The track-prepared E30 BMW M3 we wrote about recently was a hot car, no doubt, but at heart it was still a civilian car. All the tube-frame Turner Motorsports M3s have in common with the retail vehicle is the carbon bodywork that looks like an M3, and a street-based S62 V8 engine from an M5. They don't say what it makes for power, but over 550 hp is a good bet. Turner's Director of Racing Shawn Passen said he was not at liberty to disclose the reasons for the sale, but did add that they "are exploring several manufactures for 2014." The cars are two years old, however, which we would think means their replacements are already being built.
Not that there's anything wrong with . Turner says they's put $1.6 million into their build and development and they come with a full spares and spare parts catalog. Both are proven competitive cars with podium finishes, and Turner suggests they could be made legal for the 2014 Rolex GT-D class. Even at $450,000 for the pair, it's possible their future is to become very expensive track-day cars, or maybe Grand Touring class (SCCA, incidentally, says they would be very interested in getting a look a them). What would you do with them if they appeared in your garage?