I’ve heard that even among the mad scientists at BMW’s M division, the nasty, kickass BMW 1-Series M Coupe remains a kind of favorite child. I’m hoping for similar results with the BMW M2, because seeing it here on the ‘Ring makes me think of the old 1M.

This video comes to us from our pals over at Bimmerpost, and it shows an M2 prototype getting hustled around the Nürburgring but good. Watch it slice through the corners! Listen to that straight six howl!

And with those huge fender flares, I can’t help but think of the old 1M, one of the finest enthusiast cars ever to come out of Germany. Bimmerpost says that as development progresses, we’ll see more style elements on the M2 as well, like quad tail pipes and maybe a different hood.

But based on this video alone and the spy pics we’ve seen so far, I’d say the M2 is off to a great start.