BMW presents M6 GT3 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 18, 2015

BMW has presented the racing version of the BMW M6 Coupe – the newly developed BMW M6 GT3 -- at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. A number of private teams raring to compete in the 2016 season have tapped the BMW M6 GT3 to represent them in several championships and race events around the world.

In developing the BMW M6 GT3, BMW made full use of its expertise and experience gained from the success of the BMW Z4 GT3 since 2010. Compared to the BMW Z4 GT3, the BMW M6 GT3 has improved in lots of ways, specifically in terms of drivability and economy.

The new BMW M6 GT3 is powered by a series-produced engine that features M TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology allows the engine to produce more horsepower and higher torque. Since the BMW M6 GT3 features a long wheelbase and a driver’s seat positioned in the center, this racing machine provides an unmatched driving sensation.

Likewise, the longer wheelbase of the BMW M6 GT3 has the potential to improve its handling characteristics compared with the BMW Z4 GT3. Bred for the race track, the BMW M6 GT3 also features transaxle drive concept and body aerodynamics optimized in the BMW wind tunnel.

Weighing less than 1,300 kg, this new offering from BMW Motorsport is blessed with a sequential six-speed racing gearbox. BMW is undertaking efforts to tune the reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance of the new BMW M6 GT3, as the carmaker tries to tweak the race car to meet the demands of endurance racing.

Making the BMW M6 GT3 more appealing is the customer service provided by BMW Motorsport support engineers as well as a trackside source of parts.

In May 2015, BMW Motorsport gathered its customers from around the world at the BMW M Testcenter Nürburg in Germany to give them an exclusive preview of BMW M6 GT3 plus a detailed presentation of the GT racing car by drivers and engineers.

BMW Motorsport then introduced the GT racing car to M fans during the traditional M Night event on the Friday before the “Green Hell” endurance race. Following that, BMW Motorsport presented the BMW M6 GT3 to customer teams in North America at the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in Watkins Glen.

In June, the BMW M6 GT3 made its public debut also in Watkins Glen. BMW Motorsport then introduced the BMW M6 GT3 to teams, drivers and fans at the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race in Belgium, which is considered as the most important GT race.

BMW had the BMW M6 GT3 undergo extensive testing on different circuits, thereby allowing BMW works drivers to rack up valuable kilometers and work on the basic set-up of the vehicle. This GT and endurance racer is now undergoing final fine-tuning in preparations for its debut in 2016. The BMW M6 GT3 has a net price of EUR379,000.

Press Release

Cutting a powerful figure: BMW presents the BMW M6 GT3 at the IAA Cars 2015 in Frankfurt.

BMW has set a course for the future in GT racing with the presentation of the newly developed BMW M6 GT3 at the 66th IAA Cars 2015 in Frankfurt am Main (DE). The racing version of the BMW M6 Coupe will be sent into action by numerous private teams from the 2016 season in a host of championships and renowned race events around the world as part of the BMW Sports Trophy.

BMW Motorsport has channelled its vast well of experience amassed since 2010 with the BMW M6 GT3’s successful predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3, into the development of the new car. Indeed, the new GT3 racer boasts a raft of improvements, particularly in the areas of drivability and economy. One example is the use of a series-produced engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which develops higher output and an increase in torque. Moreover, with its centrally-positioned driver’s seat and long wheelbase, the BMW M6 GT3 offers a driving feeling unparalleled on the racing scene. The net price of the car is 379,000 Euros.

The BMW M6 GT3 weighs less than 1,300 kilograms, and the transaxle drive concept, sequential six-speed racing gearbox and body aerodynamics optimised in the BMW wind tunnel also highlight the imminent arrival of a full-blooded racer from BMW Motorsport in 2016. The reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance of the BMW M6 GT3 will likewise be tuned to master the demands of endurance racing, and its longer wheelbase promises to deliver significantly improved handling characteristics compared with the BMW Z4 GT3. As well as the car itself, BMW M6 GT3 customers will also benefit from the service laid on by BMW Motorsport support engineers and a trackside supply of parts.

In May 2015, ahead of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany, BMW Motorsport customers from around the world were treated to an exclusive first glimpse of the BMW M6 GT3 – not to mention a detailed presentation of the car by drivers and engineers – at a “closed room” event at the BMW M Testcenter Nürburg. The GT racing car was subsequently introduced to fans of “the most powerful letter in the world” at the traditional M Night event on the Friday before the classic endurance race in the “Green Hell”.

Customer teams in North America were able to feast their eyes on the BMW M6 GT3 for the first time at the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in Watkins Glen (US), where the racing car was given its first public appearance on the other side of the Atlantic in late June. The BMW M6 GT3 was then revealed to teams, drivers and fans at the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race in Belgium – the most important GT race in the world. And now, the car has appeared in BMW Motorsport racing livery for the first time at the IAA.

The BMW M6 GT3 has undergone an extensive programme of testing on a variety of circuits over the course of 2015. This has allowed the experienced BMW works drivers to amass many valuable kilometres at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 and to carry out important work on the baseline set-up of the new GT and endurance racing challenger. This new poster car for customer racing is now undergoing a final round of fine-tuning prior to its race debut in the coming year.

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