When it comes to BMW LS swaps, Vorshlag Motorsports seems to know exactly what they are doing. This particular example of their genius features a BMW Z3 M coupe where the original engine wasn’t working out. The old setup consisted of a nice amount of boost that just happened to blow up the motor. Vorshlag purchased the car as a rolling chassis and then the fun began.
According to the ad from which we plucked this gem of a vehicle, it was built with the original Shelby Cobra in mind. The new owner wanted a track worthy car with a bit of kick to back it up. This time around, the builder decided to take a naturally-aspirated route with LS1 V8 technology complete with headers and LS6 intake, throttle body, and injectors. The rebuilt T56 and updated suspension are what seem to make the weightless-feeling roadster a world of fun to drive, though. The braking system was also revamped to match stopping power with going power.
This BMW, LS1 and all, can be had for a quite reasonable $27,950. Considering the quality of work that appears to have been done, that sounds like one heck of a bargain for a race ready car.
From the 3 piece CCWs to the carbon fiber hood to the care put into rewiring the car, everything looks to have been done meticulously with great attention to detail. We think they’ve done one heck of a job in reaching the vision of a modernized Cobra. Carroll Shelby would be proud. Except for that whole “Chevy engine” thing, of course!