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    CONTINENTAL DRIFT #BMW #BMW-E63-LS3

    Think drifting and you probably don’t think #E63 6 Series but with a twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, this stripped-out machine is as far from a cosseting GT as you can get. You might not think that a 6 Series...
    CONTINENTAL DRIFT #BMW #BMW-E63-LS3

    Think drifting and you probably don’t think #E63 6 Series but with a twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, this stripped-out machine is as far from a cosseting GT as you can get. You might not think that a 6 Series would lend itself to drifting, but with a twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet all bets are off… Words: Peter Griffiths. Photos: Deniss Podnebess.

    “The engine install and body kit are my favourite aspects. I like that it stands out in a crowd”

    It is probably fair to say that the main reason you are adding performance to your BMW, and therefore reading this magazine, is because it has RWD. Before even passing my driving test, I vividly remember practising how to spin the wheels on my first car, an 1984 Cavalier, within the confines of my parents’ driveway after having worked out the logic of it in my head before going outside. ‘Clutch out, revs up, handbrake down, clutch in…’ I told my young self. The rush was real, having done it deliberately rather than accidentally, and only enhanced by the 40 foot long driveway. I knew FWD was good but, despite that, I knew that RWD was the key to driving heaven but it was a long time before I got a proper taste of it.

    Not all of us are as lucky as Ingemārs Jēkabsons whose first car was an E36 of unspecified engine size. But you and I both know that the engine size matters not; the fact that the rear wheels are driven by the inline engine at the front is all any car fan needs to know. His passion was inherited, as he explains: “I have loved BMWs since childhood. My father drove me to my hockey training sessions in his BMWs. Our family had lots of different models over years ranging from E21s to E32s.”

    At the fine age of 31, Ingemārs is enjoying life in Ādaži, a small village just outside the Latvian capital Riga and is a family man, who plays guitar in a metal band, and loves hockey, skateboarding, snowboarding and most of all, drifting. In fact, skidding sideways on low-grip surfaces is clearly in his genetic make-up.

    During the day he is a co-owner of several service centres under the name of Concept Auto, providing a comprehensive range of general maintenance to the general public as well as a line of uprated performance parts for most marques. His dream BMW is the venerable E9, but the first car that he actually modified was an E28. This was quickly followed by a distinctive E34 in which he competed for a while, and then an E24 635 CSi into which he poured a huge engine, a trick gearbox, clutch and front arms.

    The E24 had a distinctive look. With a Mopar-style grille and various battle scars, it really gave a powerful impression of postapocalyptic driving – y’know, drifting between the cars abandoned on the highways. This is the car with which Ingemārs first departed from BMW-derived combustion. Into the venerable executive coupé he poured a box-fresh 6.2L V8 Chevrolet #GM #LS3 , a Tremec TKO-600 gearbox, Tilton clutch, and a Wisefab front set to cover the geometry.

    The next stage in the story is open to interpretation. The facts are that the E24 was Ingemārs’ first pro drift machine, it is what he piloted through various competitions around Europe, gaining some notoriety and silverware along the way. Then, out of the blue, he says: “I had an opportunity to change the body to new for a small amount of money, so I bought an accident-damaged E63 which had lost a wing and a door. I bought it cheap, but have spent a lot more money on modifying and racing since!”

    Once he had bought the E63, he trailered it back to his workshop and started assessing the full extent of possibilities of how it could all go together. The first decision he made was to re-use the majority of the E24’s running gear in the newer, larger shell. Is that unsentimental of him? Was it harsh to strip the old warhorse of its new shoes and send it out to pasture without so much as a goodbye? Or was it more like honouring a retiring knight by handing on the tried and tested, battle-hardened sword and shield to the next upand-coming fighter from the new breed?

    The rough plan for the engine alone went a little something like this: “I wanted upwards of 700hp at least, and it had this amount right after it got built, when the engine was not even running on full. Lauris Ruskuls spent two months with the engine and it ran fine right away. We had some previous experience and lots of details taken from the previous project, so everything went okay.”

