Technology


Why Group A is the best

Ask motorsports fans about the greatest era in racing and rallying, and you´ll get a number of answers. A rally fan will likely name the epic (and eventually deadly) Group B battles of 1983 to 1986. A Formula 1 fan might consider the turbo area of the 1980s or the […]


BMW E46 blower failure and filter replacement

Recently, the blower fan of my E46 318ti compact stopped working. A search on the internet revealed a number of possible causes: Dashboard control unit Blower resistor (also known as FSR, final stage resistor) The blower motor itself A cable somewhere in between I could quickly rule out 1. When […]


BMW E46 dual use track tool considerations

Lately I’ve been putting some thought into building a dual use road/track car. Something that would be possible to do my commute to work with, but also have fun with on a track during trackdays. Inspiration came from HeelandToe.Blog’s 328i and the two Throttle House cars. Grassroots Motorsports also is […]


Visiting the Nürburgring

Not long after visiting Spa – Francorchamps, I finally got the chance to get back to the Nürburgring. My last visit and lap dated from 2005. The Nürburgring and then especially the Nordschleife are famous for being the longest and most challenging permanent race track in the World, and of […]


The Solitude racetrack

The most famous racetrack in Germany is of course the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Not everybody knows that, until 1965, Germany had a second racetrack embedded into nature. In a situation similar to Spa – Francorchamps, it was a relatively long (11.4 km) and fast racetrack entirely on public roads. It was […]


Visiting Spa – Francorchamps

I recently had the chance to visit the famous Spa – Francorchamps racetrack. It is one of the oldest and certainly the most interesting track remaining in the Formula 1 calendar, and has a reputation that is surpassed only by the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Being situated in a depression, and not […]


The BMW family tree

To me, modern BMW car history begins with the introduction of the Neue Klasse in 1962. This modern sedan, with its newly developed front-mounted engine (the famous M10) and rear-wheel drive, was a turning point for the then-struggling car and motorcycle manufacturer. Most modern BMW cars can trace their lineage […]


Dension Gateway installation

My BMW 318ti compact has the original BMW Navigation Business radio/tape player. For looks and value, I wanted to retain this system instead of getting a new radio, but I also wanted the possibility to listen to podcasts from my phone (I always listen to X-Wing podcasts when traveling alone), […]


My BMW 318ti compact

More about my car history and how I found this car, and why i bought it can be found here. By BMW 318ti compact (E46 model) was built in early 2002. It is equipped with the 2.0L N42B20 Valvetronic engine which develops 143 HP and 200 Nm of torque, and […]


My car history

VW Golf II I bought my first car at the end of my military service, in April 1999. It was a dark blue two-door 1990 Golf Madison (VW had many special models at the time to push the aging Golf II) with the 70 HP 1.6L electronic carburetor engine that […]