FEATURE: Going Against The Grain

Posted by Jordan Butters on 26th October 2011

Jeek

It’s pretty difficult to be different these days, even when it comes down to choosing a suitable chariot to turn into a competitive drift machine.

Jeek

The choice of affordable and tuneable RWD chassis is seemingly endless. Heck, even if the car as a package isn’t suitable engine and draintrain swaps are more commonplace on your average drift grid than they ever have been before.

Jeek

Yet people, by nature are creatures of habit. We find safety in numbers. If drifting a Nissan ‘S’ or ‘R’ chassis car with a Toyota 1JZ or 2JZ engine is the done thing then that is what I shall do!

Jeek

This is where Jareck ‘Jeek’ Frederico and his BMW E39 V8 comes in.

Jeek

Never one to follow the masses and with a strong history in tuned Bavarian metal it made sense to stay true to his roots and ignore the herd.

Jeek

Originally purchasing the car with the intention of some light modifications to make it suitable as a drift car, well placed plans soon went straight out of the window and after gaining himself a Pro license for the British Drift Championship the quest was set upon to make bring the car up to a competitive level.

Jeek

One of the key things added was a Chizfab multi point roll cage to comply with safety regulations.

Jeek

The cage is a work of art, but long gone are the luxuries that this car was released from the factory with.

Jeek

A D-Tune dished steering wheel and Motordrive bucket seat make up the majority of the interior as it stands now, the custom vertical hydraulic handbrake sits within reach of Jeek when he is strapped in place.

Jeek

On the outside it’s fair to say that Jeek has a bit of a carbon fetish.

Jeek

A full carbon bonnet keeps the V8 under wraps and a pair of carbon corner splitters adorn the sport front bumper.

Jeek

At the back an OEM sport bumper and CSL-style rear spoiler completes the look.

Jeek

The car sits slammed with BC Coilovers over a set of 17×10 front and 18×10 rear Rondell 058’s.

Jeek

Just the right balance between OEM looks and a purposeful stance is the result.

Jeek

Under the bonnet sits a BMW 4.4l V8 which has been lightly breathed on with the addition of a Pipercross induction kit and Spal electric fan.

Jeek

The result is 295bhp and 332 lb/ft of instant torque.

Jeek

With spare tyres sat there and trapped in a ‘strictly no smoking area’ there was only one thing to do.

Jeek

Break it outside for a smoke.

Jeek

Jeek finished the 2011 BDC season in a respectable 10th place, mid table.

Jeek

Such a refreshing change to see this car being used in competition. Low, mean and gangster lean!

Jeek

The V8 rumble coming from the Chizfab exhaust on this thing is immense!

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With his first competitive season in the British Drift Championship under his belt we look forward to seeing what winter brings for Jeek and his E39 ready for 2012!

Thanks to Jeek for letting us feature the car and Ade Brannan of www.abcarpix.com for the photos!

Written by Jordan Butters

Jordan Butters

Writer, freelance photographer and Editor of Drifted. Follow @jordanbutters on Instagram

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  • Awesome with wheels on! A conversation with Jeek went like this;

    r-t-v “Would forced induction be a good thing for your car?”

    jeek “Yeah, faster entry speed, more noise and smoke and bigger crashes. Basically what i’m all about.”

    Best of luck for 2012 mate!!!

  • Well done Jeek, nice feature, great pics by Ade, as usual

  • RumRunner

    Nice Jeek good finish to your first season too.

  • Love it cheers Jord.

    Looks ace

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