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Hype News: US Grand Prix In Trouble As Texas Mulls Cutting Circuit Of The America’s Funds

Posted on 11.11.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When Formula One came back to America after a lengthy absence fans were thrilled.  They were more thrilled to see F1 come back at a brand new top-notch facility known as the Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) which was constructed in Austin, Texas.  Since the track opened in 2012 its been not only host to Formula 1 but Moto GP and several other racing series.  Even the X Games chose COTA as their new venue after leaving Los Angeles.

One of the more impressive things about COTA was how fast everything came together once contracts were signed.  Much of that had to do with the fact that the owners of COTA had an agreement with the state of Texas that COTA would receive subsidies which would help them fund operations for the track, most importantly pay the FIA’s hefty sanctioning fee for the right to have an F1 race at the facility.

Well according to the Austin-American Statesman, Texas’ Governor Gregg Abbott is thinking of reducing the state funding promised to COTA and this directly effect’s COTA’s ability to pay the FIA fee which could mean that the only American F1 race on the calendar may not return in 2016.  Also since the FIA sanctions Moto GP as well that event would also be gone.

It seems at this point nothing is quite set in stone yet but even the thought of this has F1 fans all over the world up in arms.  The COTA twitter account has been retweeting local and international F1 fans pleading with Gregg Abbott to re-consider cutting COTA’s funding.

Now if you’re wondering why COTA is so dependent on state funding at the moment that is because this year’s USGP was a pretty big financial hit for COTA.  Despite the race itself being incredibly exciting, the heavy rain during the race weekend severely impacted attendance.  An additional kick in the wallet came when the FIA decided to schedule the Mexico GP only a week after the USGP.  This hurt COTA because Mexican F1 fans would travel to Texas to see watch their countrymen race.  However, this year many of them stayed home since they were going to have a race in their own back yard just a week later.

This issues could very well combine into a perfect storm that will see F1 leave America again just 3 years after its return.  We sincerely hope that doesn’t happen!  For more information you can read the story from the Statesmen by clicking the source link below.  This is normally a subscription site but they allow you to read one article for free before having to pay up so you’ll be fine.

After reading the story let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype!

[Source: The Statesman]

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SEMA 2015: Vaughn Gittin Jr Reveals 2016 RTR Ford Mustang Competition Car (Gallery)

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


SEMA is not just the time of year to see all the new parts and goodies that you’ll soon be able to buy for your car but it is also the time when new race cars and liveries debut.  This is especially true when it comes to new Formula Drift cars.  It looks like the first new drift car debut out of the gate is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Nitto Tire.  Built on a 2016 Ford Mustang, Gittin’s competition spec drift car went on a major diet with the help of carbon fiber body panels which brings the car’s weight down to 2,800 lbs wet with 50/50 weight distribution.

Up front is a Ford Performance/Roush-Yates built 900HP 436ci V8 engine that will redline at 9,000RPMs thanks to some serious tuning and individual throttle bodies.  Outside the livery is similar to what Vaughn designed for 2015 but with new shape motifs and a bit more color thrown in for extra contrast.  Take a closer look at Vaughn’s new car by clicking any of the thumbnails below.  For more info you can read the official press release below the pictures.  What do you think of Vaughn’s new ride?  Do you like the new look or not?  Do you think this car will help Vaughn earn his second championship in 2016?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

Las Vegas, NV – World Champion Drifter and Professional Funhaver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, unveiled the competition-spec 2016 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR drift car today at  Ford Motor Company’s annual press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

In January 2015, Vaughn debuted his prototype competition car, which his team used all year as a platform to meticulously develop the new competition-spec drift car for the 2016 Formula Drift season.

The competition car, built on the globally-available 2016 Ford Mustang platform and prepared at the RTR special projects lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, will utilize the confidence-inspiring independent suspension design featured in the all-new Ford Mustang, coupled with the sticky Nitto NT05 to ensure Vaughn will have the traction that he needs to drive in excess of 100mph sideways on any track put in front of him.

“It’s incredible to see how much drifting has progressed on all fronts in the last 10 years, It’s just crazy, the things we are doing on the track these days and I am pumped to have such an awesome car that will enable us to continue pushing the envelope,” mentions Vaughn. Consistent with Ford’s internal initiatives, the RTR team utilized modern light-weighting technology by using composites and other light metal alloys to drop the car to a near 2,800lbs wet with a 50/50 weight distribution.

Under the hood is a 436 cubic-inch Ford Performance/Roush Yates-built engine that revs to 9000 RPM and makes over 900 horsepower via individual throttle body injection breathing through K&N Performance Air Filters.  Vaughn shares his excitement on the car, “It’s crazy to think that I’m driving the equivalent of a 9-second drag racing car…. sideways. Needless to say, I’m pumped to get out there and have some fun!”

All the fun starts on Wednesday at SEMA when the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR will be at the Ford Out Front experience giving rides and putting on a show for fans and convention attendees all week long. This is the first time a competition car has been unveiled inside and then brought out to flex its muscles.

The car will make its competition debut in April at the first round of the Formula Drift Championship in Long Beach, CA.  Although the competition car won’t be available to the public, the new Mustang RTR will be available at select Ford dealers in the USA and Europe in the spring of 2016.

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F1 Hype: Mexican Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 11.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you miss out on the Mexican Grand Prix due to a post-Halloween candy hangover?  No worries.  It happens to the best of us.  One year I went on a York Peppermint Patty bender that nearly ruined my life!  I had to make a lot of apologies the day after… but at least my breath was minty fresh!  Anyway, on to the important stuff! Scroll below for the official Mexican GP race results and some video highlights courtesy of NBC Sports.


2015 Mexican Grand Prix Results:

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Valtteri Bottas

Mexican Grand Prix Highlights via NBC Sports:

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Hype: Lexus LF-FC Concept Is A Clue To The LS’ Future

Posted on 10.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Remember that headlight teaser Lexus released a short while ago?  Well, here is the rest of the car!  This is the Lexus “LF-FC Flagship Concept.”  As you can see its not a sports car or SUV but instead a luxury sedan that looks like it could be the next evolution for the current Lexus LS.  The LF-FC however, is Lexus’ vision for the future and that’s demonstrated through several conceptual design choices.  First off is the use of Lexus’ “L-finesse” design language.  I know, “L-finesse” sounds like a brand of shampoo but I do like what the design language has done in this instance.  The LF-FC really looks like its from the not too distant future without being too over the top.  It nicely blends smooth surfaces with a few hard edges.

