It’s 7 days, 2,827 miles and it includes Time Trials, Drag Racing, Skid pad Car Control and it covers twelve states. The BMW M2 Coupe will see if it can compete with vehicles like the Nissan GT-R, Mitsubishi Evo IX, Chevrolet Corvette, Acura NSX and an Ariel Atom. Toyota is also running two Sienna minivans.
What does it take to run in the One Lap of America?
The car of your choice (there's a competition class to fit every automobile), the $3,000 entry fee, two drivers who have each had some racing experience (and/or two drivers' schools). And, as One Lap of America says, “The willingness to confirm your parents' suspicion that there was always something wrong with you.” It sounds like a gear heads dream cruise.
The 2016 BMW M2 will compete in the SSGT1 Small Bore Stock Touring class. This year’s team will be co-piloted by BMW Performance Center Driving Instructor, Michael Schnell Renner and Stephen Maguire of United BMW Roswell of Atlanta. Renner won both the 2015 One Lap of America Truck/SUV and Stock Touring classes piloting a BMW X6M.
Sponsoring the new BMW M2 will be IHG Rewards Club, BMW M Performance Parts and BMW Performance Driving School. The M2 should be a perfect fit for the competition with its high-performance and track abilities. BMW M Performance will add a few other upgrades to the M2 Coupe for the motorsports event.
M2 gets M Performance upgrades
The M2 features a lightweight aluminum subframe and suspension components under the widened bodywork as well as an Active M Rear Differential. BMW says the M2 has been further enhanced for One Lap duty with BMW M Performance Accessories, including carbon fiber front and rear spoilers, carbon fiber rear diffuser, M Performance coil-over suspension and sport exhaust system.
The 2016 One Lap of America competitors leave South Bend, Indiana today (Saturday, April 30) for the 7-day, 2,827 mile wild and wacky motorsports event. Can the new BMW M2 win their class? Stay tuned.
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