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Old 09-19-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
Bandit4077
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Lightbulb E46 sedan with electric drive:

So i've been searching around for crazy engine swaps, I love my M54B30, but want a future project. I've seen the S54 converts, and LS1s, it pains me to think of a GM engine in a Bimmer... but WTF (sorry //LS1) saw the driftworks M5 V10 for the M3 (Phil Morrison is a G!) and even an attempt at an N54TT, but it hit me, I know we're all petrolheads/gearheads here, but I would have thought that, by now we would have seen a decent electric drive convert for an E46! if you are thinkin' about it, look here first:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/22/e...r-faire-video/

this wonderful machine started life as a 330i and was butchered for the sake of prototyping, cool, but i would never dream of it.

this guy and his company were at the Maker Faire bay area. for those who don't know, the maker faire is an event held by make magazine featuring all sorts of crazy devices, inventions and mods. everything from your own pool heater built from a gas stove to homemade UAVs, to an electric Ariel Atom!

doing this to an e46 in my opinion is a bit like putting honda civic aftermarket taillights on, no point, cheapens the experience, but then again, I haven't driven it! I know there is a special ring in hell for even thinking about posting an electric e46 here, but i've got my nomex undies on just in case a flame war breaks loose!

what do you think? Win? fail? giant embarrassment to eurotuning?
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