The currently ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show has unveiled yet another masterpiece from BMW -- this time flexing the new M8 GTE, the racing variation of the production vehicle -- and the company's first Le Mans car since 2011.
The vehicle is slated to debut next January in Daytona 24 hours before racing at the World Endurance Championship and IMSA campaigns in 2018.
"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 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018," said BMW motorsport director Jens Marquardt.
Its enhanced, aggressive design profile of the 8 series features a massive wing, side skirts, an aggressive front splitter, and huge air intakes, all wrapped in BMW’s signature racing aesthetic. Weighing in at 2,690 pounds thanks to the application of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer throughout, the M8 GTE boasts a 4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 500hp under the hood. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.
Additionally, BMW states that they utilized artificial intelligence to help develop the M8 GTE’s traction control, while 3D printing was used to develop components for the M8 GTE faster than ever. Furthermore, a new algorithm they used in computational fluid dynamics calculations allowed them to run through more simulations than usual.
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