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.