The BMW M2 Competition race car made its competitive premiere this Saturday, August 3, at the VLN’s fifth race of the season on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Still wearing a full body camouflage, the racer completed the 6 hours endurance race, but the result was nothing to write home about. The successor to the M240i Racing crossed the finish line second-to-last in a not-too-flattering 109th place.
Obviously, that’s because BMW Motorsport’s purpose was not to win the race but continue the development of the car in racing conditions. Wearing starting number 160, the car was helmed by BMW Motorsport Junior driver Beitske Visser and Jörg Weidinger, a test and development engineer at BMW M GmbH and BMW Sports Trophy competitor for many years.
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The M2 Competition racer ran in the SP8T class, which also included the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 and Mercedes-AMG GT4. Interestingly, that’s different to the CUP5 in which the M240i Racing Cup took part. Thanks to our spy photographers, we can show you a detailed gallery of Munich’s latest track weapon at the Nürburgring.
The photos reveal the racing aerodynamic package featuring a front splitter and massive fixed rear wing, a hood vent, as well as two additional scoops under the headlights. Other details unique to this car include the motorsport rims and tires, as well as the racing suspension that keeps the ψαρ glued to the tarmac.
The photos also award a look inside the cockpit which is as expected. There’s a butterfly steering wheel with a carbon fiber core and Alcantara-clad grip area, complete with buttons and paddle shifters, as well as an additional carbon fiber center console that brings essential controls closer to the driver. The interior is stripped out of all unnecessary things and features a roll cage, two Recaro bucket seats and a fire extinguishing system.
BMW is developing two versions of the new entry-level race car, τηε Racing and τηε Clubsport. Both should feature a race-spec version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six which makes 410 PS (404 hp) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque in the road car. First deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.