The twin brother of the recently introduced BMW M2 CS was just introduced to the public in Munich. The BMW M2 CS Racing builds atop the racing DNA of the “regular” M2 CS and will incorporate the latest tuning from the BMW Motorsport division. The new model is going to become a favorite in private teams looking to race next year in a variety of motorsport events as it takes the basis set up by the BMW M240i Racing model and takes it a step further.
Just like the M2 CS, the racing version uses a S55 3-liter twin-turbo mill under the hood and will have various amounts of power available so that it can be used in a wider range of motorsport events. The lowest level will be 280 HP while the top-end versions will have 365 HP. The power output can be selected by the customers, of course, depending on the Balance of Performance or Permit B classification. The torque figure remains untouched at 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) and is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed DCT gearbox that has been upgraded with specialist motorsport software.
“Nothing to confirm today, but we will be looking into an M2 CS Racing with the full 450 horsepower seen in the regular M2 CS,” said BMW Motorsport chief Jens Marquardt at an event in Munich.
The BMW M2 CS Racing will also have a specific engine management unit software which can be changed using so-called ‘power sticks’ which are basically flash drives with different software settings. This will allow customers to set up their cars depending on the Balance of Performance. A mechanical LSD with pre-load and separate cooling also comes as standard, as do specially manufactured drive shafts.
Prices for the BMW M2 CS Racing start at 95,000 Euros and the first cars will be delivered in the second half of 2020. As with the predecessor models, the BMW M235i Racing and the BMW M240i Racing, several platforms around the world will be available to the new car apart from its main stomping grounds, the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring and the TC America. A Permit B version is planned for racing at the Nordschleife as part of the VLN.
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