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      08-01-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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BMW Motorsport switch to the Z4 GT3 in ALMS




Speed reports BMW is in talks to race a Z4 GT2 based on the Z4 GT3. BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt stated the M3 is pretty much maxed as it is:

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This year it has been very much down to the team and the drivers extracting 100 percent, and sometimes [more than] 100 percent, out of what was there, Whatever resources we'd put into the M3, there is not that much left in that car. I think this is really what we have to be honest with ourselves about. Looking at the potential the Z4 has, I think it's a logical evolution that could be the solution for us. We just have to make it work.
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I'd love for that to happen. I'd read some news reports saying BMW might pull out of ALMS after this year if the Z4 wasn't allowed. That Z4 GT3 just looks amazing IMO.
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This will be interesting. I am pretty sure BMW would have to make a Z4M with the V8 for it to be legal. Otherwise it will be like the M3GTR all over again.
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This will be interesting. I am pretty sure BMW would have to make a Z4M with the V8 for it to be legal. Otherwise it will be like the M3GTR all over again.
Viper got to run their V10 so they might make an exemption for the Z4 as well.
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The street Viper is a V10.
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The street Viper is a V10.
but its 8.8 liters and the class max is 5.5 liters
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but its 8.8 liters and the class max is 5.5 liters
And they let them use the 8.8L V10? Thats stupid.

Anyway I just hope BMW doesn't leave ALMS as I think it is a better representation of their road cars than DTM is.
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And they let them use the 8.8L V10? Thats stupid.
yes they did but its restricted to 8.0L and 500HP

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Anyway I just hope BMW doesn't leave ALMS as I think it is a better representation of their road cars than DTM is.
I agree.
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Anyway I just hope BMW doesn't leave ALMS as I think it is a better representation of their road cars than DTM is.
Drives me nuts how all of those cars use the same chassis. Why can't it be like the golden years?
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Anyway I just hope BMW doesn't leave ALMS as I think it is a better representation of their road cars than DTM is.
Sadly that BMW is withdrawing the M3 from the GT race gradually. The only left is DTM – while this make the car looks cool, I found that the race itself is boring. The cars have too little differences besides the appearance. After the qualifying in each race, there are little rooms to improve the final race result at all.

On the other hand, I wish that BMW will go back to WTCC with their official team using the new 3 series. I personally would like to see more 3 saloons and Coupes (M3) on the race track.
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I love the look of the Z4 GT3 and would love to see it in ALMS competition. Would be really nice to see an M derived roadgoing version.
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Drives me nuts how all of those cars use the same chassis. Why can't it be like the golden years?
Anybody have that video from the late 80s? Love that one
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Drives me nuts how all of those cars use the same chassis. Why can't it be like the golden years?
I know. Its almost like German NASCAR now.
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Sadly that BMW is withdrawing the M3 from the GT race gradually. The only left is DTM – while this make the car looks cool, I found that the race itself is boring. The cars have too little differences besides the appearance. After the qualifying in each race, there are little rooms to improve the final race result at all.

On the other hand, I wish that BMW will go back to WTCC with their official team using the new 3 series. I personally would like to see more 3 saloons and Coupes (M3) on the race track.
I tried watching a little of the Nurburgring race. I had to turn it off after about 2 minutes, it was terrible. Meanwhile I watched all 24 hours of the 24 Hours of Lemans without getting too bored.
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What does this mean for RLL? They're switching M3s or this will be a new team?
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but its 8.8 liters and the class max is 5.5 liters
maybe for SRT team, they don't race for points. it's just marketing? so I'm confused, are they restricted to 8L or 5.5L?
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maybe for SRT team, they don't race for points. it's just marketing? so I'm confused, are they restricted to 8L or 5.5L?
Restricted to 8. The ACO made an exception for Dodge (SRT) to run with the 5.5L class so long as they put a huge air restricter on the car.

I personally think they did it for sponsorship dollars/attendance boost. Dodge was huge at Le Mans back in the late 90s. It will be really fun to see if they can rekindle the former glory.
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Restricted to 8. The ACO made an exception for Dodge (SRT) to run with the 5.5L class so long as they put a huge air restricter on the car.

I personally think they did it for sponsorship dollars/attendance boost. Dodge was huge at Le Mans back in the late 90s. It will be really fun to see if they can rekindle the former glory.
agreed, the more variety the better.

I'm going to the Balitmore race this weekend. Can't wait to snap up photos of SRT team.
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I know. Its almost like German NASCAR now.
More than agree!
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