• Sep 14, 2010
We tend to live by the mantra that no car is too rare to drive. Even the most unique pieces of automotive history were designed and built to be a mode of transportation first and a stationary object of desire second. The crew at Turner Motorsports has taken that philosophy to the next level – they believe there's no such thing as a vehicle that's too rare to race. Case in point? The company's new Frozen Gray BMW M3 built for serious track duty.

Just in case you need a reminder, BMW only turned out 30 examples of its M3 dipped in the super sexy flat gray paint. This is one of them. Turner Motorsports project has just gotten under way, beginning with a set of 18x10-inch Volk G2s and gooey Continental race rubber, but a more aggressive brake system and a sharper suspension is on the docket as well. All we know is that the M3 looks as fine as can be wearing its new shoes, and we can't wait to see what Turner comes up with in terms of a finished product. Click over to M3Post for closer look.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why i certainly believe that no car is too rare to drive.
      If they are turning this bmw into a race only car, that i disagree with.
      Mod and race it all you want, just don't turn it into a car that can't be driven on the street with at least 1 passenger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must object to the Ferrari Challenge cars, then...

        The people who buy this car to use exclusively on the track, have equally ridiculous cars to drive on the street. No one is losing out here, I promise.

        In other news, I think tires with manufacturer/model painted on the sidewall are ridiculously hardcore. I'm going to get some whiteout and go outside to visit the 911...
        • 4 Years Ago
        With a company like turner performing the work it will just make it even more rare and, eventually, probably more valuable too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      give me a break its only freaking paint that makes it special.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw a frozen gray M3 bombing down the Dallas North Tollway this weekend. I could hardly believe my eyes. It looked tough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too would like to see a car like this up against a stock 2012 Boss 302.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've lightly caressed this car while having some work done on my car at Turner. They said there was a very brief window when the cars could be ordered, and they got two -- one for them and another for a customer.

      According to Speed broadcasters, they're running two M3s in next year's Rolex series, instead of one tube-frame M6. I hope they'll still compete in the Continental series, which has some of America's best sports car racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's nothing special about these "one of 30" M3s except for the special paint color and matte clear coat -- and, of course, the price of the cars. I would not expect them to accrue collector value any faster or more readily than any other M3 coupe, and perhaps not at all given the knowledge obsolescence associated with the modern BMWs. And at the end of the day the "special paint" is just another shade of BMW gray not unlike the overwhelming majority of "regular BMWs."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how they'll protect that paint? Clear bra? Painter's tape?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is absolutely brilliant! It is sure to upset the prissy little "purists" out there, which is exactly why I love it.

      In the end, it is just another M3. The only reason it is special is because of the paint. I hope they really do intend to race it, and race it HARD. It will look even better once it is covered with bits of rubber and grime, rock chips, scuffs, and tire scuffs on the sides.

      I would much rather see a car like this used and enjoyed, rather than spend it's entire existance being babied and left in a garage.

      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      "We tend to live by the mantra that no car is too rare to drive." While that's great there is a large difference between being driven and being raced. Have you ever looked at the front of a car after a track day? There are specks of rubber all over the front and in the wheel wells, and dirt all over it. This isn't a car made for that, take a regular M3, spend 200 dollars to get the matt colored wrap and there you go, a faux frozen gray M3 that didn't cost the extra 10k for. Now you have 10k to spend on replacement brake rotors, tires, and maybe even a set of coil overs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      total waste
        • 4 Years Ago
        naw, it's still a total waste...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Waste? The car was a pathetic excuse for a limited edition to begin with. It's not like the car was a CSL, GTS, or GTR. And besides, TM is a very respectable BMW tuning/racing shop, they'll take good care of it. Better a rare car be "ruined" on the racetrack than in the hands of some 18 yo w/rich parents.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Say

        dude .... if the word expensive is a problem for you, you're not not the targeted customer.
        that's final.
        it's not a car build on a regular production line, but i gues you dind't know that.
        it's build by 'BMW Motorsport GmbH' and not BMW AG.
        it's a sister company
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its very easy to find this car in a less expensive and easier to repair paint color. Paying a premium for it and taking it racing is a dumb idea imo; maybe the PR value is worth it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it. In the end it is just a 3 series, and no car is too rare to race, ESPECIALLY a run of the mill BMW. Get out the Sawzall boys!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @wai, not every BMW that looks like a M3 is a real M3.


        many people buy the m3 fenders and a fake exhaust to make it look, like one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not rare at all. There's plenty of M3s on streets here.

        BTW, the Frozen Gray M3 is not limited to a production of 30. That was the original plan of 30 in the US only, but it's available all over the world. There's about 70 last I heard, but it's definitely not limited to 30.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That BMW looks great, especially with the volks!
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