Aachen based tuners AC Schnitzer surprised the motoring public and pundits alike at the recent Geneva Motor Show with the launch of the M235i based ACL2, a 570hp monster finished in Classic Racing Green. The conversion is based around Schnitzer fitting a tweaked version of the M4’s engine, now pumping out a very healthy 570hp! The prodigious use of carbon fibre means the ACL2 is light enough (1450kgs – which equals 2.54kg per hp), to have a better power to weight ratio than a Ferrari 458 Italia (2.61kg) or the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (2.84).In bringing the ACL2 to fruition, many modifications have been fitted along with the M4 engine, including a new LSD with Drexler diff lock (with 25–95% locking) to further aid the car’s cornering ability. 6-pot fixed caliper brakes are fitted on the front with 400 x 38 mm carbon ceramic drilled discs, and 4-pots at the rear with 380 x 28 mm drilled carbon ceramic discs.
The M235’s suspension is replaced with fully height-adjustable AC Schnitzer Clubsport suspension, Schnitzer support bearings and M4 carbon strut braces.
Aerodynamics are taken care of by AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements, front splitter and carbon front/side wings. At the rear, an AC Schnitzer carbon rear diffuser, carbon ‘Racing’ rear wing with Gurney flap demonstrate that less weight really can mean ‘more’. Front wheelarch extensions, with air outlet openings in the wheelarch and three air deflector wings on each side also enhance the powerful look. Rear wheelarch extensions with air inlet opening and two air outlet openings and two air deflector wings on each side complete the look. These extensions add 140mm to the overall width of the standard vehicle. A vented carbon bonnet and special Schnitzer ‘Racing’ mirrors visually complete the extensive tuning package for the bodywork.
The interior has been completely restyled, with bi-colour leather green perforated Nappa leather in combination with black suede with green stitching, and interior trim strips in matt Classic Racing Green. AC Schnitzer Carbon racing bucket seats and a Nappa trimmed ‘Evo’ 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel plus a plethora of carbon trim pieces and Schnitzer aluminium foot rests (with illuminated logo), pedal set, gear knob, handbrake lever and ACL2 door-sill strips complete the ‘racing’ look.
The ACL2 takes just 3.7 seconds to sprint to 60mph from rest, before reaching a top speed of 205mph on 20” AC Schnitzer AC1 forged alloys in Bi-Colour (red anodised/polished) shod with 285/25 ZR 20 Michelin PSS tyres on the front and rear. The ACL2 is a design study and is currently not for sale, but has a projected ‘value’ of €149,000… watch this space!