BMW M6 GT3
The new BMW GT3 race car has been introduced in the 2015 Frankfurt Cars Show. It was no secret that BMW was developing a GT3 spec racer to replace the successful but a bit outdated Z4 GT3. Over the past years, there have been several reports of testing the M6 GT3 prototype. The finished product has already been shown to the important race teams and now, a new champion has been officially launched.
New BMW GT3 fighter
The BMW Z4 was launched in 2010 and since then, it has been quite successful in many of the world’s GT3 championships. However, since the release of the Bentley Continental GT3, the dynamics of the GT3 car have moved away from the small and nimble racing car to the big and streamlined forms with the focus on aerodynamics at high speeds and weight balance. So with the knowledge collected from five years of racing Z4 GT3, BWM has started developing M6 GT3 as a totally new and modern GT3 race car with big ambitions.
Completely new aerodynamics package
The basis for the new Bavarian racer is a well-known BMW M6 – Granturismo coupe with a powerful bi-turbo V8 engine. However, this is where the similarities stop. The M6 GT3 has a bi-turbo engine of the same displacement but with a 575 bhp and an increased torque. The engine itself was moved towards the driver for a better weight distribution as is the case in the continental GT3. The power is transmitted through six-speed sequential racing transmission and high-performance motorsport electronics. The aerodynamics package is totally new and developed by BMW.
Driver’s seat moved to the centre
Of course, the M6 GT3 features a full roll bar package with all safety equipment on board. Interestingly, the driver position in M6 GT3 has been moved to the centre of the car, not directly in the centre (like in McLaren F1) but as close as possible (because of the transmission tunnel). This gives the driver a better view of the track and a more intuitive feel of driving. BMW hopes that this little trick will make a big difference on the track. The full weight of the car is a little under 1300 kg.