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January 19, 2009

Vertex E92 M3 D1GP Drift Car

By Ben Schaffer

The Real JDM

For the past six months so many of my friends in the industry over in Japan have been talking about the build up of this car. If there was one car being produced in 2008 that generated the most hype in Japan, this car is it.

Oddly that hype has been seemingly limited in North America…so much in fact that after reading countless blogs and posts about the car’s debut at TAS, nobody seems to mention one of the most important facts regarding the car…the engine.

This E92 M3 widebody drift car uses a 2JZGTE Supra twin turbo engine. There, finally its been said. Continue reading…

Vertex E92 M3 D1GP Drift Car

After near eternity driving the infamous red Toyota Soarer, Ueno has picked up some big dollar sponsors and built himself one of the most seriously potent, most expensive D1 cars ever built. I’ll save the complete specs for another blogger out there who has more time to research it and write it all up, but in short the powerful 2J engine along with massive weight reduction and a seriously built chassis will make for a monster of a car when it debuts!

For now, lets enjoy the artistry of Vertex’s widebody E92 M3 drift car:

Vertex E92 M3 D1GP Drift Car

Vertex E92 M3 D1GP Drift Car

Comments

hey ben you retard
Feb 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

its a 335. try fucking researching more

fucking retard
Feb 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

its a 335 you fucking idiot

daking
Jan 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

damn a bunch of haters a supra motor can easily get 1000hp could rape any v8 i think this is a sick car

Leo
Jan 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

They State the reason as to why the engine choicem (weight reduction). and 1988.. A engine that makes alot less power? C’mon.. like he said, they can produce upwards of 1000HP a handle it. Since none of US….. are in drifting, Than we dont tuely know what would be best. I mean, who here has a D1 title? I am a big M3 fan, and YES it would be cool to see BMW all the way, inside and out. But you dont truely know, He got to choose all of his components. This is what he went with. We will see how he stacks up… Either way, its still sick.

sebastian
Jan 21, 2009 at 5:55 am

IMHO, it would have been cooler if they used the bmw powerplant since it is a bmw and as for,

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:29 pm

“yah a falken mustang with what 600hp from a ford gt 5.4L motor supercharged pushing 600+hp, its ranking top here. over in japan, 350z with VQ35DET managed to top the charts an even pull off a 100point drift. so as you can see V8s arent every, i dont see why americans are so obsessed with them, you dont new raw power an torque to produce a drift. light weight with even 300hp is good enough, and is proven with S13s running SR20s. so id opt for a 2JZ 1. to be diffrent 2. for the weight reduction. it doesnt mean the M-Power block is crap, just means id prefer twin turbos on an inline6, i personally would use an RB26 with a stroker kit to 2.8L, are you gonna start hatin on me for my personal choice like you are with him? its not your car, its his, so why trash talk it? sure you said its a sick car but you still basicly disrespected his engine choice, which im defending as a good option.”

I think you might find that BMW’s V8 weighs less than the 2J motor, and if you like a six cylinder twin turbo, why not use the bmw 335 engine? But I suppose it’s a matter of each to their own.

gmh
Jan 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm

its like raping and murdering a piece of german racing history

its just not right this is why im against engine swaps

luis
Jan 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm

a supra engine can make 1000 hp if done right

1988montecarloss
Jan 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm

idk why they replaced the engine with one that makes less power and sounds worse. it doesnt make much sense to me

luis
Jan 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

this m3 has the same 2JZGTE Supra twin turbo engine i just bout to make my supra yaris :) All I need is the dam body

Mike
Jan 20, 2009 at 10:16 am

Why the hell would you replace the beautifully crafted NEW E92 V8 with a 15-year old 2JZ? What, was it not “tuner” enough to be a drifter. Totally F’d up the M3! No bueno!

nes!
Jan 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

Sweet Datsun! And that comment was to Vertex, who built this car.

Justin
Jan 20, 2009 at 8:28 am

NES, I can see what you mean by keeping the motor, to keep the authentic feel of a BMW through an through drifting, not being hacked up an hybrided with another engine. By the way to your corolla comment, I dont like the AE86s that much, not my style, maybe more the mid 70s, my friend owned a 76 Corolla, but I dont need a Corolla….I own a 1979 Datsun 510.

Wes
Jan 20, 2009 at 6:42 am

LOL @ gtbic96
but yeah its still a BMW, the NASCAR example said it best

gtbic96
Jan 20, 2009 at 6:33 am

if you remove a man’s penis and give him a vagina, is he still a man? some would say no, some would say even though he has a vagina, there are still parts that would render him a man. others would just say he’s a freak.

the only thing that matters is can the decision maker live with the changes they make and be happy with the results. in the case of this bmw, i think the decision maker is happy.

Rob
Jan 19, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Hrmm, can you still call this a BMW? Well, if it’s getting chased by cops, they won’t call it a Supra! If you register it, I’m sure the registration will list is as an M3 BMW and not a Mark IV Supra.

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Oh and I don’t follow NASCAR at all.

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I never hated you!!! i guess you thought i was! never disrespected you it was just a debate if you will. I don’t see anything wrong with using the supra engine, i just thought that if he had fixed the BMW engine (not because it’s a V8) it could show a different side of drifting. A more luxurious or VIP way of doing it! That hasn’t really been seen before, last VIP car I saw drifting was a Lexus somewhere on N. Carolina (I think, this was years ago)

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm

as for you saying can you still call it a BMW, Ford run a Chev block in NASCAR along with every other company, you probibly still call it a Ford.

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Error: everything and need. god its late an im sick of debating this crap.

