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BMW released official photos of its M4 GT4 race car

BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.

BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.

The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.

According BMW Motorsport, the M4 GT4 will take its cues from the M6 GT3 for its pedal box, brakes and seat design. Several automakers have their own versions of the GT4 racer. Aside from BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG GT, there’s a track ready Porsche Cayman, McLaren 570S, Ford Mustang and Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

BMW also said that the new racecar has been designed to comply with various GT4 competitions held in North America, Asia and Europe. To make it more cost efficient, BMW has retained the production version’s 3.0-litre twin turbo engine.

In fact, the specs of the production model are almost similar to the GT4. The race-ready M4 GT4 will use the same carbon fibre hood as those of BMW’s M4 GTS special edition model.

BMW’s latest racer will be fitted with high performance rear wing, splitter and exhaust to deliver optimum downforce. Carbon fibre will also be used to build its doors to reduce more weight. Since its first year, the M6 GT3 has brought BMW many reasons to celebrate. Jens Marquardt, BMW’s Motorsport Director looks forward in placing its newest model in the upcoming competitions.

He added that the car would take part in two races that will go along with the Motorsport’s comprehensive test program. By next year, the prototype model will be developed and tested to ensure that the new BMW M4 GT4 delivers optimum performance and driveability.

This will include many hours of test in Dubai’s racetracks, which will commence its 24-hour race this January. But since its still in the early stages of its development, we won’t see it compete until 2018. Nevertheless, BMW’s expert team of developers will ensure it is ready to perform when that day arrives.

BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.

BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.

The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.

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Gorgeous Mercedes-AMG GT4 will soon arrive amid ever-growing competition

Mercedes-AMG finally races along with other car manufacturers in the GT4 category. Since there’s an increasing trend for this segment, we think they’ve made it just in time along with Ford, Porsche, McLaren and also BMW.

Even if it comes a little late, the new GT4 racer will be based on the Mercedes-AMG GT-R that was revealed earlier this year. Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 racecar is currently in the works and is expected to apply the road-going GTR’s engineering and design standards.

The picture already looks impressive. With its large wing, wheels out stance, big vents along the hood and highly distinctive aerodynamics design, the AMG GTR definitely looks menacing the first time we saw it. Even so, AMG revealed that they have designed the GT4 to be safe and easy to use.

According to Mercedes AMG’s statement, their newest “top athlete” will be designed with the highest level of “user friendliness” and safety in mind as with any AMG products they have developed.

The regular GT-R as we know uses a 577hp 4.0litre V8 biturbo engine and weighs a total of 1554kg. Though no words are given out on the exact figures, the GT4 racer will be a lot more different. In fact, most of the details are still hanging, as it wasn’t stated in the press whether it would be using the GT3’s 6.2 litre V8 or the road car’s engine.

From what we know, the track-ready 4.0 litre with twin turbochargers can produce 700Nm of torque output and can speed off from 0-100km/hour in as short as 3.6 seconds. Plus, it boasts a top speed of up to 318 kilometres per hour.

Whatever the case may be, Mercedes did the right thing to boost its global presence in motorsports. The new AMG GT3 is expected to launch in the US next year and will be taking part in the IMSA WeatherTech series. In partnership with Riley Motorsports, AMG will compete for the two-car team after successfully competing in endurance racing in Europe.

Of course, the GT4 “competition” also heats up after McLaren, BMW and Ford came up with their own GT4-spec racers. Its rivals include McLaren’s 570S, BMW’s M4 and the Ford Mustang among many others.

Tobias Moers, Mercedes AMG chairman explained how the development of the GT4 is considered a significant step for them to carry on with the expansion of their motorsport program. The overwhelming feedback that they had been receiving from the Customer teams on the AMG GT3 not to mention their growing interest on GT4 racing have helped them arrive to this decision.

Mercedes-AMG finally races along with other car manufacturers in the GT4 category. Since there’s an increasing trend for this segment, we think they’ve made it just in time along with Ford, Porsche, McLaren and also BMW.

Even if it comes a little late, the new GT4 racer will be based on the Mercedes-AMG GT-R that was revealed earlier this year. Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 racecar is currently in the works and is expected to apply the road-going GTR’s engineering and design standards.

