Video: BMW is Up to More Weirdness with the M2 Competition
The BMW M2 is back in the headlines with another bizarre record-breaking stunt. It’s already claimed the world record — or so BMW says — for popping 79 balloons in 60 seconds with a laser on its front grille. Now, the laser is gone, and in its place is a blade that’s attached to the rear of the coupe. The goal this time is to cut down more than 87 bamboo poles in 60 seconds. Did the BMW M2 Competition do it? Let’s find out.
BMW M2 Competition Breaks Weird World Record in The Name of Marketing
BMW teased a new world record set by the M2 Competition a few weeks ago. It was unclear exactly what that record was, but the German automaker has now released a short video detailing exactly what it is. To say that it’s a strange record would be doing the whole attempt a disservice. And yet, for some reason, we got excited that the M2 Competition broke a record we didn’t even know existed. Why? Because it used a laser in doing it. That’s right, folks — a laser.
BMW Teaser Mystery Record Attempt for the M2 Competition
It’s been just a couple of months since BMW unveiled the M2 Competition and the Germans are already looking to set a new world record with the coupe. In a newly launched video called "A challenge extended is a challenge accepted," BMW is teasing a record attempt that takes place in England. Unfortunately, there aren’t many hints as to what kind of benchmark this is.
Bluetooth Hijinx Almost Costs BMW a Guinness World Record
BMW has set a new Guinness world record for the “greatest distance vehicle drift in eight hours.” Danish racer Johan Schwartz took the wheel of a BMW M5, and after what literally was hours of hours of continuous drifting, Schwartz managed to drift a mind-numbing distance of 232.5 miles in the sedan, destroying the previous record of 89.55 miles that was set by German racer Harald Muller. As incredible as Schwartz’s record-breaking attempt was, it was on the verge of getting derailed by a common nuisance that almost all of us are familiar with: a malfunctioning Bluetooth.
Breaking: BMW Just Used The 2018 M5 To Break Two Guinness World Records
You know what they say – necessity is the mother of invention. So when BMW just had to grab the Guinness World Record for longest vehicle drift in 8 hours, the Bavarian brand ran into a problem. How exactly do you keep the go juice flowing when you’re crossed up for hours on end? Recent rule changes allowed for a quick pit stop and refill, but obviously that cuts down on the time spent spinning the rears. One solution is to put in an enormous gas tank, but that brings with it its own problems, such as a ton of added weight sloshing around. Plus, as Matt Mullins, Chief Instructor at BMW Performance Center, points out, “That’s kinda boring, who wants to watch that, right?” Instead, BMW came up with a rather novel solution – the mid-drift fill-up. With a secondary car drifting in tandem with the record-seeking vehicle, plus one very brave soul leaning out the window, BMW sought to recreate military-style aerial refueling, but on the ground.
After modding the fuel system in the primary drift car and outfitting the refueling vehicle with the proper equipment, BMW was ready to go, executing a tandem drift to lock in the fuel nozzle and transfer 15 to 18 gallons in just 50 seconds before disengaging.
All told, the car in question managed to get sideways for an incredible 232.5 miles, trouncing the previous record set in 2014 by a massive 143 miles. Not only that, but the tandem refuel drifts set a second record as well, giving Bimmer another spot the history books with the longest continuous twin-vehicle drift at 49.25 miles.
Congrats BMW! And you didn’t even need to use your blinker...
Oh boy, Red Bull will do just about anything for a publicity stunt. The latest attraction involves a BMW M4 going for the world record of "most donuts around another car driving on two wheels in one minute," which in this case, is a Mini Cooper.
The stunt took place in Chongquing, China on November 14th with the skillful drivers Han Yue and Zhang Shengjun at the wheels. In doing all those donuts, the pair accomplished their mission of setting a Guinness World Record.
All those drifting donuts were an easy task for the M4. Its 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder with direct injection, variable valve timing, and twin mono-scroll turbochargers generate an impressive 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, all sent to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard though this particular M4 is rocking the optional, seven-speed, double-clutch box.
The Mini Cooper, also a BMW product, looks largely stock, save for the livery adorning its exterior. To accomplish its two-wheeled task, the driver-side tires are filled far past their normal pressure. This increases the tire’s sidewall stiffness and ability to hold the car’s weight.
This might not be the most exciting stunt Red Bull has ever pulled off, but its still amusing to watch.
