Maximilian Gunther undefeated in Formula E Race at Home Challenge

Some racing drivers are having a bit of a hard time during this Coronavirus lockdown. Due to the lack of racing, some of the drivers … The article Maximilian Gunther undefeated in Formula E Race at Home Challenge appeared first on BMW BLOG

Maximilian Gunther undefeated in Formula E Race at Home Challenge

Some racing drivers are having a bit of a hard time during this Coronavirus lockdown. Due to the lack of racing, some of the drivers about to make their first big starts have had to put their careers on hold. Maximilian Gunther is one such driver, as he’s been preparing for his debut in behind the wheel of a race car nearly all his life. Now, when he was supposed to lead BMW’s Formula E efforts, everything has been cancelled. Nevertheless, he joined the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge to keep his reflexes sharp and he’s actually doing pretty great in it.

Max remains undefeated in the sim-racing championship so far, with two consecutive wins under his belt. This past weekend, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver claimed his second win in the series, behind the wheel of a virtual BMW iFE.20 car. With 50 points to his name, he is comfortably leading the standings right now. The other BMW Formula E driver, Alexander Sims, finished 14th in the race hosted online.

Günther started the race from second place, avoided the numerous collisions in the narrow first chicane, and wasted little time in taking the lead. That came under threat when Pascal Wehrlein closed the gap and started to apply pressure on the leader. However, Wehrlein then made a mistake, which allowed Günther to claim his second win of the season without any serious challenge over the closing laps. Sims again made good progress from 17th on the grid and was in contention for a top-ten finish. An incident then saw him drop back down the field, however,  and he eventually came home in 14th place.

“I am very happy to have won this race as well. The first two corners were pretty chaotic as there were quite a lot of contact. Fortunately, I came through all that unscathed and was able to take the lead after turn three. From then on, I focussed on not making any mistakes and getting the win. That was not at all easy, as it would have been very easy to crash on this new circuit. As far as I am aware, that must have happened to some of my opponents. I am delighted with the great haul of 50 points after two races,” said Gunther after the race.

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Video: BMW M340i xDrive drag races F30 335i, M4 and M550i

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Video: BMW M340i xDrive drag races F30 335i, M4 and M550i

With the launch of the new BMW M340i xDrive, the Bavarians made it pretty clear that there’s a lot of performance available in the M Performance range. Some critics have argued that there’s not enough going for these models to justify the usage of the M emblems so freely and now, BMW seems to have hit back at naysayers with a brilliant package in the shape of the M340i. To highlight just how fast this car is in a straight line, we have a drag race posted at the bottom of the page.

The thing about the M340i is that is comes in two flavors: one for Europe and one for the US. That’s because of the different regulations in terms of CO2 emissions. In the EU, BMW has to fit its petrol-powered cars with an Otto particulate filter, which takes a couple of horses away and changes the sound of the cars a bit. Therefore, what you’re looking at here is the 374 HP model. I know 8 horsepower won’t make a huge difference, but I had to mention the specs.

In the first race, the M340i goes up against an older F30 335i. Both cars use 3.0 liter straight six engines but one has the new B58 unit under the hood while the other is powered by the old N55. The end result of this race is exactly what you’d expect; the M340i wins. The second race features the BMW M4 but , unfortunately, we’re not told whether the M car is a manual or a DCT. This time, I was surprised to see the M340i winning, yet again, over the 1/4 mile. All-wheel drive seems instrumental for a good race in these conditions, but the M car actually had a pretty good launch.

Then there’s the M550i thrown in just to even the odds in terms of traction. What I should mention is that the M550i here is the old model, using the N63 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 455 HP not the new one with 530 HP. Therefore, it has about 80 HP more than the BMW M340i. Will that be enough to compensate for the extra weight the 5er has to carry? Check it out.

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