Update - 25th November 2018 So It's been a while since I've been on the forum, only popped on here and there to reply to PM's I've received keeping in touch with people. Lots of new build threads and projects on here now. This thread had ended up nearly onto the 3rd page in this section. Since the last time I updated the progress on here I've been very busy with motorsport but haven't touched the BMW hardly since it was on the dyno @ EFI. This year I have been helping a couple of friends with what we can now call as a small racing team that have been racing Enduro at club level. Ranging from 45 minute Road Sports races to 3 hour races in Club Enduro, both with 750MC club. It's been a great year to be part of the racing and travelling to venues all over the UK and experiencing the Racing. The Final Race Race of Remembrance was the last race of the year for us. It consists of a 12 hours endurance race through the day and night, split into two 6 hours sessions combined together to make 12 hours of track time. This was pushing what we had learnt this year as a time to unprecedented levels. Over this 12 hour period we were expecting to refuel the car between every 45-60 minutes, swapping drivers and tyres when required. Little did we know how challenging the race would actually be on the car and the team During the race we had to take on a range of major fixes to the car which included removing the gearbox to replace a broken clutch 3 laps into the race, replacing sections of the wiring loom to fix broken wires due to fatigue, chasing fueling faults which ended up being caused by a slowly occurring blockage to the fuel pressure regulator and then finally limping the car across the line at the end after snapping a drive shaft clean off in the diff 20 minutes from the end of the race. We were able to remove the damage shaft and limp it across the line only running one shaft. There will be more updates to come on this on Facebook. Amazing experience to be part of for the full weekends with a large marquee set up at the Anglesey Circuit for the weekend. Racing in both the day and night was an amazing experience. Back to the BMW Back in September I booked the Yearly winter track day at Oulton Park, I hadn't touched the car since Anglesey except to take it to EFI Tuning down the road from me to check the fueling and the power it was making. I pulled the car out and took it for a test drive, checking basics over on the car, I still have the luxury of having the car on the road, taxed, MOT'd and insured to am able to test it. First thing I noticed was the grumbling front wheel bearings so ordered them the weekend before the track day and swapped them over, fresh front hubs fitted to the front and the studs transferred over. Other than that the car felt perfect. It was loaded up onto the trailer ready to take it down the Oulton Park. As usual we're/I'm the first person to turn up at the Circuit on a track day, normally also the last to leave after running the car right to the end of the last session of the day. Turning up to the circuit in the middle of November and the track being dry first thing in the morning was an unusual feeling. Fitting the dry tyres onto the car for sighting laps felt a little odd too but the conditions for the day were prime with warm weather and patchy skies. The car was faultless again all day at Oulton. I'm still getting used to driving the BMW as this is only the second day out on track that I've driven it, also the first time at Oulton. During the first few sessions I took it really easy just driving around in some clear track getting used to the car again and the lines, weird to see a few Clios over taking me in the first few sessions as the car is a totally different machine to drive. As the day progressed the lap times started to fall, by dinner time I had managed to get the lap times down lower than my fastest ever lap I managed at Oulton in the 2.5 years of owning the car. The BMW has so much more grip in the corners and the the way it's able to push it's self out of corners with the drive from the rear is incredible, combine that with 245ftlb of torque across most of the rev range it's a much quicker car with the potential to go a lot faster if I'm willing to push it! The problem With the track day only expected to run till about 4pm I had an amazing 30 minute session that ended at around 3:30, just before the fuel light came on I dove into the pits to call the day a success. Jumping out the car I pulled the laptop out and the SD card from the front facing camera which had been running connected to my phone call day via bluetooth. Only to find 30GB of photos from the sessions throughout the day! Knowing I only had 30 minutes left and zero video footage from the track day. I quickly grabbed another SD card from the van, friends of mine grabbed 20L of fuel and threw that in the car, picking up a good friend as a passenger we set off to make the most of the final 30 minutes of day light left before the chequered flag. This turned out to be one of the best sessions of the day with hardly any cars on track and went on to be the fastest laps of the day. I'd managed to at least get 30 minutes of video footage from the BMW's first time out at Oulton. I've used a little bit of that video footage to make a Clio 200 vs BMW E46 comparison video. This is the most common question I get at the moment is how do they compare? You can see for yourself. Both of these are good clear laps around Oulton. Bearing mind I had 2.5 years of seat time in the Clio compared with 2 days on track so far in the BMW. Also here's a little video of the car from the pit lane taken by a friend of mine.