Matt Farah, the man behind The Smoking Tire and other interesting projects has made a habit out of testing all sorts of cars put together by his followers. This week, our good man took a rather Frankenstein-worthy creation out for a test, this time on a proper drift circuit to make sure burning rubber doesn’t cause any run-ins with the law. And since the car he’s testing is a purposely built drift machine in the shape of an E46 M3, it was only natural to do so.
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The heap of metal he’s driving can hardly be named using a clear model guise. The thing was made out of parts ‘borrowed’ from what used to be a BMW E46 330Ci combined with an LS1 V8 engine from a crashed Chevy Camaro and rear axle coming from a proper BMW E46 M3. All of this, combined with a plethora of other parts, helped the car’s owner create this incredible machine that is just right for drifting, as Matt points out.
Most of the work went to the engine though, as drifting relies heavily on how much torque the mill under the hood can generate and how fast it can do it. Therefore, the LS1 engine coming from a 2001 Camaro has an LS6 intake manifold, DR Concept Motormounts, CX racing headers, CX racing x pipe, Custom 3″ stainless dual exhaust, Holley retrofit oil pan, Canton Racing Accusump, Mishimoto Radiator, oil cooler and radiator fan as well as Earls AN fittings and lines, Earls fire sleeve,
Tennessee Clutch 6 puck, APS Racing Driveshaft, Moroso Oil Catch Can and Turn One power steering pulley and pump
Inside the cabin you won’t find any of the usual commodities an E46 comes with. What you will find instead though is a Racepak dash, GS werks custom roll cage, custom switch and fuse panel, Sparco steering wheel, NRG quick release, HPI Japan Harnesses, Mason engineering clutch pedal, custom floorpanels, Bride seats, custom rear firewall, a 6 gallon Aeromotive fuel cell and S1 Motorsports hydraulic handbrake.
And since no drift car is complete without a proper suspension you’ll be glad to know that this ‘BMW’ has Feal 441 coilovers, 9k swift springs front and 4K swift springs in the rear with true coilover conversion in rear, SLR super angle kit, M3 differential, Syncro design works mechanical differential and Solid subframe and diff bushings. As far as brakes go, up front you’ll find Wilwood calipers while in the back M3 ones were used and as far as Matt’s concerned, they seem to be doing a pretty darn good job as this thing look like a lot of fun. Now that you have the recipe, maybe you should go on and built one for yourself.