Petronas Syntium Team BMW Z4 M Coupe + Video

Published on August 24th, 2010

Not many of us in Malaysia is aware of the achievements by the Petronas Syntium Team. Heck! There might even be some of us who haven’t even heard of the team. Nevertheless, the Petronas Syntium Team has proved its worth among others in the renowned Super Taikyu back in Japan. The Petronas Syntium Team is now in the lead position of the Super Taikyu  Endurance Series with another 3 races left to complete the 2010 season. Earlier this year, The Petronas Syntium Team was crowned the 2010 Dubai 24 Hours A5 Class Champions and finished second overall in their BMW Z4M Coupes.

It is also this year that the team was able to record another milestone for one of its drivers in the BMW Z4M Coupe #1 with Malaysian Fariqe Hairuman becoming the first Malaysian to win a major endurance series in Japan. That’s why we feel compelled to feature the Z4M race machines.

We’re not going to deny the fact that, apart from the bullish fury of the Lamborghinis, sleek-quick Astons and German favourite Porsches, the BMW Z4 Coupe driven by the Petronas Syntium Team is easily our favourite. We are not being biased here, merely looking at the car in both aesthetic aspects and we do have our own national corporation close to our heart.

Anyways, we talked to the team and managed to get a few shots of the Z4s both in the pit and in action during the recently concluded Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race 2010 which was held in our favourite track, the Sepang International Circuit.

Let’s start with the technical mambo-jumbo jargon first, shall we?

The BMW Z4M Coupe is running on 6-cylinder in-line 3,246cc engine, complete with BMW Motorsport ECU406 and two powerful microprocessors. Ethernet interface and four Controller Area Network (CAN) buses can also be found in the car. Elecronic throttle control, ABS, VANOS (Variable Nockenwellensteuerung, it’s German for automobile variable valve timing) control, pit-speed limiter, quick-shift, and cylinder selective optimized injection and ignition are all part of the mechanics of the car.

NGK high-performance sparkplugs is the way to go, and are connected with six high-performance pencil-type ignition coils with integrated ignition driver. All those volts are controlled and distributed by the BMW Motorsport Power4000 Control Unit. Sensors are all interconnected by the said CAN busses.

One-piece cylinder block construction built in aluminum with four valves per cylinder, two chain driver overhead camshafts with VVT, six single throttle valves intake system, steel part forged crankshaft, forged slipper skirt piston, steel con-rod, carbon fibre airbox with resonance induction optimised inlet pipes are among the things that helps delivering 391 horses straight out through the multiple pipe manifold. Silencer and catalytic converter has been installed as well to the exhaust system. Wouldn’t it be better if it’s louder and spit out blue flame or something? More menacing, no? Could also be a scare tactic to the tailgating car. Sequential 6-speed gearbox with sintered clutch is used for the stick-play.

Anyway, the weight of the car is right smack at 1,250kg (1,200kg for Nürburgring spec). Light, no?

For the braking power, you will need top-notch no-joke kind of braking system, and the Z4’s braking power is powered by four grey cast iron brake discs, with 6-pot fixed calipers at the front and 4-pot fixed calipers at the rear.

Moving on to the interior, which is pretty bare as you would have probably guessed. It’s a race car for goodness sake. But the drivers would prefer if they have some toys to play around with beside focusing on the track, and that means multiple function steering-wheel, complete with quick-release mechanism and a small LCD for display control. Located on the instrument panel is an LCD Display for quick FYIs and integrated shift lights.

We are looking for more action with these BMW Z4M, but the only time you can watch the cars torturing the tarmac will be during the MME next year. See you next year on the track. Petronas Syntium Team, all the best for Super Taikyu!

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PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM – BMW Z4 M COUPE Technical Specifications:


BMW Motorsport ECU406 with two powerful microprocessors, Ethernet Interface and four CAN busses Cylinder selective optimized Injection and Ignition, Pit-Speed-Limiter, Quick-Shift; Engine Log Book, Electronic Throttle Control, VANOS Control, ABS

Energy Management:

Distribution and Control of the electric energy through the BMW Motorsport POWER400 Control Unit, Networking of all Sensors and Actuators through a CAN Bus

Electric loom: Weight optimised

Ignition coils: Six high performance pencil-type ignition coils with integrated ignition driver

Sparkplugs: NGK high performance sparkplugs

Instruments: Free programmable LCD Display with integrated shift lights

Steering-wheel: multiple function Steering-wheel with Quick-Release mechanism & display control

Length: 4415mm

Width: 1880mm

Wheelbase: 2493mm

Front & Rear Overhang: 865mm/774mm

Rear wing width: 1504mm

Front & Rear Ground Clearance: 80mm / 90mm

Front & Rear Tyres: Yokohama 27/65-18, 28/71-18 (Pirelli tyres for MMER2010)

Front Brake: Grey cast iron disc
diameter 380mm / 6 pot fixed calliper

Rear Brake: Grey cast iron disc

Diameter: 320mm / 4 pot fixed calliper

Driveline: Sequential 6-speed gearbox, sintered clutch

Engine Layout: Six cylinder in-line

Cylinder Capacity: 3246 cc

Bore x Stroke: 87 x 91 mm

Compression Ratio: 12,5:1

Max Power: 396 PS at 8200rpm (approximate)

Max Torque: 400 Nm at approximately 5750 rpm (approximate)

Max Revolutions per minute: 8400 rpm

Cylinder Block: One-piece construction

Crankshaft: Forged steel part

Piston: Forged slipper skirt piston

Con-rod: Steel

Cylinder Head: Aluminium, four valves per cylinder

Valve Train: Two chain driver overhead camshafts with variable valve timing

Intake system: Six single throttle valves / Carbon fibre airbox with resonance induction optimised inlet pipes

Exhaust system: Multiple pipe manifold with silencer and catalytic converter

Cooling system: Water / Air cooler

Flywheel: Steel

Fuel system: Inlet-Pipe injection / One injector per cylinder / 5 bar injection pressure / Fuel 5 star lead-free petrol / ROZ min=98

Fuel tank volume: 100 / 120 litres

Minimum weight: 1,250kg / 1200 kg in Nürburgring Specification

words: Hage’ & Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad  pix: Syafril Ismail  vid: Jeo & Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad


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