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2022 BMW M4 GT3

It is based on the M4 Competition, but it adds almost an extra 90 horsepower

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BMW started to work on the new M4 GT3 pretty much in the same time with the new generation M4. But the race car went to its own process of development and testing. It all started back in 2019 with CFD computer simulations and continued in July, 2020 with the first real testing at BMW’s plant in Dingolfing. From there, lots of testing was made on race tracks around the world. After each testing the car was further optimized to make it ready for its racing career.

Finally, on June 26th, 2021 the M4 GT3 made its first race debut at season’s Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and from there will be heading to BMW M Motorsport teams for the 2022 racing season.

The M4 GT3 is priced at $530,000. An additional Competition Package adds another $55,000. The car can be raced in the GT Daytona and GT Daytona Pro classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Design

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The M4 GT3 comes to replace the M6 GT3. In comparison, it is more dynamic, lighter, and more powerful.

The M4 GT3 is both longer and wider when compared to the M6 GT3.

It measures 5,020 mm (197.6378) in length and 2,040 mm (80.31 inches) in width. By comparison, the M6 GT3 measured 4,975 mm (195.86 inches) in length and 2,046 mm (80.55 inches) in height. Also, the wheelbase has been increased on the M4 GT3: 2,917 mm (114.84 inches) compared to 2,901 mm (114.21 inches). The only dimensions that remained unchanged was the height: 1,308 mm (51.49 inches).

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While designing the M4 GT3, BMW M tried to retain the essence of the M4 Competition as much as possible. So, if you remove the racing decals, looking from pretty much every angle you will think you are looking at a standard M4 Competition.

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The M4 GT3 retains the huge kidney grille, the roof with its two longitudinal fins, and even the heavily raked rear window. You will actually have to move to the rear of the M4 GT3 to notice some differences.

There is, of course, the huge rear wing, but also the M4 GT3 is 75 mm (2.95 inches) wider on each side.

The steering wheel

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The interior has also been redesigned to meet FIA’s latest safety regulations

The interior was of course heavily modified to meet FIA’s latest safety regulations, but the coolest feature is the all-new steering wheel. It actually had its own launch event back in December 2020 during the BMW SIM Live Event. It was developed in cooperation with FANATEC, and it is so special because it is the first steering wheel of its kind that works in both a real car and a simulator.

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The steering wheel is also new and has been developed by BMW Motorsport in collaboration with FANATEC
It is made from carbon fiber and features illuminated buttons and magnetic dual-action shift paddles, also made of carbon.

When asked about the new steering wheel, BMW works driver Philipp Eng said: "Compared to the steering wheel in the BMW M6 GT3, for example, the new wheel has extremely good ergonomics. It is very comfortable to hold. You can tell that real professionals have been at work in every area."

In fact, sim racers around the world can order it starting the second quarter of 2021.

Engine

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The M4 GT3 is based on the current generation M4, but it offers a way more powerful engine

Under the hood it keeps the same 3.0-liter inline-six engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology from the M4 Competition. But in the race version, the engine received a few changes, including the installation of an angle, dry sump, engine-mounted oil tank with integrated oil/water exchanger, intake system with charge cycle split, and two throttle valves. There is also a new exhaust system with charge cycle split, engine mount, and attachment adapted to GT3, plus rear torsional vibration dampers.

The result is a total of 590 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - quite an increase when compared to the 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque found in the M4 Competition.
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When compared to the engine found in the M6 GT3, the one from the M4 GT3 is about 40 kg lighter - which of course translates into better weight distribution.

The standard transmission has also been replaced with a sequential, straight-toothed 6-speed gearbox - something similar to what you can find in the M8 GTE. It will improve runtime, cost efficiency, and performance.

Racing Debut

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The new BMW M4 GT3 will make its North American competition debut at the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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The Ultimate Driving Machine® was well-represented by more than 30 BMW drivers competing in more than 20 BMW racing cars this weekend at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Presented by AWS weekend.

All four models that represent BMW of North America’s customer racing program – the BMW M6 GT3, BMW M4 GT4, BMW M2 CS (Cup), and BMW M240iR – were competing at the classic 4-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course this weekend in Rounds 7 and 8 of World Challenge series. Additionally, BMW of North America displayed the all-new BMW M4 GT3. This car is expected to make its North American competition debut at the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“The large BMW entry this season at Road America is emblematic of the success of our BMW Customer Racing program,” said Victor Leleu, BMW NA Motorsport Manager. “It has been a pleasure to watch the growth of our teams and drivers. It was a pleasure to cheer so many wins this weekend and introduce our teams to the new BMW M4 GT3. Congratulations to everyone.”

Saturday, Round 7 races:

Saturday’s Round 7 races began with GT4 America Sprint X and a familiar face winning the multi-class contest overall leading a BMW sweep of the Pro/Am podium. BMW ace Bill Auberlen and James Walker won the one-hour race in the No. 34 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4. They were followed by No. 52 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 in second place and the No. 36 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4. In the Silver class, BMW M4 GT4 drivers Tim Barber and Cole Ciraulo finished in the runner-up spot in the No. 22 CCR Racing/Team TFB machine.

The next race was the GT World Challenge America race for GT3 machinery and at the checkered flag Michael Dinan and Robby Foley finished fourth in the Pro class in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. Foley posted the race’s quick lap (2:08.313 minutes) on lap 21.

In the GT America race it was the No. 119 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 of Sean Quinlan that took the GT4 class victory.

The TC America race closed the day’s races and saw Jacob Ruud and his No. 81 Classic BMW M2 CS (Cup) take his seventh consecutive win in the TCX class. In the TC class, Austen Smith was the victor in the No. 51 Auto Technic BMW M240IR.

Sunday, Round 8 races:

Sunday’s GT4 America Sprint X race saw the No. 119 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 of Gregory Liefooghe and Sean Quinlan take the overall win and Pro/Am class victory. Tom Capizzi and Jean Capestro-Dubets finished second in the No. 52 Auto Technic BMW M4 GT4. Yesterday’s winners Bill Auberlen and James Walker finished fourth. ST Racing drivers Harry Gottsacker and Tyler Maxson took the Silver class win in the No. 28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4.

Doubling up in the GT America race it was the No. 119 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 of Sean Quinlan taking a second GT4 class victory.

The TCX class saw a different winner for the first time this season as Stephen Cugliari won in the No. 57 Accelerating Performance BMW M2 CS (Cup). Yesterday’s winner Austen Smith finished third in the TC class in the No. 51 Auto Technic BMW 240iR.

The GT World Challenge America race provided the finale of the weekend and Michael Dinan and Robby Foley added the cherry on the top of the Sunday (sic) to score the first win of the season in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.

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