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BMW M’s First Official Drift Cars Put Down More Than 1,000 Horsepower!

The BMW-backed drift team was given two M4 Competitions that are now transformed to make over 1,000 horses and 900 pound-feet of torque!

A few months back, BMW revealed that its performance arm was dipping its toes in the drifting scene. The automaker was backing the Hountondji brothers who are famously known as the Red Bull Driftbrothers. BMW handed them two pre-production M4 Competitions eight weeks back, and the duo has now revealed the monsters. All the exact specs are yet to be revealed, but we do know that the cars make more than 1,000 ponies! The Hountondji brothers will take these cars to the 2021 season of the Drift Masters European Championship in Greinbach, Austria.

How Much Power Do These Drift-Bimmers Make?

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The aerodynamics were also extensively modified and optimized for drifting. The company’s new, huge kidney grille helped here as it can optimize airflow to the engine

Elias and Johannes received BMW’s blessings and were handed over two pre-production M4 Competitions to prep for the upcoming Drift Masters European Championship. They had just eight weeks in hand, but the brothers and their team managed to do a fantastic job.

The stock engine is retained, but a lot of changes have been made.

In the standard form, the 2021 BMW M4 Competition makes 503 horses and 479 pound-feet of twist from its 3.0-liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder mill. It now makes 1,050 horses and 944 pound-feet of twist! These figures are without putting the boost to the max.
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The team installed bigger turbos, new port injection, and modified heads. They moved the radiator a little further to be able to access the parts under the hood

The team installed bigger turbos and moved the radiators a little further to make more space and access the parts as it had now become a tight fit. Other than the turbos, the port injection, and the heads, everything else is stock under the hood.

These M4 Competition Alter-Egos Are No Joke

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The Red Bull Driftbrothers, Johannes and Elias Hountondji, will take part in the 2021 season of the Drift Masters European Championship that will be held on July 10 and 11

The aerodynamics were also extensively modified and optimized for drifting. The company’s new, huge kidney grille helped here as it can optimize airflow to the engine. ‘Winglets’ were installed to channel the airflow to the front splitter and behind the front wheels as well as in front of the rear wheels. The company also mentioned that the new spoiler lip on the rear deck, the rear diffuser, and the attachments on the side sills are composed of carbon fiber.

To achieve the massive increase in performance, the Driftbrothers installed an efficient cooling circuit along with an additional second cooler at the rear. Finally, on one car, the exhaust peeps slightly out of the front fender, whereas on the other, the quad-pipe setup is routed out of the rear windshield; or whatever’s left of it.

What They Had To Say?

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BMW M has backed a drift team called ’Red Bull Driftbrothers’ and has provided them two M4 Competitions that have been extensively modified for drifting purposes

BMW M’s bossman, Markus Flasch, visited them to see the result and he was impressed, too.

“I am deeply impressed with what the Red Bull Driftbrothers have managed to coax out of our vehicles and wish both of them every success for the start of the season. The result also shows how good a basis the BMW M4 Competition provides for motorsport use. From the start of its development, we had designed the production vehicle to also form the basis for our GT icon, the BMW M4 GT3, which we officially presented during the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring almost two weeks ago.”

Why Are BMW M4 Competitions Transformed to Drift Machines?

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The Driftbrothers have retained the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder mill, but the cars now make 1,050 horses and 944 pound-feet of twist, which is more than more than twice the power

The Red Bull Driftbrothers, Elias and Johannes Hountondji, will take part in the upcoming 2021 season of the Drift Masters European Championship. The first round will take place on July 10 and 11 in Greinbach, Austria. The second round of the championship will be held on 30 and 31 August in Riga, Latvia, and the third round on 4 and 5 October in Tiflis, Georgia.

The Red Bull Driftbrothers have participated in the Drift Masters European Championship since 2018 and are at the top of their game. Their rankings are a testimony to that. They were the 2017 King of Europe champion and vice-champion as well. This could be one of the biggest reasons why BMW backed this team.

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Now we have to wait and watch if they come out victorious or not. It will be a huge boost for BMW and the drifting scene in general. Anyway, what do you have to say about these cars? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Munich. Let’s drift! The two new BMW M4 Competition models (combined fuel consumption: 10.2 – 9.9 l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 233 – 227 g/km according to WLTP) being driven by the Red Bull Driftbrothers are now ready for the racetrack. Backed by the BMW M GmbH, the brothers Elias Hountondji (35) and Johannes Hountondji (40) have completed the conversion and preparation of their new vehicles for the 2021 season of the Drift Masters European Championship. On 10 and 11 July during the season start of the series in Greinbach (AUT), the Driftbrothers will be taking the BMW M4 Competition to the starting grid for the very first time.

“I am deeply impressed with what the Red Bull Driftbrothers have managed to coax out of our vehicles and wish both of them every success for the start of the season. The result also shows how good a basis the BMW M4 Competition provides for motorsport use. From the start of its development, we had designed the production vehicle to also form the basis for our GT icon, the BMW M4 GT3, which we officially presented during the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring almost two weeks ago,” says Markus Flasch, CEO of the BMW M GmbH.

Elias and Johannes Hountondji have modified both BMW M4 Competition models comprehensively in order to adapt them to the special demands of drifting. They doubled the peak performance of the straight six-cylinder power unit of the BMW M4 Competition to 1,050 hp and increased maximum torque to almost 1,300 Nm, this being absolutely crucial for drifting. Elias Hountondji speaks with admiration for the production engine’s massive potential. “It is by nature a genuine racing engine in a road-legal car, so to speak. When you look at each component of this engine, it is clear that many engineers have put a lot of thought into creating an optimal design,” the younger of the two Driftbrothers says. In order to achieve the massive increase in performance, the two brothers installed, among other things, a special, particularly efficient cooling circuit along with an additional second cooler at the rear.

Moreover, the aerodynamics were extensively modified and optimised for drifting. Besides benefitting from their own experience, the Driftbrothers also relied on the expertise of BMW design experts. Virtually all newly designed aerodynamics components were manufactured exclusively at BMW M Prototype Construction. “It was a great honour for us to collaborate with experts from the design and prototype construction departments. With their help we were able to implement our ideas perfectly,” says Johannes Hountondji.

For example, the Driftbrothers’ BMW M4 Competition was fitted with a new BMW kidney grille to optimise the supply of air to the engine compartment.

Furthermore, carbon was used to produce a new spoiler lip (gurney) for the tailgate, side coverings for the rear diffuser and attachments for the side sills from the M Performance Parts portfolio. These were complemented by so-called winglets, which optimise airflow at the front splitter and behind the front wheels as well as in front of the rear wheels. Should the need arise during the course of the season, the production of an air scoop for the bonnet would also be possible.

Following the season start in Austria, the Red Bull Driftbrothers will be competing in a further three rounds of the Drift Masters European Championship, the world’s leading drift series. The second and the third round will be held in Riga (LAT) on 30/31 August, the season finale in Tiflis (GEO) on 4/5 October.

The Red Bull Driftbrothers have participated in the Drift Masters European Championship since 2018. The 45 best drivers from Europe, the USA and the Middle East compete in this invitation series. For some years now, Elias and Johannes Hountondji have ranked among the top drivers in the drifting scene and were, among other successes, 2017 King of Europe champion and vice champion. In 2016 and 2017, they also seized the team title there. Moreover, this year, the brothers will be making guest appearances during the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring (GER) and the Red Bull Ring (AUT), as well as during the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, likewise at the Red Bull Ring.

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