Engine swaps in BMW are nothing new, particularly when the E30 3 Series is concerned. Fans and tuners like to swap greater, extra highly effective engines into the bay of an E30 three Collection. Doing so creates a power-to-weight ratio that’s absurd and makes for unimaginable enjoyable. Nonetheless, what about swapping an previous E30 M3 racing engine right into a extra fashionable BMW?
Cencini Sport Vehicles Storage created an E90 BMW M3 WTCC racer that makes use of an the identical 2.three liter four-cylinder engine from an E30 M3 DTM racing automotive. In response to the poster of this video, this racer makes 320 hp at an astonishing eight,200 rpm. Whereas which may not sound like plenty of energy, particularly in an E90 M3 which is way greater and heavier than the E30 M3 it got here from, it’s loads. This E90 M3 WTCC is stripped out and lightened dramatically, in order to go racing clearly, so 320 hp is greater than sufficient to be quick. What helps even additional is the relative lack of weight.
In comparison with the previous four.zero liter naturally-aspirated V8 from the E90, which was very fashionable and fairly heavy, the E30 M3 DTM’s four-pot could be very small and really gentle. In order that removes a major quantity of weight off the nostril, making turn-in sharper and giving it higher front-end grip, which is able to assist in racing. It’s additionally simpler, which means higher reliability. Bear in mind, BMW went racing with this engine for a really very long time and it’s a really sturdy, robust engine.
The most effective half, although, isn’t the facility or the shortage of weight. It’s the noise. Pricey lord, the noise. The sound of old-school racing engines by no means will get previous. It sounds sensible right here, shrieking and screaming all the best way to its stratospheric redline. Fans typically rave in regards to the naturally-aspirated V8 of the E90/E92 M3 or the screaming V10 of the E60-gen M5. I’d reasonably have this. Give me an old-school, pure motorsport engine any day of the week and twice on race day. How do I get one in every of these engines in an E36 and into my driveway?