Development milestone: the BMW M4 GT3 deployed at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing
The deployment of the BMW M4 GT3 last Saturday at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing (GER) marked a milestone in the development of the new BMW icon for the GT scene. After months of virtual work, BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus (BRA) announced the next phase of preparations, taking the new car to the streets for the first time.
Dingolfing. The deployment of the BMW M4 GT3 last Saturday at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing (GER) marked a milestone in the development of the new BMW icon for the GT scene. After months of virtual work, BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus (BRA) announced the next phase of preparations, taking the new car to the streets for the first time. Despite many challenges, the BMW M4 GT3 has so far completed all stages of development as planned and will travel to Miramas (FRA) for the first tests next week.
Farfus got out of the garage behind the wheel of the BMW M4 GT3 for the first time at 9.40 a.m. last Saturday and set about carrying out the first important function tests. BMW Motorsport engineers have spent all day testing the new GT car, which will replace the BMW M6 GT3 from the 2022 season. The first tests are scheduled to take place on the track at the BMW test center Group in the commune of Miramas, in the south of France, next week.
“It’s always an emotional moment when a newly developed BMW racing car takes to the track for the first time,” said Marquardt. “This time, however, I am particularly proud. Considering the difficult conditions of the past few months, it is quite remarkable that we have managed to implement our development program as planned, and while complying with the strict safety and health regulations of the BMW Group throughout. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have managed to stick to the originally scheduled date for the deployment of the BMW M4 GT3. I would like to say a big thank you to all who have shown such commitment and the passion to which we have grown accustomed in the face of the extraordinary challenges we have faced in recent months, and who overcame these challenges with compelling force. Thanks to the very close and intensive collaboration with our colleagues at BMW M GmbH, we were able to use the basis provided by the new production model BMW M4 to develop a racing car that has everything it needs to continue the story. successful BMW Motorsport as a new GT icon. “
Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH: “With every BMW M4, we bring racing technology to the streets. This is especially true of the new BMW M4 Coupé, which forms the perfect basis for the racing car. The six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower turbo technology and high-speed concept is used in both the production car and the racing car. Our engineers designed the powertrain from the ground up with performance characteristics straight from the racing world. We are convinced that this approach will pay dividends in terms of performance and driving pleasure both for our GT3 customer teams on the track and for our customers who buy a new BMW M4 or BMW M3. “
The race car and the production car were developed in parallel, and both are now in the midst of an intensive period of track testing. The production versions of the new BMW M4 Coupé and the BMW M3 Limousine (combined fuel consumption: 10.9 – 10.5 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 249 – 239 g / km, provisional figures ) will be launched in September. The BMW M4 GT3 will take part in its first races, aiming to test under competitive conditions, in 2021 and will fight for victory as the new BMW icon on the GT stage of the 2022 season. Until then, BMW engineers Motorsport and BMW factory riders still have a lot of development and testing to do.
“It was fantastic and a great honor for me to be able to cover the first few meters in the new BMW M4 GT3,” said Farfus after the deployment. “I have participated in the development of several BMW racing cars and I am always particularly happy to be part of such an important project. Although our main task during the deployment is to perform functional tests, I had a good feeling in the car from the start and I am already looking forward to the tests planned for the months to come.
The deployment at Dingolfing was an important milestone and a culmination of the development process, which began in early 2019 with CFD computer simulations. The engine, generating more than 500 hp, was put through the Munich test bench in February, while the first tests were carried out in the BMW Group wind tunnel from mid-year, using d ‘a model of the car at 60%. The first test chassis of the BMW M4 GT3 was produced at the BMW Group plant in Regensburg (GER) in early 2020. After that, the test car used for the deployment was assembled in about six weeks in the BMW Motorsport workshop.