The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR, which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M.
If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time.
What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output.
So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification or did it fall a little short of the precedent it set with the M5 Hurricane RR?
Updated 11/02/2012: The guys over G-Power took their latest G1 V8 Hurriance RS out for a test drive and the result was impressive: the car was able to hit a top speed of 314 km/h (195 mph). Enjoy the video!
Click past the jump to find out.
The exterior of the 1M is pretty much carried over to the 1G V8 Hurricane RS. The M1’s hood is replaced by a carbon-fiber unit with an M3 design, vent openings, and a “power bump.” In the rear, there is a carbon-fiber boot lip and a tear-off edge to help reduce back-end lift.
The exterior of the example car that G-Power is displaying boasts a deep bronze coat of paint, and there is no mention of any other available colors.
At the corners, you get a set of 20-inch G-power Silverstone Diamond wheels to help set off the already stylish 1M’s body.
Whether you love it or hate it, G-Power was careful to retain the overall shape and design of the 1M. We tend to like the sleeper-like looks of the 1M, so we’ll give it a thumbs up in the exterior styling department.
G-Power added a special touch to the interior, draping layers of premium leather and Alcantara to create a beautiful custom interior. The 1M’s seat cushions were reshaped to give the seats more grip and style. The example car boasts a two-tone arrangement of bronze and white, giving it an excellent contrast that goes impeccably well with the exterior color.
The entire interior is clean and clear of any clutter, but it is also distinctively luxurious – a tough task to accomplish without going overboard. Just looking at the seats makes you want to sit in them and whip this 1M around some twists.
Engine and Drivetrain
Under the hood is where G-Power took the 1M and created the G1 V8 Hurricane RS. The tuned-up vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 powerplant borrowed from the M3. G-Power added 0.5 bar (7.25 PSI) of boost through the V-8 engine and pumped the engine’s total output to 600 horsepower and 590 Nm (435 pound-feet) of torque.
Though the overall output is impressive, to say the least, it’s the execution of this output that is so outstanding. The supercharger is tuned perfectly to deliver 40 percent more torque between 5,000 rpm and its 8,300 rpm redline. This gives you a beautiful torque snap in the mid-range engine speed that you rarely feel in any other car. Engineers studied numerous computer simulations to achieve the perfect output, making this a perfectly tuned automobile.
A cast aluminum air box using eight lightweight integral resonance induction pipes houses a racing air filter and water-to-air intercooler to help further increase the effectiveness of the supercharger and deliver precise throttle response. The engine dumps its exhaust waste through a full stainless steel exhaust system with minimal back-pressure.
The transmission is the same dual-clutch unit found in the M3, giving this G1 V8 Hurricane RS a clean and precise shift each and every time.
All of this power gets the G1 V8 Hurricane RS to 220 km/h (136.7 mph) in just 12.7 seconds and gives it a top speed of 330 km/h (205.05 mph), making it the world’s fastest 1-Series. With the standard 1M doing 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, we anticipate this monster coming in closer to the 3.7-second range.
Engine and Driveline Specs:
4.0-Liter V-8 Supercharged
600 horsepower, 435 pound-feet
7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
0 to 220 km/h (136.7 mph
Handling and Braking
As we said before, at the corners, you get a set of 20-inch G-Power Silverstone Diamond wheels. These wheels are wrapped up by a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, measuring 255/30ZR20 on the front and 295/25ZR20 on the rear. A G-Power Clubsport suspension package, which KW helped tune, supports the undercarriage of this 1M. This setup uses a coil-over design that allows you to independently adjust compression and rebound to get the best ride or handling, depending on your goals at that time. The Clubsport option gives you some added features, like adjustable dampers, via precise adjustments to the camber and caster through revised support bearings.
Bringing this beast to a stop is a G-Power brake system that uses 396 mm (15.59-inch) carbon-ceramic brake discs up front squeezed by a pair of 4-piston calipers. The carbon-ceramic setup helps lower the BMW’s unsprung weight by 50 percent over its traditional steel system, helping it handle better. Mov’it teamed up with G-Power to tune the braking system to always deliver maximum braking power and a consistent braking feel regardless of speeds.
