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ISSUE: January 2016
EDITOR: Elizabeth de Latour
Switchboard: 01732 445325 FIRST WORDS
So, thats your lot, that was 2015 and this is As for this issue, weve rounded up a prefer things a little calmer and more down to
the last issue of the year. Weve still got to get selection of mad, bad and generally fabulous earth worry not, weve also slipped in one of
your February treat wrapped up before the feature cars for you to enjoy. On the cover, the tastiest bagged E30s about and an ultra-
year is out, but dont mind us, just sit back and theres a spectacular air-ride 135i which mixes clean F80 M3 as well.
enjoy your final slice of PBMW goodness for a lot of show with plenty of go for a All thats left for me to say is have a
the year. dramatically different build thats a head- wonderful Christmas (and holidays in general),
I hope its been a good one for you, it turner, and then some. If you like your BMW a very Happy New Year and well see you back
definitely has been for us. On a personal level builds suitably mental then youre sure to here for more modified BMW goodness all
the E39 is looking the best it ever has done, approve of the turbo rotary-engined E30 from through 2016. Until then
which Im very happy about. Weve also had Down Under and the V8-engined E21 dragster
some amazing feature cars in the mag this from right here in the UK. Although if you Elizabeth de Latour, Editor
year and now you get to pick your favourites in
Car of the Year. Normally wed have 24 to
chose from but because of our triple E21 cover
back in June we obviously had to include all
three of our cover stars that issue, which
bumps the total up to 26 of our favourite
feature cars from the past 12 issues.
Picking them was not an easy task as pretty
much every car weve had in the magazine
could be a contender, but sadly we cant include
all of them as thered be almost 100 entrants.
Its tough choosing, but our hardship makes it
easier for you to decide and its an exceedingly
strong line-up. To the victor no spoils, just
eternal glory. Probably. Flip over to p44, check
out the chosen few and then head online to cast
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When Kings Auto Body Shop decided to build an E46 M3 There must be something in the water Down Under
racer, it employed the philosophy of go big or go home. judging by this amazing turbo rotary-swapped E30.


We sample Continentals hottest performance tyres. This is it, 26 of the years most amazing feature cars
and its down to you to pick the winner.
If youre looking to build one last project a Yas Marina blue, 58 FRESH AIR
air-ride 135i Coup sporting 1M styling, carbon and pulled Super-clean with devilishly delicious details,
arches is certainly one way to go out with a bang this gorgeous bagged E30 makes it look so easy.


We pitch the hottest hatches from Honda, Subaru It takes very little to get the F80 M3 looking absolutely
and VW against the mighty M135i. awesome, as this example so effortlessly proves.


Just when you thought E21s were safe, someone drops a Take one exceptionally clean E28 535i, slather it in a whole
5.8-litre V8 into one and turns it into a pro-street dragster. heap of Hartge goodies and this is the ravishing result.

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here are many varied and 911s), and heavily tweaked M3s. The Green

Kings Auto Body Shop took an disparate cars that you may spot Hell and the M3 go hand in hand, and theres
uncompromising approach to on any given day at the something addictive to the owners of E36s
Nrburgring, from race and E46s in particular that keeps them
building this E46 M3 racer.
prototypes to Transit vans, coming back, eager to test out the
Go big or go home were stripped-out track day specials to commuter- effectiveness of their latest choice of rubber
the watchwords and, with spec Octavias, and everything in between. or tweaks to their suspension.
But the three most prevalent sights can be The racy E46 M3 thats posing for the lens
genuine GTR DNA, it certainly neatly subdivided into three categories: today is a true-blue Nordschleife battler,
delivers the goods Porsche 911s (of varying vintage, state of exactly the type of thing that youd expect to
tune and level of competence), locals in see bobbing around the Karussell with
diesel Golfs (who are invariably making flames licking from its cheeky side-exit
much more rapid progress than any of the pipesexcept that it isnt. Its never even
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Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Andy Tipping

been there. This car, while it may appear at Alnajjar, the man who happily dotes on visible manner. Itd be madness for Ayed not
first glance to be a hardcore Euro race build, Kings Auto Body like a proud father. I to build a gorgeously detailed and brutally
is in fact Californian through-and-through, purchased the shop in 2013, and I brought it effective M3 racer, really. What a fortuitous
and the closer you look, the more dedication back to life, he explains. We mostly do position to find oneself in.
to Stateside tuning you discover. Built and insurance work, but our signature is race Now, you may be eyeing the broad,
raced by Kings Auto Body Shop in cars and wide bodies. And me aggressive girth of the E46 and pondering
Huntington Beach, its as American as apple personally? Ive owned over 20 BMWs over the origins of the aesthetic. DTM, perhaps?
pie, colossal drugstores, and putting too the years, and this is my second BMW race Its wider than a BTCC racer, thats for sure,
many advert breaks in TV shows. Its just car. You can see why the project was but theres a distinct Euro race car vibe
one tiny step short of being plastered in spirited into being a history of Bavarian radiating from the M3 as it sits menacingly
stars and stripes. fettling, a shop in which to carry out the before the lens, the exhaust ticking
The project acts as a sort of glorious work to expert level, and a desire to frantically after an enthusiastic run. But
manifestation of the vivid dreams of Ayed showcase the skills of the business in a fairly looks can be deceiving, and this car has
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Kings M3 looks the business thanks

to Flossman GTR wide-body kit, built
to the original BMW Motorsport
specs of the GTR race car

been leading you up a dark path the just took. An uncompromising thing. road car, so it was violating the spirit of the
inspiration for the look came, in fact, from Race versions inevitably ensued, and the ALMS ethos. The governing body insisted
the M3 GTR one of the key elements of M3 GTR development became a shining star that a road-going variant must be on sale on
quintessential American-ness that makes this in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans two continents within a year of the rules
car unique. Series (ALMS). It was powered by a P60B40 being drawn up to be eligible, and BMW
A quick history lesson, then. The E46 M3 motor, a 4.0-litre V8 only to be found in the made plans to build ten road cars for such a
road car, as we know, arrived on the scene GTR, snorting out somewhere between purpose, to be sold at 250,000 apiece. In the
in late-2000 sporting a 3.2-litre S54 straight- 440-470hp depending on setup. end, however, they didnt bother they built
six under its extravagantly bulging bonnet. It The M3 GTR was, it has to be said, a bit of six but these cars werent made available
was a bona fide muscle car, offering a a naughty boy. While S54-powered E46s for public sale. Indeed, three of them were
significant power hike over its E36 would be monstered by Porsche 911 GT3s just development mules that got scrapped.
predecessor, and rocking the sort of on track, the V8-engined cars were rather When the rules changed in 2002, stipulating
unmistakable road presence that would dominant at the hands of Schnitzer that 100 cars had to be built to homologate
trigger a reflex to involuntarily pull out of Motorsport, which caused Porsche to cry the racers, BMW pulled out of ALMS
the way as soon as it appeared in an foul play: it pointed out, quite fairly, that it altogether. This means that if you want to
opponents rear view mirror. It didnt ask, it wasnt possible to buy a V8-engined E46 buy an apple-pie M3 GTR, well, you cant.
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Thats why Ayed decided to build one. Not

a faithful but unforgiving V8-engined
homage, but a proven and reliable S54-
powered E46 whose body pays tribute to the
shortlived splendour of the GTR. The cars
wearing a Flossman GTR wide-body kit,
which is just about as authentic as its
possible to get with this sort of thing; the
wider wings and arches, the front and rear
bumpers, the aero side skirts, its all artfully
hand-crafted in Germany by Peter Flossman,
linchpin of the Judd racing team among
much else, and its all to the original BMW
Motorsport development specs for the GTR
race car, as tested in BMWs own wind
tunnel. It is, in short, a pukka piece of kit.
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But Ayed was always fully intent on doing spits out its heady gases through a custom- undulating gradients and truculent weather
this properly: My previous race car was an crafted side-exit exhaust (just like a real M3 systems as being all in a days work. But, as
E36 M3, he recalls. I built up the engine to GTR race car!). The chassis is suspended by fate insists, its not a moistened Euro fighter
the best of its abilities, but the best I could Moton coilovers and all manner of goodies its a dry-as-a-bone Cali scrapper. The neat
reliably get with that car with cams was from the Ground Control catalogue, with link here is that a couple of the original
270hp. I wasnt happy with the wheel space some substantial Brembos champing at the Schnitzer GTR race cars saw later action at
either because I couldnt fit anything bigger bit to rein all of that thrust back in. Its a the Ring for the 2003 24-Hour event, which
than 255-section tyres. So I decided to go very effective package, and the spec list pulls the DNA across the Atlantic, and then
with the E46 M3, it just made sense. As reads like a whos-who of quality parts. pings it back like a piece of tautly-stretched
standard it makes more power than a built The car was built for the National Auto elastic and fires it squarely into Kings Auto
S52 engine, and once I got the E46 M3, I Sport Association (NASA) German Tuning Body Shop with a resounding thump.
decided to go big or go home! I wanted to Series, although the car was actually Ayeds out there in the glaring West Coast
make a true one-of-a-kind E46, with debuted at SEMA 2014. It was its first time sun, wringing the M3s neck and taking
thoroughbred race car DNA. out in public once wed finished the build, scalps in the NASA GTS, as stridently as the
Well yes, theres no arguing that hes and peoples reactions were amazing. I cant GTRs of yore and this surely means that,
achieved that with some level of gusto. tell you how many people have told me this dream fulfilled, he can dust off his hands
Having purchased the car as a bare shell is their dream car! The important point that and enjoy the fruits of Kings labours, yes?
no engine, no transmission, no interior, no Ayeds not making here, of course, is that its No, of course not. These things are never
suspension the team at Kings set about his dream car too and hes the one holding finished. And now that everythings nicely
building a pure race weapon from the the keys. Funny how life works out bedded in, a GTR rep should really have a
ground up, selecting every component based sometimes, isnt it? V-engine, shouldnt it? What do you say then,
on its performance creds as well as light This build, then, is a fusion of BMW Ayed fancy tracking down one of those
weight and durability. Under the copiously developmental tangents. Given the chance, unicorn P60 V8s? No, he says, scratching
vented DTM Fiberwerkz GTR bonnet sits a itd lap up the verdant and serpentine his chin thoughtfully. I think I want to
full-race S54 with hot Schrick cams, Stage 3 spaghetti curves of the Nrburgring all day put a V10 in there. Well, he did say go big
heads and a sultry CSL air box, all of which long, negotiating the tricky cambers, or go home
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Once I got the E46 M3, E46 M3 Racer

I decided to go big or go ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
home! I wanted to make 3.2-litre straight-six S54B32, CSL air box, 288/280
Schrick cams, Stage 3 heads, ported throttle body,
a one-of-a-kind E46, high compression (12.5:1 ratio), AP pulleys, AP
with thoroughbred headers, custom side-exit exhaust system, Stage 4
clutch, AEM infinity standalone management, six-
race car DNA speed manual transmission rebuilt with 3.91 gearing

11x18 Apex EC-7 wheels (front and rear) (ET25,
15mm spacers all-round), 295/30 soft-compound
tyres (front and rear), Motorsport wheel studs with
race nuts, Moton three-way adjustable coilovers,
Ground Control camber plates, Ground Control anti-roll
bars, Ground Control adjustable control arms, Brembo
BBK with four-piston front calipers and 355mm discs,
four-piston rears and 345mm discs, stainless steel
lines, Hard Motorsport brake cooling backing plates

Flossman GTR wide-body kit, APR front splitter, APR
diffuser built and designed by Raceworkz, APR
GT500 wing (71 wide), Hard Motorsport retractable
tow hooks, DTM Fiberwerkz GTR bonnet, DTM
Fiberwerkz carbon-fibre roof, carbon fibre bootlid,
RAD Industries Lexan windows, RAD Industries
custom fuel cell

Sparco Ergo seat, Sparco steering wheel, Sparco
harness, mesh window net, mesh centre net, Hard
Motorsport CAE shifter, fire extinguisher system, GS
Werks custom roll-cage

Undr8d Empire, ECElite Automotive, DTM Fiberwerkz,
RAD Industries, Hard Motorsport, Hardware
Motorsports, Raceworkz, GSR Technik, GS Werks

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Air Lift has released its latest air-ride height or pressure readings for
system, 3H, which delivers a powerful individual air springs.
yet reliable height and pressure-based The buttons on the soft-touch
system and the most advanced keypad provide physical feedback so
product ever created by Air Lift. The the system can be adjusted without
3H system was developed over three having to look at the controller and it
years and combines pressure-based can be dash-mounted or installed in
control with ride height-sensing any custom configuration. It can also
technology, offering five custom be controlled from your phone via the
pre-sets accessible via a smart black free app. The system has undergone
MULGARI F80 M3 anodised billet aluminium wireless
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Mulgari has put together an F80 M3 project loaded with allows you to quickly check height let you down. If youre looking for the
some tasty upgrades. Its been fitted with a titanium and pressure conditions, tank ultimate air-ride kit, youve found it.
Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system, from turbo pressure displays, and four corner Web:
downpipes back, including secondary catalyst bypass
pipes and titanium tailpipes, which gives an additional
7.3hp and 12.8lb ft of torque as well as saving 3kg.
Mulgaru then added full 3D design clear-coat carbon
aero styling from front splitter back to the front wheel
arches, side skirts, and full arch rear diffuser, creating
the effect of a full skirt. The finishing touches are a
matching boot spoiler and mirror covers.

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We sampled Continentals high
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with the near-magical powers of the
mystical Black Chili Compound
Words: Elizabeth de Latour
Photos: Continental

What is Black Chili?

Contis Black Chili Compound is an
amazing chunk of rubber technology. The
compound actually originated from the
companys work on its range of bicycle
tyres, when Contis chemists made a
breakthrough in mixing technology back in
2005. It made its first appearance in a car
tyre five years later, in the form of the
ContiSportContact 5.
The compound is based on the latest
findings from polymer and raw material
research and what makes it special is that it
constantly adapts to the road surface.
Essentially it moulds itself to the road,
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supple macro block design on the outer shoulder
and solid central ribs that allow the tyre to adapt to
the road surface. The 5 is the successor to the
ContiSportContact 3 and is aimed at tyres in the 17-
18 size range. Equally suitable for performance
cars and SUVs, it delivers shorter braking distances
in all conditions, excellent grip along with
improved fuel economy.

