September 29, 2023

Did you actually suppose I’d depart you hanging with no automobile spotlights from the Scandinavian summer time? In fact I wouldn’t, though it’s virtually unimaginable to decide on which automobiles to deal with, given what number of superb builds flip up on the large Gatebil occasions after a protracted, darkish and really chilly winter.

My time at Gatebil Mantorp Park in Sweden was very restricted this yr, however I nonetheless managed to shoot a few oh-so-Scandinavian creations. We’ll begin right here, with Andreas Danielsson‘s F11 BMW 5 Sequence Touring.


Wagons are a standard sight at Gatebil occasions in Sweden, however as a rule they’re based mostly round an previous Volvo – in fact – and set as much as drift. This one too was constructed to slip, however being a BMW and fashionable by comparability, I needed to go in for a better look.


Once I requested Andreas to clarify his pondering behind the construct, the response I acquired was as straight ahead as you possibly can get: “I needed a quick automobile.” That’s a wonderfully good reply for anybody attending Gatebil.

The best way the BMW appears to be like straight on or from a entrance three-quarter angle positively doesn’t give any of its secrets and techniques away, although. On the enterprise finish the modifications revolve round a Schmiedmann carbon fiber lip spoiler and a pair of M5 fenders – fairly normal stuff.


Out again, nevertheless, occasion mode has been enabled. The fenders have been customized widened, the panel between the taillights has been reduce out and the rear window is now a carbon fiber piece with vent holes. Did I point out the Schmiedmann carbon diffuser and the dual stainless-steel mufflers?


There’s a very good cause all of those modifications exist, however for that we have to circle again round to the entrance of the wagon and raise the hood.


You’re trying a BMW S50 from an E36 M3, however like many different facets of Andreas’s wagon, the engine is removed from inventory. The large BorgWarner turbo most likely already gave that away although…

Internally, the inline-six has been beefed up with cast pistons and connecting rods to deal with the 1.8bar (26.5psi) of increase stress that’s now thrown at it. Externally, the intercooler, consumption plenum, turbo manifold and exhaust system are all customized fabricated items by Jalkelid Motorsport in Sweden.


Because it sat within the Mantorp Park pits, the S50 produced 898hp and 1,036Nm of torque. All hell breaks unfastened from 3,500rpm, which Andreas says is a giant enchancment over the earlier turbo setup, which though noticed the engine output a whopping 1,170hp, got here with numerous lag, which wasn’t conducive for drifting.

The numbers in the present day get to the floor by way of a 6-speed BMW Getrag transmission, which may clearly take a punch or two.


Being a Swedish-built drift wagon, I knew there’d be a cool setup within the rear, and the 2 air ducts within the carbon fiber panorama roof substitute panel are a little bit of giveaway. These ducts funnel air to the cooling system, which contains a race radiator paired with a Davies Craig electrical water pump and a Mercedes-Benz electrical fan. The rear space can be house to a critical Nuke Efficiency-based gas system, as you’d anticipate given the engine setup.


Up entrance, there’s an intensive WRC-style roll cage and Sparco Grid seats with Simpson 6-point racing harnesses. Andreas has additionally added a Suvi shifter and adjustable pedal field, and a Hurricane hydraulic handbrake. Tucked away beneath the glove field is the Ecumaster EMU Black engine administration system and PMU16 energy administration module.


Regardless of how cool this wagon is, it appears to be like like Andreas’s time with it is likely to be coming to an finish. However as one door closes one other will open, as a result of he has plans for a good wilder construct. It’s the Swedish approach.

Alen Haseta
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