BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition: The Latest Limited Edition M3
|M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition|
The folks over at BMW have released a limited edition M3 to honor an iconic American racetrack, Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. BMW is no stranger to limited edition M3s. From the E36 M3 Evolution Imola Individual & M3 GTR to the E46 M3 CSL to the E92/90 M3 GTS & M3 CRT, many of BMW’s best M3s have carried a limited nameplate. This one, the BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition, even carries Skip Barber’s seal of approval. In case your wondering, legendary racer, Skip Barber owns Lime Rock Park.
|Skip Barber & Bill Auberlen & the Lime Rock Park Edition|
The M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition is no sleeper. Each of the 200 Lime Rock Park Editions to be produced comes in very very bright Fire Orange and features anthracite and black cloth seating with Nappa leather trim and a flat-bottomed Alcantara-clad steering wheel. The Competition Package comes as standard equipment as does the regular M3’s carbon fiber roof. Carbon fiber front and rear aerodynamic aids and inconel-titanium exhaust muffler complete the edition’s kit. The enhancements to the base M3 have been decided cooperatively between BMW and Skip Barber. Each car is individually numbered and comes with a plaque on the center console, a decal on the left-rear quarter window and a certificate of authenticity.
On July 3rd, BMW racing driver Bill Auberlen joined Skip Barber for a shake-down of the M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition around (you guessed it) Lime Rock Park. About the car, Auberlen said
“A race car is never allowed to be perfect. It’s the job of the driver to constantly suggest improvements and find more speed. But the M3 Lime Rock Park Edition may be as close to perfect as you can get, right off the production line. From its great color to the flawless manners it showed on the track, for the first time I can say I might not change a thing.”
Huh, not a bad review. It seems Skip Barber agrees, although, he did help develop the car. He says:
“A newcomer looks at the track map and thinks, ‘Oh, this is easy.’ It’s not. Lime Rock is an extremely difficult track to drive quickly. It has three of what many drivers think are some of the most challenging corners in North America: The Uphill, West Bend and The Downhill… There are tricky cambers, extreme elevation changes, very high speeds… all Lime Rock signatures since it opened 55 years ago. And the BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition, when equipped with the six-speed manual, is geared perfectly – and I mean perfectly – for the track. I agree with Bill: I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Photos courtesy of BMW.