It seems Nürburgring lap times are becoming more and more of a hot topic not just among automakers, but for tuners as well. The latest relevant example from the aftermarket world belongs to Germany’s AC Schnitzer and its heavily modified M235i. Introduced as a concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2 manages to outshine even the hardcore M2 as it uses a heavily tuned version of the straight-six 3.0-liter turbocharged engine from the M3/M4 duo packing in this application a healthy 570 horsepower.
In the hands of Touring Car and Truck racing driver Markus Oestreich, the M235i on a heavy dose of AC Schnitzer-prescribed steroids has completed a lap of the demanding Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 25.8 seconds. As a consequence, it now holds the record for the fastest street-legal BMW around the ‘Ring.
The engine transplant is only part of the story as the ACL2 has also been blessed with a much wider body painted in green contrasted by the red 20-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a tall wing at the back and a plethora of carbon fiber pieces, including the prominent front splitter, canards, and rear diffuser hosting menacing quad exhaust tips.
An adjustable Clubsport suspension has been added as well, while the top speed limiter has been raised to enable the tuned M235i hit 205 mph (330 kph) after doing 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in a mere 3.9 seconds. To shave off pounds, AC Schnitzer removed the rear seats and replaced the front ones with a pair of body-hugging bucket seats featuring a lightweight construction. You’ll also notice the left air vent on the center console has been replaced by a small screen showing precious information for the driver.
As a final note, it’s worth mentioning the record for the fastest road-legal car around the Nurburgring belongs to the McLaren P1 LM with an amazing time of 6 minutes and 43.2 seconds. It’s not a regular production car in the truest sense of the word, but that doesn’t make its performance any less impressive. Same goes for this beefed-up M235i.
Source: AC Schnitzer