One of the most inch-perfect retro builds we've seen at this year's SEMA Show.
This year's SEMA auto show is gearing up to be one of the best yet, and judging by some of the builds we've seen so far, show-goers can expect a massively diverse display of cars. We've covered some amazing builds heading to SEMA, from massively powerful Nissan Skylines all the way through to art cars and rat rods. Eneos, Japan's largest oil company, is sending its own envoy of special cars to this year's show, and one of our favorites is Faruk Kugay's 1985 BMW 318i. Faruk Kugay, in addition to being a Formula Drift Pro driver, had a share of the limelight when he competed in the Netflix series Hyperdrive, and comes to SE with a drift-ready E30 fitted with an F20C motor out of a Honda S2000. We're in love.
This E30 definitely looks like a drift car and features exterior mods such as TRA Kyoto Pandem V1.5 widebody fenders, a custom front spoiler, rear bumper and side skirts, a CATuned E30 M3 Evo II rear wing, Glass-On-The-Go E30 M3 rear glass, and Frenchie Smiley headlights. This drift machine rolls on a set of Rotiform IGS 17-inch wheels finished in anthracite and wrapped in Toyo Proxes RA1 tires. The car rides atop a set of KW Variant 3 coilovers with adjustable compression and rebound, and custom E30 M3 front spindles with E36 318Ti rear trailing arms. New Delrin bushings and Garagistics chassis bracing keep things tight. Stopping this meanie is an E36 M3 front brake conversion with custom brake hat adapters and a Chase Bays dual master 6:1 booster conversion.
Under the hood is where this little BMW truly shines: the F20C 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated Honda engine is rated at 240 horsepower (at a sonic 8,300 rpm) and features an AEM intake, Borla Performance stainless steel Type S cat-back exhaust, a Ryno Wiring mil-spec harness and Chase Bays tucked radiator. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a Honda S2000-sourced six-speed transmission with an Exedy clutch and BMW limited-slip differential.
On the inside this E30 features front Momo bucket seats, a custom dashboard setup, and rear-seat delete panels.
This is how you built a retro drifter.