This is the new BMW M4 GT4 – and we're racing it at the Nürburgring 24-Hours

This weekend, Drivetribe's Editor-at-Large will compete in the infamous endurance in BMW's latest race car

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This teaser shot reveals the new BMW M4 GT4 race car, but here at Drivetribe we already know rather a lot about it because our Editor-at-Large, Jethro Bovingdon, will be racing in it at the Nürburgring 24-Hours this weekend. He's seen it, had his seat fitting, the lot… See drivetribe.com/p/ARs9xSTqS_eaMwvav6drWw for more.

Fancy spending a weekend away in here? That's exactly what our Editor-at-Large is about to do…

Fancy spending a weekend away in here? That's exactly what our Editor-at-Large is about to do…

GT4 is a production-based series, so the M4 GT4's entire drivetrain (including the twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six, and all the electronics) are taken from the road car, but the carbonfibre bonnet comes from the limited-edition M4 GTS, and the M4 GT4 has carbonfibre doors, a bespoke rear wing and front splitter, and a full motorsport-spec exhaust. Plus the seats, bigger brakes and pedal box are pinched from the BMW M6 GT3 race car.

There's a roll cage too, for safety's sake, air jacks and centre-lock wheels for quick pit stops, and not much left in the way of interior trim.

The work so far

Testing and development work has been underway for many months, and the M4 GT4 completed its first public outing at the Dubai 24 Hours back in January 2017, notching up over 3000km under race conditions.

Further development has followed since, including a four-day test at BMW's Miramas facility in southern France in March, when the new M4 GT4 race cars were put through their paces by works drivers Jörg Müller, Dirk Adorf and BMW Motorsport Junior Nico Menzel.

The race at the 'Ring this weekend is another important milestone, ahead of sales of customer cars for the start of the 2018 motorsport season. That, and with the M4 GT4 competing at the Nürburgring's headline endurance event, BMW will be fielding a race car line-up that spans the M235i Racing, the new M4 GT4, and the M6 GT3.

From left to right: M235i Racing, M4 DTM, M6 GT3, new M4 GT4 development car

From left to right: M235i Racing, M4 DTM, M6 GT3, new M4 GT4 development car

We'll have videos and updates ahead of the race, and across the weekend, so stay tuned for more on the BMW M4 GT4.

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Comments (6)

  • Well done Jethro, 1st in SP8T in the Securtal Sorg M4 (37th overall). Every car that finishes this event is a winner :)

    1st - Audi R8 - SP9

    2nd - BMW M6 GT3 - SP9

    3rd - AudI R8 - SP9

    Porsche didn't fair well in SP9 -only two cars finished in the top 20 (car no 31 - 6th and car no 30 - 17th). Porsche cars accounted for 44 entries.

    As always the SP3T cars (2l turbo charged) punched well above weight - 1st in class Audi TTRS 25th overall and 2nd Lexus RC 26th overall. The SP3T WRX STI was running third in class (in the top 30) when it was knocked out with about 2hrs to go. Interestingly for Porsche owners, the WRX STI (boxer 2l turbo) at that stage, had 4 Porsche cars ahead of it (there were 44 P cars in this event) - 3 x SP9 991 911 GT3 R and 1 x SP10 981 GT4 CS.

    Not bad for a turbocharged flat 4 a la 718 and 718 S.

      3 years ago
  • Apologies - Securtal Sorg SP8T - I'm betting a little old WRX STI in SP3T will do more laps 😀

      3 years ago
  • Isn't it car number 40 prepared by Sectural Sorg

      3 years ago
  • Best of luck! See you there!

      3 years ago
  • Best of luck Bovingdon!

      3 years ago
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