Based on the upcoming BMW 2 Series and aimed at amateur and semi-professional racers, the 2014 BMW M235i Racing is a stripped-down, race-spec coupe ready to take on the Nürburgring in the VLN Endurance Championship race series against cars from Audi, Porsche and Toyota.

Obvious in the image above (click to enlarge), BMW has given the M235i Racing the wide-body treatment with a track that has been stretched by 3.5 inches. Under the hood, the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder receives a power boost from a stock 322 horsepower up slightly to 333 hp, while other modifications include a full FIA roll cage, a racing fuel tank and a limited slip rear differential.

The M235i Racing replaces the M3 GT4 as BMW's factory racer, and it will be priced at 59,500 euros (close to $80,000), which is about as affordable as a factory-prepped racecar can get. The full press release is posted below, but we can't wait to see this car in action next year.
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New top sports car for the "Green Hell": BMW Motorsport sends the BMW M235i Racing into action.

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 That was the case recently with the BMW M3 GT4, and that is now being superseded with the BMW M235i Racing.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)

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      right so a bad photoshop and an $80k price tag for a non-streetable car should restore our faith in M. No the BMW 1M restored our faith, but they sold it for what? one week? And it is a bad photoshop. Just look how the wheels look like they are moving and the front and rear wheel perspectives are identical and very wrong.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 2-series is the best looking car of BMW's current stable. Small, light and handsome; about the same size was the E30. This racer is a nice package and channels the original M3 to a T. An M2 shouldn't be too far behind. It's too bad we won't get a 1-series with this design language. The 1 & 2-series punch would easily outsell the bloated 3 & 4 series love-tap.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most people lost faith and moved off to the church of RS, AMG and V
      • 1 Year Ago
      yawn. BMW couldn't even hire a good Photoshop expert to do the rendering
        • 1 Year Ago
        Expert? 4CHAN does better work
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm beginning to hate BMW. What the hell is a M235i? Is a 235i with a M trim package? Or is it really an M developed car? Why not just call it an M2? Angered and confused.
      • 1 Year Ago
        The Tooth Cutter
        • 1 Year Ago
        This isn't boy racer. This is Man's Game Racing. Say what you want but real race cars have aggressive aero packages. This isn't a Grand Am GT but a real race car. More like an Acheiva SCX.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Tooth Cutter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would rather have the S54 engine or the normally aspirated V8.
      • 1 Year Ago
      street version please.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Haha can't believe you got down-voted for making a most kickass request! For what it's worth, I agree that they should make a street model. :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      Restores your faith in 'M'?? Yeah, because the current M5, M6, and M6GC are such terrible cars. It looks like the new M3 and M4 are going to awful, too.
        • 1 Year Ago
        The M5, M6, and M6GC are overweight pigs. And the brakes fade after one lap on a track. That does not fit with the old M spirit.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Funny, I thought they were performance luxury cars, not track cars.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally, a challenger to this!
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks, we'll keep our 1M, which was USD $53k out-the-door, new.
      James John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yuck! How ugly!
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