3835 view(s)In 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 replaced the BMW Z4 GT3, which had been in action around the world since 2010. Since then, the BMW M6 GT3 has been the top model in BMW Motorsport’s customer racing range. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The power train has dry sump lubrication and generates up to 585 hp – with the whole car weighing less than 1,300 kilograms. The car won the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours in its very first season. Other technical features are the transaxle drive concept, a sequential six-speed racing gearbox, and powerful motorsport electronics. BMW Motorsport released an extensive Evo package for this car for 2018.
The GTLM version is nearly identical to the GT3. Most specific differences are GTE rule driven.
The GT3 variant features the same sized (rear) tires all around, while the GTLM — which is homologated for IMSA competition only — has a slightly smaller tires on the front, per GTE rules (680 vs 710 mm).
The other difference in tires comes from the manufacturers themselves, as BMW Team RLL works with Michelin in GTLM and Continental Tire is the exclusive provider for the IMSA GTD class (open for FIA GT3). There’s also a slight difference in aero between the cars, with the GT3 variant having two front dive planes, compared to one on the GTLM. Also, the GTLM car does not have a decklid spoiler.
“Fundamentally, the GTLM is a little more efficient car,” O’Connell said. “Originally in the GT3 rules, they have a little bit more power than GTLM overseas. But the cars are very close (in IMSA). The chassis are virtually identical. The basic frame of the car is the same. There’s just little differences in clutch and some of the systems that are allowed.” (no ABS allowed for GTE)
BMW GTLM 2016 DIMENSIONS:
Length 4944 mm, Width 2046 mm., Heigh 1210 mm., Wheelbase 2901 mm. source:bmw-motorsport.com
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