BMW F30 335i Race Car: World’s first 3 Series racer

BMW F30 335i Race Car: World’s first 3 Series racer

You’d expect Germany to come up with something like this first seeing how BMW is in, well, Germany. But no. This is the F30 BMW 335i racing car and it belongs to BMW South Africa (BMW SA) and its partner ADF Motorsport. BMW SA said that this is the first F30 3 Series racing car in the world and its debut race will be at the Wesbank Super Series at Killarney in Cape Town on March 31.

ADF Motorsport is responsible for the development of the car; the drivers are the 2010 Production Car Champion Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Lindec. It took the team less than two months and about USD260,000 to build the racer, according to team principal Donovan van Heerden.

BMW F30 335i Race Car: World’s first 3 Series racer

The F30 will be racing with the N55 TwinPower turbocharged engine with no power upgrades. You read that right, and that is due to the SA Production car regulations. However, the engine management system, exhaust and turbocharger have been modified to produce 402 hp and 600 Nm of torque.

As per norm, the car gets plenty of carbon-fibre parts from the M Performance catalogue, which makes it tip the scales at just over 1,360 kg. Which means, by using the M Performance catalog, you could make your own 335i – which was launched recently – into the car you see in the pictures. Cool? I definitely think so.

BMW F30 335i Race Car: World’s first 3 Series racer

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Chris Ng

Chris Ng believes that all cars are made equal, and each one has its own unique story to tell. As such, the ex-advertising man is here doing what he truly loves, which is authoring the allegories and anecdotes of automobiles. Having served time in a motoring mag, he believes there's nothing more sublime than keeping the pedal floored and things burbling in top gear.




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