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:29 pm

yah a falken mustang with what 600hp from a ford gt 5.4L motor supercharged pushing 600+hp, its ranking top here. over in japan, 350z with VQ35DET managed to top the charts an even pull off a 100point drift. so as you can see V8s arent every, i dont see why americans are so obsessed with them, you dont new raw power an torque to produce a drift. light weight with even 300hp is good enough, and is proven with S13s running SR20s. so id opt for a 2JZ 1. to be diffrent 2. for the weight reduction. it doesnt mean the M-Power block is crap, just means id prefer twin turbos on an inline6, i personally would use an RB26 with a stroker kit to 2.8L, are you gonna start hatin on me for my personal choice like you are with him? its not your car, its his, so why trash talk it? sure you said its a sick car but you still basicly disrespected his engine choice, which im defending as a good option.

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

oh and to just make the record clear. I’m not hating on this car or anything like that if you see at the end i said “this car is sick though” i was just wondering if you can still call it a BMW after changing the engine.

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

A nissan silvia with a skyline engine!

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Oh and I NEVER said it would not drift better with the Supra engine, I just said that it shows how unreliable the BMW engines are!

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Falken Mustang! that’s all I have to say Justin.

7ur7le
Jan 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm

why take a new car to swap a diff motor im sure could of found a nissan platform to werk with or a smaller beemer motor to help with weight

eddie
Jan 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm

wtf is wrong with this damn dude…. he just killed the whole point of buying a damn M3… its like buying a ferrari and putting a acura engine in the damn thing… it just wont work hahaha

Nathan Martin
Jan 19, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Actually I watched the making of Tokyo drift and they said the mustang couldn’t drift very good with the RB motor in it so they had to run the v8 in it to drift they just put the RB sound over it in the movie. Also Von Gitten JR drifts the Mustang with a ford racing motor that puts out like 600hp and he has won many comps. and there is also a corvette drift car driven by Conrad Grunewald. And Chris Forsburg drifts a 350z with a titan V8 swapped in. More power means easier to break the tire’s loose and at faster speeds it just means more skill to control it. Not saying people with less horse power have less skill. It takes a lot to make a low horse power car drift. Its all about the drivers preference. Personally I would of kept the BMW motor.

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Error: with not win.

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm

hey gearhead, it was an RB26DETT from a Silvia S15, sorry. and jamie your right, there is ample workspace now due to the smaller inline6. also it helps out win weight distribution allowing a more even flow of weight transfer going into corners, less weigh = less roll = less trouble acheiving angle and speed.

GearHead
Jan 19, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Hey Nes, FYI – that wasn’t a skyline engine they put in the Mustang. It was a nissan Silvia engine they put in.

jamie
Jan 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I agree justin. aswell as the fact that the inline 6 leaves alot more room to work on than a v8 crammed under the hood.

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 5:19 pm

any weight is a problem, the lighter the vehicle, the lighter the motor can be the smaller amount of power used to acheive the dirft angle speed an smoke needed. you do not need a big ass V8 to prove you have balls. el caminos an corvettes have been designed to run around flat out around tracks with a v8 in it before an M3 ran an Inline6 then they bumped it up to the 4.2L V8. the M3 is more luxury then a racing car, as for the M-Power block, its a good motor for when you want something strong with brute force torque but not when you want a good high amount of high end rpm power to keep the tires spinning at an angle. there is so many reasons to why swapping out a larger motor for a smaller one is better, if you think an M3 with the V8 would drift better then a 2JZ powered one NES then sell your tbird an buy an M3 an prove me wrong. anyone with brains about cars will realize that the less weight you have means the faster an more agile youll be, and thats exactly what you want for drifting. so tell me i dont know what the fuck im talking about.

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm

And I thought in toky drift they put the skyline engine in the mustang because that was the only engine they had available not because of weight and compression boost bla bla bla if weight is the problem then get a corolla

Chris J
Jan 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Yea, this BMW M3 is declared dead after they swapped it with another engine.
What the point of having an M3 without the M3 performance?

TJ
Jan 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I’m not sure if swaping the stock bmw v8 for the supra motor was necessary, since the stock motor already made 414hp and reved to 8400rpms. Also, in The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift movie where they put a skyline engine in a mustang, they actually had to use a mustang with a 351 ford v8 to shoot the drift scenes.

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm

And you also said “because, it can withstand higher compression aswell as boost” again saying that BMW engines can’t take that much power!

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Justin your comment would be valid if it wasn’t for the fact that there is El Camino’s and Corvette’s racing with heavy V8′s. Engine weight obviously is not much of a “big” deal for drifters!

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm

think back to Tokyo Drift and the late 60s Rustang with the RB26, again same reason here…for less weight, higher compression, and of course BOOST! so the next person to say a DTM V8 sucks, really needs to get out more an visit a local BMW dealership. take out the new M3 let it rip through the gears an try tell me it sucks.

Justin
Jan 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm

the reason why they opted for a supra motor is because, it can withstand higher compression aswell as boost, but also weigh less thus reducing overall weight. come on people, youve got brains, use them.

Corey
Jan 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm

gay and pointless

gmh
Jan 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm

WHAT THE FUCK?!
you just ruined an m3

Will
Jan 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

im sure the bmw v8 would suffice. So this car isn’t a BMW, it’s a Supra kit car.

cknarf
Jan 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

gay.

bob balderston
Jan 19, 2009 at 10:20 am

interesting; from the photos, thru the vents and spoilers, it almost looks like a model, rather than the real this, as there is very little, if any suspension components visible

nes!
Jan 19, 2009 at 10:10 am

Two things about this car:
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1. Is it really a BMW after dropping a Supra engine?
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2. If they have to switch to a Supra engine that says a lot about how unreliable their engines are.
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The car is sick though!

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