How To Drive An Electric BMW M3 With 850 lb-ft At The Wheels

Remember the EV West E36 M3? It's the one Bill Caswell drove last year. Well, now it's the fastest street-legal electric car up Pikes Peak. Here's what it's like to drive.

Mr. Caswell recommended I head down to their shop and take it for a little spin. I, of course, obliged, but first I had to find out what "Two DC motors totaling 400 kw" translated to in terms of wheel horsepower, and that meant a quick dyno run.

After that, it was just a matter of coming to terms with the car's complex cooling needs, and — of course — that ridiculous torque figure. As Yoda said, a standard E36 this does not drive like.