BMW 1-Series Drift Car Packs An LS3 V8 With 530HP

With the right know-how, almost all rear-wheel drive cars can become potent drift machines, and the BMW 1-Series is no exception.

This example is far from stock, as it features the front end of an M3 E92, wide fenders, new hood, different bumpers, a huge rear wing and a colorful wrap.

The best part of its transformation, though, is its engine: instead of a BMW four- or six-cylinder, it now sports an LS3 V8 from General Motors. This powerplant is quite popular when it comes to engine swaps, but we don’t get to see it much outside North America, let alone powering an European car.

According to the description of the video, it puts down 530 horsepower – more than enough for going sideways at the merest sniff of a corner. What they don’t say is that it sounds like an absolute beast with that aftermarket exhaust.

The heavily tuned BMW 1-Series appears to be in the possession of Diego Quaranta, known as ‘Il Gommaro’ by his fans, a former King of Europe drift champion who wants to reclaim the crown with his latest ride.

  • Status

    A BMW 153.

  • Christian Wimmer

    As a BMW 1-Series E87 owner I hate what was done to that one. 🙁

  • Zandit75

    A big engine doesn’t make it any easier on the eye.
    Ugly!

  • Oh wow, maybe it’s a sin to BMW fans but in drifting, every combination is unique of it’s own. I mean when was the last time you saw drifting hatchback?

  • fgclolz

    Just goes to show that the E92 has one of the nicest-looking front ends on a BMW. And yes, I am biased because I own one lol.

  • Infinite1

    Love the E92 front end on it

  • Bullitt2605

    530 hp to go slow around corners, makes sense……

  • brn

    “let alone powering an European car”
    Um, it’s not uncommon to see an LS swap in a European car, just not common in Europe.

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