THE BMW M8 GTE IS HERE TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO LE MANS 2018

THE BMW M8 GTE IS HERE TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO LE MANS 2018

This is the new BMW M8 GTE, for all intents and purposes it’s a fully race-specced version of the upcoming M8 road car.

The German car maker will be heading back to Le Mans for the first time since 2011. Confirming they are entering the M8 GTE into the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and North America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

What you see here is the full race version of the upcoming BMW M8, and that’s fine with us as it looks fantastic. BMW says this racer shares the same roofline, front and rear lights with the production car that should be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late 2017.

From front to back the M8 GTE looks mega, those huge menacing air intakes dominate the front along with a massive airdam. At the back the massive carbon rear spoiler and super trick diffuser just make it all look very quick even when its sitting still. While we can hope that BMW put some of this excellence on the road going version, but sadly they probably won’t.

The M8 GTE gets a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8; this has been de-tuned to 500bhp to comply with the racing regulations. A majority of the motor including its cylinder block and head are taken straight from the production version with all of that power making its way to the track via a sequential, six-speed racing spec gearbox.

Thanks to clever construction the M8 GTE tips the scales at only 1,200kg. This is down to the extensive use of ultra-light CFRP components’, 3D printing and optimisation which all combine to make the car lighter, and efficient to produce.

Those wing mirrors may look like something pulled from the BMW concepts parts bin, but they have been designed around how the air deforms to aid aero performance and speed which is all very clever.

It’s set to make its racing debut in January 2018 at the 24 hours of Daytona before undertaking parallel entries in both the WEC and IMSA races. We cannot wait to see this thing hit the track. Now just let us see the road going version, please BMW

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