The other nod to the near future comes in the interior which is the home of what Lexus calls the “Human Machine Interface”.  Seriously, that’s what they’re calling it…  Anyhow the Human Machine Interface allows, well, Humans to control functions of the car like infotainment and the A/C with hand gestures.  There are no buttons, knobs, or touch screens here.  Instead there is a holographic interface that can recognize gestures.

To really drive the point home Lexus explains that the LF-FC is hydrogen fuel-cell powered.  The fuel cell provides electricity to one main electric motor at the rear of the vehicle and two in-wheel motors at the front.  To help compensate for the extra weight inside the wheels, the rims themselves are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Obviously the LF-FC lives deep in the heart of “what-if land” but at the same time its not that hard to imagine some of this concept’s tech making it into production models, especially the fuel-cell bit.  Toyota (Lexus’ parent company) is already going full on with Hydrogen with the new Mirai vehicle so it isn’t hard to imagine that tech making its way to the Luxury offerings as well.  Although its pretty safe to say the whole Human Machine Interface hologram thing is quite a ways off.

To get a better look at the LF-FC check out the gallery below and the press release below that for more details.  Let us know what you think about the new Lexus concept in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

October 28, 2015
TOKYO (Oct. 28, 2015) — Taking center stage in the Lexus booth at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Lexus revealed the LF-FC flagship concept, a visionary new vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of the brand’s future flagship sedan.

“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology.  For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination.  The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not so distant future,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.

The LF-FC features a fresh new styling theme that embodies Lexus’ “L-finesse” design philosophy. From every angle, the sedan is aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle.  An evolved version of Lexus’ signature grille with a new mesh design dominates the front, while floating “L-shaped” daytime running lights (DRL) extrude flawlessly from the front fenders. The rear is highlighted by striking new taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the DRL. When seen from its profile, the LF-FC’s true character is revealed. The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a “4-door coupe,” suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways, but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads. The sporty 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine.

The spacious interior of the LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly-functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained. When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.

Highlighting the new technology inside the LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the center console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.

At the heart of the LF-FC is a high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC all-wheel-drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty sedan.

Using automated driving technologies, with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment function, the LF-FC provides a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants and supports the vision of a world without traffic accidents.

LEXUS LF-FC Specifications

Length 208.7 in.
Width 78.7 in.
Height 55.6 in.


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Hype: Mazda Reveals RX-VISION Concept And It Is The Rotary We Were Looking For

Posted on 10.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The clouds have parted and a triangular beam of sunlight has broke through to answer the prayers of those who pray at the altar of Wankel!  Mazda has just revealed their latest concept (which was teased earlier this month) and they have confirmed that it is in fact a rotary-powered concept!

Dubbed the “RX-VISION” the concept is powered by what Mazda is calling the SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.  Although with this being a concept car not much was really discussed.  The RX-VISION is the newest KODO design language based concept from Mazda and it lends itself well to a sports coupe.  This thing is absolutely beautiful!  It carries hints of the classic Mazda Cosmo (the first Mazda sold in the US with a rotary engine) but also borrows some styling elements from the third gen RX-7 and RX-8.

Of course Mazda isn’t saying anything about the RX-VISION going into production and is sure to mention that rotary engine production is “on hold” but come on buddy… come onnn buddyyy… We all knew, as soon as Mazda announced the new concept was going to be displayed along a Cosmo, that they are going to make a rotary.

It looks like its only a matter of time now!  Again, details are scarce but I’ve included the press release below anyway.  See if you could glean any hidden details within.  You can also check out the gallery of official pictures.  Let us know what you think about the RX-VISION in the comments below!


Press Release:

Mazda Reveals Mazda RX-VISION Concept

Powered by next-generation rotary engine SKYACTIV-R, represents Mazda’s vision of the future

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the rotary-powered Mazda RX-VISION sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show*1 today. The rotary engine is a symbol of the company’s “never-stop-challenging” spirit.

RX-VISION represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with exquisite, KODO design-based proportions only Mazda could envision, and powered by the next-generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.

Rotary engines feature a unique construction, generating power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor. Overcoming numerous technical difficulties, Mazda succeeded in commercializing the rotary engine, fitting it in the Cosmo Sport (known as Mazda 110S overseas) in 1967. As the only automaker to mass-produce the rotary engine, Mazda continued efforts to improve power output, fuel economy and durability, and in 1991 took overall victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car. Over the years, the rotary engine has come to symbolize Mazda’s creativity and tireless endeavor in the face of difficult challenges.

While mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine. The next rotary engine has been named SKYACTIV-R, expressing the company’s determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology, just as it did when developing SKAYCTIV TECHNOLOGY.

“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” said Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”

*1 Open to the public from October 30 through November 8, 2015

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F1 Hype: US Grand Prix Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 10.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Need the results for the US Grand Prix over the weekend?  We’ll forgive you if you thought the race was canceled due to rain, however the clouds parted just long enough for a race to be ran and it was quite the race indeed.  If you haven’t watched I highly recommend finding a replay but if you can’t we have the podium and points results right here as well as a video from the event via NBC Sports.  Its all below!


2015 US Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel

2015 F1 World Championship Driver Points:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 327 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 251 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 247 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points

Note: Lewis Hamilton is now officially the 2015 Formula 1 World Champion as he has mathematically locked out all other competitors for the rest of the season!  Congrats Lewis!

Video: Final lap as Lewis Hamilton secures his third world championship

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Hype: Toyota Has Re-created Marty McFly’s Truck In Honor Of Back To The Future Day

Posted on 10.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Fans of the Back To The Future series have been waiting for this day for 30 years.  As seen in Back To The Future 2, today, October 21st 2015 is when Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to the future from 1985!  To celebrate this unofficial 80s-holiday Toyota has Re-created Marty McFly’s Toyota truck seen at the end of the first film and again in the beginning of the second film.  Rather than track down a truck from the time period and restore it, Toyota decided to take a 2016 Toyota Tacoma and turn it into a modern replica of Marty’s truck.

