Individuals love to speak about issues having a “Golden Period.” Hondas have one, so do BMWs. Racing positively does, with the 1990s serving as one for Formula 1 and, after all, the mid-’80s to early-’90s for DTM or, because it’s extra formally recognized, “Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.” For some purpose, these boxy German sedans banging round on Europe’s coolest tracks have captured and held on to the hearts of automotive lovers worldwide.
In fact, automobiles made standard by the DTM collection, just like the BMW E30 M3 and the Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth, are price critical cash nowadays, particularly the wilder, extra hardcore Evo variations. That’s why the Golden Period mission by our friends at FCP Euro is so cool. They’ve taken a bone-stock Child Benz with a wheezy inline-six and turned it right into a fire-breathing throwback with a contemporary AMG drivetrain. Even higher, they documented the entire course of on video.
So, for the TL; DW crowd, the FCP Euro Golden Period mission began life as a fundamental commuter-spec Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.6 from California. The workforce promptly gutted it, yanked the previous engine and computerized gearbox, and changed it with the M133 turbo four-cylinder from the GLA 45 scorching hatch. This engine by no means got here in a rear-wheel drive format, nor was it ever supplied with a guide transmission, however the workforce at FCP discovered that by utilizing elements from the Mercedes elements bin, they may adapt the engine to their wants with stunning ease.
After getting the drivetrain sorted, which additionally included having a carbon fiber driveshaft made and bolting up an OS Giken limited-slip differential, the crew at FCP had a roll cage put in and a reproduction 190e 2.5-16 Evolution physique equipment put in. After that, the automotive bought paint after which a rad Nineteen Nineties motorsport-inspired wrap earlier than getting wired up, plumbed up and despatched to the dyno for tuning.
The result’s a automotive that appears the half and was constructed at a fraction of the price of an actual 190e Evo, and makes extra energy extra reliably. It’s type of a best-of-all-worlds sort scenario, and now we’re simply going to start out pummeling the FCP people’ inbox for an opportunity to drive the automotive. Fingers crossed!