FEATURE: Stian’s E30 M3, “Blackbird”

Posted by Eirik Aadde on 26th February.

Flipping The Bird
When I see Stian Løvberg rolling around in his beautiful E30 M3 I just want to flip him the bird; the E30 M3 is one of my ultimate dream cars and I just can’t help feeling jealous.

e30 m3

I first met up with Stian on a rainy day at the Arctic Circle Raceway in Northern Norway, at a trackday event called “Sommertreff”. I fell in love immediately (with the car of course) and we quickly scheduled a shoot for later that night.

e30 m3

Starting out with a pretty much standard E30, Stian has taken his time and done what he wanted to do, spending 2 years to get the car to where it is now. The time he put down into the project has paid off, rewarding him both 1st and 2nd place prizes in the Best European Car category at Sommertreff.

e30 m3

The “Blackbird”, as Stian named it, puts out just over 500 HP at the wheels, giving him plenty of power to play with. Thankfully they weren’t put to good use while I was running after him trying to get these pictures!

e30 m3

e30 m3

Specs

Car
BMW E30 M3 Evo «Blackbird»

Engine
-M20B25, 6 cylinders/12 valves
-Precision PT6262 Turbo
-Vipec V44 engine management
-H-rods and JE-pistons
-Custom top end with machined and customized cams, valve springs and rocker arms
-Custom exhaust
-503 WHP / 691 NM

Drivetrain
-525Tds gearbox
-Z3M differential

Suspension
-H&R cup kit
-Polyurethane bushings

Brakes
-330mm K-sport 8-pot front brakes, stock M3 rear brakes

Wheels
-Matte black 8 and 10×17″ rims with 215/40 and 235/40 tires

Body
-Carbon bonnet
-Front lip
-Rear spoiler lip
-BMW Black Sapphire paint with twice the regular amount of clear coat

Interior
-BMW M3 Black leather

Wondering how I got those rolling shots? Here’s a behind the scenes look that ruin the mystery 😉

behind the scenes

Written by Eirik Aadde

Eirik Aadde

Hi, I’m Eirik. A guy from the far north with a big passion for automotive photography. By day I´m a graphic designer and Art Director, and at night a wannabe photographer 😉 In 2013 I got involved with TrackInvaders, and went to my first track event later that summer – needless to say I got hooked. Beside trackdays, I love arranging shoots and getting creative with light and my rig-pro setup. Joined the drifted crew in winter 2014.

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  • Jaremy

    Car is an E30 with an M3 body kit, pieces of this dont add up it being a real E30 M3.

  • Hi Ben Levy. Thanx for the comment 🙂 My rig is a bit custom, but over time I have ended up with a complete kit from Rig-Pro 🙂

  • Very cool car. I really like seeing how the rolling shots were done too. Is that rig all custom?

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