Following the recent Bahrain International Circuit reveal, Studio 397 continues its Q4 2022 content reveal confirming that the BMW 330e M Sport NGTC car will be added to the British Touring Car Championship content for rFactor 2, joining the Hyundai i30 Fastback N Performance, Toyota Corolla GR, Infiniti Q50, and Ford Focus ST.
The BMW G20 330i M Sport is powered by a BMW B48, DI, VVT, 4-cylinder, 2-liter turbo engine that delivers approximately 380bhp. All that power is transferred to the rear wheels via an Xtrac, six-speed sequential gearbox. The car can reach a top speed of 249Kph (155Mph).
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A championship winner in the hands of Colin Turkington on debut in 2019, the 330 has proven itself to be one of the most potent cars of the modern BTCC, always right up towards the sharp end of the grid and maximizing the inherent advantages of rear-wheel drive, as the only car other than the already released Infiniti Q50 to feature this drive train configuration.
Developed by West Surrey Racing following the hugely successful professional life of the little 1 Series BMW, the 330 has quickly established itself as something of a fan favorite within the series following an impressive debut in 2019. Proving to be massively quick right out of the box at Donington Park in the hands of a former series champion, Colin Turkington, the 330 has gone on to become one of the most prominent and potent cars of recent years. Now under the banner of both West Surrey Racing (Team BMW) and Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport, plus new for 2022 ROKiT MB Motorsport, the car is a proven winner in all conditions and seasons.
Returning to the more traditional saloon format favored by touring car teams in the late 1990s, the 330 marked a refreshing transition back to the larger family layout of body style following years of the smaller, more compact 1 Series. The extra size of the 330 has its own advantages, as the car is now considered to be a much more stable platform from which the drivers can work, added to the fact that BMW traditionally runs in rear-wheel drive configuration, the cards are very much stacked in favor of the 330 – providing an outstanding base on which to develop a car capable of fighting right at the very front of the field in each year since that debut outing in 2019.
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As a competitive package, the pedigree of the BMW has little in the way of an equal in modern NGTC specification BTCC racing. Results aside, one of the main reasons the car has proven to be so popular with the fans of British Touring Car racing is simply the fact it looks so spectacularly right as a modern touring car – large, aggressive, and purposeful out on the circuit, it would be hard to argue against placing this car in any touring car fans top 3 favorite designs, even more so in the virtual world – as I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say this thing just looks spectacular in rFactor 2!