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Here’s How Much Weight You’ll Save Stripping Your E46 BMW

Autoweek logo Autoweek 6/10/2021 Wesley Wren
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  • Watch how simply removing the interior from your project car can shed weight and increase the vehicle’s performance.
  • Interior removal can also help offset the cost of the project if you remove it without damage.
  • YouTuber ChrisFix is turning his road-going E46-generation BMW into a race car.

Converting a comfortable road car into a racing machine is somewhat straightforward: Take out everything that doesn’t make the car faster, safer, or handle better. When you apply that theory to your personal project car, that’s where things get fun. YouTuber ChrisFix takes us along on his journey of turning a BMW 3-Series into an endurance racer. The first step in this BMW’s transformation from road car to race car is weight savings, which raises the question: How much weight is saved when you strip a car’s interior?

a car parked in a parking lot: Watch a BMW go from a road-going car to a race-ready machine just by removing the interior. © YouTube / ChrisFix Watch a BMW go from a road-going car to a race-ready machine just by removing the interior.

ChrisFix tells us exactly how much weight comes out of his 3-Series. Chris weighs this E46 BMW before any modifications and keeps tabs as the interior is removed. This helps viewers see exactly how much different parts of your car can weigh. For example, Chris shows us that his E46’s factory seats weigh 180 pounds. Chris also shows how the seemingly light plastic trim can add up once you remove it all.

Obviously, weight has an impact on any car’s performance, and less weight generally means better performance. How much better? Chris shows us that, too. At the start of the video, Chris makes some basic 0-60 mph runs in his pre-stripped E46. Closing the video, Chris heads back to the track to see how much the weight savings has improved his acceleration.

If you want to know exactly how much you’ll remove from this BMW when you strip the interior, you’ll have to watch the video above to find out. (Spoiler: it’s a lot)

Have you ever ripped the interior out of a car in the name of performance? Let us know about it in the comments below.


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