We're firm believers in the fact that there are few things on this green Earth that can't be improved with the addition of a General Motors small block. Need proof? Take a peek over Jon Sibal's site for a look at a BMW 1 Series M Coupe powered by a good old-fashioned American lump.

The GC10-V8 is actually a silhouette race car, which means the vehicle makes use of a complete tube chassis which is then covered in whatever sheet metal (or carbon fiber) you like. This machine was built by Global Concept Automobile, and began with a 1 Series M Coupe shell.

The team then applied some seriously-aggressive composite fender arches to cover the vehicle's meaty race rubber. Sibal says the eight-pot at work in the GC10-V8 is good for a blistering 550 horsepower, and that a three-way Ohlins adjustable suspension takes care of keeping the coupe planted on the tarmac.

The racer has already gotten its feet wet in a couple of endurance races around France this year. Awesome. Head over to Jon Sibal's site for more information and photos, and be sure to click past the jump for a look at the GC10-V8 in the pits.



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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry. That is sweet, made me all misty eyed.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      GMW
      Lemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhh that sound is glorious I've always thought it would be cool to drop an LS1 into an E46 3 series. Then, using BMW's nomenclature, it would be a 357! Also, IF wikipedia isn't lying to me, the LS should actually be lighter than the straight six in an E46 M3...
        evannever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lemon
        Yes and yes, There are more and more folks dropping LS variants into E36s over in the engine swap section of bimmerforums ...and yes, they report it is lighter than the M50 which shares a block with the S54 (I think) straight six.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Small block chevy's are like cockroaches. They'll still be around terrorizing the world after all of us are long gone. Beautiful engines. Smart choice for the team.
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      A much better video and the view of the cockpit. youtube.com/watch?v=DIjQtCYMuB0
      edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would love to test drive the BMW gran turismo
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevrolet dominates racing. This does not surprise me
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is just dirty. I mean BMW made motors for Caddies in the early 80's.
        vhoracek
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Not for Caddies but for Lincoln - 2.4l straight 6 diesels.
        Mchicha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        BMW never made powertrains for Cadillac, but BMW's have always had Chevrolet Transmissions
          Scot Ferguson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          But then they use ZF autos too. So yeah. No engines for Cadillacs though.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          Takahashi: BMW still uses a smattering of GM transmissions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_6L50_transmission BMW never made an engine for a Caddy that I know of.
          Scot Ferguson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          I think they've been buying automatic trannys from GM for years, and use their own programming, but the manuals are either Getrag or ZF.
          Miguro Takahashi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          What are you talking about? All BMW trannys are supplied by ZF now. The last time a BMW had a GM transmission was in the early 90s.
          Miguro Takahashi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          Wait, my buddy's 3 is late 90's and he said it was made in France, now I'm really confused.
          Big Bird
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          GM's European division Opel used BMW's straight 6 2.5l diesel for Omega in the 90's. And so what? Who cares who made what? In the end I don't buy a badge, I buy a functioning car and as long as it works perfectly I don't give a s**t who made my gearbox.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you're gonna go racing, often it's best to start by getting a small block. It's a power, light, small (yep) engine that won't let you down. And if you do need to rebuild it you can do it for peanuts and the parts are easy to find. It may not have that cool 9,000rpm sound but otherwise it has so many things going for it that it's tough to resist.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      blasphemy!
      Marc Underwood
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes it GM's 100,000,001st small block.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marc Underwood
        I really appreciate you saying what it actually is and avoiding calling it a "lump."
      S54_E85
      • 3 Years Ago
      They use Chevy V8 is because it is cheap than BMW NA V8. 1M's N54 turbo engine is not reliable and can't be abused like ///M engines
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