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Black Chili on the M4

Continental provided a pair of M4
Convertibles fitted with SportContact 5
tyres and some sensational southern
Spanish roads to play on, by which we
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The massive low-end torque of the M4s
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more useable. Hammering around the and available in sizes from 19-23 the
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delivered impressive grip around the ultra high performance summer tyre.
multiple tight corners and impressive At its heart is the latest development of
traction when powering out of them plus the Black Chili Compound, which is
the car felt supremely stable under designed to mesh with the road surface
braking. The icing on the cake was an while at the same time temporary atomic
extremely quiet ride whilst cruising on connections between the tyre compound
the motorway, making the SportContact 5 and the road surface ensure high adhesion
an exceptional tyre for those of you by acting like small suction pads at
looking to tame some serious power and nanoscopic level, which sounds like pure
really enjoy driving your BM. science fiction but is most definitely
science fact. This means that whether
youre talking about braking, cornering or
acceleration on wet and dry roads, the
SportContact 6 excels. In addition to this,
vectoring technology employs different
tread elements on the inside, outside and
centre of the tyre for optimum force
transfer, improving stability and steering
response. Finally, Aralon 350 reinforcing
material, developed specifically for the
tyres, means the SportContact 6 is
approved for use up to 220mph (350km/h).
It utilises a synthetic fibre in which two
yarns made from strong aramid are closely
interwoven with a yarn of flexible nylon.
Implanted in rubber, this fibre is placed
under the tread as a jointless cap ply and
this complex structure acts like an
additional steel belt and offers controlled,
safe tyre contour behaviour even at
exceptionally high speeds

Available in 18-20 sizes, the ForceContact is Contis road-legal track
day tyre and was developed in conjunction with some of the worlds
leading tuners, such as AC Schnitzer and TechArt, with extensive
testing at the Nordschleife to ensure that the ForceContact delivers
all thats required from a track day tyre.
The Black Chili Compound is great for track use, ensuring
maximum intermeshing between the tyre and road surface for
ultimate grip, while its unique macro-block shoulder design delivers
great handling and superb cornering. In dry conditions the
ForceContact offers exceptional levels of grip plus consistently fast
lap times. Its not just an exceptional performer in the dry, though,
with bi-directional drainage grooves on the inside of the tread
providing excellent wet weather performance on the track and
allowing you to get home safely whatever the weather.

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o n e la s t b ig build and with

anted to d o
Mark Stewart w w a s m is sion accomplis
s a y it
this 135i, wed cCann
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Words: Elizabet
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t may lack the sheer in-your-face impact of certainly no slouch, thanks to 306hp and is what made the 3.0 twin-turbo 135i a must.

I the 1M or the more heavily

M-administered focus of its next generation
counterpart but the 135i remains an
awesome performance machine. Its fast,
surprisingly practical and economical when
driven with care and an absolute riot. Its
perfectly-sized, nimble and hard to beat for
295lb ft of torque from the early twin-turbo
N54, but its the tuning potential of that
engine that makes the 135i such a deadly
weapon out on the roads. With minimum
effort you can be knocking on the door of
400hp, and that will never leave you wanting.
As a base from which to build a
Everything had to be right, from the colour
to interior. And looking at the car, its fair to
say that Mark has got everything spot-on.
In just three short weeks, with the help of
friends, he transformed a standard 135i into
the machine you see before you now, which
is amazing considering just how much work
sheer grin-inducing driving pleasure. We have performance project, then, the 135i is the has been poured into the car. If theres an
fond memories of our first time behind the perfect choice and thats what attracted area in which the standard 135i is lacking,
wheel of a 135i and we came away massively Mark Stewart to what would become his its on the visual front. Despite that pouty
impressed. It may have been superseded by 135i. As this was going to be my last big front bumper, its a pretty discreet car with
the M135i and M235i, which is arguably more build I wanted to build the ultimate 1 no wild arches or lairy styling. While thats
of a direct replacement, but the 135i still has Series, says the car painter from Northern all well and good if you want to make rapid
the potential to impress and surprise owners Ireland. The car was built to make heads progress across the highways and byways
of more exotic machinery. Out-of-the-box it is turn but not to be all show and no go, which without attracting unwanted attention, its

Engine has been treated to an Injen induction kit, a live map,

a de-cat, and an ACS exhaust resulting in 386hp and 400lb
ft of torque. Interior dominated by Maserati yellow roll-cage

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obviously no good if you actually want to

attract attention.
So the first step was to beef up that body.
And this 1 Series has undergone a heck of a Air-ride was
lot of work on the styling front. Up front,
theres that 1M bumper, spilling over with
cartoonish aggression and intakes the a must to get the
stance right
perfect choice for giving the front end some
more clout. Matched with it are a pair of 1M
front wings, themselves chosen to
accommodate the wheels, which Mark had
his heart set on from the start. The wheels
were only available in a seriously low
offset, though, and although most of us in
such a situation would sigh and choose
something else that would fit straight on,
thats clearly not Marks style. The wheels in
question are 9.5x18 Cosmis Racing XT-
206Rs, a sexy single-piece wheel finished in
black with a polished lips very nice
indeed. In Marks chosen width the only
offset available was +10, far too low for the
standard width 1 Series arches to
accommodate. There was another problem,
too. The XT-206R is only available in a
5x114.3 or 5x100 fitment, neither of which
is any good for a BMW. Normally, you can
get around this by chucking a set of
adapters on but as theyre essentially
spacers and the offset here was so low
already, that wasnt possible. The solution?
Mark had the wheels redrilled to the correct
5x120 PCD so they could fit straight on. A
lot of effort but it was worth it as the twin
six-spoke design really suits the chunky 1
Series shape. And with the 1M bodywork,
the fitment really is on point.
Of course, with fat 1M front arches, the
rear was now looking rather anaemic so
something clearly needed to be done. Marks
solution was to have them pulled and flared,
which has made a massive difference and
the rear quarters now mirror the front to
perfection, with the wheels filling all four

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arches and sitting flush as you like. the stance right, he says. And you cant
Beyond the front bumper and beefed-up argue with the results. Mark turned to
arches theres plenty more to admire here, AirREX for the suspension kit itself, adding
like the E9x M3-style carbon bonnet which Air Lift V2 management, with the controller
is just one of many carbon additions that custom-mounted in the dash where the
adorn this 135i. There are also carbon drivers side central air vent would normally
kidney grilles, carbon bumper intakes, be and one seriously slick boot build. Twin
carbon 1M indicators, mirrors, aerial and, at Viair 380 compressors sit beneath a clear
the rear, a seriously aggressive carbon panel in the black carpeted boot floor while
diffuser. Its the perfect accompaniment for the single air tank has been carbon-
the AC Schnitzer exhaust and custom side wrapped, mounted in a carpeted panel and
skirts complete with blades. Its a very the ends have been painted Maserati yellow
thorough cosmetic reworking that has to match the full roll-cage. Yes, theres a full
totally transformed the rather unassuming roll-cage, well get to that in a moment.
1 Series Coup into a serious head-turner. Aired-out, the car sits so low that the front
But there was one final piece of the bumper and side blades are mere
puzzle missing: a killer colour that would millimetres off the ground, while the arches
burn peoples eyeballs! The colour was perch majestically on the wheels lips. It
chosen to keep with a BMW colour but one really is a thing of beauty to behold.
never done on a 1 Series, explains Mark. Mark did promise a big build and, heading
The chosen colour is Yas Marina blue from indoors, hes certainly not scrimped on the
the M3 and M4. Its certainly not something interior side of things either. The first thing
youre going to see a lot of, certainly not on youll notice, because its impossible to miss,
the 1 Series. Its an awesome colour, striking is the aforementioned Maserati yellow
for being so different, a sort of metallic Dodger roll-cage that curves around the
pastel blue that never looks anything less shape of the dash and then soars overhead,
than ultra-bold and bright. We think its the disappearing into the now seat-less rear to
perfect choice to contrast with the black connect up to the chassis behind the
and carbon details about the exterior. carpeted panel. A matching carpeted custom
So with styling, wheels and paint sorted, it A-pillar pod houses boost and AFR gauges,
was time to take care of the suspension. the dash trims have all been colour-coded,
With a build of this calibre there was only and a pair of sexy Recaro CS seats have
one direction that Mark could head in, and been installed in place of the standard items.
that involved air. Air-ride was a must to get The two gauges are not merely frivolous

As this was going to be my last big build

I wanted to create
the ultimate 1 Series
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Carbon galore on the outside with

bonnet, grilles, indicators and
diffuser just a few of the items
now finished in the black weave

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Air-ride was the only option when it came to the

suspension to achieve the perfect stance; air-ride
controller has been custom-mounted in the dash

additions as theres been a bit of tinkering with this project. BMW Performance six-pot possibly be left to do, the answer is nothing!
beneath the bonnet in order to get the N54 front brakes with Mintex fast road pads This was exactly the car Mark wanted to
performing to its full potential. As we provide ample stopping power. build. In less time than it takes most of us to
mentioned earlier, this engine is extremely This is an exceptionally nice car and get around to buying a car, he took a car
eager to give you more power and the arguably one of the best-looking 1 Series from standard to show standard quite a
addition of a dual Injen induction kit, de-cat weve come across. Mark promised himself feat where modified cars are concerned. The
and live remap by Autotune has resulted in one last big build and in our eyes hes 135i has now been sold, a Porsche 911
power leaping to 386hp with 400lb ft more definitely delivered, this 135i being a taking its place, and while Mark may have
than enough for anybody and certainly the suitably big statement to go out on. And, if moved on we cant imagine hell ever forget
sort of go Mark was after when starting out youre wondering what on earth there could his magnificent 1 Series

E82 135i

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION management, BMW Performance six-pot BBK INTERIOR
3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo N54B30, Injen (front), Mintex fast road pads Recaro CS seats, full colour-coded dash, Dodger roll-
induction kit, de-cat, AC Schnitzer exhaust, live map cage painted Maserati yellow, custom pillar mount
by Autotune, 386hp and 400lb ft of torque, six-speed EXTERIOR for boost and AFR gauges, air-ride controller custom
manual gearbox Full respray in Yas Marina blue, 1M front wings, 1M mounted in air vent, 2x Viair 380 compressors,
front bumper, carbon E9x M3-style bonnet, kidney carbon-wrapped air tank with Maserati yellow ends
CHASSIS grilles, bumper intakes, 1M indicators and mirrors,
18x9.5 ET10 (front and rear) Cosmis Racing XT- custom canards, custom side skirts, side skirt blades, THANKS
206R wheels custom drilled to 5x120 with 215/35 carbon boot spoiler, aerial, rear diffuser, rear arches PPG/Nexa Autocolor for paint, Stephen at SC Cages
(front and rear) tyres, AirREX struts with Air Lift V2 pulled and flared and the Paintworx team (07540 168355)

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Hatches have never been hotter rivals under gloomy grey skies, which point and the only one with a rear spoiler to
continued to dump sporadic rain showers rival the Civics, the latest WRX should be
and while the M135i arguable throughout the day. Ho-hum. on the list for anyone considering buying a
rules the roost, can it fend off the If youve ever driven Bruntingthorpe in 30k performance family car. As should the
the wet, youll know that it is extremely Volkswagen Golf R. Whilst mechanically
onslaught from the competition? slippery in places, with grip dropping off similar to the bewinged Scooby also four-
rapidly on the runway sections thanks to the wheel drive, 300hp its difficult to think of
Words and photos: Steve Hall
old-fashioned patchy asphalt surface which a more divergent philosophical approach.
has soaked up years and years of aircraft Where the Subaru is all boisterous rally rep,
ets do a track-based emissions. Imagine the grip coefficient when the Golf remains the sober-suited

L comparison test, the editor

suggested. Lets do it at
Bruntingthorpe. Itll be fun,
she said. Well, I didnt need
asking twice! The idea was to assemble a
handful of suitably well-endowed rivals to
take on what remains the undisputed king of
old slipper meets wet linoleum floor, and
youre not far off. This explained our
difficulty in approaching the manufacturers
quoted acceleration times (well, that and
mechanical sympathy), but it magnified the
chassis balance of our quartet, so the
exercise proved hugely informative, and was
sophisticate. Both should be a stiff test for
the M135i.
And thats a car that needs no
introduction in this magazine. Were huge
fans of the hottest non-M hatchback and its
been wowing us since day one, which is a
good thing because we couldnt get hold of
the hot hatches, BMWs spectacular M135i. definitely a lot of fun the face-lifted version from BMW at short
Could the trio of challengers wed lined up notice, but luckily our good friends at
be able to worry the Bavarian champion? THE RIVALS Evolve stepped in to loan us their original
Organising a test like this is not an easy So, which rivals to pitch against the M135i? example, so huge thanks go to all the guys
feat, though, as juggling the vagaries of track From the Japanese corner, we chose the all- there. With a lightning-fast eight-speed auto
availability, editorial staff to assist, and new Civic Type R, which starts at a fiver on board and a 320hp turbocharged straight-
buttering up the relevant PR folk to entrust under 30k, and boasts 310hp and 295lb ft of six under the bonnet, the M135i will launch
us with their prized press car can see such torque from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four- from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds and wont
plans unravel before weve so much as pot, which means a brisk 0-62 time of 5.7 stop until youre nudging the 155mph speed
checked the weather. Ah, the weather seconds and a very precise top speed of limiter (its true, weve been there). Its
Serves us right for running this test in 167.8mph. We also brought along the Subaru similarly priced to its class rivals but offers
British summer time, I suppose. Either way, WRX STI, taking a different approach to the the sort of pure rear-wheel driving thrills
we arrived at Bruntingthorpe to test the typical choose a group of FWD hot hatches that front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive
M135is track capabilities alongside three key method. With a similar power output, price just cant match.

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M135i is the most grown-up car here and doesnt

shout about its incredible performance credentials


And so to the track. We decide to conduct six and the fantastic ZF eight-speed auto, frenetic, the BMW is cultured and mature;
some impromptu acceleration tests. which is crisp and responsive. The engine is its possibly the most grown-up car here and
Although the manufacturers own figures the star of the show, delivering massive lag- while it might not be as ultimately sharp on
give us an idea of what to expect, we are free low-end torque thats spread wide track as the Type R, for example, its still
particularly interested to discover how easy across the rev range and it pulls hard all the massively fun to drive, not least in part
(or not yes, were looking at you Subaru) way to the redline with an intoxicating thanks to being RWD. Power oversteer is
they are to launch. We also want to push the straight-six howl. As far as outright never far away if you want it; the E-diff does
cars up to, and beyond, their limits on track performance is concerned the M135i is a its best to ape an LSD but theres no beating
to see just how hot those hot hatch beast. Its a beauty when it comes to the the real deal for controllability, though its
credentials really are, and to see where the corners, and while its most definitely far from a deal breaker. While its rivals
car of the moment sits in amongst this lot. designed as a road car rather than a track might be a little sharper on track, the
The M135i has the strongest powertrain day escapee, the chassis is wonderfully combination of outright performance and
in a straight line it simply cruises away from balanced, the steering precise and full of RWD adjustability make the M135i a
anything else here and its a joy to use, feel and it requires very little effort to drive package thats hard to beat and as all-
thanks to the sonic qualities of the straight- very quickly. Where the Honda is feisty and rounder road car, its even harder to beat.

