It’s been an extremely busy start to 2020 so getting to work on our own BMW Z4 V8 project has been difficult, so it’s been mostly evenings and weekends but with the UK weather the way it is at the moment we are not to upset that’s it’s not yet complete, and as they say perfection takes time, so what is new, and where are we at on the Z4 build.

Our main focus has been on getting the Gen 2 boot spoiler sorted, and we are pleased to say its with the dual blades mounted and the wing put in place we are extremely happy about how this beauty. most people that have seen the car in its almost complete state feel that the car should remain wingless and looking at the car from time to time we kind of agreed, that was until we seen the wing in situ, it’s a must, and now we have seen the car with both options the rear wing assembly stays, especially as its an authentic GT3 set up that fits right in with the authentic panels, next up is to get all of the bumper grills painted and fitted, set up the suspension, finish the exhaust and then fit the new GT3RR F1 forged wheel centres.

With any build especially when you have one that’s not finished and your sharing the build, you will always get mixed reviews, especially from the purists and the trolls of the world, and our build is no different, but from past builds we are used to it, but what amazes us the most is when you have people who have also built the same Z4 GT3 conversion but gone a different route to our own, but are negative of our build, and some of the comments are hilarious.

Why have we installed the LS3V8 and not the S65, we should of kept the N54 as its more tuneable, why have we fitted big wheels, why haven't we installed the race hardtop, but the best one of all, our car wont handle now we have installed the LS3 V8, even though it’s a much shorter block and sits further back in the chassis, but we ask is there a right or wrong way of building your own homage of the wonderful BMW Z4 GT3 race car, lets look in depth at why we took our own path.


There is nothing wrong with the O.E.M N54 engine, the straight 6 twin turbo set up is a great choice, it’s the easiest and cheapest option to tune the original engine, but not the option we considered because we wanted a V8. We looked into the S65 swap, as we happen to know the best V8 installer in the business, Dynotorque, he is an LS specialist and gave us the pros and cons of fitting the S65 vs the LS3 / LS7, we listened to his vast experience and knowledge in this field, it was a no brainer and the people in the know will understand why we went this route.

To the tuners and purists who prefer to tune the N54 twin turbo engine set up, no problem it’s a great engine, but not the route we personally wanted to pursue, but anyone that wants to choose that route it’s still a great engine choice, but to say that our car wont handle because we have fitted an LSV8 is a really stupid statement to make, the LS3 is not only lighter but considerable shorter than the N54, which makes for a perfectly balanced car with where the engine sits in the chassis, we should know as we have had both configurations and we know which set up we prefer, we also have a wonderful sound track to go with our amazing looks, so it’s a win, win.

Wheels. We have read online that our wheels are too big and we should of fitted 18" wheels because the Z4 GT3 race car is on an 18" slick set up. Well ours is a road car not a race car and our Z4 came on 19" wheels, so apart from the extra width and tyre height we decided to stick with 19" albeit the wheels that currently sit on the car whilst its being built will be changed to our F1 GT3RR Forged wheel.

Aero kit. / Hardtop 99.9 % of people that have built a BMW Z4 GT3 globally have fitted a fibreglass equivalent of the GT3 kit, then titivated with either the original race mirrors or race hard top, which is fine, you put into the build what you can afford, we wanted an authentic dry carbon BMW Motorsport kit, they are available but expensive, but we appreciate you buy the panels in the material you can personally afford. On the Motorsport hard top roof, we considered it as we produce one, but as we purchased the car as a convertible steel top that's how we want our build to stay, it’s a road car that will do occasional track days, not a track or a race car, BMW already build those, so if we wanted a track car we would buy the real deal.

We could sit here all day and pick faults at some of the Z4 GT3 road builds that have been put together, but we applaud anyone that's taken this build on as it’s not the most straightforward, so whether you have the original tuned engine, or you purchased a fibre glass kit from Thailand with a hard top from Germany, 18" wheels or 20" wheels … in our eyes they are all great builds and we have nothing but respect for each and every one of them.

Suspension. Seems most people have an opinion in this area of most builds, our personal preference on our own Z4 build was to work with Bilstein UK, who have built us a fully bespoke set up specifically for this Z4 GT3 conversion, they have huge experience with the BMW touring cars and BMW race cars, sorry no air ride for this build, but we can see the appeal.

This Z4 GT3 is built for us, just how we wanted it using authentic race parts, now it’s time to push on and finish for spring, just need to fit the rear wing assembly, rear diffuser and bumper grill sets, and its brand new wheel set up... roll on the spring.

