• The 1M that BMW should have built - E82 1-Series $26,000 M5/M6 S85 V10 and SMG engine and transmission conversion

      The 1M is a fairly light and well balanced BMW that makes for an excellent drivers car. The problem is that it does not have a real M motor under the hood so from an M purists perspective it is not a complete M car. So in comes TJ Fahrzeugen who for $26,000 will swap in the S85 V10 motor with an SMG transmission into an E82 1 Series. Add 1M body work and you have an M vehicle that BMW simply does not have the balls to build.

      There is a weight penalty with the SMG transmission and V10 motor of 130 kilograms or 286 pounds. Definitely a significant weight gain but it is worth it for the glorious V10 capable of over 8000 RPM and the 550 horses it packs mildly tuned in this application.

      This conversion can be applied to basically any E82 1 Series as the vehicle you see pictured below started out as a 123d. A V10 naturally aspirated high revving 1-Series? Perfect.























      This article was originally published in forum thread: 1M with S85 V10 started by DavidV View original post
      Comments 19 Comments
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Nice!
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        yes!!!
      1. M3GTtt's Avatar
        M3GTtt -
        Smallest car and Biggest engine is always a fun combination Click here to enlarge
      1. deemo319's Avatar
        deemo319 -
        Saw this last week. I wouldn't say BMW didn't have the balls to
        build this kind of car, with the relatively small budget allocated to the project
        and time constraints this type of car was impossible. And recertifying the S85 would only have added
        to the overall cost. And this car looks amazing. For a replica it is cool. If they get the fender flares wrong it screams fake. And this only says "I am a bad man"!
      1. bmwml's Avatar
        bmwml -
        Any word on the weight distribution?
      1. Snertz's Avatar
        Snertz -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmwml Click here to enlarge
        Any word on the weight distribution?
        Can't imagine it would be any good with an extra 286lb over the front axle. The understeer that already exists would be magnified a lot. Suspension mods to try and dial it out would be a must.

        IMO a built NA S65 would have been a better option.
      1. flipm3's Avatar
        flipm3 -
        Oh the many things I'd do to have an S85B50 in one of my cars...They should have used a 6MT to help with weight.Does anyone know the weight of the N54?
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        $26k? fark that's so cheap! i'm hoping my N54 swap comes under this and i can't even guarantee that LOL
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Sweet glorius virgin baby Jesus...
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        I like dem rimz too. What are those? Are they a BMW offering, or just aftermarket w/ swapped center cap?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by deemo319 Click here to enlarge
        Saw this last week. I wouldn't say BMW didn't have the balls to
        build this kind of car, with the relatively small budget allocated to the project
        and time constraints this type of car was impossible. And recertifying the S85 would only have added
        to the overall cost. And this car looks amazing. For a replica it is cool. If they get the fender flares wrong it screams fake. And this only says "I am a bad man"!
        Nope they don't have the balls.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by flipm3 Click here to enlarge
        Oh the many things I'd do to have an S85B50 in one of my cars...They should have used a 6MT to help with weight.Does anyone know the weight of the N54?
        SMG is really not that much heavier.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Snertz Click here to enlarge
        Can't imagine it would be any good with an extra 286lb over the front axle. The understeer that already exists would be magnified a lot. Suspension mods to try and dial it out would be a must.

        IMO a built NA S65 would have been a better option.
        Understeer is a problem with the 1M?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Vid:

      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Nope they don't have the balls.
        $#@! that! BMW should put a V12 in every car they make just so they can prove to you they have balls.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        $#@! that! BMW should put a V12 in every car they make just so they can prove to you they have balls.
        Agreed.
      1. Snertz's Avatar
        Snertz -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Understeer is a problem with the 1M?
        With the 1M not so much, though there's still a tiny bit. It mentioned that they started off with a 123d, the normal 1series suffers from a bit of understeer. I hope they swapped in all the M front suspension bits, along with the faster steering rack from the 1M.

        Considering how much work they put into the car, I'd expect the suspension to be up to par too. Problem is just the F to R weight distribution.
      1. bigdaddycane's Avatar
        bigdaddycane -
        I love the concept, but the monchrome look....Click here to enlarge....it's not 1988 again!!!
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        damn, i saw vid posted and got excited. i wanted to hear/see it in action