BMW motorsport has announced that they once again will be building a car to GT4 regulations with the M4 GT4. Successor to the ever popular E92 M3 GT4, the new F82 M4 GT4 will use the road cars 6 cylinder Twin Turbo engine, in the same way the E92 M3 GT4 used the road cars V8. Power will most likely be sent to the rear wheels through a Dual Clutch Transmission, over developing a sequential box, but the brakes, seats and pedal box will be pulled straight from the GT4’s big brother the M6 GT3. Add on the new Carbon Fibre Doors, Front Splitter and Rear Wing, and you have one hell of a BMW race car. The GT4 will come with all the latest FIA spec safety devices including a multipoint roll cage, so when they call it a turn key race car, there not joking.
BMW Motorsport are targeting privateer teams with this car, and are building it into there well developed sports car ladder. Starting with the M235i Racing (How long till this based on a M2?) then the M4 GT4 and on to the M6 GT3, now all they need to do is a GTE car for Le Mans… Please BMW? Price for the new BMW racer has not been announced, but I don’t think there will be much change to £100k. BMW are hoping to have cars rolling out to customers mid 2017 and racing in 2018.
BMW Motorsport will send the successor of the popular BMW M3 GT4 into action as of the 2018 season: the BMW M4 GT4. This close-to-production car based on the BMW M4 Coupé adds a competitive entrant in the growing GT4 sector to BMW Motorsport’s range of products and continues the long and successful tradition of BMW in customer racing.
Munich (DE), 28th July 2016. BMW Motorsport will send the successor of the popular BMW M3 GT4 into action as of the 2018 season: the BMW M4 GT4. This close-to-production car based on the BMW M4 Coupé adds a competitive entrant in the growing GT4 sector to BMW Motorsport’s range of products and continues the long and successful tradition of BMW in customer racing. The newly developed GT sports car will complete its first tests at the end of 2016 so that customers will have a technically perfected car available for the start of the 2018 season.
“The GT4 category is currently experiencing a boom,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “It offers affordable motorsport with cars of technical high-quality and, therefore, attracts a wide target audience. We see enormous potential around the world for privateer BMW teams for whom the BMW M4 GT4 is an option. Developing a classic customer racing car such as this and offering it to privateer teams has always been one of BMW Motorsport’s core competencies. This also was the case with the predecessor model, the BMW M3 GT4, which is still in action in international race series today. The BMW M4 Coupé provides the ideal basis for our new GT4 model. This is a strong base for our engineers to close the gap between our customer racing spearhead, the BMW M6 GT3, and the BMW M235i Racing for newcomers with a car that is extremely sporty in its production version. The BMW M4 GT4 is designed perfectly for simple use by privateer teams, who can celebrate successes around the world as ambassadors for BMW Motorsport with this model.”
Top quality and safety standards, excellent driveability and low running costs were the premises at the start of the development of the BMW M4 GT4. The entire drivetrain, including electronics, will be taken from the BMW M4 Coupé. The carbon bonnet comes from the BMW M4 GTS, and the BMW M4 GT4 has carbon-fibre doors, a special motorsport front splitter and rear wing, as well as a racing exhaust system. The seats, the brakes and the pedal box use solutions carried over from the BMW M6 GT3.
The offer of contesting races in existing GT4 classes with the BMW M4 GT4 is open to customer teams around the world. Germany, Europe, North America and Asia all have ideal conditions for the car. BMW Motorsport will also use the new challenger to bring talented young drivers closer to the GT3 class as part of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. The first cars are due to be delivered to customers in the second half of 2017. The first possible race appearance will be the 24 Hours of Dubai (AE) in January 2018.
Privateer teams can already register their interest in the BMW M4 GT4 using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.