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• Offered straight from the collection of rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay
• Original, German-supplied M3. Recently developed by Classic Heroes into ‘Competition spec’
• Emphasis on turn-key usability, quick on track whilst comfortably driveable on the road
• 2.5-litre competition engine. Circa 260bhp at the flywheel. Short-shift gear change
• Sports suspension, AP front discs and calipers. 17” split-rim wheels. Presented in ‘works livery’
• Recently prepared and run by Dansport for Jay at the Rally Isla Mallorca
The E30 M3 requires no introduction to the motoring enthusiast. It has the finest competition history of any tin-top racer and will go down in the record books as the single model to have won more international races, rallies and hill climb championships than any other car. Driven by legends such as Stuck, Cecotto, Ravaglia, Soper, Pirro, and Quester to name but a few. The road version has gone down in the history books as the most flattering saloon car chassis of all time.
Offered straight from the amazing stable of rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay, this car started life as an original road-going M3. More recently Classic Heroes were commissioned to develop this fabulous example into a competition car. The emphasis during this build was on turn-key usability and for it to remain comfortably drivable on the road as it was, naturally, essential to be quick and safe on track and occasionally driven long distances to a circuit. The owner wanted to use the car at events all over Europe and it had to fit in with his busy lifestyle with no dependency on tow bars and trailers!
This M3 was originally supplied to Germany in 1987. The original engine is now a 2.5-litre competition unit with a balanced and lightened crank, rods, modified cylinder head, camshafts and converted to valve shim under the bucket. Running with a carbon airbox and programmable ECU, it now gives 260 bhp at the flywheel and also features a short shift gear-change, as well as an internal oil pressure gauge and Lambda gauge. Additionally, the car has sports suspension, competition rear shock top-mounts, negative camber front top-mounts, a front strut-brace, a rear strut-brace, poly-bushed suspension joints and a competition-ratio steering rack. AP competition front brake discs and callipers are fitted with competition rear brake pads and front brake ducting along with braided brake lines. The car sits on 17” BBS split-rims with wheel spacers and Toyo Proxes R888 R tyres.
Finally, Recaro front seats with Schroth 6-point harnesses sit inside a 6-point, bolt-in Safety Devices roll cage with padding.
The steering wheel is a Momo removable version with a Motorsport footrest and a competition fire extinguisher. Its looks are enhanced by carbon mirrors, a carbon Sport Evo rear spoiler and an Evo 2 front chin spoiler and it's presented in a works livery that can easily be removed if a more subtle track appearance is required.
In January 2020, the car was entrusted to International Rally Engineers, Dansport of Chesterfield to be prepared for Jay to drive in Rally Isla Mallorca in March. Whilst in Dansport's care, they fitted a front lightbox and a Monit trip meter. Running as “Car Zero” at the front of the Legends rally, both car and driver were very competitive as can be seen in the video below this description. The car finished the event competitively and without incident and is presented today as it finished ~ turn-key and ready to be used again in sprints, hill climbs, stage rallies, or as a perfect track day car that can be driven to any event, yet still be competitive. And that sound...nothing comes close!