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    • New Quickest and Fastest BMW 1/4 mile record? South African S38 Powered E30 - 9.02 @ 157.45 mph

      Car is built by Budler Motorsport. Its the first time out so these runs can be considered shake down runs. The car is powered by a S38 motor from the E28 M5. Its has a manual gearbox. I am reckon we going to see mid 8's from this baby.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: South African 9.02sec BMW E30 started by George Smooth View original post
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      1. oddjob2021's Avatar
        oddjob2021 -
        fast car, nice find, whats with the wavy sounding power at the back half? curious as to if it's just the nature of it, like basic physics.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        That bouncy sound is exactly that. The track become bumpy towards the end and the car bounces hence the noise like that.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Excellent video! What a strong engine, I'm guessing they started with the 3.5 liter version? (B 35)


        I can't wait to have a single digit car.
      1. TaZaM3's Avatar
        TaZaM3 -
        There are faster and quicker BMW's then that. Have you not seen the 7.xx second 1/4 mile BMW's?
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TaZaM3 Click here to enlarge
        There are faster and quicker BMW's then that. Have you not seen the 7.xx second 1/4 mile BMW's?
        I did not create the topic header, Sticky must have done it when he moved it to the front page. This is/was mine "
        South African 9.02sec BMW E30
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
        I did not create the topic header, Sticky must have done it when he moved it to the front page. This is/was mine "
        South African 9.02sec BMW E30
        Quite correct, I created the front page article.

        I went by our own 1/4 mile list and I apologize if that was inaccurate. This is a dedicated drag car, correct? That does bear mentioning.

        What 7 second BMW's are there? Seems we are going to have to make a distinction here but the time was quicker and faster than the fastest E30 we have on our list.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        I think there are a few Swedish monsters in E30, E36 and E34 shape that are in the eights if I am not mistaken and there are two 7's second E36's in Australia which are not BMW powered.
        This car is a run of the mill E30 Chasis with a big motor and solid diff conversion. Its still a manual which makes a big difference at that time bracket.
      1. oddjob2021's Avatar
        oddjob2021 -
        i think if you're going to start including drag cars to the 1/4th times there has to be a separate list for drag cars. what qualifies a street car is that you can drive it to the track, then drive it home after you're done.
      1. TaZaM3's Avatar
        TaZaM3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
        I think there are a few Swedish monsters in E30, E36 and E34 shape that are in the eights if I am not mistaken and there are two 7's second E36's in Australia which are not BMW powered.
        This car is a run of the mill E30 Chasis with a big motor and solid diff conversion. Its still a manual which makes a big difference at that time bracket.
        There are 7 second E36's that are BMW powered. Here is one for example:

      1. TaZaM3's Avatar
        TaZaM3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Quite correct, I created the front page article.

        I went by our own 1/4 mile list and I apologize if that was inaccurate. This is a dedicated drag car, correct? That does bear mentioning.

        What 7 second BMW's are there? Seems we are going to have to make a distinction here but the time was quicker and faster than the fastest E30 we have on our list.
        The top video is also a dedicated drag car from what I can see.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TaZaM3 Click here to enlarge
        The top video is also a dedicated drag car from what I can see.
        Yes it is, hence why I will not add it to the list.

        I think we have a clear distinction now. The top entry though is becoming what could be considered a drag car though.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        I think the orange car is a tube chasis car with just the E36 Skin. I stand corrected though. I cannot believe of fast it is on what doesn't look like a great track Click here to enlarge
      1. BadBoostedBmwM3's Avatar
        BadBoostedBmwM3 -
        Sounds like the car was breaking up in the last gear.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Quick update. New times achieved on the 24th of September, 2010. What I have failed to mention is these times are being run at 5500ft altitude.

        8.8 @ 156.79mph still manual running a Toyota box hehe.

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      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        ^ Epic



        I'm going to build a 240z that pulls like that before I die.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Wow... nicely into the 8's.

        That car is badass.
      1. karel's Avatar
        karel -
        What gearbox is this car running?

        is it the 6speed getrag tranny?

        / karel
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by karel Click here to enlarge
        What gearbox is this car running?

        is it the 6speed getrag tranny?

        / karel
        Its a 5 speed Toyota Box of some sort.

        Update video with latest time.

      1. 5mall5nail5's Avatar
        5mall5nail5 -
        Its fast, but its not much BMW any more.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 5mall5nail5 Click here to enlarge
        Its fast, but its not much BMW any more.
        isnt that the same story with any car that runs low 8s? Its not the same car, hence why i dont give a $#@! about the make of cars that run 8's, i just respect the 8s...

        Those supras running 7s and $#@!, use powerglides and so does every other drag car. RARELY do you see a 7 second car on manual trans, and much respect to them. But those cars once start dipping into the 8s are no longer "enter make here".

        Think about it, ford makes the best rear ends, GM makes the best automatics and every other car company makes the best engine (choose your preference) so what you end up with is a 7 second car thats a concoction of the best parts of every car company on this planet (the purists stay away from this type of activity due to their own accord).