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BMW M Performance Parts Concept makes its debut

BMW M Performance Parts Concep...
The BMW M Performance Parts Concept uses a lot of carbon fiber, starting at the grille and ending at the rear bumper
The BMW M Performance Parts Concept uses a lot of carbon fiber, starting at the grille and ending at the rear bumper
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BMW debuted its M Performance Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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BMW debuted its M Performance Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The BMW M Performance Parts Concept uses a lot of carbon fiber, starting at the grille and ending at the rear bumper
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The BMW M Performance Parts Concept uses a lot of carbon fiber, starting at the grille and ending at the rear bumper
Based on the BMW M2 production model, the M Performance Concept adds several available (or soon to be available) M Performance parts to the car
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Based on the BMW M2 production model, the M Performance Concept adds several available (or soon to be available) M Performance parts to the car
Gold accent highlighting is a theme for the BMW M Performance Concept
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Gold accent highlighting is a theme for the BMW M Performance Concept
Changes to the BMW M2 used for the M Performance Concept are many and include both body pieces and interior elements
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Changes to the BMW M2 used for the M Performance Concept are many and include both body pieces and interior elements
The grille, front side panels, and hood are all made of carbon fiber in the BMW M Performance Concept
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The grille, front side panels, and hood are all made of carbon fiber in the BMW M Performance Concept
Carbon fiber caps for the side mirrors reduce weight on the M Performance Concept
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Carbon fiber caps for the side mirrors reduce weight on the M Performance Concept
The gold grille edges on the M Performance Concept highlight the use of carbon fiber for the grille
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The gold grille edges on the M Performance Concept highlight the use of carbon fiber for the grille
Carbon fiber panels are highlighted in gold edging on the M Performance Concept
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Carbon fiber panels are highlighted in gold edging on the M Performance Concept
The tailgate and rear diffuser on the BMW M Performance Concept are are also of carbon fiber
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The tailgate and rear diffuser on the BMW M Performance Concept are are also of carbon fiber
Carbon fiber diffuser elements outline the exhaust on the M Performance Concept
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Carbon fiber diffuser elements outline the exhaust on the M Performance Concept
Inside, the BMW M Performance Parts Concept features a combination of carbon fiber fitments and Alcantara upholstery
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Inside, the BMW M Performance Parts Concept features a combination of carbon fiber fitments and Alcantara upholstery
Carbon fiber race seating lightens the weight of the M Performance Concept considerably
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Carbon fiber race seating lightens the weight of the M Performance Concept considerably
Even more than the front seating, replacing the M2's rear seats with these carbon fiber race seats drops a lot of weight
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Even more than the front seating, replacing the M2's rear seats with these carbon fiber race seats drops a lot of weight

BMW has introduced an M Performance Parts conceptual at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car showcases how the BMW M2 could be modified with knowledge derived from motor racing to radically reduce weight. The concept weighs over 60 kg (132 lb) less than the production model.

The BMW M Performance Parts Concept uses a lot of carbon fiber, starting at the grille and ending at the rear bumper. The front grille has an accented gold line that emphasizes its carbon fiber makeup. The hood above is also made of carbon fiber, further lightening the vehicle by 8 kg (17.6 lb).

The front side panels, front winglets, gold-accented side sills, and roof of the M Performance Parts Concept are additionally constructed of carbon fiber, further reducing weight and dropping the car's center of gravity. Wheels on the concept are M Performance forged Y-spokes 763M designs in Frozen Gold, and clad in semi-slick tires. These are 6 kg (13.2 lb) lighter than are the standard wheels for the M2. The tailgate and rear diffuser are are also carbon fiber, saving over 5 kg (11 lb) from the original M2.

The tailgate and rear diffuser on the BMW M Performance Concept are are also of carbon fiber
The tailgate and rear diffuser on the BMW M Performance Concept are are also of carbon fiber

Inside, the BMW M Performance Parts Concept features a combination of carbon fiber fitments and Alcantara upholstery in sport-tuned highlights. Carbon fiber sport seating continues the golden edge theme with gold stitching, dropping another 9 kg (19.8 lb) from the original M2. The rear seats in the M Performance Parts Concept are also carbon fiber and lightweighted, shoving off another 13 kg (28.6 lb). An M Performance steering wheel, carbon fiber handbrake, and velour floor mats finish the job.

Underneath the bodywork, the M2 concept has been outfitted with M Performance suspension components. A lightweight battery sheds another 14 kg (30.9 lb) from the M2 in this concept. The total weight loss is 60 kg (132 lb).

Nearly everything shown on the M Performance Parts Concept is either currently available or will soon be available from BMW's M Performance arm as upgrades to production vehicles like the M2.

Source: BMW

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ePhoto1
Wikipedia list M2 curb weight as 3461lbs so around 3329lbs after spending who knows how much on carbon fiber. Speaking as a Lotus Elise driver this is still one very heavy beast!