Spengler and Eng score another podium in IMSA iRacing Pro Series

BMW drivers are still competing in sim-racing events all over and the latest notable result comes from Bruno Spengler and Philipp Eng. The two BMW … The article Spengler and Eng score another podium in IMSA iRacing Pro Series appeared first on BMW BLOG

Spengler and Eng score another podium in IMSA iRacing Pro Series

BMW drivers are still competing in sim-racing events all over and the latest notable result comes from Bruno Spengler and Philipp Eng. The two BMW Works drivers managed to get podium finishes behind the wheel of the virtual BMW M8 GTE. Spengler finished second in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series after he came in sixth the last time out, at Mid-Ohio.

This time, on the virtual circuit of Road America, the Canadian had a better tyre strategy and managed to position himself better at the end of the race.

While initially you might think sim-racing doesn’t require as much strategy as the real deal, you might be surprised at how intricate these races are. One bad choice and your race could be over.

For example, Spengler was one of only two drivers who chose to use the pit stops to change just two tires instead of four, a decision which enabled him to make up a few places. Spengler took good care of his tires during the final phase and claimed a podium position.

“We knew in advance that competing against such strong opposition would be tougher on this circuit than in previous races. The qualifying results in particular confirmed that. However, choosing a pit stop strategy of just changing the left-hand tires with the heavier wear allowed us to make decisive progress. The older tires did not have a detrimental effect on the pace towards the end and I was able to keep hold of second place All in all, it was a great day and a super result for me and the entire team,” said Bruno after the race.

Porsche claimed the number one spot in the end, bringing the BMW winning spree to a hold . Philipp Eng finished third, just behind Spengler. An impressive six BMW M8 GTE drivers finished in the top ten. John Edwards finished fifth while Turner Motorsport drivers Robby Foley, Connor De Phillippi and Nick Catsburg crossed the finish line in seventh, eighth and ninth places.

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Video: 823 HP Manhart M8 Shows Incredible numbers on Autobahn

Pundits say that BMW currently doesn’t have a supercar, with the original M1 being the only one in the history of the brand. We tend … The article Video: 823 HP Manhart M8 Shows Incredible numbers on Autobahn appeared first on BMW BLOG

Video: 823 HP Manhart M8 Shows Incredible numbers on Autobahn

Pundits say that BMW currently doesn’t have a supercar, with the original M1 being the only one in the history of the brand. We tend to agree with that statement, but at the same time, when you take a look at the performance of BMW M8 Competition, things get a bit murky.

The M8 is not a supercar in the true sense of the word, nor it does have the exotic looks, but performance wise, it’s up there with the big boys. Naturally, its heft will keep it from matching other supercars on the track, but that’s a different story in a straight line.

Nobody in their right mind can say the stock BMW M8 Competition isn’t fast. With a 0-62 mph sprint of 3.2 seconds, it will blow 99 percent of the cars on the road today out of the water. It also has plenty of power and torque to turn tires into little bits of rubber in an instant.

Therefore, when you take this recipe and add even more spices to it, things tend to get outrageous. The video below shows a Manhart MH8 in action, with its 800 HP.

This is one of the tuning packages available from the German tuner. According to them, it should push the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood to around 800 HP.

The video description says this particular car showed 823 PS on a dyno, so that’s quite a hefty increase over the standard 625 PS. And in case you thought this was a bold claim that was far from what the car is actually making, you need to keep watching.

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The video includes some Autobahn sprints and they show the levels of madness the M8 can achieve. 0-100 km/h takes under 3 seconds while the 100 to 200 km/h (62-124 mph) sprint takes just 5.76 seconds.

That’s faster than most cars do from 0 t0 100!

Needless to say, this thing will go over the 186 mph (300 km/h) mark and it sounds like a platoon of marines firing at will whenever you mash the throttle.

Quite an impressive overall package from Manhart!

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