BMW Motorsport Upgrades the Z4 GT3

The meanest looking race car of the modern Motorsport era just got a little meaner…

Official Release: The modified BMW Z4 GT3 has survived its baptism of fire: the GT customer sports car proved itself in a series of intensive tests in recent weeks. The goal of the latest modifications was primarily to improve aerodynamic efficiency in order to ensure the car ‘s competitiveness in the many, hard-fought GT3 classes.

The BMW Z4 GT3, which was launched in March 2010, achieved its greatest success to date in January 2011. Claudia Hürtgen (DE), BMW works driver Augusto Farfus (BR), Tommy Milner (US) and Edward Sandström (SE) won the Dubai 24 Hours for Team Schubert. This was the first outright victory for the BMW Z4 GT3 at a marathon race of this scale, having already proven its potential with wins in its debut season in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

With its elongated bonnet, the driver’s compartment towards the rear of the car, long wheel base and narrow wheel arches, the series version of the BMW Z4 boasts an unmistakable appearance. The two-seater provided BMW Motorsport engineers with a good basis for developing a competitive GT3 racing car.

A difference between the production and racing car can be found under the bonnet: while the production version of the BMW Z4 is driven by a six-cylinder engine, the GT3 car is powered by a 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine.

BMW Motorsport engineers have also fine-tuned the aerodynamics of the BMW Z4 GT3 for the new season, improving the car ‘s performance in this area. When it comes to electronics, the private teams can look forward to innovative BMW solutions: The modern ECU408 takes over the engine management, while the Power400 electronic control unit is responsible for controlling all the actuators. The power is transmitted through a six-speed, sequential gearbox. Gearshifts are now initiated using two paddles. The steel body of the car comes from BMW Plant Regensburg. A safety cell made of extremely rigid, precision steel tubing is then welded into the body. The engine block of the V8 engine is produced in the BMW foundry in Landshut. BMW Plant Dingolfing contributes the rear axle differential, among other things. Front and rear wings, bonnet, roof, fenders and many other components are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP).

The car is available now at a price of 315,000 Euros (plus VAT) from BMW Motorsport Distribution, email address Z4GT3@bmw-motorsport.com.

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  • Adam

    Mean just doesnt do it justice, the thing is sick. Wheel arches swollen beyond logic, curves, vents and diffusers that would embarrass any LeMans, F1, or (god forgive me for including this one) Nascar racer.

    Is it in any way possible we can get a bit of that action in a road car? perhaps as an M? please.

  • Cazisk

    mann thats so sexy!!! pure sex!!!!!

  • sackboy

    Whoa Nellie!!! Now that is a machine! Can you say Bavarian ZO6 ?? sacboy

  • Michael

    Holy $&@eiße! That car is fantastic. Are we seeing a transition to Z4s as the M3 ages out? You tell me!

  • JonPD

    Love it!

    Still would love to see ///M maybe produce a GT3 version of this car. I hear about the need of sharing items to help lower the production costs. Give us a widebody hardtop with the monster lurking under the hood of the M3.

  • Anonymous

    So, if this came to the road in some form or fashion, could not BMW take on some of Porsche’s more vaunted models? Wouldn’t that be fun?

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