Our supercharged E46 M3 started as a fully standard SMG car & has been going through a continuing transformation into exactly what we feel it should be. There is so much to tell about this car & the experiences weve had with it so far but that can all be found on our YouTube channel AUTO_UPGRADES_UK
So you have probably already guessed from the project title that this indeed a Nissan R33 GTR with a soon to be LS3 V8 engine & a Tremec 6 speed manual gearbox, call it JDM vs American Mucel if you will. Due to the sensitive nature of this conversion & as we are big JDM fans we have enginered the project to be totally reversible with only 3 small cuts made to the Skyline body. The project is being filmed & posted on our YouTube channel at AUTO_UPGRADES_UK for those of you who want to know more about this interesting project.
Found this little pocket rocket in one of our local recovery yards years ago & made them promise that when it came time to dig something out near it then we had first refusal. It had a little panel damage but we knew she was worth saving & even perhaps improving over the OEM set up. We are working towards a useable fast road / track car with an OEM+ feel & spec & are taking our time to make sure everything is done right so it can be used for many years to come. More can be seen on this project on our YouTube channel AUTO_UPGRADES_UK
Brand new for 2018 was this i30N which in all honesty is nearly perfect as a package already which is hard to do but improvements have already been made cosmetically including debadging & replacement black Hyundai badges front & rear. We will be looking into some ECU tuning in the coming weeks so watch this space & our YouTube channel AUTO_UPGRADES_UK too for more info.
So with the bearing issue taken into consideration it seemed pointless not to go for a fully forged rebuild so over the Winter the intention is build her back up to a bit of a back road & track day weapon with a minimum of 450bhp on tap. More info will be on our YouTube channel AUTO_UPGRADES_UK as we progress with this project.
So called as this E92 is actually owned by our apprentice here at the shop! The idea behind the car was to develop it along with the drivers skills on road & track. The upgrades started with a stainless steel exhaust system inc custom sections & an ECU reflash but this was quickly added to with XT adjustable suspension & lighter wheels & gripier tyres. The next step up was in terms of power with a supercharger conversion which helps hike the power up to 365 BHP which required a custom oil cooler set up. It was also in desperate need of some etter seats so the fronts have been replaced with racing buckets & 4 point harnesses helping with the control of the vehicle when pushing on.
We are looking at the possibilities for the future however there is also talk of a replacement too so if you think you might be in the market for a good starter fast road / trackday toy drop us a message.
The owner of this s2000 has been a long term customer of ours & we have seen this start with just an induction kit & exhaust right through to its current 400+ bhp supercharged state. Sadly the car suffered a terminal engine failure whilst at the Nurburging late last year which hen combined with the customer being out of the country on business lots this year has rendered it immobile for most of 2018. However the plan is to bring this little 'silver bullet' back to better than new with a decent overhaul over the Winter so wtach this space. More info on the car will be on our YouTube channel which can be found at AUTO_UPGRADES_UK or on our socail media pages.
Fresh from its running in period our customer was keen to start the 'upgrades' so new Mountune parts were collected including engine mount, FMIC, intake kit, dump valve, short shift kit, EIBACH lowering spring kit, a full Milltek exhaust, OZ wheels & YOKOHAMA tyres. Later we added bonnet vents & rear wing gurney flap & also a fully forged engine now resides in the bay ready for a big power future. The last piece of the puzzle for now is the Quaife ATB front differential which is ready for installation soon. More can be see on this car soon on our YouTube channel at AUTO_UPGRADES_UK