Welcome to Part 3 of the Beginners Guide to the E36 Race Series. If you missed Part 1 or 2, see the articles below. In this post, I'll walk you through a sample of the various online stores both here and overseas where you can purchase your gear, from race suits to brake pads and everything in between.
If you've found a good supplier online, tell us in the comments section below.
Turner Motorsport is a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories in the USA, they've been around since 1993. I've spent a few dollars with them and had zero issues. Their online chat service has also been useful when I've had specific questions I need answered, mostly around compatibility for the E36.
Bimmerworld was founded in 1997 and began as a supplier of new and used BMW parts, quickly expanding to offer OEM BMW replacement parts, BMW peformance parts and race parts for all BMW enthusiasts. It's been a while since I placed an order with Bimmerworld but again, I had zero issues for the products I've purchased.
FCP Euro was established by Harry and Kathy Bauer in 1986 as a brick and mortar auto parts store located in Groton, Connecticut servicing the local Volvo and BMW parts markets. I've never purchased anything from them myself but their website is super easy to use and contains good BMW product information, articles and advice.
Revolution Racegear prides itself on excellent stock availability and customer service, they also invest in experienced staff who can offer authoritative advise and help solve application, installation and homologation issues to ensure you get the best value and best performing product for your motorsport needs. Be sure to mention that you're building a car for the series for the best price!
SWEA distribute and supply the local auto repair industry with genuine quality OEM & OES new, reconditioned and used auto parts for European car brands. They offer auto parts & supplies in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne area. I purchased a headlight for the race car and had it ordered and sent within the same day and prices were reasonable.
ASV Euro Car Parts stocks over 500 000 new, used and reconditioned car parts. New parts include well-known major brands such as Bosch, Sachs, Vierol, Automotive Lighting, ZF, Brembo, Hella, Vaico, Lemforder, Valeo, NRF, Behr, Bremi & Pagid. I haven't purchased anything as yet but was referred to them by word of mouth, I might get myself a spare engine and gearbox this year and build up my spare parts inventory.
An industry-leading team with a background in motorsport, V-Sport are here to help you maximise your performance on and off the track. From product selection, to installation and setup, have confidence in V-Sport to help you make the right decision in moving forward with your vehicle. I've bought gear for my GoPro setup and competition brake fluid, the team are based in Western Sydney and have always been super helpful.
E36 Race Series Suppliers
LA Racing Lubricants provide Australian race teams with exceptional race oils without the marketing hype from overseas companies and distributors. They formulate and produce niche oils and are proud to maintain Australian manufacturing and business independence. LA Racing Lubricants have been our naming rights sponsor since the very beginning and will be for the future. All our competitors use their products. Their products can be purchased through our online shop, click here to view the range of products we sell.
Suspension Concepts supply, manufacturer and install suspension enhancement products, shock absorbers and engine mounts for fast road, dirt and tarmac rally, drag race and circuit racing production based vehicles. Suspension Concepts supply our controlled Spax suspension kits.
Prime Race Tyres is the authorised NSW distributor for the Motorsport range from Kumho Tyres Australia. They provide a wide range of tyres, including fast road track tyres, specialised road-legal race tyres, full race wets, motorsports racing slick tyres, and gravel rally tyres. They also have other tyres from Kumho, such as SUV, light commercial, passenger, and truck tyres. Prime Race Tyres supply our Kumho V70A control tyres, you'll find them at the majority of race events in NSW supplying multiple categories.
RHD Engineering supply precision performance components, their range of individual throttle bodies, race components and performance products are all designed, tested and assembled in house right from the first prototypes to finished products. Development and refinement is continually performed to ensure their products are always at the front of the pack. RHD supply our control ITB kits and ECU units for series, all cars are tuned to specifications for both the M42 and M44 engines.
AGI Precision Roll Cages are the flagship of the AGI brand. Precision engineered and built to the most stringent quality standards AGI Precision Roll Cages understand each of the singular requirements for all the different motorsport disciplines and work with you to find the best solution for your roll cage needs. Purchase a cage for the series and receive club discount but order early as the lead times can be quite long.
There are plenty more websites that I haven't listed above so please let us know if you've come across a reputable supplier. In my next post I'll look at reliability and the key parts of the 381is that you should replace before you hit the track.