This Electric E36 BMW M3 Is EV West's Burnout Freak Race Car

It's built for road racing, but with 4400 lb-ft of torque, EV West's E36 is also a burnout monster.

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EV West is a company outside of San Diego, California that specializes in converting classic cars into fully electric vehicles. On the side, they run a race team that fields an all-electric E36-generation M3. Aside from being supremely quick, it also makes for a hell of a burnout machine.

Jonny Smith from on YouTube got a chance to drive EV West's M3 on the roads surrounding the shop. During the drive, founder Michael Bream goes through the specs, and they are impressive: A rear-mounted 450 kW motor from a Tesla Model S Performance sends 800 horsepower and a staggering 4400 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels at 16,500 RPM. The 32 kWh battery pack sits lower in the engine bay than the original straight-six, allowing for perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Total curb weight comes in at just 2750 pounds.

Though Smith doesn't get to fully test the electric M3's cornering abilities, he gets a heaelthy taste of the motor's twist, ripping an effortless burnout with partial throttle. It might not have the sound or the third pedal you'd expect from an M3, but this car is far from boring.

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