The Return – The Rusty Slammington Reveal at SEMA

-November 3, 2015-

The Return – The Rusty Slammington Reveal at SEMA

Mike Burroughs

Rusty Slammington - Today at SEMA, one day before the show begins, Mike Burroughs revealed his famed creation. After four years behind closed doors and two years under the knife, we've pulled the cover back on Rusty Slammington. From the tube chassis and the and custom H&R suspension, to the race-prepped S38 and the center-lock BBS E52s, little remains from the E28's past iteration; however, Rusty's heart and soul remains. Today, a legend has returned.


On H&R Suspension's stage, Rusty sits front-and-center at SEMA 2015, eagerly awaiting the mass of onlookers as the show officially opens tomorrow morning. While the build itself encompasses a list of details far too long to list, we're anxious to touch upon the details that help to make Rusty whole again.


In March of 2014, we began the rebuild, beginning with an empty shell. Over the course of the past year and a half, construction consumed countless nights and thousands of hours, all beginning with the custom tube chassis. Built from the ground up by Mike Burroughs and Byron Wilcox to suit the needs of a Rusty revival, the wheelbase of the car has been shortened nearly a foot, as has been the body. Now shorter, the aesthetics of the car have been converted to encompass all things Group 5: two doors, wide fenders, and an uncompromising presence.

BBSs sourced from a Porsche 956 give the car its foundation, with a 16x12 and 19x14.5 stagger. Behind them, Wilwood brakes provide the stopping power. H&R suspension gives the car its control, with pushrods allowing for inboard suspension in a dedicated racing setup.

VAC Motorsports built the engine: an all-out S38 punched out to 3.7 liters. 14:1 compression pistons are the centerpiece of a forged set of internals. Dry sump accessories crowd the engine bay, and PFM Autosport custom-built headers route the exhaust out through the rocker. Built to recreate the monster M88s that powered the M1 ProCars and the M49s of the E9 CSLs, the S38 leaves little to be desired.

At the tail end of the car, Nuke Performance and ATL fuel system parts provide 110 octane fuel to the heart. The tube chassis surrounds the components, and perched above them are the rear coilovers, mounted in the center of the car, visible through the Lexan rear window. A few inches forward are the air jacks, which lift the car in an instant.

With the help and support of family and friends, Rusty has finally returned, but we've only scratched the surface. For those at SEMA, be sure to stop by the H&R Springs booth for the full view. For those stuck behind the computer screen, tune in soon for a full write up of Rusty's build as the final loose ends are pulled together. While the reveal has finally happened, much is left before the build is truly complete!


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Comments on The Return – The Rusty Slammington Reveal at SEMA

  • RyanJNam

    Welcome back, Rusty!

  • Lachys114

    Woohoo! Rusty is back! Congrats on the rebuild and it looks amazing!

  • Richard

    Is he street legal or just track day car now?

  • Kazkami

    I’m so glad this car lives, as it displays even
    more creativity and madness from its latest iteration.
    It’s such a refreshing sight in todays
    industry. All these sema projects all over internet, what are they ? Expensive
    exotics, wide overfenders (mostly fitted with questionable technics… don’t want
    to undress them, might be looking sad), and of ourse, the unevitable airride
    (because yeah, 800hp twin turbo engine, but it will never see a track).
    Like your other guy, I like a wide Porsche from time to time, and I don’t mind
    looking at a modified Lambo, but when this become the norm, it start to be boring. And unrealistic, considering the budget we normal dudes have to play with. Well, i’m not saying that 2015 Rusty is a cheap project (the engine itself must have cost something !), but it’s an extreme way of showing what you can do to a very mundane car with knowledges, technics and a long work.
    This car is incredible, and it’s back story provides even more excitement IMO.
    (Sorry for the typos/error, I’m French…)

  • Maurice Bergers

    With the risk of sounding like a complete fanboy (which I’m ok with): This is the coolest build I’ve ever seen.

    The history of this car, the amount of time and effort that has gone into it, the unparalleled creativity and attention to detail… Wow, just wow!

    Mike, Byron and anyone who has contributed to this build, I take my hat off to you all.

  • JessePerry

    Forever Rusty and Low.

  • rlreynoldsjr

    With the continuity in the builds I have to ask: do you do renderings of each or is this a vision that you are able to craft mentally and bring to fruition piece by piece?

  • elertsmartins

    Well worth the wait!
    Ride for those days when Mad Max needs to compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans

  • Richard

    But whats dead its stays dead and so this will never be like old rusty. This one has its own thing but it wont be as same as it used to be. Thats the truth.

  • JakeAtkinson

    This car is perfection

  • Afeef

    It will never be the same as it was, but this is like rusty’s evolution, from warped steel that survives fire, it is the only way to save it. Lovibg every bit of it. Because racecar

  • bur2576

    I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss the old finish on the last one..what was used an motor oil or something alike to get that finish. that’s probably the only thing that’s missing after its rebirth. the new shape and design is so so sexy. I just was comparing a picture of the old and new and I just miss that dirty slick finish it had to it before. LONG LIVE RUSTY. I remember hearing about the fire while I was in college. I completely had forgotten about this car until this. great surprise for the day, amazing car.

  • Jason Withers

    @Richard What is dead may never die. It rises again, harder and stronger

  • vroomtothetomb

    AHHHHHHHH!!! HAHAHAHAHAAHA!!! Congrats you crazy, crazy man!

    All I want to know is….Will it produce downforce?!!! 

    : D!!!!

  • JakWhite

    Well done sir! If the next iteration is a full factory restoration, I’ll put my hands up and say you are the best builder who ever lived. So much energy and passion, it just goes to show that not even fire can stop a man with a love for his car! Now I just want to hear what it sounds like!

  • TestShoot

    Welcome back!

  • guest

    @Richard They are in Cali. It will never be street legal there.

  • Miles hardy

    Maurice Bergers  Agree entirely – this is the most exreme thing I’ve ever seen – simply amazing!

  • Katana Market

    This machine has inspired me to create a new creature. Continuously working and not sleeping. Thank you for a cool project!!

  • rv_zenki

    Hopefully it will see the track

  • santablob

    I think a Gymkana appearance wouldn’t be beneath this car.

  • elamas913

    no spark plug wires? #sema

  • ioncelfals

    oh my god. yes. i can`t imagine how you`ll feel driving it on a track

  • kaitiemk6

    Even if this doesn’t ever see a track, you have to applaud at how well this is done. It’s done so right. Long live Rusty Slammington!

  • JonStuver

    Mike, I can’t wait to see this beast in person. Loved seeing it and your E9 in person over the years at H2O. Very well done sir.

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