BMW Motorsport and BMW of North America are placing collectively a particular bundle for the M’s fiftieth birthday. On the upcoming Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, BMW will provide the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona GTLM class-winning No. 24 BMW M8 GTE on the market to a lucky collector. The BMW M8 GTE Chassis Quantity 1809 might be on show within the BMWUSA Traditional storage at Laguna Seca from August 17-20.
2020 Daytona Winner
“BMW has a proud historical past of preserving and exhibiting its wealthy assortment of historic racing vehicles in each Munich and North America,” commented Thomas Plucinsky, BMW USA Traditional Supervisor. “I solely want the fingers on one hand to depend the few manufacturing unit race vehicles which have left the possession of BMW in recent times. The BMW M8 GTE represented a money-is-no-object manufacturing unit GT race automobile. It’s really an engineering masterpiece. The brand new proprietor of BMW M8 GTE No. 1809 would be the steward of a vital piece of BMW historical past in America and may depend on assist from BMW within the years to return to make sure its situation and worth are maintained on the highest degree.”
“Chassis quantity 1809 has an distinctive provenance having been inbuilt preparation for the 2020 season and owns the excellence of profitable its very first race – the Rolex 24 At Daytona – with drivers John Edwards, Augusto Farfus, Jesse Krohn, and Chas Mostert.” continued Victor Leleu, Experiential Advertising Supervisor and former BMW NA Motorsport Supervisor. “From that auspicious begin, it went onto scoring an extra 5 podium finishes, to assist BMW and BMW M Group RLL earn the Michelin Endurance Cup and end second within the GTLM class Driver, Group and Producer factors standings. 1809 additionally raced the Rolex 24 once more in the beginning of the 2021season, ending third.”
The Most Environment friendly BMW Racing Engine
The BMW M8 GTE was developed a bit forward of the manufacturing model, a moderately atypical strategy for BMW and its Motorsport division. In complete, greater than 500 engine design drawings – and one other 500 drawings for the powertrain – had been created. The results of that work is essentially the most environment friendly engine (codename P63/1) that BMW Motorsport has ever developed, delivering between 500 and greater than 600 hp (relying on the specs of the sporting authorities).
The P63/1 relies on the BMW S63T4 from the F90 M5. Other than the regulated solid components, the engine within the BMW M8 GTE – containing roughly 2,300 additional elements, together with 985 distinctive components – required complete modifications. Of those components, 181 had been derived from collection tasks, whereas greater than 700 had been particularly developed for the P63/1 or added from different BMW Motorsport racing engines. The engineers decreased the capability from 4.4 to 4 liters, in keeping with rules for the GTE class. The brand new design of the crank drive concerned the implementation of a flat crankshaft, which brings with it the benefit of a daily firing order and provides the engine a good sportier sound.
The geometry of the combustion chambers, together with the inlet and outlet ports, was additionally modified to make sure that the P63/1 is ideally designed for the calls for of racing.
When it comes to its design, a lot of the BMW M8 GTE is bespoke. So it appears fairly completely different from the M8 highway automobile. Nevertheless, there are some distinct styling cues which might be shared between the 2 vehicles. As an example, each vehicles share the identical roof line and silhouette, and the identical lengthy, sweeping roofline. Additionally, the headlight and taillight designs are very related, regardless of the M8 GTE’s being regulated for endurance racing use.
It is a excellent wanting race automobile, higher even than the BMW M6 GT3 that preceded it. So in the event you’re on the lookout for a bit of historical past or seeking to race within the Daytona-winning BMW, it is a distinctive alternative that doesn’t come round too usually.