Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: BMW | posted July 29, 2016 10:38
Drivetrain and electronics will be taken from M4 coupe
Customer racing has never been as exciting as it is now with the announcement by BMW that a new model is set to be made available to amateur racers in the GT4.
The close-to-production BMW M4 GT4 will continue the marquee’s proud heritage in customer racing and will succeed the M3 in 2018 after completing tests which will begin towards the end of this year.
BMW will use ‘excellent driveability and low running costs’ as the core concepts of the M4 GT4 which will be based on the M4 coupe, including the entire drivetrain and the electronics. The carbon bonnet will be borrowed from the M4 GTS to complement the M4 GT4’s carbon-fiber doors. It will also come with special motorsport front splitter, rear wing and a racing exhaust system. The seats, brakes and pedal box will be taken from the BMW M6 GT3.
Amateur racers and customers into racing in the GT4 series can now get in touch with BMW in order to customize the M4 GT4 based on the conditions in their area.
BMW will begin deliveries of the M4 GT4 by the end of 2017 with the first possible race appearance at the 24 Hours of Dubai in January 2018.
"The GT4 category is currently experiencing a boom. It offers affordable motorsport with cars of technical high-quality and, therefore, attracts a wide target audience. We see enormous potential around the world for privateer BMW teams for whom the BMW M4 GT4 is an option. Developing a classic customer racing car such as this and offering it to privateer teams has always been one of BMW Motorsport's core competencies. This also was the case with the predecessor model, the BMW M3 GT4, which is still in action in international race series today. The BMW M4 Coupé provides the ideal basis for our new GT4 model. This is a strong base for our engineers to close the gap between our customer racing spearhead, the BMW M6 GT3, and the BMW M235i Racing for newcomers with a car that is extremely sporty in its production version. The BMW M4 GT4 is designed perfectly for simple use by privateer teams, who can celebrate successes around the world as ambassadors for BMW Motorsport with this model," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.