Red Bmw E30 Turbo Made in Norway


Every now and then a project born in Scandinavia catches my attention. Car purists look away, because this is a BMW E30 turbo that shares it’s looks with an M3. Stig , not the one from Topgear, loved the classic look of the BMW E30 but wanted to benefit from updated technology and performance. Stig is 25 and was born in Norway.BMW-E30-14
This project started out as a ’86 325i that Stig bought last year. He swapped the engine with a 3.5 litre S38B36 from a E34 M5 and modified it. The block add-ons include a polished crank, forged H-beam rods and CP forged pistons with heavy duty pins. Also the valvetrain has received new updated springs and retainers. The fuel system mods are twin Bosch 044 fuel pumps, a Nuke Performance Blackline fuel rail, Precision 1,260cc injectors and an Aeromotive adjustable fuel pressure regulator. That’s a lot of gas. The engine management is taken care by the Electromotive Tec2 unit. This engine cools via a Davies Craig electric water pump and fan with a controller.

Before I say more, I must note that the biggest hint that this car means business is the front mounted intercooler with 3′ pipes. Of course there is a turbo, a BorgWarner S475 race unit that sits on a custom manifold made by JAAS Performance. Gas flows into a 4′ downpipe and out of a 3.5′ exhaust system. When boost pressure is set to 1.7 bar , the engine puts out around 900 rwhp.

Of course the drivetrain was also upgraded and now includes a E39 5 series diesel gearbox, a twin clutch rally spec plate from Tilton and a E28 M5 sourced differential with heavy duty axles made by PPF while the gearbox sits on GS Performance mounts. The suspension is comprised of K-Sport adjustable coilovers and Powerflex polyurethane bushings.


Stig decided to get some period correct wheels for the car, so it sits on an OZ Hartge wheel set. They measure 9.5×17′ upfront and 11×17′ in the rear, with 215/40R17 Toyo T1R and 245/35R17 Hankook S1 Evo tires respectively. If you look past the spokes of the OZ wheels you will see the upgraded braking system that includes a 330mm K-Sport setup upfront and OEM E28 M5 brakes in the back.

Exterior modifications, apart from the M3 look, are very subtle: a M3 Sport Evo front spoiler, a set of DTM carbon fiber side mirrors and new Hella lights. In the back there is a carbon fiber rear spoiler and Started taillights. Interior mods are a little more noticeable, with a rollcage and Sabelt racer bucket seats.

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