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2010 BMW Z4 GT3

BMW Motorsport announced the GT3 version of the Z4 sportscar. The car will make its debut in 2010 and will compete in international and national championships in accordance with GT3 regulations, such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, International GT Open and the ADAC GT Masters.

The BMW Z4 GT3 is powered by a 4-liter, eight-cylinder engine equipped with a 408 ECU and a Power400 control unit. The engine delivers a total of 480 bhp and is mated to a sequential, six-speed gearbox.

Sales will begin in the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of 298,000 Euro.

Updated 03/05/2010: BMW MotorSport revealed the official images of the Z4 GT3. Check the gallery to see them all!

Updated 04/08/2011: The BMW Z4 GT3 has been put into a series of intensive tests in recent weeks. The car has received a series of modifications in order to improve aerodynamic efficiency. The car will be available for interested racing teams at a price of 315,000 Euro (or about $450,000 at the current exchange rates). We have also added new images showing the car in black.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The BMW Z4 GT3, which was officially launched and completed its first test drives at the start of March, is already enjoying great popularity among BMW Motors W Motors port customers. The first cars have been delivered to private BMW teams, who will prepare them for use in various national and international championships.

“The feedback on the BMW Z4 GT3 is extremely positive,” says BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. “This sports car rounds off our product range, and offers drivers and teams the opportunity to compete in championships in accordance with the GT3 regulations – such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, the International GT Open or the ADAC GT Masters – as well as at 24-hour endurance races.” In addition, the BMW M3 BMW M3 GT2, the BMW 320si WTCC, which complies with Super2000 regulations, and the close-to-production BMW M3 GT4 are also available to customer teams from all over the world at BMW Motorsport Distribution.

BMW Z4 GT3

The production model of the BMW Z4 is already impressive: with its elongated bonnet, flared wheel arches, long wheel base and narrow projections, the car boasts an unmistakable appearance. The two-seater provided BMW Motorsport engineers with a good basis for developing a close-to-production GT3 racing car.

The largest difference between 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 4.0-litre eight-cylinder engine similar to the unit used in the BMW M3 GT2. This powerful heart produces over 480 bhp. Its excellent performance characteristics and good torque curve make the base engine from the production version of the BMW M3 predestined for use in motorsport.

The fitting of the V8 engine had a considerable influence on the development of the BMW Z4 GT3. Initially, design-space examinations were performed using CATIA V5 design software, in order to place the engine in the ideal position and meet racing specifications. The engineers then added all the other components.

BMW Z4 GT3

When it comes to electronics, the private teams can look forward to innovative BMW solutions, which have already been tried and tested on the BMW M3 GT2: 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 with “Quick Shift” function.

Rims with central locking and safety clip are also included in delivery. In addition, the BMW Z4 GT3 also offers driver assistance systems such as racing ABS and traction control, which have been adopted from other cars in the customer racing range, and then further developed and modified for use in the GT3 car.

The front axle of the BMW Z4 GT3 is a completely new design, based on a series concept. It is equipped with a tubular stabiliser bar with adjustable blades. The rear axle is designed as a longitudinal link axle, as with the series version of the BMW Z4. The steel body of the car comes from the BMW Plant in 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. The BMW Plant in Dingolfing contributes the rear axle differential and drive shaft, among other things.

During the development, BMW Motorsport engineers worked hand in hand in other areas with their colleagues from series production. This allowed them to access calculations from the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) when designing the car’s aerodynamics. Furthermore, tests were also carried out in the wind tunnel and on the BMW Group’s test benches.

BMW Z4 GT3

Front and rear wings, bonnet, roof, fender and many other components are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP). Using this lightweight, torsion-resistant material contributed significantly to reducing the weight of the BMW Z4 GT3 to 1,200 kilograms.

As with all cars in the BMW customer racing range, the emphasis was also put on cost-efficiency when developing the BMW Z4 BMW Z4 GT3. As a result, the car offers a very good cost/performance ratio and gives private teams the opportunity to participate in affordable motorsport at the highest level.

The BMW Z4 GT3 is available as a racing car at a cost of 298,000 Euros (plus VAT).



19 comments:

Front end’s too long.

You would have blood running out your a** after driving that!!

Well it’s 480BHP for sure you’ll need all the help you can get from Body kits and diffusers. Because if not you can see this baby flying on track.

Sweet car. I just love it. Although that kind of set up is not legal in the street, I still like to drive it... on a video game perhaps. I mean for sure it will have a lot of power under it’s hood and for a guy like me with no training, managing speed and power of that caliber will surely be difficult. If it was on a game, I can crash it anytime and no one will get hurt.

Well it does look good since I am a fan of a beetle like car I’ll rank it in high class super car.

cool sports car, looks so aggressive and dang so fast. well i really love what they did on the rear diffuser and it’s rear wing. it sure helps a lot in generating air drag.

Yeah of course I do.

I meant to say

do you still remember me?

I haven’t seen AK on in a while

Remember what?

Uncia you remember right?

thanks

where is AK47

Good to have you back.

Uhh its been a while since I have been here on topspeed

looks like there are many new guys

where is Ak and Uncia

Its good to be back

anyways regarding the car I wish we could a production coupe version just like the last gen Z4 had.

Again hello to everybody

I rather buy a porsche, like the GT3 R, but it’s good

This car is a GT3... it was for the track, and $400,000 doesn’t look that bad.

Wow, more than a quarter of a million quid. That oughta be a fast car for that kind of price tag. Anyhow, I really would like to see it in the track first before considering it as one of the dream race cars. Would it be a better car than the other brands or will it be left behind.

Well the power of this sports car is quite above the level of a typical sports car. Interesting to see a Mercedes AMG competing with this car on an underground battle. Its really exciting to watch on which car will eat dust. I’m not expecting that the price of this car will be on the 100K+ line.

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