BMW Motorsport’s M235i Racing will sport a special livery for its starring role in this weekend’s ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours.
The car, competing in the SP8T class and sporting the apt race number #235 has been designed to evoke memories of the manufacturer’s succession of art cars. Driving duties will be shared by motoring journalists Marcus Schurig and Jethro Bovingdon as well as BMW development driver Alexander Mies and former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann.
As well as driving the car Hofmann will be contributing to the live TV coverage of the Sport1 channel as an expert. An in car camera will bring footage from around the 26km Nordschleife which will feature regularly throughout the station’s coverage of the event.
The car is powered by a 3-litre straight-six engine, which producing 333hp is the most powered ever developed for an M Performance car. However, driver assists including ABS and traction control keep the power to manageable level, allowing gentleman and rookie racers to drive the car.
As well as BMW Motorsport’s entry the M235i Racing features in one of the two Cup classes in the race. Basically a single make championship within the grid 14 of the cars in the hands of privateer entrants will tackle the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
“I am delighted we will get to see this model at the 24-hour race, as well as the many BMW M235i Racings fielded by our privateer teams,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The livery on this special BMW M235i Racing is fantastic. I must pay a huge compliment to the staff in the Design department. With almost 50 cars in the field, the variety of BMW racing cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is once again mighty impressive in 2014. However, this particular car adds a very special splash of colour and I am certain it will go down well with the fans.”
www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will have reports from each of the sessions as well as updates throughout the race itself.