BMW’s new GT4-spec customer race car based on the M4 coupe is finally ready. The track ready car has been proven over 20,000 miles of testing and hundreds of hours in the wind tunnel.
BMW confirmed that one of the cars will be entered in the 2017 Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race this weekend.
Customers won’t get to compete in the car until the 2018 motorsport season. BMW says the car has been designed to meet regulations for various GT4 competitions held in Asia, Europe and North America. And to keep costs low, numerous parts from the production car have been retained, including the engine and transmission, meaning a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The M4 GT4 gets carbon fiber doors, more extreme aero, and a racing exhaust system. The interior has been fitted with a roll cage while at the same time stripped of most amenities. The designers also added a single seat and pedal box borrowed from the M6 GT3 race car.
Although the engine is the same as the production M4, the engine in the M4 GT4 can be fitted with “power sticks.” These are pre-programmed computer chips that plug into the engine’s ECU and unlock different performance levels.
BMW is currently accepting orders for the M4 GT4, prices start at just under $190K.