This weekend, the 2017 edition of One Lap of America will kick off in South Bend, Indiana, with a special BMW showing up at the starting line. The Bavarian company will be represented by the BMW Performance Driving School instructors Michael Renner and Stephen Maguire aboard a special BMW M3 with the Competition Package.
Backed by partners IHG Rewards club and Continental Tire, the BMW will be looking to cover the 3,310 mile route across fourteen states in 7 days. The drive will include Time Trials, Drag Racing, Skid pad and Car Control events and, of course, long overnight transit stages. Last year, the same two drivers were the SSGT1 and Stock Touring Class winners in One Lap of America behind the wheel of a BMW M2 and Mike Renner won the Truck/SUV and Stock Touring classes in 2015 piloting a BMW X6 M.
Apart from the usual upgrades the BMW M3 Competition Pack model receives, like the increase in horsepower and new suspension, the car racing in the venue will also be fitted with the M Performance Coilover Suspension and the M Performance Lightweight Titanium Exhaust. The M Performance Steering Wheel with Race Display and Shift Lights provides enhanced vehicle data to the driver while Carbon Fiber Front Splitter, Rear Spoiler and Mirror Caps further reduce weight and improve aerodynamics.
The BMW Performance Center is the home of BMW’s Performance Driving School. Comprising two locations, Performance Center East in Greer, SC and Performance Center West in Thermal, CA, the BMW Performance Driving School offers a variety of driving classes that highlight the performance, responsiveness, and safety features in each BMW vehicle.
Driving schools are offered in one and two day formats. They include a Teen Driving School, Car Control School, M School, and Advanced M School. Exclusive corporate driving events are also offered in many variants ranging from half day programs to three day events with on track driving and offsite tours and excursions.