The M135i has the strongest

powertrain in a straight line
it simply cruises away from
anything else here

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The Type R is by far the most track-focused going on outside today. Getting the Scooby
car here. The seats are sensational off the line briskly proves tricky because of
comfortable and supportive. The wheel the laggy nature of the power delivery, with 0-62MPH: 5.7 seconds
offers lots of adjustment and the pedals are lots of revs and clutch slipping required. TOP SPEED: 167mph
PRICE: 29,995
almost ideal my only gripe is that there is a Find yourself in the wrong gear and it seems
touch too much distance between the brake to take an age before the boost arrives, then
and accelerator. The engine is great. Of power comes in a torrent from 4000rpm to
course it lacks the aural thrill of the M135i the 6500rpm cut out. Its exciting but makes
but in terms of power delivery and character it tricky to get the best out of it. The WRXs
it certainly delivers. Sub-3000rpm it feels a biggest problem is revealed when pushing
bit laggy but keep the revs up and the power ten-tenths on track. The initial heft to the
delivery builds and builds and it revs all the steering disappears under pressure and
to way to 7000rpm. It sounds fine its washes out into understeer, cured only by
hardly inspiring, but its an aggressive, trimming the throttle or a dose of handbrake.
tough, mechanical note that suits the car, With the inconsistent steering delivering
though it cant hold a candle to the M135i little in the way of feel, no rear limited-slip
for aural satisfaction. diff, and precious little throttle adjustability
With 300hp on tap the front Continentals the WRX proves a bit one dimensional on
can get a substantial workout, so Honda track. Whilst theres fun to be had in its
employs a clever dual axis strut system to frenetic delivery, and you can lean on the
dial out torque steer 50% less than the four-wheel drive traction, it lacks the
standard Civic, and it works well. The biddable nature to satisfy a keen driver.
limited-slip diff aids traction and the steering Which leaves us with one more
remains faithfully precise unless youre protagonist in the German corner: the VW
deliberately clumsy with the throttle in a slow Golf R. Youd be forgiven for thinking the
corner at which point its quite possible (in Golf might be a bit dull, for the elegant-but-
the wet at least) to light up both front tyres restrained exterior merely hints at the Rs
and head straight on regardless of which way 300hp powertrain, but a few laps of the
the wheels are pointing. Its an impressive car sodden track reveals a really enjoyable car.
but falls short of the M135is rounded It finds great front end grip so you can
character and blistering performance. hustle it into the apex more often than not,
Conditions like this should play right into and theres enough poise and adjustability to
the hands of the remaining four-wheel drive bring the rear into play if you want. The
contingents, so I jump into the Scooby next Golfs Haldex four-wheel drive system
to see if a wet track will reveal a more ensures terrific traction, although it never
engaging side to its dynamic makeup. The quite manages to oversteer under power
initial impression is good. The seats are the system is set up to send power to the
comfortable and suitably sporting, the rear only when the front loses traction. Its
Alcantara wheel falls nicely to hand and the nicely damped and the quick steering feels
gearshift feels positive. The cabin might look natural and intuitive and its a hugely
a bit dated but were concerned with whats enjoyable car on track.

The combination of outright performance and

RWD adjustability make the M135i a
package thats hard to beat

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0-62pmh: 5.1 seconds M135i WRX STI
TOP SPEED: 155mph 0-62MPH: 4.9 seconds
PRICE: 30,820 0-62MPH: 5.2 seconds
TOP SPEED: 155mph TOP SPEED: 159mph
PRICE: 32,685 (2013) PRICE: 28,995

Well, there are no prizes for
figuring out the clear winner
amongst these four. While the
other German and Japanese
rivals put up a good fight,
ultimately the M135i remains
the hot hatch to have.
While the Honda is rather more
hardcore and feels like a more
focused machine, and the Subaru
and Golf offer the sort of grip and
traction youd only get from a
4WD machine, the M135i is the
best all-round machine.
We found the engine to be
magnificent, the chassis
beautifully balanced and as an
all-round package that can deliver
white-knuckle B-road thrills and
then cruise in comfort on the
motorway and return over 30mpg,
it remains the one to beat

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Turn an unassuming E21 into a V8-powered

pro-street monster? Sure, why not?
Words: Martyn Morgan-Jones Photos: Matt Richardson

ack in the day, the quickest pointing in the right direction. Fun times. car. The arches are kept standard, the axle is

B factory E21 you could buy was

the 323i. It was quite some car,
with great lines and a character-
defining, potent and seriously
sultry six-pot. It was also a car that required
a gentle touch when the going was wet or
greasy, and it didnt quite possess the charm
Which is why Ive always held a candle for
the E21 and why I scan the classifieds
from time-to-time. Just in case!
Like me, Andy Tidys a big fan of the E21.
Plus hes a long-time devotee of drag racing,
and is particularly fond of the pro-street
scene. And, as you can see, hes managed to
narrowed and wide rear wheels are fitted
within modified wheelwells. Its also usual
to have interior trim and cars can often be
road legal too. Id been contemplating
building a pro-street E21 for some time, but
things only started to take shape in 2010.
Things actually started to take shape
of its predecessor, the 2002. But the 323i morph these two passions quite brilliantly. following a visit to Santa Pod, where Andy
certainly melded style with substance and Over to Andy for some background info: happened to bump into his good mate, and
helped pin BMW to the aspirational and Ive been in and around BMWs for years. pro-street legend, Winston Sewell. Fuelled
high-performance maps. Especially E30s and E36s. Ive got a thing by the on-strip action, and the heady and
My sister had a 323i, but hers was an for the E21 too. Its got such classic styling high-octane atmosphere, imagination went
Alpina C1 with a tuned 2.3. Suffice to say, I and you dont see many around. Then theres into overdrive. Winston, whos a good
borrowed said Alpina whenever the keys my drag racing interests, hence the pro- friend of mine, is well-known and respected
were available, relishing its free-spirited street. Pro-street is basically a car that has in the pro-street world, explains Andy. Hes
and seamless 170hp. For the most part, I the shell modified from the firewall back, the man behind Gimme 5 Racing and has a
even managed to keep this Bavarian beauty typically referred to as a back-half (tubbed) superb pro-street Rover P5 and an equally
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nice pro-street Cortina Mk5. Anyhow, I was was surprisingly sound. Perfect for what I supremely-skilled and delightfully-named
caught up in the heat of the moment and had in mind. Guinea Pig Racing.
mentioned that Id like to do something As already alluded to, what Andy had in A mate of mine, Mick Melford, suggested
similar with an E21. mind was to convert this forlorn farmyard that I took the car to George and his son
To cut a longish story short, a plan was find into a pro-street machine. Whats more, Kai, at Guinea Pig Racing, continues Andy.
hatched and Winston, and a bunch of other it was going to be of the highest calibre and Happily, they agreed to do the conversion.
mates agreed to help out. Enthused, Andy blessed with a lot of power. As well as They started by fitting new sills, a new rear
went in search of a suitable E21. One that being built to the best standards, it was panel and repairing the A posts. Then they
was ripe for conversion but not too ripe. always going to be a high-power car, says fabricated a tubular rear chassis, fitted a
The E21 is a rare car nowadays, which is Andy. As soon as the project was mooted, I ten-point roll-cage, moved the front
why I didnt want to convert a really nice knew I was going to fit a V8, a small-block bulkhead back by eight inches and modified
example, he elaborates. Im a classic car Chevy V8 in fact. It made sense! it, and fabricated the engine mounts,
enthusiast too! Luckily, through the E21 With the kind of power he was aiming for, gearbox tunnel and rear floor. They also
forum, I found one that had failed its MoT, and with the distinct possibility of the E21 supplied and fitted the narrowed Ford 9
been stripped, and then laid up. Whats seeing some action on the drag strip, Andy axle and ladder bar suspension. The end
more, it was just three miles away! It was also knew it made sense to get the shell and result is astonishing. They had the car for
minus its engine, box and interior, and had chassis race-prepped. So, heeding good around four months and brought it to life.
been sitting outside for some months, but advice, he headed in the direction of the George and Kai certainly breathed new
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life into this E21, giving it a whole new apparently. The transmission is a Chevy
purpose, and theres no denying that the TH350 auto, but with manual valve bodies.
transformation has been beautifully This means it will flat shift. Mixing and
executed and well integrated. But its also matching the parts we had, Rob Knibbs and I
important to appreciate that many of Andys built the Chevy V8, which is stroked to 5.8
friends contributed to this project too; litres. We did have a small problem early on,
bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, with low oil pressure, so we pulled the
skills and, importantly, enthusiasm. After engine. With the help of John Tudor, it was
the car came back from Guinea Pig, Dave rebuilt with a roller cam, roller rockers,
Gunther came over and welded in a new monster-sized valves, and AFR heads. The
front panel, cross-member and front carb is Holley 650 double-pumper, and
valance, adds Andy. Dan, Rob, Kenny, theres a Mallory distributor and MSD
Winston, John and Lenny all pitched in too. I ignition. The headers and system were made
used to be a panel beater/sprayer and the by Powerspeed.
paintwork, which is Ford Monza blue, I did To be honest, the engine didnt really need
with the help of John Gale at his bodyshop any power, but the upgrades added another
in Rainham. To be honest, Id never done 100hp or so. Power is now in the region of
anything remotely like this project before 500hp and Andy reports that the
and I certainly couldnt have done it on my performance is stunning and the torque
own. This car is a real team effort. colossal! Thankfully, the chassis revisions
A team effort for sure. Yet its important to including the ladder bar rear setup, the huge
remember that Andy, whos very modest and exceedingly grippy 325/50 15 Mickey
about what hes achieved, came up with the Thomson tyres, and the aforementioned
idea, masterminded the project; and spent Locker diff, ensure that this E21 handles the
every spare minute working in his cramped power and torque with ease. In drag racing
single garage or, whenever the weather was terms: it hooks up very nicely indeed.
clement, working outside on his drive. The It steers well too and in-keeping with the
work included the engine build, pro-street look, the front tyres are much
transmission fitting and most of the running slimmer. Wheels are Image three-piece splits
gear install. The end result is a car that has all-round. With pro-street, and drag racing
been finished to an exceptionally high in general, the front wheels/tyres are much
standard, looks drop dead gorgeous and is narrower, reveals Andy. I went for a 185
kitted out with high quality components. width because the car doesnt have power
I was never going to skimp on quality, steering. It drives really well, very
mentions Andy. Every part is the best I manageable, and it stops well too. There are
could afford and more than fit for the Hi Spec discs and four-pots up front and
purpose intended. The narrowed Ford Mercedes 190E discs and Wilwood calipers
axle is fitted with Strange halfshafts and a at the rear.
Detroit Locker diff. Its good for 1000hp So, this E21 is blessed with sublime

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Pro-Street E21

5.8-litre eight-valve Chevy small-block V8, Air Flow
Research aluminium cylinder heads, 10.2:1
compression ratio, Powerspeed headers and
straight-through stainless steel exhaust system,
Holley 650 carburettor, Mallory distributor (electronic
conversion), MSD ignition. Power: 500hp @
6200rpm and 460lb ft @ 4600rpm

Three-speed TH350 auto gearbox with manual valve
bodies and Pro-ratchet shifter, narrowed Ford 9
axle with Detroit Locker diff (3.5:1 ratio) and
Strange halfshafts, custom-made propshaft

6x15 (front) and 12x15 (rear) Image three-piece
wheels with 185/55 (front) and 325/50 (rear) tyres,
Gaz-modified front legs, anti-roll bar, modified TCAs,
uprated coil springs, rear coilovers, ladder frame
chassis, wheelie bars, 285mm vented Hi Spec discs,
Hi Spec four-pot aluminium calipers and EBC
GreenStuff pads (front), Mercedes 190E discs,
Wilwood calipers, EBC GreenStuff pads (rear),
hydraulic handbrake

Standard E21 shell, tubbed rear half with ladder
frame chassis and widened wheel tubs, ten-point roll-
bodywork, goes like the proverbial off a Little wonder Andy is so pleased and cage, fabricated rear floorpans, Perspex side and rear
shovel and has seriously effective brakes. It little wonder that this E21 is a keeper. Its windows/GRP and Kevlar bonnet, rechromed bumpers
even sports a very purposeful interior: one something of a sleeper too. True, when
thats been kitted out for the strip but not viewed from the rear, the gargantuan tyres
Tillett carbon fibre seats, Sparco four-point
quite stripped out. I wanted the race car and sizeable silencers are something of a harnesses, carbon doorcards, 12-gallon tank, Sparco
look, says Andy. But I also wanted some giveaway. However, from many angles, DJF steering wheel, Autometer instrumentation
creature comforts. It has Perspex side and 737Y provides few clues as to its
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Photos: Andrew Parliaros

A lifetime of E30 obsession has led Ehsan Hazrati to build many insane projects. His latest project is
stuffed with enough triangles to make Pythagoras weep, yet youd never guess it from the outside.
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ow everybody from the you cut it, this is a feisty manoeuvre.

N 313, put your

motherflippin hands up
and follow me. So spat
Eminem in 8 Mile
(kinda), allowing the previously
unremarkable three-digit number a little
screen time. Until this point, 313 had merely
Ehsans opted for the 13B-REW variant, as
found in twin-turbo form in the third-
generation RX-7, and its a bit of a cult icon.
Its a bold play, but Ehsan has form with
this sort of caper. His first three E30s may
have enjoyed tweaked BMW four- and six-
pots, but the fourth ended up with a 13B
been a truncatable prime, Donald Ducks from a Mazda Cosmo, and it seems that
registration number or, of course, the year in this wacky experiment really flicked his
which Romes Basilica of Maxentius and switch, and he stuck with the formula. That
Constantine was completed. But now, rather part-built drag car we mentioned? Thats
splendidly, we have a new function for the rocking rotors too. This fella just really
number 313. Even more aggressive than a digs triangles.
riled-up Eminem, ladies and gentlemen, we From as long ago as I can remember, all I
present the E30 BMW 313i. ever wanted was an old-school BMW, he
I know, it doesnt sound exciting when assures us. I live by classic not plastic and
you put it like that, does it? But all is not as built not bought. The BMWs of this era
it seems here. True, the E30 harks back to represented great European design and true
an era when the boot badges did mostly workmanship, and the last perfect
relate to what was under the bonnet (a 318i lightweight rear-wheel drive chassis
was a 1.8, a 325i was a 2.5 you get the compared to the competitors the KE
idea), so are we looking at an obscure Corolla, Mercedes 230E, Mazda RX-7 and so
variant with a 1.3-litre engine? And why on from that time. Youll note that hes
would anyone want that? slipped a Mazda reference in there, though.
Stick with the story, for your perceptions Clearly a fusion was always on the cards a
are about to be blown away in the most greatest hits of the period, if you like. Well,
spectacular way possible. But first, lets its all subjective isnt it?
meet the man behind it. My parents tell me Yeah, Ive always had a passion for E30s
that at the age of five I was drawing the as well as for the lightweight, high-RPM feel
round headlights and kidney grilles of the of a turbo rotary engine, Ehsan admits. I
E30 BMW without really even knowing what had a picture in my head of what I wanted it
it was, says Ehsan Hazrati, the Sydneysider to look and feel like; people from the E30
behind the steering wheel. As I got older scene tend either to have a really clean
and got my licence, I had E30 after E30. I slow-and-standard car or a roughened-up
did all the modifications myself, from fast one. I wanted to build an all-rounder a
servicing to tuning, overhauling to show-stopper that drops jaws but that could
suspension, bushings, sound systems etc. I also be used as a street-legal weapon.
did extensive research into E30 DTM race Something I can take to the drag strip, run
car suspension, brakes, and making them consistent ten-second passes on street tyres, friendly local engine builder.
handle around corners at high speeds. I then drive home and the next day go on an I did everything else on this car myself,
spent a lot of hours calculating and testing E30 club cruise to the beach, have it on but it was George and Rocky at PAC
power-to-weight combinations, high RPM display at a car show, and win trophies. This Performance Racing who built and ported
engines, and turbocharging power graph build was my total package. the engine, and dyno tuned the car, Ehsan
outputs. And a lot of trial-and-error! Blimey. Talk about your stereotypical explains. The motor is bridge-ported, and
This, its pretty safe to say, is a man Aussie confidence! Theres not a single porting rotaries is something of a black art:
obsessed. After a long line of retro 3 Series, element of that paragraph that isnt writing a a great way to get more power out of them
he finds himself today with three E30s massive cheque, but thankfully Ehsans the is to effectively smash some holes into the
making a nuisance of themselves on his sort of dude with the skills to cash it. intake side, although the more
driveway: a 900hp drag car thats currently And so it began. A project base was extreme the ports
under construction; the family daily-driver sourced from a guy whod had the car are, the
four-door 316i that just happens to be slumbering in the shadows of his garage for
running a 450hp Corvette LS1 V8; and the around six years all immaculate and
cheeky red number thats splashed across original, and youll no doubt be impressed to
these pages. This, for us, is the pick of the learn that its still wearing its original factory
bunch hence why its here because, well, Brilliantrot paint. The seller refused to let
its just insane; not just the quality of finish the car go before Ehsan promised to give
and attention to detail but the fact that its the car a new lease of life, a good home and,
running a Mazda rotary engine. most of all, not to crash it after all, hed
Aha. That cacophonous clanging is the owned it from new. Imagine what he must
sound of the penny dropping throughout the be thinking when he sees this feature! Good
PBMW readership. The 313i badge refers to vibes, we hope.
the 13B rotary engines swept volume of Ehsan took it home, and immediately
1308cc. Although, being a Wankel unit, you installed it in his garage for another dusty
cant really equate its displacement to that year-long slumber. You dont want to rush
of a piston engine, its twin-654cc chambers these things, do you? Although he wasnt
arent even on nodding terms with a crank- dragging his heels by any means our
and-piston arrangement. But whichever way effervescent protagonist had been to see his

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Bridge-ported 13B rotary sports a massive

Garrett GTX4088R turbo and makes 550rwhp

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more lairy and tricky the motor becomes.

