• BMW gets serious about their turbocharged track performance - BMW M235i race car teaser video

      Up until now there have not been any serious BMW track cars sold that featured a turbocharged powerplant. Yes, guys with 335's and 135's track their cars after some upgrades to manage heat but the new M cars have all been incredibly heavy and had a problem with heat soak as well as going into limp mode. BMW M with the upcoming M235i (and F80/F82 M3) seems intent on showing strong track performance with their newer turbocharged cars by making the cars lighter and more focused.

      It does not get much more focused than this as BMW M has created a racing version of the upcoming M235i to add the customer racing catalog. So, if you desire a turn key race car to hit the track with and have some disposable funds BMW has you covered with the M235i racing version.

      The car appears to be basically an M235i with the interior stripped out, wider bodywork for more aggressive wheels/tires, brake upgrades, suspension upgrade, and a roll cage. M programmed software modes for the ABS and DSC are included as well as a limited slip differential. It certainly gives an interesting preview of what an M2 possibly could be. The only downside is that there is no DCT transmission option and it has the standard automatic.

      The M235i racing will cost roughly $81,000 and will replace the M3 GT4 factory race car that is going out of production. The Z4 GT3 will remain the top offerings in the lineup.

      Technical Data BMW M235i Racing.
      Max. width: 1,862mm (without mirrors)
      Wheelbase: 2,691mm
      Height: 1,380mm (without antenna)
      Max. track: 1,608mm
      Engine: six-cylinder in-line
      Capacity: 2,979ccm
      Output: 333hp (245kW)

      This article was originally published in forum thread: M235 BMW motorsport video! started by bobS View original post
      Comments 26 Comments
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by m54b25 Click here to enlarge
        Too bad IMSA / GrandAm / TUDOR United SportsCar Championship only takes NON Automatic to race.
        This is true.

        But... those are professional series.
      1. Steve B. CBR's Avatar
        Steve B. CBR -
        Perhaps we will see an M4 version as well? Seems like they built this to a specific price point to hold back to something bigger.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        The transmission is a huge letdown. I got excited reading the title of this thread, then realized its just another bmw cash generator. At least offer it with a manual if there is no dct option....
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        didn't they release the 118d motorsport? or was it just a concept?
        ED: wait.. auto ONLY

        lol, 'race car' lololol
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Some more pics.... Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Looks great!