•Higher output from the M TwinPower Turbo technology 6-cylinder inline engine: 453 hp (+28 hp); peak torque to 443 lb-ft (+ 37 lb-ft). •Quicker and Faster: 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds; increased top speed of 174 mph. •Worldwide limited production of approximately 1,200 units. •M Sports exhaust system featuring CS-specific sound tuning. •Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, front splitter, 'Gurney Flap' and rear diffuser reduce weight by 110 lb over the standard BMW M3. •Exclusive interior design highlights the sporty and sophisticated character Alcantara and two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black. •The BMW M3 CS is available to order in the ÚS starting May, 2018.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – … Today, BMW announced the first-ever BMW M3 CS, a special-edition model that delivers a fine blend of high performance and complete everyday practicality. The engineers at BMW M GmbH have succeeded in intensifying the dynamic, emotion-packed character of the BMW M3 wîth a carefully crafted ensemble of modifications. The extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), has kept the first-ever BMW M3 CS extremely light; around 110 lb less than a standard M3. Large sections of the body are also made from CFRP, including the hood, which is around 25 percent lighter than that of the regular BMW M3. The CFRP roof alone is more than 13 pounds lighter than a conventional steel version. These changes effectively lower the car's center of gravity, which endows the BMW M3 CS wîth even better agile handling. The back of the vehicle features a redesigned 'Gurney Flap' in exposed carbon fiber. This aerodynamic spoiler lip running across the trailing edge of the trunk lid significantly reduces rear-axle lift. In the interests of everyday practicality, the M3 CS forgoes a roll cage.
The excellent dynamics of the first-ever BMW M3 CS are rooted not only in unique suspension set-up (in terms of spring/damper settings), but also in a moderate increase in power for the M TwinPower Turbo technology 6-cylinder inline engine. Fitted in the M3 CS it develops 453 hp at 6250 rpm (+28 hp) and peak torque 443 lb-ft from 4000 to 5380 rpm (+37 lb-ft). The unmistakable roar of the twin turbo engine is enhanced by the M sports exhaust system that has been specially tuned for the CS and whose quartet of stainless-steel tailpipes blend perfectly into the CFRP rear diffuser.
Generous use of Alcantara and the two-tone full Merino leather in Silverstone/Black endow an enviably sporting feel. The engine in the first-ever BMW M3 CS is fired up wîth the push of a new red start/stop button. Paring down the passenger compartment to the essentials and, in so doing, achieving significant weight savings is also expressed in the presence of lightweight M sports seats. Its passengers need not go without niceties such as automatic climate control and a high-quality, specially adapted version of the Harman Kardon surround sound system.
Orders for the first-ever 2018 BMW M3 CS can be placed starting May, 2018. Production of the high-performance sedan will be limited to approximately 1,200 units worldwide, wîth approximately 550 units coming to the Ú.S. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.
High-revving concept and TwinPower Turbo Technology deliver even higher performance.
The inline 6-cylinder engine has a long tradition at BMW, and in the first-ever BMW M3 CS it is once again responsible for delivering top performance. Compared to the standard M3, maximum output has been increased by 28 horsepower to 453 hp, which is on tap at 6,250 rpm. Peak torque of 443 lb-ft is around 10 percent higher (M3, 406 lb-ft) and can be summoned over a wide rev range – from 4,000 rpm up to 5,380 rpm. The result, 0 to 60 mph sprint takes just 3.7 seconds, while the top speed of the BMW M3 CS, which comes wîth the M Driver's Package as standard, is electronically limited to 174 mph.
The high power output of the 3.0-liter engine can be attributed to its free-revving design of the M TwinPower Turbo technology utilizing two mono-scroll turbochargers, which combined wîth High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing control ensure the 6-cylinder unit delivers its power to maximum effect. Boost pressure is built up continuously from just above idling speed, while the fully variable valve and camshaft timing help to maintain high efficiency. As a result, the inline 6-cylinder under the hood has a high rated maximum engine speed for a twin-turbocharged unit (7,600 rpm).
The closed-deck design of the 6-cylinder engine's crankcase ensures it is remarkably rigid, paving the way for high cylinder pressures and very effective power output. The sleeveless cylinder walls, wîth their twin-wire, arc-sprayed coating, help to save weight. Another feature designed for top performance is the forged crankshaft boasting a lightweight design yet also high torsional strength. This keeps the rotating mass low and gives the twin-turbo power unit even quicker throttle response.
