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BMW Motorsport presented the new BMW M8 GTE in its livery for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Daytona (USA) on Wednesday. The 56th Rolex 24 at Daytona will be an endurance sports car racing event held at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida on January 27–28, 2018. It will also be the first race for the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The new BMW M8 GTE 2018 is an upcoming endurance grand tourer (GT) car constructed by the German automobile manufacturer BMW. The new BMW M8 GTE 2018 was developed in late 2016 and will make its competitive début in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA WEC from 2018 season respectively and thus marking BMW Motorsport returning to 24 Hours of Le Mans after six-year absence that last time BMW competed in 2011. The all new BMW M8 GTE 2018 was designed by BMW chief engineer Dominic Harlow. The M8 GTE, which replaced the ongoing BMW M6 GTLM at the end of the 2017 season, is based on the production 2018 BMW M8.
Speaking in an interview, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt looks back on the development of the new BMW M8 GTE 2018 and underlines the importance of team spirit in the development crew.
Daytona. The new BMW M8 GTE has completed more test drives at the setting for its race debut in January 2018: BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL were on the Daytona (USA) track this week as part of official testing for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). This was the first time that the new BMW M8 GTE 2018 GT flagship race car from BMW Motorsport had shared the circuit with its future North America competitors. The first competitive appearance for the BMW M8 GTE will be at the 24 Hours of Daytona on 27th/28th January.
A private test had already taken place at Homestead (USA) last week ahead of official testing in Daytona. On both occasions, the new BMW M8 GTE 2018 was supervised by BMW Team RLL, which will be competing next season with the new BMW M8 GTE in the IMSA series. John Edwards and Connor De Phillippi (both USA) shared driving duties. Martin Tomczyk (GER) was also in action at Homestead. At the tests, BMW Motorsport and the BMW Team RLL completed a comprehensive programme. This included further endurance tests for the latest developments in the areas of performance, aerodynamics and electronics.
BMW Motorsport looks back on intensive months. Over the course of just half a year since the first test in July, the new BMW M8 GTE 2018 has been continually updated. The BMW engineers made gradual changes to the aerodynamics and worked on the front, the chassis and the cooling system. All components were made suitable for endurance driving and so BMW Motorsport was able to successfully complete a 24-hour distance last month. The feedback from the drivers helped to optimize the cockpit ergonomics.
Preparations are now hotting up as the new BMW M8 GTE approaches the 24 Hours of Daytona. The data gathered in the USA will be used to work on fine-tuning in Munich before more tests take place in the USA before Christmas. “The Roar before the 24 Hours”, the official IMSA preparatory test for the 24-hour race, is scheduled to take place in four weeks.