The picture already looks impressive. With its large wing, wheels out stance, big vents along the hood and highly distinctive aerodynamics design, the AMG GTR definitely looks menacing the first time we saw it. Even so, AMG revealed that they have designed the GT4 to be safe and easy to use.

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2016 SEMA: Ford Mustang GT4 is your global race car

The Ford Mustang is well-known to have a long history of having what may be the most versatile of performance platforms there is. Whether making a mark at a racing circuit or participating at drag racing, the use of the right modifications can lead to victory.

For those who want to get the opportunity to start competing immediately at the tracks, Ford is offering the new Mustang GT4. Officially unveiled during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas, the new Mustang GT4 delivers a complete package that customers will surely love.

With this, customers will be able to participate in a number of race series like the GT4 European Series, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Many of the coupes that participate in these races are, much like the Shelby GT350, powered with the 5.2-liter V8 engine. However, while they utilize a flat-plane design, the Mustang GT4 instead comes with a cross-plane crankshaft. The power generated by the engine is transmitted by Holinger paddle-shift 6-speed transmission. In addition, the suspension of the Mustang GT4 was tuned by Multimatic Motorsports, the same group that created the brand’s GT race cars. What Multimatic Motorsports did was to put in upgraded parts for the stabilizer bars, lower rear control arms, and dampers.

Indeed, a quick look at the Mustang GT4 and one is likely to see that it is truly track ready. By having a front splitter that is that much more aggressive plus a hood that is ventilated, it allows the V8 engine to be cooled. In addition, by having a big wing and a diffuser in the rear, it allows for an additional downforce that is important when on the tracks.

Through the 18x11-inch wheels that come with racing slicks, this allows for a large contact patch to result in improved handling. Additionally, there is the anti-lock brake controller, Motec instruments, and the roll cage that is FIA-compliant.

While this is truly remarkable, Ford has no time to let its guard down as the Mustang GT4 is expected to face some strong competition like the 570S from McLaren or the M4 from BMW which has the same specifications as the GT4 and is slated to be released in 2018.

However it is possible that some customers will not lean towards having a dedicated track car but still want to remain informed on the performance of their vehicles. As such, Blue Oval is unveiling during the 2016 SEMA Show the Ford Performance app. This software can be linked on the Sync 3 infotainment system with customers even able to mount a smartphone where convenient.

It can then be used to record video and log data like virtual gauges, timing statistics, and overlays. After doing a lap, customer can share the video clips online or even the telemetry. After the unveiling at the 2016 SEMA, this app will then make its official debut in 2017 as part of the Ford GT and after which it will be included in the other models.

The Ford Mustang is well-known to have a long history of having what may be the most versatile of performance platforms there is. Whether making a mark at a racing circuit or participating at drag racing, the use of the right modifications can lead to victory.

For those who want to get the opportunity to start competing immediately at the tracks, Ford is offering the new Mustang GT4. Officially unveiled during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas, the new Mustang GT4 delivers a complete package that customers will surely love.

With this, customers will be able to participate in a number of race series like the GT4 European Series, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Read the entire article 2016 SEMA: Ford Mustang GT4 is your global race car

7 Porsche Cayman GT4s Damaged in Germany Are Headed to Junkyard

Just recently, an accident happened at the Autobahn involving two private vehicles and two trucks – with one carrying seven Porsche Cayman GT4 units. The incident, which happened near Dortmund, Germany, has resulted to injuries both on the passengers and the vehicles.

According to reports, the transporter was hit from behind by another truck while traversing the Kamen area of Dortmund. The transporter was forced to break because of the traffic but the dutch lorry that was following it closely from behind failed to hit the breaks. The latter then crashed into the rear end of the transporter. To make things worse, another car in an adjacent lane that swerved to avoid the two trucks unfortunately got entangled with another car. All four vehicles were blocking the entire autobahn causing heavy traffic affecting all the motorists. The road had to be closed.

There were no casualties in the said accident but the drivers had injuries and had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. The injuries did not stop there, though. It’s most unfortunate what happened to the seven Porsche Cayman GT4s that were quietly sitting in the transporter.