Pricing and Production
There are no pricing details on the G1 V8 Hurricane yet, but details should start rolling out soon. We do know that there will only be 30 models produced in honor of G-Power’s 30th anniversary.
What more can we say other than the fact that this car is simply awesome. G-Power did a fantastic job taking an already nice car and tweaking it to a point that it becomes extreme. We would have liked to see a little more exterior modifications, but we do understand why G-Power kept it reserved on the outside. Besides, that luxurious interior more than makes up for the lack of modification on the outside.
Kept it simple on the outside
Went all out on the inside
Did we mention it has 600 horsepower?
We would prefer turbo over supercharged any day
Maybe a little too bland on the outside
Likely extremely expensive
G-POWER is building the BMW 1 M Coupé the way it should have come from the factory in the first place.
600 hp and 330 km/h are the key figures of the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS with a supercharged M3 V8 engine and so the world’s fastest BMW 1 M Coupé comes – once again – from G-POWER
After G-POWER has already created the world`s fastest sedan (M5 HURRICANE RR), the world’s fastest LPG-powered car (M5 HURRICANE GS), the world’s fastest estate car (M5 HURRICANE RS Touring), the world’s fastest 4-seated Coupé (M6 HURRICANE RR) and the world’s fastest BMW M3, G-POWER presents with the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS a new high-speed car.
With the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS, G-POWER is making itself an early birthday present in preview of the upcoming 30Th anniversary next year. And for this special occasion G-POWER has fulfilled itself a heart’s desire by building a manufactory automobile based on a 1 M Coupé the way it should have been delivered directly from the M-GmbH.
Coming from the factory the BMW 1 M Coupé already features the front and rear axles of its “big” brother BMW M3. The only things missing are “just” the right engine and the nifty DCT gearbox, in order to match G-POWER’s expectations. Consistently G-POWER went one step further than BMW and implanted the entire M3 V8 engine including the DCT gearbox into the compact body of the 1 M Coupé. But that’s not all, in addition G-POWER installed a supercharger system especially designed for this special edition car, that fits into the compact engine bay of the 1 M Coupé.
Just like the basic car, the production numbers of the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS are strictly limited. Starting next year and corresponding with G-POWER’s anniversary, a max. of 30 customers can enjoy an automobile that guarantees pure driving fun. In order to make the dream of the ultimate driving machine come true, G-POWER has faced every challenge. After getting the BMW E46 scene ecstatic with the 550 PS strong G-POWER M3 E46 with integrated 5.0l M5 V10 engine, by the way the only one on the market, this time the choice fell on the V8 engine of the current M3 for the smaller 1 M Coupé. Of course the factory power output of 420 hp is not enough to make the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS the fastest of its class. Being the leading manufacturer of after market supercharger systems for BMW automobiles it is no surprise that G-POWER relied on forced induction for its power output enhancement and developed a supercharger system based on the premium superchargers from ASA.
The result: 600 hp and 580 Nm of torque, achieved through gentle soft charging with just 0,5 bar (relative) boost. Already from 3.000 rpm on the supercharged M3 V8 engine pulls like the standard M3 engine revving twice as much, but than the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS really starts to flex its muscles: from 5.000 rpm on until redline it provides constantly about 40 % more torque than the factory car, this provides an acceleration that feels like being dragged by a bungee cord. This output explosion is based on the heart of the G-POWER supercharger system, the new T1-523 ASA centrifugal supercharger. For its mission with the M3 V8 engine the ASA T1-523 has been literally been tailor-made, to provide the giant need for fresh air of the up to 8.300 rpm revving 4.0 litre V8 engine. But the ASA supercharger, flanged to the engine using an aluminium high-strength mount, is not the only high-tech component of the G-POWER supercharger system. The engineers did not spare any cost or efforts during the development of this supercharger system. Amongst others they even did a sophisticated, computer aided simulation which analyses the conditions of the air-ducting engine parts. The set goal of this extensive research has been to improve the efficiency of the G-POWER supercharger system to the best possible performance. And the result proofs G-POWER right. The supercharger system is capable of reducing the specific fuel consumption of the engine. This shows that G-POWER does not just care about performance but is concerned about the sensitive use of restricted resources like fuel, as well.
