New 'grass roots' BMW M2 racer previewed


BMW will provide the all-new M2 racing car with its competition debut this weekend at the Nurburgringโ€™s VLN race, before the model is offered for sale to privateer teams ahead of the 2020 season. The M240i Racing successor comes as the manufacturer continues to ramp up its global motorsport presence - which has included the introduction of the new 3 Series to the BTCC. The M2 has been developed to conform with a variety of series around the world, including, of course, the โ€˜Ringโ€™s own annual 24-hour race. The model will join the M6 GT3 and M4 GT4 in BMWโ€™s expanding motorsport customer base.

Ahead of the M2โ€™s racing debut on August 3rd, BMW has delivered a trailer featuring the stripped-out M2. The footage confirms that itโ€™ll get all the motorsport hallmarks, including an FIA roll cage, pair of bucket seats and an Alcantara-clad motorsport steering wheel. A fixed rear wing and what looks to be a larger front splitter also feature, while underneath thereโ€™s likely to be adjustable coilover suspension and uprated brakes, complete with ducting to direct cold air onto the calipers.ย 


Since this is billed as a โ€œgrass rootsโ€ racer (relatively speaking, of course), there are unlikely to be many other changes to the technical setup. The road-going M2 Competitionโ€™s twin-scroll twin-turbocharged straight-six, essentially a detuned version of the former M3/M4 3.0-litre, will remain unchanged, producing the same 410hp and 405lb ft of torque โ€“ if itโ€™s allowed to run without any series restrictors. While full details are yet to be confirmed, itโ€™s likely that the M2โ€™s DCT auto will remain responsible for cog-swapping, since thereโ€™s no boost in engine output and itโ€™ll be cheaper than switching to a proper racing sequential.

On that note, thereโ€™s no word on pricing, but the old M235i racer cost from about seventy thousand euros, meaning the M2 should add a few thousand to that figure. Grass roots indeed. Still, who wouldnโ€™t love a go in a race-tuned M2? If we had the moneyโ€ฆ

P.H. O'meter

Join the PH rating wars with your marks out of 10 for the article (Your ratings will be shown in your profile if you have one!)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Rate this article

Comments (11) Join the discussion on the forum

  • Norbury90 31 Jul 2019

    I wonder how difficult it would be to make it road legal? That would be interesting.

  • chunkytfg 31 Jul 2019

    70K for a 'Grass roots race car'


    Seriously PH!!! thats like suggesting you should start out in a Porsche cup car with your novice license as they wont let you enter Le Mans 24h first!!

    Someone needs to go and have a look at the definition of grass roots racing!!

  • 400SE Dave 31 Jul 2019

    chunkytfg said:
    70K for a 'Grass roots race car'


    Seriously PH!!! thats like suggesting you should start out in a Porsche cup car with your novice license as they wont let you enter Le Mans 24h first!!

    Someone needs to go and have a look at the definition of grass roots racing!!
    think they make it pretty clear in the article it is not grass roots!!

  • chunkytfg 31 Jul 2019

    400SE Dave said:
    think they make it pretty clear in the article it is not grass roots!!
    Ah yes. My bad. scanned over the article to find the price after seeing the 'grass roots' headline!

    My Bad!

  • ZX10R NIN 31 Jul 2019

    Not a bad price for a fully sorted car, now making it road legal shouldn't be to much of a challenge as it'll have lights wipers etc.

View all comments in the forums Make a comment