BMW M4 GT4 Race Car Released

BMW M4 GT4

May 24, 2017

Motorsport customers can now order the new BMW M4 GT4, the latest model in the BMW Motorsport product range. The technologically advanced car has completed over 20,000 kilometres of tests, multiple hours in the wind tunnel, extensive application runs for fine-tuning purposes, and successful test outings under race conditions.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, together with Dirk Adorf (GER), who was heavily involved in the testing of the car as development driver, launched the sales phase during an exclusive customer event at the Nürburgring (GER), May 26, 2017. The BMW M4 GT4, which is ready for use thanks to a comprehensive starter package, will cost 169,000 Euros (about $185k US).

“Even after many years, the launch of a new car is still one of the absolute highlights for me as BMW Motorsport Director,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt at the presentation event in the paddock at the Nürburgring. “The start of the sales phase sees us reach another milestone with the BMW M4 GT4. We are looking forward to seeing the car enjoy success in the hands of our customer teams starting in 2018. We are offering our customers a sophisticated and reliable GT4 car, which incorporates all of BMW Motorsport’s expertise, coupled with the strong basis provided by the BMW M4 Coupé. The development of the BMW M4 GT4 focussed on mileage, cost efficiency and ease of maintenance.”

Production technology meets motorsport innovation.
This is guaranteed by the use of proven production technology and innovative developments from the BMW M6 GT3. The engine and transmission, including control electronics, were adopted from the BMW M4 Coupé (combined consumption: 8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 194 g/km). The carbon bonnet comes from the BMW M4 GTS (combined consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km). In addition, the BMW M4 GT4 has carbon-fibre doors, motorsport-specific front splitters and rear wings, and a racing exhaust system. The seat, brakes and pedal box make use of solutions that are also included in the top model in customer racing, the BMW M6 GT3. The interior concept is designed entirely for the comfort of the driver, so that he or she can focus fully on driving.

The BMW engineers went in a totally new direction in terms of engine control software. The BMW M4 GT4 is the first BMW Motorsport car to be fitted with power sticks, which can be pre-programmed for different engine performance levels. Thanks to the system, which has been approved by the SRO Motorsports Group and is well protected against manipulation, Plug-and-Play gives BMW Motorsport customers the ability to react quickly and flexibly to changes to the Balance of Performance in various races.

Next Big Test: 24h Nürburgring.
In recent months, the BMW M4 GT4 has been tested by many BMW works drivers, BMW Junior drivers and customer racing drivers at various racetracks, with different tire types and in a wide range of external conditions. The purpose of this testing was to adapt all the technical applications, such as the DSC stability system and ABS, to meet the demands of motor racing in as much detail as possible. The car has already proven its reliability and performance in races on the Nordschleife and at the 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE).

The outing at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours in Germany is the next tough test in the development of the BMW M4 GT4. Dirk Adorf (GER), BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard (GBR) and Jörg Weidinger (GER), test and development engineer at BMW M GmbH and himself a very successful participant in the BMW Sports Trophy for many years, will use the endurance classic to gain more valuable knowledge about the new car. They will race at the Nürburgring 24 Hours alongside British motorsport journalist Jethro Bovingdon (GBR) in the BMW M4 GT4 media car, with the support of tire partner Hankook. Never before has a journalist had the opportunity to drive a pre-production BMW car like the BMW M4 GT4.

Anyone interested in purchasing a BMW M4 GT4 should please contact by email at: M4GT4@bmw-motorsport.com

Interested parties in the USA should please contact:
M4GT4_NA@bmw-motorsport.com

Technical Data of the BMW M4 GT4:

Dimensions
Length excl. splitter: 4,671 mm
Length incl. splitter: 4,750 mm
Width excl. mirrors: 1,877 mm
Width incl. mirrors: 2,014 mm
Height: 1,369 mm variable
Wheelbase: 2,812 mm

Engine
Type: Six-cylinder in-line, four valves
Technology: M TwinPower turbo technology, direct injection, Valvetronic
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Output: More than 431 hp (depending on balance of performance)
Engine management: Production engine electronics – output via power stick can be adjusted according to defined BoP
Exhaust system: Motorsport-specific lightweight exhaust system

Fuel Tank
FT3 safety tank
Capacity: 125 litres (depending on regulations)

Chassis
Chassis with DMSB-certified welded safety roll cage (compliant with FIA regulations), manufactured by BMW Motorsport
Roof, doors and bonnet made from CFRP
Makrolon® discs (heated front disc)
Motorsport front splitters made from CFRP
Motorsport rear wing made from CFRP, customisable
Motorsport dive plane made from CFRP
Air jack system
Bonnet and hatchback quick-release lock
Lightweight motorsport wiring harness

Suspension
Motorsport-specific control connections
Adjustable motorsport stabilisers front and rear
Specially adapted motorsport shock absorbers (Öhlins) front and rear
Springs, each with three spring rates for the front and rear axle available

Transmission
7-gear dual clutch transmission with motorsport software
Mechanical differential lock with separate cooling
Purpose-built output shafts with wheel bearings adapted for motorsport (rear axle)

Drivers Aids
Stability systems specifically adapted for BMW Motorsport (DSC/ABS)

Wheels/Tires
11 x 18 inch alloy wheels
Tyre dimensions: 300/660 R18 (delivery on Hankook tyres)

Brakes
6-piston, fixed calliper front, AP Racing
Diameter of brake disks: 390 mm
4-piston, fixed calliper rear, AP Racing
Diameter of brake disks: 355 mm
Balance beams for adjusting the brake balance at the front and rear
Double-suction brake air cooling

BRracing Motorsports comments – when you look at the recent success of the fairly new BMW F22 M235i factory race car (there were over 12 of them in the most recent Pirelli World Challenge race at Lime Rock in the TC class, and we have tested w one of the cars (the BMW M2345i race car), that car is incredibly easy to drive, very balanced.  This new car should stand up well, be less expensive to maintain…but will also face some considerable competition w the new Audi R8 GT4 also just released, the McLaren 570s GT4, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport…this is an exciting time for racing around the world).

See us if interested in the car, or service / support.  BRracing Motorsport is one of the few teams that has full BMW OEM diagnostic systems to fully support this car.

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