From the road to the racetrack, and then back to the road.
In a new video, BMW M GmbH gives insights and development of the new BMW M4 GT3 racing car.
The pair identifies the charming similarities between the brand-new flagship version inside the BMW M Motorsport line-up and the BMW M4 opposition production version.
Manufacturing Vehicle Development Programme and BMW M Motorsport automotive engineers and designers provide interesting information.
BMW M4 Design, exterior designer, Anne Forschner delivers a speech in which she presents the BMW M4 Competition, and International Automotive Director, Group Design Department, Michael Scully, gets the ball rolling.
The video starts with Forschner and Scully talking about the most striking BMW kidney grille design feature of the two cars.
“All BMW M cars have a polarising effect, which means they do not automatically appeal to everyone.
Their impact on people are both physical and emotional,” says Forschner.
“The kidney grill keeps the production car’s perimeter geometry, while it has opened their interior surfaces up and celebrate the care and feeding of the race engine’s enhanced M4 GT3 cooling requirements,” Scully explains further.
In its final year of development, the BMW M4 GT3 design will help BMW M Motorsport groups compete for race victories and titles around the sector from 2022.
“The added front corner lights on the M4 GT3 is reference the production car’s air curtain position and offer identification and visual structure to an aerodynamically sensitive portion of the race car.
Their boomerang shape complements the high-speed visibility at night, and the long-lasting race mimics the natural shadows produced by the front fascia surface of the car. Scully continued.
When viewed from the side, the racing car uses the same layout factors as the manufacturing car to outline the frame facet, with one »continuity loop« created by the upper greenhouse/A pillar, front fender detail, and upward-sweeping lower body side characteristic.
Both the BMW M4 and BMW M4 GT3 competition have the same roof as its two longitudinal fins and the raked rear window as well. The elements allow a large waft of air to the rear wing of the racing car.
I might find the best differences between the two automobiles at the rear.” The BMW M4 GT3 tail acquaints in the regions, but seems very specific in others,” says Anne Forschner.
The racing car is 75 millimetres wider on each facet, but we have carried over the rear lighting fixtures from the production car, and the rear contour of the boot lid is the same,” adds Michael Scully.
Forschner points out how the two cars’ many similarities, which already give the standard model a very sporty appearance and serve as an excellent foundation for the race edition, clearly represent how they were built.
“The BMW M4 Competition production model is an excellent foundation for building a race car.
It features iconic elements and geometry that maximize efficiency and performance».
“From the road to the racetrack, and then back to the road.” Meanwhile, Scully compliments his colleagues on the series’ production.
The second video in a few weeks will focus on the shared heart of the two cars.
In it, Project Manager, Marcus Engelke, Drivetrain BMW M4, and Ulrich Schulz, Head of Drivetrain layout at BMW Motorsport, will communicate approximately the six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, conceived from the outset for each road cars and music machines.