BMW has revealed the M8 GTE at IAA 2017. It will take part in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season.
The new BMW M8 GTE has been unveiled at the ongoing 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The car will compete in FIA World Endurance Championship next season. This also marks a return of the German brand to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
Powering the M8 GTE is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine paired to a six-speed sequential racing gearbox. The power output depends on the classification it will be racing in. But the engine has a base power output of 500hp.
Made out of light CFRP composites, the M8 GTE weighs only 1,220 kgs. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing have helped BMW build prototype parts just 24 hours after virtual development. A 3d measurement system has helped improve quality control of the hand built race car. Interestingly, BMW says that it used artificial intelligence to develop the traction control system. It also has a rear-view camera system with object recognition.
The BMW M8 GTE race car closely previews the design of the upcoming BMW 8 Series and the BMW M8.
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