Toyota went pretty far to make sure the details of the 2016 version of Marty’s truck matched the version from the 80s, even tracking down the same paint code used on the original truck, restyling the lights to look similar to the earlier design, and most of the original KC exterior components.  I’ve gotta say, despite that this is a one-off to celebrate a special occasion I think if Toyota released this car as a special edition Tacoma they’d sell more than a few as it looks pretty damn good!  Check out the full gallery and press release below with spec sheet and then let us know in the comments what you think about the truck!


Press Release:

October 21, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2015) – Toyota is celebrating October 21, 2015 – the futuristic date first introduced in Back to the Future Part II – with a re-creation of Marty McFly’s dream truck. Using the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma that went on sale in September, fans in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas can see the truck in major tourist destinations for today only.

To make the 2016 Tacoma look like a modern-day version of the classic from the movie, a number of modifications were made:

  • Custom 1985 Toyota Truck Exterior Paint
  • Off-road Suspension
  • Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Wheels
  • BFGoodrich Tires
  • Custom front and rear Tubular Bumpers
  • Custom Light Bar
  • KC HiLites Gravity LED G46
  • KC HiLites Daylighter Gravity LED
  • Custom “D-4S” Fuel Injection Badging
  • Custom Tailgate with Iconic “TOYOTA” Logo
  • Custom Vintage Headlight and Taillight Design
  • Mud Flaps 1985 Toyota Truck
Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray & DVD! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this timeless collection includes a new bonus disc with over two hours of extra features such as “Doc Brown Saves the World!”, an all-new original short starring Christopher Lloyd.  Hashtag: #BTTF2015 Facebook: https: www.facebook.com/BTTF     Website: www.BackToTheFuture.com

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

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SEMA 2015: John Pangilinan Building An “AdventureMobile” From Hyundai Tucson

Posted on 10.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We don’t typically cover SUVs and crossovers on this site but we just caught wind of what our pal John Pangilinan has in store for SEMA and it looks pretty sweet.  John is going to take the new Hyundai Tuscon and turn practically turn into an all-purpose off-the-grid wilderness vehicle.  In addition to being sprayed with BASF “Army Green” paint to blend into its surroundings John’s Tuscon will have a full-on roof tent as well as solar panels to power any electronic accessories needed while the Tuscon isn’t running.  Its pretty bad-ass if you ask me and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person at SEMA this year.  I think I may ask John to build another one for us to use when we reach the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

What do you think about John’s “AdventureMobile”?  Would you go camping in something like this?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  For a full spec sheet check out the official press release below and for a larger version of the rendering just click the thumbnail above.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 19, 2015 – John Pangilinan, the renowned Southern California tuner known for creating vehicles that blur the lines between lifestyle and automotive, has released details on his 2016 Tucson SEMA build. Dubbed the “Adventuremobile,” the vehicle blends Hyundai’s new crossover platform with a passion for the great outdoors, perfect for the weekend getaway. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The “Adventuremobile” is just as home on the daily commute as it is lugging gear up into the mountains for the weekend out of town. Most obvious is the addition of a Treeline Tamarack roof-top tent, with ample room to sleep two campers, and Goal Zero solar panels to power all of their accessories. The exterior has been beefed up with the addition of an Aries bull bar and side steps, Rigid Industries LED lights, and the vehicle has been finished in a BASF army green paint scheme by Strasse Sport. A custom 1.5-in. suspension lift provides greater ground clearance, and Toyo Open Country A/T II tires with RAYS Gram Lights 57DR wheels provide the extra grip needed for the occasional off-road excursion.

Giving the Tucson a power boost, AEM provided an upgraded intake and charge pipe kit, and the engine breathes more freely through a Magnaflow exhaust system.

“Designed with the weekend adventurer in mind, the Tucson was the perfect platform for an ‘Adventuremobile,’” said John Pangilinan. “The build blends performance with the excitement of the great outdoors, without sacrificing daily usability. The vehicle promotes exploration, making it ideal for the daily commute, weekend excursions, and the occasional road trip.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • AEM Intake
  • AEM Charge Pipe Kit
  • Magnaflow Exhaust
  • Lucas Oil


  • Custom Suspension Lift
  • Wilwood Custom Fabricated Brake Kit with Matching Army Green Painted Calipers
  • Rays Gram Lights 57DR Wheels, Semi-Gloss Black
  • Toyo Tires Open CountryA/T II Tires
  • Project KICS Leggdura Racing Lug Nuts
  • Project KICS Wide Tread Spacers


  • BASF Army Green Paint by Strasse Sport
  • Aries Bull Bar and Side Steps
  • Thule 47-in. Aeroblade
  • Thule Rapid Podium Foot Pack
  • Thule Fit Kit
  • Treeline Tamarack Constellation Gen2 Roof-Tent
  • Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel
  • Rigid Industries
    • SR-6 LED Lights with Tucson Light Bracket
    • E-40 LED Light Bar
    • Rock Light Kit
  • Decals by S&A Design


  • Katzkin Custom Leather Upholstery
  • Seat Belt Planet Custom Army Green Seat Belts
  • Truck Vault Storage with Trekpak System
  • Goal Zero
    • Yeti 400 Solar Generator
    • Light-A-Life 350 Lights
    • Lighthouse Mini
    • Venture 30 Recharger
  • VLEDS Lighting
  • CTEK Battery Charger
  • Car Audio System Built by BP Auto Sound
    • Clarion
      • SRG1623S Components
      • EQS755 Equalizer
      • MCD360 Crossover
      • WF250D Shallow Subwoofers
      • XC1410 Full Range Amp
      • XC2110 Sub Am
  • Scosche
    • EFX Series Multi-Core Interconnects
    • EFX Speaker Wire
    • EFX Amp Power Kit
    • EFX Power and Ground Distribution Block
    • Hyperflex Accumat Sound Deadening Material
    • MagicMount System
  • Scosche Optimized for Outdoors
    • reVOLT Dual USB Car Charger
    • StrikeLINE Rugged LED Lightning and Micro USB Cable

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com

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Hype: BMW Reveals The Very Blue And Very Angry M2 Coupe (Gallery)

Posted on 10.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When the BMW M235i  was released many of us wanted so badly for it to be the new M car but, BMW told us or perhaps a better word is “warned” us that a true M car based on the 2 series was on its way.  Well the M2 is finally here and it looks like its pissed off!  However, looks are just looks and when it comes to any BMW with an M badge its real merit comes in its performance.  When comparing the M2 to the M235i the M2 has a 43 horsepower advantage with 365HP to the M235i’s 322.  Although when it comes to weight the M2 isn’t much lighter saving about 80lbs over the M235i but those savings are reduced if the M2 has the optional dual-clutch transmission.

