BMW 3-Series (F30) race car debuts in South Africa image

The German based automaker BMW has recently announced that the all-new 3-Series (F30) race car has made its debut in South Africa.

According to the car manufacturer, BMW South Africa and ADF Motorsport will compete for the first time in the Wesbank Super Series race, in the local production car championship, on the 31st of March 2012, in Cape Town, and right after that, the racer will debut in Europe too, where it will compete at the 2012 24-Hour race at the Nurburgring.

The BMW 3-Series F30 racer is coming as the 335i and it’s weighing just 1,360 kg (2,998 lbs), being powered by the same standard 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, with the standard internal parts. BMW says that the 335i race car has been fitted with a MoTeC engine control unit, the turbo is now boosting a maximum 0.7 bar and a 40mm restrictor has been fitted on the turbo inlet, resulting in 408 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque (443 lb-ft), compared to the standard 302 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque (295 lb-ft).

Besides these, the BMW 335i is also coming with larger 370mm M-performance front disk brakes, an Akrapovic exhaust system, a GPS data logging system and 18-inch BBS wheels. ADF Motorsport has made the BMW 335i race car in six weeks at a cost of 260,000 USD.