BMW Z4 GTE ALMS Racer Revealed

BMW has revealed its Z4 GTE race car that will compete in the 2013 ALMS season, replacing the BMW M3 GT car that is retiring from competition.

The Z4 GTE is a new race car based on the Z4 GT3 that competed in the European FIA GT3 Championship and will make its race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March. Compared to its European counterpart, the Z4 GTE is wider and lacks ABS and DSC in order to meet the rule requirements of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).

What it does share with the European GT3 race car is its powerplant: a 4.4-liter, V8 engine that’s derived from the M3 GT3 race car. Power is limited to 480 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, while the Z4 GTE’s braking system is also borrowed from the M3 GT. At the vehicle’s unveiling, the German automaker announced that Michelin would replace Dunlop as the tire partner for the 2013 season.



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