Chase RRT Write Up


Original Article

Chase’s 328Ci was recently featured on RRT Racing’s website and has been confirmed as an official RRT Racing Project Car.

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Chase Donnelly’s Supercharged E46

With over a decade of experience in the automotive show scene, countless Best In Show trophies, magazine features, and a strong persona in the BMW scene, Chase Donnelly serves as a fantastic champion for aftermarket manufacturers and car care companies. As a young boy, Chase found himself interested, entranced, and emerged in the car culture. This passion transferred into adulthood and resulted in the BMW below. With year after year of improvement and enhancements, this 2000 328Ci has proven itself in competition and ranks among the most recognizable E46 models on the net. Customized from top to bottom and boasting the highest performance numbers of any vehicle of its make and model, this certainly stands out for it’s show and go.

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Aesthetically, this E46 benefits largely from a combination of limited production body panels from AC Schnizter, Hamann, Vorsteiner, and the world’s only SRS-Tec carbon rear bumper & diffuser. The lines of the custom body work and carbon accents are further enhanced by Arlon’s Matte Aztec Bronze vinyl installed in New Jersey by Designer Wraps. Inside the cockpit, STATUS carbon racing seats wrapped in leather and alcantara highlight an otherwise rather luxurious interior. Despite the creature comforts, a Raven half-cage in the rear further strengthens the structural rigidity while also serving as a mounting point for the STATUS harnesses. In traditional show car fashion, ICE can be found littered throughout including a Sony sponsored audio build with a 7-inch touch screen and multiple speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers. To add a final bit of spruce, a custom Z8 push button start and built-in Valentine 1 system have been incorporated. Equally altered are the performance aspects of the car.

Opening the hood, RRT Racing outfitted the somewhat timid 2.8L with BimmerBrakes headers, AEM methanol injection, and an Active Autowerke stage 2.5 supercharger kit. With upgraded plugs, sensors, intercooler piping, and a slew of other internal upgrades, the motor breathes far easier and spits out the combustion through an in house exhaust system; fabricated by hand by RRT owner James Muskopf. To ensure the rest of the drivetrain can support the 400-plus horsepower, JB Racing’s clutch & flywheel were installed along with a Xionsville racing radiator. Active Autowerke’s intercooler & oil cooler keep temperatures in their normal ranges while Horsepower Freaks subframe reinforcement kit ensures the rear axle stays firmly attached to the vehicle. Other enhancements include DPE lightweight wheels, Bilstein PSS9 coilovers, the Performance BMW strut bar, and other carbon accents throughout the engine bay. Despite the hodgepodge of parts, the finished product comes together in a uniquely unified fashion and provides a confident, comfortable, charge of acceleration.

Over the last few years, Chase helped to promote and represent Meguiars’, Vorsteiner, Active Autowerke, and RRT Racing at national shows, localized social events, and on the world wide web. As a founding member of Timeless Motor Group, this BMW can be found displayed amongst a handful of other heavily customized show vehicles including Euros, Domestics, JDM, and exotics. Like RRT, Timeless Motor Group enjoys tuning and customizing vehicles to take something somewhat ordinary and creating the extraordinary.

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Active Autowerke Stage 2.5 Supercharger System
Active Autowerke Stage 3 Intercooler System
Active Autowerke Oil Cooler
Rotrex Supercharger Unit ~10.5 PSI
BimmerBrakes Racing Headers
RRT Racing Custom Exhaust System
Horsepower Freaks Subframe Reinforcement Kit
AEM Methanol Injection System
RRT Racing Custom Intercooler Piping
Xionsville Racing Cooling System & Radiator
Bilstein PSS9 Coilover System
Rogue Engineering Shock Mounts
ProSport PSI & AFR Gauges with AFE Gauge Cluster
Raven Engineering Roll Cage
JB Racing Clutch & Flywheel

Rotora GT Racing BBK Front (355mm 6 Piston Calipers)
Rotora GT Racing BBK Rear (355mm 4 Piston Calipers)
Stainless Steel Brake Line
Custom Painted Calipers
2000 328Ci Rear Wheel
Wheels and Tires:
DPE R16 19” Wheels (8.5 Front 10 Rear)
Brushed Aluminum face with Hyper Polished Lips
Custom Offsets
Dunlop Potenza Tires (225/35/19 front & 265/30/19 rear)
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Vorsteiner GTS3 Racing Lip
Vorsteiner GT-R Racing Hood Dual Sided Carbon Fiber
Hamann GT-R Sideskirts
AC Schnitzer 3 Piece Spoiler
M3 Retrofit Front Bumper
M3 Retrofit Side Mirrors
Retrofit Xenon headlights & Fog Lights
Retrofit European LED Tail Lights

STATUS Racing Icon Seats
Leather/Alcantara Seating Surface
Carbon Fiber Backing
Custom Anodized Bracketing
STATUS Racing Harnesses & Roll Cage
Hamann Complete Custom interior
Pedal Set
Signature floor mats
Door Sills
Shift Knob
E-Brake
Carbon fiber BMW Emblems
Heads up display (HUD)

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SONY Sponsored Audio System
4 Amplifiers
2 Subwoofers
7.5” HD Head Unit/Display
Sony PS3 Installed In Trunk
M3 Multi-function Steering Wheel
Valentine 1 Radar with Stealth Installation
Custom Carbon Fiber Trimming
Custom Two Tone Door Panels & Rear Bench
Z8 Push Button Start System

Shows Attended in 2013 : Over 25 Shows Attended, Highlights Below :
– Tuner Evolution : Pennsylvania
– WekFest East : New Jersey
– BimmerFest : Maryland
– MPact : Maryland
– Import Face Off : Maryland
– OC Car & Truck Show : Maryland
– Charity Event & Food Drive : Virginia
– Mega Meet : Virginia
– Katie’s Cars & Coffee : Virginia
– Carlisle Performance & Style : Meguiars’ Demo Vehicle : Pennsylvania
– Hyperfest | XDC : Maryland & New Jersey

Shows Attending in 2014

– OC Car & Truck Show
– Tuner Evolution
– MPact
– BimmerFest East
– Import Face-Off
– Katie’s Cars & Coffee
– WaterFest | H2O
– Import Expo : New Jersey

Featured In
– Performance BMW
– Bimmer Magazine
– PASMAG
– Euro Tuner
– Many Others

Online Presence
– 2600+ Facebook Fans
– E46Fanatics.Com : Top 3 Posters & Forum Guru
– Modbargains.Com : Vehicle of the Year
– BimmerForums.Com : Senior Poster