Thailand is home to a very unique tuner scene. With a seemingly endless supply of JDM engines and parts available every swap you can imagine happens in this great land. It’s not uncommon the see big body VIP Benz and Bimmers with 1JZ or 2JZ swaps nestled in the engine bays, 1UZ powered American muscle cars, or SR20det-swapped Miatas. Sometimes it feels almost more surprising if a car has the original engine in it.
For some Thailand could be considered a dream land with secret hidden circuits tucked away in the mountains that can be privately rented out for the for less than the average cost of a track day event in the US. This is a great place to be if you have a car and want to get some cheap seat time.
I quickly realized that if I am going to be living here for more than 6 months dealing with parts, builds, engines and tuning projects for customers I’m going to have to build my own car. There is simply no way around it!
I found myself scouting for a clean BMW E30 chassis. It ticked most of the boxes – something simple, light weight, RWD and a bit classy.
With such a small car the SR20DET was the obvious engine choice. They are readily available and easily able to put out 400-500 whp which will be more than enough for this 2200 lb go cart.
After finding a suitable car I set out collecting goodies for the build.
Sparco Prodrive seat (old school used WRC seat from Japan)
Deep dish steering wheel and BC Sports coilovers
Parts from America are also on the way, hopefully they make it through customs MUCH faster than the control arms.
AEM EMS 30-6620 V2 with Flex fuel Tuning / mapping
Speed density conversion
Anti lag hardware
E34 complete subframe
Rear coilover conversion
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
Bosch 044 fuel pump
Copper core NGK BKR7e’s
AEM smart coil (anti lag)
ID 1000cc injectors and AEM smart coil modeling before they find their new home on the SR
This will be good for a basic 400 torque 400 whp set up when all is said and done. In a 2200 lb car, good times are assured. I will be using E85 on the street and VE race fuel for track days or “special” nights.