Not too long ago, BMW unveiled the official comeback of the 8 series along with confirmation of the upcoming M8 road car causing enthusiasts of the brand all over the world to rejoice. And since then, the introduction of the M8 GTE (or Grand Touring Endurance) in the LeMans category of international racing has wowed fans of not only the BMW brand, but the sport itself. Starting with its looks, this car resembles something more of a spaceship than an actual race car. With its low slung body, incredibly wide fenders, massive fixed wing, and menacing headlights it is somewhat of an understatement to say thing is a “show-stopper”.
The M8 GTE is set make its racing debut in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and BMW will also be using the car to participate in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. It seems this machine is the real deal and BMW will most likely be fine tuning the car over the course of its racing career, whilst helping craft the road going version as well. However what interests me the most about this heap of engineering is how similar it will be to the road-going production BMW M8. Obviously BMW has already released the concept version of the car, and the actual 8 series is expected to make a debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show, but I can’t help but wonder if this race car is just a wider and lower version of its pedestrian twin (which wouldn’t be a bad thing). We know the GTE is powered by the proven twin turbo V8 setup it has used in numerous cars, but I would love to see the twin turbo V12 placed in the consumer version. The M760Li has it, so why can’t the M8 take some of the cake? However, all that remains to be seen in the coming months as its rumored BMW is set to discontinue the current 6 series lineup in favor of the 8. Leave your comments down below and let me know your thoughts!