The engine's oil supply system is another technical highlight, showcasing the vast motorsport expertise of BMW M GmbH. It has been designed wîth the tough demands of track competition in mind and ensures that the engine is kept supplied wîth lubricant under longitudinal and lateral forces of up to 1.4 g. The lightweight magnesium oil sump is fitted wîth an additional cover to limit the lubricant's surging movements, even in extreme driving maneuvers such as the ones experienced on a race track. An extra oil suction pump combined wîth a highly effective oil return system ensure a constant oil supply.
The first-ever M3 CS features a dual-branch sports exhaust wîth the characteristic four tailpipes at the back neatly incorporated into the styling of the rear diffuser. The exhaust back-pressure is as low as possible, helping to enhance power, and it is governed by a system of flaps. Positioned directly upstream from the rear silencers, the flaps are controlled electrically and are designed to provide optimum feedback on the engine's load state throughout the rev range as well as generate that unmistakable, sporty M sound. The driver can alter the way the system of flaps works by preselecting a driving mode. The tailpipes are made from stainless steel and bear the M logo.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the first-ever BMW M3 CS via the proven 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) wîth Drivelogic. Extremely fast gear changes mean there is no interruption in power flow, while the M Launch Control function ensures flawless acceleration from a standing start. The M DCT unit operates fully automatically, but there are also shift paddles on the §teering wheel should manual gear changes be the order of the day. To help cope wîth even the most demanding operating conditions, the 7-speed transmission comes wîth a dedicated oil cooler.
Driving dynamics perfected on the race track: M-precision and agility.
Cars created by BMW M GmbH have always stood out by virtue of their agility, §teering precision and handling stability. The first-ever BMW M3 CS upholds this tradition, while also catering to the sports-minded driver wîth a variety of set-up options for the suspension, the M Servotronic electromechanical §teering, the DSC stability control system and the 7-speed M Double-Clutch Transmission wîth Drivelogic.
The first-ever BMW M3 CS is fitted as standard wîth Adaptive M Suspension, offering the driver the choice between Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, including different damper settings in each of the three modes. Three different settings for the precise electromechanical §teering of the M3 CS can also be selected at the touch of a button.
The high-tech chassis technology for the first-ever BMW M3 CS also includes the Active M Differential. This limited-slip differential's electronically controlled multi-disc locking action further enhances the car's already outstanding traction and stability. The control unit communicates wîth the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system, factoring in the accelerator position, rotational wheel speeds, yaw rate, and adapting to the changing driving situation wîth extreme precision to ensure the maximum amount of torque is distributed to the rear wheels.
DSC normally counters understeer or oversteer by means of targeted intervention in the engine and brake control systems. In the case of the M3 CS, engaging M Dynamic Mode (MDM) allows a greater degree of wheel slip, making it possible to perform mild drifts. This is the sort of maneuver drivers seeking particularly sporty and dynamic responses will enjoy.
The special edition BMW M3 CS's chassis is largely the same as that of the BMW M3 wîth Competition Package, but it also includes exclusive modifications for the special-edition model to give an even sportier set-up. Notable features include its low weight and the extraordinary rigidity of the axle systems. There is a lightweight double-joint spring strut axle at the front and a five-link axle at the rear. The links and wheel carriers are all made from forged aluminum.
The rear differential's double-elastic suspension and the rear axle subframe's rigid bolted connection wîth the body structure both demonstrate how thoroughbred motorsport technology has been engrained into the road car.
The limited-run BMW M3 CS special-edition model is fitted wîth forged light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey Matt as standard. Their ten-spoke design takes its cue from the wheels of the successful M4 cars competing in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) race series. The BMW M GmbH engineers have rigorously applied their lightweight design approach to the wheels as well. The 10 J x 20-inch wheels at the rear weigh just over 22 pounds each and their 9 J x 19-inch counterparts at the front a mere 19 pounds. That keeps the unsprung masses low, which is another factor in the exceptionally dynamic handling of the M3 CS. The M3 CS rides as standard on mixed-size Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (265/35 R 19 at the front and 285/30 R 20 at the rear).
Like the M3, the first-ever M3 CS comes wîth BMW M compound brakes as standard. Fixed 4-piston calipers at the front and fixed 2-piston units at the rear are employed to deliver outstanding stopping power and high fade resistance. Compound brakes are far lighter than conventional equivalents, meaning a further reduction in unsprung masses and therefore even sharper handling. The BMW M3 CS is optionally available wîth BMW M Carbon Ceramic brakes. These brakes feature fixed 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear, are even lighter, can withstand the sort of extreme loads experienced in race action on a track and are even more durable.
Expressive design: Punchy use of forms and intelligent lightweight engineering.