The M2 will accelerate to 60mph in less than 4 and a half seconds no matter which transmission is bolted on.  This is thanks in big part to the M2’s 349ft-lbs of torque, variable “Active M” differential, and grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

BMW expects M2 owners to enjoy a track day or two so they have designed a special oil sump with extra pumps in key locations to make sure there is no starvation.  Its not exactly a dry sump but according to BMW this design will ensure that no matter how many lateral G’s an M2 driver is extracting from a corner the six cylinder 3.0 liter turbocharged engine will never want for oil.  The transmission fluid is dry-sumped so there shouldn’t be any worries there either.

On paper the M2 seems to have all the weapons it needs to be a road and track warrior but whether or not it lives up to that remains to be seen.  Also remaining to be seen is the M2’s MSRP.  It will likely be higher than the M235i’s starting price of $44k but will also likely well under the $65k starting price of the more-powerful M4 coupe.  Perhaps the M2 will slot right in the middle at a $55k starting MSRP?  It would make sense but again, there has been no official price announcement so nothing is certain at this point.

Although, I imagine we will most likely learn the final starting price before the M2’s Spring 2016 release date.  To get a closer look at the 2016 M2 coupe check out the gallery below.  If you would like more info there is a lengthy press release and spec sheet below the gallery.

What do you think about the BMW M2?  Is it a car you would consider buying or would you rather spend more to get an M4 coupe?  Speaking of price how much do you think the M2 should cost?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • More torque than past generation M3’s.
  • M TwinPower Turbo Technology yielding impressive performance.
  • Wider track featuring lightweight aluminum suspension.
  • Manual gearbox with innovative rev-matching technology.
  • Fully variable Active M Differential.
  • Nürburgring tested M compound high performance brakes.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: EMBARGO: October 13, 2015 6:01 pm EDT / 3:01 pm PDT … Today, BMW M GmbH unveiled the newest member of its product family. The coveted M badge has been placed on the popular BMW 2 Series in the form of the all-new 2016 BMW M2. The 6-cylinder under the hood is in keeping with the finest M tradition, ensuring unbeatable driving dynamics on the trace track with exceptional power delivery and the signature, outstanding driving behavior thanks to rear-wheel drive agility and lightweight aluminum M Sport suspension. The innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology ensures outstanding torque available across a wide rev band with rapid responses and excellent efficiency, raising the pulse with its distinctive engine soundtrack.


The BMW M2 will be available at authorized BMW centers with a limited range of options starting in spring of 2016. Prince will be disclosed closer to market launch.


Just like its predecessor high revs and M TwinPower.

With an output of 365 bhp at 6,500 rpm and maximum revs of 7,000 rpm this all-new BMW M2 is more powerful than its predecessor: the BMW 1 M Coupe. The 3.0-liter 6-cylinder inline engine in the new BMW M2 sends out a clear message to the high-performance sports car segment. The engine’s peak torque also leads the way in this segment; a full 343 lb-ft is on tap between 1,400 and 5,560 rpm, with the overboost function raising this figure by 26 lb-ft to 369 lb-ft between 1,450 and 4,750 rpm. A glance to the past will put things into perspective, this figure is more than 70 lb-ft of additional torque than the past generation M3, ensuring plenty of torque is available in all driving situations.


With the optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) in place and Launch Control activated, the new BMW M2 completes the sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in a scant 4.2 seconds (4.4 s with the six-speed manual gearbox). The top speed of the all-new BMW M2 is electronically limited to 155 mph.


The all-new BMW M2’s newly developed 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine represents a symbiosis of exceptional output and outstanding efficiency. The lightweight, thermodynamically optimized, all-aluminum unit is extremely rigid due to its closed-deck design – which means that the cylinder water jacket is closed at the top. This enables higher cylinder pressures for improved power output and torque.


State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The all-new BMW M2 comes with the latest generation of the trailblazing M TwinPower Turbo technology. In the new 6-cylinder inline gasoline engine, this comprises a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, variable camshaft timing (Double-VANOS) and VALVETRONIC variable valve lift control.


Optimized to meet the highest standards and in order to satisfy the high expectations of sporty drivers who like to push the limits on the track, the BMW M GmbH development engineers have introduced upgrades to the engine powering the all-new BMW M2. This engine has gained selected components from the high-performance unit used in the BMW M3 and BMW M4 presented in 2014. Components including the pistons, with their top ring optimized for the use of grey-cast iron liners, are sourced from the BMW M3 and M4 engine, as are the crankshaft main bearing shells. The new engine in the BMW M2 is equipped with the requisite high-performance spark plugs designed to optimally work at higher temperatures.


The integration of the turbocharger into the exhaust manifold plays a major role in the ability of the new 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine in the all-new BMW M2 to optimize its performance efficiently. The warm-up phase after a cold start is noticeably shorter reducing exhaust emissions. The electrically operated boost pressure control valve and close-loop arrangement of the catalytic converter further improve the engine’s emissions rating.


The standard Auto Start Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration provide additional potential for fuel savings in the all-new BMW M2, while the intelligent energy management of ancillary components enables an additional reduction in fuel consumption. For example, the coolant pump operates only as required and the oil pump is map-controlled. The air conditioning compressor, which is disconnected whenever it is not being used, and the Electric Power Steering, which requires no electric energy when driving straight ahead, make a considerable contribution to the laudable fuel consumption and emissions figures of the all-new BMW M2.


Oil supply secure even during track days.

The many years of motor racing experience built up by the BMW M engineers are also reflected in the oil supply for the all-new BMW M2 engine. In order to ensure oil reaches all engine components at all times under limit-pushing driving with sustained heavy lateral acceleration, and extreme braking maneuvers the car has to withstand on the race track, the 6-cylinder inline engine benefits from a modified oil sump.


