BMW Unveils Incredible M8 GTE Le Mans

The currently ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show has unveiled yet another masterpiece from BMW – this time flexing the new M8 GTE, the racing variation of the production vehicle – and the company’s first Le Mans car since 2011. The vehicle is slated to debut next January in Daytona 24 hours before racing at the World Endurance Championship and IMSA campaigns in 2018. Set to replace the M6 GTLM and Z4 GTE, the incredible BMW M8 GTE will also mark the company’s return to the iconic 24 hour race from Le Mans. It will pack an impressive 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, but due to racing regulations it will limited to no more than 500 hp, sent to the wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. The intensive use of carbon-fiber for its bodywork helped keep its weight down to 2,700 pounds (1,225kg), which probably means this racer is capable of delivering some awesome thrills. The production version of the M8 wasn’t even close to its completion when the M8 GTE went into development, which is why computer simulations were crucial to the design of the traction control system and the vehicle’s final form.