Without doubt one of the finest performance machines to have ever emerged from BMW’s M-division, the E36 M3 has a rabid following around the world, a following that’s seen prices rocket in recent years. These are cars that were built to be driven in a spirited fashion though, and with the majority of examples now approaching their 25th birthday, there’s a good chance that they could benefit from upgraded brakes, hence why V-Maxx has opted to include the model in its new range of Big Brake kits.
Though undoubtedly best known for its range of lowering springs and coilover kits, V-Maxx is now able to offer a comprehensive range of advanced braking products for some of the most popular performance models around. Not only is the V-Maxx range of Big Brake Kits comprehensive, it contains some decidedly clever thinking and some equally advanced features, and all at a price point that’s affordable for the majority of people.
The heart of V-Maxx’s E36 M3 Big Brake kit are the calipers, beautifully designed and engineered four-piston examples that will look perfectly at home on the iconic 3-Series. Made from a specially developed grade of aluminium that’s both lightweight and incredibly tough, the calipers are the result of many months of painstaking development, and can be relied upon to haul even the hardest charging of M3s to a halt in a controlled, drama-free manner.
The Big Brake kit includes a pair of equally well developed discs, an impressive 330mm in diameter and with a two-piece construction. Grooved for exemplary cooling properties, the discs are constructed from high carbon steel and feature incredibly lightweight, fully-floating aluminium hubs. Not only does this mean that V-Maxx discs function more effectively than their OEM-equivalents, it means that they can be counted upon to perform for extended periods of time, and all without fading, glazing or failing.
Those seeking further reassurance as to the quality of the kit and its components will no doubt be pleased to learn that it’s fully TUV approved, while the high friction pads also included are perfectly suited to both track and fast road use.
Each V-Maxx Big Brake kit ships with adaptors to enable easy fitment to the original rubber brake hoses, while those seeking even better braking performance can specify their kit with V-Maxx Steelflex stainless steel brake lines with Teflon/PTFE inner tubing.
Simple to install, keenly priced and all backed up by one of the world’s leading chassis experts, the new Big Brake kit from V-Maxx will make a fine addition to any BMW E36 M3, no matter whether it’s a dedicated track car, a weekend road toy or something in between.
20 BM330 01 M3 (without brake lines): £949
20 BM330 01 M3X (with Steelflex lines): £999
For more detail click to www.v-maxx.co.uk