Monster BMW E82 1 Series Build

by Bernie McGroarty on July 17, 2013, 1:21 am
This particular 1 Series is a purpose build race machine. The owner had been building it up for the Gatebil Extreme Series in Norway.

It started life as just a plain 2012 factory shell, fresh from the line. That stock shell didn't stay stock long. The shell was sent off to fit a WRC FIA roll cage, to keep things stiff and safe.

stock shell

Upon it's return, the chassis received some custom touches also. Front and rear E92 M3 subframes were fitted. Custom K-Sport E92 M3 spec coil overs were mounted to keep the wheels planted. A K-Sport big big brake kit was also installed, 356mm/330mm rotors front/rear.


So, now it can handle and stop, how about the go...well, let's save the best for last. The interior was treated to some racing goodies also. The cockpit gets a Sparco seat, OMP wheel, and a carbon dash, which houses an lcd dash/logger. Let's not forget about the hydraulic hand brake and the custom pedal box. Who wouldn't want to spend some time behind that wheel?


On to the exterior. To lighten things up a bit and to give that menacing wide look, a fiberglass wide body kit was installed and massaged to perfection. The doors are also fiberglass. More weight was saved by using carbon fiber for the hood, roof and trunk and inner fenders. It also looks like the front bumper assembly is quick release, for easy servicing and replacement.


Alright, finally time for the money shot, the power. To rocket this beast down the track, a S54B32 was worked up, turbocharged and dropped in. I believe it sings to the tune of around 800whp! This is truly a monster build. Check out the video and the spec sheet below.






  • 2012 make factory new bodyshell
  • Glassfiber bodykit and doors
  • Carbonfiber hood, roof, trunk, inner fenders and dash
  • E92 front and rear subframe incl diff and electric steering
  • Custom K-sport E92 M3 spec coilovers
  • K-sport 356mm front and 330mm rear brakes
  • Custom exhaust with twin pipes
  • noname wheels
  • Sparco bucket seats and 6 point harness
  • E30 carbondash
  • Dashllogger
  • Pedalbox
  • Hydraulic handbrake

  • S54B32 fully forged block internals , CP pistons, H rods, ARPs ++
  • Stock cylinder head w/blocked and removed VANOS
  • PPF S38 turbo tubular manifold with S54 flange
  • Homemade aluminium 5mm plenum
  • Turboservice T4 SX1000 turbo
  • Megasquirt EMS
  • Tilton 3 disc clutch
  • 6 speed E46 M3 transmission

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7 responses to Monster BMW E82 1 Series Build

Keepittrill commented:
July 17, 2013, 1:43 am

Wtf. 800 WHP on a 1 series? That's gotta be wheels spinning on like every gear hahah

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Bernie@Bimmerfest commented:
July 17, 2013, 7:39 am

That's what I was thinking myself. The video at the bottom confirmed it! Looks like a handful to drive.
rmjames007 commented:
July 18, 2013, 10:23 am

Holy. That is awesome
blue dragon commented:
July 20, 2013, 8:28 am

That thing looks like a handful
Momo_e82 commented:
January 12, 2014, 7:39 am

This is the sickest bimmmer i've seen . Nice work.
amunizaga commented:
February 3, 2014, 10:16 pm

what a cool project dude! congrats!
villeds commented:
February 4, 2014, 4:48 am

That's definitely a monster e82... Haha sick build. I still hope that a 135i is somewhere down the line in my long list of cars I want to own.