BMW Motorsport will bring the BMW M235i Racing to the U.S. if interest warrants
When the images and information of the BMW M235i Racing started surfacing some time ago, North American customers made a history-based assumption that, as great as the car looked, there was no chance of it coming to the U.S. It turns out that may be an incorrect assumption, as BMW NA might end up importing them, but only in limited numbers, and only if enough interest is raised from genuine potential customers…
The BMW M235i Racing has already been active in European racing series such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24-Hour endurance race. With its impressive-looking factory-built cage, aero package, and M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine pushing out a good amount of torque-infused power, this could very well be the factory-backed “entry-level" racing effort that U.S. motorsport enthusiasts have been begging to have from BMW for years.
Along with the factory-equipped, racing-based safety equipment, the M235i Racing is outfitted with Motorsport-tuned traction control, DSC, and ABS, so it's got the advanced technological enhancements you'd expect. Obviously, the cars are made specifically for racing or track use, so they wouldn't qualify as road-going cars, and there's a lot of speculation not only as to what racing series they'd be used for, but also with regard to what class the M235i Racing would fall into with any given series. If enough interest is generated, that should be the easy part of the equation.
European pricing on the M235i Racing has been 59,500 Euros (plus VAT), so it should be easy to speculate on U.S. pricing. The big question comes down to interest levels… Will enough real buyers be willing to make the jump into a BMW-supported racing effort?
If you're interested, or if you know anyone who would be, make sure your voices are heard! Send an email to M235iRacing@bmwna.com, and be sure to express your interest and include all of your contact information.