Last month, BMW aired up with four-times dirt-track world champion Karl Maier and his speedway bike to show us how a BMW M235i can drift for five straight hours.
The event took place at the Landshut/Ellermühle speedway stadium where a BMW M235i with M Performance Parts drifted onto the almost 400-metre-long track along with Maier and his dirt-track bike.
The BMW M235i M Performance is powered by a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine developing 326 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft), has a DIN vehicle weight of 1,470 kilograms and measures almost four-and-a-half metres in length.
The speedway motorcycle, meanwhile, has an air-cooled 500 cc single-cylinder engine, weighs 80 kg (as per speedway regulations), makes do with just a single gear and has no brakes. The specially designed methanol-fuelled machine produces up to 80 hp and has been built exclusively for speedway track use.
Both driver and rider succeeded in fulfilling a common goal: five hours of “sheer drifting pleasure” on the tightest of tracks.
And now we have a video featuring Maier who tells this exciting story.