E30 with a blown motor gets second life as worlds quickest EV

by Tim Jones on October 29, 2012, 11:29 am
E30 with a blown motor gets second life as worlds quickest EV

With a bit of ingenuity and a lot of hard work Mate Rimac has converted his E30 3 series into the world's quickest EV.

"I owned an old BMW E30, which I used for drift and circuit races," Rimac explains. "At one of these races, the gas engine blew up. Then I decided to try building an EV. After one year or so the car was able to drive, but I was not satisfied with the result. It was heavy, not very powerful and the range was very limited. I started to gather a team of experts to develop our own components since I believed that the electric propulsion can give much more compared to what was available on the market. At that time, I already had a very clear vision of my ultimate goal. Today, hard work is making my dream come true."
The e-M3 puts out 600 horsepower and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque in its current tune. It launches to 62 mph (100 k/mh) in 3.3 seconds faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia and tops out around 174 mph (280 km/h). It's definitely a little more riveting than a Mitsubishi i-Miev, but still packs a respectable range of 112 miles (180 km) per charge.
Read the complete article at Gizmag.com

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4 responses to E30 with a blown motor gets second life as worlds quickest EV

BMWFatherFigure commented:
October 29, 2012, 7:09 pm

Stunning! Silent Ferrari killer! It should have a 'Duracel' paint job IMO.
downhiller commented:
October 29, 2012, 8:22 pm

im not diggin the electric part, diesel ftw
_Ethrty-Andy_ commented:
October 30, 2012, 4:36 am

very old news, but still awesome. my 316i is getting a bit ticky...........
actletpone commented:
October 30, 2012, 5:46 am

Some videos I found...