The best part of its transformation, though, is its engine: instead of a BMW four- or six-cylinder, it now sports an LS3 V8 from General Motors. This powerplant is quite popular when it comes to engine swaps, but we don’t get to see it much outside North America, let alone powering an European car.
According to the description of the video, it puts down 530 horsepower – more than enough for going sideways at the merest sniff of a corner. What they don’t say is that it sounds like an absolute beast with that aftermarket exhaust.
The heavily tuned BMW 1-Series appears to be in the possession of Diego Quaranta, known as ‘Il Gommaro’ by his fans, a former King of Europe drift champion who wants to reclaim the crown with his latest ride.