The first-ever BMW M3 CS special-edition model leaves no doubt as to its performance capabilities wîth its looks alone. No matter which angle the M3 CS is viewed from, it appears as if cut from a single mold, has a muscular, athletic look and makes it perfectly clear it is a high-performance sports car. In other words, the M3 CS is another uncompromising expression of the BMW M design language that sets out to communicate its exceptional performance and exhibit all of its emotionally rich, intensely dynamic character.
The front end, wîth its pronounced three-dimensional contouring, radiates sportiness from every angle. Distinguishing features include the twin headlight units wîth their state-of-the-art LED technology and the slender kidney grille. The front apron is divided into three parts and highlights the dynamic nature of the first-ever BMW M3 CS even more vividly, at the same time as performing its technical functions. The large air intakes provide highly efficient cooling for both the twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine and the powerful braking system. The front splitter is made from lightweight exposed carbon fiber and reduces lift at the front axle to great effect. Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has also been used for the restyled 'Gurney Flap' at the rear, effectively reducing rear axle lift. The CFRP rear diffuser is carried over from the BMW M4 GTS. It adds a visually stunning and sporty flourish to the rear end and seamlessly incorporates the four stainless-steel tailpipes of the dual-branch, CS-specific M sports exhaust system into its styling. The diffuser and front splitter also optimize the airflow along the vehicle's underbody and combine wîth the 'Gurney Flap' to keep the car in even firmer contact wîth the road. The use of multiple components made from CFRP is a further indication of BMW's firm commitment to intelligent lightweight engineering wîth the first-ever M3 CS.
The BMW M3 CS special-edition model comes wîth BMW Individual High gloss Shadow Line trim and darkened rear light units. BMW M GmbH is offering a total of five exterior colors for the high-performance sedan. (concept carz) The M3 CS is painted in Alpine White as standard, while customers may also opt for either San Marino Blue Metallic, Lime Rock Grey Metallic, Frozen Dark Blue II Metallic or Black Sapphire Metallic.
Exclusive specification. Sportiness and comfort flowing through every vein.
The cabin of the first-ever BMW M3 CS is awash wîth leather (in an exclusive two-tone Silverstone/Black finish) and Alcantara. Both the driver and front passenger settle into the same specially-designed lightweight M sports seats fitted in the M3 wîth Competition Package. The rear seats are likewise upholstered in Merino leather in an exclusive two-tone Silverstone/Black combination wîth grey contrast stitching. The sports seats in the first-ever BMW M3 CS guarantee optimum lateral support, even when powering around a track, yet they are also very comfortable on long journeys. The familiar BMW M stripes have been incorporated into the front seat belts.
The most important accessory for drivers of the first-ever BMW M3 CS is an M sports §teering wheel. Wrapped in exclusive, anthracite-colored Alcantara wîth a silver 12 o'clock marker, this cost option provides outstanding grip in all driving situations. Alcantara wîth grey contrast stitching adorns the handbrake lever.
The interior's exclusive trim strips are covered wîth Alcantara and feature prominent CS identifiers. Alcantara – a wonderfully classy yet hard-wearing upholstery material – also graces the lightweight center console. The door sills, meanwhile, feature special strips inscribed wîth M3 CS lettering.
Despite the intensely sporty focus of the first-ever BMW M3 CS, drivers do not have to go without comforts such as automatic climate control. There is also a Harman Kardon surround sound system for the ultimate in listening pleasure, while the BMW Navigation system Professional is part of the extensive standard specification for the first-ever BMW M3 CS.
Source - BMW
The story of an exception: the BMW M3 is 25.
The anticipation began in August 1985. That summer Germany's automobile magazines built up their readers' expectations for the fastest 3 Series BMW of all times. The key data revealed a sports car that would punch way above its class: 200 hp, top speed in excess of 230 km/h, sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h inside 6.7 seconds. However, the story was that 'the most dynamic BMW 3 Series drivers' would have to wait until mid-1986. The pundits were right on that count. But one prediction missed the mark by a mile: anyone who 'wants to be in the A Team needs to be turbocharged under the bonnet'. Not true.
The BMW M3 became the most successful touring car in motor-sport history. The M3 project was launched just a few months earlier. Production of the M1 mid-engine sports car had already been discontinued for some time and BMW CEO Eberhard Kuenheim commissioned a design for a successor, almost as an aside, according to legend. After one of his regular visits to Motorsport GmbH in Munich's Preußenstraße he said, almost as he was leaving: 'Mr. Rosche, we need a sporty engine for the 3 Series.' His aspiration was in good hands. Motorsport GmbH wîth its managing director of technical development Paul Rosche had demonstrated its expertise wîth the legendary 5 Series saloons driven by M engines as well as developing the Formula 1 turbo engine that powered Brazilian Nelson Piquet to win the World Championship in the Brabham BMW in 1983.
