So, BMW Motorsport, being the sly devils they are, decided to bend the rules for the second time and race a car they don't even make the basic effort to sell as they did with the E46 M3 GTR. That being a Z4 with a V8. The Z4 GTE based on the Z4 GT3 will no doubt do extremely well but it is a cop out to not so much as sell an M version of this car. Come on BMW, all of your competition sells a car based on what it is racing. You are bending the rules. Give us a Z4 M with a V8 or look like hypocrites.
Motorsport direct Jens Marquardt stated regarding the Z4 GTE, “With the BMW Z4 GTE, we are starting a new chapter in North America alongside BMW Team RLL. We have celebrated magnificent victories and titles with the BMW M3 GT and BMW Team RLL over the past four years. The BMW Z4 GTE has everything it needs to continue this success story.”
Bobby Rahal who is the team principal has this to say, "“All of us at BMW Team RLL are very excited about the 2013 season with the new BMW Z4 GTE. We had four great years with the BMW M3 GT and now want to compete on a par with our rivals with the BMW Z4 GTE as soon as possible. With any new car there is going to be a period of development, but we are excited about the upcoming season. This will be our fifth year with BMW and it’s obvious we have a great working relationship. In fact, some of the members of the team are in Munich working side-by-side with BMW Motorsport building the cars. We share the same approach in terms of our desire to be successful and it’s a real honour and privilege to represent BMW in motorsport.”
Ya, ya, ya. You are all excited. BMW Motorsport fans are happy BMW is not quitting as they often do when things don't go their way. But the BMW M fan is left out in the cold once again. Race a Z4 V8 on Sunday, sell a 550GT on Monday. Come on BMW, deliver the goods.
The car will debut in Sebring in March. Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, and Dirk Muller will be the drivers. Due to DTM commitments, Joey Hand will not partake in every race. A new driver named Maxime Martin from Belgium who is 26 years old will join the team.
Should be an interesting season.