A further key component of the G-POWER supercharger system is the complete aluminium cast air box. It houses, apart from the extensive racing air filter, a water circulated boost cooling system with a large water-to-air intercooler located in the vehicles front, ensuring a boost temperature that is at an output optimal level under all circumstances. 8 lightweight integral resonance induction pipes, complete the G-POWER air box that is responsible for the perfect throttle response and optimal torque curve of the supercharged V8 engine. The engine’s modifications made by G-POWER are topped off by a handmade, stainless steel exhaust system that has been especially designed to fit under the 1 M Coupés compact body and at the same time being capable of handling the extremely high flow-rate of the supercharged, high-revving V8 engine with a minimum of backpressure.
Naturally the performance figures benefit from this huge power output improvement. The sprint from stand still to 200 km/h is now completed in 12,7 seconds and the top speed is reached at more than 330 km/h making the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS the fastest BMW 1 series in the world.
Obviously a top speed of more than 330 km/h set extreme demands on the tyres that are mounted on the 20-inch G-POWER SILVERSTONE DIAMOND wheels. G-POWER’s technology partner Michelin provided high-performance Pilot Super Sport tires in the dimensions 255/30 ZR 20 at the front axle and 295/25 ZR 20 at the rear axle for this reason, making sure the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS is always capable of bringing its brute power to the street.
Chassis-sided G-POWER has gained a lot of experience over the many high-speed cars build in the past years. From this know-how and many joint development projects for world record cars a technologic partnership has developed between G-POWER and Mov’it in the field of high performance braking systems and with KW when it comes to suspensions.
Accordingly the G-POWER CLUBSPORT suspension package has been developed in close cooperation with KW and thanks to a G-POWER setup has been adapted to the special needs of the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS. It optimises its road manners at race track level without sacrificing its usability as a daily driver and encompasses a coilover suspension that is independently adjustable for both compression and rebound. The CLUBSPORT version distinguishes oneself, apart from the adjustable dampers, by support bearings that enable correction of camber or caster according to the individual purpose.
Of course the negative acceleration is in the focus of G-POWER, as well. The G-POWER braking system with six respectively four brake pistons bytes into mighty up to 396 mm in diameter Ceramic-Carbon brake discs. The high performance braking system for the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS has been exclusively designed together with Mov’it according to the specifications of G-POWER in order to match the performance and top speed of the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS. With this set-up, the G-POWER braking system always provides maximum brake force and the braking point remains precise in any case. In addition the G-POWER ceramic braking system reduces the unsprung mass by 50% percent, compared to a system with steel brake discs. Accordingly the cornering and road handling is improved significantly.
Further weight is dropped by adding a bonnet made from Carbon fibre that features the M3 design including a power dome and vent openings. In the rear a lighter Carbon fibre boot lip with an aerodynamically shaped tear-off edge makes for reduced lift.
The G1 V8 HURRICANE RS does not only set benchmarks in performance, but also when it comes to individuality and exclusivity. The interior of the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS, upholstered by G-POWER in premium leather and Alcantara offers impressive confirmation of what is possible above and beyond “BMW Individual” equipment. The painstaking work carried out by hand by G-POWER craftsmen goes far beyond simply upholstering virtually every surface with the finest grades of leather and Alcantara. In contrast to many leather workshops, G-POWER takes the time to reshape the original BMW seat cushions. Only thanks to this unique technology can the distinctive look created by G-POWER be achieved in combination with an optimum synthesis of comfort and lateral grip.
As a complete vehicle, the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS includes the 20” wheel set, suspension, brake system together with the installation of the M3 V8 engine including the DCT gearbox, the stainless steel exhaust system and the supercharger system for the power output enhancement to 600 hp, as well as the G-POWER full-leather upholstery to the level illustrated.