BMW’s new GT3 racer will take to the track next year, before a full-season assault in 2022
The new BMW M4 GT3 racer has been partially revealed alongside its disguised road-going sibling ahead of a full launch in September. The model will replace the current M6 GT3 that first hit the track in 2016, and has since achieved a number of impressive results.
This new racer has been developed in parallel with the road-going M4 Coupe, a car of which not only donates its basic chassis and platform, but also the S58 turbocharged straight-six engine. Although final outputs have yet to be confirmed, they will need to adhere to the appropriate GT3 engine regulations, likely matching the road car’s 503bhp power figure.
Though still hidden under a thin layer of disguise, the latest images reveal the use of the same controversial grille as its road-going counterpart, only sporting a more free-flowing design for optimised cooling.
While the underlying construction of the M4 GT3 will share plenty with the road car, the competition car is significantly wider and lower, with a full FIA-approved crash structure built within the sleek new coupe body, not to mention the usual mix of race-specific components around the drivetrain, transmission and differential.
BMW won’t race the new M4 GT3 in a full year’s competition in 2021 either, instead using selected races in that season as a rolling test bed before factory and customer teams launch with a full assault on GT3 classes around the world in 2022.
While it’s important for manufacturers to be seen to be investing in new-tech-style racing series such as Formula E or the new hybrid-entry WRC, the continued participation in traditional racing classes – especially for cars such as these with such a close connection to their road-going stablemates – is as crucial as ever for performance brands such as BMW M GmbH as they continue to diversify in the constant hunt for lucrative market share.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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