As the years roll by, the racing series across the globe generally get tamer. Why? ...
As the years roll by, the racing series across the globe generally get tamer. Why? Because we keep finding fresh ways to make vehicles faster.
Composite materials, dual-clutch transmissions, the widespread application of forced induction, better tires mean that race vehicles built today can swat yesteryear’s best down without much effort.
As the result, the upper echelons of motorsport have become strictly regulated— and because without rules to limit speeds and force competition, the winners would always be the team with a biggest budget…or the one most willing to risk killing its drivers. (Just look at Group B.)
One form of racing has remained relatively unrestrained, however. Hill climbing remains the contest of combining as many go-fast parts as you can, then doing your best to wrestle the result up what is often the bumpy, narrow public road.
Be it Pikes Peak or the Goodwood, few hillclimbs in the world are anything other than hairy, the vehicles built to race them are often equally hard to master.
Now picture this: the S54 inline six from E46-generation BMW M3, and de-stroked to allow the engine to rev safely to 9,600 RPM and grind out 440 furious naturally-aspirated hp, then dropped into the caged, stripped-out E30 chassis, the two weighing but the metric ton all together—that is the power to weight ratio of 400 hp per ton.
Next, picture this feral machine unleashed on the bumpy Lebanese hill climb, with the only thing standing between it and the date with the cinderblock wall being the healthy dose of opposite lock.
Sound delightful? Yeah, we think so too. Luckily, Sibakat recorded this very car in the action during two rounds of the Lebanese Hill Climb Championship, and shared this footage with their partners at Hillclimb Monsters on YouTube.
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