The Time Attack Car Less Obvious
Eight Plus Twelve

I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a BMW 8 Series and thought ‘this would make a great time attack car.’ I’m likely not alone in this thinking either, but thankfully someone out there did and the real-world result is all sorts of amazing.

Honestly, this was one of a few cars at Gatebil that brought a huge smile to my face.

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It’s very much a car that embodies the Gatebil spirit of building something that pleases the owner and to hell with what anyone else thinks. It’s a build that has chosen the path less obvious, for good or bad.

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It would appear to be running the original BMW V12, although with the custom intake and turbocharger setup, it’s difficult to identify it as any of the M70, M73 or S70 variety of V12 the 8 Series came with from factory. Perhaps one of you more familiar with this car can provide us with more information?

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Speaking of boost, there’s clearly no shortage of it on this particular application. A single Garrett M24 drives 1.7bar (24.6psi) of boost into the engine, producing 1,378hp and 1,155ft/lbs.

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The aerodynamic package appears to be completely bespoke, but perfectly suits the original car’s body shape.

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Inside, is your typical spartan race car affair. A Samsonas selector, presumably attached to a Samsonas sequential gearbox, being one of the the main highlights. I say ‘presumably’ because nothing is ever certain at Gatebil.

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I can’t imagine too many will be rushing out to replicate a car like this, unless it starts tearing the field apart, but that makes it all the better. It wasn’t the only BMW in the Extreme class at Gatebil that’s worth looking at either…

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Time attack BMW 8-series, V12, 1400 hp. All I can say is "Holy sh*t!"


I love the 8 series. I've only ever seen 2 or 3 in the wild. Still turns heads imo. 
The damn thing had a car-phone... i love it.


Probably not the ridiculously expensive motor from the McLaren F1 with 600+hp although a big turbo could double that.?


this thing is the buisness


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JPRedhead It's the latter, Ga-te-bil.


vulsane Great find, definitely the same engine.


No shots of the rear end?


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vulsane This engine, if I remember correctly, was an m70 from an e32


Just a few ponies made then


JDMbrad There was, but it has gone missing. I'll try find it.


vulsane Same engine, same owner, different car.


Great feature AS always. We have to do a story on this AS well
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vulsane was about to comment that ... i was SURE i saw that engine before.

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The 8 series is literally one of the heaviest cars ever made.  1.9 tonnes unladen.  Well over 2 tonnes with fluids and driver.


Yes! I have no words for the amazingness of this here vehicle. An 8-series time attack car? Like seriously?! This is the kind of car I follow this website for. Great find Mr. Paddy McGrath .


vulsane Absolutely mental, I love it! I can't imagine this motor has been built to this extent very often, couldn't have been cheap to make that kind of power. Respect!


And the headrests with that funny asymmetric/side mounting ! Classy as!


Engine are from a 850 CSi.
His second V12 turbo build, first was a bi-turbo setup in the purple E34 messured to fit in a E30 and so does now, or did, long time ago now.
Weld spots on the intake plenum are support rods because the first version without exploded when full boost and destroyed the hood on his E34.
His first V12 work was a standar one in a E30 2dr facelift about 15 years ago.
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Especially now that I see it in the flesh I'm left to wonder why it took so long.




Fantastic .. thanks Paddy for capturing this beast :)


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That is really cool, I didn't see this car there. But of course the event is so big that no one can see everything. What a unique choice for a race car.


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