What are the most iconic BMW Motorsport racing cars? To get the answer to that question, we went to Laguna Seca Raceway to see some of the best BMW race cars to ever compete in the United States. The exclusive footage also includes behind-the-scenes footage of the BMW M4 GT3. In this video, Tom Plucinsky, Head of Department, BMW Group Product and Technology Communications, talks about the new race car and some of its features.
BMW E46 M3 GTR
The racing car that immediately stands out is the legendary BMW M3 GTR E46, a car with one of BMW’s greatest engines that no one has ever heard of. Few people outside of die-hard BMW fans are familiar with the P60B40 engine that powered the E46 M3 GTR, but those in the know do. The P60B40 was a 4.0-liter flat-cranked V8 that was stowed in the engine bay of an E46 M3 racing car for American Le Mans Series races and is one of the most controversial engines in the series. Mark.
BMW E92 M3 GT
BMW Motorsport announced in February 2008 that Rahal Letterman Racing will campaign with two factory-backed E92 M3s in the American Le Mans Series in 2009, after a two-year absence from the marque. The cars were homologated for the GT2 category.
According to the rules of the class, the M3 had to share certain components with its street brother. The steel body is the same as that of the roadcar but with a roll bar welded inside. The engine retained the same displacement – a 4.0-liter V8. Of course, there have been some changes to the internal parts. Horsepower has been increased from 56 horsepower to 470.
In 2011, the BMW achieved a double at the 12 Hours of Sebring. In the 2011 GT category of the American Le Mans Series, BMW Team RLL swept through all categories, winning the GT Constructors, Teams and Drivers Championships. They are competing in another year in the ALMS GT class, after securing another fantastic victory at the 60th 12 Hours of Sebring in 2012. The M3 GT2 has been replaced by the BMW Z4 GTE, a racing car with LMGTE specifications. alongside the BMW Z4 GT3 of the GT3 Group specification.
BMW M4 DTM
Additionally, at the Rolex Reunion we also got a close look at one of BMW Motorsports’ 2020 M4 DTM cars. This number 25, M4 DTM Class 1, sponsored by ZF, chassis number 1502, was driven in the 2019 and 2020 seasons by BMW Motorsport driver Philipp Eng.
With a weight of 2163 lbs and powered by a 2.0 liter BMW P48 TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine, the BMW M4 DTM can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, has a top speed of over 185 mph and can reach cornering loads up to 3g. In a rare opportunity, this factory M4 DTM is being offered for sale by BMW Motorsport for 800,000 euros plus shipping, duties and taxes.
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