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BMW M8 GTE teased, to compete in 2018 FIA WEC

BMW M8 GTE teased, to compete in 2018 FIA WEC”

Given that BMW has yet to reveal the production version of the vehicle, the brand is busy raising interest for their all-new grand touring coupe.

The auto is still heavily camouflaged but it's easy to make out the general shape. The bold-looking new 8 Series will spawn a performance version, which in turn will go endurance racing. Once the production 8 Series is revealed, expect BMW to reveal the race vehicle in the metal.

BMW is now developing three vehicles which will be part of the upcoming 8 Series family - the regular 8 Series, the range-topping M8, and the M8 GTE race auto for FIA's WEC series. The auto will be replacing the current M6-based race vehicle in the latter.

There isn't a whole lot of details to be gained from this photo, but we do get to see the M8 GTE's low and sleek silhouette and aggressive rear haunches. BMW Motorsports director Jens Marquardt said not long ago "the BMW M8 GTE will look spectacular" - and the first official sketch showcased on the Facebook social media account stands confirmation.

Not only does it mean BMW is returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the French classic is the highlight of the WEC, but it also means we'll see the new M8 race auto compete against cars based on the Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari 488, Porsche 911, and the aforementioned Ford GT.

"I had great fun with the auto", said BMW works driver Martin Tomczyk, somewhat proving the point.

There are still many more tests to undergo, including at circuits in North America. They are going to field the M8 GTE in cooperation with former DTM squad MTEK, with the expected debut on track featured for the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018. A reveal, however, should take place in late 2017.

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