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Over the last few days we have been in conversation with Jon Olsson, chatting about various cars and builds and to say he is infectious is an understatement, he has got us looking into our next build more vigorously, and now we are looking at every detail of the build, in microscopic detail, what have you done to us Jon.

Our 991R project is still in the early stages, but it’s this stage we love, putting all the details together of the build, who we will work with on various components, who we will collaborate with, we already know lots of people that will assist us with the direction we wish to go on this one, as we have made plenty of mistakes in the past, we will not make those mistakes on this build.

We will be working with JRZ on the suspension side with this build, we should have worked with them on the 997 Turbo –R & BMW Z4 GT3 V8, but Bilstein were really good to us on those builds so it was a bit of a no brainer, and they are such an awesome company to work with, and they are local which was an added bonus, but with the 991R we will are really looking forward to working with the Porsche suspension gurus JRZ, when it comes to handling perfection these boys are the best.

The body work will be our usual raw carbon fibre; the colour is yet to be decided but yellow is a very strong contender at the moment, but knowing us that could change. Exhaust will be built by our good friend Craig at Dynotorque, wheels we have chosen will be super lightweight magnesium forged 3 piece from our partners GT3RR, design will be the F1M in sizes and widths 12X20F & 14x20R, wrapped in Michelin 295/35R20 & 345/30R20 front & rear respectively.

Staying on the subject of wheels, we managed to get a sneak peek on Jon Olsson’s Audi 1000 BHP RS6 before it’s official launch a few days back we were drawn to the wheel choice Jon made for this RS6 build and it looks radical, like nothing else on the market and we love that, Jon has always had a great eye for a wheel and this choice has inspired us, Brixton Forged did one hell of a job on the design and manufacture and although we have our own wheel design locked in, we also want to run with a different look from time to time which has made us revisit D-LNG, the Turbofan maestros.

We reached out to Steve the owner of D-LNG a couple of years back when our BMW Z4 GT3 V8 was in its early stages, but we had a change of direction on the build and felt they wouldn’t be the right look for the Z4 GT3 styling, but for the Porsche it’s the perfect look and as racing history has shown the Porsche brand wears them well, and with Steve now working on his all new Gen concave 3D printed designs, this build just has to have them, more updates will follow when the build starts, 2020 just seems to getting better month by month.

For more details on our up and coming Porsche 991R Aero programe get in touch with us.

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Since the launch of our R56, R57, R58 & R59 extended 25 mm and 35 mm wheel arch flares in 2018 we have been on the lookout for a 1 piece cast wheel that would be a suitable width and offset without the use of spacers, sounds easy right, but it’s been a painstakingly frustrating search speaking to various wholesalers and manufactures far and wide, we came across a lovely wheel design from a compnay in Germany, but we had to order 48 wheels on order pay up front and wait 4 months, as nice as the wheel was a four month lead time sounded very much like it was sourced and manufactured in China, so it was back to the drawing board, Klutch wheels have a beautiful design, but limited stock was a problem, we source and supply AME Shallen wheels but customers do not want 2 piece wheels due to the high cost restraints of multipice wheels.

With options limited we spoke to various UK 1 piece cast wheel specialists, to say that was a bit of a waste of time is an understatement, every wheel we liked was overpriced and Chinese produced, which seems to be the normal UK practise with 1 piece cast wheel designs, but that all changed on our visit to the Performance Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham on trade day... enter the Italian wheel manufacturing maestros EvoCorse.

We are thrilled to of now sourced the perfect light weight 1 piece cast wheel for our Mini conversion, but also teaming up with the legendary company like EvoCorse, offering a super high quality wheel now available to our customers, which we can now offer globally.

So why have we had such a headache trying to find a wheel that works with our extended fender mini conversions, the main reason is the width of wheel as well as the required offset to suit, as the one thing we do not want is to fit spacers, so we need a 9x17 with a +10 to +15 offset and although one piece wheels are the most popular withing the wheel industry the width and offset we need in our 4x100 PCD just doesn’t exist, but thanks to EvoCorse, they have made our dream a reality.

The EvoCorse Sanremo Zero wheel is a 12 spoke design with a concave profile, which is available in our desired 9” width and a selection of offsets from +6 to +48 so is the perfect wheel to fine tune the offsets we need front to rear for our conversion, weight of the wheels is 9 to 9.5 KG depending on the offset chosen, the standard colours are White and Black, with Silver, Anthracite and Gold also available on request.

All of our Mini builds will be fitted exclusively with the EvoCorse wheel design and be wrapped in Nankang 255/40R17 NS2R, our tyre partner for various conversions we offer, get in touch with us for further details on our awesome Mini products

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