For example, an additional oil sump cover helps to limit the movement of oil under powerful acceleration. At the same time, an extra oil suction pump sends the oil back to the rear part of the oil sump when the driver brakes heavily. A special suction system is employed for the oil supply to the turbocharger under higher vehicle acceleration. This measure ensures that the oil supply to the engine remains secure at all times, both in normal everyday driving and when lateral dynamics are put to the test at the track.


The same also applies to the heat balance of all engine components. In order to deal with extreme cooling requirements under hard driving, the BMW M2 engine benefits from an additional oil cooler for the transmission oil (only applies to cars fitted with M DCT) and an extra water radiator for the engine.


Perfectly composed high-revving M exhaust note.

One of the main contributors to the extraordinary dynamic experience on board the all-new BMW M2 is the optimized exhaust with special flap system. With its four tailpipes, the exhaust system immediately marks the BMW M2 out as a BMW M model and its minimal exhaust back-pressure ensures the engine exhales optimally. The electrically controlled flap delivers the distinctive BMW M engine exhaust note across the entire rev range. In addition, drivers can use the Driving Dynamic Control switch to select a driving mode and an exhaust note to go with it.


Manual gearbox with automatic rev-matching.

The all-new BMW M2 comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which stands out with its compact design and low weight. The use of a new type of carbon-fiber friction lining enhances shift precision. Dry-sump lubrication prevents any sloshing of the transmission oil and ensures all components benefit from an efficient supply of lubricant. An engagement speed control function, which blips the throttle on downshifts and lowers the engine’s revs on upshifts, makes gear changes even smoother and lends the car additional stability during hard driving on the track. Experienced drivers can still take pride in performing the task of perfectly orchestrated down-shifts on their own by deactivating the system in DSC OFF mode.


Motorsport inspired – flawless shifts in a split-second.

The all-new BMW M2 can be ordered as an option with the latest generation of the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmissions (M DCT with Drivelogic). This system, which effectively combines two gearboxes, each with its own clutch, is specially designed to work with the customary engine dynamics of M cars and the engine’s high torque and output. The system detects which gear the driver will choose next based on the engine’s revs, the accelerator position, the level of acceleration and the driving mode, and engages it before the driver has actually moved the shift paddle. As a result, the clutches now only need to open or close for the gear-change process to be completed. The change of gear is therefore executed in fractions of a second. Depending on the driving mode activated, it enables either extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power or ultra-smooth shifts. The extra gear of the M DCT transmission over the six-speed manual gearbox allows for tightly spaced gearing and reduced fuel consumption thanks to its taller gear ratios.


The driver can change gears either in automated mode or manually using the M gearshift lever on the center console or shift paddles on the M leather steering wheel. The Drivelogic function tuned to the M Double Clutch Transmission offers a choice of six driving programs (three in automatic mode and three in manual mode).

Optimal acceleration in all conditions.

The integrated Launch Control function ensures the best possible acceleration off the line in all conditions. This function determines the ideal getaway rpm and is automatically dialed in priming the clutches to deliver maximum forward momentum. Once under way, upshifts are timed and performed at the optimal revs. This allows the BMW M2 with innovative M DCT to outperform the already outstanding acceleration achievable with the six-speed manual gearbox.


Dynamic Performance – Motorsport technology for the road.

The roots of BMW M GmbH lie in motor racing, as is highlighted in no small measure by the dynamic talent of all BMW M models. The all-new BMW M2 also sets the pace in its segment when it comes to agility, driving feeling, directional stability, steering precision and controllability at the limit, without any compromise in everyday use.


Lightweight design and precise wheel location.

The basic requirement for a top-level driving dynamics vehicle is a high level of rigidity and a low axle system weight with reduced unsprung mass. That’s why the BMW M GmbH engineers have referred back to the lightweight aluminum front and rear axles of the BMW M3 and M4 models for the all-new BMW M2. The control arms, wheel carriers, axle subframes and stiffening plate of the double-joint spring-strut front axle weigh 11 pounds less than would be the case with a conventional steel construction. Further weight savings are provided by use of aluminum in the suspension struts and tubular anti-roll bar.


In order to ensure extremely precise wheel location, play-free ball joints are used to transmit transverse forces. A stiffening plate in the underbody provides additional bolted connection between the axle subframe and the body sills, which increases the stiffness of the front-end structure. The longitudinal forces passing through the suspension are transmitted directly via special elastomer bearings delivering precise handling feedback.


All the control arms and wheel carriers of the all-new BMW M2’s five-link rear axle are made from forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses of the wheel-locating components by more than 6 pounds compared to a steel construction. In addition, a racing-derived rigid connection, without rubber bushings, is used to fix the lightweight steel grid-type rear axle subframe to the body. This further improves wheel location and tracking stability. The axle kinematics – which govern the movement of the wheels under compression according to the arrangement of the control arms – are similarly tuned to deliver the precise wheel location typical from M cars.


Made-to-measure wheels and tires.

In order to transfer the car’s dynamic potential to the road as effectively as possible, the development of specific tires for the all-new BMW M2 was incorporated into the axle construction from the beginning of its development. BMW M vehicle dynamic engineers know that a certain set of factors take priority whenever dealing with high-performance sports cars. For example, the front wheels have to cope with different types of forces in terms of lateral stability, directional stability while providing optimal steering feedback and steering precision. Likewise, the rear wheels deliver optimal traction, lateral stability and directional stability. After thorough testing development, the BMW M vehicle dynamic engineers decided to fit the all-new BMW M2 with aluminum wheels with mixed-size tires.


The lightweight 19-inch forged wheels (front axle: 9J x 19, rear axle 10J x 19) substantially reduce rotating and unsprung masses. Together with the exclusive 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 245/35 ZR 19 in the front and 265/35 ZR 19 at the rear. This set-up makes a considerable contribution to the outstanding dynamic properties of the all-new BMW M2 and, at the same time, ensure impressive everyday ride comfort.


Motor sport inspired, Nürburgring tested – high performance brakes.

The high-performance brakes of the all-new BMW M2 are also a product of motor sport and can be quickly identified by their brake calipers – front axle: four-piston fixed calipers, rear axle: two-piston fixed calipers – which are painted in a blue metallic finish and display the M logo at the front axle. In these M compound brakes the perforated and inner-vented brake disc ring is made from grey-cast iron for a massive 15 inch diameter rotor at the front axle and equally impressive 14.5 inch diameter at the rear axle.


