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The 2013 BMW M5 will compete in this year’s One Lap of America, driving 3,300 miles in the eight day event while competing in several motorsports events.
The M5 will compete in the Luxury Sedan class for top honors in the new “Showroom Stock” class. It’s the perfect event for the German automaker to show off just how perfect its new M5 sedan is in terms of performance, drivability, and all-around functionality. Piloting the 2013 M5 starting on May 4th, 2012 will be instructors from the BMW Performance Center, that is home to BMW’s Performance Driving School.
The new-generation M5 features a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 powerplant with 552-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission. It should be one of the strongest contenders in the Luxury Sedan class, even without a single modification and stock tires. It was already unofficially crowned the World’s Fastest Sedan with a 7:55 Nurburgring lap time.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW M5
The guys at the well-regarded motorsports blog Axis Of Oversteer are building a car for the annual One Lap of America race, and their weapon of choice, a BMW M Coupe, looks to be the ultimate expression of what the Bavarian brand can do, mating an older M Coupe chassis with a fully built E39 M5 V8 motor, built by Dinan.
With a full suite of carbon fiber body panels and an estimated 600 horsepower being made by the Dinan motor, the M Coupe should be an absolute weapon on the track portions of the One Lap Event. Check out the video below to hear the Axis M Coupe fire up for the first time.
[Source and Photo Credit: Axis Of Oversteer]
The 2010 One Lap of America – an 8-day cross-country motorsports bonanza covering 3500 miles (at legal speeds) with time trial competitions at some of America’s most famous racing circuits including Mid-Ohio and Road America – always attracts an eclectic mix of motorheads and machines. This year’s event, sponsored by Tire Rack and Motor Trend, was particularly intriguing, with some high dollar high horsepower beasts battling for top spot overall and some amazingly quick yet low budget teams cracking the Top 10.
Some might have expected a Nissan GT-R to claim the overall victory again this year, but German honor has been at least temporarily restored thanks to the rock solid effort of Douglas Wilks and professional racing driver Leh Keen in their 2003 TopSpeed-sponsored Porsche 911 GT2.
Wilks and Keen led from start to finish, followed closely by One Lap veterans Catesby Jones and Jose Collado in their Forged Performance/Alegra Motorsports/tangerine associates 2010 Nissan GT-R, finishing with 5980 points to Wilks and Keen’s 6040 points.
Third overall in their 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with 5745 points was Jeremy Herzberg, Todd Rumke, and well-known hotshoe Danny Popp (and yes, we’re wondering how three dudes fit into a Corvette too).
Although the Top 3 cars might seem fairly predictable given that they’re three of the highest performance sports cars money can buy, there were also some old school and less obvious choices running near the front. See how the rest of the competition fared after the jump: