A 2JZ-Swapped BMW E30 M3 Is The Car You Need When You Really Need To Show Your Tires Who's Boss

Screenshot: Hill Climb Monsters

For the average enthusiast an E30 M3 would be a pretty exciting car to drive in stock configuration. It’s a race homologation-special with a high revving engine and sexy 80s box flares, what more could you want? Vidar Jodahl, apparently, wanted quite a lot more. That’s why they built an all-out animal of an E30 with a 1300 horsepower 1100 lb-ft Toyota 2JZ-GTE inline-six pushing 45 psi of boost!

Vidar took this madcap M3 to the Osnabruck hillclimb in Germany this year to do a bit of showing off. The first run was a wild sideways tail-out drift exhibition and the car still turned a time of 1:10. The next run up the hill was done with a bit less fanfare and showboating, sticking through the corners for a time six seconds quicker.

The acceleration speeds of the car don’t look all that crazy from the in-car camera, especially for a car with 1300 ponies under the hood, but you have to remember a few things. For one, the car is clearly quite traction limited. For another, 2JZs are known for making big power numbers with a big turbo, which means a lot of the power is higher in the rev range. And finally, everything looks slower on video. Always.

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One thing is for certain, this car’s tire budget is probably higher than its gas bill! The most powerful iteration of the E30 M3 had 215 horsepower, and I can’t even fathom attempting to put six times as much power through this chassis. Absolutely bonkers, and very much hoonworthy. In tires we shred, my friend.

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Bradley Brownell

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