Click past the jump to read about the BMW M4
The Nardo Ring is a high-speed test track located located at about 12 miles away from the Italian city of Nardo. The track measures 7.8 miles long and is divided in four different lanes, with neutral speed ranging from 62 mph in lane 1 to 149 mph in lane 4. The term "neutral speed" means that the driver can drive the car without turning the wheel.
This is a reason why this ring is the perfect place where you can go and travel with no problems at speeds above 300 km/h (186 mph). The folks over at Auto Bild recently invited a group of cars capable of hitting this speed in a test drive it named "Beyond 300 km/h." One of the cars invited was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe tuned by AC Schnitzer.
The M6 proved it was worthy of the invite, as it managed to hit a top speed of 328,9 km/h (204 mph). With this speed, the M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer becomes the fastest road legal BMW to lap Nardo.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.
A few days ago, BMW was positively beaming in reporting about its latest achievement. No, Bimmer didn’t introduce a new car or win any races. What it did was set a new world record and a pretty impressive one at that.
Actually, the record for longest drift was set back in February by Johan Scwartz while piloting a BMW M5 and covering a ground of 47.71 miles. Well, it didn’t take long for Schwartz to break his own mark, besting it over the weekend at the BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina.
This time around, Schwartz, using the same BMW M5, managed to run a total of 322.5 laps around a circumference of 841 foot circle. All told, he was able to travel a distance of 51.278 miles - while drifting.
When news of the record-setting mark first hit our news feed, BMW kept a video of the attempt under the covers. But now, Bimmer has finally released it and you can enjoy the whole show when you click past the jump.
It looks like BMW is having all the fun in the world smashing the strangest world records out there. Back in February, a BMW M5 with Johan Schwartz behind the wheel entered the Guinness World Record Book for the longest drift: 76.8 km (47.71 miles). Now, Schwartz managed to smash his own record while driving the same unmodified M5.
This time the record was established at BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 11, 2013. This time, he did a total of 322.5 laps around a circumference of 841 foot circle, providing a total distance traveled of 51.278 miles.
This event is just the first of many during a week of events leading up to the BMW Charity Pro-Am. To date, a total of $20,000 has been raised with benefits going to more than 150 charities.
Those attending the world record were invited to enjoy drives in new BMW vehicles, including the M6 Coupe or received a "hot lap" ride from one the BMW Performance Center Instructors.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M5.
It’s not every day the words "BMW M3" and "Electric" get thrown together, but today is one of those days. Rimac Automobili - yes, the same guys that introduced the Concept One - have taken a 1984 BMW M3 and converted it to an electric piece of automotive wonder.
The idea came about when Mate Rimac - the founder of Rimac Automobili - blew out the engine of his Bimmer while racing. He then started to read about how to develop electric vehicles and after one year of work, his end result netted him a heavy and not very powerful vehicle with a very limited range. Since that time, Rimac’s BMW has gone through five development phases during which almost everything about the car was changed. The time Rimac spent on this vehicle and the help he received from experts in the electric car field, gave way to the Rimac e-M3, which has become one of the fastest and most exciting electric cars in the world. Its electric motor delivers a total of 600 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque, which sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 174 mph. It also has a range of 111 miles.
The Rimac e-M3 has already smashed five world records (three of which are still waiting for official FIA approval) when he took the car on a two-mile long military runway near Zagreb on April 17th, 2011.
Hit the jump for a full list of the Rimac e-M3’s new world records and a list of performance specs!
Just a few days after its official launch, the 2012 BMW M5 has just become the fastest sedan around the Nurburgring race track with an impressive time of 7:55. With this new time, the M5 will be placed above models like the Porsche Panamera Turbo (7:56) and the Cadillac CTS-V (7:59). This new lap time also matches the ’Ring time of the Ferrari F430.
The BMW M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and, when the speed limiter is removed, is capable of hitting an impressive top speed of 190 mph.
The record lap was completed by a BMW driver, but don’t put it in the record books just yet. This is actually an unofficial time, surely to be followed by the real thing shortly.
Back in 2008, the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS received the title of "world’s fastest sedan." Back then, the car reached a top speed of 228.4 mph. Two years later, the tuner has broken its own record. During some recent testings the Hurricane RS was capable of a top speed of 231.2 mph.
Piston Heads, however, reports they are "not sure if the new feat was independently witnessed, and it was a peak maximum on an oval test track rather than a speed reached over the flying mile in both directions," so we should expect an official press release fairly soon on this record breaking feat, if it indeed is comparable to the previous record setting environment.