From the looks of the heart-breaking photos of the accident, the four black GT4s on the bottom of the transporter received the most damage while the yellow Cayman on the top middle portion got the least, if not zero damage. It looks like the transporter was cut in half and the sports coupes on the rear end got the full blow of the accident. One white Cayman on the bottom half of the transporter is likely to have a crushed roof while the red one on the top has a damaged rear.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 is one of Porsche’s top tier vehicles and is one of their most successful products. It has a manual gearbox that makes the Cayman an even more aggressive track competitor. It sports a 3.8-liter flat six that can produce 380 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. All this goodness for a base price of 85,799 Euros.

Police estimated that the total damage costs more than one million Euros. Factor in the damage on the dutch lorry as well as the other two private vehicles and hospital bills plus seven Cayman GT4’s. Whew, the damage was huge.

Gearheads would most probably grimace at the sight of this accident especially knowing that there are seven automobile casualties. As much as we’re hoping that the injured could make a full recovery from the event, we’re also hoping that the Cayman GT4 customers could get the replacement for their damaged vehicles.

Just recently, an accident happened at the Autobahn involving two private vehicles and two trucks – with one carrying seven Porsche Cayman GT4 units. The incident, which happened near Dortmund, Germany, has resulted to injuries both on the passengers and the vehicles.

According to reports, the transporter was hit from behind by another truck while traversing the Kamen area of Dortmund. The transporter was forced to break because of the traffic but the dutch lorry that was following it closely from behind failed to hit the breaks. The latter then crashed into the rear end of the transporter. To make things worse, another car in an adjacent lane that swerved to avoid the two trucks unfortunately got entangled with another car. All four vehicles were blocking the entire autobahn causing heavy traffic affecting all the motorists. The road had to be closed.

There were no casualties in the said accident but the drivers had injuries and had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. The injuries did not stop there, though. It’s most unfortunate what happened to the seven Porsche Cayman GT4s that were quietly sitting in the transporter.

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McLaren Automotive is introducing two new track-dedicated models of the Sports Series -- the 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint. Interestingly, owners of the 570S Sprint could have their track racer upgraded to GT4 specifications. The McLaren 570S GT4 is underpinned by the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis architecture that also underpins other Sports Series models.

This will mark the first time for this technology to be adapted for the GT4 category, where race-derived material could prove very advantageous because of its strength and light weight nature. Moreover, the McLaren 570S GT4 comes with an FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system, thereby helping ensure that the driver is protected from harm.

The track car’s re-profiled bodywork – makes use of carbon fiber and aluminum – that is formed over wider track on both front and rear, thereby provides room for the center-locking lightweight cast magnesium alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli racing tires. The front and rear axles of the McLaren 570S GT4 feature two-way adjustable motorsport dampers with coil-over springs. An on-board air jacking system is fitted as standard on the McLaren 570S GT4.

Since the McLaren 570S GT4 is focused on achieving fast lap times, it comes with an aerodynamic package that includes a GT4-specification high level rear wing mounted on aluminum pylons, a re-profiled floor assembly and a larger front splitter. The vehicle’s GT3-inspired bonnet features radiator exit ducts for cooling down an extra front center high temperature radiator.

All of these have been designed to optimize the track vehicle’s aerodynamic performance and cooling, thereby ensuring it could deliver a considerable performance even in the severest race conditions around the world. Powering the McLaren 570S GT4 is the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine featured on road-going Sports Series model. Transmitting power from the engine to the rear wheels is a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox also found in other models in the range.

McLaren developed the 570S GT4 along with McLaren GT and CRS GT Limited and has now placed the vehicle under a season-long development program in the British GT championship. McLaren GT and CRS GT Limited will be collaborating with customer team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse, who plans to use an example of the 570S GT4 in its campaign for the upcoming full nine-round race calendar – thereby subjecting the vehicle to a rigorous testing schedule in live race environments, like the Spa-Francorchamps.

Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse plans to enter one example of the 570S GT4 alongside the 650S GT3 piloted by Factory Driver Rob Bell and Alaisdair McCaig. Its public development debut will be at the opening round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch, United Kingdom on April 16-17, 2016. The McLaren 570S GT4 should be eligible for all GT4 homologated championships around the world starting from the 2017 season.

