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choosing an engine for a 190e SOS!

I am in the process of choosing a track (and some street) car. I have done a great deal of research on choosing an engine for a 190e with no luck. From what i gathered the w201 would be the best for a track car.(please correct me if im wrong or there is an easier way to go about this) if the 190e is not the best for this what chassis would be?

I am looking into doing an engine swap to compete with my friends 3.2 M3. what engine would be best? m102, m103, or the m104? would i be better off finding a 190e with a 2.6-12 leave it and modify the engine in some way? i am not very familiar with finding the most efficient way of building power the mercedes cars so any help would be greatly appreciated! (I used to be a chevy guy im sorry)
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I believe you would find it very hard to beat a Bimmer M3 with a 190 Benz...but I might be wrong.. A had ride in Germany many years ago in a factory SLC 5.0 liter race car...that might be the route to go....
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What Calgary said. M3's were very dominant back in those days. Until the EVO's came out.

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Recipe for a BMW M3 beater using a W201:
a. Get a M104 engine (the M103 and M104 share the same block)
b. search on the R129 subforum of BW. there's a Bangkok based SL with a
500+ M104 turbocharged engine, follow the specs!

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quite an expensive build. i really like to look of the car. anyone know anywhere i could get a cheap 500sl or somthing similar? can i get some craigslists posts of somthing i should be looking for?

i really liked the 190e because they are so cheap. an engine swap isnt worth doing in the 190e? i was excited for the engine rebuild. i have never pulled apart a mercedes engine before
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