This Electric E36 Makes 850 lb/ft of Torque at the Wheels! – /TUNED

This Electric E36 Makes 850 lb/ft of Torque at the Wheels! – /TUNED


EV West isn’t like other electric car builders. They aren’t trying to save the planet from gasoline emissions, they are trying to build race cars using electric technology for events that can best use that technology. The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, with a total driving distance of under 20 miles at very high elevation, is one of those events. We take their Pike’s Peak M3 to the dyno to find out what 400 Kilowatts means in Horsepower, then to see how it drives.

100 Comments on "This Electric E36 Makes 850 lb/ft of Torque at the Wheels! – /TUNED"


  1. In my eyes, if you care more about how it sounds, looks, or smells over performance, then you are no better than the kid who dumps all his money into cosmetics and fart cans. But that's just me. You do you. After all, we are all entitled to what we like and don't like and no one can say what we can and can't do to our vehicles. That's the beauty of the automotive enthusiast world.

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  2. ''do i want to see electrique car with 850lbs torque hmmmm'' Whhaatt? whats your problem man xD smh.. people wont look at me without the sound and i wont get noticed is that it? lol

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  3. Oh man, good thing he made sure to point out that he's not a green person or hippy! I mean how terrible would it be if this dude cared about the environment! It would decimate my fragile conservative ego.

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  4. I'm pretty confident that people who create electric cars will eventually install a digital sound effects to imitate a sound of fuel driven engines, so people shouldn't worry about that. Hybrid and electric cars are the future and step forward to a greener earth.

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  5. Bro I been viewing your car it’s awesome , n it’s fast more than Tesla congratulations bro for ur good job

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  6. When car makers really start to embrace electric race cars it is going to be wild.. the new Tesla Roadster is clear evidence of this fact.

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  7. can i know the cost of the conversion?? :DDDD i want to morph my e36 into a beast like this one :O and be eco cough

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  8. his wishy washy opinion of electric race cars is a shtick. There is no way he isn't stoked about this car.

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  9. Big diesel truck transmission with good clutches is what that car needs. Everybody uses dodges 48re trans. 4 spd with overdrive

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  10. Just a quick physics lesson to everyone: wheel torque is a function of gearing. A car that puts out a paltry 100 lb-ft torque at the crank but has a 4:1 gear ratio in first gear and a 4:1 gear ratio in the differential multiplies its crank torque by 16 times. So a shitty little car can put out 1600 lb-ft at the wheels (combined torque of all drive wheels) in first gear. This is not sorcery, this is basic physics. This E36 is in fact putting out a lot more than 850 lb-ft at the wheels in first gear. Since most tires are roughly 2 feet in diameter, a 1 foot lever arm (the radius of the tire) is acting on the road. If the car were only putting 850 lb-ft of torque on a 1 foot lever arm (or 425 lb-ft to each of the 2 driven wheels), it'd be putting 850 pounds of force on the road (because torque is simply force x lever arm length), causing a 3000 lb car to accelerate at only 850/3000 g, or .28g, giving a 0-60 time of around 10 seconds. Nope. This car does not put out 850 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. False.

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  11. This with quickswap batteries in the pits = a new era for electric motorsports. I'm thinking drifters would love this kind of instant torque.

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  12. what shit is this every m3 need to be with a petrol engine, seriously what shit is this

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  13. "we all better get used to the newest measurement in power Kilowatts" Bro are you retarded or what? we have been using kilowats for ages. I swear he says something dumb on every one of these..bloody poser.

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  14. How about a electric vehicles beetle, early body-60's, drag style? I'd dig that, I'd convert to electric!

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  15. Building performance cars has always been performance..now electric technology will catch up..im happy

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  16. The sound lmao down here I call it a fart can a gas can , I drive with water ICE 🌎or my ev

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  17. And that "sound is explosions of gas vapor in a Chuck of iron W tf, and all that damn maintenance omg I have had my ev for half a year and nothing, u don't check shit AT ALL🏡🏘🏙🌎

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  18. 400Kw times 1.36 = 544Hp. Funny how the guy from THE DRIVE had no idea what kilowatts mean even though he drives so many cars. Maybe he just drives but knows about nothing else about cars.

