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BMW M2 Competition to Replace M240iR Customer Racecar

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BMW has introduced a successor to the favored M235i and M240i Racing fashions within the type of the M2 Competition. Whereas the primary automobiles are slated for supply within the second quarter of 2020, they may see their first public race test throughout spherical 5 of the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring on August third, 2019.

The “M235i Racing” buyer racing mannequin proved to be extremely profitable in Europe and the U.S. Launched to the U.S. in 2016, Toby Grahovec drove his Basic BMW M235iR to the Pirelli World Problem TC class championship that yr. Customer orders have been fulfilled within the second half of 2016 and I personally raced one in 2017 for Rooster Corridor Racing, securing Rookie of the Yr honors that season. Now of their 4th yr within the U.S., the SRO TC America class is dominated by the M235iR and M240iR fashions. Within the opening spherical, 14 of the 17 entrants have been within the BMWs.

The M235iR has additionally been widespread in BMW CCA Membership Racing, in addition to a number of endurance racing collection. It’s common to discover them in organizations akin to American Endurance Racing, World Racing League, and Fortunate Canine Racing League. Even ChampCar (previously ChumpCar) has seen M235iR entries. With endurance-spec brakes, a transmission that may’t be “cash shifted”, and comparatively benign dealing with, it’s a super car for endurance use when coping with various drivers.

To comply with up on the recognition of the M235iR, BMW might be introducing the M2 Competition as an entry-degree buyer racing car, based mostly on the M2 Competition street car. BMW’s Customer Racing providers might be expanded within the U.S. by constructing and creating competence facilities right here. Succesful companions will probably be commissioned to help groups at an area degree who’ve in depth motorsport experience. I can attest to the significance and worth of getting dependable manufacturing unit-backed help for a manufacturing unit-constructed race car.

Whereas the M240iR was launched in 2018 as an evolution of the M235iR, it was little greater than some beauty upgrades to align with the manufacturing street automobiles. Each automobiles race alongside one another in TC America.

The M2 Competition street car has a 405hp S55 engine from the M3/M4, 7-velocity Twin Clutch Transmission, and Lively M differential. The M240i – and its related Racing model – have the 335hp N55 engine, eight-velocity ZF automated transmission, and standard clutch-sort M Efficiency restricted slip differential. The related suspension and brake variations between the road automobiles are modified out for racing, so they don’t seem to be so essential. However clearly, there can be a efficiency differential between the M2 and M240i if the powertrain and drivetrain are to be carried over.

Being that the M2 Competition racecar is aligned as an entry-degree car for skilled racing, in addition to appropriate for membership racers, the efficiency can be anticipated to align with the present M240iR. The TC America class’ stability of efficiency is now primarily constructed across the BMW. It’s the baseline that different producer’s automobiles are adjusted to match. In any case, it is sensible to tweak a pair automobiles right here and there as opposed to the overwhelming majority of the sector.

The query is, what is going to occur to all of the M235iR and M240iR automobiles which are at present racing? There doesn’t exist a present classing construction right here between the present M240iR and the M4 GT4 for a better-efficiency M2 model to match into.

I see two potential options for the U.S. One is that the M2 Competition is a largely-beauty “evo” package deal, just like the M240iR replace was. This may permit the prevailing automobiles to proceed competing, even when an replace turns into obligatory for the skilled SRO TC America collection.

The opposite risk is that the brand new M2 racecar is classed into TC America however undergoes a “detuning” course of to stability the efficiency with the M240iR. BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt stated, “With the brand new entry-degree mannequin — the successor to the BMW M240i Racing — we’re… providing our grass-roots clients continuity.”

Continuity would point out an evolution somewhat than an outright alternative. I anticipate that we’ll discover out by August third. I’ll be paying consideration to this specific VLN race to discover out extra.

 

[Images: BMW Group; Halston Pitman]

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