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From the January 2001 affair of Car and Driver.
At Schwalbenschwanz, a horseshoe-formed left-hander at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, allegedly called for a equipment that suctions barf off upholstery, it starts to rain. Hans Stuck aloof stomps the accelerator.
BMW has murderer the stringy-haired, forever animated German hotshoe to undergo writers approximately the 12.Nine-mile, seventy three-flip Nordschleife in a one-of-a-kind X5 recreation-ute tailored with a V-12 agent from one among BMW’s Le Mans-triumphing sports-prototype cars. Stuck, 50, himself a backstab champ at the Circuit de la Sarthe and a beginner in seventy four Grands Prix, is bent to hit one hundred seventy mph on the Nordschleife’s looming straightaway, rain be damned. With the agent shrieking at 8000 rpm in 5th tools, Stuck calmly credibility to the speedometer and says, “Look—a hundred and seventy, ja?”
Ja, indeed. The X5 LM ranks appropriate up there with the absurd acquirement of Rover as confirmation that the boys in Bavaria accept long gone without a doubt meshuga. Aftermost spring, they plucked an X5 off the South Carolina accumulation band and taken it aback to the mothership in Munich. A 15-member surgical aggregation changed into cat-and-mouse there with one among BMW’s solid-alloy, 6.Zero-liter V-12s called from the abiding of engines acclimated to advance and beat the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We capital to acquisition out what the entire limitations are of the basal X5.” Activity Leader, Edward Walek.
The bunched 60-diploma DOHC assemblage is narrower and below than the X5’s banal 4.4-liter, ninety-diploma V-eight, so it acclimatized in afterwards plentiful persuasion. However, the V-12 weighs 176 delivered kilos than the V-eight. It moreover wishes 50 percent introduced cooling area, so the surgeons cut extensive holes in the bonanza and awning to move algid air in and hot air out. Pending account that oxides of nitrogen are truely suitable for us, the bankrupt is pure, basal pollution.
It could be given been worse. The aboriginal plan was to enhance in a V-10 from Ralf Schumacher’s Williams-BMW Formula 1 automobile. But none of BMW’s well-known transmissions can manage an 18,000-rpm redline, and X5 pastime baton Edward Walek capital to build up the driveline and anatomy as abutting to banal as feasible.
The angrily mutated X5 LM is able of enormous 186 mph, on account of a V-12 that makes seven hundred hp at 8000 rpm.
“We capital to acquisition out what the complete obstacles are of the basal X5,” Walek says. The delivered cause: Get our bodies acclimatized to