During a track walk at Spa Francorchamps in 2010, a conversation took place about how special it would be to build a car and return back to circuit and visit the Nurburgring for a few laps. Two very special places that might not be open to the public in the future. As the walk continued more plans were made, ideas formed, budget scoped, and a decision made to start searching the classifieds for a suitable car. The idea was dubbed ‘Project Nordschleife’ and the moniker stuck.
Now the search began, the car had to be RWD, NA and have the legs to tackle Eau Rouge, Raidillion and then the Kemmel straight beyond. While it needed to have reasonable power, gaining track experience and developing as a driver was more of a priority.
I bought the first of the cars in Oct 2011, an E36 328i Sport Coupe. This was a solid base to start working from. A small amount of work had already been completed, though some of the changes weren’t for the better, the removal of the factory fitted LSD being one such example. However the car importantly was mechanically sound and rot free.
The plan from the moment I picked the car up was to take the car and complete the transformation from road going E36 to still fully road legal track car capable of arrive and drive at any circuit whether it be Silverstone, Snetterton, Spa Francorchamps, the Nurburgring Nordschleife, or anywhere else. The car had to be capable of being driven to the circuit, spend the day lapping and then get me home.
I set myself a tight budget that would mean sourcing parts both new and old, and doing all the work with friends, the concept of built not bought. This site captures the transformation of the car, detailing the modifications, showing the rolling road results along with pictures and videos from numerous track days.
After 14 months with the car it was time to move on to something else, something with a little more ummmph, this time the search was on for an M3, the search for Project Nordschleife - II was on!
In April 2013 I found the right car, with some work again, already done, but plenty of scope to get serious with the car, shed weight and add more power all while keeping the car fully road legal so it could be driven to the circuit and then back home.
The changes made to the car are again captured on the site, along with videos and pictures from track days and of the work undertaken on the car.
Huge thanks to the friends and family who have made these builds possible, without you guys this would still be just a conversation, thank you!