With gorgeous appears to be like and severe underpinnings to match, this modified BMW M2 Competitors was constructed to develop components and appeal to consideration at reveals. Nevertheless, it solely received to do a kind of issues…
Characteristic from Efficiency BMW journal. Phrases: Simon Holmes. Images: Jason Dodd.
There’s nothing fairly like getting all dressed up with nowhere to go, however everyone knows it does occur occasionally. And sadly, that phrase couldn’t be extra becoming for this gorgeous modified BMW M2 Competitors, owned by Alan Shepherd, founding father of famend aftermarket components specialist AIRTEC Motorsport. Constructed to be a present automotive that would tackle Time Assault when known as upon, it ticked all of the bins of an out-and-out demo automotive that would do all of it, however lockdown within the UK put an abrupt cease to the plan.
Nevertheless, the modified BMW M2 Competitors and construct deserve some appreciation and the story of the way it got here to be begins with Alan’s growth course of for the corporate. This normally entails shopping for or generally borrowing varied new fashions to develop new product ranges, equivalent to uprated intercoolers, chargecoolers, induction kits, fast shifts, radiators, alloy tanks and far more.
Annually, Alan additionally builds a demo automotive to take to reveals and occasions throughout Europe, in addition to venturing on monitor and, as talked about, getting into the odd spherical of Time Assault. The corporate presently caters for over 20 producers and dozens of fashions, however for 2020, Alan determined it was time to get behind the wheel of a BMW as soon as once more.
“I like vehicles of all types,” he reveals. “I favor one thing that’s turbocharged as that’s what I grew up with, however I respect all makes and fashions in numerous methods. Having beforehand owned an E82 135i just a few years in the past to develop an intercooler equipment for it, I made a decision it was time to strive one thing from the newer F-series vary.” At first, Alan checked out shopping for an M235i however determined to make the leap and have a look at an M automotive. After weighing up the M2, M3 and M4, he determined that the previous fitted the invoice greatest and ordered himself a brand-new BMW M2 Competitors.
“I favor smaller vehicles and felt the M2 was a superb measurement to nonetheless be sensible. Plus, I assumed it appeared essentially the most aggressive out of the M automotive vary and knew it could possibly be made to look higher,” says Alan. “We normally attempt to construct or develop vehicles all year long to take to reveals and tracks everywhere in the UK and likewise Europe, such because the Nürburgring in Germany, so I assumed the M2 suited the invoice completely.”
Specced in Hockenheim silver, when the automotive arrived, it instantly made a giant impression, and Alan admits he was blown away with how good the automotive was. “It’s onerous to place your finger on what makes them such good vehicles to drive at first, however in the event you bounce from one model to a different, you discover it’s the deal with driver engagement and the final really feel contained in the automotive,” he says. “It’s the way it pertains to you as a driver. Additionally, it’s amazingly succesful in commonplace type.” Nevertheless, though he was joyful to sing the praises of the efficiency BMW, Alan is within the enterprise of bettering vehicles, and, eager to develop a sequence of components for the S55 engine, work started on your entire cooling package deal for the automotive.
“We knew it might take a while to develop the components we wished in the best way we wished, as our chargecooler equipment is made with billet finish tanks to make sure optimum move,” says Alan. “We additionally wished our chargecooler radiator to be the most important that would presumably match, which took some cautious engineering, however we achieved that, and our induction equipment is among the greatest in the marketplace. Our DCT cooler, oil catch can equipment, and bigger cold and warm cost pipes had been additionally developed on this automotive.”
However after some preliminary work at HQ, Alan was eager to additionally make the automotive stand out on the monitor and present scene, so started calling in some contacts from everywhere in the globe because the modified BMW M2 Competitors was handled to a spread of upgrades and enhancements just about in a single day. And never one to do issues by halves, Alan aimed excessive because the plan was for it to carry out in addition to it might look, so within the area of simply two weeks, the automotive went from fully commonplace to the way you see it right here.
