THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015: #8- UPDATED: Monster Lotus Exige Build with BMW M5 V10 Engine Swap

155Latest Update October 22nd, 2015:
Since last reporting on this Lotus Exige with BMW M5 V10 engine swap build almost a year ago exactly, it seems Johan has been busy with a lot of progress on his car. Now complete, this little rocket looks like a 3/4 scale McLaren F1. With both being English cars with BMW M Power engines, they do actually have a bit in common. In case you missed it the first time around, check out the original post below, then find all of the latest updates since on the next page following the jump…
Original feature story from October 30th, 2014:
As promised in the previous M3 feature story, we’re back again with another build from Swedish BMW V10 engine swap maniac “JohanZ”, although this time around he is installing it in an extended wheelbase Lotus Exige S2. The 33 page current build-in-progress is nearing completion on rejsa.nu, where it outlines in detail all of the modifications and custom fabrication necessary to complete such a complex project of this nature, the first time the combination has ever been embarked upon before. Sure, most car aficionados will point out its similarity in design concept to the Hennessey Venom GT which uses a 1244 hp supercharged Corvette V8 engine, but that car was ultimately built more as a top speed bullet than this one that has curvy circuits on its agenda. See the mad genius’s home garage project unfold on the next page as the car nears its finish…

1 2 3Interesting choice to use the 6 speed manual gearbox from a Boxster S, but research showed that a 996 or 997 would have meant having to mount it upside down and that would have complicated lubrication, center of gravity and driveshaft angles. A Quaife or other similar aftermarket LSD is planned.4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21As in his previous M3 V10 build, 997 GT3 Cup brakes were chosen, measuring 380 mm in diameter.22 23 24ATS GTR Motorsports rims sized 18×9 front and 18×11 rear mounted with Kumho V70A 245s and 305s should provide enough grip for the 500+ hp in this lightweight package.25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60Follow the full build thread in-progress as it unfolds HERE, but first check out its first drive video below:


  OCTOBER 22nd, 2015 UPDATE:

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Larger air intakes, oil coolers and even broadened splitter. Air emissions from the wheel housing front. Air emissions from the wheel housing front. “

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“…the color was BMW Carbon black metallic, a color I always liked and I want the car has a discreet profile (if there is) Here are some pictures ….. We added a matt frame around the air outlet and rear lamps, grille shall have the same color then.”

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Is basically finished with the decor. Have been there panes, door trims and all contents of the doors. Even the door panels and door sill panels in place. Also has built up the exhaust system. Really wanted a “proper” X-pipe so it had to be a snake’s nest. 3 “x-spout and then nerkonat to 2.5″. Two pieces RS4 V8 muffler with exhaust dampers. All that remains is to wrap one side of the bandage when it ended.”

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few more pieces in place and I have built a ladder to the rear suspension, which also serves as an attachment to the floor and diffuser.”

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“..given to the impact protection which I climbed with kind Alcantara. Inner fenders widened. License plate holders and diffuser clear , painted and assembled. On it became like a little high right now with it may be adjusted”

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The Lotus Exige V10 GTR is finished for the most part now with just some final sorting that will come from time spent on the track, and it is absolutely glorious. Be sure to stay abreast of the latest final build details where we left off today HERE.

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