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View Poll Results: Which car do they choose for the WEC race???
BMW M6 15 37.50%
BMW Z5 13 32.50%
New Coupe based on 7 series platform 6 15.00%
i8 (without hybrid) 3 7.50%
Others (Please stated the car) 3 7.50%
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Old 1 Oct 2016, 15:37 (Ref:3676284)   #16
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John Hindhaugh in PLM commentary more or less confirmed that it will be a new car based on 7 Series platform, as far as he knows. Z5 will be convertible only.
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Old 1 Oct 2016, 20:12 (Ref:3676457)   #17
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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
That's not definitive. Auto Express is only one outlet talking about that test car. Others are saying that it's basically the mule for the new 6 series.
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Old 2 Oct 2016, 19:29 (Ref:3676816)   #18
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2-Series for me, or the Z5 I think.
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John Hindhaugh in PLM commentary more or less confirmed that it will be a new car based on 7 Series platform, as far as he knows. Z5 will be convertible only.

Exactly as Mike E said, Toyota apparently has the exclusive use of the platform as a coupe so a Z5 GTE car would be unlikely. It sounds like the return of the 8 series is more what BMW has in mind. I'm thinking a similar thing to the NSX as a hybrid streetcar with them playing the rules to make a GTE engine out of it. Course at the same time Hindy also made it sound like they were working on an LMP1 car if I'm remembering correctly through the sun and beer induced fog
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Old 2 Oct 2016, 20:06 (Ref:3676828)   #19
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Exactly as Mike E said, Toyota apparently has the exclusive use of the platform as a coupe so a Z5 GTE car would be unlikely. It sounds like the return of the 8 series is more what BMW has in mind. I'm thinking a similar thing to the NSX as a hybrid streetcar with them playing the rules to make a GTE engine out of it. Course at the same time Hindy also made it sound like they were working on an LMP1 car if I'm remembering correctly through the sun and beer induced fog
I haven't seen that information before. Where did you read that? I have read the two cars will be like the BRZ/GT86 except different types of styling and engine. I don't know why BMW would only want a convertible when they're testing the fixed roof version and soft top concurrently. But I don't know for certain so I wonder if that's true.
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I haven't seen that information before. Where did you read that? I have read the two cars will be like the BRZ/GT86 except different types of styling and engine. I don't know why BMW would only want a convertible when they're testing the fixed roof version and soft top concurrently. But I don't know for certain so I wonder if that's true.
Something Hindy had said when they were talking about BMW going to WEC and LM with a full spec homologated car. I haven't seen much in the main 'print' but haven't been looking for any details myself.

I would assume BMW want the soft top to replace the Z4 and are making it a softer boulevarder than a sportscar, and thus are dropping the coupe from the range as it apparently sold terribly. And that's for a car that apparently sold terribly in general.
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Course at the same time Hindy also made it sound like they were working on an LMP1 car if I'm remembering correctly through the sun and beer induced fog
He did also say that... And mentioned a mountain of money set aside for it.
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It's fairly obvious that LMP1 is on BMWs mind and as we say in German, "Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben", which roughly translates to "Just because you postpone something does not mean it's not going to happen"

I think the GTE effort is a trial for BMW in many ways, if they feel they´re getting their money's worth for being part of the WEC then they'll join LMP1 as soon as the rules fit the technology they want to bring.
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It's fairly obvious that LMP1 is on BMWs mind and as we say in German, "Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben", which roughly translates to "Just because you postpone something does not mean it's not going to happen"

I think the GTE effort is a trial for BMW in many ways, if they feel they´re getting their money's worth for being part of the WEC then they'll join LMP1 as soon as the rules fit the technology they want to bring.
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Well said!!!! When I look the article regarding the BMW LMP1 participation , The title is "BMW Rules out LMP1 Program" . When I read this article , I think this planning and this things is not gonna to happen at all, but this one is just the postpone instead of aborting the plan.

And BMW participate WEC in LMGTE-Pro category is the trial for BMW participate for WEC race because they didn't race WEC for a long time.

http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/08/03/bm...-lmp1-program/
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I think BMW will do lmp1 if hydrogen is allowed. I'd like to think Toyota would want to as well with their Mirai road car being the hydrogen fc car right now.
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It will be the return of the glorious M1 supercar to do battle against the Ford GT and rear engine Corvette/Caddillic obviously.
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BMW are reshuffling their IMSA drivers ahead of 2018.

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It will be the return of the glorious M1 supercar to do battle against the Ford GT and rear engine Corvette/Caddillic obviously.
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I hoped this thing will happen till 2018 for M1 supercar !!!!
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I don't believe in the LMP1... not unless they lobby in the electric ruleset anyway, by the next decade
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I hoped this thing will happen till 2018 for M1 supercar !!!!
Would be exciting for sure. The return of an M1 supercar and a big effort at Le Mans would mirror the Ford GT program. Textbook carbon-copy of the Ford programme and it would be a great thing for BMW.

the i8 is practically an M1 successor in my eyes.
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