Go big or go home. In somewhat contrast to our last article, Getting lost in the Build, we take our first look at Stephen Van Sleuwen’s extensive E46 drift build. The difference with Steve, is that we know he’s well within his capabilities, and he’ll have a complete car for this summer. If not, the E30 still drives. This 4 door E46 will be the chassis for his foray into the USDrift circuit, having previously campaigned his E30 in CSCS drifting competitions, he’s taking a big dive into semi-pro drifting.. When Steve decides to do something he really gets into it. We originally thought drifitng the showcar E30 was just a cool weekend warrior venture. It’s quickly turned into a full fledged deal with a trailer, truck (Yukon xl), some sponsors and a part time crew of Danny, Kristoff, Mike and Nick.
The project is only a few weeks old. It’s just passed the strip down stage. A LOOOT of metal and glass has been jettisoned for tube front and rear end and lexan. Doors, hood and rear trunk now consist of just their metal skins. As its a totally new chassis only a few part were able to swap over from the E30, this include the carbon fiber Megan Racing wing and the eBay special universal flares. Filling those flares will be Cosmis Racing wheels, who’ve come aboard for the drift season.
If you’re going semi-pro, you’ve got to look the part. Therefore proprietary skirts are currently in development. Note these are v0.1 mockup skirts. More info on these will be made available in the near future. As of now I can say plans for E46 skirts for the sedan and coupe are in full swing with E30 and E36 versions in the pipeline.
It’s not a drift car without the doors shaved and lanyard door pulls.
Drifitng is all about function over form. Gone are the BMW gauges in with the VDO replacements.
The car sat at Steve’s shop on some jack stands. Thus we were not able to move it around. We will we try to get some more pics within the next few weeks to show the development of this ride. The only things i can reveal so far is that he is currently looking for more sponsors and the BMW lump is out, will it make way for something else? JDM, German, domestic? Italian?? Or will it go back in with some upgrades?
Much to the chagrin of this guy, the old E30 risers were ditched for these more sweptback uprights. They were a hit on instagram, so we know the angle is right.
To offset the CF wing, you also need CF mirrors of course. This was our first look at the Money Gang Drift Team’s E46. We will have a few more updates through the winter to show the cars development. Also more info on the side skirts and engine choice will be available soon. If you want to get involved in this team as a sponsor or in some other capacity. Please feel free to contact Stephen at stephen.vansleuwen
SWANG BANG MONEY GANG. //