Meticulousness and precision paid off for Lightweight frontman Marc Müller: after his M4 Clubsport Evo narrowly missed the title of “fastest BMW” at the Sachsenring Record Day organised by AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS in April 2015, he successfully validated his second chance about half a year later. He put a true professional behind the wheel – GT world champion Marc Basseng. In addition to a perfectly set up BILSTEIN Clubsport suspension, the BMW tuner’s successful concept also included a change in strategy: the previously installed extensive Aero Kit was significantly slimmed down to achieve an even more lightweight vehicle. This and some other measures reduced the weight by an additional and impressive 112 kilogrammes. The suspension was meticulously adapted to the changed weight situation.
The numerous adjustment options of the BILSTEIN Clubsport suspension, which is designed for combined use on race tracks and public roads, also proved to be highly valuable. During the final tuning work, Marc Basseng revealed himself to be a great fan of computer evaluations. “This is where I can see exactly where I still have some room and where everything fits. The rear axle still has a touch too much oversteer.” So the rear BILSTEIN shock absorbers were adjusted again and then things became serious.
In the end, the M4 Clubsport Evo with a weight of only 1510 kg and tuned to 565 HP burned a new record into the tarmac of the Sachsenring: In the twisting Omega corner at the start of the track, the Lightweight car gained the first three tenths over the brand competitors and in the end it was the fastest BMW on track with a time of 1:30.49 minutes – a total margin of 1.31 seconds. That is a lot on this tight track with its many corners. While the Lightweight BMW entered the Top 10 dominated by supersport cars and maintained a supreme fifth position, the fastest pursuer with the blue-and-white logo only made it to twelfth position.
Technology partner BILSTEIN congratulated Lightweight and driver Marc Basseng on this success and is looking forward to many more fast laps.