It seems carmakers are getting heavily involved in auto racing again, and the trend seems to dictate that they make their motorsport division to race-prep an existing model and sell it to rich customers who fancy wheel-to-wheel racing. Toyota recently did it with the 86 in Europe and the Vios in Asia. Even Hyundai Philippines plans to do the same with the Elantra.
BMW apparently is doing the same thing, as BMW Motorsport has launched the M235i Racing, a race car based on the recently unveiled 2-Series coupe. The idea is to sell this to privateer BMW teams and drivers at a cool 59,500 euros (P3.6 million) before taxes. The plan for now is to make the car compete in such events as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
According to the German car company, this car is equipped with "the most powerful gasoline engine developed so far for a BMW M Performance automobile: a six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology." The 3.0-liter powerplant produces a track-conquering 333hp.
Race-prepping this car meant giving it such driving aids and components as ABS, DSC, traction control, limited-slip differential, FIA-certified safety cell and safety tank, front and rear spoilers, diffuser, and carbon wing mirrors.
"The basis our engineers had to start with when developing the racing version of the BMW M235i was exceptionally good," says BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt. "The production models from the BMW M Performance range are already incredibly sporty. Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the M235i coupe up and running as a racing car."
For the car's specs list, see the table below.