    Ingemārs and Lauris obviously had a lot of fun researching the best combination of parts for this particular stage in the LS3’s life, because their list of mods is strong. It begins with the twin German BorgWarner turbochargers strapped to each bank of American cylinders, enjoying oil pumped around by one of USA’s finest Melling double-chain oil pumps mated to a British oil rad by Setrab. In those cylinders reside 8 NASCAR-spec, All-American SRP pistons riding equally American Lunati con rods. A water pump from a dragster makes the USbased Meziere fire water through an Australian PWR radiator, which sits snugly next to an aesthetically pleasing custom intercooler made by a Riga-based company called Latvian Custom Radiators.

    The multinational nature of the car was inevitable given its origins. The Drift Allstars European series is a hotbed of variety and Ingem rs’ big E63 stands out amongst the usual E36s and E46s that represent BMW. All nationalities are represented, sharing experience and technologies in a pursuit which is borne purely out of fun and that is so appealing.


    Now, the elephant in the room is that the 6 Series is BMW’s grand tourer, a continentcrusher, a coastal cruiser full of comfort, refinement, power and some excellent handling characteristics for a relatively stately wafter. It’s big. However, Bangle’s controversial flame surfacing goes some way to disguising the dimensions, but it really isn’t as heavy as it might seem due to the whole front frame being aluminium and surrounded by mostly plastic panels.

    We think it cuts a fine figure, and the snook it cocks at more conventional approaches to drifting is hugely appealing. Much of the main shape is retained, but there are several unique additions at the request of Ingemārs of a talented chap called Girts Tautkums. Girts installed the (Japanese) Liberty Walk body kit and fabricated a custom rear diffuser to suit.

    “The engine install and bodykit are my favourite aspects,” he says, which pretty much covers it. “I especially like the way it stands out in a crowd. The interior needs to be functional but details are also important.”

    It’s almost certain that the first thing that draws the eye when checking out this interior is that dash. On first glance it appears to be brushed aluminium or such, but closer inspection reveals that it is, in fact, wood. This unusual touch is definitely a nod to his sidewalk surfing days and almost certain to be a unique feature in the paddock. We think it’s a great idea, excellently applied. The row of neatly plumbed Stack dials is uncluttered and focussed, as per his requirements, while the grippy floor panelling picks out the darker areas and gives a fresh, open feel to the once luxuriously-appointed cabin.

    The decision to fit the 21” Alpina Classic III wheels was a unilateral one and we’re not about to argue with him on that. The stark white picks out the detail of the wrap perfectly, as do the red highlights on each spoke, lending a very cohesive feel to the exterior. This all helps the huge twin air filters, currently nestling behind the headlights, to stand out in their luminous green glory while belting around track like the eyes of some demonic beast.

    Seven whole months of building his perfect dream drift car later and he was ready to take it drifting: “The first competition I entered it into was the Latvian stage of the Drift Allstars but the car was not running as intended. It was fun, but we didn’t win anything! That has been the most frustrating moment with the car so far; the build itself went very well,” he remembers. Fortunately, he hasn’t met anyone that doesn’t like his car, such is the openness of the drift scene to all approaches.

    Looking to the future, Ingemārs thinks: “It’s too early to modify anything; it is perfect as it is, especially since it hasn’t competed at 100% yet. So we will prepare it for that and get back to doing what I love most: drifting it on full throttle! I haven’t played with it enough to consider the next modification, let alone the next car.” We can’t wait to see what waves he can make in 2015 with his bold creation, and we wish him all the best.

    DATA FILE

    ENGINE & TRANSMISSION: 6.2-litre #GM-LS3 V8, twin #BorgWarner turbochargers, SRP pistons, Lunati con rods, Meziere electric water pump, Melling double chain oil pump, PWR radiator, Nitram custom intercooler, Setrab oil radiators, HGK safety piping, ATL fuel tank, Varley Red Top racing battery. #Tremec TKO 600 fivespeed manual with a Tilton clutch.

    CHASSIS: 8.5x21” (front) and 10x21” (rear) #Alpina Classic III wheels, BC coilovers, Wisefab front geometry, standard #BMW-E63 brakes with hydraulic handbrake.

    EXTERIOR: LibertyWalk body kit including front and rear bumpers, side skirts, all arches, ducktail, custom rear diffuser and a custom wrap.

    INTERIOR: OMP seats and wheel, Sparco harnesses, Stack dials on custom wooden dash.

    THANKS: Lauris Ruskuls, Girts Tautkums, everyone at Custom Auto, Latvia and my family.

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