BMW’s new figurehead for the GT racing has been given its first test run on the grounds of the BMW factory in Dingolfing.
The test track saw the roll-out of the BMW M6 GT3 – the car that BMW teams will compete with in national and international series, as well as classic endurance races, from 2016 onwards.
Leaving the garage at 14:00 – Jörg Muller was behind the wheel and given the honour of making history in the development of the BMW M6 GT3.
BMW Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, “This is a big moment for everyone who has worked so intensely and passionately on the development of the BMW M6 GT3 in recent months”.
“This car incorporates all the experience we have gained in recent years on the endurance and GT racing circuits. We are well on schedule with the development, and are confident we will be able to take to the track in 2016 with a package that is competitive from the outset.”
Adding, “We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved with this fantastic project.”
Muller was delighted with his chance to drive at Dingolfing, “It is a fantastic moment when you walk into the garage and see this stunningly beautiful car. I am very proud to have taken it out for its first few kilometres.”
“A roll-out is obviously just an initial performance test but, on the whole, everything was very good and we had no problems. The engine really impressed me. It is powerful and has good torque, which is important for a car like this.”
Adding, “I am confident that BMW Motorsport will provide its customers with a fantastic racing car, in the BMW M6 GT3.”
The new BMW M6 GT3 is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine which has been modified especially for racetrack use. It has dry sump lubrication and manages to produce over 493bhp, in a car that’s weighs less than 1,300 kilograms.