BMW M8 GTE with mechanics next to the racetrack.

THE MOTUL BMW M8 GTE RACING
IN NORTH AMERICA.

Top-notch cars – top-class racetracks.

The MOTUL BMW M8 GTE racing<br> in North America.Top-notch cars – top-class racetracks.

The IMSA series offers motorsport in its purest form thanks to passionate fans and a unique atmosphere. It continues a long history of sportscar races in the USA and Canada in which BMW has also always played a leading role. GT cars take on each other at legendary racetracks.

But it isn’t only the prestigious rivals that make the series something very special, the calendar is packed with back-to-back classics. Major highlights include the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and ‘Petit Le Mans’. BMW Team RLL has been contesting races in North America with the BMW M8 GTE since the 2018 season.

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BMW M8 GTE.

GOOSEBUMPS GUARANTEED: EXPERIENCE THE BMW M8 GTE LIVE.

Magnificent cars, legendary racetracks, top-class drivers, enthusiastic spectators and right in the middle of it all is you! The IMSA series offers everything that anyone passionate about motorsport could wish for. Experience the BMW M8 GTE live at the most iconic racetracks in North America. 

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FOUR ENDURANCE HIGHLIGHTS -
54 HOURS OF PURE RACING.

The best racing drivers in the world, breathtaking cars and unique circuits make the IMSA series races truly spectacular. The four major highlights in the series form the Michelin Endurance Cup. This is the competition in which the BMW Team RLL claimed the titles in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and team championships last season, and the team will be competing again in 2021 with two MOTUL BMW M8 GTEs. Traditionally, the season kicks off with a true highlight, the 24 Hours of Daytona. Further highlights follow, in the form of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans to finish the year. Once again, the Turner Motorsport team will be sporting the colours of BMW on these legendary race tracks around North America. As in previous years the Will Turner-headed team will be competing in the GTD class with a BMW M6 GT3.

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Der BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack.
BMW M8 GTE.

24 Hours of Daytona, 30th/31st January 2021.

Traditionally, the IMSA season kicks off with a true highlight - the 24 Hours of Daytona. The Florida circuit is one of the most iconic tracks in the United States.
Steep turn of the Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway is infamous primarily due to its banked turns with an incline of up to 31 percent. The race is held on the 5.729-kilometre track version.
IMSA racetrack.

The endurance classic on the calendar.

The endurance classic has been held since 1966. The BMW M8 GTE made its race debut there in 2018 and the following year Connor De Phillippi, Augusto Farfus, Colton Herta and Philipp Eng claimed the GT car’s biggest success to date with their win. Farfus, John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert repeated the victory for BMW Team RLL at the start of the 2020 season.
Sebring

12h of Sebring, 20th March 2021.

After the opening race at Daytona, the season continues with the next classic, the 12 hours of Sebring which take place on a former airfield.
Sebring

Sebring International Raceway.

A total of 17 challenging turns await drivers at the decommissioned airfield in Florida. The track surface poses an additional challenge for the teams with some sections of the 6.019-kilometre track being asphalt, while other sections are concrete.
Sebring

First podium in 2018.

The 12-hour race has taken place at Sebring International Raceway since 1952. In 2018, Alexander Sims, Connor De Phillippi and Bill Auberlen claimed the first podium finish with the BMW M8 GTE. In 2020, Jesse Krohn and John Edwards secured the title there in the Michelin Endurance Cup.
BMW M8 GTE during pit stop.

Six Hours of Watkins Glen, 27th June 2021.

The third endurance highlight of the IMSA season 2021 takes place in New York state. The six-hour race at Watkins Glen has long been regarded as one of the greatest challenges on the entire IMSA calendar.
Racetrack of Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen International.

Watkins Glen is regarded as one of the most exciting racetracks in the world and has been iconic since its time as a Formula 1 track. The 5.472-kilometre track, with its plethora of fast, fluid series of bends guarantees gripping wheel-to-wheel duels.
BMW M8 GTE on the race track.

The Glen.

Between 1971 and 1980, the USA Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was extremely popular with drivers, teams and fans. The Turner Motorsport team in particular feels really at home at Watkins Glen – the team took a win and a second place here in recent times.
BMW M8 GTE during pit stop.

Petit Le Mans, 9th October 2021.

The ten-hour endurance race in Georgia traditionally marks the end of the North American GT motor racing season. As one of the most prestigious endurance races in North America, ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta is a fitting location for the season finale.
BMW M8 GTE on the race track.

Road Atlanta.

One of the most legendary racetracks is the setting for the season finale with the 4.088-kilometre track being a real corker and very popular with drivers. The fast combination of turns in the first sector of the track in particular guarantees pure racing action.
Racetrack Petit Le Mans.

The grand finale.

In recent years, BMW Team RLL has always reached the podium at the season finale. There was a much-acclaimed victory with the BMW M6 GTLM in 2017, and in 2018 and 2019 the BMW M8 GTE finished third in both years. The finale took place in Sebring in 2020, where the team achieved another podium finish and claimed the Michelin Endurance Cup.

BMW power in North America.

The BMW M8 GTE has been causing a stir on the USA’s most iconic racetracks and giving fans goose bumps since 2018.
BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack in Long Beach.
BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack.
Der BMW M8 GTE on the race track in Daytona.
BMW M8 GTE.
BMW M8 GTE during pit stop in Daytona.
BMW M8 GTE in the box.
BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack in Long Beach.
BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack in Long Beach.
BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack.
Der BMW M8 GTE on the race track in Daytona.
BMW M8 GTE.
BMW M8 GTE during pit stop in Daytona.
BMW M8 GTE in the box.
BMW M8 GTE on the racetrack in Long Beach.
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BMW M8 GTE.

THE BMW M8 GTE.

The BMW M8 GTE is the first BMW M Motorsport race car to see action before its production counterpart. The GTE car is not only used in sprint races, but also primarily in endurance races in North America. With this in mind, the BMW Motorsport engineers aimed for maximum efficiency and robust aerodynamics.
BMW Team RLL.

BMW TEAM RLL.

The collaboration between Team RLL and BMW Motorsport will continue in 2021. Discover details about the Ohio team and the driver line-ups for the two MOTUL BMW M8 GTEs.