BMW M Performance Parts Concept makes its debut
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.
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.