Drift battle: Car versus Motorcycle

Modified On May 10, 2018 By Abhijeet Singh Rathore

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Drift battle: Car versus Motorcycle

What happens when you pit a four time dirt track champion Karl Maier on a speedway bike against a BMW M235i with M Performance parts...pure drifting pleasure. This out-of-the-ordinary matchup was done on the Landshut/Ellermühle speedway stadium at the AC Landshut club which is almost a 400-metre-long track for the drifting contest. The respective starting points for the driver and rider could not have been more different.

The Car

Drift battle: Car versus Motorcycle

At the heart of the BMW M235i M Performance sits a 3.0 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine pumping out 326bhp of maximum power and a peak torque rating of 450 Nm. The vehicle has DIN weight of 1,470 kilograms and measures almost 4.5 metres in length. Equipped with original M Performance Parts and a 50:50 weight distribution, the BMW M235i provided the perfect recipe for consistent drifts through the approximately 12-metre-wide corners. In June 2014 the car’s BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine was crowned “Engine of the Year”.

The Motorcycle

Drift battle: Car versus Motorcycle

The speedway motorcycle that Karl is riding has an air-cooled 500cc single-cylinder engine that produces 80bhp of maximum power. It weighs at 80 kilograms (as per speedway regulations) and has just one gear and has no brakes. The specially designed methanol-fuelled machine has been specifically built for speedway track use.

Drift battle: Car versus Motorcycle

Both the driver and the rider were to fulfil on common goal, drift around the 400 metre track for five hours. Though there is a huge difference between both the machines, they succeeded in achieveing their goal. This exercise purely demonstrates the capability of the BMW M235i M Performance on a dirt track rather than the usual asphalt surface.

Drift battle: Car versus Motorcycle

Even the 5 hours of uninterrupted drifting session could not satisfy Karl Maier’s lust for drifting and the former world champion concluded the day with a few sideways laps special BMW S1000RR shod with studded tyres. This RR weighed in at about a little over 200 kilograms with a full tank of fuel on board and develops a power output of 193bhp. The sheer directional stability, outstanding handling characteristics and steering communication of the S1000RR allowed Maier to drift his way across the speedway track.

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