On preparing your BMW M for the Race Track

Imagine the thrill of starting your brand new BMW M8 Competition. The roar of its twin-turbo V8 engine wakes up the entire neighborhood, signaling the power within this $150,000 machine. As you head to the fuel station, anticipation builds for the moment you can unleash its full potential. However, taking it to triple-digit speeds on public roads would invite unwanted attention from law enforcement. So, where can you truly push your Bavarian beast to its limits? The answer is simple: the race track. But before you can conquer the track, there are important prerequisites to address, starting with the 1,200-mile running-in service.

The “1,200-mile running-in service” is necessary before the first oil service for longevity and optimal function. This service involves crucial tasks such as renewing fluids, adjusting coolant levels, and deactivating running-in restrictions.

Performing a thorough vehicle check is essential before hitting the racetrack. This includes verifying the lighting system, fluid levels, tire pressures, and more. Pay special attention to the cooling system, as overheating can adversely affect your BMW M’s performance. Check for “Active Protection” equipment, which can be deactivated for track driving but ensures collision safety. The braking system is crucial, so check brake fluid, pads, discs, and lines meticulously.

The final step in preparing your BMW M for the track is inspecting the wheels and tires. Opt for track-rated tires and adjust the tire pressures according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Remember that tire pressures can fluctuate depending on driving duration and temperature, so it’s crucial to triple-check them. Once your vehicle is fully inspected, it’s time to hit the track. Warm up engine and fluids, mind component temperature limits, and take breaks to prevent overheating. After your track experience, schedule a post-race inspection at the dealership for additional services to ensure your BMW M’s longevity.

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