Video: E46 BMW 3 Series custom-built drift car with 500hp LS3 6.2 V8

Here’s something different to the usual JDM-style tuning normally associated with the drift scene. It’s a custom-built BMW E46 3 Series Coupe drift car featuring an LS3 V8, built by HGK Racing.

Yes, a BMW 3 Series Coupe with an LS3 6.2-litre V8 conversion for the sheer purpose of amplifying drift capabilities, and the width of smiles.

Built by HGK Racing in Europe, the custom-built E46 BMW 3 Series drift car has been converted into a complete competition-specified drift car with a custom chassis and single-piece nosecone and rear end.

Not content with the LS3’s stock power, HGK Racing has adapted a VEMS ECU system and an upgraded camshaft to bring power output to over the 500hp (373kW) mark. The unit is matched up to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission to handle the grunt.

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Click play on the video below to see the epic creation in action.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.