Watch this 1,305 PS, 2JZ-powered BMW E30 M3 do M3 things at the Nurburgring

Jason · Jul 31, 2020 10:00 AM

Watch this 1,305 PS, 2JZ-powered BMW E30 M3 do M3 things at the Nurburgring 01

The Toyota 2JZ engine is one that has transcended time, spaceships and aliens. This powerplant is so ubiquitious that every time someone mentions an engine conversion, the invevitable answer appears to be, "2JZ-swap it!" 

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Toyota's legendary 2JZ-GTE engine

Nobody in the history of mankind has ever said, "The E30 BMW M3 needs more poke," but that didn't stop the good people at Buldre Racing team in Germany from yanking the S14 4-cylinder engine (235 PS, 240 Nm in its most powerful form) out for something with more poke. The 'more poke' came in the form of..... yes the 2JZ-GTE 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine.

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How much more poke you ask? Well, this particular 2JZ has well over 1,305 PS and 1,577 Nm, courtesy of 40 lbs of boost from its Garrett GTX4294R turbocharger. All this shove powers a chassis that weighs less than its original 1,165 kg! No mention of 0-100 km/h times, but you can be sure it's flippin' quick.

Watch this 1,305 PS, 2JZ-powered BMW E30 M3 do M3 things at the Nurburgring 01

Just look at the size of that turbo!

Of course, all that power has to be properly channelled to the tarmac. Buldre Racing uprated this E30's suspension to Ohlins coilovers, gave it six-piston front calipers and also a beefier rear differential from the E34 BMW M5. Topping it off is a Sellholm MPG sequential transmission.

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Ah yes, this car has also done a Nurburging lap. It's time? A BTG lap of 7 minutes and 26.52 seconds (Bridge-to-gantry timing, which omits the part between the last gantry and the first bridge of the Nurburgring). Most impressive for a car that's 3 decades old! 

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Want to see it in action? Of course you do. 

Photo credit: Engine Swap Depot

Video credit: Vidar Jødahl

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Jason

Road Test Editor

Jason's foremost passion is all things automotive, where he spent his formative working years as a Product Planner and Trainer. An Advanced Driving Instructor by training and an all-round enthusiast, Jason loves going into intricate details about driving dynamics. Will drive anything with 4 wheels and a steering.

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