AC Schnitzer presents the ACL2

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2016

AC Schnitzer showcased a 570 HP monster in the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the AC Schnitzer ACL2. The car’s brute force is achieved by replacing the standard engine with an M4 power plant with an AC Schnitzer performance upgrade and by eliminating the Vmax limit via control unit programming. Cornering was vastly improved via the rear limited slip differential with Drexler diff lock increased from 25 to 95 percent.

The concept vehicle was designed with the motto “Less is more” which is reflected in the letter “L” in the name and further reflected in the car’s optimized carbon intake tract as well as the lightweight battery.

Aachen-based engineers working with this “Less is more” formula in mind were able to produce a very lightweight vehicle that, with 2.54 kg per hp, easily outperforms other vehicles like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 458 Italia.

Taming this beast is an exceptional braking capability provided by the 6-pot fixed caliper brakes on front with 400 x 38 mm carbon ceramic brake discs (drilled) working with the 4-pot brakes for the rear wheels with its 380 x 28 mm carbon ceramic discs (drilled).

On the other hand, more power was squeezed from its already powerful engine by using the AC Schnitzer downpipe, boosting both power and torque. Complementing the high engine performance is an equally impressive acoustic performance by this supercar which is made possible by the combination of an AC Schnitzer sports exhaust system and AC Schnitzer “Racing EVO Carbon” tailpipes.

The resulting masterpiece is always highly anticipated whenever the Aachen-based tuning company AC Schnitzer gets their hands on one of BMW’s famous M series models. The reason for this is that AC Schnitzer always aims to do outdo itself when doing bodywork and car suspension.

This is best seen in this latest creation, with the replacement of the standard axles of the M 235i with upgraded M4 technology as well as the installation of the AC Schnitzer Clubsport suspension that is fully height-adjustable, presenting the unparalleled option of full adjustments to the compression and rebound stages.

In addition, the car’s motorsport quality is ensured by the AC Schnitzer support bearings and M4 carbon strut braces which further stiffen the car’s body. Aside from being stunning, the car is also very aerodynamic with the introduction of a skirt and AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements, carbon front side wings (two per side) and the AC Schnitzer front splitter.

The AC Schnitzer ACL2’s rear is fitted with an AC Schnitzer carbon rear diffuser, carbon “Racing” rear wing with Gurney flap and special fixing feet which is 250 mm clear of the boot. Even this rear combination is aesthetically pleasing and even demonstrates further that reduced weight does not mean design has to be sacrificed.

A more powerful stance is achieved with the AC Schnitzer wheelarch extensions on the front, the three air deflector wings on each side as well as the air outlet openings in the wheelarch. An accompanying combination is found on the car’s rear, with the AC Schnitzer rear wheelarch extensions with air inlet opening and two air outlets opening on the wheelarch as well as the two deflectors on each side. These enhancements added 140 mm to the vehicle’s width.

The concept features a striking AC Schnitzer carbon bonnet with black colored Bonnet Vents with special paintwork in Classic Racing Green. In addition, the car features the AC Schnitzer special “Racing” sports mirror which completes the visual aspects of the rather extensive tuning and bodywork package.

Performance of the AC Schnitzer ACL2 is jaw-dropping, boasting a spectacular 3.9 seconds to reach 0-100 km/h and top speed at 330 km/h, which is augmented by the use of 20” 285/25 AR 20 Michelin PSS tyres in both front and rear on AC Schnitzer AC1 forged alloys in BiColor (red anodized and polished).

Interior Design

The car’s interior reflects the car’s racing character as well as exterior aesthetics. The BiColor leather interior is done in green and is made of Nappa leather, along with black suede with green stitching and interior trim strips in matte, also done in Classic Racing Green.

The seats are BiColor AC Schnitzer Carbon racing bucket seats and again have black and green Nappa leather and carbon look leather with ACL2 logo. The steering wheel is an AC Schnitzer “Evo” 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel in Nappa and perforated leather.

Completing the looks of the interior are the green suede indicator, carbon door handles and centre console which also speaks of AC Schnitzer’s expertise in design and aesthetics. Speaking of the new AC Schnitzer control display, which shows among other things, oil temperature, boost pressure, intake air temperature etc., as well as the AC Schitzer combi-instrument that can display up to 330 km/h, one immediately grasps the technical competence it took to put up this whole concept car.

This is further heightened by the AC Schnitzer keyholder, aluminium pedal set, aluminium foot rests with AC Schnitzer logo that is illuminated, “Black Line” aluminium handbrake handle and “Black Line” aluminium gear knob. Special velours foot mats with AC Schnitzer logo and door sill strips stamped with the ACL2 logo complete the interior.

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