BMW M8 GTE Presented in Frankfurt, Aims to Win World Endurance Championship
|   Tuesday, October 17, 2017
BMW introduced the new M8 GTE at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The competition version of the future M8 would be debuting within the 24-hour race from Daytona.
A few months ago, BMW published a series of information and photos with the new M8 GTE, a competition model designed to compete in the upcoming World Championship season.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Germans gave us the first looks at the M8 GTE without camouflage. The BMW car was presented in the BMW M Motorsport design and has a length of 4,980 mm.


Under the bonnet, BMW puts the V8 engine with a displacement of 4.0 liters, that offers a base output of over 500 horsepower, depending on the rating. Its resources are highlighted by a six-speed sequential transmission.

BMW wants the future M8 GTE to be involved both at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in North American and in the World Endurance Championship. All efforts from the Germans would be rewarded in June with the 24-hour race of Le Mans.

The first BMW victory at Le Mans took place in 1939 when a BMW 328 Touring Coupe with a bodywork prepared by Carrozzeria Touring checked the victory in its class after 236 tours. The German manufacturer has not reached the Le Mans grid since 2013. Then, the M3 GT2 has been the focus of attention.

“The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the strong opposition in this sector,” declared BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “For us, the presentation of the un-camouflaged car at the IAA 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.”
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