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