13 September, 2017
Straight away we can see BMW has kept the large kidney grills of the 8 Series concept vehicle.
Teaser images have previously shown the vehicle testing, but now we can get an opportunity to look up the skirt of the twin-turbo racing beast, in particular the intricate and complex aerodynamics. At the Frankfurt International Motor Show however, BMW has launched the M8 GTE, which gives a better idea at what the road-going 8-Series could look like. There's a massive wing, side skirts, an aggressive front splitter, and huge air intakes, all wrapped in BMW's racing livery.
Under the hood, the BMW M8 GTE features a V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, which is restricted by regulations to a capacity of 4.0 liter, and has a nominal base output of more than 500 hp, depending on the classification. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.
And to do that, it'll need the M8 to be an incredible vehicle. The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger.
As its name suggests, the BMW M8 GTE will officially race in the GTE Pro division beginning next year's season of the FIA World Endurance Cup (WEC) and marking BMW's return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Early technical information has also been released on the new auto which will be powered by a V8 BMW TwinPower turbo engine with a sequential six-gear racing gearbox, while intense aerodynamic testing has been run to craft the M8 GTE chassis design. How true that is still remains to be seen, but at the very least the headlights, taillights, and roofline should remain the same.
The M8's design is centred on the classic long-bonnet coupe silhouette, with enough room up front to mid-mount the twin-turbo V8 unit used in the race auto.
BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt says the M8 GTE will debut at Daytona in late January.