German OEM BMW has introduced its BMW M2 CS Racing. The close-to-production customer race vehicle is powered by an S55 six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower turbo technology.
The 2,979cc engine offers between 280hp and 365hp, depending on the Balance of Performance or Permit B classification. The maximum torque of 550Nm is transmitted by a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
“With the BMW M2 CS Racing, we are continuing the tradition of providing ambitious teams and drivers with an affordable gateway to racing – this time with a car that, with impressive performance data and the latest BMW Motorsport technology, meets all the requirements of a pedigree racing car, better than any previous entry-level model before it,” said BMW Group motorsport director, Jens Marquardt.
“Using the perfect base of the BMW M2 CS, and in close collaboration with BMW M colleagues, BMW Motorsport engineers used many of the insights from the development of the BMW M4 GT4 to set totally new standards in the entry-level class with its little brother, the BMW M2 CS Racing.”
Inclusion of motorsport-specific driving aids such as ABS and DSC ensure safe handling. A mechanical limited-slip differential with pre-load and separate cooling also comes as standard, as well as specially manufactured drive shafts.
Markus Flasch, BMW M president, added, “The collaborative development of the BMW M2 CS and the BMW M2 CS Racing highlights the close integration of BMW Motorsport and BMW M. We are already taking account of this with various performance versions of the BMW M2 CS Racing, and we will be working in a similar direction for future BMW M special editions.”
Delivery of the first BMW M2 CS Racing is planned for mid-2020. As with predecessors, the M235i and M240i Racing, the M2 CS Racing will be available to several platforms worldwide, including the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring and the TC America. A Permit B version is planned for racing at the Nordschleife as part of the VLN.