09:22 AM

BMW Motorsport and Dunlop extend Cup partnership

• The BMW M235i Racing Cup becomes the BMW M240i Racing Cup
• Dunlop racing tires designed for wide range of conditions and driver experience

BMW Motorsport and Dunlop have extended their long-established partnership in the VLN Endurance Championship for at least another two years. Dunlop will continue to equip all BMW Cup-class cars in the VLN races. These races are run at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and Dunlop will also supply its 265/660 R18 racing tires for the circuit’s 24-hour race.

Since 2014,  BMW M235i Racing Cup has been one of the best subscribed and most competitive classes in the VLN.  For 2019, the category gets a facelift with an ‘Evo’ package upgrading the cars to BMW M240i Racing Cup specification.

"We are pleased that the successful and enduring partnership with BMW Motorsport continues on the world’s longest and toughest racetrack" says Alexander Kühn, Product Manager Dunlop Motorsport EMEA. "For years, the BMW Cup class has invariably offered high-class motorsport and thrilling battles. This Dunlop tire was tuned for the BMW on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, so that it provides confidence to motorsport beginners as well as experienced drivers.”

BMW Motorsport has been offering a cost-effective entry-level model for the past five years with the BMW M235i Racing Cup and an attractive competitive environment with its own Cup class. "We are pleased to continue the good and extremely successful cooperation with our tire partner Dunlop and the VLN for another two years," says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. "With this contract extension, we make another clear commitment to customer sports. The BMW M235i Racing was a great success right from the start as a standard-fit, affordable model for motorsport. With the introduction of the BMW M240i Racing Evo package from the 2019 season, we are responding to strong customer demand. I am pleased that we can now offer our customer teams and also our partners the confidence to plan for two more years and reward them for their loyalty. "

Dunlop has an unparalleled record in endurance racing. Chosen by champions in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and VLN, Dunlop also have supplied more Le Mans 24 hours winners than any other tire brand.