Amazon Mistakenly Sends $30,000 F1 Race Clutch To BMW M3 Owner

Imagine jumping on Amazon and ordering a replacement clutch for your BMW M3 but actually receiving a Formula One-spec racing clutch? For one M3 owner, that’s exactly what happened.

Taking to the M3 Forum, a user said he ordered a ZF Sachs clutch kit for his E46 M3 and was stunned to find something very different in the box. Motor Authority reached out to ZF and got confirmation that the clutch is not sold to the public and some forum members claim it could be worth upwards of $30,000. ZF says it is working to place a value on the item.

The clutch itself is very interesting. It features four discs but is actually tiny in diameter and slightly smaller than a Sharpie marker. Found deep within the clutch is a diaphragm spring which allows it to operate at temperatures of up to 752 degrees Fahrenheit or 400 degrees Celsius for short periods of time. It’s reportedly capable of handling 664 lb-ft of torque.

It’s unclear how the mix-up at Amazon happened but the forum user is now in possession of a part rarely seen outside of racing circles. Of course, it wouldn’t work in his M3 but as far as expensive paperweights come, we can’t imagine many things more impressive than this.

Have you ever had Amazon mess up your order and send the wrong item? Tell us your stories in the comments below!

  • RDS Alphard

    a clutch that worst like 10x more than our daily, lol

    • Jay

      Lol I get it.

  • Blanka Li

    I have a regular subscription to Amazon for ice tea. Instead of said tea, I once received an inflatable Santa. Not sure what the message was . . .

    • donald seymour

      Really? Wow.

    • RDS Alphard

      At least it was a inflatable Santa instead of inflatable “something else”

  • mick

    Well, he bought it on Amazon but I highly doubt it was sold by Amazon. Most stuff like this stuff is sold by third party vendors, somebody screwed up at one of these vendors.

  • Erzhik

    Install it into an M3.

  • annon

    uuuhh Jeff’s probably pissed 🙂

  • Maricaibo

    If you order an LMP1 on Amazon does it qualify for free shipping?

  • SteersUright

    Awesome. Early Christmas if he can sell it.

  • Six_Tymes

    I used to sell on amazon. one particular year they lost 5 shipments of our inventory one week prior to our busiest season. to get it somewhat rectified, it took many weeks of nightmare phone calls and many emails… needless to say that year we had big losses. I still loose sleep over it to this day.

  • Sharpie in clutch!

  • Finders keepers no?

  • Vassilis

    I’ve seen one of these from up close. They’re truly amazing. So small.

  • smartacus

    make love to it

  • RDS Alphard

    You’re honest & actually clever.
    I’m pretty sure someone can track you down if you decided to re-sold it.

  • Ken Lyns

    Interesting. So F1 clutch is built like aircraft brakes.

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