Video: BMW E30 3 Series Has 1,200 HP, Is a 9-Second Car

3-Series, Tuning | April 27th, 2016 by 2
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Usually, when talking about the BMW E30 M3 or even the regular 3 Series people praise the handling characteristics these cars have on a track. However, time and …

Usually, when talking about the BMW E30 M3 or even the regular 3 Series people praise the handling characteristics these cars have on a track. However, time and tuners have proved that they  can also be turned into monstrous drag racing cars, such as the one we’re about to show you. This particular model was tuned in Germany by Boba Motoring and it’s a 9-second quarter mile car with around 1,200 HP.

How is that possible? During their existence, they have been specializing in turning Mk1 and Mk2 Volkswagens into supercar slayers with their incredible horsepower readings. Usually, their work includes an engine – of course – and a turbo, that is bigger than the engine itself.

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In this case, they took out the 4-cylinder motor the BMW initially came with and replaced it with an S38 3.6-liter inline-6 from a BMW E34 M5. After that, they installed a Precision PT8285 CEA turbo and charged the hell out of that little engine, to make it deliver no less than 1,225 PS (1,208 HP) and 1,250 Nm (922 lb-ft) of torque. Admittedly, they reached those numbers on E85 fuel and with a boost of 2.3 bar (33.35 psi) but still, it’s an impressive result.

When taken to the track, this E30 3er managed to post a 9.19-second run for the 1/4 mile with a trap speed of 256 km/h (160 mph) which is borderline incredible. What makes this car even better is its discreet appearance. Sure, you’ll notice the big tires needed to get traction but other than that, you might mistake it for a “normal” M3 and that would be fatal in case you decided to challenge it to a drag race.

 

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