M4 GOES RACING
BMW is set to join the growing set of manufacturers serving up FIA Gt4-spec racecars
THE Bavarian firm has announced that it will launch a BMW M4 GT4 racecar in time for the 2018 motorsport season. Going on this official rendering that was released at the start of August, it looks as though the GT4 will borrow a number of cues from the M4 GTS road car that was launched last year. In fact, the entire drivetrain, including the electronics, will be lifted from that vehicle.
BMW has not officially disclosed the GT4’S power figures, but to put things into perspective, the 368 kw and 600 N.m produced by the GTS’ turbocharged 3,0-litre inline-six engine will be propelling a considerably lighter car, courtesy of carbon-fibre body panels and a stripped-out interior.
A more aggressive-looking front splitter, a sizeable rear wing and sports exhaust system round out what BMW sees as a credible competitor against rivals from the likes of Aston Martin, Porsche and Mclaren.
Testing of the M4 GT4 will commence later this year, with a view to have the car ready in time for the 24 Hours of Dubai in January 2018. The Mazda3 hatch and Sedan have just undergone a series of subtle changes for the 2017 model year that include some smart drivetrain technology churning away under the largely unchanged sheet metal. The most notable addition is the firm’s G-vectoring Control (GVC) system. Forming part of the new Skyactiv-vehicle Dynamics suite, which oversees engine, chassis and transmission settings, GVC is a torque-distribution system that gathers the vertical load acting on each wheel to improve cornering characteristics.
Other additions include a new multifunction steering wheel, more driving information on the head-up display (including traffic-sign recognition), adaptive LED headlamps and autonomous braking. The 1,6-litre (77 kw/ 144 N.m) and 2,0-litre (121 kw/210 N.m) petrol units remain unchanged.