There’s at the moment a lot hubbub over the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe, a automobile that can convey again one of many model’s iconic nameplates, with type and luxurious. Followers can’t get sufficient of the eight Collection and are itching to lastly see what the manufacturing automobile will really seem like. Whereas we nonetheless have to attend a short while longer to see what it is going to be, the newly debuted BMW M8 GTE WEC racing automobile will give us a touch.
“The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and can go face to face with the sturdy opposition on this sector,” stated BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “For us, the presentation of the uncamouflaged automobile on the IAA is the following essential step on the street to our first race outing, which we plan to be the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018. The FIA WEC and the IMSA collection in North America are a high aggressive atmosphere for our new challenger. With the BMW M8 GTE, we’re bringing cutting-edge expertise to the highest worldwide class of GT racing, while on the identical time tying in with our custom at Le Mans. The event of the BMW M8 GTE is on schedule, and we are able to hardly wait to see the automobile difficult for victories in 2018.”
You learn that appropriately. Not solely is that this new BMW M8 GTE an all new endurance race automobile for BMW nevertheless it additionally marks the Bavarian model’s return to Le Mans.
Beneath that lengthy hood lies a four.zero liter TwinPower turbo engine that makes upward of 500 hp, relying on the classification. That engine is paired with a six-speed sequential handbook gearbox and powers solely the rear wheels, clearly, as solely rear-wheel drive is allowed in endurance racing. It additionally will get a carbon fiber driveshaft and a Sachs carbo fiber clutch. Cool stuff.
Whereas 500 hp actually isn’t that a lot in trendy BMWs, contemplating that the brand new M5 makes 600 hp, it’s all that’s allowed and it’s lots in a automobile as light-weight and hardcore because the M8 GTE. Its dry curb-weight is just one,220 kb (2689 lbs), which is about as gentle as a Mazda MX-5. Think about an MX-5 with 500 hp, racing suspension and race-compound slicks? BMW achieved a lot of this weight reduction with in depth makes use of of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Bolstered Plastic) and far of the identical approach and design used to make the M8 GTE race automobile has additionally gone into the eight Collection and M8 street vehicles.
BMW has additionally gone to in depth lengths to guarantee that the aerodynamics and building of the M8 GTE and are each completely top-notch. Utilizing new algorithms and spectacular computing energy, BMW has been in a position to improve the attainable variety of aerodynamic simulations within the wind tunnel, therefor even additional lowering drag and growing aerodynamic stability. 3D measuring, the identical kind used on the latest BMW M4 DTM, was additionally employed to insure the very best high quality and precision within the building of the M8 GTE.
By way of its design, a lot of the BMW M8 GTE is bespoke. So don’t count on the street automobile to look precisely prefer it. Nonetheless, there are some distinct styling cues which can be shared between the 2 vehicles. For example, each vehicles share the identical roof line and silhouette, so count on the street automobile to have the identical lengthy, sweeping roofline. Additionally, the headlight and taillight designs are very related, regardless of the M8 GTE’s being regulated for endurance racing use.
This can be a superb trying race automobile, higher even than the BMW M6 GT3 that preceded it. If that is any indication of what the BMW M8 street automobile will seem like, I believe we’re all in for a deal with.