BMW once jokingly put together an M3 in pickup guise, as an April Fools joke, and a lot of people out there bit the bullet. Fortunately – or not – the pickup M car was never put in production, but even showing it was possible made a lot of people take things into their own hands and built their own BMW ute. One such example can be seen around Europe’s drift circuits, but with a rather big twist.
While the original E9x M3 models used a 4-liter V8 engine otherwise known under the S65 codename, this M3 uses a while different layout under the hood. Being put together to compete in drifting competitions, the driver wanted more than enough power at his disposal to be able to spin the rear wheels with the slightest touch of the gas pedal. Therefore, an LSX 6.2-liter V8 was thrown in the engine bay replacing the standard mill the M3 came with.
That wasn’t all though, as the massive Chevy 376 block was also supercharged using a 4.5-liter Whipple blower to take things to a whole new level. Since the car was based on a E93 M3 Convertible – probably to cut into the body easier – it should still retain some of the original balance the chassis offered. Sure, the heavier engine mounted up front will probably make a notable difference in how the weight is distributed over the axles but then again, since we’re talking about drifting, it may actually be helpful.
In the end, all that matters is that the end result is satisfying on the drift circuit and by the looks of things it seems like that’s the case. The video posted below should prove it in full, while also delivering a full symphony of supercharged V8 exhaust notes.[fvplayer src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hb8bS8VpPo” width=”640″ height=”360″]