It will have a starting price of £159,900 (excluding works). Meanwhile, the 570S Sprint will be dedicated for private track days, which means it is not limited by any racing regulation. Mike Flewitt, chief executive of McLaren Automotive, remarked that just like all of the carmaker’s road-going models, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are able to provide an engaging and exciting drive. He noted that the introduction of the Sports Series has allowed McLaren to cater to a new audience while introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new set of customers.

He quipped that the 570S GT4 will provide a wider part of the public with an opportunity to own and race a McLaren, which had been restricted to a small number of people. On the other hand, McLaren Automotive has confirmed the hiring of Ansar Ali as Motorsport Director, a newly created position that should highlight the carmaker’s renewed focus on motorsport. Ali will be in charge of on-going strategy and management of the carmaker’s motorsport activities.

Flewitt welcomed Ali to McLaren Automotive, adding that his role as Motorsport Director will be key to the carmaker’s long-term plans. Meanwhile, Ali said he is proud and honored to be joining McLaren Automotive. He noted that McLaren’s track activities have played a key role in making the carmaker globally recognized. He remarked that the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are an important initial step in shaping McLaren’s motorsport strategy.

Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director at CRS GT Limited, remarked that 570S GT4 signifies an important development of McLaren as a player in the motorsport world as it provides drivers with an opportunity to race on a higher skill level. He noted that 650S GT3 is focused on drivability, which allows drivers to easily access and exploit its performance capabilities. He added that these attributes will be taken by new 570S GT4 to a new level, thereby making drivers more confident to see the full extent of this car’s capabilities.

McLaren Automotive is introducing two new track-dedicated models of the Sports Series -- the 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint. Interestingly, owners of the 570S Sprint could have their track racer upgraded to GT4 specifications. The McLaren 570S GT4 is underpinned by the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis architecture that also underpins other Sports Series models.

This will mark the first time for this technology to be adapted for the GT4 category, where race-derived material could prove very advantageous because of its strength and light weight nature. Moreover, the McLaren 570S GT4 comes with an FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system, thereby helping ensure that the driver is protected from harm.

The track car’s re-profiled bodywork – makes use of carbon fiber and aluminum – that is formed over wider track on both front and rear, thereby provides room for the center-locking lightweight cast magnesium alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli racing tires. The front and rear axles of the McLaren 570S GT4 feature two-way adjustable motorsport dampers with coil-over springs. An on-board air jacking system is fitted as standard on the McLaren 570S GT4.

Read the entire article McLaren Automotive to launch track-focused 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint models

The Porsche GT family just got a little bigger as the German manufacturer introduced the all-new Cayman GT4. According to Porsche, it is for the first time when they are introducing a GT sports car based on the Cayman, which features components of the 911 GT3. What’s even more interesting is that the Cayman GT4 is able to lap the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter flat-six petrol engine that produces 385 hp (283 kW), derived by the 911 Carrera S engine. As a result, the Cayman GT4 is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while top speed is 295 km/h or 183 mph. Fuel consumption is 10.3 l/100 km.

The first visual impact with the vehicle shows that this is no ordinary Cayman as it features three inlet openings at the front as well as a large fixed rear wing.

As an option, the vehicle can be fitted with PCCB ceramic brakes, full shell seats made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a custom Sport Chrono Package with the Track Precision app as well as a Club Sport Package.

Same sporty theme is continued at the interior where we find a combination of leather and Alcantara, sport seats with lateral support and a GT4 sport steering wheel.

Porsche will show its new vehicle at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, but said that the Cayman GT4 can already be ordered now and starts at 85,779 euros in Germany, including VAT and country-specific features.

The Porsche GT family just got a little bigger as the German manufacturer introduced the all-new Cayman GT4. According to Porsche, it is for the first time when they are introducing a GT sports car based on the Cayman, which features components of the 911 GT3. What’s even more interesting is that the Cayman GT4 is able to lap the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter flat-six petrol engine that produces 385 hp (283 kW), derived by the 911 Carrera S engine. As a result, the Cayman GT4 is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while top speed is 295 km/h or 183 mph. Fuel consumption is 10.3 l/100 km.

