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  • how much power in an e30 is good but not too much still control the car

    I thought about making my e30 faster but would like to know what power range will be good .Dont need too much power and have spinning wheels all the time
    Here some pics if interested
    http://s871.photobucket.com/albums/a...treise2006/M3/


    oh by the way i have an m50 swap in it and im gona turbo it but power range????
    Last edited by Korsis; 05-16-2010, 03:58 PM.

  • #2
    Awesome looking piece of kit!

    The Vette looks awesome too

    Got any pics of the engine bay? Spec list?

    You have a few nice cars! Has the e30 vert got an interesting engine too?
    Last edited by adilm3; 05-19-2010, 08:27 AM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by adilm3 View Post
      Awesome looking piece of kit!

      The Vette looks awesome too

      Got any pics of the engine bay? Spec list?

      You have a few nice cars! Has the e30 vert got an interesting engine too?
      The convertible e30 has still the m20 in it but waiting for the M106 engine out of the 745i Turbo and the m3 just the m50 engine and its getting a turbo on it right know !
      regards
      Koray

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      • #4
        When you can spin the wheels in top gear at the end of the longest straight -that's too much power. Anything less is not enough.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by adilm3 View Post
          Awesome looking piece of kit!

          The Vette looks awesome too

          Got any pics of the engine bay? Spec list?

          You have a few nice cars! Has the e30 vert got an interesting engine too?
          Ohhh yeahhh, DISCO-VETTE Baybee!

          I bet the M3 has more balls than the emasculated-pig-in-a-tutu, shadow-of-it's-former-pavement-pounding-self that the 70's Vettes were.

          Seriously -what's under the d-vette hood? 350?
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          2011 SCCA Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year
          2012 SCCA Northeast Divisional STU Champion
          2015 SCCA Runoffs STU Polesitter

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JS154 View Post
            Ohhh yeahhh, DISCO-VETTE Baybee!

            I bet the M3 has more balls than the emasculated-pig-in-a-tutu, shadow-of-it's-former-pavement-pounding-self that the 70's Vettes were.

            Seriously -what's under the d-vette hood? 350?
            Yes it is a 350 with cams header HEI and aluminum heads .after the e30 is done it will get a little blower!
            regards
            Koray

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            • #7
              Arent turbos unpredicable on the limit?

              I recall a guy on here that had an s14 turbo, and he lost it on a track - rolled the car, end of...

              Ive been wanting to find a way to up the power in my m3 - euro s50 NA seems the best option for a reliable 250-300 hp...

              But ive not a valid opinion since ive never taken it on a track before.

              Admire your cars though - very nice!

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              • #8
                Hillclimb Toyota

                This is borderline too much, IMO

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                • #9
                  I can tell you from personal experience that 400 hp in a turbo S14 is not getting anywhere close to too much power in an E30. Even a 680+ bhp car that I drove in Sweden was very managable, but obviously with properly sorted suspension and good tires...
                  Anders

                  "Objects in mirror are losing..."

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                  • #10
                    IMO 450whp to 500whp is perfect...after that it not fun when ya got 4th gear sideways like as if you were in second lol thats only because there's too much traffic on I95 lmao
                    800+WHP in progress:evilnah:

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                    • #11
                      I think 350 hp is plenty of power in an E30 M3..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SONNYQ View Post
                        I think 350 hp is plenty of power in an E30 M3..
                        It's definitely "plenty" for some people, but not even close to pushing the limit. :evilnah:

                        I'd say anything more then 400 wtq in an e30 is pointless. The ability to put down torque is the problem with these cars, as the rear suspension isn't built to handle butt loads of torque.

                        450whp is probably the most I'd want in an e30, but it depends on where it makes the power, and how much torque it makes. :gotcha:
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                        • #13
                          Its hard to say in a race car. But for something with a basic Eibach drop suspension, I would say 350 is very nice. You should be able to put your foot down in 3rd without it being to scary or hard to modulate.

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                          • #14
                            More power is always the solution, even if lack of power isn't the problem

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                            • #15
                              I've discoverd that how much power you need is inversely related to how much you can make....

                              I've also discovered you need large testicle to ride in a car that will spin the tires over 100mph. to 120mph.. I decided after one ride mine were not large enough... :cool:

                              300-400whp makes for one fast car especially in an E30 chassis.. My E36M3 turbo with 354whp is pretty swift.

                              M50 slightly built will EASILY make it. Get a TRM kit. Stock drivablity and ecu. properly sized turbo's. The worst thing you can do is put a turbo the size or a truck on the car....
                              Gary Gray
                              88 M3 Alpine white Track/race car (maybe a turbo in future)
                              89 M3 ZinnerBot (restoration project)
                              91 VW GTI 2.0 16V
                              01 325it Daily Driver/part time track car, not stock

                              If you can take it apart...you can make it faster...

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