THE V8 SMARTIE BOX
08 November 2012 | Words and photo's by RaceMasteR J
Vic is one of those guys who insisted
on getting the car washed before we shot it. We actually drove
around looking for a place to wash it and finally the guys at
Ferroli Motorsport were helpful enough. Thanks!
I offered to help but he was adamant I
just stay put.
Once washed it was time for me to take
it for a test drive and inspect... Here's my story...
a car is a reflection of its owner’s personality, then
this BMW E30 coupe is an absolute certainty. Vic Pardal is well
known for his MC skills at multiple motoring events across the
country and better known for being a presenter on the popular
television show Mzanzi Ridez. A lover of all things motorsports
his flamboyant personality is best shown in his drift machine
doing one of motorsports most flamboyant disciplines, drifting.
The weapon of choice is the legendary E30 box shape BMW in 2
door format. Not your conventional “easy” Japanese
choice, but in selecting the BMW box, Vic actually thought out
of the “box”. What I mean by that is instead of
going the M3 turbo or 1J turbo motor route; he opted for something
much bigger. He went V8 bigger!
Speaking to Vic he admittedly says it was a mission to get a
740i V8 in the E30 engine bay, but anything is possible if you
put your mind to it and with the help of BMW legend, Achmat
Achmat this feat was ultimately accomplished.
The 4.0 litre V8 lump in front is connected to a M5 dogleg gearbox
via a Spec 4 pad solid copper clutch and suits the purpose of
application very well. It takes a bit to get used to when I
drove it but I eventually ended up loving the unspoiled shift
from 2nd into 3rd gear. But the thing that I love the most about
this car is the torque. It has huge amounts at low rev which
is normal from a V8 but very bizarre when you’re sitting
in an E30. Driving it around Killarney I couldn’t help
but give it the occasional throttle blip, just to hear that
massive V8 bark at you via its 63mm side exit exhaust.
The interior is all business and has been stripped out and replaced
with just the basics being a full roll cage, 2 Razor bucket
seats with Autostyle harnesses, to keep Vic from falling out
while going sideways, mandatory gauges, drift monkey e-brake
and a very nice Sparco steering wheel.
Various modifications have been done to the chassis and suspension
to accommodate the large V8. Antoine Auto Sport modified the
steering rack for both space and good drift angle. The power
is sent to the 325is diff which was naturally tweaked by Mr
Achmat and gets smoked out via brightly coloured 17 “
E36 rims (redone by magnificent wheels) fitted with Kenda rubber(225/45/17).
The car features a full Z3 suspension all round and E36 M3 calipers
at the front and twin set E36 328i calipers at the rear. Firming
up that Z3 suspension was left to Wildcat in the form of their
X bow rear strut brace, front top and bottom mounted braces
as well as a diff brace.
It’s difficult to figure out if one see’s or hears
this car first. Its vibrant colour scheme is loved by most,
myself included, but none more so than the little ones reminding
them of the Smarties box in their sticky pockets. Kids adore
this car, it’s small, bright, loud and it goes sideways!
But the older generation will know that the paint/decal scheme,
which was done by Signamillion was inspired by the BMW M3 GT2
art car by Jeff Koons, which was unveiled at Le Man a while
We hope to see and hear from Vic in the Cape soon, and we would
like to wish him the best of luck in his future drift career.
We know that his Smartie box is more than capable of playing
with the big dogs, it’s colourful yet very humble and
it has a big V8 heart, just like its owner.
Smartie Box Spec Sheet:
e30 2 door
740i BMW v8
M5 Dogleg Gearbox
Spec 4 pad solid copper clutch
Full roll cage
Equus gauges all-round
Razor bucket race seats
Autostyle race harness
Mono harness pads
Drift monkey e brake
Bosch 440cc injectors
Bosch high 6bar fuel pump
Gotech management system
Twin dictator modules
Achmat build branches
Achmat build 63mm exhaust
M3 e36 coil packs
Stock 4.0 Litre motor
Antoine Auto Sport Modified steering rack
Z3 suspension all round
M3 front calipers e36
Wildcat X bow rear strut brace
Wildcat Front top mount brace
Wildcat front bottom brace
Wildcat diff brace
Twin set rear e36 328i calipers
Achmat modified 325is differential
E36 17 inch wheels from 325i redone by magnificent wheels
Kenda 225/45/17 tyres
Yellow Lamix headlights
Red smoked taillights
Rear STM touring wing
Fiberglass See-Dat Motorsport front bumper
Fiberglass 325is replica bumper
a newly recently added NOS single fogged system (For Wade! -