Rotary E30

Bridge-porting basically involves opening

ENGINE centre (85% lock), AKG solid 75D subframe, trailing out the standard ports, then adding an
13B-REW 2x654cc Mazda RX-7 rotary, bridge-ported arms, control arm and diff mount bushing kit, Ireland additional eyebrow port above it all gets a
to PAC Racing specs, race doweled and balanced Engineering heavy duty front and rear racing anti-roll
bit techy, but the short version is you get an
rotors, PAC Racing unbreakable apex/corner seals, bar kit with adjustable rose-joint links, custom 315mm
Power Ported intake and ports, custom PAC Racing front and rear brake kit with ADR/CAMS approved amusing lumpy idle, oodles more power, and
13B turbo exhaust manifold, Garrett GTX4088R turbo, braided line throughout, OEM E32 740i brake master a hell of a lot of noise. Which is all good fun.
Turbosmart 50mm ProGate wastegate, Turbosmart cylinder, modified Z3M power steering rack with 2.7 At the time of getting the engine built I
34mm dual port blow-off valve, Turbosmart fuel lock-to-lock, solid billet alloy steering shaft coupler, was looking for around 400hp, says Ehsan.
pressure regulator, 3.5 dump pipe with full 3 5/8 Mark Williams drag racing rear wheel studs,
It currently makes around 550rwhp at
exhaust and Rotaflow silencers, Haltech PS2000 ECU custom Bilstein front coilovers and solid camber plates,
and Haltech boost controller solenoid, custom heavy-duty rear Beehive King Springs, welded AKG anti- 7000rpm on 22psi, which is approximately
fabricated engine mounts, custom dual-core PWR camber squatting plates in rear trailing arms, Sparco 620hp at the engine in a car weighing only
intercooler, PWR oil cooler, PWR dual-core radiator, 1.5 front and rear strut braces, Ultra Racing four-point 992kg! Its safe-tuned at 22psi, although the
custom alloy radiator shroud and high CFM output 16 lower crossmember reinforcement bar engine is built for 35psi+, so theres plenty
Spal fan, dual Bosch 044 fuel pump, three litre surge
more to come.
tank and Walbro primer pump, quad Haltech LS1 EXTERIOR
ignition coils. 620hp at flywheel (542rwhp) at 22psi 1990 325i two-door shell, original 25-year-old The results really do speak for themselves,
safe tune; engine built for 35psi+ Brilliantrot paint, 318is lip spoiler, M Tech 1 boot too. It performed far better than expected,
spoiler, rolled and flared arches Ehsan grins. But the power band was so
TRANSMISSION high, I went through axles like underwear.
R154 Supra Turbo five-speed gearbox with INTERIOR
Obviously the factory axle broke but then it
aftermarket strengthened billet gearset and synchros, Momo Prototipo 350mm Retrotech steering wheel, E30
custom gearbox mounts, custom PAC billet bellhousing M3 black leather seats, Sparco PRO2000 fixed drivers ate through a brand-new OEM 325i setup, Z3
adapter, PAC RBR550 heavy-duty clutch and pressure seat, Sparco fixed race seat rails, Sparco six-point 3 M Coup items, hybrid E30/E28 M5 units
plate, billet lightened flywheel, billet short-shifter with harness, Autometer Ultra Light gauges, Turbosmart then, after the Garrett GTX4088R turbo
E30 DTM white Delrin nylon gear knob, custom Mark eBoost2 with 3x boost pre-set stages (street, track, upgrade, it even chewed through custom
Williams 3 wall chromoly tailshaft with 1350-series drag racing), E46 M3 pedals, all sound/cavity
108mm 500hp Porsche billet axles! The
Strange uni-joints deadening and heat shield removed, drilled-out
circular holes behind doorcards, parcel tray, behind build is undoubtedly a bit of a monster,
CHASSIS back seat and sunroof for weight reduction total car echoing those early years of trial-and-error to
9x16 BBS mesh wheels with 215/45 (front) and weight 992kg get it all running right, but you can see from
255/45 (rear) Kumho Ecsta tyres, custom 1000hp the muscular spec box that Ehsans really
halfshaft axles with 120mm chromoly treated CVs and THANKS
pulled it all together neatly. And, of course,
bearing cages, reinforced rear BMW subframe and George and Rocky at PAC Performance Racing, Leon
trailing arms, custom fabricated rear diff brace mount, Sokalski at Performance Metalcraft, Mark Callinan at as the man himself was eager to tell us, this
E28 M5 diff with Alpina finned diff cover, cryogenically British European Motor Works, and my family and E30 is as much about show as go
strengthened and shot-peened crown and pinon, OS girlfriend for picking me up when I broke the CV axles A very important marker for this build
Giken Superlock shimmed 28-plate tightened LSD on the street was to make it something of a sleeper not
totally stealthy but certainly not showing its
hand too early. That mint-condition, 25-year-
I wanted to build an all-rounder a show-stopper old paint certainly helps here, and Ehsan
that drops jaws but that could also be used as has had all manner of chuckles taking on

a street-legal weapon

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Skyline GT-Rs and a kaleidoscope of polished lips, but I think we can all agree build of the whole car took just three
Porsches who never saw it coming and that the 16 mesh wheels give it an months, but it was then a further 18 months
didnt see where it went. Theres no modern appropriately period look thats in keeping of tweaking suspension heights, spring rates,
paint colours here, no fibreglass body kits, with that quasi-sleeper vibe. diff ratios, tyre diameters, ET formula
no big wings screwed to the boot, he says, This keenness for stealth carries over to calculations, and axle and tailshaft options
with no small amount of satisfaction. I kept the interior, too. One of my rules is that before it was all truly fit to get that
it all factory the only thing I added was a there should be no extra gauges on top of phenomenal power down.
new OEM iS front apron lip, and M-Tech 1 the dash, Ehsan asserts. That would give What it is, basically, is a brand-new race
boot spoiler. All genuine add-ons from the the game away immediately. I replaced the engine in a retro shell, he says, in a charming
80s era! trip computer with an eBoost2 gauge, and display of matter-of-factness. Peoples
The wheels are an interesting choice too also utilised the E30 Alpina air vent digital reactions at shows have been amazing the
and no doubt gave some of you wheel nuts dash idea, with an analogue boost gauge. looks on their faces when they found out
pause for though. Theyre actually Stealth, as ever, is the watchword. whats in there, and that its all street-legal.
the third set of rims that the cars This is, by all measures, a phenomenal And next year thats when Im going to be
enjoyed since completion; it build without a hint of hyperbole, one of chasing to beat my personal best drag time. It
started off on satin black the finest E30s to grace these pages in some ran a 10.86 at 120mph on the old turbo with
Watanabes before time. And with that colossally powerful 385rwhp on 225/50 street tyres. With the new
moving onto engine and pristine period exterior, what do GTX4088R and 550rwhp on 225/40 semi-
BBS LMs you reckon is Ehsans favourite element of slicks, I reckon it could run a 9.9.
with the project? All very ambitious but you get the feeling
Oh, it has to be my rear diff brace, he that hes got all of this precisely calculated.
grins. I designed and patented it myself on Theres no margin for error here, and thats
a CAD programme, checking the stress what the number 313 should henceforth
tolerance points for maximum strength and represent. Forthrightness. Function.
so on, and it truly is a work of art. People at Desirability. A new number-of-the-beast for
car shows see that and know this car means the 21st century. And when you see those
serious business; its not just a pretty show digits on the tail end of a shiny red E30,
pony. That brace is whats needed to youd better not dismiss it as a lesser-
consistently put six hundred horses to the engined also-ran theres hidden mischief
ground on both street and track. Its here, and its furious anger makes Eminem
impressive, but unsurprising, that his top look like a primary school teacher.
pick would be a thing of pure function. Everybody from the 313, put your rotor-
Ehsans proud to describe how the initial flippin shafts up

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o, that was 2015 and what

a year its been. 12 issues,
almost 100 feature cars
and now comes arguably
the hardest part of the
year, when we choose 24 contenders
for Car of the Year. Theres no prize as

such, just eternal glory as the winner
and their car live on in the annals of

of the
PBMW history for all time. Now
doesnt that sound nice?
Weve actually ended up with 26
contenders this year due to our triple
E21 cover back in July, but beyond
that wheres the fun in choosing all the
cars when doing it this way makes it
so much harder? And it really is hard
because weve had so many amazing
cars spread across nearly 1000 pages.
From air-ride to static, engine swaps to
forced induction, show cars to track
Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Various car and everything in between, wed
like to think theres been something for
everyone in the past 12 months.
We love every car we feature so that
makes whittling them down to just 26
particularly challenging but its a
challenge we feel ready to face.
Once weve done our part, its your
turn to get involved and vote or your
top three choose wisely as the glory
of people youve never met but whose
cars you like rests in your hands. And,
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January January

Joni Simila Eric Kuehn

1004whp turbo E21 Supercharged E90 M3
With over 1000whp from its turbocharged S50, this Swedish E21 was You cant go wrong with a supercharged M3 and this saloon got
an absolute animal, though youd never tell from looking at its everything oh-so right: 20 HRE splits, Brembo BBK and carbon
unassuming solid Grigio Vinci respray, making it an amazing sleeper. details galore.

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February February

Marsel Theodhori Daniel Pierrez

500hp turbo E28 Supercharged E92 M3 track car
With arguably the shiniest engine bay weve ever seen, this incredible In a sea of supercharged M3s, this track monster stood out for its
E28 has had more work put into it than a lifetimes-worth of projects no-compromise build, 640hp and the fact that the owner bought it
and is a show-stopper in every sense of the word. brand-new specifically to turn into a track day car.

March March

Carl Shakespeare Igor Polishchuk

Liberty Walk E92 M3 Air-ride E30
In America you cant move for Liberty Walk M3s but at the beginning Built by CAtuned in just 12 days, this bagged 325i, affectionately
of the year this was the only example in the UK and it made a hell of named Miss Blue, is bristling with incredible attention to detail and is
a statement. arguably one of the cleanest and best-looking E30s around.

April April

Maxim Rakut Nick Sahota

535whp turbo E24 635CSi V8 E30
Latvia might not be the first place you think of when modified BMWs After taking home the crown in lat years COTY Nick hasnt been
are concerned, but this positively comatose sleeper would prove you resting on his laurels and put together this gorgeous M60-swapped
wrong, and blended classic styling with ferocious power perfectly. two-door chromie on Schmidt splits.

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May May

Matt Clifford Curt Wilson

Air-ride E31 840Ci Supercharged E92 M3
You dont see many modified Eights about but Matt has made up for As we said earlier, it takes a lot for a supercharged M3 to stand out
that with his awesome bagged example, finished in lush Velvet blue but C2K Motorsports stunning supercharged Santorini example blew
and sitting on three-piece 19 Rotiforms. us all away with its quest for perfection.

June June

Truls Johansen Randy Sparre

580hp turbo E30 M3 E46 M3
The E30 M3 needs little to look amazing and this car grabbed that Sometimes its not the most powerful or expensive builds that raise
philosophy with both hands, adding little more than some wheels, our pulse, as this M3 goes to show thanks to its gorgeous matt purple
styling enhancements and the small matter of a massive turbo. wrap, stunning brushed BC Forged wheels and stance to die for.

July July

Prakash Thanky Becky Evans

Air-ride E21 Air-ride E21
The first of our E21 triple is Prakash Thankys awesome example This super-clean build also sits on some awesome BBS RS splits, has
which features an M50B25 swap, discreet air-ride install, louvres and a rear window louvre along with rare red rear panel plus a gorgeous
BBS RS splits. Nardi steering wheel.

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July July

Steven Doe Tony Suominen

Air-ride E21 S2000 1502
E21 number three is Steven Does which sits on a set of exceedingly Honda engines in BMWs might be frowned upon by some but Tony
shiny CCWs, with a pair of Fiesta RS turbo front seats and a neat and doesnt care in the slightest as hes having too much fun in his
elegant air-ride install. ridiculously nice air-ride classic.

August August

Tobias Holmkvist Guy Higgs

886hp turbo E28 S50 E30
Unassuming on the outside, hardcore on the inside and absurdly From shell to S50-powered monster in just 12 months, this gorgeous
powerful, this Finnish E28 boasted absurd power thanks to a massive E30 did everything right, with a shaved bay, Ford Escort Monte Carlo
turbo strapped to its M30 straight-six. OZ wheels and open air horns for one hell of a soundtrack.

September September

Sam Le Fevre Jim Mountain

Supercharged S54 E30 M3 S38 E28
Its hard to know where to begin with this E30 M3, with its RHD Some of the best builds have unassuming beginnings, like this E28,
conversion, S54 swap and supercharger, resulting in one of the which started out as a 525e before receiving an S38B36 transplant
cleanest and flat-out ferocious machines around. and enjoying a whole new lease of life.

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October October

Bruce Gowans Clive King

BTCC M135i Supercharged wide-body E30
From its mind-blowing audio and air-ride-orientated interior to its With a custom metal wide-body kit, fully built 2.9 M20 and Rotrex
genuine BTCC-body kit and Art Car-inspired graphics, this M135i supercharger, this awesome E30 might divide opinion but it also
was one of this years stand-out builds without a doubt. delivers incredible attention to detail and 520hp.

