...but you might have just been slower.
You hear all the time about e36 BMW with V8 stuffed up front, more rare is an e-36 with a 4 cylinder S14. Even more rare and odd an e36 with an S14 and an e30 semi trailing arm rear suspension.
Our friend Seth Thomas got the chance to drive this rare British Touring Car Championship car at Road Atlanta recently and sent us the video to share. Seth writes:
This past weekend I had the chance to drive an old touring car from Europe. I am not 100% sure on the specific series the car ran in while in Europe but I can tell you this thing was a blast to drive. It was an early 90s E36 BMW 2-door chassis with a 2.5L Gruppe A S14 stuffed under the hood with individual throttle bodies working with a slide type throttle linkage. Along with the wild motor it had a sequential 6-speed transmission with gears so close it kept the car in a 1500 RPM revband the whole time. Coming out of turn 7 at Road Atlanta I was in 5th gear before the bridge and 6th shortly after. Shifting this quick was similar to driving a big rig.
Overall this was a great experience and I am glad Drew Slayton gave me the opportunity. Watch the video below to see our race during the BMWCCA 1.5 Hour enduro. We qualified on the pole with a 1:32.85 on a set of scrubbed Yokohama slicks. We started the race on a set of Nitto NT01s to ensure they would last the whole time and to not waste a good set of slicks for the sprint races the rest of the weekend. Best I could manage on the NT01s was a 1:35.10. We led the first half of the race until some trouble popped up about 35 minutes in. Watch to find out what happened.