What is the #racewagon? At it’s core, a 2001 BMW 325i Wagon, with the grey interior wrapped in Alpine White paint, equipped with sport and premium packages. This wagon has been a staple of the fleet for a little over five years, as a daily-driver and parts runner. The unofficial motto of SkunkRennWerks is “leave nothing stock”, and the wagon is no exception. It is minimally prepped; with FK Streetline coilovers, ECS Tuning shift bushings, ZHP weighted shift knob, ECS Tuning aluminum water pump pulley, a square set of BBS RS2 18×8.5 wheels in a fetching liquid copper powdercoat, and Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 tires in a narrow 225/40/18 configuration. Additional non-performance mods include OEM Euro clear corners and taillights, and PlastiDip-blackout trim & kidney grills. It also has a rarely-installed Yakima roof rack with spoiler for that ultimate stance-scene street cred. However we use the hell out of the rack, especially at Home Depot.
After selling the #stealthbomber, we moved the wagon to race duty, with the addition of another wagon to the fleet, a 2011 Subaru Outback. Surprisingly, at least to non-BMW people, the little wagon runs very similar times to the #stealthbomber, even on it’s small non-sticky tire setup. Future plans call for something closer to the 200tw street tire class limit, along with a Porsche 996 Brembo brake package. After abusing the GT500 setup on the Bomber, big brakes are a must for all vehicles in the SkunkRennWerks fleet! Look forward to more race updates and work being done on the now 100% wagon fleet here at SkunkRennWerks.
A lot has happened since our last update. The garage has been busy as hell at SkunkRennWerks and the lineup has changed. Let’s dive into it.
From a racing perspective, while we love the #Stealthbomber, it wasn’t a great fit for the household, and with a certain 1988 Mustang lurking like a specter in the shadows, the Bomber wasn’t long for our stable. Upon discussing the car’s fate among friends, a fellow Mustang enthusiast jumped at the opportunity to continue the legacy. A deal was struck and our S197 Mustang went off to a new home in November.
What is the next racecar? We would be silly to say we won’t race again. Our daily driver BMW e46 Wagon has been given the go-ahead on becoming the new race vehicle for SkunkRennWerks, and the moniker #racewagon has been adopted. Look for a future post on the history of our little wagon that could.
In addition to the #racewagon, we’ve replaced the Bomber with something a lot more practical. Something that can go off-pavement and haul a lot of stuff. Something from across the Pacific.
Yep, we just went full wagon. We picked up this 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 6MT with a little under 50k miles in late November. Packaged in a pretty Azurite Blue Pearl, along with an Ivory interior, this wagon is our go-anywhere do-anything solution. In typical SkunkRennWerks fashion, we wasted no time in heading off the beaten path with it, venturing up Nate Harrison Grade to Palomar Mountain Observatory for Black Friday.
The blackout program is still in effect with the Stealth Bomber. This month we tackled the behind-the-grill area with the AC condenser taking the black, along with some touch-up on our front tow hook and GT500 hood vent rivets, as well as swapping the interior door handles for base model V6 black plastic handles, darkening the interior even more. We also installed the front SKNKWRK plate after a friendly encounter with local law enforcement. Remember folks, stay legal!
It has been a few weeks since we modified the Stealth Bomber, so let’s get into what has been done in the past month. In the plate category, we switched to California’s 1960’s Retro Black Plate program with a personalized plate, matching the black paint quite nicely.
Internally we continued the blackout program with a refurbishment of the extra wide brake pedal using Rustoleum textured black paint and grip tape, the addition of a GT500 dead pedal with black grip tape, blackout sills using Plasti-Dip, blackout cup holders, and the return of the MOMO MOD-88 wheel, this time with working horn and turn signal cancellation!
Externally we took the “go big or go home” mantra to heart and stepped up to a set of 18×10.5 ET45 Rotiform (model unknown) wheels, wrapped in used Bridgestone RE-71R’s in 275/35/18 sizing. Somebody took our sign to heart! The grip is astounding and we can’t wait to see what the Stealth Bomber will do out on the track!
Welcome to Skunk Rennwerks. This space will serve to track the ongoing progress as we compete in the SCCA CAM-C class in the San Diego region. Follow along as we maintain, upgrade, and develop our S197 Stealth Bomber Mustang!