“THE CHASE” – BMW M3 vs. BMW S 1000 RR featuring Akrapovic
The question of who would triumph in a special race between a BMW M3 and the BMW S 1000 RR Superbike is not new. But with a bold new movie, BMW has finally settled the score. The Chase is the story of what happens when S 1000 RR rider Rico Penzkofer and M3 driver Nico Bastian go head-to-head on the racetrack.
The action quickly moves to the Akrapovic factory in Slovenia, where the BMW M3 and S 1000 RR are given expert fine-tuning before they take to the track. Slick camera work brings the power and quality of the motorcycle and car to life – we see and hear those famous Akrapovic exhausts and a team of engineers’ checks, tunes and tests every detail to make sure The Chase will be completely fair.
The M3 and RR start from opposite ends of the racetrack, each racer vying to be the first to pass his opponent. Sounds of exhausts and a dynamic filming style keep adrenaline levels sky-high as we finally hear the words: “gentlemen, start your engines”.
The crucial thing to remember as they tear round the track is that while The Chase is a movie, the race itself is for real. The two men fighting for bragging rights are a motorcycle racer and racing driver, not actors. The action on the track, the tension and the end result are all genuine.
Of course, there can only be one winner and adrenaline levels peak as he catches up with, and finally passes, the unlucky loser. But with the trial over, the pair shake hands on the other side of the finish line – both satisfied it was fair.
The Chase is the perfect showcase for two of BMW’s most iconic machines, as well as the craftsmanship and power of Akrapovic products. Directed by Ryan McManus, the film looks slick and clean, with plenty of close-up shots of the car and motorcycle.