Small Lightweight Coupe,</br> Big Screaming Engine

I’ve been so desensitised lately by the constant flurry of Rocket Bunny this and Liberty Walk that, that when I saw this rather stock-looking BMW 1M Coupé at Gatebil Rudskogen earlier in the year, it instantly caught my attention.

But it wasn’t just the 1M’s look – in making a few passes at full chat it didn’t sound like any of the regular engine swaps, and definitely not of the stock motor…

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I made a mental note to check it out later, but finding a car at Gatebil can be a hit or miss thing, as Paddy himself found out over the same weekend. But luckily for me, the bright orange BMW was parked right next to my car in the paddock. Its owner, Jaap Bosma, had travelled all the way from the Netherlands to compete at Gatebil, and in no time after meeting him it became apparent why this relatively sober-looking 1M Coupé wasn’t all that innocent.

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It’s quite common at Gatebil to find a Toyota 2JZ or BMW V8 retro-fitted in another chassis, but here Jaap has gone full mental and shoehorned a fire breathing naturally aspirated BMW S85 V10 into his 1 Series’ engine bay. This was the source of the unmistakable V10 wail that we had all heard on track.

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The engine is mated to an E92 M3 6-speed manual gearbox via a triple-plate Tilton clutch with a lightweight flywheel. In its current guise, the V10 outputs a healthy 551hp and 620Nm.

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For all the extra steering angle that a drift car needs, the ‘1M GTS’ as Jaap calls it, runs the Wisefab lock kit coupled with Intrax coil-overs.

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It was about halfway through the shoot when Jaap told me that despite the BMW’s looks, the base car was not quite a 1M Coupé. It turns out this orange little monster started off life as a 118d diesel coupé that Jaap found at a scrapyard in Ireland. In preparation for its second life, the car was stripped down bare and built back up as a 1M Coupé replica with the assistance of GNG Motorsport from Holland.

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As you might have noticed from the previous image, one of the coolest things Jaap has installed is a hydraulic Super Jack system to lift it clean off the ground for quick tire changes at the push of a button.

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A CNC-milled GNG Motorsport handbrake lever adorns an interior that features minimal creature comforts.

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Carrying the orange theme, the harness belts were sourced from LTEC Race & Rally Engineering with Sparco Evo GRP Tech seats holding Jaap in place.

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The rear differential is a custom-built 3.85 ratio unit from GNG Motorsport that can provide up to 100 per cent locking.

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As for the bodywork, the bonnet, roof plate and trunk lid are all made of carbon fibre, with the rest of the panels being OEM 1M Coupé parts.

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Judging from all the rubber collected inside the bare trunk of the car, it looks like Jaap has a good recipe for a drift car going on here.

Sheer driving pleasure? I say sheer drifting pleasure!

Alok Paleri
Instagram: rennworksmedia
alok@speedhunters.com

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1

rare to see a dutch owned feature car

badass though and very clean

2

This is way better than putting a JZ or V8 engine into it.  Most People would'nt probably even recognize it doesn't belong there :)

3

Love the humble diesel beginnings of this car to then be built into a proper shredder.

4

This is cool and all but I kind of see it as a waste of engineering and problem solving just to go drifting. I would love to see this on a road course. Granted, it would not be able to be classed but it would make a cool time attack or something vehicle.

5

@JDMjunkies 
Even though I love JZ-swap , but I agree this V10 is a lot more special .

6

Derelict lol who cares it could be taken on a road course at any time. and how is it a waste of engineering? he's having fun

7

Derelict lol who cares it could be taken on a road course at any time. and how is it a waste of engineering? he's having fun

8

Derelict lol who cares it could be taken on a road course at any time. and how is it a waste of engineering? he's having fun

9

I have a question , what ECU it used ? I remember when I saw a YouTube video about this engine , it required a lot of stock parts to start the engine , for example it needs full iDrive system & such .

10

Speedhunters Must be nose-heavy as a bitch!

11

Speedhunters Must be nose-heavy as a bitch!

12

Speedhunters Must be nose-heavy as a bitch!

13

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14

Speedhunters and in that fiery orange paint scheme... Hot Damn.

15

Speedhunters That2ndBlackGuy

16

I can't believe someone swapped a v10 in a 1 series!!!! This thing is a work of art and awesomeness!! Very inspirational.

17

Glitchy_Ashburn 
Although 1M Coupe (I know this is just 118d originally) have a 178-kg engine , but I never know if that weight was included stuff like turbochargers , intercooler , and pipes ... while the S85 V10 weights 261-kg with all the ancilleries , flywheel , & clutch (measured by some enthusiast , BMW quotes 240-kg) .


It would be nose-heavy , but might not be quite a lot more than 1M Coupe .

