In recent weeks, the modified BMW Z4 GT3 has managed to more than prove itself after undergoing a succession of intensive tests. This means that this GT customer sports car has managed to survive what may be its baptism of fire. In conducting the current improvements, the goal was mainly to enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency to make sure that it remained competitive especially in the hard-fought GT3 classes.
First launched in March 2010, the BMW Z4 GT3 accomplished its greatest success by January 2011. This sports car managed to win the Dubai 24 Hours under Team Schubert, which includes German driver Claudia Hürtgen, BMW works driver Brazilian Augusto Farfus, American Tommy Milner, and Swedish driver Edward Sandström. For the BMW Z4 GT3, this was its first ever outright win for a marathon race at this scale.
It had previously shown it had potential by winning in its debut season during the FIA GT3 European Championship. This series version of the BMW Z4 has a unique appearance due to the narrow wheel arches, long wheel base, elongated bonnet, and the driver compartment that goes to the car’s rear. It is this two-seater that gave BMW Motorsport engineers the foundation for creating a competition racing GT3 car.
One of the main differences between the racing version and the production one can be seen under the hood. Powering the GT3 car is the 8-cylinder 4.4-liter engine while the BMW Z4 is equipped with the 6-cylinder engine.
For the new season, BMW Motorsport engineers made sure that the GT3’s aerodynamics is fine-tuned in order to enhance the performance in this region. Electronics-wise, there are still a number of innovative BMW solutions that many private teams can expect. Engine management is now controlled by the modern ECU408 with all the actuators being controlled by the electronic Power400 control unit. Power from the engine is channeled with the se of a sequential 6-speed gearbox. The gearshifts meanwhile can now be activated with the use of two paddles.