November November

Rob Behrends Kevin Raekelboom

Twin-turbo E24 635CSi Air-ride E30
Owned for 29 years and modified over 13 with 580whp from its A jaw-dropping build, this bagged E30 boasted a full respray in
twin-turbo M106, this 6 Series represented an insane amount of Lambo Brigio Telesto, sat on copper VIP Modular 17s and had a great
work and was sheer motoring perfection. interior of Kirkey metal seats, roll-cage and caramel leather retrim.

December December

Rick Fontan Rich Hardesty-DeMenge

Wide-body air-ride charged E46 M3 Air-ride LS1 V8 E30
A mind-blowing build, this exceptional M3 was the very embodiment Our only Yank V8-swapped COTY entrant and its a good un, with a
of one mans vision. From its custom wide-body to its shaved and thumping 5.7-litres under the bonnet, air-ride, gorgeous BBS RS 17s
tucked bay, incredible interior, audio and air-ride, it really has it all. and super-clean styling.

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second modified car, having come from a
trio of Civics. Considering hes conjured up
this magnificent E30, we can forgive him for
that. Ive been interested in BMWs since I
with what was now an exceedingly clean
car, the temptation to turn it into something
even more special was too strong to resist.
I decided right from the beginning that I
wanted to go with a simple but classy look,
he says, and thats a philosophy hes
remained true to throughout the three years
kept standard E24 or E34 will look fantastic. sold my RHD Civic in 2011, which was a full and numerous changes the car has been
And, when enhanced with even just a subtle show build. What makes BMWs special to through during that time. The exterior
drop and the right wheels, the cool and me is that they are incredible machines, perfectly captures this ethos, with minimal
want factors go through the roof! Drop it mechanically and aesthetically. They are effort for maximum impact. Abraham turned
on a killer set of special wheels and, well, really fun to drive as well, he says. I have his attention to the E30s styling on our side
youve pretty much achieved automotive always loved the E30 model. Everything of the Pond and opted for a Euro bumper
perfection right there. about it is beautiful. I also wanted a car that trim, Euro rear plate filler and Euro grilles.
Just look at this E30. It looks absolutely was an 89, like the year I was born. I found These additions are complemented by a set
awesome, a visual treat thats hard to beat Eve on Craigslist. The condition she was in of Hella Smiley headlights and a set of MHW
but break it down and theres been precious was pretty horrible, with faded paint, a smoked taillights. This smokey theme
little done to the exterior, minimising the bunch of dings and dents, a cracked dash, a continues with some ZKW smoked repeaters
risk of ruining the whole thing. It kisses the beat up interior etc. I saw the potential in and smoked foglights. The finishing touches,
Tarmac when parked up thanks to that front her and thats why I decided to purchase a flourish of OE additions, include an M
splitter and the copper centres on those her. She was actually supposed to be a daily Tech 1 rear spoiler, an iS front lip enhanced
polished Gottis (which are tucked to driver but that quickly changed once I sent with a Ryan G splitter for optimum Tarmac
perfection) add a fantastic flash of colour, her in for paint. interface, a BMW front plate filler and a set
but thats it. Its just so super-clean, so With a fresh coat of black paint, the E30 of Motorsport door handles.
simple and so damn good youd never get was looking much better than when The decidedly dark exterior theme looks

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Air-Ride E30 325i


ENGINE & TRANSMISSION and bolts, Yokohma S drive 195/40 (front and rear) BMW front plate filler, OEM M Tech 1 rear spoiler,
2.5-litre straight-six M20B25, K&N drop-in air filter, tyres, Adaptec 4x100 to 5x120 adapters with OEM iS lip/Ryan G splitter, BMW Motorsport
chipped ECU, Ireland Engineering cat-back extended studs, Air Lift Performance air-ride, BC door handles
exhaust, Hydro-dipped wood grain valve cover, damping adjustable dampers, Air Lift V2 digital
OEM E46 M3 oil cap, E30 M3 firewall harness management, Viair compressor and four-gallon INTERIOR
covers, crackle black intake manifold, mild wire tank, drilled and slotted Brembo discs Saloon front seats, ACS Gen 1 pedals, Nardi Droopy
tuck, five-speed manual gearbox Spoke wood grain steering wheel, Boss hub, Nardi
EXTERIOR Evo wood grain gear knob, leather gear and
CHASSIS Euro bumper trim, Euro rear plate filler, Euro handbrake gaiters, E36 leather handbrake handle,
8x16 ET11 (front and rear) Gotti G1001 wheels grilles, Hella smiley headlights, MHW smoked tail- Euro analogue clock, custom E30dad cluster, wood
with custom copper faces and gunmetal windows lights, ZKW smoked turn signals, smoked foglights, grain custom boot setup

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fabulous, though Abraham clearly figured that already an advocate of the low lifestyle but
a flash of colour would work wonders, his dedication to the cause was causing
retaining the amber indicators in the front frustration as the poor E30 was scraping
bumpers and then adding those wheels. These everywhere. So, in order to keep things
were actually purchased in tandem with a set lovely and low whilst also making the car
of BBS RSs but weve got to say the Gottis its that little more practical he decided to head
currently wearing (8x16 ET11 G1001s all- down the air-ride route now a road very
round) are a breath of fresh air, especially in well-travelled by many BMW owners. He
that lush shade of copper. The custom colour grabbed himself an Air Lift kit with BC
is gorgeous but only covers the faces, damping adjustable dampers, Viair
including the faintest sliver between the edge compressor and a four-gallon tank, all
of the lips and the centres; the sides of the watched over by Air Lift V2 digital
spokes have been finished in gunmetal, along management. Of course, when it comes air-
with the bolts, and then the lips have been ride, the suspension is only half the story;
polished to perfection. Its a heady just as important is how it looks when it
combination and the contrast against the all- goes in your boot. Well, pop open Abrahams
black body really makes the wheels pop. boot and youll find a very clean, unique
On the suspension front, Abraham was build, with the single air tank proudly on

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I decided right from the beginning that

I wanted to go
with a simple but classy look

display, sitting on a wood grain floor. an E30 Saloon. We mentioned more wood in Ari Lift air-ride kit was chosen to allow this E30 to
Under the bonnet you will notice two the interior and it takes the shape of that sit low but still remain practical to own and drive
things: first, its very clean. Second, there be gorgeous Nardi steering wheel and Nardi
wood in here. Well, not actual wood, its a gear knob, which has also been treated to a
hydro-dipped wood grain valve cover that leather gaiter. Another leather gaiter
carries on the woody theme from the boot protects the E36 leather handbrake handle,
and interior. Its certainly not something you while a set of Schnitzer pedals, an analogue
see everyday, thats for sure. The reason the Euro clock and a custom E30dad cluster
bay looks so clean is because Abraham has finishes the whole lot off. We cant think of
carried out a mild wire tuck, just to make it many places that would be nicer in which to
all a little more presentable beneath the spend some quality time than this
bonnet and hes also added a few neat little exceedingly clean, classic interior.
touches like the E46 M3 oil filler cap, E30 As gorgeous as Abrahams car now is,
M3 firewall harness covers, and the crackle having gone through numerous incarnations
black intake manifold. Dig a little deeper during its time with him already, it is in no
and youll also discover a chipped ECU and way surprising to learn that he has more
an Ireland Engineering cat-back exhaust. planned for the future. Im going to tackle
Abraham hasnt done much to the interior the interior next, he says. Im fitting a new
but then again this is an interior that doesnt custom black headliner and I have some
really need much in the way of work to get Recaro LS seats that Im going to get
the most from it, much like the rest of the reupholstered. Therell possibly be an
car. While some of you out there might not interior colour change from tan to peanut
be fans of light leather, were rather partial butter. Ill be swapping in an LS2 engine
to it and the cream hide in here is the from a Corvette in the near future as well!
perfect contrast to the blacker-than-black That sounds amazing; it sounds like this E30
exterior, with the front seats coming from will continue to be a breath of fresh air

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ts taken us a little while to warm to the unleashing it turns the visual impact dial all recall. For Amirs BMWs have always been

I F3x 3 Series but we got there in the end.

Youd have thought that by now it would
be a bit of a make or break moment seeing
as its been out for a good few years and
while an SE on small wheels leaves a bit to
be desired, an M Sport has a lot more going
for it, while the M3 and M4 are a whole
the way up to 11. Its the lowness and
wideness that does it. Both just have so
much road presence and while the M4s body
is wider, the M3s narrower body but
identical track means it gets those pumped
up arches that give it a stance to die for.
Amir Khoshnevis (F80_M3 on Instagram)
about the driver experience. People would
always say: if you love to drive, buy a
Bimmer; if you want to have someone drive
you, buy a Benz! My first BMW was a 1997
E36 M3 Saloon. I saved money after
graduating and had nothing else in mind but
the M3. I had to own it. This was followed
other matter altogether. Its been about 18 clearly agrees because the F80 M3 youre by an E46, E92 and E90, all enhanced with
months since we sampled the high looking at belongs to him. Mind you, seeing suspension upgrades, performance exhausts
performance duo and hopefully thats as hes an eye doctor, youd expect him to and M Performance goodies. And that path
enough time for everyone to get over the have an eye for these things (sorry!). But he could only lead to one possible destination
fact that theres now an M4, and get on with clearly genuinely does because hes made Buying the F80 was the logical
enjoying it. And while the S55 sounds this M3 look so good. Its the latest in a long progression, says Amir. Moving forward
nowhere near as good as the S65 V8 does, line of modified M3s that the good doctor with the M3 brand, I had to be the first to
the M3 and M4 can be made to look utterly has owned, the result of growing up in a have one. I took delivery of the first one
spectacular with very little effort. Even in family that was into BMWs: My first BMW supplied to my local dealer in mid-July 2014.
stock form the pairing ooze unbridled love was an Alpine white E30 owned by my While we dont doubt that there were some
aggression; it spills out of every crease and cousin, before I could even drive. The brand thoughts about modifying swirling about his
angle of their styling. Tapping into this and has been in my family for as long as I can brain Amir admits he never planned to go as
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The F8x M3 and M4 have captured the
hearts and minds of the modified BMW
scene and it doesnt take much to
bring out the best in them.
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F80 M3

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION custom Aeroflow Dynamics side skirts, IND
3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six S55B30, Distribution gloss black front grille surrounds,
GTHaus Meisterschaft GTC exhaust with side markers and vents, rear M3 emblem, cf
102mm tips, seven-speed M DCT gearbox number plate cover, painted front reflectors

9.5x19 (front) and 10.5x19 (rear) BBS FI-R M Performance Alcantara steering wheel
wheels with custom black gloss pinstriping, with digital gauge, M Performance carbon
265/30 (front) and 295/30 (rear) Michelin Pilot fibre gear selector, handbrake lever and DCT
Super Sport tyres, KW V3 coilovers surround, M Performance pedal set

Modesta glass coating, M Performance carbon IND Distribution, Carolina Auto Image,
fibre splitters, rear spoiler, diffuser, front lip, Hendrick BMW

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far as he actually has. Hes not stopped either, also gives the Alpine white significant depth there? As for the wheels, well, we think its
the modifications constantly evolving and and enhanced reflective properties, too. fair to say that BMWs in recent times havent
hes even reinvented the car since we first Judging by how incredibly glossy that been sporting the most elegant or stylish of
saw it, honing it into an even more paintwork looks in the photos, its money wheel designs. Were struggling to think of a
devastatingly handsome brute of a machine. well spent. Perusing the paintwork youll also recent BMW wheel that has come anywhere
Alpine white is a great choice of colour, spot the gloss black grille surrounds from near to something like the Style 5 or Contour
though were glad were not the ones who IND Distribution along with matching side or M Parallel for sheer desirability. And
have to keep it clean, and it really makes all markers and vents, while the front reflectors while the M3s 19s arent horrible, theres
the black elements on the body pop. Amir have been painted and theres more carbon lots of room for improvement. We all know
has raided the M Performance catalogue, in the form of a numberplate cover and rear how important wheels are to the overall look
adding an M Performance front lip that M badge. We love it not only for its relative of your car and so does Amir as hes already
makes the front end seem so much more subtlety but for the fact that all the elements on his second set in about 18 months, and
complete with added carbon splitters, combine to make a real difference. its not as if his first set was ropey. I chose
custom side skirts, a subtle sliver of a rear So, Amir had his F80 M3 looking sharp but to go with MORR Wheels first because I
spoiler and a rather beefy rear diffuser that he still needed to address the small matter of wanted a more custom and personal build
fills out the bumper perfectly. Below the wheels and suspension. If youve been for my car. The company delivered with a
bumper are the massive 102mm quad pipes following Thorney Motorsports running beautiful set that was perfectly matched to
of the GTHaus Meisterschaft GTC exhaust. reports on its M4 youll know that the the F80, he explains. And, having seen
Another great modification is the use of standard setup isnt best suited to allowing those wheels on the car, we have to agree
Modesta glass coating for the paint and the the car to comfortably and capably deliver that it was a great combination. But theres
wheels, says Amir. The folks at Carolina all its power, so thats definitely an area that always room for improvement. After
Auto Image applied the coating in order to needs addressing for anyone thats intent on hearing about the FI-R by BBS, I hounded
protect the paint (after paint correction) and using the M3 seriously; and theres no harm IND Distribution to help me get one of the
to ensure the paint effectively repels water. It in a little lowering while youre at it now, is first sets available in the States, he

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Very red interior has been

slathered in carbon fibre

continues. They were able to secure one

for me and the wait began. The FI-R is an
engineering marvel. These 19 wheels weigh
16.5lb in the front and 17.5lb in the rear!
They are not only beautiful but serve a great
function, reducing unsprung weight.
The FI-Rs do indeed look fantastic on the
F80, and the 19s are the perfect size for the
body. IND Distribution also carried out
some custom pinstriping on the wheels for
Amir, highlighting the BBS lettering and the
word forged in gloss black. And, in a world
obsessed with stretch, we like the fact that
a performance BMW has been fitted with
some suitably serious rubber, with beefy
265/30 and 295/30 Michelin Pilot Super
Sport tyres front and rear respectively very red, very quickly. Thats all good with Alcantara steering wheel, complete with
filling the space between rim and arch us as were big fans of colourful interiors. digital gauge and theres also an M
perfectly, with a little help from the With BMW finally fitting the M3 and M4 with Performance pedal set.
suspension, of course. the kind of seats you would expect to find in As good as this M3 may look, Amir is far
I had the KW HAS kit first (adjustable a car of this calibre and the kind of seats from finished and hes already planning the
lowering springs) in order to close the that Audis and even Fiestas have been next round of modifications. It took just
unusually large wheel gap in the front of the enjoying for a while theres little need or over a year to do all this but Im starting
car (mostly), says Amir, but I was looking desire to go changing them, especially when phase two now, so its definitely not over! I
for improved ride and performance and illuminated logos come into the equation. have a more aggressive build in mind and
decided to change to the KW Variant 3 Amir has, however, put in an order for a set Im starting on that project with new wheels
coilovers recently. The difference is of sexy Mode Carbon carbon (obviously) (which are currently in production and
remarkable. The handling, road feel, seat backs, which will go perfectly with the should be the best of the bunch), an exhaust
cornering and balance have all improved lashings of carbon youll find adorning most system with a tune, and some exterior
over the stock and HAS Kit. And lets not surfaces in the cabin, with the magical black enhancements to follow, he says. Phase one
forget the adjustable ride height that allows weave coating the M Performance gear was good but phase two sounds even better.
for the perfect drop. selector and handbrake lever, DCT surround When it comes to modifying M3s, the doctor
Fling open the drivers door and things get and the bottom of the M Performance is most definitely in

If you love to drive, buy a Bimmer;

if you want to have someone
drive you, buy a Benz!

