Sav Gualtieri at SavSpeed is one of the nicest guys in the industry. Over the years he's helped out more than his fair share of people, many of us out there owe him many favours. I love seeing good news about good people. A while back Sav proved that you don't need a millionaire's budget to build and prepare a class-winning racecar. His black E36 M3 turbo saw many different stages during it's evolution from run-of-the-mill streetcar to the final incarnation of an absolutely mental, wide-bodied track demon, guzzling race fuel and spitting out flames - while crushing competitors.
The car was eventually retired and sold off, and that's when plans started on a new car to intimidate the big budget race teams on the various tracks in SA. Under the banner of Team SavSpeed Racing, a new project was born, a new generation F30. Sav's experience and expertise have resulted in a pretty damn epic car. It was taken for a shakedown run at a recent BMW Club track day at Kyalami and impressed, not only in the looks department, but also the performance. Keep an eye out for this car on track, it will kick some ass, I have no doubt.
The press release from Michael Broom Motorsport follows:
Local BMW race prep and tuning experts, Team SavSpeed Racing, revealed their brand new BMW F30 wide body racer at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit recently at one of the BMW Car Club Gauteng’s track and race days.
This was the first full shakedown of the car in proper race trim and there was no better place to do it than in front of a crowd of BMW enthusiasts and at a race series that the car was ultimately built to compete in.
Very briefly, this menacing and purposeful looking race car features a Team SavSpeed Racing fettled turbocharged 3.0 litre BMW straight six powerplant producing over 800hp to go with the all the other hardcore race prep goodies required to lap a circuit in anger, and put the F30 wide body at the top of the timesheets. This demonstrates in no uncertain terms that the car has the go to match the show.
The car was modified and built by owner/driver Sav Gualtieri, a BMW technician with over 25 years experience, and his team at their workshop in Edenvale. Team SavSpeed Racing has turbocharged over 200 vehicles and modified even more over the last two decades, both for street and track applications.
This has secured the team and its customers many championships and the odd South African speed record in both street and track disciplines over the years. “We are just so pleased that we have created the first wide body BMW F30 racer in the world and want to show just how good the new car is as a base to work with” says Gualtieri. “Along with Tony Colaro, our body work and aerodynamic specialist, we created a bespoke aero package for the car where form follows function.”
The previous Team SavSpeed Racing car received much acclaim and consistently proved itself to be the fastest BMW at any track in South Africa over and over and was retired at the top of its game. But the BMW E36 based car was simply outdated despite having had an incredible racing service life of almost eight years.
The BMW F30 wide body project was inspired by wanting to progress to the latest technology and show how much better a more contemporary BMW model is in its dynamic prowess. Gualtieri adds, “The car ran well at Kyalami but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, I can’t realistically claim that the car is right on the pace yet. We will obviously keep working on it, but I don’t want to get carried away with lap times and predictions until we are completely happy with the entire package.”
Concluding Gualtieri continues, “The only way to get it right is to race it on track, so we will be aiming to enter our F30 wide body in the last two rounds of the BMW CCG Club Racing Series on the 1st and 29th of November, and maybe even in the G&H Transport Extreme Supercars Series on 15 November.”