M compound brakes guarantee powerful deceleration in all conditions and providing confidence inspiring fade resistance under hard track use. They are also significantly lighter than conventional braking systems, the brake disc hub is manufactured from aluminum as they reduce unsprung and rotating masses, which means they play a major role in further enhancing the dynamic ability of the all-new BMW M2.


M developed Electric Power Steering.

The Electric Power Steering of the all-new BMW M2 also instills the characteristic M driving feeling. The development of the system prioritized hallmark M attributes, such as direct steering feel, precise feedback at both the track and everyday driving, transmitting the driver with all the necessary information about the available grip at the tires. The integrated Servotronic function with M-specific characteristics, controls the level of steering assistance electronically according to the car’s speed. Via the Driving Dynamic Control switch the driver can adjust the steering’s power assistance at any time.


Unlike conventional hydraulic steering systems, the all-new BMW M2’s Electric Power Steering does not require any energy when the car is being driven in a straight line or standing still with the engine running. This enables an improvement in fuel economy of roughly 0.6 mpg.


Permanent, fully variable differential control.

The Active M Differential in the all-new BMW M2 optimizes traction and maximizes directional stability. This electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential takes traction and directional stability to a new level. The multi-plate limited-slip differential is proactively controlled with extremely high precision and speed. The locking effect can be varied between 0 and 100 percent according to the driving situation. Sensors including those of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system determine the car’s steering angle, accelerator position, brake pressure, engine torque, wheel speed and yaw rate. The control unit analyzes these inputs to detect any threat of traction loss on one side of the car and calculates the required locking effect, which is engaged by an electric motor. Full locking power of 1,843 lb-ft is available within 150 ms, allowing the system to prevent a wheel from spinning in extreme conditions on slippery road surfaces or when the two rear wheels are experiencing significant differences in friction coefficient.


In certain situations the Active M Differential even works proactively. When pulling away on slippery surfaces, the lock is closed by a defined percentage even before a wheel can start to spin, to ensure that both wheels develop equal slip at the same time. This optimizes traction and stability. The lock is also closed by the required percentage through enthusiastically driven corners, according to the levels of lateral and longitudinal acceleration. This prevents the low-traction inside wheel from starting to slip too quickly.

The permanent and infinitely variable differential control also increases agility, avoids understeer at turn-in and improves directional stability under braking and load changes.


Drifts on the race track.

The all-new BMW M2 is equipped with M Dynamic Mode (MDM), a sub-function of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). DSC effectively counteracts oversteer or understeer or a loss of traction by taking several measures (reducing engine power, braking individual wheels) to stabilize the car. However, in certain situations – e.g. sporty and dynamic driving on the race track – a greater degree of wheel slip can be an advantage.


For this reason M Dynamic Mode can be activated in the recommended track mode (SPORT+) or can be engaged with a short dab of the DSC button. The stabilizing measures familiar from DSC mode now intervene at a later stage, increasing the freedom available to drivers while still keeping an electronic safety system in action. The extra wheel slip enhances traction and therefore propulsion. More significant oversteer and understeer are possible, as are moderate, controlled drifts, but the Dynamic Stability Control active safety aids can still be relied on in critical situations.



An impressive amount of power, an athletic stance with bold design elements on the one hand, an unadulterated focus on sporting achievement and credible everyday practicality on the other. The all-new BMW M2 makes all the running in this high-performance sports car segment with its outstanding driving dynamics and agility that combine to deliver an extraordinary driving experience, allied with precise driver feedback.


The proud successor to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe showcases its impressive on-the-road presence from every angle. Its M-specific exterior features send out a whole-hearted statement of dynamics and agility, promising both a superior performance on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and convincing abilities on urban roads. In the grand tradition of BMW sport coupes, the all-new BMW M2 contains stylistic references to highlights from its forebears in BMW’s motor sport back-catalogue – such as the BMW 2002 turbo and legendary BMW 3.0 CSL.


Inspired by motor sport history.

A glance at the front end of the all-new BMW M2 reveals characteristic M design features. The signature BMW kidney grille, with its black-painted double bars replicating the design of the M double-spoke wheels, carries the BMW M logo. And the three-dimensional design of the grille has a “shark nose” feel to it. The modern take on the BMW twin circular headlights underlines the car’s forward-surging look and establishes a close stylistic connection with the grille. This further sharpens the focus of the all-new BMW M2 on the road ahead.


The large front apron with trapezoidal blades and the Air Curtains in the outer air intakes mimic the type of protruding spoilers that have been a familiar sight in motor sport down the years. For the BMW M2 they were inspired in particular by the BMW 3.0 CSL touring car racer. However, the large blades are not only a nod to the past. Form follows function is the message here, so as well as underlining the wide track of the all-new BMW M2 they divert part of the airflow through the wheel arches, while the Air Curtains guide the air effectively past the wheels. These two features work together to reduce air turbulence around the front wheel arches, cutting drag in the process. Moreover, the large air intakes cover the immense cooling air requirements of the high-performance engine. Thanks to the careful channeling of the airflow around and through elements of the car, drag has been reduced by five percent compared with the BMW 2 Series Coupe, despite the M2’s stronger cooling performance. The aerodynamic measures have also reduced lift by 35 percent and significantly improved aerodynamic balance at higher speeds.

Hallmark BMW proportions.

From the side the all-new BMW M2 is immediately identifiable as a fully-fledged member of the BMW M family. Compact dimensions and hallmark BMW proportions – i.e. a short front overhang, sweeping hood, long wheelbase and set-back greenhouse with classic BMW Hofmeister kink – are the starting point, with signature M design elements strengthening the dynamic expression. For instance, the newly interpreted BMW gills rearwards of the front wheel arches reference a feature first seen on the BMW 3.0 CSL. They send out a visual statement and set the swage line on its way towards the rear.

The side swage line – which begins rearwards of the front axle on the all-new BMW M2, then rises dynamically towards the tail and links the flanks of the car with its rear end – is a classical BMW design feature; for instance, in the case of the BMW 2002, it extended around the whole car. Other typical elements of the all-new BMW M2’s powerful appearance are the sculptural wing extensions at the front and rear axle, which immediately bring to mind the image of a muscular athlete with broad shoulders in a figure-hugging race suit and visually enhance the car’s standout dynamic abilities. However, these significant bodywork extensions (front: 2.1 in, rear: 3.1 in) are not only a stylistic statement, but necessary to accommodate the wider track and wheels – in this case 19-inch aluminum forged rims in familiar BMW M double-spoke design.

