Workshop Journal: Jack's M50 Turbo Engine Build

Workshop Journal: Jack’s M50 Turbo Engine Build

Jack's M50 engine came to us as a box of bits, with unfortunately a number of issues to overcome. However, with the goal of a 600+bhp E30 turbo application in mind, we had no problems getting the build specification set and letting the build unfold. Specification includes: Wiseco Pistons (85mm, 8.8:1)SP Components RodsARP Head StudsAthena Cut-Ring Head GasketElring Gasket SetsVAC...

Workshop Journal: Dave's E36 M3 Evo Mapping

Workshop Journal: Dave’s E36 M3 Evo Mapping

David's E36 M3 Evo has been an ongoing project for some time, taking it from a standard engine to something far different - a 12.7:1 compression, 296-degree cammed beast. Besides the hours of blueprinting, trick machining and careful assembly, this engine features the following: JE Pistons 12.5:1, 87mm pistonsSP Components con-rodsACL Race Big End BearingsACL Race Main BearingsSchrick 296/296, 12.4mm...

Workshop Journal: Jamie's F20 M140i

Workshop Journal: Jamie’s F20 M140i

Local vinyl and PPF legend Jamie (of VinylOne fame) approached us to take his M140i to the next level - we of course obliged. Jamie's car was far from stock on arrival - it was running an unknown Stage 2 map, catless downpipe, foam intake filter and modified stock exhaust. The result was an incredibly aggressive driving experience, with some...

Workshop Journal: HE140i Stage 1 Dyno Results

At Hack Engineering, we like to put our money where our mouth is. When developing tuning packages, we always use a test vehicle to ensure that we're offering a 'complete' package to not only make the power figures, but to do so reliably and consistently. Therefore it was only right that the HE140i was the test bed for our...

Workshop Journal: Jamie's E46 M3

Workshop Journal: Jamie’s E46 M3

Jamie's E46 M3 is no stranger to our workshop, with the car having had a fully cylinder head and Vanos overhaul with us previously. However this time it was less about maintenance and more about upgrades. Upgrade number one was under the bonnet, with a Karbonius CSL Race Airbox being fitted along with one of our upcoming CSL IAT...

Workshop Journal: Mark’s S14B23 Engine Build

There are sadly not too many sightings of E30 M3s in the world these days, especially not ones being driven properly. But fear not, our customer Mark has been pounding his M3 around the tracks and the roads of Jersey for many years and as part of some restoration work on the car he's carrying out, he decided to...

Workshop Journal: Jamie's F20 M140i

Workshop Journal: Jamie’s F20 M140i

While there's nothing we love more than a full-on M car coming through the workshop, you can't ignore BMW's 'M-Lite' cars; the M135i and M140i being our favourites. What's not to love about a small, rear wheel drive hatchback with a punchy turbo six-pot up front? Sure, they have their weaknesses but that's exactly where we step in. Jamie...

Workshop Journal: Paul's F82 M4 Competition

Workshop Journal: Paul’s F82 M4 Competition

Paul's Nardo Grey M4 is no stranger to our workshops, having previously had a whole host of upgrades from Littco L640 turbos to cooling upgrades, exhaust upgrades, full crank hub fix and more. You can read about that tranformation here. This time Paul returned for braking, engine bay, further cooling mods and a Remus backbox. The parts pick was...

Workshop Journal: F8X Crank Hub Central

Workshop Journal: F8X Crank Hub Central

Engine-related work is our number one type of work here at Hack Engineering, and on the F8X platform M cars this means only one thing - crank hubs. As explained in our video released last year (See below), the best solution for the problem by far is with a VTT crank hub, which uses splinelock technology and a one-piece...

Workshop Journal: G’s F83 M4

Somehow five months have passed since we last had Gareth's F83 M4 in with us for Littco L640 turbos, but he hasn't held up with progress on the car. His latest visit to us was for one of its biggest overhauls yet. The plan for this visit included improvements across the whole car - chassis, braking, interior, engine bay and...