Typically, we the general public see the manufacturing mannequin of a sports activities automobile lengthy earlier than its racing variant. Not so with the new BMW 8 Series, the racing model of which made its debut on the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Dubbed the M8 GTE, the automobile will probably be competed within the FIA WEC and IMSA WeatherTech Sports activities Automobile Championship, beginning with the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona in January.
Per BMW, the racer is being developed in parallel with the manufacturing automobile and that learnings from the observe will carry over onto the road.
Powering the M8 GTE is a Four.Zero-liter twin-turbo V-Eight good for over 500 hp. BMW says the top and block are from the manufacturing engine, so we will anticipate the to see the identical mill on the street automobile. A six-speed sequential gearbox handles transmission duties.
The two,689-lb automobile race automobile rides on a 113.Four-inch wheelbase and has a footprint that’s 196.1 inches lengthy and 80.6 inches huge. Whereas the manufacturing M8 will definitely be heavier, in addition to considerably taller than the racer’s 47.7-inch peak, the footprint must be very related.
BMW says that the M8 GTE will take to the observe earlier than the M8 debuts for the road, so don’t anticipate a manufacturing debut till the 2018 Geneva Motor Present on the earliest.