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What’s New For 2018? GT4, Lots of New, Big Factory Efforts & Minnows Too

As GT4 gets a global boost

As well as looking at the some of the teams, cars, and personalities that won’t be around in 2018, we’ll also be looking forward on DSC, at what’s to come for the new sportscar season, which let’s not forget, starts in mid-January!

In GT4, there’s new cars coming in droves, with most of the major German manufacturers in particular, putting their new cars in customer hands for the first time over the next few months. But there are other newbies around too for 2018, in a class that has as wide a variety of metal as any in racing, from racing versions of reasonably modest sports GTs to GT4 race versions of top end supercars.

Here’s a look at all the new cars set to feature in the growing list of GT4 series.

Jaguar F-Type GT4

Not a factory programme, but rather a privately funded design built by the Jaguar Special Operations unit under the direction of experienced GT race car designer Graham Humphreys.

Superdry co-founder Jim Holder is the backer for the effort, the final race programme as yet unannounced but believed by DSC to involve the David Appleby Engineering team that Holder has raced with in recent seasons and thought to include a season in the British GT Championship and outings in the GT4 Euroseries too.

The Jaguar is, at present, a car limited to a pair of cars involved in the original commission, but it is understood too be be now a fully homologated GT4 car.

BMW M4 GT4

The first of a trio of new German factory-developed GT4s and the first to race in its development season (at the Dubai 24 Hours).

After that the 3 litre turbo straight six powered M4 has seen action in a number of Series and not little success in the marketplace too, with the first batch of customer cars delivered to their proud new owners in October and set to start their new racing lives in the early months of 2018 with customer cars already announced for January’s Dubai 24 Hours and Rolex 24 Hours supporting CTSC race, plus February’s Bathurst 12 Hour with other cars bound for Pirelli World Challenge  and the GT4 EuroSeries amongst others.

Mercedes AMG GT4

Of all of the new breed of factory-sold GT4s heading to customers for the first time in 2018 its the new AMG GT4 that’s base car is the most, extreme!

The GT4 is based on the GT-R version of the AMG GT though the GT4 car’s version of the 4 litre twin turbo V8 has some 100 bhp fewer than the road car version!

Again the Merc has had plenty of development race outings and will see a full customer debut at the Dubai 24 Hours with others set to race at the Rolex 24 Hours supporting CTSC enduro.

This is a car set to become a very familiar site in national level GT racing in the seasons to come!

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Audi Sport Customer Racing handed over the first dozen customer versions of their new GT4 offering the R8 LMS GT4 just a week ago with this another car that will have its debut in customer hands at the Dubai 24 Hours.

The 5 litre V10 powered R8 LMS GT4 made its racing debut in the hands of the development team at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and has had further outings since.

The order book though looks very healthy and whilst Audi Sport Customer Racing boss Chris Reinke was being coy about numbers, demand for the car seems set to see the car is full production for some time to come.

Ford Mustang GT4

2018 sees the first production batch of customer cars for the full GT4 spec 5.2 litre normally aspirated V8 powered and Multimatic-built Mustang hit the track after the car saw service in limited numbers in 2017.

The first batch of cars are set to be racing not only in North America where demand for racing versions of the Mustang has always been strongest  but in Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

There’s interest too in Europe as the number of GT4-based Series and Championships shifts up another gear in 2018!

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Early customer cars have already seen success in North American racing with the ZL1 based Camaro GT4.R winning friends in the paddock and trackside.

There are already European customers for the coming season too so the Pratt & Miler designed and built, 6.2 litre V8 powered animal is set to see action on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018 and beyond.

Toyota GT86 GT4

Not a new car as far as regular followers of the British GT Championship are concerned but the GPRM Toyota GT 86 GT4 is looking to take a commercial step forward, the little coupe joining the Ginetta G55 and KTM X Bow in bucking the big banger, big bucks GT4 trend.

A two car full season effort is in the team’s sights, but the wider picture is that 2018 is set to see additional copies of the car offered for sale by GPRM’s sister company Steller Engineering, more on this programme in the New Year.