Official: BMW to Race Z4 in ALMS

Dec 3 • ALMS, E89 Z4 Roadster, Motorsport8 Comments

We ‘ve been talking about BMW Motorsport building a version of the Z4 to compete in ALMS for years here at Bimmerfile. It looks like both sides have come to an agreement and our favorite Bavarian manufacturer will be competing in 2013 with a Z4 in the GTE class stateside. The Z4 in race guise has been one of the most aggressive looking and sounding vehicles on the grid and it is finally coming to the US.

According SPEEDTV, BMW has confirmed that it will return to ALMS with the Z4 as its entry and the car will debut in the 61st annual Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. We had talked to Dr. Jens Marquardt about BMW fielding a new car earlier this fall and he had said there were some homologation decisions that were preventing the Z4 coming to the US but that they were still working with the sanctioning bodies. The final details have not been disclosed as to the exact specs of the car but it is officially going racing.

The official announcement came during BMW ‘s annual end-of-season awards banquet Saturday evening in Munich according to SpeedTV. “This change in model shows that we are focusing fully on the BMW Z4 as an all-encompassing GT car,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt. “The BMW Z4 GT3 has been very successful on the GT3 scene in recent years, and has proven its ability to win races. I am confident this car will also play a major role as a GTE car in the ALMS.”

The Z4 has been racing throughout the world for the past several years but this spring will mark its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Full details on BMW ‘s 2013 ALMS program are expected to be announced next month.

SPEEDTV

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  • 03BeastCharmer

    Glad to see that BMW will not be missing from the ALMS grid next year.

  • Roland Renno

    Now this is some good news. The Z4 chassis is much better than the M3′s, so i expect great results.

    Fingers crossed for BMW Motorsport.

  • johnparke

    How exactly are they going to justify shoehorning a a 4.4L V8 in the Z4 GT2 without one in a road car? Or is this pretty much going to be a repeat of the M3 GTR incident?

    • johnparke

      Also is this just a filler until the F80 races, or is the M3 done with racing for the foreseeable future? Excluding DTM, which technically isn’t an M3 in any way.

      • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

        The F82, as the M4 coupe will be called is a few years out still and the Z4 only has a few years left in its cycle as well so it makes the perfect filler. This car is fully developed and has been ruling Europe for the last few seasons so it should fit right in the ALMS grid nicely, granted we are not sure of the homologation changes.

  • lavardera

    So are the rule-maker’s going to strangle it like they did to the M3, so they can have a Corvette & Viper dog & pony show again…

    • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

      Lets hope not.

  • JonPD

    Awesome move, still waiting for my GT3 Z4 street car to be sold ;)

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