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  19. It seems electric power is better. Really the only draw-back is that it doesn't destroy the environment. Horsepower, torque, all those things are great, but we really know being cool is the most important thing. And doing things that are smart, is just not cool. Fortunately producing the batteries and burning coal to make the electricity is still destroying the planet so I can still feel good about driving an electric car.

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  20. Guy that driver so f**** annoying! I've got a 4500 lb electric Honda Prelude. And I think it grips and takes better corners than anything else you just have to conversate the weight with wider tires! Or learn how to drive! got most of my components from EV west there awesome! Too bad they hired an idiot to work with him!

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  21. I just watched this video and I was surprised. Every time you hear noise from a gas engine that's the sound wasted energy that's literally gas money going out your tailpipe.

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  22. Good thing he plastidipped those headlights! For a second there, they were actually working, and who needs working headlights?

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  23. "It makes 400 kilowatts" ?? Since 342 hp is only 255 kilowatts, where is the 400 kilowatts?

    Guessing the answer, it could be like this: The maximum electrical power into the motor is 400 kilowatts. DC motor with brushes and commutator efficiency is roughly 80%. Drivetrain from motor to wheels efficiency is roughly 80%. 400 x .8 x .8 = 256 kilowatts. And there you have it probably.

    So my guess is, the input to the motor is 400 kilowatts (max). It makes about 320 kilowatts maximum at the output shaft of the motor, and the power at the wheels is about 255 kilowatts maximum. Something like that.

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  24. I'd like to build a really simple, cheap and dumb backyard DIY Direct Drive test with a 2500lb dry weight RWD truck with 3.5 backend and 28 inch wheels .. I've got it sitting in my garage.. I saw a video where this kid connected a junkyard 36v 400amp forklift motor to his stick transmission and drove around the neighborhood at 40mph with just three 200ah 12 volt deep cycle batteries in series! One thing I noticed is he never changed gears. To me it seemed like his transmission was just in the way and consuming power and weight. I asked some EV experts and they said I could direct connect but it would be really inefficient from zero and low speeds consuming my batteries quickly with every take off and that I would likely need reduce my ratio to around 7:1. Anybody got any ideas on the math or how to reduce to the ideal gear ratio for my motor, power and weight without a full transmission? I'm sure there is some formula.

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  25. The transition modality should be "plug-in hybrids". Limited to 1,000cc gas engines with a governed max rpm into their generator section. Big battery pack and all the electric tweaks you can dream up. Limit the teams to a fuel allotment. That way all parties are learning all technologies, but we still have some ICE involvement 😀

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  26. Strange thing is, we in Europe uses kilowatts for measuring engine's power for decades now… 66kW/90hp, 74kW/100hp, 81kW/110hp, 96kW/130hp, 110kW/150hp, 150kW/200hp etc…

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  27. Personally I would like to See an All electric globally race, not so much against petrol, that's a blow out,
    but with engineering modifications like Hemp bodies and chassis

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  28. piece of shit car with no character and probably has very limited range when pushing hard and takes hours to recharge.

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  29. It is sacrilege to install batteries in an e36 M3. It is a real car and needs to run as intended – on petrol.

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  30. i was expecting some video of that 850 lbs/ft on tarmac. congrats you made the awesomeness of 8 5 0 of raw metal twisting power seem like a misfiring vespa with a faulty carb .. thanx remind me to hit the avoid button next time i see another The Drive review.. we talking 850 lbs/ft in old money.. NB: foot/pound ft/lbs is a unit of work so thats Joules (how much energy is spent doing work) and torque is Nm ( how much max energy it has for work) subtly but very different. i think vlogs need to show some form of knowledge on the subject they portray to be specialist

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  31. It's the same as hiking out in the woods to go camping, then sitting around a space heater eating microwave popcorn; not a whole lot of point to it.

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  32. I believe EV West is limited in a lot of ways. They are selling very expensive kits while other players like www.etriodiy.com and www.diyev.com are selling wonderful kits on their websites. etriodiy.com is in beta phase but they have amazing stuff. They are customizing the Electrical conversion kits for daily use cars as well without much additional cost. Meanwhile, diyev.com is amazing as well.

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  33. looking back from 2019 and seeing a big part of the concern 2013 about the shift to electric was that it was tree-hugging, hippie, save the environment…don't worry nothing we do will save the planet, but electric is a proven better motor end of story.

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