South Africa, that’s right, the place with the recent FIFA world cup commotion and the land of the vuvuzela, was the place that spawned one very interesting BMW.
It’s a racing version of the new F30 BMW 3 Series. There’s a lot more to say about it but just sync that in before we go any further.
As much as we love the BMW part of the affair (and there’s quite a lot of it) the South Africa part matters since there’s a lot of work and fabrication that takes place there.
At the core of the new creation lies a partnership between BMW South Africa and ADF Motorsport who’ll participate in a local championship.
The F30 BMW 3 Series gets as much of the new BMW Performance parts as it can get and then a re-tuned engine.
Starting with the 3.0 liter straight six in the 335i it gets a MoTeC engine tune, runs its turbos at 0.7 bar and gets a restrictor of a 40 mm.
Add in the Akrapovic exhaust system and this engine develops 408 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. That should be plenty.
That new performance level is teamed up with a new weight of just 2.998 lbs, 370 mm front disk brakes and a typical BBS alloy and tire racing setup for the maximum effect.
The first time the F30 racer will be seen live is at the Wesbank Super Series race meeting, at Killarney in Cape Town and the second occasion is going to be at the Nurburgring 24.