18
Gianluca FairladyZ

@Tom  Hamann did it too back then when the 1 series came out! Just google it.

19

that's not a 1M.  it's a 135 that's been built.   It does not look like a stock 1M at all....the colour is wrong and looks clearly modified.

20

@IEDEI You sound like fun. Of course it's modified you donut, it's got a V10 for Christ's sake...

21

Third to last picture - Evo 3!

22

Speedhunters Pretty cool to see something like Marco's S65 powered 1M clone! Plus that orange is rad. http://twitter.com/heyycourtneymae/status/641320763220430850/photo/1

23

@IEDEI Not to mention, it clearly says in the article that it didn't start life as a 1M NOR a 135, but instead a 118d....

24
BiTurbo from oppo

Thankyou. I honestly do not know why people decide that they're going to build these crazy engine-swap cars and then pick, say, a 1M as their base car.

Why not pick a 118d? The end result is the same and the world ends up with two banzai cars instead of just one. Better for everyone :)

25

So... HOW did he fit a V10 in there??
I would have thought the block alone would be too big. Even an M5 engine bay looks crowded.

26

So... HOW did he fit a V10 in there??
I would have thought the block alone would be too big. Even an M5 engine bay looks crowded.

27

BiTurbo from oppo did you not read it, he did make it out of a 118d

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BiTurbo from oppo did you not read it, he did make it out of a 118d

29

@IEDEI You didn't read the story, did you?

30

@IEDEI You didn't read the story, did you?

31

LukeEVOVIII evo 2 with 3 bumper?

32

Like the conversion great car, brings back the memories from 90s when racing dynamics put v12 in the bmw compact. I know beemer is close to bringing m2/2m variant of 2 series but I'd rather see a street/sleeper 2 series with the s65 v8 or the same v10 conversion. That would be an eye opener for sure :)

33

Speedhunters i missed the area where you pointed that out.  Apologies...

34

Speedhunters i missed the area where you pointed that out.  Apologies...

35

Awesome build, but doesnt look very lightweight. the S85 is like 550lbs (250kg) alone!

36

Awesome build, but doesnt look very lightweight. the S85 is like 550lbs (250kg) alone!

37

Well I was going to point out the short wheelbase not being ideal for drifting but..... it has almost 105 inch wheelbase vs the nissan 240's 97 inch.  It's 7.7 inches longer.  Also, thanks for the video. That V10 makes a beautiful roar.

38

Well I was going to point out the short wheelbase not being ideal for drifting but..... it has almost 105 inch wheelbase vs the nissan 240's 97 inch.  It's 7.7 inches longer.  Also, thanks for the video. That V10 makes a beautiful roar.

39

Oh V10 fits! :)  ...and it drifts without any concrete blocks in the back, amazing!

40

Oh V10 fits! :)  ...and it drifts without any concrete blocks in the back, amazing!

41

I agree with everything in your comment!

42

I agree with everything in your comment!

43

@JDMjunkies and in Europe it makes sense, more of those engines around than the typical swap candidates (JZs and LS'). I don't get why not more engines from VW or Mercedes end up in the drifting crowd, the engine are well known for producing power and handling boost equally as good.

44

It was a rhetorical question.

45

Speedhunters jfuchinm another one for you joe

46

Speedhunters jfuchinm another one for you joe

47

Palmerone46 Speedhunters shoehorn comes to mind

48

So what's the point?  Spinning donuts around a parking lot at 30mph in second gear doesn't prove anything.
How about trying for some low lap times and show us some real skill.

49

The weigth is 50.37 on the front and 49.63 on the rear, I think this is not nose-heavy, the different is 1 hamburger.
I put the engine maximum  backwards.
Thanks most people voor the positive coments...and fore the negative people....: bild your own racecar better and see you on track....
cheers Jaap

50

the only new bmw i like is a 1M, and that v10 makes it even better. NICE!

51

the only new bmw i like is a 1M, and that v10 makes it even better. NICE!

52

Because they break down during warm-up

53

My man you have an awesome car. Great color, great exterior mods and super awesome engine. Props to you. Fine job.
To Speedhunters- stop calling it a 1M. It's not one. Let's keep it real. It might even be better than a real 1M but it isn't one.

54

Buick Man arent you referring to the M1. the reason BMW gave it the naming convention "1M" was specifically for that..

55

@Jaap 1M  Spoken like a true gentleman. Awesome machine!

56

dtr920 Buick Man Pretty sure he's referring to this line from the article: "It turns out this orange little monster started off life as a 118d diesel coupé that Jaap found at a scrapyard in Ireland. In preparation for its second life, the car was stripped down bare and built back up as a 1M Coupé replica with the assistance of GNG Motorsport from Holland."

57

Cobranut I know this post is really old but... Shut up!

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