BMW

Learn more about BMW models, products and services:

EPISODE 23: M3 & M4 EXPLAINED.EPISODE 23: M3 & M4 EXPLAINED.

EPISODE 23: M3 & M4 EXPLAINED.

5 min reading time

The M Drift Analyser for BMW M3 and M4.

In episode 23, BMW M developer Thomas explains the M Drift Analyser for BMW M3 and M4.

8 July 2021

The epitome of racing feeling in everyday traffic starts a new round. 35 years after the debut of the first BMW M3, BMW M GmbH presents the latest generation of its high-performance automobiles in the premium mid-size segment. Time to introduce the two new vehicles. In the #M3M4explained series, the developers have the floor.

THE M DRIFT ANALYSER.THE M DRIFT ANALYSER.

THE M DRIFT ANALYSER.

Start the video

BMW M ENTHUSIASTEN FRAGEN, BMW M EXPERTEN ANTWORTEN.

BMW M3 driftingBMW M3 drifting

So, does it affect the Drift Analyser if u were to put drift tires on it with the traction control activated?

No, as the geometric and acceleration parameters that are monitored do not change within the analysis. However, changing the tire or changing road surfaces may require a driver's adjustment to the M Traction Control level.

What is the angle limit for this mode?

There is no limitation for the drift angle. And it is not a controlled drift mode. The driver has to react properly at any time … if you spin, it might by as high as 360° or even more. The maximum drift angle for RWD mode is limited by the maximum steering angle - approximately 35°.

BMW M4BMW M4

Does the M Drift Analyser also work on ice and snow?

Yes, of course.

Does the Drift Analyser recognize alternating curves while drifting?

Sure it does. It will give you an even higher scoring for manouveres like that!

What does the throttle icon shown in the headup display mean?

This indicates way too much overpowering of the accelerator pedal when M Traction Control and the M Drift Analyser are active. This also depends on the selected level of M Traction Control.

BMW M3BMW M3

Which car in the BMW fleet current or previous is your favorite to drift?

I like drifting the M2 very much and the new M3/M4 is great fun either.

Have you ever done a 5-star drift?

Sure! That was an essential and entertaining part of the development.

What's the best drift score you ever got?

I am still working on my 6-star rating …

HOW TO USE THE M DRIFT ANALYSER.HOW TO USE THE M DRIFT ANALYSER.

HOW TO USE THE M DRIFT ANALYSER.

Start the video

With M Drive Professional – a standard feature in the BMW M3 Competition and BMW M4 Competition and optional available in the BMW M3 and M4 – the BMW M Drift Analyser is part of the M automobile’s operating system. When activated, it automatically records all drifts performed, then analyses and evaluates them. In this video, we explain how to use the system optimally.

1.

BMW M3 Drift AnalyserBMW M3 Drift Analyser

Deactivate the Dynamic Stability Control DSC. To do this, press the key beside the gear lever for at least four seconds.

2.

BMW M3 Drift AnalyserBMW M3 Drift Analyser

Now you can select the M Drift Analyser in the central information display. Then confirm the relevant legal disclaimer to continue.

3.

BMW M Drift AnalyserBMW M Drift Analyser

When the M Drift Analyser is displayed, the system is automatically active. In the right-hand menu bar, the steps of the M traction control and the desired mode for recording (single drift or drift session) can be selected. Now you can press "Start Drift Session" and you are ready to go.

BMW M3 Drift AnalyserBMW M3 Drift Analyser

Need a short break? You can also deactivate the M Drift Analyser at any time in this menu – which in turn automatically reactivates the DSC.  

 

Enjoy your drifts!

Our tool for managing your consent to our use of cookies is temporarily offline.
For this reason, some functions that require your consent to the use of cookies may not be available.