The first visual impact with the vehicle shows that this is no ordinary Cayman as it features three inlet openings at the front as well as a large fixed rear wing.

Read the entire article 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4 officially unveiled wearing 911 GT3 components

We already know that Porsche is preparing a successor of the Cayman R, dubbed the Cayman GT4. What we didn’t know is that the upcoming Porsche Cayman GT4 will get the 3.8-liter twin-turbo boxer engine that will generate around 450 hp. This means that the Cayman GT4, will get the same engine that powers the 2014 Porsche 911 (991) Turbo.

As a result, the vehicle will also receive extra cooling vents, lightweight alloy wheels, centered exhaust pipes as well as a more efficient braking system. In addition, the Cayman GT4 will get a new rollcage in order to protect its passengers even better.

Regarding the design, we expect a new body kit but also a big rear wing. In the Porsche 911 (991) Turbo, the twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine delivers 520 hp and can push it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, while top speed is limited at 318 km/h (197.5 mph).

The Porsche 911 (991) Turbo S uses the same engine, delivering 560 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds. Top speed is limited again at 318 km/h or 197.5 mph.

We already know that Porsche is preparing a successor of the Cayman R, dubbed the Cayman GT4. What we didn’t know is that the upcoming Porsche Cayman GT4 will get the 3.8-liter twin-turbo boxer engine that will generate around 450 hp. This means that the Cayman GT4, will get the same engine that powers the 2014 Porsche 911 (991) Turbo.

As a result, the vehicle will also receive extra cooling vents, lightweight alloy wheels, centered exhaust pipes as well as a more efficient braking system. In addition, the Cayman GT4 will get a new rollcage in order to protect its passengers even better.

Regarding the design, we expect a new body kit but also a big rear wing. In the Porsche 911 (991) Turbo, the twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine delivers 520 hp and can push it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, while top speed is limited at 318 km/h (197.5 mph).

Read the entire article Porsche Cayman GT4 will get the 3.8-liter twin-turbo from the 911 Turbo and 450 hp

Porsche has just introduced the Cayman GTS, which is the most powerful model of the entry-level coupe, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still considering a hardcore version of its sports car. Dubbed Cayman GT4, the new Porsche will arrive in the next three years and it will be more powerful but also more expensive as it will be comparable to the 911 GT3.

The GT3 currently costs $125,000 but according to our sources the new coupe will bring many features found on the more powerful model. As a result, the Porsche Cayman GT4 will come with a transmission similar to the modified PDK found on the GT3.

The engine that will power this model remains the big question mark because if everything goes well at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, the new Cayman GT4 will receive four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Still, if Porsche sees some problems with the engine that powers the 919 Hybrid Le Mans car, then the Cayman GT4 will receive a flat-six with hybrid assist. Porsche will also offer a hardcore version of the Boxster and this one is expected to be called the RS Spyder.

So, if you can’t wait until Porsche will unveil these new models, you can buy the GTS versions of the Cayman and Boxster. Both models are powered by a 3.4-liter engines delivering 330 hp (243 kW) on the Boxster GTS and 340 hp (250 kW) on the Cayman GTS.

Bolted to the optional Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and using Sport Plus option, the Boxster GTS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds, while the Cyman GTS is a tenth of a second faster.

Top speed is 281 km/h (174 mph) for the Boxster GTS and 285 km/h (177 mph) for the Cayman GTS. In Germany, the Boxster GTS costs €69,949 while the Cayman GTS is priced from €73,757.

Porsche has just introduced the Cayman GTS, which is the most powerful model of the entry-level coupe, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still considering a hardcore version of its sports car. Dubbed Cayman GT4, the new Porsche will arrive in the next three years and it will be more powerful but also more expensive as it will be comparable to the 911 GT3.

The GT3 currently costs $125,000 but according to our sources the new coupe will bring many features found on the more powerful model. As a result, the Porsche Cayman GT4 will come with a transmission similar to the modified PDK found on the GT3.

The engine that will power this model remains the big question mark because if everything goes well at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, the new Cayman GT4 will receive four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Read the entire article Porsche will debut new Cayman GT4, Boxster RS Spyder within three years
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