Feature Flick: BMW 1M Shows off Maneuverability by Drifting Through Concrete Walls

The BMW 1-Series M Coupe’s performance potential is undeniable. With 335 hp screaming from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 along with a wheelbase shorter than that of the M3, the 1M is a car that can lead to some serious misbehaving when behind the wheel. In fact, the 1M is a car that will make you want to drive it like you stole it, and this video from BMW Canada only heightens that desire.

Set in some lonely desert, the video begins inside the 1M’s cabin as the driver enters. After hitting the ignition button, the driver takes off, leaving a trail of smoke as he peels out onto a deserted highway. The 1M is then seen powering through a turn, having no trouble pitching the rear end out. The 1M is then confronted by some concrete walls with very specific shapes cut out of the centers. This is where things interesting.

The 1M drives straight through the first couple of walls, only to pull a 180 and drive through again. On approach to the first wall, we can see that the opening is cut out in the shape of the car, just barely accommodating the 1M’s 55.9-inch height. After the 1M nearly scrapes its mirrors on the faux concrete, it passes through several more with the same precision. The car then comes up on some walls with a different shape cut out. One glance is all you need to recognize that the opening is in the shape of the 1-Series’ profile. The driver kicks the rear out again and slides sideways through the opening. The final task requires the 1M to pass through three consecutive profile-shaped openings. The driver makes this look easy as he gets on the throttle to drift through all three at speed.

Granted, we don’t know how many takes were required to capture these near-perfect runs, there’s likely some heavy use of CGI and those walls may not even be real concrete, but the video is still impressive and plenty entertaining. Are we convinced the stunts are reproducible without the help of movie magic? No. Does this video make us crave more seat time in the 1M? Yes.

Source: BMW Canada via YouTube

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2011 BMW 1-Series

2011 BMW 1-Series

MSRP $34,500 128 i Convertible


18 City / 28 Hwy

Horse Power:

230 @ 6500


200 @ 2750