BMW M8 GTE
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. 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.
|Category||GT Endurance (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM and FIA WEC GTE Pro)|
|Designer(s)||Dominic Harlow and Michael Scully|
|Predecessor||BMW M6 GTLM|
|Chassis||Carbon-fibre monocoque with safety roll cage|
|Suspension (front)||Pushrod with double wishbones coupled with ZF Sachs dampers|
|Suspension (rear)||Same as front|
|Length||4,980 mm (196 in) excluding rear wing|
|Width||2,224 mm (88 in)|
|Height||1,212 mm (48 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,880 mm (113 in)|
|Engine||BMW P63/1 3,981 cc (243 cu in) 90° V8 twin-turbocharged, front engine, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Xtrac 6-speed sequential semi-automatic paddle-shift|
|Power||600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp) at 7,000 rpm (estimated)|
|Weight||1,250 kg (2,756 lb) including driver|
|Fuel||Total Excellium Endurance Ethanol E20 (FIA WEC, 24 Hours of Le Mans)/VP Racing Fuels (WeatherTech SportsCar Championship)/Shell V-Power|
|Lubricants||Shell Helix Ultra/Pennzoil Ultra|
|Brakes||AP Racing carbon brake discs with 6-piston calipers and pads|
|Tyres||Michelin Pilot Sport|
|Notable entrants|| BMW Team MTEK|
BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan
|Debut||2018 24 Hours of Daytona (IMSA SportsCar)|
2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (FIA WEC)
|Constructors' Championships||0 (IMSA SportsCar)|
0 (FIA WEC)
|Drivers' Championships||0 (IMSA SportsCar)|
0 (FIA WEC)
BMW began the 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 on an existing design.
The BMW M8 GTE programme utilizes several cutting-edge technologies and concepts, such as Additive Manufacturing 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).
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