BMW is developing a race version of its M8 the performance of the car to compete in the World Endurance Championship 24 Hours of Le Mans from next year – and it turns out that the close to finished product at the Frankfurt motor show.
The M8 GTE, due also to race in North America, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, set foot on the track for the first time at the beginning of last month. Using thoroughbred parts and bodywork, as well as a race, adjusted turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and six-speed sequential gearbox.
Even though the race car’s exterior is strongly altered for racing, it offers the first official glimpse of BMW’s upcoming 8 Series model, which is not due for official reveal until the Los Angeles motor show in the month of December.
Racing regulations limited the M8 GTE to about 500bhp, which is about 115bhp less than expected in the output of the road going to the M8. But the GTE the most extreme chassis set-up and light weight to ensure significantly faster on the track.
BMW intends to use the M8 racing implications to boost the development of the following M8 on-road cars. The way the car is due to be launched after the regular 8 Series.
The company’s entry in next year’s WEC and Le Mans will race against the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche in GTE, the praise. The M8 GTE exceed the M6 GT3 as the top contender in the BMW motorsport arm. It will be the first BMW plant to enter Le Mans from 2011.