At the last kickdown festival we had the chance to meet the current reigning Champion of the semi-pro category Eftixios Xristodoulou. We have seen Eftixios absolutely slay his E46 around Achna plenty of times, but this time we had the opportunity to take a closer look at his championship-winning BMW E46 325 turbo.
The 2022 season
We asked eftixios a few questions regarding his successful season in the semi-pro category.
Was the championship competitive this year?
- ‘Was a very competitive championship with very hard competition from my fellow drivers and we had some very nice battles throughout the year’
”We hope that with the new year we will have the same competition in the pro category.”
Do you feel ready for the pro category?
- ”We are ready for the pro category, which we were planning for a while. I would also like to thank our sponsors, especially my main sponsor Psaltis auto parts.”
Semi-Pro winning recipe.
The e46 platform Is no stranger to the world of drifting, like all 3-series bmws its FR layout with a mighty 6 cylinder up front and relative cheap price of parts make it a very appealing choice for drifters all over the world.
Like any respectable drift car, Eftixios build follows the unwritten rules, angle kit, massive power, rear mount radiator and above all a crazy body kit.
Kicking things off with the engine, unlike many drift cars that run a certain inline six from a certain Japanese manufacture, Eftixios built the German 2JZ in other words the underestimated M50B25
Despite being offered only in naturally aspirated form from BMW. With a forged engine and a Garrett 3582 turbo the 2.5l engine is now good for over 650 horsepower at the rear wheels using 119 octane racing fuel.
In case of emergency a nitrous kit is also fitted with an undisclosed amount of spray being used.
The party is controlled via a MAXX ECU Sport. Power is sent through a standard e46 m3 manual transmission using an Extreme racing clutch kit and an honest welded rear differential.
A fat Lock angle kit takes care of the business up front, whilst d2 suspension is used throughout.
Exterior wise a ‘pandem’-styled body kit tries to hold on for dear life, whereas up front the factory headlights didnt and made way for some led projectors. Guess would be the vehicle of choice of mad-max if he ever considered competitive drifting.
We would like to thank Eftixios for his time and Stephanos for the photography.
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