US BMW Performance Center Will Race in the 2015 One Lap of America with an X6 M

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Today, the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina, announced that it will be entering this year’s One Lap of America challenge with a BMW X6 M. In doing so, they will be partnering up with BMW Manufacturing, BMW Performance Parts and IHG Rewards Club.
The event will kick off on May 2 and will see contestants leave from South Bend, Indiana on a 3,245 mile, 7 day route across eleven states. During their trip, the drivers will undergo time trials, drag racing, skid pad car control courses and, of course, long overnight transit stages.

Behind the wheel of the new Sport Activity Coupe will be Michael Renner, BMW Performance Center Driving instructor joined by BMW Powertrain engineer Michael Broad and One Lap veteran Tom Lappin. The three will be competing in two classes: Truck/SUV and Stock Touring.

In case you’re wondering why they chose the X6 M which is an SUV, let’s run by the numbers once again. It’s the most powerful car BMW ever made, with the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet making 575 HP and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.

It’s also the fastest SUV they made with a sprint that takes just 4.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph). As if that wasn’t enough, the new chassis layout and elastokinematics make it a rocket on the track as well, so the challenges that lay ahead won’t be an issue at all.

A sophisticated oil sump system works alongside multiple low and high pressure radiators, M Compound brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires make sure that the X6M is stable and well behaved both on track and off it. All that’s left to say is ‘Good Luck’ to the guys!
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