When most of us hear the phrase “electric car conversion,” we picture an aging econobox with an overwhelmed golf cart motor under the hood and a trunk full of batteries. Oh, and a plethora of stickers telling the populace that this is an electric vehicle. Not exactly the stuff of hoon dreams.
This E36-chassis BMW M3, however, is different. It was put together by the crew at EV West, and it is not intended for commuting or saving the planet. Instead, it’s a race car, built to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. And while host Matt Farah is torn about whether or not he likes the idea of a heavy, noiseless BMW race car, we don’t think there’s any disputing 850 lb.-ft of torque to the wheels at 600 rpm is a wonderful thing.