The BMW M3 was not an attempt to produce a sporting flagship for a volume produced model range; instead it originated from the idea of developing a racing car for motor sport that would also be available in a road-going version. The selected category of racing was Group A production touring cars – as seen […]
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BMW Team RLL will participate in the Nov. 17-18 IMSA test at Daytona International Speedway marking the first public test of BMW’s latest endurance racing challenger, the BMW M6 GTLM.
In 1983 Nelson Piquet became the first driver in the history of Formula One to win the world championship title in a racing car powered by a turbo engine: the Brabham BMW BT52. The engine that imbued the Brabham BMW BT52 with its legendary status was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH under the guidance of its then Technical Director, Paul Rosche.
After BMW 700 Coupe had showed its sporting qualities in the late 1950s and early ’60s, BMW unveiled a real racing car in 1961. BMW 700 RS was based on the BMW 700 model, but was designed just for motorsport.
BMW presented the BMW M3 E36 in 1992. Only a year later, the new BMW M3 GTR racing version was already lining up on the grid for the first race in the German Touring Car Championship in April 1993. The new regulations were only defined at the beginning of 1992.
This BMW 2002ti was built by German BMW tuner/race team ALPINA GmbH in 1970 and features ALPINA’s signature Weber side draft carburetor setup, engine performance upgrades, flared fenders and three piece ALPINA alloy wheels.
The BMW Concept M4 Coupe provides the first taste of the BMW M4 DTM, with which BMW Motorsport will compete in the popular touring car series next year.
In 2013, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team continues its involvement in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The team, with works riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR), is looking to follow on from the success it has already achieved with the S 1000 RR bike.
After four successful years with the BMW M3 GT, BMW is setting course for the future in the American Le Mans Series with the new BMW Z4 GTE. BMW Motorsport engineers in Munich began work on developing the new GTE version of the BMW Z4 in July 2012. The BMW Z4 GT3, which has enjoyed great success in top-level GT racing series around the world for several years, has been the basis for the new GTE racer. However, there are some differences between the Z4 GT3 and the Z4 GTE. For example, the ACO regulations stipulate that electronic aids that may be used on GT3 racing cars, such as ABS and DSC, are not permitted on the BMW Z4 GTE. Modifications also had to be made to the 4.4-litre, eight-cylinder engine in order to allow it to be used in the ALMS.
Four BMW teams will battle for points and victories in the 2013 DTM series. Like BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG, newly-formed BMW Team MTEK will also run two BMW M3 DTMs. By increasing its contingent to eight cars, BMW Motorsport is intensifying its commitment to the DTM and will now compete on a par with the other two manufacturers represented in the DTM. Dutchman Ernest Knoors will take the reigns as Team Principal of BMW Team MTEK, which is based in Garching near Munich. Now that BMW Team MTEK has officially been given the starting signal, the build-up process can take place over the coming weeks and months.