Remember that E30 BMW We Talked About? It’s Faster Now.

Back in February, we introduced you to Matt A. and his E30 BMW. Under his hood was a Mitsu Eclipse 4G63 turbo engine swap, along with a 6-speed manual transmission, and a turbo that could swallow a goose whole and not even surge.  Last year, Matt’s BMW was making a mere 500-ish horsepower and running low 11′s in the quarter mile at 119 mph.  So, it was basically too slow, because Matt wanted 9′s.  Fair enough.

It’s now July 2011, and racing season is in full swing again.  On July 9th Matt took his BMW up to New England Dragway for his first real testing day this season. Right off that bat, Matt tore off a 1.586 second 60 foot time, and ran 10.538 at 132 mph. Cutting a half a second off your 1320 time, along with gaining 13 mph is not too shabby I’d say.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfHRID7g6AY

You are probably saying “Great, but he still didn’t do 9′s yet, so what?”  Well, you see Matt has around 100 more horsepower on tap, ready to be “turned on” per se.  He is just on the fence about cranking it up and grabbing 9′s in the weeks ahead, OR saving his fresh drivetrain for the 19th Annual DSM shootout in Ohio on August 20th and 21st.  Regardless of when it happens, 9′s are going to happen, and you will see the video here when it does.

More to come…

Remember When You Wanted To Drift On Top of a Tall Building?

Well, you’re too late, because BMW already did it in “Part 2″ of their BMW 1M viral video marketing campaign.  I’ll be the first to say, they are two for two.  Not too shabby.  If you missed the first video, click this, and you will find it. It is a BMW 1M drifting through concrete walls. Strange, I know, but it’s quite impressive.

 

 

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15bQjiwzgUA

What The: BMW Drifting Through Concrete Walls?

A few days ago BMW Canada tossed a video on Youtube that is pretty darn cool.  It shows a BMW 1M sliding “through” concrete walls.  Naturally everybody on the interwebs is questioning if they were real or not.  Honestly, even if they were styrofoam, the video would still be crazy impressive.  Considering the video is called “BMW 1M – Walls – MPowered Performance Part 1″, I’d guess that we will all have the pleasure of a part 2 as well.  Enjoy!

Can’t see the video? here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEvpnKRLDO4

Hill Climb Racing Is Horrifyingly Scary, Yet So Relevant To My Interests

If you enjoy the sights and sounds of engines revving to the point of explosion, cars doing 100+ through the middle of the forest, and drivers with a complete lack of fear, this video is for you.  It is 14 minutes of ridiculous BMW hill climbing that will get your adrenaline pumping.  By the time you are done watching it, you are going to need a shower and a nap.  Enjoy!

Can’t see the video? here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhmeVz5nVHU

Projects & Builds: A BMW E30 4G63 6-Speed Drag Car Build.

Volkswagen owners are typically quite dedicated to their brand. Getting them to switch brands is usually tough, and often impossible.  Matt A. is clearly not a typical VW owner though, because, he didn’t seem to think twice about it.  Maybe it was all of the fire that made his decision easier….

Fire VW

Anyway…. one day a few years ago, Matt noticed a 1987 BMW 325i sitting at a friends shop.  It had been there quite a while and the owner of it didn’t seem too enthusiastic about fixing its mysterious electrical problem.   Matt inquired about it, and bought it with a devilish 4G63-inspired plan in mind. » Continue reading more of this post…

Tomorrow: We Learn More About This 6-Speed E30

BMW E30 Swap

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Tomorrow we’ll learn what the gigantic snail under the hood is all about, how a T56 bolted into it, and the most important question of all….. “just how many engines have been blown up in this car in the last 365 days?”

TITANSILBER METALLIC: 2011 BMW 328Xi

Over the weekend, a good friend of mine bought a stunningly beautiful new 2011 “BMW-Titansilber Metallic”  328Xi.  From the name alone, I had assumed that it was a 3 Series BMW, 2.8L engine , all wheel drive, with fuel injection (that’s what the odd lowercase “i” means believe it or not).  However, it’s a 3.0L!  Apparently the “28″ in “328″ is a total lie these days.  The other thing that I didn’t know was that I may actually be a fan of BMW’s? Gasp!

Naturally, the first thought in my head was jumping in, turning the key to light the fire in the legendary straight 6, and test out the awd launching  capabilities.  Back in reality,  she handed me the key and I quickly realized that this was not the same technology and luxury that my 1989 Dodge surrounds me in.  The BMW key isn’t a key at all.  In fact, it is a fancy plastic Chicken Mcnugget that plugs into the  dashboard.  (Two of my favorite things by the way – chicken & dashboards.)  Once the Mcnugget is fully latched in, there is a start button that immediately makes you feel like a really big deal.  This button is surrounded » Continue reading more of this post…

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