First got here the KW V3 coilovers to enhance the texture and efficiency of the automotive on the street and monitor, adopted by light-weight APEX EC-7 wheels immediately imported from America to raised fill the arches and cut back unsprung weight. “I’ve all the time appreciated KW Automotive gear, particularly the higher-end Variant 3 suspension for the way it drives on monitor,” Alan remembers. “We’ve used it in a few our previous Time Assault builds, and I’ve by no means been upset, so it was the apparent alternative. These wheels had been additionally the one possibility for me, as I like the look and the fitment is simply good, plus they’re light-weight,” he provides.
Subsequent up, styling-wise, the automotive was fitted out with a real carbon fibre entrance splitter, rear diffuser and higher rear lip spoiler earlier than it was despatched off to the blokes at S6 Wraps to place a novel twist on the look. “I believe these vehicles look nice, however I simply wished it to look a bit sharper and extra purposeful,” Alan explains. “The carbon components try this and work with the decrease stance of the automotive to present it that hunkered-down and bolstered-up look I wished from it. However for the wrap, I knew what I wished in my head, so I informed the blokes, and so they helped convey it to life. They did an ideal job, and I’ve not seen one other M2 fitted out in fairly this fashion. I believe it fits it rather well, and it appears to get an ideal response too,” he smiles.
The subsequent step was to e-book the automotive in at hybrid turbo firm Littco for a pair of their uprated turbochargers to see round 700hp and provides the automotive some show-stopping numbers to again up the outside look. There have been additionally plans to deal with the inside to a revamp with a pair of carbon fibre bucket seats and a rear roll-cage to finish the Clubsport underpinnings. Nevertheless, that’s the place issues took a nosedive for the undertaking, as Alan’s best-laid plans to get the automotive prepared for the 2020 present season stopped useless of their tracks as Covid hit the UK. As an alternative of the automotive being put to make use of on monitor and at occasions, it grew to become Alan’s day by day driver to attempt to get some type of growth use out of it throughout lockdown. “It was an actual disgrace as I felt the automotive deserved for use and seen by individuals, however sadly we solely managed a few native meets,” says Alan.
After proudly owning the automotive for practically two years, it had fulfilled all it wanted to do for Alan and AIRTEC, because the components and merchandise had been launched and issues moved on for the corporate. Sadly, it meant the modified BMW M2 Competitors by no means actually received its probability to shine, and, shortly after this picture shoot, the automotive was returned to straightforward and offered on to make means for the subsequent undertaking automotive and growth automobile, particularly the massively in style Toyota GR Yaris. “It will have been good to take it to a couple huge reveals and see the response I do know it might have gotten,” explains Alan. “And there was speak of getting into it in Time Assault at one level, as we regularly have accomplished with our demo vehicles previously, but it surely wasn’t meant to be. I nonetheless loved proudly owning and driving the automotive, and it opened up my eyes to proudly owning one other M automotive sooner or later for positive.”
With that in thoughts, Alan tells us there are plans afoot to purchase a G80 M3, however he has now determined to stay it out for a Touring mannequin. “We nonetheless have a lot extra we wish to develop for thus many BMW fashions, because the market is admittedly taking off for us, and we’ve had an ideal response from the components we’re making,” he enthuses. Maybe Alan can have one other go subsequent 12 months…
Tech Spec: Modified BMW M2 Competitors
Engine & Transmission:
3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six S55B30, AIRTEC Motorsport billet chargecooler equipment, bigger chargecooler radiator, induction equipment, uprated cost pipes and catch can tank equipment, Stage 1 WG Motorworks remap. M DCT seven-speed gearbox, AIRTEC Motorsport DCT cooler
9.5×19” (entrance) and 10.5×19” (rear) APEX EC-7 wheels with 245/35 (entrance) and 265/35 (rear) Michelin Pilot Tremendous Sport tyres, KW V3 coilovers, Eibach uprated anti-roll bars, poly bushes all through, Pagid RS29 brake pads, braided
Full wrap by S6 Wraps, carbon fibre splitter, diffuser and boot spoiler