BMW M8 UNLEASHED! My First Sketchy Nurburgring Laps

Added on Jul 20, 2020

The Shmeemobiles


It's time to unleash the BMW M8 Competition! Where better to head with the new Shmeemobile than an Autobahn blast on the way to the Nürburgring, experiencing the power now it's run-in. However, horrible weather definitely made for some interesting Ring laps, especially when joined by Robert in his new 620R!

A few weeks ago I returned with the M8 Competition to M Town near Munich for the inspection service at the end of the running-in process, and it also received a host of M Performance Parts being installed. However, in the rush on the day I failed to show one of those; the new extended carbon fibre engine bay components! Since then, the M8 has been with Shmarc150 (manager of Shmee150) who has been enjoying it for a tour, but now it's time for me to get back behind the wheel and unleash it on the Autobahn and Nurburgring.

With 625hp from the 4.4l TwinPower Turbo V8, the M8 Competition has plenty of go, and that becomes very clear on the de-restricted sections of the motorway, although the traffic certainly has other ideas... Upon arrival at the Nurburgring, things also quickly take a turn for the worse as the sky opens up and the rain starts coming down; not what I was hoping for. However, this became a fascinating opportunity to get a feel for driving the Green Hell in the wet, particularly with the 4WD and 4WD Sport modes to experiment with.

After a cautious first lap, the next is out following Robert Mitchell in his new McLaren 620R - running on Pirelli Trofeo R, tyres absolutely not suited to the weather conditions! However, it's a great insight into the right line to take, and helps as well for a 3rd outing shortly thereafter.

There is no doubt the M8 is a fabulous and exceptionally versatile car, demonstrated clearly with its comfort on the motorway at speed but also the ability to dial up the dynamic ability on the track too. It may not have made for the fastest laps in the rain, but I certainly enjoyed the drive!


Episode titleBMW M8 UNLEASHED! My First Sketchy Nurburgring Laps
Episode number60
Date addedJuly 20, 2020
Original dateJuly 17, 2020
Run time25:26
CategoryFeature magazine


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