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      11-20-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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BMW M235i Racing Now Available for Motorsport!

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New top sports car for the “Green Hell”: BMW Motorsport sends the BMW M235i Racing into action.

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Munich (DE), 20th November 2013. BMW Motorsport is expanding its range of cars within the BMW Sports Trophy Customer Racing programme: from 2014, privateer BMW teams and drivers will have the opportunity to line up at events with the new BMW M235i Racing. With a price of 59,500.00 Euros (excl. VAT) and impressive performance figures, the production-based coupé meets all the basic requirements of a successful entry-level racing car.

The plan is initially for the car to be used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). Looking ahead, the BMW M235i Racing should also be successful on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.

“The basis our engineers had to start with when developing the racing version of the BMW M235i Racing was exceptionally good,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The production models from the BMW M Performance Automobiles range are already incredibly sporty. Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupé up and running as a racing car. BMW Motorsport can look back on a long tradition of allowing ambitious teams and drivers an affordable way into motor racing – and of offering them an absolutely competitive car. That was the case recently with the BMW M3 GT4, and that is now being superseded with the BMW M235i Racing. While the BMW Z4 GT3 spearheads our range, the new car means we are now also excellently positioned for the coming years in the field of production-based racing cars.”

The motorsport genes are also easily recognisable in the production version of the BMW M235i Coupé, courtesy of the aerodynamically optimised body design. It is propelled by the most powerful petrol engine developed so far for a BMW M Performance Automobile: a six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. With a capacity of 2,979ccm, the racing version is capable of generating 333hp (245kW).

Motorsport-specific driving aids such as ABS, DSC and traction control ensure that the motorsport newcomers can also handle the BMW M235i Racing surely and safely. The car also comes with mechanical limited-slip differential, which is also available for the BMW M235i Coupé in the original BMW Parts range. The racing car is also fitted with features such as the FIA-certified safety cell and the modern safety tank. On top of this come components from the BMW M Performance Parts range, such as the rear and front spoilers, diffusor and carbon wing mirrors.

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)




Updated with official sketch posted by BMW Motorsport:

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      11-20-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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please bring this to the USA!!!
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      11-20-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Sickening "Race model" car to providing curb weight ratio
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      11-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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      11-20-2013, 09:35 AM   #5
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      11-20-2013, 09:36 AM   #6
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WOAH. what's this all about? is this an official pic?

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      11-20-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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WOAH. what's this all about? is this an official pic?

Looks like an early M2 render to me
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      11-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #8
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This is the photo that BMW Motorsport had with the announcement on their Facebook page.
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      11-20-2013, 10:13 AM   #9
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Nice! Hope to see this car at circuit of the americas soon (maybe TUDOR?)
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WOAH. what's this all about? is this an official pic?

Etch a sketch?
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WOAH. what's this all about? is this an official pic?

Oh god.... Dem box fenders.
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WOAH. what's this all about? is this an official pic?

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      11-20-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
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Its an official pic (albeit an illustration/render) Once you throw on some paint and stickers, it will look something like this im sure...
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so no M2 for us?
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Is this street legal in Europe? Looks super hot.
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I like it, I hope they send it across the pond this time, instead of what they did with the CSL E46 and the GTS E92
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I don't think that this is going to be a street legal car.
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This confuses me--wouldn't an M car be a more logical starting point for something like this?

In full disclosure, I have no idea if this is normal or not.
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This confuses me--wouldn't an M car be a more logical starting point for something like this?

In full disclosure, I have no idea if this is normal or not.
now THIS is PERFECT. The original M3 came about due to BMW wanting to go racing first and foremost. They only made the street car b/c the racing series required at leat 500 units to sold as street cars to the public.

IF the M2 is based off this M235 'racing' car then AND the M2 comes out of the box with those fenders then, we've just returned to the real M roots. M for motorsports, before M marketing.

For me it is a no-brainer to sell my 1M for an M2 inspired by and based on a actual race car, with idiotic boxed fenders. I might even tolerate a 4cyl so long as it pushes +400hp. It is not a no-brainer to sell my 1M for the new gen M3/M4.

If the M2 lives on like this - then we'll all owe Dr. Kai Segler a bottle of Pyrat. And the world will once again be in order.
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