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BMW Reveals M6 GT3 Evo Kit for 2018

BMW reveals planned update kit for M6 GT3…

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BMW is set to roll out an evo kit for its M6 GT3 for next year, having recently tested the updated package at Lausitzring.

FIA GT3 regulations permit one update kit during each car’s homologation period, although the modifications are subject to approval by the FIA.

BMW stated the aim of the upgrade is to improve drivability with a focus on amateur and less-experienced drivers, as well as improving reliability and durability of parts.

Details on what components have been changed has not been provided by the German manufacturer. 

“The BMW M6 GT3 will remain the flagship in the BMW customer racing product range and our top model for the prestigious 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps in 2018 and beyond,” BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said.

“We are working on an evo package, to provide our customer racing teams with an even better car.

“The latest tests at the Lausitzring showed that we have made a big step forward, particularly in terms of drivability.”

Factory driver Philipp Eng was behind the wheel during the tests earlier this month and noted a considerable improvement in performance compared to the current specification, which was rolled out in 2016.

“The tests with the new evo package for 2018 were great fun,” Eng said. “Thanks to the updates, the BMW M6 GT3 is significantly easier and more comfortable to drive. It is also more consistent.

“All this makes it less tiring for the driver in the cockpit. Drivability is really an important key to success. Congratulations to the BMW engineers, who have really done a very good job with the evo package.”

The car is expected to go through the FIA’s Balance of Performance tests at Ladoux in September, ahead of its re-homologation for next year, which will be applicable for all major GT3 championships worldwide, including the Blancpain GT Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. jason

    July 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Interesting that Ferrari and Aston Martin are going the path where they will have essentially the same car in GTLM and GT3 with inter-changeable parts. BMW decides to go with 2 different models. M8 for GTLM and M6 for GT3

    • Toni

      July 26, 2017 at 10:06 am

      They also have a homologation period to stick to, so as far as I know, you cannot simply introduce a new car whenever you want. So maybe the successor of the M6 might have a stronger relation with its GTE family member?

    • EH

      July 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Considering this is only the second year of competition for the M6 GT3 it would be awful business to render your customers car’s obsolete after 18 months.

      The current M6 GT3 and GTLM are nearly identical, the LM has a slightly longer wheelbase (one of the reasons it could not be homologated for FIA GTE) and no ABS.

      • gtgianlu

        July 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        It’s just an evo kit,you can buy it and screw it on your M6,it’s not a new car. The M6 is not homolgated in Gte because of the overall lenght 4.89m vs 4.80m,engine displacement,4.4L vs 4.0L for the turbo engines,and it’s not a real Gt car,there is the Grand Coupè which is four or five doors

        • EH

          July 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm

          I have no idea how you interpreted that as me suggesting the EVO kit was a new car.

          The fact that there is a Grand Coupe version of the M6 has absolutely no bearing on the eligibility of the M6.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Jason, this is after BMW has been bashed by many on social media for having a “fake” (just a modified GT3) GTE/GTLM car.

  2. whoknew

    July 26, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I thought GT3 was an SRO homologation, not FIA.

    • StueyB83

      July 26, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      No, its still governed by FIA in terms of the technical control – up to and including the GT committee made of the major manufacturers who scrutinise submitted designs to see if its in-line with the GT3 objective (given the rule book is very loose).

      If you want things to be recognised for world championship status events – FIA involvement is standard.

  3. Frank

    July 27, 2017 at 3:07 am

    How stupid can a manufaturer be? The driver publicly stating that it is a vast improvement. In this day and age of BoP dominated racing I keep my mouth shut and just tell existing customers about the improvements and use hard data to back this up. Now the FIA is alerted. Amateurs…..

    • The Ghost of Buckshot Jones

      July 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

      How stupid can you be? It’s GT3. It’s an entirely BOP-based class. They submit the cars, and the series baselines them to a certain lap time. It occurs every single year. It doesn’t matter what the driver says, they’re going to redo practically every car in the winter.

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