We were suitably excited when BMW first announced the imminent arrival of the M235i Racing. After all, what's not to like about a factory-prepared racecar with 333 horsepower you can pick up for just eighty grand? Now BMW has released the full details on the latest addition to its racing portfolio, where it joins the M3 DTM, M3 GT4, Z4 GTE/GT3 and 320 TC in a growing family of competition machinery prepared by BMW Motorsport.

Based on the new 2 Series coupe, the M235i Racing is the first M Performance model for the track, and boasts the line's most powerful engine: the 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight six has been optimized to 333 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. A mechanical limited-slip differential helps transfer the power to the track surface, along with race-tuned ABS, DSC and traction control.

Four-pot calipers up front and two-pot calipers in the rear shave off speed for the corner and are packed inside the 18-inch alloys, with KW dampers and H&R suspension components. Inside there's a six-point racing harness and Recaro bucket surrounded by an FIA-certified roll cage, and customers can even have an extra seat installed to take passengers for ride-alongs. All of which can be yours for €59,500.00 – equivalent to $82k at today's rates, before taxes.

At that price, BMW says it has already received 30 pre-orders for the M235i Racing, which will take part in the BMW Sports Trophy as a more accessible alternative to the aforementioned Z4 GT3. BMW has been running the series for over 50 years now, but we can also expect to see the M235i tackling the Nordschleife in the VLN series and Nürburgring 24-hour race.
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THE NEW BMW M235i RACING.

INTRODUCTION.

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. Looking ahead, the BMW M235i Racing should also be successful on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.

BACKGROUND.

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.

WHAT THE BMW MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR SAYS...

"The basis our engineers had to start with when developing the racing version of the BMW M235i Coupé was exceptionally good.

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. While the BMW Z4 GT3 spearheads our range, the new BMW M235i Racing means we are now also excellently positioned for the coming years in the field of production-based racing cars."


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      chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      80 thousand for only 333 horsepower. Save your money and get something either rear wheel or all wheel drive and then put upgrades into it. Trust me it will be way more satisfying owning a car you paid 10-20 thousand for, and then with about 10 thousand in upgrades (can be more). You can make a shitty little subaru Impreza or car with equal quality and price tag have way more than 333 Horsepower. But then of course you will need to do some extensive research on what to upgrade and what can remain. Just saying. I have a Nissan 350Z, paid about 12 thousand for it put about 11 thousand into it and now I have about 440Hp. Have no problems with the car at all and it drives very very nice. Just saying you can spend far less and get way more.
      ijardine
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW continues to defend the 3 series coup or should I now say 4 series coup by bringing out this 2 series M with ONLY 333 HP. This engine is capable of easily giving another 50HP or so w/o any effort. To be worthy of an "M" classification BMW should make this adjustment.
        Hatzenbach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ijardine
        1. BMWs have never been about raw power 2. it's a spec racer to compete in an endurance racing championship. Endurance racing is not about power in first place, it's about reliability 3. They bring us a ready to race racecar straight out of the factory and you're telling me that it's not worthy of an "M" classification, without driving , seeing or hearing it in person?? Sounds reasonable! Never understood this "more power" thing on this site, because 98% of the drivers in here would have a very hard time bringing a Miata to its limts. Driving fast doesn't get easier with a faster car. I wish more companies would bring cars like that to the market.
        travisjb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ijardine
        possible they are quoting power at the wheels? if so, I'm fine with these numbers... otherwise, would agree with your sentiment
      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.autoevolution.com/news/bmw-twinpower-turbo-engines-explained-50443.html Above is a very good explanation of BMW's TwinPower turbo system
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can the term "pot" be used to describe brakes, too? Knit-picky, I know, but it doesn't sound (read) right to me. Gorgeous car. I'd love one for weekends / tracks.