After releasing earlier rendered images of the BMW M6 GT3 race car for 2016, slated to replace the current Z4 GT3 BMW Motorsport has now given their first test car its first roll out at the factory’s test track in Dingolfing in the hands of Jörg Müller.
Powered by a 500 bhp+ 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine the M6 is currently slated for lengthy performance and reliability testing before 2016 race and customer availability plans are finalised.
The M6 GT3 has dry sump lubrication with a total car weight of less than 1,300 kilograms. The BMW M6 GT3 include the transaxle drive concept, a six-speed sequential racing transmission, motorsport electronics and a chassis whose aerodynamic properties have been optimised in the BMW wind tunnel.
“This is a big moment for everyone who has worked so intensely and passionately on the development of the BMW M6 GT3 in recent months,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “This car incorporates all the experience we have gained in recent years on the endurance and GT racing circuits. We are well on schedule with the development, and are confident we will be able to take to the track in 2016 with a package that is competitive from the outset. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved with this fantastic project.”
Müller was thrilled with his outing in Dingolfing: “It is a fantastic moment when you walk into the garage and see this stunningly beautiful car. I am very proud to have taken it out for its first few kilometres. A roll-out is obviously just an initial performance test but, on the whole, everything was very good and we had no problems. The engine really impressed me. It is powerful and has good torque, which is important for a car like this. I am confident that BMW Motorsport will provide its customers with a fantastic racing car, in the BMW M6 GT3.”