For those of you that already know the power of the BMW M6, you need no further explanation as to how amazing it would be to unleash its full potential on a big wide open frozen lakebed. It’s the M6, which of course means it’s been tuned by the mad geniuses responsible for every M car made, the M division.
They’re the ones that brought you cars like the E36 M3 that I fell in love with long ago, not to mention being named the best handling car made in 1997 beating out the best that Ferrari, Porsche or anyone else at that time. Plus the M4 GTS that’s been recently released that is drop dead gorgeous on top of being the more hardcore track version of the M4.
The M6 was designed to be driven at high speeds on the autobahn in Germany so it’s nothing for this car to go into a corner at a 140mph and feel as if it’s being driven on rails. Where you will really see this car come alive is at highway speeds, those twin turbos spool up and will pull you from 70-155mph real quick like.
Growing up in the snow covered Rocky Mountains, going out to “play” behind the wheel on the snow covered the roads and parking lots was somewhat of a religious experience for lack of better words. Not only do you learn the ways of over/understeer really quickly but it’s a pretty amazing feeling to be sliding sideways spitting out a big roost of snow while making the perfect turn around that open parking lot. And that’s driving anything from an old 2WD ’78 Ford F-250, Honda Civic, or maybe a Grand Jeep Cherokee at best. So having that kind of power available under your right foot, and the handling capabilities of the M6 giving you instant feedback, plus a huge wide open space that almost completely eliminates the “Oh Shit” factor of running into something, that sounds like the definition of a bucket list item to me.
Pennzoil has done some cool videos in the past, but in my opinion, they knocked it out of the park on this one.
Here’s a little informational video about the car used in the filming.
And if you like to see how it was made, here’s the behind the scenes.