One thing that seemed clear all season around the paddock is that Michael Essa had some issues with the BMW 335i in the grip/traction department that never could seem to be sorted out. Well after some buzz about this BMW being retired we got confirmation that a new chassis is in the works for 2011. I have a great feeling he won’t be building a 335 again but here are some things two different people have tipped me off on.
1- His new chassis will still be BMW
2- He will still be running under BMW power (presumably that expensive M5 motor he already owns)
I talked with our resident BMW owner Ricky and some other drifting experts we can only come up with two conclusive BMW chassis to use. One would be the 1 series (my pick) along with a few other experts in the field while a few people even tossed in the BMW Z4 hat into the arena. The BMW Z4 has an almost identical wheelbase to the S13 (one inch off) we found while the 1-series chassis is very similar to the 3 series being only separated by 3 inches. What would you like to see come from Michael Essa for next year?