a little about your car.

I bought the car as a totally standard E46 M3 road car at the end of the

2014 season and spent the next 6 months stripping the car in preparation for

the 2015 season. First thing was to remove all the interior including sound

proofing, dash, heater box, excess wiring etc and then set about welding in

the Sparco multipoint cage. With the cage in I could now fit the seat and

position the steering wheel with spacers to suit. Next came braking and

suspension, with the support of Tarox we have fitted some 8 pot front and 6

pot rear brake kits with braided lines to allow us to brake as late as

possible and thanks to Yellowspeed Europe we have their Pro Plus 3 way

coilovers and from Powerflex we have polyurethane bushes to get us through

the bends as fast as possible. We run adjustable drop links and anti roll

bars with Direnza strut braces to allow us to tune the suspension for

different conditions to balance the car. We have built our own custom front

and rear aero splitters and diffusers to help reduce drag and improve

handling. Our engine is fairly standard at present with a K&N induction kit,

Longlife custom race exhaust system and Topgear Tuning Software all

delivered through a light weight flywheel and twin plate clutch kit to a

converted 5 speed gearbox with Direnza short shift kit, coupled to a Gripper

LSD with BMW Motorsport crown wheel and pinion. To keep engine temperatures

in check we have switched the factory radiator for a Direnza alloy radiator

with silicone hoses which was a direct replacement. The car runs on 18x9

wheels up front and 18x10 on the rear wrapped in Dunlop BTCC full race

slicks and wets.




Why did you go into Motorsport, and why did you choose Saloon cars?

I got into Motorsport when I was 8 years old starting out in karting which I

competed in for 10 years from cadets through to juniors and then the senior

classes picking up a few national championships on the way. At 19 I moved to

Formula Ford for 2 seasons earning some podium finishes after which I moved

into the saloon car class.



What your plans and hopes are for the future?

This is my first season in this car and hope to use the year to further

develop the car and hopefully pick up some solid results along the way, and

aim to have it setup to challenge for the championship next season