The BTCC’s BMW 3-Series is coming to rFactor 2

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The 2019 championship-winning BMW 330 BTCC car will be part of rFactor 2’s downloadable content drop in November.
The BTCC's BMW 3-Series is coming to rFactor 2

Yet more officially licenced British Touring Car Championship content is coming to simulation platform rFactor 2, this time in the shape of the BMW 330i M Sport.

In 2021 guise, the rear-wheel drive saloon was helmed by Tom Oliphant, Stephen Jelley, Tom Chilton, Adam Morgan and four-time BTCC champion Colin Turkington. The Northern Irish driver took his most recent title, 2019, using this car.

Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport and Team BMW liveries are expected.

It sits alongside four existing BTCC cars, the Ford Focus, Toyota GR Corolla, Hyundai i30N Fastback and the similarly rear-wheel-drive Infiniti Q50. Unlike the Ford, Toyota and Infiniti, while it outputs the same 380bhp, the BMW uses a custom engine tuned by Neil Brown.

Curiously, this is being marketed as the ‘330e’ for rFactor 2, however, that is the 2022 designation when a plug-in hybrid system was introduced into the BTCC. In 2021, it was entitled the ‘330i’, so perhaps this hints at future electrification for the platform.

BMW 330i BTCC, rFactor 2

The existing BTCC cars for the title cost £4.31/$4.99, so while no pricing has been announced for the BMW yet, expect it to be similar.

As for a release date, this is part of the Q4 Content Drop, which is expected to launch sometime in November 2022. Also available at the same time will be the Bahrain International Circuit.

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