Priced at €59,500.00 Euro (plus VAT), the M235i Racing, which supersedes the M3 GT4 racecar, meets all the basic requirements of a successful entry-level racing car to compete in such series and events as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring.
“The basis our engineers had to start with when developing the racing version of the BMW M235i Racing 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 Coupe up and running as a racing car,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
Driving aids including ABS, DSC and traction control have been retained to ensure safety for newcomers to motorsport, with other features such as the optional limited slip differential, along with the carbon fibre front spoiler, mirror casings and rear diffuser from the BMW M Performance Parts program are also present. Further additions include a FIA-certified roll-cage and safety tank.
BMW doesn’t give too much away regarding the car’s specifications, but we do know that its turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder develops 245kW (333 hp) – up from the road car’s 235 kW (320 hp) and, at 1,862 mm wide, the aero package adds 88 mm to its width.