The broad rear end of the all-new BMW M2 highlights its firm grip on the asphalt, a quality further reinforced by the horizontal lines in the trunk lid and rear apron. The M rear spoiler on the trunk lid also accentuates the elevated dynamic aspirations of the all-new BMW M2.

The vertical reflectors at the outer extremes of the rear apron form a stylistic connection with the trapezoidal blades at the front end and once again emphasize the powerful appearance of the all-new BMW M2. This feeling is additionally strengthened by the L-shaped rear lights which have become a fixture of BMW models. Their horizontally arranged LEDs also underscore the athletic and imposing impression created by the all-new BMW M2.

The looks of the rear end are rounded off by another classical BMW M feature. The diffuser integrated into the rear apron is a clear reference to the racing abilities of the all-new BMW M2 and offers a nod to its optimized aerodynamics. Likewise integrated into the rear apron are the familiar quartet of hallmark BMW M exhaust tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, which draw renewed attention to the low visual center of gravity and point clearly to the dynamic performance of the all-new BMW M2.

Attention to sporty detail wherever you look.

The all-new BMW M2, is available in four exterior paint finishes: Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral Grey metallic. As with all BMW M models, the interior architecture of the all-new BMW M2 also stands out with its pervasive driver focus and flawless ergonomics. The car is fitted with a host of BMW M-specific equipment details to reflect its prominent dynamic capabilities. The sports seats, in black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching and an M logo in the backrests, have adjustable side bolsters to give the driver and front passenger optimum support through fast corners. An M footrest and knee pad on the center console for the driver continue the theme.

Instruments with BMW M2-specific dials and needles, a speedometer scale reaching round to 200 mph and a tachometer reading up to 8,000 rpm provide an indication of the car’s extraordinary performance potential as soon as you climb aboard. Familiar M equipment items in the all-new BMW M2 also include M logos on the tachometer, gearshift lever, door sill plates and M leather steering wheel with shift paddles. Other highlights of the interior are the all-new BMW M2 trim strip with surfacing in open pore carbon fiber and Alcantara for the door panel inserts, parking brake boot and shift lever boot (manual transmission only).

BMW ConnectedDrive enhances safety, comfort and entertainment.

New BMW M2 customers can also make use of innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive.

The range of optional driver assistance systems available for the BMW M2 includes the Driving Assistant, which comprises features such as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Lane Departure Warning. The system warns the driver of potential collisions with pedestrians or other vehicles in urban areas and brakes the car automatically. Furthermore, it uses steering wheel vibrations to alert drivers if they stray from their lane unintentionally. Speed Limit Info flashes in the instrument cluster with the permitted top speed. The rear-view camera teams up with rear Park Distance Control to assist drivers with reverse parking and maneuvering. Plus, the standard Navigation System offers an ultra-sharp map display and the iDrive Touch Controller ensures the various functions are even easier to use.

Analyze your own driving style, film racing laps.

The optional ConnectedDrive Services open up the world of vehicle connectivity to customers, revealing intelligent services and features as well as an extensive range of apps. The GoPro app and the M Laptimer app from BMW M GmbH are geared towards enthusiastic drivers. The later enables them to improve on their driving on the track. This application records the car’s speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, engine’s speed, the gear engaged at any one time, the steering angle, the accelerator position and fuel consumption. All this allows drivers to subsequently analyze their inputs precisely corner by corner, gives them the option of comparing their laps with those of other drivers and enables them to easily share the data by e-mail or Facebook.

The GoPro app allows drivers to use a GoPro camera to film fast laps of the race track. BMW ConnectedDrive paves the way for all applications to be integrated seamlessly into the car. They can be operated using the iDrive Touch Controller and viewed in the Control Display.

Heritage – sporting talent runs in the family.

The all-new BMW M2 sees BMW M GmbH building on the success of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. Like its forebear, the BMW M2 also sets the benchmark in this high-performance sports car segment. The M2 doesn’t just have one direct predecessor, it continues the tradition of the legendary original BMW M3 – the E30 from 1986. It is also a close descendant of a car from 40 years ago that perfectly embodied the focus of BMW M GmbH on stand-out dynamic talent, unbeatable agility and unshakable car control no matter what the situation: the BMW 2002 turbo.

Head-turning ancestor.

When the BMW 2002 turbo was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 1973 as the new flagship model of the BMW 02 Series, the first Oil Crisis was just beginning. This backdrop was a major factor behind the growth of the BMW 2002 turbo into one of the most emotionally rich cars of its time. Today, it is a hugely coveted classic.

The BMW 2002 turbo was no available in the US but its impact on automotive history alone provides sound reasons for this current status. After all, the BMW 2002 turbo was the first series-produced German car to feature a turbocharger. Only available in Polaris metallic and Chamonix paint finishes, it was soon thrilling drivers with its stunning dynamic repertoire. The BMW engineers employed a Kugelfischer fuel injection system and KKK turbocharger to extract a strong 170 hp at 5,800 rpm (ECE Ratings) from the two-liter four-cylinder engine. Maximum torque of 177 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm was also more than impressive. That was enough to power the super-light BMW 2002 turbo, weighing in at just 2,440 pounds, from 0 to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 132 mph. The BMW 2002 turbo was therefore one of the fastest-moving sports cars on German roads at the time.

With its cutting-edge suspension featuring a MacPherson front axle, a semi-trailing arm rear axle, anti-roll bars front and rear and inner-vented front disc brakes, the BMW 2002 turbo led the way in the 1970s in terms of driving dynamics.

A legend of motor sport.

While the coveted BMW 2002 turbo never made it to American soil, the original BMW M3 (E30), the sports version of the compact BMW 3 Series range, was presented in 1986. The short 171.6 inches long, two-door sedan was conceived as a homologation model for the German Touring Car Championship and wore its ambitious sporting intentions proudly on its sleeve. With its pronounced fender flaring, a large front spoiler, side skirts, a lowered rear apron and a prominent spoiler rising up from the rear end, the first BMW M3 had the exterior presence of a finely-tuned athlete. A more heavily raked rear window than that of a standard BMW 3 Series and a raised boot lid made from glass-fiber-reinforced plastic brought further aerodynamic gains.

