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BMW to Supply Official Vehicles for 24H Le Mans

BMW to supply pace cars, vehicles for 24 Hours of Le Mans…

Photo: BMW

Photo: BMW

BMW has become the new official vehicle supplier for Circuit de la Sarthe, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced on Friday.

The German manufacturer will supply up to 26 vehicles, ranging from medical and extraction vehicles to safety cars, for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, with five set to be used for year-round track events.

BMW replaces Audi, which held a longstanding partnership with the French circuit, as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“The ACO was particularly eager to set up a partnership with BMW,” said ACO President Pierre Fillon. “We have great pleasure in announcing that the German manufacturer will be the supplier of the official vehicles used at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

“BMW and Le Mans go back a long way and this new partnership is the first step in a long and fruitful relationship.”

The manufacturer will make its return to Le Mans next year, as part of a factory GTE-Pro effort with a yet-to-be-announced car model.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Griffm3

    March 10, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Awesome news! Sounds like BMW is taking over for Audi as the flagship German mark in Le Mans and WEC. Can’t wait to see what car they go with in GTE Pro and have read that is going to be “pretty extreme”. My guess is an i8 w/o hybrid and V8 power homologation special but we will see.

    The real eye will be on when they decide to jump into LMP1 when the future regulations are adjusted. Everyone knows that BMW is just waiting for the regulations to fit what they want and they are on.

    • 996corsa

      March 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      I think Porsche might take exception to the idea that they aren’t now the “…flagship German mark in Le Mans and WEC”. BMW will have to show up with competitive race cars AND win something again to able to claim that accolade. Supplying a bunch of course cars is nice but doesn’t really earn you that much cred. Just saying…

  2. P

    March 10, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Will Team MTEK enter the Road to Le Mans with the BMW M6 to prepare for GTE Pro in 2018?

    • griffm3

      March 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      No the M6 is not legal to run in any WEC event let alone Le Mans.

      • P

        March 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        I said the Road to Le Mans, in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

        GT3 cars, especially the M6 are allowed in the Le Mans Cup.

      • Larry

        March 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

        And that can change in a heartbeat. All BMW has to do is get it homologated and they already have the basis in the IMSA only GTLM M6.

        Pretty much a GTE car.

    • Tarek R.

      March 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Sounds like a good idea. Could work with a true Pro-Am line-up.

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