05:26 PM 9 Oct, 2021
BMW 3 Series (E92): Eurofighter with nitrous oxide
If there is a car in Russian drifting that foreign fans of controlled skidding are well aware of, then this is the E92 generation BMW 3 Series coupe called the Eurofighter, in which its creator Kristaps Blušs performs.The Latvian pilot, known not only as a drifting legend, but also as the creator of first-class drift cars in the HGK Motorsport workshop, named his car after the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter, not only because this BMW can easily deal with rivals in capable hands, but also because for the ability of the machine to literally go to afterburner.
Initially, the team worked with BMW, starting with the "three" in the back of the E36, which then changed to the E46, and after several years of performances on it, the turn of the next generation of the model came. A feature of the model is its engine - this is the iconic V8 of the LS family from GM, modified by the American company Mast Motorsports. These engines have been time-tested, many tuning components have been created for them, and the naturally aspirated engine is even more reliable than turbocharged or compressor units - there is only more than 7 liters of working volume, high-octane gasoline, air and ... nitrous oxide. The solution, which is familiar from street racing in the movie "Fast and the Furious" and use in drag racing, has found its way into drifting.
According to Kristaps, this is the easiest way to get more power - in the base version, the engine that is now on the Eurofighter for the RDS GP produces 730 hp, and nitrogen injection allows for an additional 120 hp. At the same time, no additional manipulations on the part of Blushs are required to use nitrous - N2O is supplied to the engine automatically when three conditions are met: engine speed of at least 3500 rpm, at least 50% open throttle and engaged 4th gear. The system is simple and reliable, but even if something goes wrong, the pilot will still have enough power at his disposal to continue the fight. This is proved by the example of a Latvian from the Lukoil Racing Drift Team, who immediately arrived on the podium at his first RDS stage in 2020.
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