Interceptor: A Wild BMW E28 For The Highway

Over the course of the previous few weeks, I’ve taken a better take a look at some automobiles from the 2023 Elmia Customized Motor Present. The construct I’ve saved for final is one I’ve needed to highlight ever since I started contributing to Speedhunters, and by chance for me it was on show at this yr’s present.

Mikael Wrzos has been cooking up this BMW E28 5 Serie for the previous 13 years, taking a really completely different strategy to the norm. 5 completely different appears to be like and 4 engine combos later, Mikael has lastly hit Swedish streets in his now highway authorized (sure, actually!) tube-framed creation.


Mikael had zero car-building information when he picked up the ’80s-era BMW at age 17. College courses at a neighborhood motorbike workshop gave him a begin on the instruments, however he was by no means going to amass the abilities wanted to attain what he has with the E28 there. For Mikael, it was a case of studying by way of trial and error as he went alongside.


A few years into the venture, Mikael acquired severe and started work on the automobile’s {custom} tube body chassis in his household’s dwelling storage.

His concept was to construct the BMW again up right into a wild, race-car-looking-and-performing machine for the highway and the monitor. Lapping, sliding, burning tyres or simply cruising – the Mad Mans Efficiency E28 ‘Interceptor’ actually can do all of it.


Utilizing an E28 as a base over the way more fashionable E30, meant Mikael was actually going to be up towards it when it got here to modification – particularly with the automobile’s exterior. However that was of no concern to him, as a result of Mikael deliberate to custom-build as a lot of the BMW as he might anyway.

As we speak, the Wrzos contact will be seen throughout the outside.

The aluminium aspect skirts are his personal handiwork, as is the massive LTO-inspired rear wing and the {custom} splitter hooked up to the M-tech entrance bumper. You possibly can credit score the remainder of the bodywork, together with all modification of different components in order that they match, and even the paint job to Mikael too.


For wheels, Mikael selected a set of 7Twenty Model 55s – 18×8-inch within the entrance and 17×9.5-inch on the rear – wrapped in Nankang NS2s and Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. The brake setup makes use of BMW E38 750 callipers with BMW E46 325mm rotors on the entrance finish, and Volvo S60R callipers with 327mm StopTech rotors out again.


The engine – which sits fairly far again within the bay necessitating the manufacturing facility firewall to be reduce – is a stroked BMW M50N28, constructed utilizing an M50N25 block and B28 crankshaft. To this, Mikael added 135mm I-profile ZRP rods and Wiseco cast pistons, and a M52 single VANOS cylinder head that includes twin consumption camshafts. You’ll discover ACL bearings and ARP fasteners all through.


The actual power-making piece of the puzzle is a Turbosystems HTX4064 turbocharger operating a Turbosmart 45mm wastegate that dumps out the entrance fender. A J-Spec consumption plenum, front-mounted intercooler and an upgraded gas system that includes 1,200cc Bosch Motorsport injectors additionally characteristic within the engine spec.


The custom-made 3.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust was deliberately made oval for higher floor clearance because the automobile sits very low due to modified authentic rear suspension on XYZ shocks and BMW E36 entrance suspension with modified management arms, XYZ shocks and a steering angle package from T-Components. Mikael additionally relocated the radiator to the again of the automobile. 


The automobile’s complete entrance finish bodywork will be rapidly eliminated by releasing the clamps for the intercooler pipes and fast connectors for the oil cooler, gaining whole entry to the engine. Tuned by way of an Ecumaster engine administration system, at 1.0bar (14.7psi) of enhance the engine at present makes simply shy of 630whp, however Mikael has plans for 700whp this summer season.

Getting that energy to the bottom is an OEM ZF guide gearbox from a BMW E39 528 with a Quarter Grasp triple-plate clutch, a custom-built driveshaft, and a BMW E28 535i LSD differential.


The inside is simply as wild as the outside with little remaining from the unique automobile. Aluminium sheeting was used for the {custom} sprint and a brand new firewall part, whereas Sparco Professional 2000 bucket seats paired with QSP 4-point racing harness (and common 3-point belts for road use) maintain Mikael and any courageous passenger in place. There’s additionally a Sparco steering wheel, Coolerworx quick shifter, and an aftermarket speedometer and enhance gauge. All different engine info is relayed by way of a Samsung pill behind the steering wheel.


Though he has 13 years within the construct already, Mikael isn’t finished simply but. He’s preserving himself busy by fantastic tuning the Interceptor whereas additionally constructing a BMW E28 Touring. The latter is a mannequin that doesn’t formally exist, so I’m eager to see what Mikael comes up with.

I hope you loved my 2023 Elmia protection. Subsequent up, it’s Gatebil season!

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