At one point I really wanted an RX8, almost to the point of doing whatever it took to get the money for one. Well, after a promotion, I managed to get one and was sorely disappointed by it. Well, an Egyptian man decided to put the words “I’ll do anything” into action in an extreme way.

In Egypt, as with many developing countries, vehicles are very expensive and even more so when considering a luxury ride like a BMW 1M. With a $150,000 price tag in Egypt – more than triple its U.S. price – this wise fellow decided that the 1M was not in the cards for him now. Instead of giving up altogether, he decided to build something better than his dream car.

He began his quest with a stock BMW 120d, which once boasted a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine, and completely stripped it down. He then pulled an S65 V-8 monster from an M3, which pumps out 414 horsepower, and dropped it in his 120d. Well, “dropping” the engine in included some motor mount and ECU modifications.

This young man then installed the M3’s suspension onto the 120d, added 1M body panels, slapped 19-inch wheels on it, and last, had a custom exhaust and driveshaft fitted to it. In the end “hatembmw,” as he goes by on a popular BMW forum, invested about $45,000 to modify his 120d into a monster that would likely annihilate a 335-horsepower M1. As detailed as this process is, this entire project took him just eight weeks to complete – three to four weeks on mechanical stuff and four weeks on the body.

All we can do is tip my hat to hatembmw… Good show, my friend, good show indeed. Enjoy the videos, we know we certainly did.

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Source: 1Addicts

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  (530) posted on 07.3.2012

Building something better than 1M is just another story of a man who wants to have his dream car so bad that even copying and creating his own version of this BMW 1M.

  (798) posted on 07.3.2012

I enjoyed the video, but I can’t say I’m impressed on what he did. Due to his unstoppable desire to have the BMW 1M, he has to build his version of BMW 1M. It’s inspiring indeed, but the fact that he copied still considered to be as imitation.

  (395) posted on 06.27.2012

It seems a lot of work. Well, I don’t want to do the same.

  (484) posted on 05.2.2012

Well, it’s because of BMW that he got this distinction. I think BMW deserves to be praised too.

  (858) posted on 05.1.2012

I bet BMW feels honored to have inspired something like this. And maybe, they’d consider sponsoring it.

  (498) posted on 05.1.2012

Wow, this is truly something, right? It’s so inspirational; only if I had the potential to be like that.

  (504) posted on 04.30.2012

How is it better, I wonder? I kind of doubt its built.

  (530) posted on 04.27.2012

I just wonder how he’s able to do that, and how that is better than BMW if it’s cheaper?

  (714) posted on 04.4.2012

Still, BMW was the original. BMW’s models are very inspiring indeed and are worthy of recognition.

  (397) posted on 04.2.2012

BMW should feel honored that they inspired a fabulous innovation. Maybe they should get tips from the guy too, LOL.

  (592) posted on 04.2.2012

Stories like this fascinate and inspire me. Maybe one day, I’ll make it to the news too once I get really determined to have my own supercar.

  (399) posted on 04.1.2012

This is what desperation and perseverance resulted to. I wish I could be like him too, and be able to create my own ideal car!

  (410) posted on 04.1.2012

It was a good thing that he knew what he was doing. Out of determination, he created something more wonderful.

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