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BMW MISSION 8: BMW’s most unknown “mission”

In June 2019, the production of the M Competition version of the 8-series began, a sports car, which has undoubtedly ushered a new era in the Munich-headquartered brand. Its price tag of more than 140,000 euros promised to be the sportiest revelation of BMW, and so it has been. It has a V8 engine that generates no less than 625 horsepower, a top speed of 250 km/h electronically limited, but with the M Driver package the maximum speed is 305 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.2 seconds.

Together with the M5 Competition, it is the fastest model in the entire BMW range. But it doesn’t come to an end here, two years before its production the most radical version of this model was ‘secretly’ presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the M8 GTE. And if the M8 Competition seemed surprising to us, this version comes from another world.

Another level: the BMW M8 GTE

The BMW M8 GTE or also known as the ‘Mission 8’ project, was the first BMW M Motorsport model to be introduced before its road version. Belonging to the GTLM racing category, it is the BMW M Motorspoert team car. In its debut year in the category, it won 2 races and in its  second year of competing it won the 24 Hours of Daytona in this category.

It’s almost 5 meters long (4.98 m), 2.2 wide if we include the rear-view mirrors, and 1.2 high, it has a huge V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that allows every of its horsepower to be used. Talking about its horsepower it’s like getting into a maze. The IMSA is the organizing agency for the GTLM category and regulates the number of horses that can be used per circuit, therefore there is no standard. But we can approximate it between 500 and 600 horsepower. Now, didn’t the M8 Competition have 625 horses?

Yes, and it is that the number of horses of the M8 GTE is less than that of its conventional version, but what leaves us all with our mouths open is its weight!

With its previously mentioned dimensions, we would expect a weight of 1,800 to 2,000 kilograms as in the M8 Competition. Now, thanks to carbon fiber and removing parts from the engine’s cylinders, its weight has been reduced to a staggering 1,220 kg! And it is that even the smallest milligram counts in motor racing.

We were very fortunate to be able to photograph one of these beasts on display at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. We hope to see this spectacular car again in the future, although it will have to be in a race. Below this text you will find BMW’s documentary on the BMW M8 GTE, we hope you all like it!

 

Source: Juan Temiño Lems

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