Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

The 8-series brings its a-game: new BMW M8 GTE unveiled

The 8-series brings its a-game: new BMW M8 GTE unveiled

As its name suggests, the BMW M8 GTE will officially race in the GTE Pro division beginning next year's season of the FIA World Endurance Cup (WEC) and marking BMW's return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the Frankfurt International Motor Show however, BMW has launched the M8 GTE, which gives a better idea at what the road-going 8-Series could look like.

BMW's new 8-series coupe and M8 performance option aren't even on sale yet, but the racing skunkworks in Munich has pumped out a top-line racing version already.

"The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel", says Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division.

The M8's design is centred on the classic long-bonnet coupe silhouette, with enough room up front to mid-mount the twin-turbo V8 unit used in the race auto.

The M8 GTE is 4980mm long without the rear wing, 2046mm wide without the specially designed wing mirrors, and 1212mm tall, while it wheelbase measures in at 2880mm.

BMW has officially unveiled the vehicle it will run in next year's World Endurance Championship GTE-Pro category. Prior to both of these events, it will be making its race debut at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018.

Under the perforated hood sits a new 4.0-liter V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology that can deliver more than 500 hp, depending on the racing series it enters. Actually, racing and production engineers worked together on the M8 GTE project, including in the lightweight design.

Jens Marquardt, director of BMW Motorsport, said: "The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the strong opposition in this sector".

In the GTE class worldwide, the new BMW M8 GTE will join existing challengers from Chevrolet (C7.R), Porsche (911 RSR) and Ford (GT).

"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".

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