BMW M8 GTE racer unveiled

BMW M8 GTE racer unveiled

BMW M8 GTE racer unveiled

Yep, the Bavarian marque is heading back to Le Mans and endurance racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and North America's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with this, the M8 GTE. Called the M8 GTE, this new race vehicle will form the basis of BMW's return to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2018. Its body was designed with help from a new algorithm that allowed for more fluid dynamics computations than ever, before the auto ever set foot in a wind tunnel, and a new 3D measurement system will allow BMW to precisely produce components for assembly.

BMW-Motorsport is very excited about the new auto.

The 8-Series will indirectly replace the existing 6-Series Coupe and Convertible and become the flagship sports model in the Bavarian brand's line-up.

The M8's design is centred on the classic long-bonnet coupe silhouette, with enough room up front to mid-mount the twin-turbo V8 unit used in the race vehicle. Just check out the wing mirrors, too.

BMW has officially unveiled the auto it will run in next year's World Endurance Championship GTE-Pro category.

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It features a twin-turbo four-cylinder V8 with 500 hp engine, with a cylinder block and cylinder head identical to the 8 series engine. Making its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the vehicle will then herald a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for BMW. Actually, racing and production engineers worked together on the M8 GTE project, including in the lightweight design.

BMW has now revealed official images of the new M8 GTE which will take on GT rivals Ford, Ferrari, Corvette, Aston Martin and Porsche to set-up an intensely fierce field for next season.

The M8 GTE is part of the wide-ranging product offensive from BMW at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, and is powered by a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8. "For us, the presentation of the uncamouflaged auto at the [Frankfurt motor show] is the next important step on the road to our first race outing, which we plan to be the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018".

"We are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top worldwide class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans".

While the M8 GTE here is kitted out with all the traps and trimmings you'd expect on a GTE class racing vehicle, it does at least hint at one or two design elements heading the way of the new M8, which thus far we've only seen under wraps in spy photographs.

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