We’ve been spending some time this week in BMW’s 335i, fitted with the full catalogue of BMW Performance upgrades. Our initial plan was to use it as an ice-breaker for our interview with Lincolnshire racer Jack Harvey – runner-up in this year’s Formula BMW Europe Championship – but we decided to hang on to it for a few days to find out whether the BMW Performance range adds a worthwhile boost to the 300 bhp 335i’s repertoire.
Jack Harvey moves onwards and upwards into British F3 in 2011, racing with the Carlin Motorsports team, so we let 17-year old Jack get behind the wheel of the 335i to see if we could spot the tell-tale signs of a future champion.
Jack fought a close battle for the 2010 Formula BMW crown with Josef Frijns, narrowly missing out to the Dutchman at the Monza season finale. He still finished the season with a tally of 7 victories, 8 pole positions and 13 podium finishes so you’ll not be surprised to hear that he is among the favourites out of six nominees for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
We’ll publish our interview with Jack and his impressions of the 335i in the next few days, but meanwhile I thought you might like to guess whether Jack enjoyed his stint behind the wheel.
Listen to the following sound clip and imagine how you’d have felt driving it. At 17..
BMW 335i Coupe fitted with the BMW Performance silencer system.