unfamiliar to our pages, we have the return of a Bavarian
duo. First spotted hanging around a forced induction E30
BMW, Masood Ruyter and Thaabit Achmat are back but this
time staying true to the naturally aspirated formula on
each of their rides. The idea to own two track ready BMW’s
came to the young pair just under two years ago, with
Masood acquiring the perfect specimen from Thaabits dad,
the infamous Achmat ‘Oeg’. It was an ex- Joburg
car (previously turbocharged) and had fallen from ‘grace’,
but eventually the 1989 325i ‘Shadowline’
landed into Masood’s eager little hands. He wasted
no time into bringing his “track day special”
into reality. The engine was the first item to receive
an overhaul, and this done by BMW specialists EA Performance.
Being a 325is edition made this a brilliant base engine
to work off of. And because the initial idea was to keep
it a strictly open track day car (not a Clubman’s
participant) the overall power output was not of great
concern, just its eagerness through the rev-range and
tons of reliability.
The engine was cleaned up and put back together. But not
before installing a fresh set of OEM pistons and conrods
(slightly oversized) pushing the cubic capacity to a meaty
2699cc and compression of a pump fuel friendly 10.5:1.
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