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Swedens Christopher Bjrsen has developed a habit

for E28s that borders on the obsessive. This Hartge tribute
throws into focus just how easy it is to get carried
away with trying to find matching period upgrades
heres a line between a homage something genuinely interesting there. Its various elements of the car to suit. The

T and a poor imitation, and its not never going to be a real M3, but with care, suspension was uprated and necessarily
Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Hjalmar van Hoek

always a thin one. If youve got, patience and dedication, you can make a lowered and some spangly wheels appeared.
say, a bone-stock E36 320i and fairly close approximation. Thats a decent Front and rear spoilers were bolted on
you replace the badges with those homage, a tribute, a job done well. naturally, it was the Eighties and a lesser
from an M3 and maybe slap on a set of So it is with the E28 5 Series you see here. H5 variant was offered based on the 528i
wheels from a better-specd model, thats not Its not a genuine Hartge E28, but its owner, powertrain. Most importantly of all, it had in-
going to fool anyone. Its just a bit Christopher Bjrsen, is slowly but surely your-face side-stripes. Again, Eighties. All of
embarrassing, claiming its something its ticking off the details to make it a this forms a neat picture of what Chris
not. If, however, you spent some time thoroughly respectable homage. The idea sought to emulate and, given the inherently
collecting a variety of appropriate parts, hes shooting for here is a sort of modern retro nature of the concept, we can assume
building the thing up piece by piece, you interpretation of the old Hartge H5S; the that its an aspiration thats been simmering
could be onto something M3 wheels with legendary aftermarket tuner (who, away for some time, right? Er no, not
the appropriate brakes behind them, the incidentally, was approved as a really, he says, cutting us down in short
suspension, the body addenda of the manufacturer in its own right in 1985, a order. The first time I saw an E28, I thought
superior variant, the interior accoutrements couple of years before Chriss own 535i left it was really ugly. I was about 12 years old, I
and embellishments, the hallowed the factory) raised the 3.4-litre M30s power was at a friends house, and his grandparents
drivetrain youd be incrementally building output from 218hp to 240hp, then tweaked came down the street in a stock beige 5
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With the Hartge decor on the exterior and the

wheels to match, I started hunting for the other
period parts to complete the picture

Series. I thought it was horrible. I couldnt the average first car. From the first time I 535i on a Swedish E28 forum. The owner
think why anyone would choose to buy such drove it I was hooked! he enthuses, had just bought a 635CSi and was thinking of
an ugly car. revelling in the heady stew of rich, tasty selling the saloon, so I called him straight
Well, thats a pretty damning analysis. But memories. I did a few small mods on it away to go and have a look at it! Since I
time makes fools of us all and, as youve no lowering springs, 17 throwing stars and so already had a 535 in good condition and this
doubt guessed, Chriss sensibilities toward on but after a year I managed to slide it one looked like itd cost a bit much, I told
shark-nosed Bavarian executive saloons has into a lamp post and totally trashed the front myself that I was only going to take a look
mellowed somewhat over the decades. end. So that was the end of that one. and I wouldnt be coming home with it. But,
A few years after that, when I was 18 and But by this point, of course, the passion boy, was I wrong! The thing was in mint
working toward getting my driving licence, I was set in stone. Grown-up Chris was condition. It was love at first sight.
was at a local hangout on a Friday night thumbing his nose at his 12-year-old self, the The car, it turned out, had been sold new in
when this maroon E28 with the M package enthusiasm for E28s growing ever stronger Nuremburg in 1987, and had stayed with the
and 17 Contour wheels came drifting by the day. That early foray is something he same owner right up until 2007, covering just
around corner with its straight-six describes affectionately but realistically as 82,000km. At that point it found its way over
screaming from that moment I flip- just my first E28, and there have been an to a new Swedish owner, who kept it for a
flopped, and decided that I had to have one! impressive seven more since, ranging from a couple of years before passing it onto the
Now were getting somewhere. If only that daily-driven 518 up to an M535i. Hes really keeper who ended up selling it to Chris. Its a
elderly couple had been a bit more been ticking the boxes across the model pretty rare thing to be able to trace back the
aggressive in their beige runabout, maybe range, keen to try every flavour. This is entire ownership of a car of this age, so that
the ball could have got rolling a little bit beginning to border on obsession. almost makes the purchase worth it in itself.
earlier! But heigh-ho, here we are, and things The story of this suave Hartge-alike begins And the fact that the fella who sold it to our
seem to have turned out all right in the end. with its predecessor, the aforementioned plucky hero had thrown a lot of cash at the
As luck would have it, a friend of a friend M535i. That was a Lachssilber example that chassis was the real clincher. It had E34 M5
happened to have an 83 528i for sale at this I modded quite a lot, Chris recalls. I brakes and E28 M5 anti-roll bars, as well as
time, so with a fresh licence in hand, Chris experimented with all kinds of different new arms and bushes, Chris says, which
pulled the trigger on a new era of shark- springs and dampers to get it low as well as made it seem pretty attractive. Hed started
fancying. Which is rather a lot cooler than quick, but one day my eye was caught by a the Hartge theme, too, although when I

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bought it a lot of things were stock 535i the

E28 535i

wheels, the dampers and so on. So the first
thing I did was to throw on a set of
coilovers. The units in question are super- 3.4-litre straight-six M30B34, Hartge exhaust manifold with custom 2.5 stainless system, custom oil pan,
adjustable XYZ Super Sport items, something modified oil pump, five-speed manual
the manufacturer describes as suitable for
daily use and weekend racing perfect for CHASSIS
8.5x17 (front) and 9.5x17 (rear) Hartge Type C three-piece split-rims with 205/40 (front) and 215/40 (rear)
Chris. They also help the car get nice and
tyres, XYZ Super Sport coilovers, E34 M5 front brakes with braided lines and E32 750i master cylinder, E28 M5
low, taking the original old-school Hartge anti-roll bars (25mm front, 18mm rear)
stance and refracting it through a modern
filter. These new lows were swiftly EXTERIOR
augmented by a set of Hartge Type C three- Period-style Hartge stripes, BBS Sport boot spoiler, M5 front spoiler
piece splits that were already waiting in the INTERIOR
garage, destined for the old M535i but Full leather dash, Hartge gear knob, Hartge steering wheel, Hartge gauge cluster, Hartge RPM gauge, Hartge dead
suddenly feeling far more appropriate for the pedal, black leather electric Sport seats
new project. And from this point on, the car
became a sort of cross between a jigsaw
puzzle and a retro treasure hunt.
With the Hartge decor on the exterior
and the wheels to match, I started hunting
for the other period parts to complete the
picture, he explains, casually tossing into
the conversation a concept that actually
represents months of tireless and exhausting
scavenging across the internet and beyond.
Inside the car, complementing the leather
dash and nifty heated leather M-Sport seats,

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Interior boasts Sport seats,

leather dash and Hartge gauges,
gear knob and steering wheel

youll find a Hartge steering wheel, gear made a custom 2.5 stainless steel exhaust wing, and Id really like a matching valve
knob, gauge cluster with unique rev counter, to fit, says Chris, eager to assure us that his cover, too. He seems keenly aware of the
and the sought-after finned dead pedal on classic homage isnt all mouth and no performance-oriented nature of the original
the floor. Its all as Herbert Hartge would trousers. Hes certainly added some bark to H5S as well, and hes certainly not done with
surely have intended in there, and the it. Because I run so low, and the oil pan on the engine. New cams are on the cards,
exterior was shaping up rather neatly, too. the M30 sits so low anyway, I had to modify along with some head porting and a fresh
Working alongside the stripes n rims combo it to stop it from hitting the ground all the management system, which should pull
are an M5 front spoiler and a BBS spoiler on time, he continues. It now sits 28mm everything beyond that tweaked 1980s
the bootlid, and its worth noting as well higher from the road. Ive had too many power figure. Theres talk of rebuilding the
how utterly, mind-bogglingly clean the whole close calls, so this just seemed to make wheels, too, to provide a bit more dish from
thing is. Its a proper period-tuned showcase. sense! Indeed it does particularly when wider lips. Again, its all about reworking
Now, as previously alluded to, Hartges you factor in that this car isnt just hard- that classic tuning for the modern era.
own approach to tweaking the M30 motor driven but daily driven, too. Subtle, but devastatingly effective.
was to liberate an extra 30hp+ by fiddling The reaction to the car has been great. So no, this isnt a genuine Hartge H5S. But
with the fuelling and ignition, as well as E28 fans around the world really seem to with every day that passes, it gets closer to
reworking the cylinder head and fitting a love it, Chris enthuses. I even had being a faithful replica, with a few fun
redesigned exhaust manifold. This isnt the Stanceworks Mike Burroughs getting in tweaks to contemporise it for modern use
route that Chris has gone down, although his touch to talk about it. But Im not finished and a new-wave audience. This is no
straight-six is rather feistier than you might yet, far from it Im still always on the disrespectful parody. This is a loving and
expect. I bought a genuine Hartge exhaust lookout for period-correct Hartge parts for aspirational homage, and it just keeps on
manifold from a guy in Montenegro, and I the car; Ive already picked up a Hartge rear getting better

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Words and photos:

he recent Forge Action Day at Castle Combe may not have
exactly broken its own mould in terms of show content, but
when you factor in the impressive mix of track action, cool
cars and big aftermarket manufacturers, you could argue that
following the old adage of if it aint broke, dont fix it, was
definitely a wise move for the events organising team.
This was the fifth year that Gloucestershire tuner Forge had added its
weight, ideas and industry friends to Castle Combes tried-and-tested
Action Day format, and the result was an eclectic gathering that has
become known for its ability to attract the most diverse range of cars and
enthusiasts on the UK show calendar. Its certainly the most inclusive of
all UK shows, and one of the few places where classic and retro cars rub
along happily with Japanese and Euro cars, race and drift machinery, and
even kit cars and specials. When describing the attendees at this show,
its easier to pick a genre thats not here, rather than ones that are. Put
simply, if its got an engine and wheels, its welcome at Forge Action Day.
The weather may have started off dull and overcast, with a sprinkling
of rain making for some exciting early track sessions, but true to form
for the last five years, the sun broke through in the afternoon to bathe
this picturesque venue in scorching heat. Divided into 15-minute sessions,
With a great mix of cars and track action, this years Forge Action Day was most definitely a grand day out.

the track was a hive of activity all day, with owners of all marques taking
time to acquaint themselves with Combes demanding crests and curves.
With clubs being a big part of this event, the metal on track was often as
weird, wonderful and diverse as the static displays in the paddock.
A unique aspect of the Forge Action Day concept is the trade village in
the middle of the showground itself. Thanks to Forges unique standing in
the marketplace, many of the firms technical partners choose to support
the show and exhibit at the circuit. Blue-chip names like The
Performance Company, Milltek, Tarox, Bilstein, Meguiars, APR,
Powerflex and Toyo Tires all lined up to show off their latest wares, as
well as networking and swapping tales of derring-do on track. Many put
on special show offers throughout the day, and show-goers were keen to
grab a bargain whilst they were there.
As hosts, Forge Motorsport pulled out all the stops to make this years
show something extra special. Due to the diversity of its portfolio, the
Forge stand showcased everything from picture-perfect airbagged
showcars through to battle-hardened racers. Stand cars included Bruce
Gowans BTCC-kitted M135i, through to old-school Dubs and Mercs.
Naturally, many of the Forge teams own projects had pride of place out
front. The firms world-famous Mk1 show car, owned by Zac Miles, was
universally loved by all who visited and the Forge team also handed out
beautifully engineered trophies to the best cars of the show too, with the
quality of many exhibits being simply breathtaking.
Many clubs took the opportunity to take an exclusive session out on
the challenging circuit, with sponsors Meguiars even allotting an
exhibition run for the airbagged and custom-painted showcars that dont
normally get to pound the track in anger. Offsetting these somewhat
careful laps however, were the insanely talented drifters, who were
drifting at well into three-figure corner speeds and filling the venue with
plumes of acrid smoke. As well as the usual Jap and BMW suspects in
these sessions, it was great to see Mk2 Escorts and hot rods pushing hard
in the sideways selection, proving that the diversity of Forge Action Day
content even extends to the track!
Catching up with Forge MD Peter Miles after the show, it was clear
that the 2015 event had been another great success from the viewpoint of
all parties. It never fails to amaze me what a fantastic selection of cars
and people this event attracts, he said. Id like to give my heartfelt
thanks to all the owners, clubs and enthusiasts that have supported us
today. This event has always been about throwing the doors open to a
show that welcomes every genre, every marque and every scene in a
celebration of great and interesting cars from across the spectrum.
Looking out across the showground today and seeing the amazing sights
on track, I feel that the Forge Action Day has once again delivered on
that promise. Thank you to everybody that makes it all possible,
especially the amazing efforts of my team at Forge and the hard-working
staff at Castle Combe. We very much hope to do it all again next year!
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After the success of the inaugural Ultimate

Stance event last year, the show was back
and bigger and better than ever for 2015.
Words: Elizabeth de Latour
Photos: Ade Brannan

ast November the crew behind Weve not heard a bad word said about

L Ultimate Dubs decided to branch

out and create a multi-make show
that could be the end of the year
bookend to their season opener
and launched Ultimate Stance. It went down
a storm, with cars from all over the UK
making their way up to Telford for one last
Ultimate Stance and its easy to see why
everyone loves it indoor shows are pretty
rare and in November no one wants to be
standing around in a field so having a roof
over your head is a great start. Thats before
we even get onto the sheer variety and
quality of cars plus the fact that, unlike so
Although, for those that dont get indoors,
there is a big outdoor space, which becomes
home to even more modified cars for the day.
The three huge halls at the International
Centre that house the show played host to
some awesome cars and it was good to see a
healthy number of BMWs among the VAG
show, so it was no surprise to see it on the many other shows, theres lots of room to be and Japanese machinery, alongside
2015 calendar and itll be no surprise to hear able to admire the cars and take some numerous cars that you wouldnt expect to
that it was once again a huge success. pictures this definitely isnt a giant car park. typically see at a modified show. We spotted
Ashley Morrells bagged Z4 on Rial splits, as

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Left: Just a small selection of the cars on display

Below: Dan Taylors utterly gorgeous E46 M3

Above: Sumil
Pancholis lush
bagged E39
Left: Anything goes
when it comes to
Ultimate Stance

Bruce Gowans epic BTCC-kitted ex-PBMW cover car

M135i is still as amazing as when we first saw it

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Here: We were loving this air-ride E38 with tuck to die for
Below: Dips Amins bagged E46 M3 Cab

