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      BMW intends to go racing with an M8 which is a great sign. Hopefully the street version of the M8 takes some cues from the Motorsport version. The concern is that the new 8-Series is going to be very heavy and not exactly at home on the racetrack.


      Race cars and street cars are very different things. BMW will take the M8 GTE to Le Mans next year. It will also race in the IMSA WeatherTech series as well as the World Endurance Championship.

      As for the specs, it is assumed that an S63TU V8 variant is under the hood. Until BMW releases further details we are only guessing.

      It is nice to see a new race car from BMW though and some Motorsport emphasis which has been sorely lacking.




      This article was originally published in forum thread: BMW readying M8 GTE race car for Le Mans, IMSA, and World Endurance Championship started by Sticky View original post
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      1. Alpina_B3_Lux's Avatar
        Alpina_B3_Lux -
        Any race car is good thing as a matter of principle.

        But it also shows (again) that BMW does not have a proper sportscar. Just like the 6series or the Bentley Continental, these are not really sportscars but luxury limousine derivatives. You can strip them down a lot, but it will not change the fundamental drawbacks of such a setup. The 6series was only competitive on some racetracks, and I fear it will be the same again for the M8.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Alpina_B3_Lux Click here to enlarge
        Any race car is good thing as a matter of principle.

        But it also shows (again) that BMW does not have a proper sportscar. Just like the 6series or the Bentley Continental, these are not really sportscars but luxury limousine derivatives. You can strip them down a lot, but it will not change the fundamental drawbacks of such a setup. The 6series was only competitive on some racetracks, and I fear it will be the same again for the M8.
        It's a very solid point you make.