BMW Motorsport launches BMW 120d for customer racing.
Source: BMW Group
Munich, 28th December 2005. BMW Motorsport is extending the range of models
available for customer sport with its latest offer of a race version of the
BMW 120d. The racing kit is expected to cost 95,000 euros when it goes on sale
in March 2006 and is available from BMW Racing Parts.
The 245 bhp racing model was developed by BMW Motorsport and is suited to both
rally racing and endurance events across the globe. Like its production counterpart,
the turbocharged four-cylinder inline diesel engine driving the 120d race version
is also coming from BMW Motoren GmbH Steyr in Austria.
BMW is thus perpetuating its customer racing tradition in the year 2006. After
the BMW 320i E46 took both the Manufacturers’ and the Drivers’ title
in the 2005 World Touring Car Championship, next year will see numerous private
teams lining up alongside the BMW national teams to contest the FIA WTCC with
its successor model, the BMW 320si. To date, 114 kits of the E46 series forerunner
have been sold around the world by BMW Racing Parts.
In extending its product range with the new BMW 120d, BMW is driving forward its
successful concept of offering 200-plus customer teams around the globe a wide
range of opportunities to gather racing experience and successes. In addition
to the recently unveiled version – with its flared wings modelled on the
320si built for the WTCC – the 120d will also be available with slightly
modified bodywork to meet the FIA regulations for Group N.
The BMW 120d marks its racing debut on 12th/13th January at the Dubai 24-Hour
Race, where Team Schubert Motors will be fielding the car privately to test
its endurance under race conditions. Taking it in turns at the wheel will be
Johannes Stuck, Claudia Hürtgen, Bernhard Laber and Roland Hertner.
Length: 4,227 mm
Width: 1,845 mm
Height: approx. 1,360 mm
Wheelbase: 2,660 mm
Vehicle weight: 1,135 kg (with driver)
Chassis/body: unitary construction steel body
Aero package: front apron, rear apron, CFRP front wings and rear flared wheel
arches, rear diffusor
Front axle: double-joint spring strut axle with adjustable anti-roll bar
Rear axle: five-link axle with adjustable anti-roll bar
Shock absorbers: Sachs with adjustable compression and rebound
Brake system front: 332mm steel discs with six-piston AP fixed callipers
Brake system rear: 284mm steel discs with four-piston AP fixed callipers
Wheels: aluminium rims, 9?x17? BBS
Seat: Recaro ProRacer HANS
Engine type: four-cylinder inline diesel
Displacement: 1,995 cc
Peak torque 450 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Peak output: approx. 245 bhp at approx. 4,200 rpm
Max engine speed: 5,000 rpm
Cylinder block: grey-cast
Engine control: DDE6.0
Tank capacity / Fuel: 100 litres, diesel