Although the main event at any F1 calendar stop is without exception the intense focus of most attention from the press, there are many times some really amazing side shows and quality races intentionally placed beside them to bring more entertainment for the spectators.
The Australian Grand Prix, the first event of this year's season will host one such event: the battle between a street-legal Bmw 135i and two racecars. It is clear that the coupe will be over-matched in a purely performance aspect, but the tii decals on the 1-series suggests at its still-remarkable performance.
To make it ideal, each of the challengers will start from the same point on the track, and just race one lap, but the two racecars will race with a time handicap. The under-matched 135i will start first, followed by the V8 supercar and then by the F1. This theme has been used many times in the past with slight variations, but it seems that the excitement of the chase never seems to lose its hold on fans.
This Ultimate Speed Comparison has been a quite accepted part of the Grand Prix program and ideally exemplifies the claim of the "Ultimate Driving Machine."
The 135i model that will compete in this speed comparison will be a production model equipped with BMW's Performance aerodynamic pack, an uprated suspension and braking pack, along with BMW Performance 18-inch wheels.
The car is distinguished as a more tuned-in track-day street car due to carbon fiber highlights on the mirrors, hood and roof. According to BMW, the inspiration for the tii badging and its overall theme comes from the 1966 BMW 02.
Performance figures for the car that will be pitted against the BMW Sauber F1 and Greg Murphy's V8 Supercar are similar to the production model with sprint rate from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.3 seconds, 300hp (225kW) powerplant, and an electronically limited maximum speed of 155mph (250km/h). The Ultimate Speed Comparison will be done at least five times over the weekend from 11:40 a.m. local time on March 26 and with the final run on March 29 a 1:10 p.m.