The new 3 Series engine had something in common wîth this: the crankcase. It originated from volume production and actually formed the basis for the two-litre engine wîth four cylinders. Four cylinders meant less weight and high torque, an ideal platform for a sports engine in the projected displacement class. Naturally enough, the series four-cylinder engine was much too tame for a sports engine. A comprehensive power boost was called for in order to turn the plucky daily workhorse into an athletic and sporty power unit. The BMW design engineers increased the displacement to 2.3 litres and applied a formulation that had already achieved significant successes over a period of many years: four-valve engineering. There was also another reason for the decision to opt for a four-cylinder engine and not adopt the six-cylinder engine introduced in the BMW 3 Series. The longer crankshaft in the big engine started to vibrate much earlier than the shorter four-cylinder shaft. The design engineers therefore designed the crankshaft drive of the BMW M3 wîth sufficient torsional stability to achieve 10,000 revolutions a minute and more. By comparison wîth the four-cylinder engine installed in the series vehicles, this represented an increase of more than 60 percent. The rated speed for the road version of the BMW M3 was still significantly below the critical range at 6,750/min and therefore offered sufficient scope for further developments.
Paul Rosche recalls: 'We started work immediately. One advantage was that the big six-cylinder engine originally had the same cylinder gap as the four-cylinder engine. We therefore cut two combustion chambers off the four-cylinder head of the M88 and bolted a panel over the hole on the rear side.' This meant that the new four-cylinder engine had a second forebear. The six-cylinder engine that had initially created a sensation in the M1 and had meanwhile transformed the M635CSi into one of the fastest coupés in the world. Paul Rosche: 'Whether you believe it or not – we had created an outstanding four-cylinder engine for the 3 Series within the space of two weeks. Únder the development name S14, this engine was to generate headlines in sport and in volume production over the years to come. One Sunday, I drove to von Kuenheim's flat and gave him the car for a test drive. When he came back he said: ‘Good, I like it.' And that's how the M3 came into being.'Source - BMW
The Champion in Touring Car Racing. 25 years ago the BMW M3 started its unique series of victories.
In August 1985, a rumour surfaced in motor magazine Auto-Deutschland which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use. Speculation about this dream car that could take to normal roads and was intended for the 'Most dynamic among BMW 3 Series drivers' was right on target. But the pundits missed the mark about the motor-sport car by a mile on one prediction: They were convinced that anyone who 'wants to be a key player in the A Team needs to be turbocharged under the bonnet'. Not true. The BMW M3 had a naturally aspirated engine. And it became the most successful touring car in the history of BMW.
The M3 project was launched just a few months earlier. Production of the M1 mid-engine sports car had already been discontinued for some time and BMW CEO Eberhard Kuenheim commissioned a design for a successor, almost as an aside, according to legend. After one of his regular visits to Motorsport GmbH in Munich's Preußenstraße he said, almost as he was leaving: 'Mr. Rosche, we need a sporty engine for the 3 Series.' His aspiration was in good hands. Motorsport GmbH wîth its managing director of technical development Paul Rosche had demonstrated its expertise wîth the legendary 5 Series saloons driven by M engines as well as developing the Formula 1 turbo engine that powered Brazilian Nelson Piquet to win the World Championship in the Brabham BMW in 1983.
Power source: a four-cylinder engine wîth 2.3 litres displacement and four-valve engineering.
The new 3 Series engine had something in common wîth this: the crankcase. It originated from volume production and actually formed the basis for the two-litre engine wîth four cylinders. Four cylinders meant less weight and high torque, an ideal platform for a sports engine in the projected displacement class. Naturally enough, the series four-cylinder engine was much too tame for a sports engine. A comprehensive power boost was called for in order to turn the plucky daily workhorse into an athletic and sporty power unit. The BMW design engineers increased the displacement to 2.3 litres and applied a formulation that had already achieved significant successes over a period of many years: four-valve engineering. There was also another reason for the decision to opt for a four-cylinder engine and not adopt the six-cylinder engine introduced in the BMW 3 Series. The longer crankshaft in the big engine started to vibrate much earlier than the shorter four-cylinder shaft. The design engineers therefore designed the crankshaft drive of the BMW M3 wîth sufficient torsional stability to achieve 10,000 revolutions a minute and more. By comparison wîth the four-cylinder engine installed in the series vehicles, this represented an increase of more than 60 percent.
