Drifting on the deck of an aircraft carrier? Yeah, BMW made that happen! Well, sort of…
Dubbed by BMW as “the Ultimate Racetrack,” this thing isn’t actually the real deal because, as Jalopnik points out, “real aircraft carriers don’t have a rounded end on the flight deck.” Though, to be honest, you probably didn’t need much convincing to figure out that this was expertly faked. It’s clear the whole thing was done on a closed road course, with some digital wizardry done to give the legit aircraft carrier feel. That doesn’t make the drifting, which is very much real, any less sweet, though. Check it out!
“The BMW M4 Coupé tackles uncharted territory,” reads the video’s description. But, considering that BMW got its start as a manufacturer of aircraft engines all the way back in 1916, the whole aircraft carrier theme isn’t entirely out of left field. In fact, even the BMW logo is meant to evoke the company’s beginnings, with the logo symbolizing a spinning aircraft propeller.
Did you know these facts about BMW’s past?
The company built aircraft engines during World War 1 but was forced to cease production by the Versailles Armistice Treaty.Advertisement
In 1928, it took over a license from Pratt & Whitney to manufacture a nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine called the Hornet. Then in the 1930s, BMW produced aircraft engines for the Luftwaffe as Germany rearmed itself. The BMW 132 engine was used in several types of planes, in roles varying from mail carrying to torpedo bombing.Advertisement
BMW’s 801 engine was the most-produced engine during WWII, powering the famous Focke-Wulf Fw 190, which was used for both bombing and air-to-air fighting. Over 20,000 were built between 1941 and 1945.
As you can tell from that epic drifting video, BMW has definitely come a long way from making World War I plane engines.
This post was originally published on September 24, 2019