The BMW Z4 GT3 Race Car Breaks Cover

Feb 24 • E89 Z4 Roadster, Motorsport8 Comments

Z4 GT3

A few months back BMW Motorsports announced that they ‘d be building a Z4 GT3 car with a fixed roof and a V8 engine. We all gasped and the questions started. Did this mean the return of the Z4 Coupe for the street as well? How fixed was the roof. What V8 are they using? We have a few answers (no the car will not be sold to the public, yes it ‘s using a version of the M3 ‘s V8) but perhaps most importantly we can now say we ‘ve seen the car. The Schubert Motorsport team took delivery of one of the first Z4 GT3s from BMW and has hit the track in Germany this week to shake down the car.

Z4 GT3

The Schubert Z4 GT3 will make it ‘s debut at Silverstone on May 2rd. Of course the biggest race of the year for this team and these cars will be the 24 Hour of Nurburgring just a month later.

Courtesy of JONSIBAL via BMWBlog

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  • Micah

    If I had the means to go GT3 racing that would be the car. Beautiful, and it must go like hell with a V8 stuffed under the hood!

    Sequential tranmission as well, correct?

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

    Sounds like it has the guts of the ///M3 shoe horned in there. Love the rear wing. Also love how the car HAS STRIPES!

    I have always wondered this- BMW took a few years off from ALMS etc. because there was no ///M3 availble and there was not another product to fill in. Could we be seeing the start of the fill-ins development in this Z4? The ///M3 will exit in a few years and a year or so would lapse between then and the next ///M3- where as the Z4 will live on for sometime…

    Hmmmm

  • IT WRKS

    Wow what a sexy looking beast!!!

  • Bimmer1

    “I have always wondered this- BMW took a few years off from ALMS etc. because there was no ///M3 availble and there was not another product to fill in.”

    Unfortunately, that was not the reason BMW left ALMS during the e46 era. They were told to leave because their car did not conform to the regulations. The e46 M3 GTR used the S62 motor from the e39 M5. That right there meant the car did not meet the reg’s set by ALMS/FIA. In order for it to have been legal it would have had to have an I6 motor in it. ALMS/FIA allowed it for a few years, then after we kicked everyone’s butt all over creation they shut BMW out. BMW did hurry up and throw together a very limited production M3 GTR with a S62 V8 but it never came to the US, thus it was not legal in the ALMS. Seems BMW has a knack for this, as technically the new car doesn’t meet the reg’s either. The situation with the new car is a little different though, as the ALMS/FIA changed the reg’s while the car was already developed and being built. Because of the timing of the rule changes, they have received another pass from the ALMS to compete. The FIA is still out on the ruling, thus why BMW has not been at Le Mans for several years now. I’m told the issue with the new car has something to do with the suspension mounting points. The ALMS/FIA wants them now to be in the same location as the stock car, which the e92 M3 GTR’s suspension is not. At least it actually does have a V8 in the production version this time around.

    “Could we be seeing the start of the fill-ins development in this Z4? The ///M3 will exit in a few years and a year or so would lapse between then and the next ///M3- where as the Z4 will live on for sometime…”

    BMW has just recently stated there will no longer be 1 – 1.5 years between a new model release and the M model variat release. The new M5 is scheduled to be released within a few months of the regular 5, then after that they are shooting to release M versions at the same time as the regular models.

  • lava

    I thought the ALMs M3s made a swing through Europe last season – my imagination? Anyway, any chance we’ll see this Z4 and the M3s in the same event sometime?

  • Matt

    Sorry Bimmer1, it was never the S62 engine in the GTR. It was the P60, a unique 4.0L racing engine with flat-plane crank and other goodies. Not even related to the S62 except they shared the same manufacturer. For the single street-legal GTR prototype made, it also did not have the S62 but rather a street-able (somewhat) version of the P60 racing engine.

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

    Bimmer1- While ///M may be able to get cars out faster (we first reported on that) they will not be at the launch of the standard models. BMW does not even launch xDrive models, wagons or coupes at the same time. They stagger the roll out for production and marketing purposes. From all accounts there will not be such a layover as in the past but they will still have at least a 6 month delay.

    The other thing is that the E92 will be replaced in 2012, while the E90 will have been replaced already so the next ///M3 is not destined until the late 2012…

    There is also other reasons for using a Z4- less aero issues etc.

    I would not be surprised at all.

  • Michael Kull

    I had a Z4m Coupe, i sold it recently and purchased a x6 and am thrilled with the look and performance for a day to day car. I would definitely purchase a Z4 GT3, if it became a production car, as it would be dynamic in performance looks and styling. Michael Kull Australia/Melbourne

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