• Nov 20th 2007 at 3:27PM
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The era of 'Ring attacks has begun. Next atop the heap of Nord-lappers is a lightweight, supercharged BMW M3 CSL that took a full five seconds off the Pagani Zonda F's best run. The car has, of course, been modified, but the changes aren't outrageous -- you might see more extreme mods at your local M3 gathering.

The incredible thing is that the car puts out 532.7 rear-wheel horsepower and weighs 3,139 pounds with thirty liters of fuel. That means it has 70 fewer HP and weighs 400 pounds more than the Pagani Zonda F it dethroned. The car can't be faster down the straights, so this must be all in the corners. We wouldn't mind seeing videos of the two laps side-by-side to find out where the BMW leaves its Italian competition behind.

And get this: you can win this car in an auction. The Loaded.se team is putting the car up via bid2aid.com, and to win you have to place the lowest unique bid. That means that whatever you bid needs to be the only bid of that amount. Crazy concept for an auction, so good luck with your bid of $.02. Check out the video after the jump and see what you think.

Thanks for the tip, Maestro1!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      can we bid fractions of a cent? that's impressive, I'd really, really, really like to see the mods on that thing, and know who the driver was.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but the Zonda wasn't a flying lap, was it? That right there would be more than enough to cover the discrepancy. If you want to check out the video again, I know they have it at http://www.supercarmovies.com/html/interface.html
      (top clip on the right, my internet is being slow and I don't feel like rewatching it ATM).

      Also, to catgirlshyla, there are several different lap lengths and layouts that are used. I think most of the "official" lap times being posted now are done with this shorter version. More info on Wikipedia
      • 7 Years Ago
      How do these guys make these videos? I see many with the same map displayed. Is there a service at the track?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The camber is a minor element in streetability. Front toe plays a large roll in how long tires will last, so very little toe (or zero) with a lot of camber still provides useful tire life. Furthermore, most of the camber plate options for BMWs are adjustable, so going from conservative to extreme camber is a quick extra step when changing tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is there a huge discrepancy in timing here?

      The clock starts almost 5 seconds after it passes the line where the timer stops. Plus the Zonda video in the previous article has been yanked from Youtube, so it's now pretty hard to figure out who's lying and who's right.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not sure about that actually. If I remember correctly they timed it the same way for the Nissan GT-R so I think that this is the way that they time the lap?

        Either way, its impressive by any means, and I mean that considering the fact that this is much more of a daily driver than Zonda, even if it isn't as fast stock. This mainly serves to show you the potential of a BMW when pushed towards its max, and its definitely impressive!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, you're completely right. If you look at the point on the track where the timer starts, and the point where the timer stops, it's not nearly the same place - at least several seconds' difference.

        Not to mention the apples-to-oranges tire comparison between the Zonda and the M3, stock vs. modified, etc...

        Record, schmeckord.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I realize the CSL is the closest thing to a race car -- especially with R-compound tires that would probably last 200 miles on the street -- I'm enough of an M3 fanman to recognize the achievement.
      Seems there are many people here who want to denigrate the performance, and that's fine. This car has obviously been modified heavily, but I have seen actual race cars on the street, used as daily drivers. The only difference is the owners tuned them to use regular fuel and changed to street tires.
      I can imagine one of those guys using this car every day.
      Someone mentioned gearing, and yep, that's a major factor. Always is with Bimmers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Meh, Sabine Schmitz could do that time in a van.

      Seriously impressive driving in that vid.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah Robert, that's not something you want to advertise.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I could do Sabine Schmitz in a van and it would take less then 7:22.8.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I love this car! It's one of my favorite cars of all time, would love to own it. Sadly, that day will probably never come :(.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it that astounding? The M3 is pretty heavily modified, and the driver is pushing very hard.

      The Pagani driver was taking it much easier... he had the TC on!

      It is difficult to compare a quasi race car to a production street car...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Check out the high negative camber on this beast. Not exactly a street setup, but I'm sure it powers through corners like it was meant to be.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The #1 difference - the BMW on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup R (race compound) tires vs the stock Zonda on streetable Michelin Pilot Sport 2's. The stock zonda tires allow ~1.05g of cornering force vs. ~1.5g for the BMW's R-compounds. This alone accounts for at least 20 seconds. No real comparison here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes this is astounding! regardless of its modifications, this car can be driven on the street.

        if the Pagani wants another go, he should go without TC, different tires apparently and a some bigger "guts".

        Go M-Power!!

        • 7 Years Ago
        I think is astounding considering the huge price difference between the 2 cars and the humble beginnings of the M3 ( it is after all based on the 3 series model) .Yes I know what everybody is saying about the R compound tires and the mods of the car but what were you expecting ? To beat a $ 300,000 supercar that has more power and even a better power to weight ratio than a Ferrari Enzo and do that on street tires ?......c'mon people let's be real.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm going to ask a silly question. Could the transmission played any part in this too, besides tires? The M3 does have an SMG instead of Manual.

      Feel free to bash me. :P
        • 7 Years Ago
        Probably had some impact - the SMG probably saves around 0.05 secs/shift over a competent race driver with a clutch, which over 150 upshifts (a guesstimate) translates into ~7-8 seconds of lost time at full throttle. How much actual laptime difference that makes depends on average speeds, acceleration rates etc
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you actually telling me that the M3 had on race tires?? Why the hell is this news then?

      Autoblog is great, but sometimes it wouldn't hurt to read a story over a couple of times before posting.
      • 7 Years Ago
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