Official Release: The BMW Performance Center with partners BMW M Performance Parts and IHG Rewards Club today announced that it will compete in the 2016 One Lap of America with the all-new BMW M2. 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. The duo will compete in the Small Bore Stock Touring SSGT1 category. The 2016 One Lap of America competitors depart South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, April 30th to begin the 7 Day, 2,827 mile route, spanning twelve states and consisting of Time Trials, Drag Racing, Skid pad Car Control and of course, long overnight transit stages. Renner won both the 2015 One Lap of America Truck/SUV and Stock Touring classes piloting a BMW X6M.
The 2016 BMW M2 is the newest vehicle from the brand to wear the coveted M badge. With an output of 365 bhp at 6,500rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque (369 lb-ft in overboost mode) on tap between 1,400 and 5,600 rpm, the M2 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.2 Seconds and lap the storied Nurburgring in a time of 7:58 minutes. The M2 features lightweight aluminum subframe and suspension components under the widened bodywork as well as an Active M Rear Differential. The already track capable 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.
BMW M Performance Parts bring decades of innovative dynamic, design and Motorsports experience to BMW owners. The M Performance Parts collection of aerodynamic, interior, drivetrain and chassis accessories enhance both the performance and appearance of BMW vehicles and are available as dealer installed accessories for new vehicle customers and current owners while maintaining full manufacturer’s warranty coverage.
The BMW Performance Center is the home of BMW’s Performance Driving School. Comprising two locations, Performance Center East in Greer, SC and Performance Center West in Thermal, CA, the BMW Performance Driving School offers a variety of driving classes that highlight the performance, responsiveness, and safety features in each BMW vehicle. Driving schools are offered in 1 and 2 day formats. They include a Teen Driving School, Car Control School, M School, and Advanced M School. Exclusive corporate driving events are also offered in many variants ranging from half day programs to 3 day events with on track driving and offsite tours and excursions.