Monday, 28 November 2011

BMW 1502 Turbo

There are a number of ways to increase the under-bonnet testosterone of a 1502. The tried-and-tested formula of expanding the lungs (larger air filter, freer-flowing exhaust) is a starting point, which could then lead to head work, bigger carbs and suchlike, or you could just junk the unit and replace it with the heart of a 2002 Turbo. Or, if you're slightly unhinged, an E36 M3 unit. Or any number of other options.
But it takes a brave man to retain the single-cam M10 engine and combine it with a Holset turbo (y'know, like you'd find on a truck or a train). The rewards speak for themselves - 589bhp, 0-62mph in 3.4s - and, of course, you get to tell people that you're running an entirely inappropriately oversized turbo. Which is great for pub cred.
More info here.

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