Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Car's purpose (race car, street car, show car etc): Street Car/Daily Driver
Make/Model: BMW E30 325i
Engine: Pac-Spec Series 6 13BBPT
Bolt-Ons: Garrett GTX3540, Turbosmart 50mm wastegate, Turbosmart BOV
ECU and Fuel: Haltech PS2000 ECU, High Output Coils, Dual high pressure fuel pumps, 1600cc injectors, 98 Pump Fuel
Driveline: Series 5 RX7 5 speed, 550hp clutch combo, 3in tailshaft, M3 diff, Custom Billet Axles & HD CVs, Pac tailshaft loop
Cooling: Pac alloy radiator, oil cooler & FMIC
Brakes & Suspension: M3 discs & callipers front and rear, Bilstein susp front and rear
Body: Original BMW
Interior: Original Leather, Single Drivers Fixed Back Race Seat
Wheels: BBS Mesh
Power: ~ 385rwhp+ on pump fuel
ET: Never raced
In the modified street car scene today it is becoming increasingly hard to build a car that will stand out from the crowd. While the E30 series BMWs offer a very capable chassis and decent looks they have always appealed to more of a niche market of modifiers, more popular with the die-hard BMW and Euro fans and so they were never really a common sight on the road, especially in modified form.
Now days though there seems to be a resurgence in their popularity. Being a small, lightweight RWD platform would have to be their most popular attribute and on top of being able to pick up a clean example for not a lot of bills, they are a great recipient for engine conversions like the cheeky 13BBP turbo setup residing in this clean example.
Apart from the sexy BBS mesh wheels, the car’s owner Ehsan Hazrati has kept the exterior stock, giving it awesome sleeper appeal which is great considering the car is Esham’s daily driver.
Under the hood is where things start to get exciting. A Series 6 RX7 13B has been given a work-over by Rocky including but not limited to a turbo bridge port, race seals and extra dowels for strength.
Mounted on one of our custom exhaust manifolds, A Garrett
GTX35/40 blows boost into the engine, regulated by a Turbosmart
ProGate50 and the whole shebang is controlled by a Haltech
PS2000 ECU; making an easy 385rwhp+ on pump fuel. Remember this is Esham's daily driver so things have been kept fairly subtle in the power department. When he wants an adrenalyn rush, Ehsan has his race car to play with, also a E30 which is currently in the build. See our earlier post here - /news-8583/under-construction-13bt-325i-bmw.aspx
Power is fed through a Series 5 RX7 5-speed box and custom Pac-Spec 550hp clutch combo before making its way through a 3in tailshaft and to a set of heavy duty CVs and custom billet drive shafts.
Inside the cabin it’s a mix of OEM BMW ‘80s luxury along with a few performance-monitoring additions; a host of Autometer gauges keeping Ehsan informed while a Turbosmart EBoost II keeps boost levels in check.
Overall the car is a solid package with classis Euro styling on the outside and high-tech Japanese performance under the hood. Who knows, maybe if BMW had of purchased the rights to the rotary engine from Felix Wankel all those years ago maybe we would have seen this combo offered from the factory...