These are sure to be a crowd favorite.
Back in late March, BMW M announced that it was officially backing a drifting team for the first time ever. The team it chose to get behind is one with a long history of sliding Bimmers about, the Red Bull Driftbrothers. The brothers and their team, armed with a pair of pre-production BMW M4 models, set to work, testing the standard cars and their ability to drift. Then yesterday, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch teased some wacky design sketches of what the finished competition cars would look like, and eight weeks on from beginning their modifications, the Driftbrothers have now revealed their epic race cars.
Technical details are few and far between, but the most astonishing fact is that the team working on these cars was able to extract a stupendous 1,035 horsepower and 958 lb-ft of torque from the M4's engine. Oh, and the only changes made are a bigger turbo, a redesigned cylinder head, and port injection. The rest of the motor is completely stock, but at the moment, the brothers are still getting to grips with their cars and ensuring that they are reliable.
With only half the possible boost being applied at the moment, we may yet see those upgraded internals that the brothers teased a couple of months ago. Either way, there will definitely be more power coming from these setups.
The video also shows the recently revealed M4 GT3, proving that BMW M is doing its best to show that this drift team is a serious part of the brand's motorsport future.
The bodywork is clearly very different and was developed specifically for drifting, with manufacturing carried out by BMW M Prototype Construction. Additionally, the exhaust now sits in the rear window, protruding from a louvered vent that sits where there was once glass. This helps with heat extraction, but more importantly, it just looks cool, and the brothers have already seen flames shooting from these tips.
Although no performance benefit will be derived from getting the flames to be consistent, the brothers are aiming to do just that. After all, drifting is an exhibition sport, and you always get more points for style.
If you're in Europe and want to witness these beasts in competitive action, the pair will be competing in the Drift Masters European Championship, an invite-only competition of elite drifters that will run until its finale in Georgia on October 5. Guest appearances will be made at the German and Austrian MotoGP races, as well as at the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix.