Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Supercharged S50 2002

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The BMW 2002 has always been coolest in Touring guise - the thinly-veiled pretense of being a practical load-lugger was clearly just an excuse to weld on a rakish, streamlined tail, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
...of course, cool cars can always be cooler; power increased, chassis tightened, handling refined. So how does this naughty little scamp grab you? What you're seeing under the bonnet is an S50 engine - that's the sporty version of the trusty old M50, as found in the E36 M3. The unit's good for 280bhp in standard tune, but this one's got a whacking great supercharger bolted on as well. And that's brilliantly silly.
Yes, the bodywork's shabby, the wheels don't match, there are various bits of trim missing - but that, if anything, elevates the '02 to stratospheric, McQueen-esque levels of coolness. It's a pseudo-sensible family car, repurposed as a no-compromise racer. It's bristling with aggression and it wears its battlescars with pride. I hope I'm this boisterous when I'm in my forties.

Spotted at Motorsport at the Palace 2013 - click here for more.