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      10-19-2022, 05:44 AM   #1
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Exclamation VIDEO + IMAGE HEAVY: The G42 M240i xDrive Takes on the Red Bull Ring

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Hey guys.

Recently my team and I took the 2400-mile round trip from London to the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Was an epic trip through 5 countries across Europe (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria). We have recorded the trip and will be making a video on it soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my experience of taking the G42 M240i on track at the Red Bull Ring.

Some context on the car for those of you not familiar with the build:

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BMW M240i G42 2 Series, Brooklyn Grey, M Adaptive Suspension, M Technology Pack, Cognac Leather Interior and Technology Pack.

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  • JB4 Tuning Module
  • Eventuri Carbon Fibre Intake
  • DCE Catless Downpipe
  • Milltek Catback (OPF Delete) Exhaust with Cerakote Black Quad Tips
  • MSS Height Adjustable Suspension
  • WestForged x AUTOID Lightweight Forged Alloy Wheels (10kg per axle)
  • Endless ME22 Brake Pads
  • ATE Typ 200 Fluid

Visual
  • TRE Carbon Fibre Interior Kit (Satin)
  • TRE Carbon Fibre Seat Backs (Gloss, waiting for satin to be finished)
  • Essentials Carbon Fibre Front Splitter
  • Essentials Carbon Fibre Side Skirts (not shown)
  • TRE Carbon Fibre CS Rear Spoiler
  • M Performance Gloss Black M240i Badges

Before you watch the video, let me caveat it by explaining that I am by no means a track monkey. I have done limited track time, other than my time on Gran TurismoÖ

My brief thoughts on it:
In one word Ė surprise. I was genuinely surprised by the capabilities of the M240i on track. Yes, the car is not stock, but itís not a build either. Itís got relatively accessible notable parts like lowering springs, downpipe, a tuning box, and brake pads. Intake, exhaust etc. aside, you could build a similar car for under $1500 in mods. And for that money, itís a very good package.

The xDrive is a wonderful mix of playfulness and safely net. It pushes into understeer to let you know your near the limit (albeit, something that the steering wheel fails to do very well though with a lack of feel) whilst allowing oversteer on the tighter corners.
The standard PS4s are only good for 2-3 fast laps. Iíd recommend changing these for more track-ready tyres if youíre more serious.

The suspension annoyingly was left in Comfort for this video. Something Iíve only realised since getting back. I didnít mention this in the video but its key because it likely contributed to the additional roll I mentioned in the car. Having the adaptive suspension in Sport would have reduced the roll, I am confident of that.

The brakes, with the new pads and fluid, were MIGHTY. Seriously. I have the M Tecnology Pack on my car (this includes additional oil cooler, larger discs and calipers on the front). This may have contributed to the better performance but I am convinced that the pads and fluid are what made the difference here. The brakes actually got stronger as the laps went on Ė fade only become a factor around 5-6 laps in. And at the Red Bull Ring, where your slowing down from 140mph to around 50-60mph twice per lap, is very impressive.

The downpipe and exhaust combo has made the car a lot more urgent and rapid. Having had the Milltek Catback on for 2000 miles or so prior to installing the decat downpipe, I can say with a lot of confidence that this has made big difference to the performance. The Cats in these cars seem to be very restrictive as my AFRs have also dropped a little since the change. This may be a common factor with the B58s but I am not all too familiar with the tuning side (I make and sell Styling parts &#128522.

With the new M2 just being released, youíd think that all attention would be towards that car, but for now I am very happy with the M240i and consider myself an advocate for the platform.

If you have any questions let me know, otherwise enjoy the video!

Ps. We do sell of the mods Iíve listed above on our store at AUTOID so if you need anything, just shout.



Also, enjoy some photos from the track below:



















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      10-19-2022, 08:10 AM   #2
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Loved the video! So cool to see the same car I drive going around a circuit I watch F1 drivers on.
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Loved the video! So cool to see the same car I drive going around a circuit I watch F1 drivers on.
Thanks!

It is so cool to have the car there. I genuinely expected to feel a little out of its depth being an F1 track - but it wasn't great little package.
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Hey jack great post! Just wondering I see you still have the MSS adjustable Springs. I know that they are made by Eibach for MSS, how have they performed in the last view months having them on? Also what drop are you running 20mm front and back? And also if you could tell me when you lowered the car was your ET off a lot, did spacers help?
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I always read "Autoid" as "Altoid".

Needless to say, I was somewhat surprised reading Altoids was doing BMW tuning, although dropping a few of those cinnamon flavored ones in the tank might just give it an extra 10hp!
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Man what a thrill to be on that track. Enjoyed the ride!
Thanks for posting.
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      10-20-2022, 11:38 PM   #9
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Always a fan of this G42. Looks even better spreading its wings on the track.

F87 is badass too.
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This 240i looks much more cohesive in its design lines than the new M2. Although I'm not crazy about it but it's much much better design-wise. The fold lines from the spoiler following the tail lights and into the bumper.

Really not a fan of that new M2 .
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Love it Jack! Are you planning to drive the G42 on more tracks?
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Looks like fun Jack! The M240i is an extremely capable car on the road. I can imagine its good on track too.
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What's with the LAME Toyota engine cover @ 12 seconds in the video?
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What's with the LAME Toyota engine cover @ 12 seconds in the video?
Good spot!
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What's with the LAME Toyota engine cover @ 12 seconds in the video?
Good spot!
Same idea as Thic Whips on YouTube rocking a BMW engine cover on his Supra. Good fun with the fanboys.
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What's with the LAME Toyota engine cover @ 12 seconds in the video?
Haha, we have an A90 Supra in our fleet so just a little fun.
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Good rips and car looks great too. Much better than the new G87, in fact.
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"I have the M Tecnology Pack on my car (this includes additional oil cooler, larger discs and calipers on the front)."

Are you sure you have an additional (engine) oil cooler, or are you referring to a transmission fluid cooler? If indeed an additional engine oil cooler do you have any pics?

And yes, pads and brake fluid are two of the most important things you can do for the track, aside from tires and seat time (#1).
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I think I would want to get the Brake pads right off the bat.
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"I have the M Tecnology Pack on my car (this includes additional oil cooler, larger discs and calipers on the front)."

Are you sure you have an additional (engine) oil cooler, or are you referring to a transmission fluid cooler? If indeed an additional engine oil cooler do you have any pics?

And yes, pads and brake fluid are two of the most important things you can do for the track, aside from tires and seat time (#1).
At least repair manual has a section about replacing oil cooler.
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At least repair manual has a section about replacing oil cooler.
I'm thinking everyone has an oil cooler, but not 100% sure?

The BMW Genius told me the cooling package includes a transmission cooler and a larger radiator fan. I assume if everyone has the same oil capacity there is not an option for an oil cooler that some have and some do not.
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I like the look of this car so much more than the m2.
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