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Old 12 Sep 2009, 17:36 (Ref:2539130)   #1
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An in-depth look at the BMW M3 GT2

Not sure if any of you have seen this, but Speedhunters.com has had a very detailed look at the new M3 GT2 car and they've put together a great collection of photos an info on the car!

http://speedhunters.com/archive/2009...he-m3-gt2.aspx
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 18:15 (Ref:2539148)   #2
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Great looking car. Anyone know if this is going to be at Le Mans next year?
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 18:25 (Ref:2539155)   #3
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its only homologated for Asia and American Le Mans Series atm
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 19:11 (Ref:2539178)   #4
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I thought it was homologated for all ACO competition.

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Old 12 Sep 2009, 21:27 (Ref:2539275)   #5
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I thought it was homologated for all ACO competition.

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I think it kinda depends on who you're asking...
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 21:48 (Ref:2539285)   #6
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probably yhe best to ask the ACO - they should know
the dont have a list somewhere?
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 21:53 (Ref:2539287)   #7
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I was hoping they'd have something on their site the way the FIA does it, but I couldn't find anything.
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 21:59 (Ref:2539291)   #8
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well, same for me. thought its my fault, but ...
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Old 12 Sep 2009, 23:16 (Ref:2539306)   #9
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It is fully ACO homologated.





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Old 12 Sep 2009, 23:38 (Ref:2539318)   #10
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So it's getting special help from IMSA because of higher frontal area... ok I guess

But this page is a great illustration of how far BMW have pushed the rules:
-the packaging is all tight and clever, especially at the front. I'm not sure the cooling ducts, especially the one for the tightly-packaged gearbox, are within the spirit of the rules since they modify the look of the car quite a bit and seem to require structural mods.
-the gearbox is a (rear-mounted) transaxle... I can search the net all I want and no page mention an E90 with a transaxle. Prodrive was turned down in 2001 when they were ready for their FIA GT debut with gears in the gearbox facing the wrong way... position wasn't even changed!
-they packaged a catalytic converter in the passenger compartment's floor! So that means a very hot ride for a eventual passengers! And seriously, if engine components can be packaged in the passenger's space, I'd say they've opened a can of worms: I guess future GT entrants will like to fit a remote electric water pump, maybe an alternator, the ECU & battery (already done) and other things they'll think about and bring in a lot of weight there. My point: this is no longer a GT car's passenger compartment!
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You know i'm pretty sure BMW is taking the GT2 to Lemans next year. that may be why there is the RLR M3 entered for the Asian Lemans series race to secure atleast one spot by merit
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Old 13 Sep 2009, 00:26 (Ref:2539337)   #12
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Great article on the M3 GT2. Some very nice detail pics also. This month on Speedhunters is BMW month so there is an insight into the 1997 FIA GT season (and McLarens involvement with the F1 GTR) by John Brooks, very interesting and there is nice photos too.
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Thanks for the heads-up, brilliant FIA GT article
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You know i'm pretty sure BMW is taking the GT2 to Lemans next year. that may be why there is the RLR M3 entered for the Asian Lemans series race to secure atleast one spot by merit
I wouldn't be surprised if their Asian Le Mans Series participation was the tit for tat for getting dispensations in their ACO homologation.
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brilliant thread. shame it doesn't have much mechanical data
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