The Hurrican RS is powered by a V10 engine with a BI-Kompressor system that helps the engine develop an impressive 750 hp (250 hp more than a stock M5). The extra power of the G-POWER M5 HURRICANE RS is the result of two modified superchargers with enlarged capacity from G-POWER’s technology partner ASA. The standard air box is replaced by an aluminum casting that allows for an "incomparable response and also much more torque".
Talk about a fast, sweet ride; the only problem is that the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS will set you back €251,100. Ouch. We can think of a few other cars we would like to have for that amount of money.
Top speed records are worth their weight in gold in tuner car circles where bragging is expected and actually being able to back up these claims is less often the norm. The German modification house AC Schnitzer has just attained one of those coveted titles just the other day with a customized BMW 335d. Yes that’s right, d stands for diesel, making the alternatively fueled ACS3 Series the fastest street legal diesel in the world. The location for the record setting event was the infamous Nardo test ring in Italy, a 7.8 long circle with just enough banking to let the driver keep the wheel as straight as possible at over 200 MPH on a closed course.
In this case it was the editors of AUTO BILD who piloted the Continental tire shod AC Schnitzer modified BMW 335d, a car that gets 36 MPG on the highway from the factory along with the fun of a 265 HP twin turbocharged inline six cylinder engine to a top speed of 288.7 km/h, or 179.3 MPH in American. The 335d used the German tuners simple and straightforward performance packages that boost torque to a whopping 405 lb-ft and drops the diesel powered sports coupe’s 0 to 60 MPH time by a full half second taking it down to a very sporty 6.1 seconds.
The power mods consist of a reprogrammed computer module to increase turbo pressure and add a bit more fuel to the mix while a stylish twin tip exhaust pokes out from either side of the rear bumper and give the green BMW a more aggressive groan. Although 180 MPH may not sound that impressive along side 250 MPH machines like the Bugatti Veyron and Ultima SSC, it is reassuring to see that there is an interest in diesel performance. Now if only Audi would produce the R8 TDI super car this record would easily be theirs without any help from the aftermarket.
Video and press release after the jump.
Sedan drivers wish they were driving supercars. Usually a need for space to haul kids and clients means a Bugatti is not in the driveway. Well rich dads of the world can now unite and get the little ones to soccer practice in record time. German tuner G-Power took a BMW 5-Series and turned it into the world’s fastest sedan.
G-Power now says that it has documented a 228.4 mph top speed on its M5 Hurricane RS. The Hurricane RS seems to accomplish this using brute force, as the V10 engine is massaged to make 750 hp (250 hp more than a stock M5.)
While 228 mph is a great accomplishment, it’s amazing considering that it is only about 29 mph shy of the all-time record set by the SSC Ultimate Aero. While the M5 is based on a sedan built for everyday use, the Aero is a completely custom car that has the aerodynamics and engine specifically built for speed.
Press release after the jump
On January 31st at 13:20 pm at the high speed racetrack at Papenburg the 730hp G-POWER M5 HURRICANE reaches a top speed of exact 360km/h and with it broke the old world record for the fastest street legal BMW of 331,78 km/h.
The M5 Hurricane is powered by a 5.0-litre V10 engine that delivers 730 hp. When they unveiled the tuning-kit they say it will hit a top speed of 340 km/h, but the Papenburg record broke any expectations.
Nardo, the legendary high speed track, has been the setting for so many record attempts. Once a year at the track in Southern Italy, under the supervision of "CONTINENTAL AG" and in collaboration with the editors of "AUTO BILD sportscars", the Creme de la Creme of tuners fight it out – this year on 20th and 21st October 2007.
Hartge, the German tuner intends to break the world record for the cars based on GPL fuel. The new model will be based on the 2005 Hartge H1, a model powered by a eight cylinders engine with an output of 450 hp. It will have a bigger output, arround 55p and will have a top speed of more than 186 mph.
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Currency Motor Cars has unveiled the first of an unprecedented line of supercars. This flagship model is an ingeniously modified a 2006 BMW M5 that can reach a top speed of 240 mph. This makes it the fastest, most powerful luxury sedan on the planet. It’s high compression V-10 engine has been brilliantly altered, by company founder Ron Cash, to accommodate twin-turbos and a custom, hand crafted inter-cooled system to kick out an astounding 810 hp.
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