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View Poll Results: Which car do they choose for the WEC race???
BMW M6 15 36.59%
BMW Z5 13 31.71%
New Coupe based on 7 series platform 6 14.63%
i8 (without hybrid) 3 7.32%
Others (Please stated the car) 4 9.76%
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 01:23 (Ref:3676032)   #1
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BMW confirmed in GTE in 2018

One of the world’s most recognisable automotive companies, BMW, has announced that it will be joining the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

As part of its global motorsport strategy, BMW will enter the LMGTE category alongside current prestigious manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche. Its entry in the world championship will also mark a return to the cornerstone of the WEC, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for the first time since 2011.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt commented: “Starting with the 2018 season, we want to further expand our activities in GT racing and compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship… This obviously also includes our return to Le Mans, which we are particularly looking forward to. The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing.”

By the way , BMW has yet to reveal details the replacement for the M6 GT LM with which it competes in IMSA with the Rahal team.
Permission was granted by IMSA and BMW's rivals in the GT Le Mans class to allow it to compete with an upgraded version of its M6 GT3, which means it is not eligible for the WEC.

Options could include an M-brand car based on the common chassis platform shared by the 5, 6 and 7-series cars and the forthcoming Z5, which replaces the Z4 and is being co-developed with Toyota.

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Old 30 Sep 2016, 02:00 (Ref:3676035)   #2
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Should add a poll on the type of car they will use! I think it will be the Z5 or a new high end model coupe above the 6 series.
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 03:42 (Ref:3676047)   #3
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Should add a poll on the type of car they will use! I think it will be the Z5 or a new high end model coupe above the 6 series.
Cool down... This is the discussion thread . I can add the poll but which type of car they will use is the challenge because there's lot of car they are using .

By the way , I think they should used next generation of BMW M6 as M6 GT3 is used in GT3 car and GTLM series .
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 03:50 (Ref:3676049)   #4
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Cool down... This is the discussion thread . I can add the poll but which type of car they will use is the challenge because there's lot of car they are using .

By the way , I think they should used next generation of BMW M6 as M6 GT3 is used in GT3 car and GTLM series .
I'm 'cooled down' I think a poll would be a nice option to see what people's opinions are. You don't have to add one, it was a suggestion.
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 04:32 (Ref:3676053)   #5
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I do recall seeing a rendering or some other illustration of a so-called M8 on Facebook on one of the racing pages I follow. It looks like it could be a mid-engined car. Overall, the rendering looks kinda weird, but it's just an illustration:

http://www.fanswec.org/fia-wec-proch...w-gte-etre-m8/
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 15:21 (Ref:3676141)   #6
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Oh god if it is an M8 based on the i8 platform then BMW will have hit a homerun...that rendering and car look sweet!

I am guessing a coupe based on the M6 though similar in design to the Mercedes GT.
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 15:38 (Ref:3676145)   #7
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it's a puzzler isn't it. They still don't really have a suitable car that competes in the market with the others in the class . Hence the M3 GT2 requiring all those waivers, as they had the same problem back then.

I'm a BMW fan, so am pleased to see them back, with whatever it's going to be.

I'd prefer GTE to be for real cars, so would rather they didn't do what Ford just did with the GT, but since that's a technique that obviously works, they may be very tempted to do it.
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it's a puzzler isn't it. They still don't really have a suitable car that competes in the market with the others in the class . Hence the M3 GT2 requiring all those waivers, as they had the same problem back then.

I'm a BMW fan, so am pleased to see them back, with whatever it's going to be.

I'd prefer GTE to be for real cars, so would rather they didn't do what Ford just did with the GT, but since that's a technique that obviously works, they may be very tempted to do it.
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Same here , I am BMW fans too ! Speaking about BMW WEC GTE in 2018 they ought to used next generation of BMW M6 GTE in 2018 season

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Old 30 Sep 2016, 18:28 (Ref:3676163)   #9
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Would be great if it's a car with the looks of the i8.
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Old 30 Sep 2016, 22:47 (Ref:3676184)   #10
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I want to see the i8 with a hybrid powertrain but I feel it will be something more traditional.
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BMW has a massive void to fill. I'm expecting an all new car.

Audi competes with the R8, Mercedes competes with the AMG GT line, and where does that leave BMW? BMW has no $100-$200k 2 seater sportscar.
It's a void that would make business sense to fill at any moment so I'd like to see something all new.

Maybe there is no "Z5" but instead an "M coupe" successor. Perhaps there really is no Supra successor either, but something else entirely.
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BMW has a massive void to fill. I'm expecting an all new car.

Audi competes with the R8, Mercedes competes with the AMG GT line, and where does that leave BMW? BMW has no $100-$200k 2 seater sportscar.
It's a void that would make business sense to fill at any moment so I'd like to see something all new.

Maybe there is no "Z5" but instead an "M coupe" successor. Perhaps there really is no Supra successor either, but something else entirely.
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Me too. I think they used next gen of BMW M6 as the GTE car . As next gen of BMW M6 will be sports car designed to lock out the Porsche 911

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/6-s...sche-911-rival
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My bet is the m6 will probably stay a cruiser style gt and not a sports car.
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My bet is the m6 will probably stay a cruiser style gt and not a sports car.
C'mon . BMW 8 series is launching for the future that the New Coupe is based on 7 series platform. So BMW 6 Series will be sports car.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/957...clusive-images
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2-Series for me, or the Z5 I think.
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