M bits reduce weight and enhance aerodynamics
BMW is turning the sporty style of its BMW M2 up a notch with the premiere of the BMW M Performance Parts Concept at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood this week.
The frozen black BMW M Performance Parts Concept wrapped with gold accents is 132 pounds lighter than the M2 it’s based on and features upgrades from the BMW M Performance Parts catalog already available as well as exclusive new concept bits.
Many of the M Performance Parts featured on the concept car are expected to be available within the next nine months. The extensive use of carbon fiber greatly contributes to the coupe’s weight reduction. On top of numerous other carbon-fiber lightweight parts, the concept is comprised of an M Performance Carbon hood that sheds 17.6 pounds and a clear carbon-fiber finish roof that saves about 13.2 pounds. Not only does the material make the roof lighter, but it also helps lower the car’s center of gravity.
The BMW M Performance Parts Concept rides on 19-inch M Performance forged wheels. This weight drop reduces the unsprung mass, which enhances steering response and driving dynamics. The aerodynamics of the car are also optimized by an M Performance carbon-fiber rear diffuser and M Performance carbon-fiber front side panels, which are already available as part of the M Performance Parts lineup.
To further enhance the juiced up M2, the interior includes M Performance carbon-fiber seats with Alcantara. BMW says the gold-seamed sport seats offer the support needed for spirited driving. Alcantara is used on a number of other surfaces, including the M Performance carbon-fiber handbrake.
To top off the BMW M Performance Parts Concept, it is built with an M Performance suspension with adjustable compression and rebound stages. This M Performance suspension is already available as a retrofit set for production cars. See your dealer for more details.