BMW E28 Mean Machine

Race Car: Rusty Old BMW E28 5 Series!

This year’s SEMA might be over, but its memory still lingers in our mind, especially since we got to see so many interesting creations from all sorts of tuners. One that was particularly interesting was this rusty old BMW E28 5 Series that stole our hearts.

Old BMW 5 Series Race Car
Old BMW 5 Series Race Car

Yes, it may seem hard to believe, but you are actually looking at an E28, admittedly heavily modified, but a BMW nonetheless. Its creator called it Rusty Slammington and, to be frank, we couldn’t have come up with a better name.

Mike Burroughs brought out his creation after working on it for four full years and that’s the kind of commitment not many are capable of these days. To make it look so good and keep it track-ready, our good man created a tube chassis from scratch.

E28 engine bay

You can even see it through the various holes in the body, all of them done on purpose. This rat rod (even though we’re not sure Mike would call it that) also has a roll cage inside and a completely custom exterior, but that is more than obvious.

Under the rusty hood we can admire a BMW S38 engine tuned by the guys from VAC Motorsports. Being bored and stroked to 3.7 liters, it has a 14:1 compression ratio and a set of forged internal bits and pieces to cope with the needs of this beast.

E28 Race Car
E28 Race Car

Right in front of the straight six, you’ll notice the dry sump accessories, as well as the custom-built headers route that take the exhaust fumes to the sides of the car. This kind of customization could only be done by a real petrolhead, and it was probably the best car in the show if you were to ask some folks.

You’d think that out of this whole mélange of parts, the wheels would be brand new, bought and not built, right? Well, you’d be wrong. The BBSs are coming from an old Porsche 956, and measure 16×12 inches up front and 19×14.5 inches at the back, bringing some serious width into the mix. They have also been restored with care and are hiding Wilwood brakes that will handle anything the driver throws at them.

 

The number of details visible on this car is beyond anything we’ve seen lately, and it would literally take us hours to tell you all about it. Therefore, we’ll just let you browse through some pictures of it, to get a better idea of what we’re dealing with here.

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