Stunning GT3 race car available for customers; hi-res pictures
24 March 2010

The first examples of the BMW Z4 GT3 race car have been delivered to customers.

The car is powered by the M3's 4.0-litre V8, but this is managed by a different ECU and is linked to an uprated six-speed sequential gearbox. As a result, it has 480bhp.

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Anti-lock brakes and race wheels are standard. Buyers can opt for air conditioning, which is said to be particularly useful in long-distance races.

It has been sold to customers for 298,00 euros (£269,000) and is eligible for international and national championships that run in accordance with GT3 regulations

These include the FIA GT3 European Championship, International GT Open and the ADAC GT Masters. It is also eligible for a variety of 24-hour endurance races.

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5 March 2010

<*huge sigh*> Is it road legal?

5 March 2010

[quote Autocar]This is the BMW Z4 GT3 race car.[/quote]

no, its not road legal. its a race car

7 March 2010

This car seems to me to be a fantastic way for BMW to shift their excess Z4 stock, but surely the price is £100K over-the-top.

  • New Z4 costs from £29K (or thereabouts)
  • New M3 costs from £50K (or thereabouts)

So if you bought a new Z4 and a new M3 and swapped the engines, then you'd have (almost) the same car as the BMW GT3 race car, plus an under-engined M3 (if you see what I mean), all for the bargain price of £79K (or thereabouts).

I can't believe that a new ECU, new gearbox, plus assorted wheels/bodykit justifies the £100K extra cost. Given that most people who might race such a car will either be capable mechanics or employ capable mechanics, and will fiddle with the car anyway, I can't see why anyone would pay the extra to BMW.

Am I just being a skinflint, have I entirely missed the point, or are BMW just looking for a handful of people who have the money to pay but no brains to see whether they are getting a good deal for their money?

7 March 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]Am I just being a skinflint, have I entirely missed the point, or are BMW just looking for a handful of people who have the money to pay but no brains to see whether they are getting a good deal for their money?[/quote] Um - I think you've entirely missed the point! Sorry! Creating a race prepped car is much more than you have listed - it is a huge amount of manual work for the bodyshell, suspension and aerodynamics, then getting it approved for the type of racing it is intended for in order to create a "customer race car". Also - think about the folding roof - done away with to create a solid bodyshell - that wouldn't be the work of a moment.

24 March 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]So if you bought a new Z4 and a new M3 and swapped the engines, then you'd have (almost) the same car as the BMW GT3 race car,[/quote]

Dude, you must be joking! Read the article again.

24 March 2010

[quote Giom37]Dude, you must be joking! Read the article again.[/quote]

Which bit?

[quote csmith319] Creating a race prepped car is much more than you have listed - it is a huge amount of manual work for the bodyshell, suspension and aerodynamics, then getting it approved for the type of racing it is intended for in order to create a "customer race car". Also - think about the folding roof - done away with to create a solid bodyshell - that wouldn't be the work of a moment.[/quote]

Looks to me like the folding roof has been simply replaced with a removeable one-piece. I'm not a Z4 expert but it looks to me like the external differences are bodykit, rear wing, diffuser, splitter, and one-piece roof.

Didn't know that it was necessary to get type approval for a road-car based racing series but it makes sense that this should be so, and I can see that this will cost a lot.

24 March 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]So if you bought a new Z4 and a new M3 and swapped the engines, then you'd have (almost) the same car as the BMW GT3 race car, plus an under-engined M3 (if you see what I mean), all for the bargain price of £79K (or thereabouts).[/quote]

Same as if you want to make your own WRC rally car or Touring car, you just need to strip out the interior of a road car and put a roll cage in.

Fancy a go at world Superbike racing?. Just buy a suitable model road bike, take the number plates off and away you go!.

Sorry, it's just not that simple.

I guarantee you would be amazed at how little this race car has in common with a road going Z4, even if you fitted one with an M3 engine.

It's a bespoke race car, don't be fooled by the looks.

26 March 2010

Bespoke/low volume = high cost

That aside, does anyone else think that this looks the nuts? The rear diffuser looks particularly aggressive. If it sounds good it may even take top spot from the C6.R as my favourite racer...

9 October 2014
Awesome car! Race cars have all the safety equipment and power required to win races and protect their driver at the same time. Some of them are street legal but most of them are not. It is very important to choose your sources when buying a race car to avoid scam agents or worse, purchasing a stolen vehicle.

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