BMW Z4 E86 With NASCAR V8 Engine Is A Bonkers Project


BMW solely put four- and six-cylinder engines within the first-generation Z4 Coupe however this E86 has had an surprising coronary heart transplant. Below that lengthy hood rests a V8 with a large 5.7-liter displacement and constructed by Hendrick Motorsports for NASCAR duties. The person behind this wild challenge initially purchased an everyday highway automobile earlier than changing it strictly for observe use with an surprising engine.

Jimmy, the proprietor of G&H Racing from South Africa, is the mastermind behind the V8-powered Z4 with a sequential gearbox changing the unique transmission. As a refresher, relying on the model, E85/E86 with five- and six-speed manuals, together with five- and six-speed automatics, plus the dreaded SMG automated guide.

The bonkers Z4 Coupe has been fitted with traction management following a less-than-ideal run final yr on the Simola Hillclimb occasion the place the automobile was in every single place. As well as, it has additionally gained launch management in addition to a complete aerodynamic bundle with a distinguished entrance splitter and a large rear wing proudly carrying an “M Energy” brand. The hood bulge is a telltale signal there’s one thing huge hiding beneath these vents.

The rear-wheel-drive machine can rev as much as a screaming 10,000 rpm however is at the moment restricted to 7,500 rpm. The plan is to push the redline to someplace within the area of 9,000 rpm. Because it stands, the 5.7-liter V8 produces a meaty 590 horsepower (440 kilowatts) and 635 Newton-meters (468 pound-feet) of torque. The eight-cylinder powerhouse advantages from gas injection after ditching the unique carburetor of the crate engine.

Curiously, this Z4 is technically mid-engined because the V8 has been pushed to the again and now sits behind the entrance axle. Among the drivetrain elements have been borrowed from an M5 whereas the exhaust system was developed in-house particularly for the automobile. As for the real GT3 physique package, it was sourced from Germany-based Flossmann. Further modifications have been made to the suspension, wheels, and brakes to show it into a correct observe weapon.

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