We’re still not seeing that many modified examples of the BMW 2 Series coupe about, even though it has been on sale for a few years now. But any that come along now will have to aim for the stratosphere to better this one. ‘Cause it’s absolutely insane.
It was built by Latvian tuner HGK Motorsport, who took a perfectly ordinary 2 Series and threw most of it away in order to turn it into the mother and father - and every other relative - of drift cars.
Let’s start under the hood where the standard engine has been junked, and a 6.2-liter V8 LS crate motor crowbarred in its place. But again, most of the standard engine has been chucked by builder Mast Motorsports. The spec includes a Callies Magnum crankshaft, Billet connecting rods, Diamond Racing pistons, Total Seal steel piston rings, titanium intake valves, and so on, and so on.
The result is 820 horsepower (611 kilowatts) and 679 pounds-feet of torque (920 Newton meters). That’s more than two-and-a-half times the power and nearly twice the torque of an M2. Or enough to literally tear up the black top.
The driveline, meanwhile, features a five-speed sequential gearbox by Samsonas, and a quick-change differential by Winters.
Then there’s the utterly mental bodywork, which was inspired by the Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter ‘planes. Indeed, HGK call the car F22 Eurofighter.
It looks like an M2 that’s been up all night taking steroids, with its pumped-up wheelarches, massively humped bonnet, and gaping maw of a front bumper.
The chassis has been treated to a full roll cage, custom suspension set-up, and Wilwood brake package with six-piston calipers at the front, and four-piston items at the rear.
It has, of course, been built to Formula Drift regs, so look out for it on the circuit. Qatar-based outfit MK Racing has bought it and I’m not at all jealous.