One reason that may have influenced Serena Williams to participate in the Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race was her passion for driving fast. In fact to really satisfy her need for speed, she drives her two seater BMW Z3. This vehicle is actually her first ride and she still has it today.
The BMW Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW, as well as the first BMW model assembled in the United States. The Z3 was developed from the E36 platform of the 3 Series. The resulting platform is sometimes referred to as the E36/7. The rear semi-trailing arm suspension from the E30 was used and the 1.9 L M44B19 straight-4 engine was included in the initial models.
When Serena William was asked on how fast she drives her Z3, she answered, “Not as fast as young Kurt [Busch].” She was then referring to her Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race partner NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
To get a BMW Z3 as your first car is not very common, not unless you were a famous tennis player like Serena Williams, who started her professional career by the age of 14.