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BMW M8 GTE to Launch at Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW to take wraps off new M8 GTE at Frankfurt Auto Show…

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BMW will officially take the wraps off its new GTE contender next week at the Frankfurt Auto Show, ahead of the car’s race debut in January’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The all-new car is set to be formally presented in BMW Motorsport colors on Tuesday, with a press conference scheduled for 4 p.m. local time.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and factory driver Martin Tomczyk will be in attendance.

Having broken cover in July, the German manufacturer has put extensive mileage on the four-liter V8 twin-turbo-powered car, with multiple tests at the Lausitzring and a recent multi-day test at Barcelona.

A full-season WeatherTech Championship program is planned, while BMW Team MTEK will operate its FIA World Endurance Championship effort next year, including the manufacturer’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. MB

    September 7, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Now we need a Corvette 2 car WEC program 🙂

    • Tarek R

      September 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Corvette will never compete in GTE-Pro as a works team. Even Larbre Competition wasn’t allowed to compete there with their C7.R

      • Bob

        September 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        Sadly, only Ford believes in competing in both series – which is great to see. Would be refreshing to see GM do the same. Or even sell it’s Cadillac to global GT3 teams like Acura will do. But GM isn’t doing that either. Disappointing.

    • Wiley

      September 8, 2017 at 12:16 am

      I totally agree, I think adding another team to WEC in general would greatly help the series. The only problem is if Corvette enters WEC they would most certainly dominate and WE would not be cool with that.

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