Above: Gorgeous German E28 had come over for the show
Below: Everyones favourite E36 Touring, on custom bottle cap splits

Above: Tom Lilicos lush Z3 Roadster looked as good

as ever on its OZ splits with Lambo Diablo centres

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Left: Nick Sahots infamous orange E30; Above: Becky

Evans bagged E21; Right: Ashley Morrells Z4

Above: Mark Browns

beautiful E21 was
one of many, like
Prakash Thankys
silver stunner (left)

seen in our December issue and Brandon gorgeous all-bronze stepped-lip Work VS- Sahotas recently liveried-up orange M3
Trumbles awesome E30 project, now living XXs and we were loving Sumil Pancholi along with Bruce Suters awesome ex-PBMW
in the UK and soaking up the love. It was no black E39 on its stunning custom red- cover car WTCC-kitted M135i.
surprise to see Joey Hazell there with his centred Hartge 19s. Along with sister mags Thats us just scratching the surface really
spectacular E36 Cab and all three members Banzai and PVW we occupied the foyer as there was so much to enjoy. We
of our July issue triple E21 cover were also between two of the halls, and had invited appreciate Telford might far to travel, but its
there: Prakash Thanky with his stunning along Dips Amin with his bagged E46 Cab well worth the effort for Ultimate Stance
silver car, Becky Evans with her red beauty on copper-highlighted 19s to fly the PBMW and you should stick it in your diary for next
and Steven Doe with his slick white flag, while Studio Incar once again put on an year its an awesome end to the show
example. Az Riz had his bagged E92 on impressive display, rounding up Nick season and we guarantee youll love it

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Above middle: Bulletproof SEMA 2015 was all about the

Automotives Z4 GT return of Rusty Slammington,
Continuum was one of the Mike Burroughs E28, which
wildest builds of the show looks better than ever

Below: VIP Modulars

awesome wide-arch E61
Touring has dish to die for
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Its the end of the year and that means its time for arguably the
greatest gathering of modified machinery in the world: SEMA.
Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Igor Polishchuck and Denis Podmarkov

f theres a better way to round off the year and looks wilder than ever, now sporting a

I than the vast modified extravaganza that is

SEMA, wed love to hear it. Technically not
a modified car show as such but rather the
largest automotive speciality products
trade event in the world, SEMA is the place
for the aftermarket to show off its wares, as
well as attracting some of the newest and
two-door conversion, custom tube chassis
and shorter body and wheelbase, custom
arches and Porsche 935 racing wheels plus
an S38 thats so far back in the engine bay
the car is practically mid-engined. Its an
even more incredible machine now and one
we cant wait to get in the mag.
most incredible builds youve ever seen. Serial BMW modifier Carl Taylor had
We could fill an entire magazine with the brought not one but two cars with him to
delights of SEMA so instead well keep this SEMA, both Rocket Bunny E36 M3s, both
bit brief and let the myriad pictures do the deliciously different. The black and white
talking. Unless youve spent the past month dazzle camouflage was rocking Air Lift 3H
or two under a rock you will know that suspension and pink four-spoke Rotiforms,
arguably the car of this years show was while his other was a lime-green concoction
Mike Burroughs E28, aka Rusty running a supercharged LS2 V8 and an
Slammington, which quite literally rose from insane-looking set of Rotiforms. As for the
the ashes after a freak fire burnt the car to a craziest build, that award has to go to
crisp in 2011. Four years later it has returned Bulletproof Automotives Z4 GT Continuum,
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a speedster sporting a bespoke body kit,

triple exhausts, ridiculously raked back
windscreen and no more roof
Another build that wed been looking
forward to was Brian McGees minty E39
Touring on air, and the finished article
didnt disappoint, making this one of the
tastiest Tourings about and itll be hitting
these pages soon. Aside from the cars
there was a whole heap of new products
to get excited about, with countless new
wheel designs for addicts to feed their
craving for rims plus plenty of new
styling and suspension products. We also
spotted Broadway Static going against
the grain of its name and branching out
into the air-ride market with its
Broadway Pneumatic line.
Right, thats enough chat, drink in the
awesome builds and put a visit to SEMA
on your bucket list
Above left: Brian
McGees lush
minty bagged
E39 Touring

Got wing?
Anything goes

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With the summer break over it was time
for the Compact Cup to visit Silverstone,
the home of British Motorsport
Words: James Foard
Photos: James Foard, Graham Ayris and BS Photography

s at Oulton Park, Jon Watt

A claimed pole position with a

time of 1:23.28. This was 0.3
seconds clear of Jonathan
Davis, who in turn was just 0.05
seconds clear of Simon Roche in third. RAW
Motorsport drivers Steve Roberts and Mike
Tovey were in fourth and fifth. Owen
Hunter, Joe Wiggin, Declan McDonnell,
James Gornall and Ben Pearson completed
the race one top ten grid.

1 Steve Roberts
2 James Gornall
3 Mike Tovey
Fastest Lap: Mike Tovey (1:40.41)

Drama occurred before the start of race one, and Roche. Gornall also started strongly as he Hinson and Mark Morton aquaplaned into one
as the heavens opened turning the track into made it up to fourth just ahead of Tovey and another at the end of the Hangar Straight. The
a lake. The lights went out and the cars Roberts, who had made a ballsy move around lack of visibility and amazing amount of
headed through the first corner, although in the outside of Watt at Stowe Corner. Almost standing water made this race unbelievably
the gloom all that could be seen were at the completion of the lap the first casualty tricky and led many of the drivers to exclaim
headlights emerging out of the spray! Pole occurred as Simon Roche aquaplaned off the that the conditions were the some of the
man Watt got a terrible start and dropped circuit and into the gravel at the Club chicane. worst theyd ever raced in!
down several positions. It was therefore Davis He rejoined, but a lap down. Just outside the Hunter took the lead going through the first
that took the early lead, followed by Hunter top ten there was further drama as Paul turn on lap two, with Gornall and the

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With the Croft round under my belt I was aiming a little higher up the field for Silverstone. I was also able to do testing on Friday, which
enabled me to gain invaluable track time. Setup tweaks were made throughout the test and at the conclusion of the day Id set competitive lap
times and was comfortable in the car, so I was looking forward to qualifying!

Come qualifying I made sure I joined my RAW Motorsport team-mates Mike Tovey, Steve Roberts and Ian Jones in the assembly area so I
would be the fourth car out on track and hopefully I could follow and learn from them during the session. Despite a slight mistake with cold
tyres on lap one, I ended the session 15th overall out of the 42 cars, just 1.3 seconds off pole position and 0.8 seconds off my championship-
challenging team-mates. I was therefore very happy with my lap times but would have hoped to be a little further up the grid! It shows that
just fractions of a second is the difference between the leaders and 15th!

Race one was the most challenging race I have ever been in! My start was a good one and by the first few corners I was up near the top ten.
However a little tap from my team-mate Ian Jones and a large river of standing water meant my run onto the Hangar Straight was
compromised not as compromised as my vision, though, which was unbelievably bad due to the spray. I could barely see the end of my
bonnet let alone the track. At the end of the straight suddenly Mark Morton appeared sideways in front of me as he slid into Paul Hinson. I
avoided this but it cost me a place to Jim Benson. Over the next few laps I was very cautious as I drove the Compact on its Nankang semi-
slick tyres in the wet for the first time, losing another place to my team-mate Mark Skeats. However, I was now beginning to gain confidence
with the car as I learnt how it behaved in the terrible conditions. I was therefore able to overtake Mark Morton going into Stowe Corner and
Declan McDonnell as he went wide entering the pit straight. A few laps later I then caught and repassed Mark Skeats, who was struggling as
his drivers side wiper had stopped working. The rest of the race was a case of keeping it on the track, however I felt more and more
comfortable and set my fastest lap of the race on the last lap, having pulled out a ten-second gap to the group of cars battling behind by the
chequered flag. I therefore finished in 14th place, with my fastest lap within one second of some in the top five, which I was delighted with. I
wasnt as delighted as team owner Robin, though, as all eight of his Compacts had come back without any damage despite the conditions!

charging Roberts following him through. Ian Jones whod rocketed up from 17th on the ahead of a sideways Gornall! Tovey pursued
Tovey then also passed Davis around the grid. Tovey then passed Hunter for third but the leading pair, setting fastest lap in the
outside at Village Corner. At the end of lap by this point Gornall and Roberts were too far process, but had to settle for third. Hunter
two Gornall made his move for the lead, going ahead to catch. Gornall held onto the lead finished fourth, despite his windscreen wipers
around the outside of Hunter at Stowe. until the final lap, when Roberts just nosed malfunctioning; pole man Watt took fifth,
Roberts then passed Hunter at the next ahead through the first sequence of corners, ahead of Richard Miles and Jones, both of
corner. Slightly further back Davis had a both drivers sliding to the limit on the wet whom had charged up the field. Ben Pearson,
spectacular 360 spin through turn one, but he surface. Roberts managed to just hold on for James Nutbrown and Jonathon Davis
was able return to the track in ninth, behind the remainder of the lap and took the win completed the top ten.

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1 Steve Roberts
2 James Gornall
3 Mike Tovey
Fastest Lap: Mike Tovey (1:40.41)

Second fastest times determined the grid for astroturf was back in 13th by the end of lap move. Carrying more speed through the fast
race two, so Jonathan Davis was on pole one. Similarly Roche had fallen back to first corner he was able to out-brake Roberts
from Jon Watt. Steve Roberts and Simon eighth from his row two starting position. down the inside into Village Corner. As the
Roche made up row two, followed by Mike By the start of lap three positions at the race drew to its conclusion, Roberts was
Tovey and Owen Hunter on row three. Joe front had all changed thanks to the intense able to get side by side with Davis on a
Wiggin and Declan McDonnell made up row battling between the leading four drivers. couple of occasions but on the final lap he
four and were hoping for better results than Roberts had now taken the lead, followed by left the door open for an opportunistic Tovey
in race one where the wet conditions hadnt Wiggin and Davis side by side with Tovey to steal second place. Wiggin also had a sniff
favoured them. The top ten on the grid was right behind. Gornall, Hunter and McDonnell at overtaking Roberts, but the championship
rounded out by Dan Kirby and Richard Miles. were still in touch with the leaders, too. The leader was not going to give up his podium
The pouring rain of race one had now been next move within the leading group saw easily. As the chequered flag came out Davis
replaced by blazing summer sunshine and the Davis and Tovey relegate Wiggin to fourth took his first win, followed by Tovey,
track, amazingly, was dry! As the lights went after he put a wheel on the wet astroturf. At Roberts and Wiggin in very quick succession.
out Davis made a good start ahead of Roberts the bottom of the top ten the racing was no Owen Hunter was next on the road having
and Tovey who were side by side for most of less frantic, as Roche, Miles and Ben caught the leaders over the last few laps, but
lap one. Behind, Wiggin also made progress Pearson went three-wide down Hangar was awarded a penalty for contact earlier in
to fourth and James Gornall repeated his Straight and into Stowe Corner. Amazingly the race so was classified seventh. Next to
lightening start from race one, as he was up no contact was made, with just a few cross the line were Gornall and McDonnell
to fifth from eleventh by the third corner! millimetres between each of the cars. who got fifth and sixth thanks to Hunters
Watt again struggled to get off the line and At the front Roberts lead was eroded by penalty. Roche, Kirby and Miles completed
after being squeezed out onto the wet Davis and with a few laps to go he made his the top ten.


With the second fastest times determining team-mate. Ian managed to stay ahead, Kevin Denwood. All of this meant that I
the grid for race two, I started 17th this time, though, as I went slightly wide at Village ended up finishing where I started, in 17th.
directly behind my RAW motorsport team- Corner, which meant I then had to defend Therefore, again, I could be happy with my
mate Ian Jones. The red lights were on for a from James Nutbrown onto Hangar Straight. pace but a little disappointed with my
long time but as they went out I made a The next time through Club I slid slightly finishing position. I guess thats racing!
cracking start, passing Ian immediately and I wide and had a huge oversteer moment as The Compact Cup will next go to
was able to challenge Ben Pearson going my rear wheel touched the sodden astroturf. Snetterton, however Silverstone will be my
into Village Corner on lap one. However, a I caught the slide but six places were lost, so last on-track action for the year, unless
slow run out of the corner left me vulnerable the rest of the race was a recovery exercise. someone wants to make a donation?
and as quick as a flash I was repassed by Ian Over the next six laps I was able to fight my
Jones and Paul Hinson going into Hangar way through the midfield retaking five of the
Straight. The next lap or so was spent on the
bumper of Ian, until he went side by side
with Jon Watt through Club Chicane. This
six places I had lost. Again this involved
going three-wide out of Club Corner, using
the inside cut back on the exit of the corner.
Next Round
gave me an opportunity to cut back to the This time it was with James Winstanley and Another strong weekend from Steve
inside of them both as they ran wide, so as Mark Skeats and on this occasion I was able Roberts would get him ever closer to
we swept through the flat-out corner onto to gain both these places in the manoeuvre. the championship title, although his
the pit straight we were three wide, almost Having got these places back there was main challengers Mike Tovey and
touching door mirrors! Coming into the fast now only a couple of laps left and with clear James Gornall will still be pushing to
right-hander at Abbey, Jon Watt nosed back air in front of me, I was able to set some fast try and deny him success. The next
ahead and I was still side by side with my lap times, despite being chased hard by round is at Snetterton in Norfolk

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E39 540i

Robs E30

Hack Engineerings
E30 316i


Its funny how going from the Cades to the Style intent to my actions the 18 BBS splits looked
42s opened the floodgates on the alloy wheel really good, and were a nice upgrade from the
front and suddenly I found myself hopelessly single-piece Cades but, having done some
addicted. There are worse things to be addicted extensive Googling, it was clear that in order to
to I suppose, but the problem with wheels is that get the E39 looking as good as possible I was
they take up a lot of space and you can only run going to have to get my hands on a set of 19s. I
one set at a time and also how often are you did consider 20s and was tempted to get hold of
going to be changing wheels? Of course, thats a set just to try them out, but one inch can make
all fine on paper but when youre browsing eBay a big difference and the wrong 20s can look too
and come across something that catches your big so I decided to play it safer with a set of 19s.
eye, the temptation can be impossible to resist. I spent a long time looking at pictures of what
And so it was that, after buying my Style 42s, sort of wheels I wanted fitted to the E39, but
I found myself spending more and more time with little in the way of budget, what I wanted
Forged three-piece OZs went from scabby browsing eBay, searching for various things and and what I could actually have were two very
to stunning; carbon OZ dust caps and neo browsing pages and pages of wheels. Most of it different things. Luckily my various eBay
chrome bolts add the finishing touches was just that, browsing, but there was some searches cast the net pretty wide so all sorts of
options were cropping up. Nothing was really
working for me as far as style or budget were
concerned, though, until one fateful day when
something cropped up that caught my eye. It
was one of those typical worst auction ever
moments, with low res pics and virtually no
information, but the title said BMW 19 OZ
wheels and looking at the, albeit grainy, pictures
they most definitely were.
A bit of furious Googling revealed what
appeared to be a set of staggered three-piece
forged Superleggera IIIs, which seemed too good
to be true but with the wheels located just 20
minutes up the road, I felt it silly not to at least
go and have a look. Meeting with the seller
revealed that they were indeed a set of
Superleggera IIIs, albeit in a rather sorry state,
filthy with lots of corrosion and scabby centre
caps, but three-piece OZs nonetheless and so
they had to be bought.
Wheels purchased, it was clear that they were
going to require an extensive refurb and, seeing

