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      05-17-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Cool BMW E36 M3 Using Electric Power to Take on Pikes Peak Race

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BMW E36 M3 Using 420 Electric Horsepowers to Take on Pikes Peak Race
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BMW may have produced the MiniE and ActiveE (electric versions of the Mini Cooper and the 1 Series Coupe), but EV West, a California conversion shop decided to electrify a more performance based nameplate - the M3... the E36 M3 to be exact.

EV West took a 1995 BMW M3 and replaced its 6 cylinder 240hp S50 engine with a NetGain DC electric motor and Evnetics Soliton Shiva motor controller, packing 420 totally green horsepowers!

For its first real test, this M3 will compete in "electric" heat of this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado (also known as the "90th Race to the Clouds"). It will be competing against 6 other electric cars in its race heat, but none are based off a conventional car like the M3.

Check out the video below of this most unique M3 shredding some tires with its new electric powerplant.



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Rally racing's favorite privateer and Pikes Peak veteren, Bill Caswell [of the controversial "Death of BMW's M Brand" Jalopnik article] stopped by the EV West shop to take the electric M3 for a test ride. Ride along with Bill as he takes his first ride in a performance oriented electric vehicle.
EV West took a 1995 BMW M3 and replaced its 6 cylinder 240hp S50 engine with a NetGain DC electric motor and Evnetics Soliton Shiva motor controller, packing 420 totally green horsepowers! [Original Thread and Video]



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      05-17-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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That motor looks badass!
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SWEEEEEEET!

but at the same time

as this might be the future of motorstports
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      05-17-2012, 07:26 PM   #5
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You've got my attention!
now go produce some results. Good luck!
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Drive up, recharge on the way down. Head to Colorado Springs for a few beers...
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what's up with the air intakes?
Right!
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what's up with the air intakes?
Must be to cool the batteries so they don't catch fire.
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Must be to cool the batteries so they don't catch fire.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking--motor and battery pack cooling. They're going to be pushing it hard on Pikes, need to keep that stuff cool
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Electric motors are cool and all....but nothing will replace the sound of that S50.

PS. Jason, 95 M3's came with S50s, not S52.
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thats pretty damned awesome, best of luck to them!
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I want that electric motor.
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Range
?????
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I want that electric motor.
Yeah, it would make an awesome hair dryer.
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