Posted Aug 27th 2014 8:00PM
We arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, on the third and last practice day for the drivers of a BMWStories internet video called The Epic Driftmob feat. BMW M235i. We were immediately whisked to a large, empty parking lot on the outskirts of Cape Town, where tires are squealing, and chunks of rubber are flying as five red BMW M235i coupes churn up more smoke than a California wildfire. And the smell – it smelled like heated metal, the kind of thing rev limiters were made for. Times five.
All this, for one minute and 47 seconds of action-packed footage with no official plot.
A couple dozen locals have lined up along a chain link fence, lured like moths to a flame by the sounds and scents and plumes of smoke emanating from the site. Each has their camera ready for the moment stunt coordinator Riley Harper says, "Action."
This event – and Autoblog's involvement in it, specifically – was more or less an experiment on BMW's part to see if there is a story to be told from video production and photo shoots, normally marketing endeavors and something PR folks keep documentarians like us a long way away from. We were the only North American media outlet invited, and we weren't there to drive a new product, just to watch one of its current (and in our opinion, one of its best) cars, the M235i coupe, do amazing things at the hands of some of the world's best drifters.