“If you’re not living life at the limit, you’re limiting life.” Are somewhat immortal words from renowned driver Emanuele Pirro. While most would associate Pirro with his winning streaks at Le Mans behind the wheel of an Audi diesel prototype, he was also once a gifted driver behind the wheel of a BMW E30 M3 in the Italian Touring Car Championship in the early 1990’s.
However, BMW have decidedly taken this same mentality to heart and taken life to the fullest by enrolling once more in the One Lap of America – a cross country track junkie drivingfest that has a field consisting of anything and everything with 4 wheels. For those unaware of One Lap of America, the Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was an illegal, underground road race across the United States established in the early-to-mid 1970’s by Brock Yates which was successfully run for a number of years before Yates pulled the plug due to far too much public attention!
However, moving on to the 1980’s the One Lap of America was born out of interest in the original Cannonball Dash but with Yates choosing a different format to keep the peace and make it a safer, more professionally run event. One where, over the course of a number of days, participants would have to drive (lawfully!) from track to track to compete in time trials with other drivers – with the caveat that only one set of tires may be used for the entire trip and no mechanics are permitted!
Last year, BMW(via the BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg, SC) entered an E90 M3 Sedan into the Luxury Sedan Class and had notable success with their second One Lap by placing 10th overall and 3rd in class. The drivers for this mad event see a return of two of the drivers from last year, Mike Renner and Steve Maguire, plus an additional wheelman: Tom Lappin. We will have more information on the BMW Performance Driving School-sponsored entry later this week along with driver profiles.
So, in 2008 and 2009 the BMW Performance Driving School provided an M3 Sedan for the One Lap of America – what will the team be running this year when the flag drops on April 30th in at the Tire Rack facility in South Bend, Indiana? It’s tough to beat the 414HP produced from the sky-high revving S65 4.0L V8. So – what could possibly top an M3 for both “Wow” factor and outright track-dueling duty?
Great question and as a teaser, the photo above is just a piece of the car to be run in this year’s One Lap along with a hint at some of the livery it will wear. BMW have promised that this will be a bit of an outlandish entry but one that should be quite competitive. We’re certainly looking forward to it and will be giving you as much live coverage and content as we can directly from the back seat of the mystery BMW. Feel free to guess below based on the photo above. We’ll have another teaser photo tomorrow and the next day along with a more in-depth look of the drivers and route that has been laid out for the competition. Watch this space for more exclusive coverage of the BMW Performance Driving School entry to the One Lap of America!