The beginning of this project was to build a competitive drift car based on a BMW E36 3-series chassis and a V10 engine. The engine that was chosen is the V10 unit that powers the BMW M6 and the gearbox is a six-speed manual from an other BMW model.
As a first step, the engine was disassembled to assess its condition. The engine was thoroughly examined (pistons, valves etc.) and was found to be in very good condition overall, so the project moved on to the next step of installing the engine on the car. To allow for the installation, numerous modifications had to be made to the front part of the chassis, and after a great deal of checking, measuring, and checking again, the E36 body was ready to accept the V10 engine. To make the car’s electric systems work a custom wiring harness was made and a standalone ECU was installed.
The six-speed gearbox was mated to the engine and a new driveshaft was fabricated to fit the dimensions of the E36 chassis. The differential installed was a KAAZ LSD mated to a short crown and pinion set. Aiming to make the car as good as possible in drifting, the steering system was improved by installing custom-made suspension wishbones and a quicker steering rack. In addition, an adjustable KW suspension and a hydraulic handbrake were also installed.
To ensure sufficient cooling for the engine, a custom radiator and oil cooler were fabricated and installed, and a complete exhaust system was designed and installed to avoid any free up the engine’s power.