Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
Rimac Automobili Builds "World's Quickest" EV Drag Car Out Of A BMW M3
Retrofitting old cars with modern electric drivetrains has been gaining some traction in the world of automotive moddifiers, but this next car comes from quite the sophisticated outfit. Rimac Automobili, the company behind the 1,088 horsepower Concept_One electric supercar, claims to have set two records in an electric BMW M3 dubbed the “green monster.”
The old BMW E30 M3 is company founder Mate Rimac’s old racing and drift car, which he himself converted into an electric vehicle. Dissatisfied with the end product though, Rimac gathered a team of specialists to build a much faster, and more fun electric race car.
The result is what is officially called the e-M3, but what Rimac’s team calls the green monster. With 600 horsepower and 664 ft-lbs of torque to play with, I can see why. To go from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.3 seconds, and the e-M3’s top speed is 174 mph. Not bad for a boxy old BMW. But is it the quickest?
Rimac claims that the FIA certified the e-M3 as the quickest EV over 1,000 kgs in both the 1/8th and ¼ mile drags, running a 7.549 and 11.808 seconds respectively. That is fast, much faster than stock, but cars like the Black Current Bug, DC Plasma Fiero, and Warp Factor III Camaro out there as fast, if not faster, I’m not sure I buy the claim. Maybe once the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar hits the market, the claim will be more convincing. I’ll have to do more digging into what classes these other electric drag racers fall into.
Still, this old electric BMW M3 is quite cool, and it seems the M3 is particularly attractive to EV conversion outfits. America’s own EV West converted a newer M3 to a Pikes Peak racer, and I don’t doubt there’s probably a few EV M3s under wraps in garages around the world. I’d like to see a race of the electric Bimmers, wouldn’t you?
Source: Rimac Automobili