BMW has launched a new V8 version of its latest Z4 for the track.
The BMW Z4 GT3 is powered by a 473bhp version of the V8 engine found in the BMW M3. This is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Other upgrades over the standard road car include new racing wheels, racing ABS and optional lightweight air-con for endurance racing. The car will be able to compete in all GT3 events, including the FIA GT3 European Championship, International GT Open and the ADAC GT Masters, as well as various 24-hour endurance events.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2010, with a price tag or 298,000 euro (£265,000) plus VAT.
BMW has said there will be no M version of the current Z4 road car, so this customer racing version is as close as drivers will get to a top-spec performance version of the Z4.