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Falken FK453 rubber the

perfect partner; H&R Trak+
spacers employed for
optimum fitment

how hed transformed my

Style 42s, I knew that Dips
at Custom Cars was the
man for the job, but I also
knew that I wanted
something a bit special for
these wheels. It was while
browsing eBay for wheels
(again) that I found my
inspiration for the OZs polished
lips, matt grey centres with neo
chrome bolts, which would match
my wheel nuts. Dips got to work
splitting and stripping the wheels while I
went on the hunt for some hardware in the
required size. I found what I was looking for on
the site of a German company called Titanium
Touch it sells countless wheel accessories
including a huge selection of bolts, including the
correct ones for my OZs in the finish I wanted,
and all very reasonably priced.
The next step was tyres. Id been very
impressed with the Falkens that Id had fitted to
my Style 42s so I decided to stick with the brand
but take things up a notch and treat myself to
the companys flagship tyre, the Azenis FK453. I
previously had this tyres predecessor on my
840Ci and remember being impressed with its
performance, so I was confident that the latest
version would be no less impressive. The FK453
is available in a wide range of sizes, from 17-22-
inches and, as with all Falken tyres, its been
designed with a bit of stretch in mind. The 540i
has a decent amount of power to put down so I
wanted a tyre that was performance-orientated
and the FK453 uses a silica-enriched compound,
which has been designed to offer superior
traction and grip in both wet and dry conditions,

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Muteki neo chrome E60 and E90 fitment, with an offset of 34 up
locking nuts match front on the 8.5s and 21 at the rear on the 9.5s,
bolts and existing nuts; hence the significantly deeper dish. I knew I was
OZ carbon pattern going to have to run spacers to get the sort of
centre caps added fitment I wanted and I also knew that I needed
some spigot rings as the OZ centre bore is
79mm and the E39 CB is 74.1.
For the latter I turned to eBay and found a set
for a shade under 24 while for the former a bit
of searching led me to H&Rs door, via Euro Car
Parts in the UK. Its aluminium Trak+ spacers
were perfect for the job the beautifully finished
25mm front items are designed to bolt to your
cars hubs with the wheels then being bolted to
the threaded holes in the spacers for a solid,
safe, secure fit. With me running studs, I could
just slip the spacers straight on, but the main
reason for going with H&R was its hubcentric
10mm spacers that I wanted to use on the rear.
Lots of places sell 10mm spacers, but H&R was
pretty much the only big-name suspension
company that I could see offering hubcentric
spacers in that width, so it seemed rude not to
opt for a full set from it.
Then it was time for the finishing touches: a set
of genuine OZ carbon pattern centre caps, the
cost of which we wont go into, and a set of non-
genuine OZ dust caps, because I couldnt find any
genuine ones (they werent expensive, though,
and the carbon finish matches my centre caps).
Finally, with quite possibly the nicest wheels
Ive ever owned now ready to be fitted to my car,
I figured a set of locking wheels nuts was most
definitely a good idea, but I wanted something
that would match the nuts I already had. This
proved tricky until I turned to the Japanese
scene, namely Funky Power, purveyor of all
things performance and modified, which sells
Muteki SR48 extended open-ended locking nuts
while an asymmetric variable tread design with complement all the modifications so far, and the in a neo chrome finish, exactly what I was after,
large outside shoulder blocks enhances handling FK453 was definitely that tyre. and they are the perfect match.
in all conditions as well as reducing road noise. Collecting the finished wheels from Custom So, all that was left do was fit the wheels and
Three wide circumferential grooves allow for Cars I was blown away with how they looked admire the results and I think they look amazing,
rapid water dispersion while a rigid carcass helps Dips had sent me some pictures but they really if I do say so myself. The move from 18 to 19
the tyre to retain its profile during even the most didnt do them justice. The matt centres looked was definitely the right one and in my eyes its
extreme conditions, enhancing high speed fantastic against the polished lips and the neo the perfect size for the E39. The OZs suit the car
stability and handling. I know a lot of people are chrome bolts looked better than I could have ever wonderfully and I love the contrast of the matt
happy to just chuck the cheapest tyres they can imagined, especially reflecting off the lips. With centres with the polished lips and the flash of
find on their cars, but I actually enjoy driving the the tyres fitted, it was time to get the wheels on colour from the neo chrome bolts. I think theyve
540 and have put a lot of effort into making it and add the finishing touches. These OZs were really made such a huge difference to the looks
handle properly, so I wanted a tyre that would what appeared to be a strange combination of and I couldnt be more pleased.


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E30 318i
This past year of hard work on the E30 has
finally led up to my first competitive sprint. It
was at the classic Goodwood circuit in the
Sussex countryside run smoothly by the
Tunbridge Wells Motor Club. If you are unfamiliar
with the form of motorsport known as sprinting
and its brother hillclimbing they are timed runs
against the clock, fastest time wins.
Hillclimbing, as the name suggests, is up a
hill. In this country most hillclimbs take place up
a private driveway or similar such as Shelsley
Walsh, Prescott and Goodwoods Festival of
Speed amongst others. In Europe they hold their
hillclimbs up closed public roads (if you havent
already search for Berg Cup on YouTube, you
wont be disappointed). What they all have in
common is you normally finish at a higher clocking a 119.89. But getting under the two- go as fast as I could, taking more risks and
altitude than you started. Sprinting is the same in minute mark wasnt without its issues. The carrying as much speed as I could through the
principle other than generally its around a circuit alternator bracket threw a bolt but thankfully we corners. Unfortunately I was a little too fast as I
and you finish in the same place you started. had a suitable replacement which was duly fitted came out of the final chicane and touched my
So back to Goodwoods sprint. I was to have before my second timed run: another two outside rear on the grass. It doesnt take a
two consecutive practice laps followed by three seconds off at 117.52. I was pleased with the degree in physics to work out what happened
separate timed runs to count towards the final progress I had made, and with a final tweak of next: a 270-degree spin later and much closer to
results and a final single lap for the most the shocks to try and combat the body roll I went the barriers than I was comfortable with and my
improved award. I have been to Goodwood many out for my final timed run. It felt great and my lap time was rather ruined. But a great time was
times as a spectator but having never driven final time was 113.54, a whole 15.71 seconds had, and I now have many aspects of the car
around the circuit before I took it easy, faster than my first practice run. Yes I finished that need improvement before next year.
completing my practice laps and clocked a time last in my class but it was the most fun Ive had Certainly the body roll needs addressing and the
of 129.25 seconds from a standing start. On to in ages and I recommend it to anyone. brake pedal is far too long and soft so an
the timed runs and on my first I improved on my But things didnt finish there: I had the most upgrade in those departments wont be far off.
practice run by almost ten whole seconds improved run to complete. I was going all-out to Much to do over the winter then, stay tuned.

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Hack Engineering
01444 617365

On my way down to the Goodwood circuit for a codes I was getting and it came up with two machined holes in a smaller size solving this
track day I had the dreaded engine management Vanos problems, the first one being the failure of expensive problem from happening again.
light come up on the dash board. It still seamed the solenoid coilpack and the second one being You can also go further into this rebuild and
to drive okay so I carried on. It was a little lumpy the dreaded snap of the sprocket tabs that run add the rattle repair kit, which is one of those
low down but the power was strong mid to high the oil disc in the Vanos unit. jobs that may as well been done while youre
though the rev range. Hoping it was just the coilpack again I whipped there but I opted out of this as its a track car so
Luckily I now carry my laptop to track days that off to check all the joints but unluckily for me a loud Vanos is the least of my worries. To help
after having a dodgy ABS sensor, so plugged it in they all looked fine. The only way to really find keep my costs down I also opted out of having a
after sign-on. It came up for a few Vanos errors, out what my problem was, was to remove the reworked coilpack as mine hadnt long been
so I cleared them and fired the car back up with valve cover and inspect the exhaust cam repaired and I knew my problem was the
no return of the EML light or errors. sprocket. So I got my spanners out and went snapped tab.
In the past Id had the common problem of the digging, once removed its a little tricky to see I had to source and supply the exhaust cam
solder joints cracking on the Vanos solenoid both the sprocket tabs but I could see fresh shiny sprocket as thats the only item Hack Engineering
coilpack which my good friend William Thaw fixed metal confirming to me that Id snapped one out cannot and I luckily found a used item (it was still
for me. Having cleared the errors with no return I of the two sprocket tabs, great! not cheap but was a third of the price compared
thought nothing of it and headed back out on I then exchanged a few conversations with ex- to a new unit from BMW).
track. A few laps in, the EML light came back on Performance BMW writer Ben Koflach, who now With all the parts sourced, Ben could get to
but the car still drove fine so I soldiered on. runs Hack Engineering and offers Vanos repair work with me being the little helper. On removal
Returning back to the pits I plugged it back in to kits and labour. This being a job I didnt want to of the Vanos unit I held a magnet on a stick in
find the same error codes, cleared them and went tackle on my own I booked in with Ben for a place to catch the broken tab from falling down
back out again. This time the light came back on basic Hack Engineering Vanos overhaul. into the drive chain, so that was a massive relief
a lot sooner. I hadnt even made it out the pit lane The basic overhaul includes upgraded bolts, that the broken bit was still in place and looking
so I thought Id just do a test lap to see how it seals, refined oil pump disc and the solenoid at it, it had been broken for a while as it had
goes. The only problem I noticed on the test lap coilpack. The basic covers you for all the common worn the usually smooth snapped edges.
was a bogged down pull away then the power failures. The most important one for me was the I wont ramble on with the fine details of the
delivery was fine so I carried on for the rest of the oil pump disc, the holes in the factory one are a Vanos strip down and rebuild as Ben has already
day and even managed to limp the car home to little too big giving it room to slap back and forth done so on his site:
investigate the following evening. leading to the breakage of the sprocket tab or
I had a bit of a Google search on the error tabs, so the Hack oil disc has another two With the car back together, we went for a test


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Finding time for our own projects around superior quality, which extends to the companys
completing work for customers is always a brilliant Heavy Duty range.
struggle, and this E30 is unfortunately the victim The HD range consists of direct bolt-in parts
of it, hence our lack of updates of late. However, (like our control arms) that feature redesigned
we are very pleased to announce that some and uprated balljoints, meaning that they far
work has finally happened! outlast even genuine BMW parts in our
Our last Our Cars piece centred around the experience. The control arms were fitted with
removal of the rear suspension; something that VAC Motorsports offset Delrin control arm bushes
was also done up front. The control arms and for added castor.
struts were taken off the car ready for complete With these bolted into the car, the struts could
renewal the front crossmember will get the be assembled with the shocks and upper
same treatment when it comes to getting the assembly, and were bolted into the car.
M62 under the bonnet, but for now our main aim CAtuneds coilovers have such precision-made
is to get the chassis sorted and rolling under threading that it was easy to quickly get the ride
M40 power. height to roughly where we expect to need it,
Once off, the front struts were stripped and camber was adjusted to the maximum for
down ready for modification; the top mounts now. A job well done.
came off, the springs were thrown away and Now all that we are waiting for is a new
the shock inserts removed. The hubs and steering linkage from Ergen Motorsport, which
bearings were also removed along with the will mean that we can get the Z3 1.9 steering
brake backing plates, taking everything down rack bolted in and
into component form. functioning, leaving
From here, we could chop the shock tube only the wheel
down, and the base part for our CAtuned bearings and
coilovers were carefully welded on. These parts brakes to
were then painted, ready to be refitted to the car. complete
drive, but disappointingly I was still getting the However, before this could happen, we needed the front
same problem so we returned and plugged it new front control arms. These came courtesy of end. Its
back in. Now that we knew for certain the Meyle, which is a German manufacturer of OE getting
sprocket tabs were not the problem the error parts. Weve used these for years due to their close!
codes led us to the problem being the solenoid
coilpack leaving the Vanos stuck in advance,
explaining why it would bog down at low rpm,
then be fine higher in the range. Annoyingly for
me Id told Ben I didnt need the coilpack so one
had to be posted out to me in a few days. After
bolting that on my Vanos was 100% repaired.
So, it turns out my coilpack failing was a
blessing in disguise. If Id just changed the
coilpack and not taken off the valve cover it
could have led to the other tab snapping, thus
starving the Vanos of oil. I dread to think of the
broken tabs failing in to the chain. Its scary to
think that my snapped tab had no signs of failure
as it was the coilpack all along. It just shows
that the Hack Vanos overhaul is worth doing
even if you think you dont have a problem. In
fact, since mine, Ben has had a low millage tidy
example in with again no signs of errors and it
too had a snapped tab.
I would highly recommend any S54 owner to
go and remove the valve cover and check for
yourself. Even if youre lucky and its not broken I
would still go ahead with a Hack Vanos overhaul
to prolong the life of your engine.


Hack Engineering
01444 617365

VAC Motorsports
001 215 462 4666

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Just when it was all going so well, I hit a Since half the coolant would fall out when I allowing the fluid to drain out the bottom of the
problem. While doing a short journey, I noticed my changed the thermostat, I decided a full coolant tank. Much easier!
engine temperature gauge was drifting above 12 flush was in order as this was a fluid I hadnt yet Removing the old thermostat was relatively
oclock. Never a good sign! In fact, I had to replaced and I have no idea when it was done problem-free. After removing the housing, one
abandon my car five miles from home as it last. So I ordered 15 litres (yes, thats right, 15 quick tap from a mallet and the thermostat
became clear that I just wasnt going to make it. litres!) of G48 coolant, which was ready-mixed to simply popped out. I did, however, have to
After a long walk home and a bit of subsequent simplify things. remove the viscous fan for access (reverse
internet research, I was fairly sure the source of Normally, draining coolant is a relatively simple threaded for any DIYers out there) and once the
the problem was a dead thermostat as this is the process. You merely undo the drain plug in the new parts were on, I filled up the car with fresh
most likely cause (and cheapest repair). bottom of the engine and catch as much coolant coolant and bled the system. Then I ran it on my
I ordered a replacement thermostat from online as you can in a basin. However, some German driveway for ten minutes or so and hallelujah! The
company KMS. It stocks a large number of E31 genius positioned the two drain plugs (one for temperature rose to 12 oclock and stayed there.
parts and usually has a large variety of quality of each bank) beneath the exhaust manifolds. They Problem solved.
parts too. I selected a direct OEM replacement were impossible to access from beneath, and the Im sorry if the work hasnt been very exciting
thermostat as engine temperature control is only way topside was to remove the exhaust this month, but old cars do require a fair amount
definitely not something you want to skimp on. manifolds! Not a quick job! Fortunately, a quick of maintenance just to stay mobile. Lets hope
Moreover, since M70 engines are an alloy block, forum search revealed the real world technique is that there are no long-term consequences of the
overheating can have catastrophic effects. to remove the hose from the bottom of the overheating and I can move on to more exciting
Theyre not called chocolate blocks for nothing. expansion tank and jack up the rear of the car, areas next month.
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