Below The Hood At Gatebil: Half 2, Rudskogen

In the identical similar method I thought of Christmas as a child, I want Gatebil occurred each weekend.

It’s a pleasant dream I do know, however at the least I’m fortunate to have hundreds of images from the 2 massive Gatebil occasions this summer time – Mantorp Park, Sweden in June and Rudskogen, Norway in July – to reminisce over till the 2023 season rolls round.

Earlier this month, I confirmed you a few of my favourite engine bays from the Mantorp occasion, wherein I additionally promised some ultimate pictures from Norway. I nonetheless have a highlight or two to return, however so far as my foremost protection goes, let’s wrap issues up ‘Below The Hood At Gatebil’, beginning with a Norwegian powerhouse.

Buldre Racing Staff


For those who’ve skilled Gatebil Rudskogen for your self, I undoubtedly gained’t have to introduce you to the Buldre Racing Staff. These guys can all the time be counted on for distinctive – and completely wild – drift automotive builds.


Earlier than we dive into among the Buldre automobiles, I need you to understand their pit setup, which had all the things from tire-changing machines, to a full kitchen and enormous eating space the place family and friends may occasion all occasion lengthy.


One factor missing within the Buldre group pit, although, is pure aspiration. These guys love enhance.


One of many group automobiles that immediately caught my consideration within the pit was Anders Johansen’s 1991 Audi S2 Quattro. The two.5L 5-cylinder engine delivers 900hp and 1073Nm at 2.7bar enhance thanks partly to a jumbo BorgWarner S300SX-E 8776 turbo. As you’d anticipate, it’s a fully-built motor with JE 81.5mm cast pistons and RFS/Pluto Efficiency Particular rods amongst many different issues.


One other Buldre Racing Staff construct that stood out to me was Steffen Rudsengen’s supercharged Mercedes E-Class, full with a 650whp LS V8 swap. I wasn’t anticipating this in any respect, but it surely’s Gatebil, so I in all probability ought to have.


Right here’s a blast from the previous, an E34 BMW that was first featured on Speedhunters almost a decade in the past! The present proprietor, Jarko Andersson, competes in Gatebil’s Xtreme time assault sequence, and with 957hp below his proper foot you may wager he’s quick. It’s all the time good to see previous characteristic automotive nonetheless going robust after a few years, and on this case, additional developed too.


Buldre actually are masters of engine swaps with big turbos being a typical theme.

Engine Bay Paradise


Engine swaps are fascinating to me, and I spent a very good portion of my time within the Gatebil Rudskogen paddock absorbing as a lot as I used to be in a position to. Fact be advised, I may’ve simply skipped the on monitor motion, however the driving right here is simply too insane to be missed. Gatebil issues…


With so many hoods raised and engines on present within the paddock, it’s very straightforward to develop into overwhelmed, however taking your time exposes you to some really cool stuff. Like this Volvo S70 with a turbocharged 6-cylinder 3.8L BMW S38B38, seemingly good for 908whp on 1.8bar of enhance.


I used to be stunned to see this 1983 Ford Granada rocking a 920whp 3.0L 2JZ-GTE VVTi engine.


Typically although, you simply can’t beat builds that preserve issues within the household.


Take this Audi Quattro for instance. Personally, I couldn’t think about seeing something aside from an Audi 5-cylinder engine within the bay, and this one packs a 2.5L 20V turbo mill with 650hp that sounded menacing on monitor.


Kevin Brunberg’s 1986 Volvo 745 drift wagon runs a fully-built 2.8L T6 motor that places out 750whp and 950Nm. These automobiles had been by no means meant to go quick, so to see his turbo brick tearing up the monitor was one thing particular.


I typically really feel like Subarus don’t get the love they deserve, however there was rather a lot to like about this track-focused construct.

Carbon Delights


This publish is all about engine bays, however I can’t not point out among the standout exterior modifications I got here throughout within the Gatebil Rudskogen paddock.


The blokes at HGK have produced some of the aggressive physique kits for the BMW E92, and the very best half is, it’s made out of Kevlar.


Though the BMW’s exterior was what first caught me eye, simply try the engine bay! The high-compression naturally aspirated 7.6L LS V8 spits out 750hp all day lengthy, with one other 170hp accessible when the nitrous oxide flows.


Right here’s one thing as bonkers because it sounds – a drift-spec Lamborghini Huracán Tremendous Trofeo with a carbon-Kevlar bodykit and that includes a NASCAR-spec Dodge V8.


You’d assume that in depth work can be required to suit this engine, however the automotive’s proprietor, Joakim Johnsen, advised me that no chassis modifications had been wanted, only a set of customized engine mounts. This insane drift monster produces 850hp and might rev out to 10,500rpm, and if Joakim wants further energy he can also flick the nitrous swap for some further grunt – 300hp on this case. Testing and high quality tuning ought to be accomplished this winter, wherein case Joakim will hopefully have the Lambo on monitor subsequent yr. He’s promised me a ride-along, so I’ll undoubtedly be taking over that provide and capturing a full characteristic too.

Gatebil, there actually is nothing else prefer it!

Alen Haseta
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