Building a BMW E30 with an i3 Electric Motor

BMW E30 with i3 electric motor

DaveG is a self-described BMW nut and restorer. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he’s building the World’s first BMW E30 with an electric motor from a BMW i3. The motor makes 168-184 horsepower depending on the year. Dave plans on powering the motor with Fluence battery packs and connecting it to a 320d transmission … Read more

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BMW E30 with a TS-21 Turbine

BMW E30 with a TS-21 turbine

Igor Negoda enjoys working with turbines. So when he received a TS-21 gas turbine starter/APU (auxiliary power unit) from a Russian military aircraft he decided to install it into a BMW E30 sedan. The small turbine makes 60 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Igor says while the turbine is spinning at 17,000 … Read more

For Sale: Drift BMW E30 with a 7.4 L LSx V8

BMW E30 with a 7.4 L LSx V8

This BMW E30 is for sale in Świdwin, Poland for 150,000 zł or about $40,533. The car competes in European drift events under the Drift Warriors flag. Swagier Custom Parts installed a 7.4 L LSx V8 that makes 591 horsepower and 597 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque on a Ecumaster EMU Black ECU. Behind the … Read more

BMW E30 with a K20 Inline-Four

BMW E30 with a K20 Inline-Four

Absolute Motorsport is an Irish rally team comprised of driver Sean Liston and co-driver Katrina Walsh Liston. They compete in a BMW E30 built by Sean and Katrina’s Father that was originally Katrina’s Mother’s car. The team replaced the factory BMW M20 inline-six and transmission with a Honda 2.0 L K20A2 inline-four and Sadev six-speed … Read more

BMW E30 Wagon with a Supercharged M62 V8

BMW E30 Wagon with a Supercharged M62 V8

This BMW E30 318i Touring started life with a 1.8 L M40 inline-four and automatic transmission. The current owner spent five years improving the car’s performance and handling. He began by replacing the factory engine and transmission with a 4.4 L M62 V8 and six-speed manual transmission from a BMW E39 540i. The engine was … Read more

BMW E30 with a 1306 hp Turbo 2JZ

BMW E30 M3 with a turbo 2JZ inline-six

Vidar Jødahl has driven his 1989 BMW E30 M3 on everything from a frozen Norwegian lake to the Nürburgring and now turned his talents to hill climb racing. The E30 is powered by a turbocharged 2JZ inline-six that makes 1,305 horsepower and 1,163 lb-ft on 43 psi of boost from a Garrett GTX4294R turbocharger. Power … Read more