BMW Car Club of America Raffles M4 Dinan Club Edition
For the first time in its 14-year history, the BMW Car Club of America’s annual Car of Your Dreams Raffle will give away a fully tuned and custom-built Bimmer sporting a huge array of performance parts from one of the world’s leading go-faster shops, Dinan Engineering. The Grand Prize will be a 2015 M4 Coupe Dinan Club Edition with over 20 grand in upgrades, a total package value of $110,000.
Draped in an Alpine White paint job and boasting 530 horsepower, 504 pound-feet of torque, and a slew of tasty carbon-fiber add-ons, the hyper-powered two-door is ostensibly one of the most valuable and powerful M4s in existence.
“This year, we’re proud to present a Grand Prize raffle car engineered by Steve Dinan, rolling on Forgeline metal and gripping the road courtesy of Michelin. Three of the top names in automotive excitement join the Ultimate Drivers’ Club in bringing you the M4 of your dreams,” said Frank Patek, executive director of the BMW CCA.
In addition to the uber-Bavarian sled Grand Prize, the raffle will also give away a brand-new F80 M3 sedan, MSRP $62,000, and a brand-new M235i coupe, MSRP $43,100. There will also be special drawings for every ticket purchased during specific designated periods, with prizes including $1,000 gift cards for IHG Hotels, Michelin Tires, Shell gas, Best Buy, and Amex.
Tickets are currently available for $25 a pop to BMW CCA members only, so you’ll need to join if you want to win. Each ticket offers a 1-in-5,000 chance of winning a car. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. The entry deadline is September 10.
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Why it matters
So far, the BMW CCA has raffled off 94 prizes to members, but this is the first time one of those prizes has been what basically amounts to a custom six-figure supercar. And this isn’t some backyard hack-job – Dinan has been around since 1979, and is well established in the aftermarket community as one of the premiere developers of high-performance upgrades for Bimmers.
A complete list of Dinan parts added to the M4 Grand Prize includes: a custom ECU, free-flow stainless exhaust, carbon-fiber CAI, adjustable coilovers, rear suspension link kit, and signature pedal covers.
A complete list of Dinan parts added to the M4 Grand Prize includes: a custom ECU, free-flow stainless exhaust, carbon-fiber CAI, adjustable coilovers, rear suspension link kit, and signature pedal covers. That’s in addition to the BMW M Performance parts, like the carbon-fiber front splitter, carbon-fiber rear deck spoiler, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and black kidney grille. There are also 20-inch Forgeline GA1 wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, a carbon-fiber roof, and carbon-ceramic brakes. A six-speed manual routes the power (thank God) and the interior is upholstered in black Merino leather.
So then – more power, more speed, less weight, and the kind of look that’ll plunge the jaws of BMW fans to the floor. If that wasn’t enticing enough, the car will be featured in a series of five videos produced by Dinan, documenting the build process and highlighting gains made with the addition of each part (check it out on Vimeo here). The car will also be found in the August issue of Roundel magazine, which is BMW CCA’s monthly publication.
All told, the BMW CCA is quite the force to be reckoned with – founded in 1969, it’s become the largest owner-supported, single-marque car club in the world, with 67 chapters across the nation and 70,000 dues-paying members registered. But don’t be dissuaded from purchasing raffle tickets by the club’s size – each ticket really does offer a 1-in-5,000 chance of winning, as an additional car will be added to the prize pool for every 5,000 tickets sold. What’s more, members will receive a special grille badge for free with every 10 tickets bought. The badge is a tribute to the four-decade history of BMW North America and BMW USA Motorsport, and comes complete in traditional Bimmer livery colors, sporting the numbers 40 (40 years of history) and 25 (referencing the#25 3.0 CSL race car that captured BMW USA’s first victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975).
Clearly, this year’s raffle is an enthusiast’s wet dream, and the proceeds all feed back into the cycle, as ticket sales directly support program-related expenses usually paid through membership dues.
To help stave off stiff competition from rivals heralding from North America and Asia, BMW decided to renew its benchmark M4 with a heady dose of performance and track-oriented prowess, including ditching the old V-8 in favor of a boosted six-cylinder. In stock form, this twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, but bring it to Dinan, and all it takes is a few basic performance upgrades to boost output significantly. With all its carbon-fiber parts, curb weight is reduced to roughly 3,500 pounds, which ain’t bad for a luxury vehicle.
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Source: BMW Car Club of America