After a long break, we’re back with a newly rebuilt beast!
Introducing ‘Wendeline’ aka ‘Wendy’.
Name: Niishal Kumar
Occupation: Motorsport Developer
Make: Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW)
Model: 320i coupe, chassis code E30
Price/Current Value: NA
Technical Description: (For original engine) 2.0 six cylinder, 123 hp, 160 nm/16 kg torque, compression ratio 9.8:1, redline 6400 rpm, getrag 240 5-speed manual transmission, Bosch L-jetronic mechanical fuel injection system, stock differential ratio is 3.91.
Exterior Description (Upgrades): Varta front valance, zender side skirts, zender rear valance, M3 rear wing with adjustable aerodynamic flap, metallic white paint, BBS RS slant lip replica wheels, custom exhaust tip DTM style, body/chassis strengthening and restoration.
Interior Description (Upgrades): Fully stripped interior, brand new dashboard replacement, Nardi Torino steering wheel, aluminium handbrake lever, gearknob and pedals matching set, arospeed switch panel with battery kill switch and push start. Sscus full bucket driver’s seat, sscus semi bucket passengers seat. Takata 4-point harness.
Modification/Engine Upgrades: Engine swap to M20B25 (BMW e34 2.5L), fully rebuilt gearbox with custom front shaft bearing, Sachs performance clutch set, rear disc brake conversion, upgraded fuel injectors, custom boring for throttle body and intake manifold, Schrik mild cam, LSD upgrade with 3.73 ratio, upgraded to full stainless steel exhaust system, custom made aluminium radiator, double servo upgrade for stronger braking, BC Racing coilover fully adjustable suspension system upgrade.
Maintenance (Cost, etc): Generally this engine is bullet proof and just requires you to check for leaks, keep an eye on service due dates etc. Servicing is relatively cheap, roughly rm150-200 for oil changes depending on the oil being used.
What you love in your car: The lightweight feel of the body, the silky idle and raspy roar of the 6 cylinder engine. Yes, I stripped the interior by choice; my goal is to have this car as light and nimble as possible. From the time I was 5 years old, this was my dream car. It may not be the fastest or most attractive car to others, but she certainly puts a smile on my face and that’s exactly why I built her this way. For a pure driving Nirvana.
Fond memories of your car: My first road trip the car; I was heading towards Penang Island, one of my favourite touge routes, I managed to keep up with an old Porsche 911 and a Lotus Elise. My fondest memory is seeing that shocked look on their faces.
What do you recommend: Anyone who wants to get a collectors or even a good platform for a tuner/track day car, this is a wonderful choice.