BMW M8 GTE brings BMW back to 24 Hours of Le Mans

BMW M8 GTE brings BMW back to 24 Hours of Le Mans”

When we finally got a look at the concept vehicle, it was an absolute jaw-dropper. We've also heard that there's already an M8 under development.

The vehicle had already been revealed with several photos of it released during an endurance test at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in July, but it was officially unveiled in a BMW Motorsport livery at the auto show on Tuesday. BMW continued its momentum by announcing this M8 GTE race vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show, and it's a beauty, complete with checkered-flag-pattern carbon fiber. There's a massive wing, side skirts, an aggressive front splitter, and huge air intakes, all wrapped in BMW's racing livery.

Under the hood, the BMW M8 GTE features a V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, which is restricted by regulations to a capacity of 4.0 liter, and has a nominal base output of more than 500 hp, depending on the classification. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.

The M8 marks the manufacturer's first entry at Le Mans since 2011, when a factory-run M3 GT2 finished third in class.

BMW has now revealed official images of the new M8 GTE which will take on GT rivals Ford, Ferrari, Corvette, Aston Martin and Porsche to set-up an intensely fierce field for next season.

"We are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top global class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans". BMW says the head and block are from the production engine, so we can expect the to see the same mill in the street auto. BMW notes the M8 GTE race vehicle features the same roofline design as the street auto, and the headlights and taillights are also shared. Presumably, the aero kit will have to be changed out for something a little subtler, but BMW claims there's a close relationship between the M8 and the M8 GTE.

Typically, we the public see the production model of a sports vehicle long before its racing variant.

The M8 will make its race debut in the GTLM category at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.

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