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The BMW M8 GTE.

A new legend.

The BMW M8 GTE.

A new legend.

The BMW M8 GTE is the first BMW Motorsport race car to be in action before its series counterpart. The GT sports car contested its first race at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. The big moment of truth for the BMW 8 Series Coupé came at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. That was 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 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 new BMW M8 GTE will compete in some sprint races, but primarily in endurance races around the world. Accordingly, the BMW Motorsport engineers aimed for aerodynamics with maximum efficiency, while also being robust.

The BMW M8 GTE. A new legend.

The BMW M8 GTE is the first BMW Motorsport race car to be in action before its series counterpart. The GT sports car contested its first race at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. The big moment of truth for the BMW 8 Series Coupé came at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. That was 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 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 new BMW M8 GTE will compete in some sprint races, but primarily in endurance races around the world. Accordingly, the BMW Motorsport engineers aimed for aerodynamics with maximum efficiency, while also being robust.

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5 POWER FACTS

ON THE BMW M8 GTE.

  • 01 Powerful heart: The engine of the BMW M8 GTE consists of 2,300 parts and generates between 500 and 600 hp, depending on the requirements of the respective sporting authorities.
  • 02 Ahead of the times: The new BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW touring car or sports car to compete for points and victories out on the track before the launch of its production counterpart.
  • 03 Lightweight: Thanks to the extensive use of ultra-light carbon fibre components, the new BMW M8 GTE weighs only approx. 1,220 kilograms.
  • 04 Tried-and-tested basis: The BMW S63T4 engine, which achieves excellent performance values in the new BMW M5, among others, forms the foundation for the power unit in the BMW M8 GTE.
  • 05 An eye-catching pair: The design of the BMW M8 GTE also illustrates its close relationship with the BMW 8 Series Coupé, including the common roof line and the design of the front and rear lights.

TECHNICAL DETAILS.

Dimensions
Length without rear wing
4,980 mm
Width without mirrors
2,046 mm
Width with mirrors
2,224 mm
Height
1,212 mm (variable)
Wheelbase
2,880 mm
Weight
1,220 kg
Engine
Model
V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology
Capacity
3,981 cc
Number of cylinders
8
Bore
89 mm
Stroke
80 mm
Engine speed
approx. 7,000 rpm
V angle
90°
“It’s the most elemental, determined race car we have ever built.”
Michael Scully, Head of Design BMW Motorsport

BUILT FOR THE MOST ICONIC RACES IN THE WORLD.

Contesting the most iconic race in the world with the new GT flagship: BMW Motorsport returned to Le Mans with the new BMW M8 GTE in 2018. The development of this cutting-edge car was the most extensive project the BMW engineers have undertaken since the DTM comeback in 2012. The BMW M8 GTE unites innovative state-of-the-art technology and motorsport tradition – and is the most efficient GT race car that BMW Motorsport has ever sent onto the track. Its mission: to continue BMW Motorsport’s success story in GT racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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#MISSION8

From racetrack to road.

#MISSION8

From racetrack to road.

The BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW Motorsport race car to be in action before its series counterpart. The GT sports car contested its first race at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. The big moment of truth for the BMW 8 Series Coupé came at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. That was where the new BMW sports car for the luxury sector made its world debut – and it was the highlight of BMW and BMW Motorsport’s MISSION8. At Le Mans, the two sisters BMW M8 GTE and BMW 8 Series Coupé, were revealed to fans and presented their shared genes. The findings gained on the racetrack with the BMW M8 GTE flowed directly into the series development of the BMW 8 Series Coupé. BMW Motorsport followed the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the world debut of the BMW 8 Series Coupé with its own magazine special, as well as a special online offering.

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IMSA.

IMSA.

The IMSA Series combines tradition and modernity. It continues a long history of sports car racing in the USA and Canada – a history, in which BMW has always played a major role. Over 30 GT cars go head to head at iconic circuits, some of which have hosted spectacular sports car races for over 50 years. More than 100 drivers do battle for victory in spectacular races.
BMW M6 GT3.

BMW M6 GT3.

The BMW M6 GT3 has been the top model in the BMW Motorsport customer racing line-up since 2016. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The power train has dry sump lubrication and generates up to 585 hp – with the whole car weighing less than 1,300 kilograms.