Nine things you ought to know about the BMW M4 DTM
BMW has told us many things about the M4 DTM’s V8. These are those things
It’s more powerful than last year’s car
New regulations for the 2017 season means BMW can fit air restrictors that are less, erm, restrictive. So the 4.0-litre V8 produces “over 500bhp”, up 25bhp on last year’s car. This means 0-62mph in 2.6seconds and a top speed of “approximately” 177mph.Advertisement - Page continues below
It consumes much air
The engine sucks in 260 litres of the stuff every second, which BMW says is 2,000 times as a regular human.
It has very fast pistons…
BMW claim the pistons in its “P66/1” V8 accelerate 600 times faster than a lunar rocket.Advertisement - Page continues below
…that cover much distance
In the course of one season, the pistons cover a combined distance equivalent to traveling from Munich to Sydney. The internet tells us this is over 10,000 miles.
The spark plugs make many sparks
1.3million over one season, to be precise.
…and the water pump pumps much water
19,000 litres per hour. BMW says this would fill a bath in 20 seconds.
…and the oil pump pumps much oil
The oil is circulated through the engine 10,000 times a season. This is many times.Advertisement - Page continues below
Parts of it are very light
BMW says “all the power generated by the engine is transferred to the powertrain and rear wheels through screws weighing just 130 grams.” That’s about as heavy as your phone. Unless your phone is from the late Eighties.
Building it required many technical drawings
920 of them. This is so many drawings, that laid flat they’d cover a tennis court.Advertisement - Page continues below