BMW M8 GTE

THE BMW M8 GTE.

The GT flagship.

THE BMW M8 GTE.The GT flagship.

The BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW M Motorsport race car to be in action before its production counterpart. In January 2018, the GT sports car contested its first race at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The big moment of truth for the BMW 8 Series Coupé (fuel consumption combined in l/100km: 10.0-9.9 (NEDC); 10.8-10.7 (WLTP), CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 230-228 (NEDC); 247-244 (WLTP))* came just a few months later at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the new BMW sports car for the luxury sector made its world debut. Working closely with their colleagues at BMW M GmbH, the BMW M Motorsport engineers opted to use the BMW S63T4 as the base engine for the BMW M8 GTE; this is a V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which was first used in the new BMW M5. The close connection between production and motor racing was one of the premises in the development of the BMW M8 GTE. The knowledge gained during race outings with the new car was incorporated directly in production development. The BMW M8 GTE won two races in the IMSA series in its debut season. This was followed in 2019 and 2020 by two wins at the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona. The BMW M8 GTE also came out on top in the 2020 Michelin Endurance Cup, which comprises the four IMSA endurance classics in Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

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*Official data on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were determined in accordance with the mandatory measurement procedure and comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 valid at the time of type approval. In case of a range, figures in the NEDC take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size; figures in the WLTP take into account any optional equipment. WLTP values are used for assessing taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2 emissions, as well as for the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies, if applicable. Where applicable, the NEDC values listed were calculated based on the new WLTP measurement procedure and then converted back to the NEDC measurement procedure for comparability reasons. For more information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures, see www.bmw.de/wltp.

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It’s the most elemental, determined race car we have ever built.
Michael Scully, Head of Design BMW Motorsport

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BMW M8 GTE.

BMW M8 GTE
BMW M8 GTE

ENGINE.

The V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which is restricted to a capacity of 4.0 litres in accordance with regulations, has a nominal base performance of over 500 hp, depending upon the classification. The cylinder block and cylinder head were adopted from the production engine. Development focussed on achieving the greatest possible efficiency and maximum endurance. The powerful production motor provides the perfect basis for all that. Transmission on the BMW M8 GTE takes place via a six-speed sequential racing gearbox.

Light of the BMW M8 GTE

LIGHT.

The BMW M8 GTE features the latest LED technology. This not only guarantees a particularly high range at night, but also ensures that the entire width of the track is extremely well lit. Additional headlamps – again with LED technology – also illuminate the entry points of corners. The high-performance headlamps were made by special design specialists GERG Lighthouse. The LEDs for this high-performance lighting system are from Osram.

Rear wing of the BMW M8 GTE

REAR WING.

One result of the intensive aero development is the innovative “Swan Neck” rear wing. The shape allows a particularly clean airflow on the critical underside of the rear wing, thus increasing efficiency. In addition, the sloping roof line adopted from the BMW 8 Series Coupé facilitates the airflow to the rear wing.

Wheels of the BMW M8 GTE

WHEELS.

BMW aero rims, 12.5 x 18 inch on the front axle and 13 x 18 inch on the rear axle, are used. They are the result of the innovative aero development, on which BMW M Motorsport engineers are able to call.

BMW M8 GTE

CHASSIS.

The BMW M8 GTE has double wishbones on the front and rear axle, each with four-way adjustable shock absorbers. The anti-roll bars have a quick adjustment mechanism.

BMW M8 GTE

BODY.

The composite body is equipped with carbon core and a DMSB-approved safety roll cage. The extensive use of ultra-light CFRP components has led to significant weight reductions.

  • 1. ENGINE.
    BMW M8 GTE

    The V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which is restricted to a capacity of 4.0 litres in accordance with regulations, has a nominal base performance of over 500 hp, depending upon the classification. The cylinder block and cylinder head were adopted from the production engine. Development focussed on achieving the greatest possible efficiency and maximum endurance. The powerful production motor provides the perfect basis for all that. Transmission on the BMW M8 GTE takes place via a six-speed sequential racing gearbox.

  • 2. LIGHT.
    Light of the BMW M8 GTE

    The BMW M8 GTE features the latest LED technology. This not only guarantees a particularly high range at night, but also ensures that the entire width of the track is extremely well lit. Additional headlamps – again with LED technology – also illuminate the entry points of corners. The high-performance headlamps were made by special design specialists GERG Lighthouse. The LEDs for this high-performance lighting system are from Osram.

  • 3. REAR WING.
    Rear wing of the BMW M8 GTE

    One result of the intensive aero development is the innovative “Swan Neck” rear wing. The shape allows a particularly clean airflow on the critical underside of the rear wing, thus increasing efficiency. In addition, the sloping roof line adopted from the BMW 8 Series Coupé facilitates the airflow to the rear wing.

  • 4. WHEELS.
    Wheels of the BMW M8 GTE

    BMW aero rims, 12.5 x 18 inch on the front axle and 13 x 18 inch on the rear axle, are used. They are the result of the innovative aero development, on which BMW M Motorsport engineers are able to call.

  • 5. CHASSIS.
    BMW M8 GTE

    The BMW M8 GTE has double wishbones on the front and rear axle, each with four-way adjustable shock absorbers. The anti-roll bars have a quick adjustment mechanism.

  • 6. BODY.
    BMW M8 GTE

    The composite body is equipped with carbon core and a DMSB-approved safety roll cage. The extensive use of ultra-light CFRP components has led to significant weight reductions.

TECHNICAL DATA OF THE BMW M8 GTE.

  • Dimensions.
  • Engine.
  • Body.
  • Chassis.
  • Power Transmission.
  • Electronics.
  • Wheels/Tyres.

The BMW M8 GTE.

The GT flagship.

The BMW M8 GTE unites innovative technology, unique design and pure GT power. Built for the most iconic racetracks in the world, the BMW M8 GTE has been in action since 2018.
BMW M8 GTE
BMW M8 GTE
BMW M8 GTE on the race track
BMW M8 GTE on the race track
BMW M8 GTE in Daytona
BMW M8 GTE
BMW M8 GTE
BMW M8 GTE on the race track
BMW M8 GTE on the race track
BMW M8 GTE in Daytona
IMSA

IMSA.

The IMSA series combines tradition and modernity. It continues a long tradition of sports car races in the USA and Canada, in which BMW has also played a leading part from the start. Playing a central role is the BMW M8 GTE.
BMW M8 Coupé

THE BMW M8 COUPÉ.

The ultimate in luxury and performance: The BMW M8 Coupé heralds a new era for BMW M high-performance automobiles in the luxury sector. A host of innovations in the areas of drive train and chassis create unique driving dynamics. Providing the power behind the outstanding performance characteristics is the most powerful V8 engine in the history of BMW M GmbH.