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BMW M3 F80 sets world record quarter mile (video)

A new world record has apparently been set at the drag strip, with a current-gen F80 BMW M3 laying down a blistering quarter mile time well within the 10-second range.

According to the video, this makes it the quickest BMW M3 F80-generation in the world. At a recent strip meet the Yas Marina Blue sedan ran down the quarter in 10.16 seconds at an impressive 224km/h.

Specific details about the car are unknown, but the car was built by Team Insanity Racing and retains a “stock engine”. We assume ‘stock’ is referring to the engine block and major mechanical components, such as the crank and potentially the camshafts.

As standard the M3 uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six engine producing 317kW and 550Nm, or 331kW and 600Nm in the case of the latest Pure edition. This tuned example likely uses a set of larger turbochargers, a freer-flowing exhaust system, and engine computer work.

In standard trim we’ve clocked the M3 F80 sedan DCT auto across the quarter mile in 12.57 seconds at 191km/h. We’re guessing it would require another 200-300kW to get this time down into the 10s and toward 9 seconds. It’s unknown if any of the drivetrain has been beefed up for the Insanity Racing project. Click play below to see how it went.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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