BMW M3 GT2 2008 - 2010
The BMW M3 Racing car was introduced at the Chicago Motor Show in February 2008. Powered by a 485 hp eight cylinder engine, this impressive racing car has been designed to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for 2009 onwards. The car is based on the fourth generation of the BMW M3, the high performance sports car produced by BMW Gmbh. In December 2009, BMW Motorsport , having bid farewell to Formula One, announced that it will intensify its involvement in GT and touring car racing in the forthcoming year. The company released details of its 2010 motorsport program ; the BMW M3 GT2, besides its North America ALMS participation, will see action in selected races, primarily the 24 hour classics. The BMW drivers will fight for victories in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
The BMW's entry into the Sports Car Championship was overseen by the United States based Team Rahal Letterham operation. Following the victory in the American Series Le Mans at Road Atlanta (US), Dirk Muller from Germany and Tommy Milner from the USA celebrated victory with the BMW M3 GT2 in the first round of the Asian Le Mans Series in Okayama (Japan) in October 2009. In 2010, BMW will also be represented at numerous GT events by its long-term test and development team Schnitzer Motorsport. The focus of this commitment is on the classic 24 hour races. As well as the 24 hour race at the Nurburgring (Germany), it is also planned for the BMW M3 GT2 to start in Le Mans (France) and Spa Francorchamps (Belgium).
The history of the BMW M3 racing car started more than twenty years ago with the first generation M3 introduced in 1986. From the start, this thoroughbred sports car thrilled not only the motorsport enthusiast and the racing expert, but also car fans the world over. Boasting powerful-looking spoilers and strikingly flared wheel arches all around associated with powerful propulsion system, the BMW m3 was a success not only in its rad-going version but also on the race track. Originally conceived for just 5.000 units for the purpose of homologation, the very first M3 gained popularity and its sales amounted for almost 18.000 units including the BMW M3 Convertible. Subsequently, the two following generations significantly exceeded even this remarkable sales figure with the second generation accounting for a sales volume of almost 72.000 units and the third generation achieving an even more impressive production run of over 85.000 units.
In the course of developing the race version of the fourth generation BMW M3, BMW's engineers were faced with an ambitious task: to improve upon the sportiness of an already sporting car. In standard form the vehicle delivers 420 hp thanks to an eight cylinder engine. In order to enable the BMW M3 to make full use of this performance on the racing circuit, the expert in Munich have not concentrated solely on the engine, but have race tuned the chassis as well. The race version of the BMW M3 is wider and significantly lighter than its production equivalent, enabling it to perfectly transmit the power of its V8. Widespread use of carbon-reinforced plastic (CRP) provide proof of substantial weight reduction. The course of its development, initiated in mid-2007, applied numerous Formula One techniques. This include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel analyses, both of which have ensured the best aerodynamic package for the BMW M3.
Technical specifications of the BMW M3 Race Version: weight 1.150 kg; chassis/body: unitary construction steel body with welded safety cell made of extremely rigid precision steel tubing, 110 litre safety fuel tank in CRP sandwich tray, pneumatic four-stamp jack system; aerodynamics: front wings, rear apron, motor hood, roof, trunk lid, rear wings and flared rear wheel arches in CRP; Transmission: carbon fibre clutch operated by hydraulic slave cylinder, 6-speed sequential racing transmission with straight-cut, unsynchronized gears, additional oil/air cooler, quick shift system with ignition cut-out controlled by shifting force, mechanical limited slip differential with additional oil/air cooling, 18 inches aluminium wheels; Engine, 8 cylinder V configuration, 3.999 cc, 485 hp, 500 Nm, dry sump lubrication.
Paul Damiens - Photos by BMW
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