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BMW Unveils M8 GTE at Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW officially unveils GTE contender at International Motor Show…

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BMW Motorsport has taken the wraps off its M8 GTE at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, unveiling to the public the car it will campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.

The car had already been revealed with several photos of it released during an endurance test at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in July, but it was officially unveiled in a BMW Motorsport livery at the auto show on Tuesday.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and factory driver Martin Tomczyk were in attendance for the event.

“The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the strong opposition in this sector,” commented Marquardt.

“For us, the presentation of the uncamouflaged car at the IAA is the next important step on the road to our first race outing, which we plan to be the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2018.

“The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger. With the BMW M8 GTE, we are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top international class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans.

“The development of the BMW M8 GTE is on schedule, and we can hardly wait to see the car challenging for victories in 2018.”

The car features a four-liter V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, paired to a sequential six-speed gearbox, and is based on the new 8-Series and M8 road cars.

Next year will mark the German brand’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time since 2011 with the BMW M3 GT2. 

It won the French endurance classic in 1999 with the BMW V12 LMR driven by Yannick Dalmas, Joachim Winkelhock and Pierluigi Martini.

BMW Team MTEK will campaign two cars in WEC and at Le Mans while two other M8 GTEs will race in the WeatherTech Championship with an as-yet-unconfirmed team. BMW Team RLL currently runs the BMW M6 GTLM in the U.S.-based series.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake



  1. Prototype 1

    September 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Whooh WHOOH!!!

    That is the coolest BMW GTE car I have ever seen.

    Can’t wait to see it in action at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

  2. La_Wheelerguy

    September 12, 2017 at 10:36 am

    1. But the M6 is dead, what are they gonna race in GT3 with?

    2. Please shoop the kidneys and make it black.

    3. With my one complaint out of the way… HOLY SHIT. Hello gorgeous.

    4. She’s thicc.

    5. Plus points for the bronze wheels.

    6. And the most exciting part is that I can get this for GTE-Am running in 2019. Goodness. Do I get this or the Aston or the Porsche or the Ferrari? So many choices…

    • Guest

      September 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

      BMW has already said the M6 will be the GT3 model going forward.

      • Mickey_500486

        September 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

        Oh OK. Weird, though I guess the M6 Gran Coupe counts?

        Aw, who am I kidding, I just want a new Z4 (Z5?) GT3.

  3. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    September 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Wow, that diffuser-looks like the most complex in GTE/GTLM so far.

    • Mike S.

      September 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Yeah it does. Doesn’t just extend rearward like the other complex ones in the class it extends vertically to almost the ground. Just a street sweeper diffuser.

  4. jason

    September 12, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Cool look! I hope they run the same livery and car numbers across both WEC and IMSA. Just like what Porsche and Ford do now. I like the continuity. Also IMSA should switch GTLM car color code from red to green in 2018. Make GTD something else.

    Looks like it will be competitive right out of the gate. I pick R.L.L. to return myself I think they have made amends after a bad 2016 and have done quite well in 2017. With 2 wins at Watkins Glen and CTMP. And if it were not for pit strategy mistakes they could have won COTA and VIR too.

    • Overtake24

      September 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      They almost won Long Beach too

    • Bob

      September 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      I’ve agreed since the merger. GTLM should be Green ID color. Why is prototype AND GTLM Red? Make P class Blue (like WEC P2) and pick a diff color for GTLM.
      VIR was a 10″ cut in the tire. Did they have enough fuel to finish….we’ll never know. Would be a surprise if RLL doesnt get the gig.

      • Doogle14

        September 13, 2017 at 6:28 am

        Hi Bob, prototype in IMSA was initially blue, but as a spectator the position light was difficult to see the blue number on black background. Red and green stick out more when physically at the races.

  5. Sumpin

    September 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Nice Bentley Continental

    • Nicholas hill

      September 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      I had to make an account just to respond to this… how much crack did you smoke with your cereal this morning? Nothing like our continental in any way

      • GriffM3

        September 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Well said Nicolas…not sure how you could consider the M8 to resemble anything similar to the Continental. Haters will hate though.

        • Mike S.

          September 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

          I am not hating but it is a bigger lady than previous M3, Z4 and M6. Its getting bigger. I like it. At least the paint livery is better than the current schemes.

  6. Juninho

    September 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

    2018 Bmw M8 GTE
    2019 Bmw i8 GT3

    • Thomas

      September 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Just no dude

  7. guest

    September 12, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Looks like it’s straight out of DTM.

  8. billthe3

    September 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Inside of the kidneys needs to be black, but otherwise it looks pretty sick. It’s interesting to see the structural reinforcement behind the kidneys because of the red paint.

  9. Roh

    September 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    This plus the new Vanquish GTE are going to look sick on track together in WEC.

  10. fourloko

    September 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    maybe this one wont need 2 bar of boost

  11. RobertB

    September 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Will it be 3 times the size of every other car on the track like the M6?

  12. David Chaste

    September 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Hopefully it has a more efficient engine. The M6 power plant is so fuel thirsty IMSA has given them a much bigger fuel tank and fuel flow rate just to be competitive.

    RLL should get the contract again, but my guess is that they are asking for higher and higher premiums at each contract renewal. And BMW feels there are teams that could do the job cheaper with similar results or better.

    After all since BMW keeps searching but ends up resigning with RLL they must need them.

    I would love to see Shank get this contract for multiple years. It would be a crowning achievement for them.

    • fourloko

      September 13, 2017 at 8:05 am

      the m6 has a max tank delta of 20L in imsa, but in WEC the max delta between the cars is 6L. i dont see wec giving them a huge tank compared to others

  13. John

    September 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I just hope that if they do an Art Car, they will end up with a better result than the Baldessari car. That thing was a joke.

  14. StueyB83

    September 12, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    That 12k Carbon diffuser…

  15. Davy

    September 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I guess I am in the minority that prefers the M6. I got a feeling this guy will look way too big and sluggish on track like the Nissan Gt-r or Bentley from GT3. Especially compared with the sleek Corvettes and Fords.

  16. mike cornwell

    September 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    the rear diffusers make all GT cars look ridiculous.

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