Tyspeed Pikes Peak BMW M2

Tyspeed BMW M2 Race Car: Preparing For Pikes Peak

As a proud sponsor of the Tyspeed racing team, we caught up with driver Tyler Pappas and his crew at New Jersey Motorsports Park as they prepare their BMW M2 race car for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Preparing the car for this event has been challenging, but the mountain will present an even greater one. The intimidating mountain stands over 14,000 feet in elevation and the race hosts ~12 miles of intense turns without the safety of guard rails. Follow along as Tyler and his team make their way to Pikes Peak.



Car Details:

2017 BMW M2 Club Racer
3,000 LBS Dry, No Driver
Power Rating : 505 whp/ 540Ft/Lbs Torque
BMW CCA B-Modified


Wheel Setup

18×10.5″ ET40 FL-5 Wheels in Race Silver
295/35/R18 Toyo Proxes RR (DOT Compound)
Bimmerworld Premium Race Stud Kit


Body, Chassis & Interior

Completely stripped interior
Tyspeed Composite Doors, Hood, and Deck lid assembly w/ factory mounting
RKP Carbon 2×2 Roof From IND Distribution
Club Race Spec Roll Cage-Fabricated In house
BMW M235IR Carbon Floor pan inserts / 1pc Center console
Custom Carbon Door panels/Rear bulkhead/interior trimmings
13 Ecu’s Removed, wiring harness thinned, operational I-drive + Drive dynamics + Functional HVAC/Defrost
Sparco Circuit II Seat + Sparco Clubsport Belts
KMP Drivetrains F8x Paddle Shift wheel w/ Quick Release + DSC Buttons
AIM MXG Data System W/ Smarty Cam HD From Krause + Associates Beta F8x Protocol For CAN BUS
Ultrashield Lexan Windshield (custom Cut) Lexan Side windows
Longacre Wide View Mirror
AJ Hartman Aero Apex 12 Dual Element Rear wing w/ custom CNC machined swan neck uprights
Dual Stage Rear Diffuser System + Flat Floor Panel From AJ Hartman Aero
AJ Hartman Aero C5 Corvette Front Canards (custom cut)
Motorola Digital Long track radio communication system
RKP Carbon GP front lip w/ AJ Hartman Aero Custom Splitter w/ tunnels
SPA Techniques On board Fire system
SPA Techniques Side View Mirrors


Suspension & Brakes

Stoptech STR-60 15” Brake kit F+R 6 Piston Front, 4 Piston Rear Fully forged calipers w/ custom brake ducting kit
Stoptech Stainless brake lines
Performance DSC/ABS Coding
JRZ RS-PRO 2 Way Remote Adjustable Coilovers 1000LB Front 1200LB Rear Springs
Ground Control Articulating Rear spring perches/ Adjustable Front camber plates
Fall Line Motorsports Spherical Front LCA Bushings
Fall Line Motorsports Adjustable Rear Toe Arms
SPL Parts Front Lower Control Arms
SPl Parts Front Bump steer adjusted Tie Rods
SPL Parts Rear Forward Trailing Arm kit
All Factory Rubber suspension bushings are poly / Spherical replacements
Dinan Upgrade Sway Bar Kit F/R w/ Custom End links
GTS EPS Steering Flash



N55B30T0 w/ CP Standard size/compression Forged pistons , Carrillo Connecting Rods, ARP Hardware
ARP Studded Block M11x1.5
Ported Cylinder head from HeadGames Motorworks
CSF Racing 4 PC Cooling kit including Tripe Pass Racing Radiator, Stepped Intercooler, Boss 275 Cubic Inch Oil cooler , and Double pass DCT cooler
Dual M4 Auxiliary Radiators w/ Boost pump
A/C system Removed + Coded out
Pure Turbos Stage 2+ Turbocharger
VRSF Stainless Downpipe plumbed into custom-fabricated 3” Oval Exhaust
Burger Tuning Catch Can + Oil cooler bypass Valve
Custom Tuning By Frank Smith for MS109 Fuel
Meth Injections system w/ Pre+Post Inter-cooler Sprayers
GTS Rear Differential Flash
GTS Transmission Flash
Powerflex Poly Rear Differential Mount bushing Set – Black Series
VRSF 2 PC Charge Pipe
Pyrotec 15 Gallon Fuel Cell w/ walbro 450 In Tank Pump + Dry Break Filling System
XDI 35I High Pressure Fuel Pump from TTFS
Tuned to 505 WHP / 540 Ft/Lbs OF Torque


Tyspeed Pikes Peak M2 Sponsors

APEX Race Parts
CSF Radiators
Stoptech Brakes
Pure Turbos
Toyo Tires
IND Distribution
Liqui Moly
KMP Drive Train
CSL Design NJ
AJ Hartman Aero


Wind Tunnel Testing

The Tyspeed M2 was brought to the A-2 Nascar Wind Tunnel in Moorseville NC, along with several aero Engineers + their professor from the University Of North Carolina Charlotte, to determine the best aero balance for the car in the various events being run this year. On top of determining this balance, the crew is able to identify with true data, several issues with the front end design/layout which they were then able to go home and correct. Things like splitter angle of attack, cooler ducting, and other areas – had deficiencies which needed to be addressed. Huge reductions in overall drag were found by sealing off the cowling between the windscreen and the trailing edge of the hood, and by adding additional fences to the splitter. These gains netted a +27% increase in front end down force and a 22% reduction in overall drag. The crew then made these changes and were able to make the rear wing angle more aggressive, for a total of 700+ Lbs of down force at just 100MPH. With the setup, and the needed changes, they were able to achieve this number with a 53/47% aero balance which should make the car nice and neutral, and allow the Tyspeed team to focus solely on suspension tuning.


Photos & Video by Silver Style Pictures