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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:

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

Performance

  • JB4 Tuning Module
  • Eventuri Carbon Fiber 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 Fiber Interior Kit (Satin)
  • TRE Carbon Fiber Seat Backs (Gloss, waiting for satin to be finished)
  • Essentials Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
  • Essentials Carbon Fiber Side Skirts (not shown)
  • TRE Carbon Fiber CS Rear Spoiler
  • M Performance Gloss Black M240i Badges

Before you watch the video, let me caveat it

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Stellantis executives can’t seem to get on the same page as far as EVs are concerned. The head of the automaker conglomerate, CEO Carlos Tavares, insists the auto industry is rushing recklessly into the EV transition. But Uwe Hochgeschurtzthe former CEO of Opel and Vauxhall and current COO of Stellantis Europe, says the company will go purely electric because that’s what people want, as Electrek reports.

During an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hochgeschurtz said, “The people have decided: we will be purely electric.” The Stellantis EU boss went on to say that the German government has to ensure its people are able to make the EV transition comfortably by providing subsidies, per Frankfurter (link in German):

“If our states decide that, then they must also provide the means for our middle class to be able to pay for such cars,” demanded Hochschurtz. After all, local prosperity is based “on the fact that everyone in society has a right to individual mobility.”

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Many enthusiasts are familiar with the 288 GTO, but the Evoluzione model remains substantially more obscure. Ferrari initially developed it to compete in the Group B rally category’s tarmac events. You didn’t need to be a seasoned car-spotter to tell the Evoluzione apart from the standard 288 GTO: it featured a specific, Pininfarina-designed body made with Kevlar and fiberglass and a carbon fiber rear wing. Power came from a 650-horsepower evolution of the road car’s 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Ferrari quoted a top speed of 230 mph.

Had it raced, the 288 GTO Evoluzione could have given Ferrari’s rivals a serious run for their money. It didn’t get the chance to compete because the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) eliminated the Group B class from international rally events in 1986. Ferrari instead used the 288 GTO Evoluzione to test some of the features it later brought to production in the

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