This BMW Belongs To A Brilliant Automotive Troll

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Some guys do things just to make other people cringe. Engineer Christian Newman decided to do it with an eye-searingly greenish-yellow, carbon-fiber and kevlar-infused E30 BMW with a transplanted Nissan GT-R straight six. His reward? Scorn, and 286 WHP.


Christian's build took nearly four years of modification, design, fabrication and tinkering, but the results speak for themselves. Say what you will of the garish color palette, we think it adds character, but you can't say enough about the parts and concept, this things is built to the hilt and will likely be a monster around a cone course. He calls it the BMW 326rb, we call it awesome. Just check out the mile-long list of mods:


• 1987 BMW 325IS (manual)
•Seam Welded
•Vito Antonicelli 10 Point Cage
•Every suspension member powdercoated

•Ireland Engineering Fender flares
•OEM Mtech1 Valences and Sideskirts, shaved lines
•Euro Bumpers, Dechromed
•EurostopUSA CF Hood
•EurostopUSA MTech1 CF wing
•Shaved Side Moldings
•Shaved Fuel Door
•Shaved Sunroof
•Custom baby puke paint
•Newman Engine Mount
•Newman Transmission Mount
•Custom Tunnel/closeoff
•CF firewall closeoff
•Custom 5052AL Front Splitter
•Smoked Euro Smileys
•Euro Grills

•R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R RB26DETT
•87mm bore/3 angle valve job
•Wiseco 87mm Pistons
•Eagle Rods
•HPE Crank collar
•ARP head studs
•ARP Flywheel Bolts
•ARP Exhaust manifold studs
•EPP valve guides
•Ferrea Dual valve springs
•Ferrea Valve spring locators
•Ferrea Retainers
•Ferrea Locks
•ACL Calico coated main and rod race bearings
•Garrett GT35R .82 A/R
•Spitfire Coilpacks
•New OEM Water Pump
•New OEM Oil Pump
•Trust Timing Belt
•Powdercoated valve covers
•OEM gasket kit
•Cometic MLS Head gasket
•Polished alternator
•ATI 1000HP Race Damper
•Custom valve shims
•GTC Racing CF spark plug cover
•Lokar black throttle cable
•Steph's Baffled Oil catch can
•Trust metal intake gaskets

•Modified RB26DETT Transmission
•Nismo Flywheel
•EXEDY 3 puck clutch
•Drive Shaft Shop Driveshaft
•E30 M3 LSD 4.11

•Bosch -044 800HP fuel pump
•Seimens 870cc injectors, flow calibrated to w/in .5% of each other
•Summit 8 Gallon Fuel Cell
•Custom Fuel Cell hold down straps
•Custom Fuel Rail
•Braided -8AN Fuel inlet line
•Braided -8AN Fuel feed line
•Braided -8AN Fuel return line
•Aeromotive Rising rate regulator
•Summit Inline fuel Filter
•Custom filter and pump mounting brackets
•Summit fuel level sending unit

•Newman 304SS heavy wall manifold
•Newman 304SS exhaust, dual vband, dual flex section
•Tial 38mm wastegate
•Custom Manifold Bracing
•Moroso exhaust check valve
•Vibrant E-Vac crankcase scavenging setup

•Newman 2.5" 304SS IC Plumbing
•PWR 24X11X3 IC core semi-custom endtanks
•Tial 50MM BOV

•MOXIES/Newman Radiator
•Newman catch can
•Newman Surge tank
•Flex-a-lite 12" Electric fan

•VIPEC Speed Density Engine Management
•AEM UEGO controller
•AEM Serial Gauge
•Racetech Dash2 w/ AEM serial interface
•HKS Turbo Timer
•New Engine Harness
•Kwikwire Chassis harness
•(4) Greddy warning gauges (Boost, EGT, Oil, Fuel)
•JVC Head unit
•Blaupunkt T-Line 5.25" Rear Speakers
•Powerbass 6.5" Front speakers in costom enclosures
•XTC Speaker baffles
•DTM 35W 6000K HIDS hi & lo
•LED Parking lights/License plate lights

•Ireland Engineering road race springs
•Ireland Engineering poly trailing arm bushings
•Ireland Engineering Poly Subframe mounts
•Ireland Engineering 22/25mm swaybars
•Ireland Engineering Camber/rear toe kit
•Bilstein HD Dampers
•New OEM wheel bearings
•New OEM F&R strut mounts

•Work VS-XX wheels (17X10, 17X8.5) Custom Offset
•Falken Azenis RT-615 275/40/17, 235/40/17
•Vorshlag 90mm wheel studs

•Status Ring Seats
•Takata Harnesses
•Sparco 300mm steering wheel
•NRG Quick release hub
•Rhinoliner interior and trunk
•Performance-Trim CF door panels
•Performance-Trim CF rear panels
•Custom instrument mounting panels
•Custom window winder cranks
•Custom Hello Kitty shift knob
•Yashio Factory shift knob
•Cruise Shift knob
•NFG Shift knob
•Jewknob Shift knob
•Custom GTR shift knob
•HK Horn button
•Custom CF dash closeoff
•Custom striped carpet
•E30GTR and XXX custom pedals
•Massive dead pedal

•Wilwood billet forged superlite narrow body, differential bore 6 piston calipers (front)
•Wilwood superlite 4 piston caliper (rear)
•Wilwood 13X1.1 GT48 rotor (front)
•Wilwood 11.75X1.25 HD rotor (rear)
•Cutsom machined rotor hats and brackets
•Massive rear hat, ebrake ring and bracket
•Wilwood Q pads
•New OEM ebrake setup (backing plate, springs, adjusters, cables, pads, actuator, pin)
•Wilwood Prop valve (installed next to driver's seat)
•Custom Fit Integra GSR 10" Brake Booster
•Polished Integra GSR 1" Master cylinder
•-4AN stainless brake hardlines
•-4AN stainless braided brake hoses

There's way, way too much to tally here, so head over to the thoroughly impressive build blog and read all about it. Update: We've been informed since the original build was completed, Christian has managed to get the car up to a dyno-certified 500 WHP! Now that's the makings for some dangerous good times. [via TCL]


Jonathan Harper

I toss these two in the same category.