Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 4, 2020 . . . BMW Customer Racing teams will take the green flag for the start of the 2020 SRO Touring Car (TC) America season on March 7 - 8 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas. BMW returned to SRO TC America competition in 2016 and in the past four seasons has reignited the class with double-digit BMW entries at many events.
In the Touring Car America class, the BMW M235i Racing and its successor the BMW M240i Racing completely changed the landscape of the class, allowing entry-level amateur drivers an almost turn-key package and a solid path to the podium. Beginning with the 2016 season, BMW Customer Racing teams have celebrated three Team (2016, 2018, 2019) titles as well as two Driver (2016, 2019) and two Manufacturer (2017, 2018) championships in the Touring Car class.
Without any doubt, the fact that SRO welcomed the first of BMW’s range of customer race car models in 2016 gave the BMW of North America Customer Racing program its foothold in the USA. It is fitting that BMW of North America would officially introduce the next generation entry level customer race car during the SRO COTA weekend. The all-new BMW M2 CS Racing will be on display for drivers and teams interested in seeing the BMW M240i Racing’s replacement for the upcoming 2021 season. First deliveries of the BMW M2 CS Racing will begin this summer for 2021 SRO TC America teams.
Priced at $120,000 USD plus $995 delivery and handling, the BMW M2 CS Racing offers the best setup for successful entry into motorsport.
The new customer racing car is powered by an S55 2,979 cc six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo Technology which achieves between 280 hp (205 kW) and 365 hp (268 kW), depending on the Balance of Performance. The maximum torque of 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) is transmitted by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which has been updated using special motorsport software. The rear locking differential features separate cooling and transfers power to the drive wheels via purpose-built output shafts and wheel bearings adapted for motorsport.
The BMW M2 CS Racing’s engine management, as on the BMW M4 GT4, will allow for various performance levels to be programmed and retrieved, depending on future stipulated Balance of Performance requirements, via Power Sticks. Club Racing and track day drivers can expect an upgraded variant of the car, featuring around 450 horsepower, to be available later this year.
Chassis and Suspension
The suspension of the new M2 CS Racing features motorsport-specific links and adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars. Specially adapted dampers with are matched with springs available in three different rates for both front and rear.
The M2 CS Racing chassis features:
BMW Motorsport DMSB-certified welded safety roll cage (FIA compliant)CFRP roofMakrolon rear screens with tank filler neckFront splitterMotorsport rear adjustable wingAir jack systemHood and trunk lid quick-release locksLightweight motorsport wiring harnessTow rings, front and rear, according to regulations.FT3 safety fuel cell with 22.2 gallon (84 liter) capacityAn optional 31.7 gallon (120 liter) endurance fuel cell is optional.
Wheels, Tires and Brakes
Matte Black alloy wheels, measuring 10.5 x 18 inches are shod with 27/65-18 S9L Michelin racing tires. Stopping power is provided by 15-inch (380 mm) brake disks all-around with fixed six-piston calipers, front and fixed four-piston calipers, rear.
BMW Motorsport-tuned DSC stability control and ABS braking systems are standard.
Length 175.6 inches (4,461 mm)Width 73.0 inches (1,854 mm)Width w/mirrors 78.3 inches (1,990 mm)Height 54.5 inches, (1,385 mm) variableWheelbase 106.0 inches (2,693 mm)Track , front 61.7 inches (1,568 mm)Track rear 63.3 inches (1,608 mm)
Requests for additional information and orders can be directed to: CustomerRacing@bmwna.com.
All BMW Customer Racing cars, including the all-new BMW M2 CS Racing are sold and distributed exclusively in the U.S. by authorized BMW M Motorsport dealers. The most up-to-date dealer listing can be found at https://www.bmwusa.com/motorsport/centers.html.
**many thanks BMW for the text and media**