This DCT-Equipped, V-8-Swapped BMW E36 Race Car Makes a Wonderful Noise

This E36-generation 3-Series race car was built by Djessey Mensink to compete in the Dutch National Racing Team and Dutch time attack events, according to Engine Swap Depot. In place of its original engine and transmission sits a Chevy LS1 V-8 engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission taken from a 2018 BMW M4. It sounds wonderful.

The engine makes 420 horsepower and 4015 lb-ft of torque thanks to upgraded camshafts, valve springs, long-tube headers, and an optimized oiling system, according to ESD. The transmission is attached to the motor via an aftermarket adapter plate and custom flywheel. It all works, thanks to an HTG Tuning transmission control unit.



Hey, at least the transmission is still a BMW part, right?


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Hey, at least the transmission is still a BMW part, right?

The combo makes for one quick machine, as you’ll see from the in-cabin video above.

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