• BMW race car driver Andy Priaulx flogs the 2014 F22 M235i around the track

      Andy Priaulx is a professional race car driver for BMW who is a three time world touring car champion. It is safe to say he knows a thing or two about how a car drives on a racetrack. It is also safe to say he knows who butters his bread and that would be BMW. Make no mistake about it this is a promotional video and Andy offers glowing praise of the upcoming 2014 M235i around the track. Is the car worthy of it however?


      Looking at how the car behaves it definitely does do well on what is a damp circuit. However, one will notice there is an abundance of body roll. The car does put its power down well out of corners despite it being damp and appears very smooth (as it should with a world champion at the wheel). Additionally, only a single lap is done so how will the car behave under extended lapping? Well, if it were to go into limp mode or the brakes faded it would be safe to say BMW would not release the video.

      It's nice to see BMW keeping track performance in mind with the M235i. As far as how it really performs, we will have to wait and see for when a third party gets their hands on it. So far, it appears to be shaping up well.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: BMW race car driver Andy Priaulx flogs the 2014 F22 M235i around the track started by Sticky View original post
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      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Wow, that's a lot of roll. No lap time, no comparison to the 135i or any of the competitor cars to the 235. It makes a nice noise and the interior looks good. Not sure what else can be taken away from the vid other than that the paid spokesperson is impressed, as you already said Sticky.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        Wow, that's a lot of roll. No lap time, no comparison to the 135i or any of the competitor cars to the 235. It makes a nice noise and the interior looks good. Not sure what else can be taken away from the vid other than that the paid spokesperson is impressed, as you already said Sticky.
        Yep I think my analysis was spot on. Surprised by the body roll though.
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        It does look like there is a little too much body roll but you also have to remember that this guy probably pushes the car more than any of us can. The M235 is probably the most fun non M car that bmw makes. Man I can't wait for the M2!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        It does look like there is a little too much body roll but you also have to remember that this guy probably pushes the car more than any of us can. The M235 is probably the most fun non M car that bmw makes. Man I can't wait for the M2!
        I don't man it looks excessive to me but this is still early and we can judge solely from a video. This will likely be the most fun non-M car.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        I recently drove a 991 911S - and was astounded how little body roll there was - even compared to my M3, which doesn't sit on stock suspension.

        I am very curious how Porsche does it; the most amazing thing was the ride wasn't any (that I could notice in a 20-30 mile ride) harsher than in my M3 (regardless of EDC modes). My point is, I hope BMW steps up their game - little cars like this (tuned for sport) shouldn't have this much roll. Looking at the picture (first picture in the thread/post) - you can even see how bad it was. I was expecting much worse comments just from looking at the picture before reading/watching the video. I am sure others saw the same thing, and drew their own conclusion - and might not have even watched because of it. In other words, because of some sloppy suspension, BMW might not be taken seriously at first glance...

        Why BMW doesn't see this picture and say "oh, our sport coupe looks like a Toyota Camry when it's cornering" is beyond me. I really wish they would put their money into engineering instead of marketing/changing the model names/standardizing cc/cylinder across engines/etc. - this is what made a BMW special, no matter what it's designation was... I don't mean to get on a rant here, but it's depressing to see a company like this stop making things special - and instead making a bunch of "pretty good" things to compensate.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Body roll can be addressed through the after market. It would be one of first things I would tend to if I got one of these.
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        http://imgur.com/a/3ZYbw#4

        Compare it to this body role.
      1. UsualSuspect's Avatar
        UsualSuspect -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        http://imgur.com/a/3ZYbw#4

        Compare it to this body role.
        Honestly I can't tell which car has more.