After months of arduous testing and development, BMW has now rolled out its new GT racing challenger the M4 GT3… and by all accounts, it looks menacing.
Last weekend marked the first road and important functions test of the much-anticipated GT3-class challenger which will replace the BMW M6 GT3 from the 2022 season. The first tests are scheduled to take place on the track at BMW Group’s test centre in Miramas next week.
Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH: “With every BMW M4, we are taking motor racing technology to the streets. That is particularly true of the new BMW M4 Coupé, which forms the perfect basis for the race car. The straight six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower turbo technology and high-rev concept (developing in excess of 500 bhp) is used in both the production car and the race car.
He added, “Our engineers designed the power unit from the outset with performance characteristics derived straight from the world of motor racing. We are confident that this approach will pay dividends in terms of performance and driving pleasure for both our GT3 customer teams at the racetrack and for our customers who purchase a new BMW M4 or BMW M3.”
The race car and production cars were developed in parallel, and both are now in the midst of an intensive period of testing out on the track prior to the launch of the next-generation M3 and M4, due out in September.
The M4 GT3 will see some competitive racing in 2021, before being deployed as the sole BMW works-GT3 car in 2022. Between now and then, the BMW Motorsport engineers and BMW works drivers still have a lot of development and testing to do.