It's the racing version of the upcoming BMW M8 road auto, giving us several hints as to what it'll look like when it's unveiled at the LA motor show in December. We're guessing the production auto will be a fair bit porkier than that...
The all-new 8-Series is possibly one of BMW's most highly anticipated models to be launched along with the upcoming Z4 roadster. Its body was designed with help from a new algorithm that allowed for more fluid dynamics computations than ever, before the vehicle ever set foot in a wind tunnel, and a new 3D measurement system will allow BMW to precisely produce components for assembly. Just check out the wing mirrors, too.
BMW will return to worldwide endurance racing next year for the first time since 2011, when its M3 GT2 raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a full season entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
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The M8 will make its race debut in the GTLM category at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.
BMW last competed at the iconic event in 2011 with the M3 GT2, and won the race outright in 1999 with the V12 LMR.
No official powertrain details have been announced, but BMW insiders confirmed the Mercedes-AMG S 63 rival will feature the same 600bhp-plus 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and four-wheel-drive set-up that features in the new M5 saloon.
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The engine in the production M8 should be both larger in capacity and power figures than the GTE. "For us, the presentation of the uncamouflaged vehicle 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". With the BMW M8 GTE, 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. The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger.
In a much anticipated return to the World Endurance Championship, BMW's M8 GTE racer is slated to take to the grid in 2018.
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