Preview: BMW’s M6 GT3 race carJun 4th, 2015
The BMW M6 GT3 will make its race debut next season – and yet the new GT racing car at the forefront of the BMW Customer Racing range was already the talk of the town at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. The car was the “star guest” at M Night – the official opening of the fifth M Festival.
BMW works driver Jörg Müller was at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 as the powerful sports car spectacularly took centre stage.
“The BMW M6 Coupé obviously provided us with a sensational base on which to develop the new car,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “That makes it twice as much fun for our engineers, working hand in hand with their colleagues at BMW M, to transform it into a car for the racetrack. We are looking forward to the first race outing of the BMW M6 GT3 in 2016.”
Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH, also emphasised the parallels between BMW M and BMW Motorsport when he introduced the new M6 Competition Package, which now produces 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque
BMW Motorsport customers from all over the world had previously enjoyed a first exclusive look at the BMW M6 GT3 at a “Closed Room” event at the BMW M Test Centre in Nürburg (DE) on Wednesday, during which they were given a detailed introduction to the car by drivers and engineers. The high-tech powertrain with dry sump lubrication generates 500 hp and impressively high torque. “That will definitely make it easier for us to overtake coming out of slow corners,” said Müller, giving a driver’s point of view.
The BMW M6 GT3 weighs less than 1,300 kilograms. The transaxle drive concept, six-speed sequential racing transmission and chassis, which was optimised in the BMW wind tunnel, ensure that BMW Motorsport will compete with a genuine racer in 2016. The reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance of the BMW M6 GT3 have also been optimised for its outings at endurance races. The longer wheelbase significantly improves the car’s handling compared to the current BMW Z4 GT3.
To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against the effects of a crash, BMW Motorsport developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell in accordance with the very latest safety standards. The car also boasts numerous other features, the sole purpose of which is to protect the driver. These include the roof hatch specified in the regulations, through which the driver’s helmet can be removed if necessary, as well as the safety seat, which was also developed by BMW Motorsport and is bolted firmly into the chassis.