Andy Hateley returns to Formula D in an LS3-powered E30 BMW

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 In Andy Hateley Car Build Formula D Grassroots

Andy Hately will make his return to Formula D in 2013 after a 5 year layoff in this crazy orange widebodied E30 BMW. Hately was last seen in FD driving a twin turbo 350Z with the Retaks team, but he has slowly been building this BMW over the past two years while simultaneously driving the Z at grassroots events. Hately re-earned his license last year via the Just Drift series. The motor should push 500hp to the wheels fairly easily. We’re excited to see how well Andy does in this new chassis, and love to see the variety that is coming to the grid for 2013.

Jacob Leveton

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  1. Brian says:

    Hopefully he does something about that wheel fitment but other then that the car looks sick! Can’t wait to see it at Long Beach.

  2. jstancel says:

    HA! All the work that goes into an FD build and the first comment is about wheel fitment…

  3. formuladread says:

    I cant wait to see a datsun 510 powered by a ls2 and a bmw e30 powered by a ls3 this year in long beach. So pumped for 2013!

  4. lifer says:

    HAHAAH!! YES! This is going to be awesome!

  5. TSUNAMI-Donny says:

    Seriously? First comment, you go wheel fitment? Goddamn, this isn’t Speedhunters.

  6. Matthew Clarke says:

    Sexy car. Good luck this season.

    lol at the wheel fitment first post. Whats next? You gonna tell him to put a roof rack on the car next?

  7. dicksandballs says:

    sick car!! that brian guys on crack wheel fitment??? lol

  8. Jeff Jordan says:

    Tell me that Brian is BH!!!

    Saw the car at SEMA, pumped.

  9. cody says:

    Clumsy pelican.

  10. hollywood says:

    sweet something different an ls powered (insert car chassis here) lol same old same old. no care

  11. hollywood says:

    ps this car is worst than dave blunts e30 and yes looks do matter.

  12. Dirt-McGirt says:

    Surprised no one has commented on the turbo manifolds hanging of that thing, or the dog box.

  13. JMadge21 says:

    Please for the name all things holy put a confederate flag on the roof and 01 on the side 😀

  14. cody says:

    Andy’s Z was single turbo btw.

  15. Slider S15 says:

    Looks are important from the point of view of attracting fans and sponsors to an extent… but results are what really counts!

    This could be a serious weapon! Similar setups in Europe are capable of great speed and angle due to their low weight and big power (Just look at Remmo Niezen)

    I can’t wait to see this thing in action!

    (And since we are on the subject of asthetics, I feel this needs a rear wing to balance out the shape a bit…)

  16. T PLUS says:

    hell yeah Shmately!

  17. BkS says:

    Yes. I know who I’m supporting this year.

  18. Brian says:

    Wow someone sue me for thinking cars should look just as sick as they preform

  19. Jeff Abbott says:

    Andy I am super pumped about you being out there this year and in an awesome car. Good luck bro.

  20. Shmately says:

    Thanks dude! Now I just need some wheels that stick 2 feet out of the body and an LS powered helicopter to fly to the track in to show these sucka’s what’s up!

  21. Mike D says:

    @Brian; i agree with you, maybe if he got rid of the double fender flare and just kept with the wide-body instead of the flare on the arch it would work..

    @everyone else: people please remember that aesthetics is important in every form of racing as in the end your average spectator of high profile motor-sports isn’t highly technical, also aesthetics is how we get a more equal demographic in the stands, unless you guys just love sausage fests.. every racing series is all about the sponsors who keep it going, they need the viewers and people in the stands, you can appeal to a wider audience by paying attention to aesthetics so aesthetics are super important in FD.

    @Dirt-McGirt good spot on the turbo manifolds. i wonder how quickly that 500hp number will rise through the season.

    im just glad that there will be more chassis variety on the track. who cares if it is powered by a ls motor, the ls motor series is perfect for privateers trying to make a full season.. i don’t get why soo many people hat on them, with out swaps like this there would be no privateers making the top 16.