BMW M8 to compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans

31 August 2017

BMW is developing a racing version of its upcoming M8 that will compete in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The M8 GTE which was first tested on track at the Lausitzring in Germany (video below) recently continued testing and development of the new racer at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The car uses bespoke bodywork and a race-adjusted turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine and six-speed sequential gearbox.

The M8 GTE will be down on power compared to the road going version, but lightweighting and its extreme chassis set up means it will be significantly faster on track. Useful, given that BMW is entering the M8 GTE in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship. The racer will debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, but the real prize BMW will have its sights set on is the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Watch video


Bosch logo

Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
3 Dec
Cranfield Impact Centre’s role in testing F1 halo
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
3 Dec
The latest issue of RACE TECH is out now! Get it online here for FREE for a limited time on…
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
1 Dec
Lewis Hamilton catches virus
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
30 Nov
Audi to contest 2022 Dakar Rally with innovative prototype
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
30 Nov
Marking 10th anniversary, Xtreme+ team to take new RZR Pro XP to Dakar
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
27 Nov
Jaguar Racing reveals new Jaguar I-TYPE 5 electric race car
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
26 Nov
Audi Sport reveals its new Formula E contender
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
25 Nov
GCK Motorsport launches hydrogen-powered vision for future of cross-country rallying