The BMW M3 was powered by a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder inline engine featuring four-valve technology, which developed 192 hp at 6,750 rpm and served up peak torque of 177 lb-ft at 4,750 rpm. It sent this power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox with a dogleg first gear. The BMW M3 took just 6.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph and recorded a top speed of 146 mph.

These enviable statistics underpinned the ascent of the original BMW M3 to legendary status in motor racing circles. It won the touring car world championship in its first season on the race track. And the first M3 remains the world’s most successful touring car racer to this day, having notched up more than 1,500 race victories, including four wins in a row in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Powerful predecessor.

The first M car based on the BMW 1 Series arrived in 2011 in the form of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. This exclusive M vehicle was powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and developed output of 335 hp at 5,900 rpm. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe made its peak torque of 332 lb-ft available between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. The 0 to 60 mph dash was all over in just 4.7 seconds and top speed was an electronically limited 155 mph.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe came as standard with lightweight M Sport suspension, a variable M mechanical differential lock, M compound brakes and 19-inch aluminum wheels with mixed-size tires. Track width was increased over the standard BMW 1 Series Coupe by 2.36 inches at the front and 1.57 inches at the rear.

Stylistic changes to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe included a new front apron with larger air intakes in response to the car’s increased cooling requirement, as well as wing extensions and a new rear apron. The interior was upgraded in familiar M style with leather-covered M sports seats, an M sports steering wheel, interior trim strips in Alcantara and BMW M logos.

The All-New BMW M2.

Technical Specifications.

Engine type N55B30T0 N55B30T0
Transmission type DKG manual transmission
Seats 4 4
Number of Doors 2 2
Vehicle Length inch 176.2 176.2
Vehicle Width inch 73 73
Width including mirrors inch 78.1 78.1
Vehicle Height inch 55.5 55.5
Wheelbase inch 106 106
Overhang front inch 32.1 32.1
Rear overhang inch 38.1 38.1
Ground clearance inch 4.8 4.8
Turning circle ft 38.4 38.4
Legroom front inch 41.5 41.5
Legroom 2nd row inch 33 33
Shoulder room front inch 54.4 54.4
Shoulder room rear inch 53.4 53.4
Headroom front inch 40.1 40.1
Maximum headroom 2nd row inch 36.5 36.5
Headroom front with Sunroof inch 38.4 38.4
Maximum headroom 2st row with sunroof inch 35.6 35.6
Front Seat Volume ft³ 52.5 52.5
Rear Seat Volume ft³ 37.2 37.2
Luggage vol. (EPA) – only for homologation ft³ 10 10
Press Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 13.8 13.8
Ramp angle ° 12.8 12.8
US Tank capacity [gallons] gal 13.7 13.7
rear Weight distribution (empty car) % 48.6 48.1
US Curb weight lbs 3450 3505
US Gross vehicle. Weight lbs 4430 4430
US Payload lbs 840 840
US Axle load limit of the front lbs 2140 2140
US Axle load limit of the rear lbs 2380 2380
US Roof load lbs 165 165
Engine type N55B30T0 N55B30T0
Engine Technology M TwinPower Turbo technology: TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing
Cylinders 6 6
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Stroke mm 89.6 89.6
Bore mm 84 84
Displacement cm³ 2979 2979
Compression rate :1 10.2 10.2
Engine power bHP@rpm 365@6500 365@6500
Engine torque ft-lbs@rpm 343@1400-5560 343@1400-5560
Comm. torque (Overboost: 369 lb-ft) (Overboost: 369 lb-ft)
Fuel type gasoline gasoline
Useable Fuel quality AKI 91 MIN AKI 91 MIN
recomm. AKI 93 AKI 93
Air resistance CdxA 0.35 x 2.21 0.35 x 2.21
Transmission designation M DKG 436 K
Transmission type DKG manual transmission
Gear ratios
1st gear 4.806 4.11
2nd 2.593 2.315
3rd 1.701 1.542
4th 1.277 1.179
5th 1 1
6th 0.844 0.846
7th 0.671
Reverse gear 4.172 3.727
Final drive ratio 3.462 3.462
Chasssis and Suspension
Power-steering EPS EPS
Steering transmission, overall :1 15 15
Front tires 245/35 ZR19 (93Y) 245/35 ZR19 (93Y)
Front rims 9Jx19 EH2+ LM 9Jx19 EH2+ LM
Rear tires 265/35 ZR19 (98Y) 265/35 ZR19 (98Y)
Rear rims 10Jx19 EH2 LM 10Jx19 EH2 LM
Track front [inch] inch 62.2 62.2
Rear track [inch] inch 63 63
Run flat tires no no
Suspension Front Aluminum double-joint spring strut axle in lightweight construction with M-specific elastokinematics
Suspension Rear Aluminum five-link axle in lightweight construction with M-specific elastokinematics
Brakes Front Four-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes / vented
Brakes Rear Double-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes / vented
Driving Stability Systems Standard: DSC incl ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Dry Braking function, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, Active M Differential linked to Integrated Chassis Management (ICM)
Safety Equipment Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter at the front seats
Steering overall ratio :1 15.0
    M2 DKG M2
Top speed mph 155 155
0-60 mph s 4.2 4.4
Emission classification (type-certified) ULEV II ULEV II
Electrical Systems
Battery Capacity (low voltage) Ah 80 80
System voltage (low voltage) V 12 12
BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics standard features Brake Energy Regeneration, electromechanical power steering, Automatic Start/Stop function, intelligent lightweight construction, on-demand operation of ancillary units, differential with optimized-warm-up behavior, map-regulated oil pump


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F1 Hype: Russian Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 10.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you miss out on the Russian Grand Prix over the weekend?  I won’t blame you this time because I missed it too!  I had my hands full of Formula Drift Irwindale so the 3:30am start time of the race (on the west coast) just wasn’t going to cooperate with my brain!  Any how, if you need the results simply scroll below for the race podium!  Below that is a quick highlight reel courtesy of NBC Sports.


2015 Russian Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Sebastian Vettel
3rd: Sergio Perez

Race Highlights:

Driver Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 302 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 236 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 229 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points

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