BMW M8 GTE

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BMW M8 GTE
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BMW M8 GTE, run by BMW Team MTEK, at the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone race
CategoryGT Endurance (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM and FIA WEC GTE Pro)
ConstructorBMW
Designer(s)Dominic Harlow and Michael Scully
PredecessorBMW M6 GTLM
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque with safety roll cage
Suspension (front)Pushrod with double wishbones coupled with ZF Sachs dampers
Suspension (rear)Same as front
Length4,980 mm (196 in) excluding rear wing
Width2,224 mm (88 in)
Height1,212 mm (48 in)
Wheelbase2,880 mm (113 in)
EngineBMW P63/1 3,981 cc (243 cu in) 90° V8 twin-turbocharged, front engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionXtrac[2] 6-speed sequential semi-automatic paddle shift
Power600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp) at 7,000 rpm (estimated)[2]
Weight1,250 kg (2,756 lb) including driver
FuelTotal Excellium Endurance Ethanol E20[3] (FIA WEC, 24 Hours of Le Mans)/VP Racing Fuels (WeatherTech SportsCar Championship)/Shell V-Power
LubricantsShell Helix Ultra/Pennzoil Ultra
BrakesAP Racing carbon brake discs with 6-piston calipers and pads
TyresMichelin Pilot Sport
Competition history
Notable entrantsGermany BMW Team MTEK
United States BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Notable drivers
Debut2018 24 Hours of Daytona (IMSA SportsCar)
2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (FIA WEC)
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
15 (IMSA SportsCar)
6 (FIA WEC)
3 (IMSA SportsCar)
0 (FIA WEC)
2 (IMSA SportsCar)
0 (FIA WEC)
3 (IMSA SportsCar)
0 (FIA WEC)
Constructors' Championships0 (IMSA SportsCar)
0 (FIA WEC)
Drivers' Championships0 (IMSA SportsCar)
0 (FIA WEC)

The BMW M8 GTE is an endurance grand tourer (GT) car constructed by the German automobile manufacturer BMW. It was developed in late 2016 and made its competitive début in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA WEC for the 2018 season, and thus marking BMW Motorsport's return to 24 Hours of Le Mans after a six-year hiatus.[4] The M8 GTE, which replaced the ongoing BMW M6 GTLM at the end of the 2017 season, is based on the BMW M8. The car was unveiled on 12 September 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Germany.[5]

Development[edit]

BMW began development, design and construction of the M8 GTE in mid-2016. The first chassis was assembled in June 2017, with the first vehicle completed in July. The M8 GTE is the first car manufactured by BMW Motorsport from the ground up as a LM GTE homologated vehicle, rather than based off an existing design.

Technical features[edit]

The BMW M8 GTE programme utilizes several cutting-edge technologies and concepts, such as Additive Manufacturing[6] for rapid prototyping of components, as well as a transaxle, integrating the transmission, driveshaft, and axle assembly into a single unit, balancing mass front to rear.

The M8 GTE is powered by a front-mid mounted BMW P63/1 turbocharged V8 engine, the motorsport variant of the S63 motor found in roadgoing BMW models such as the F90 M5, as well as the BMW 8 Series (G15).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#MISSION8 - BMW M8 GTE Technical Specifications". bmw-motorsport.com. bmw-motorsport.com. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Schrader, Stef (28 January 2018). "All of The Cool Little Details On The BMW M8 GTE That Debuted At Daytona". Jalopnik. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "FIA WEC Secures Five Year Total Deal". sportspromedia.com. sportspromedia.com. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "BMW to enter WEC from 2018". fiawec.com. fiawec.com. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "BMW Unveils M8 GTE at Frankfurt Auto Show". sportscar365.com. sportscar365.com. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. ^ "#MISSION8 | BMW Motorsport". www.bmw-motorsport.com. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

External links[edit]

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