Paul Rosche recalls: 'We started work immediately. One advantage was that the big six-cylinder engine originally had the same cylinder gap as the four-cylinder engine. We therefore cut two combustion chambers off the four-cylinder head of the M88 and bolted a panel over the hole on the rear side.' This meant that the new four-cylinder engine had a second forebear. The six-cylinder engine that had initially created a sensation in the M1 and had meanwhile transformed the M635CSi into one of the fastest coupés in the world. Paul Rosche: 'Whether you believe it or not – we had created an outstanding four-cylinder engine for the 3 Series within the space of two weeks. Únder the development name S14, this engine was to generate headlines in sport and in volume production over the years to come. One Sunday, I drove to von Kuenheim's flat and gave him the car for a test drive. When he came back he said: 'Good, I like it.' And that's how the M3 came into being.'
Contrary to the situation wîth the mid-engine sports car, the BMW M3 was not going to be crafted by hand in small batches. This car was to be produced as a mass-production automobile on an assembly line. It was destined to compete in near-production touring car motor sport, or more precisely as a Group A racing car, defined as a 'production car', of which at least 5,000 units have to be built within the space of twelve consecutive months in accordance wîth Annex J of the international automobile sport regulations.
300 hp for competitive racing.
However, many of them immediately disappeared again into garages and workshops to be given a new outfit. After all, the M3 had been designed as a racing car, and this was the time to prove that it really could 'race'. A World Touring Car Championship was held for the first time in 1987. And that was exactly what the M3 had been built for. But not quite in the guise in which it was seen on the streets. Instead of 200 hp, the 2.3 litre engine delivered up to 300 hp at 8,200 rpm in the racing version. This put it on a par wîth the BMW M635CSi. BMW didn't line up on the starting grid wîth its own team but supported a number of famous racing outfits like Schnitzer, Linder, Zackspeed and Bigazzi. Drivers like Markus Oestreich, Christian Danner, Roberto Ravaglia and Wilfried Vogt took the wheel, and Annette Meeuvissen and Mercedes Stermitz were the first women drivers.
Roberto Ravaglia in the M3: first World Touring Car Champion.
The first race for the 1987 World Touring Car Championship started in Monza on 22 March 1987 – and ended wîth a sensation. All the M3 cars were excluded from the placings. The vehicles were checked under chaotic conditions and disqualified because of sheet-metal thicknesses that were allegedly contrary to the regulations. BMW appealed but the sports tribunal decided that the appeal had been lodged too late. There was no longer any talk of infringements of the rules. All the brouhaha naturally didn't have any effect on the result of the championship. At the end of the season, Roberto Ravaglia was standing on the podium as the first World Touring Car Champion. But that was only the pinnacle of the success list. Wilfried Vogt took the title of European Champion. Altfried Heger came in second – both driving a BMW M3. In 1987, the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) also went to the new BMW M3, wîth Eric van de Poele behind the wheel. Moreover, the most sporty 3 Series car was also winning competitions off the race track. An M3 crossed the finishing line in first place in the Corsica Rally and secured a victory for BMW after a gap of 14 years in a race for the World Rally Championship.
24 Hour Race: M3 one-two victory on the Nürburgring.
In 1988, the BMW M3 continued the success story and took the national titles in France, England and Spain. In the following year came another victory in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), this time wîth Roberto Ravaglia in the driver's seat, alongside wins at the national championships in Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Finland, Spain, Sweden and Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, the displacement had been increased to 320 hp and the BMW M3 drove the competition into the ground. Belgian driver Marc Duez battled his way through the Monte Carlo Rally wîth an M3 and took eighth place as best driver in a car without a four-wheel drive. The sensational one-two victory in the 24-hour classic on the Nürburgring crowned this series of successes in 1989 wîth the driver combinations Pirro/Ravaglia/Giroix and Heger/Grohs/Manthey.
Playing wîth displacement: the right engine for each race.
The M3 had a commanding presence on the international touring car racing scene for five years. It became the most successful touring car of all times by winning the two champion's titles in the European Touring Car Championship and twice in the German Touring Car Championship. There were also numerous further victories and championship wins at international level. Depending on the competition rules, the four-valve engine had to be adapted to national regulations. For example, the capacity for England was limited to 2 litres while for Germany and France it was raised to 2.5 litres wîth effect from 1990. This enabled the four-cylinder to deliver up to 355 hp. In the version wîth the biggest capacity, the engineers of BMW M GmbH went up against the limits of what was feasible. In order to make full use of the 2.5 litre limit, they not only increased the stroke of the 2.3 litre unit from 84 to 87 millimetres, but also increased the cylinder bore from 94 millimetres to 95.5 millimetres. This reduced the width between the cylinders to just 4.5 millimetres. But success proved the development engineers right. The engines withstood the stresses and strains of touring-car racing even at maximum output without any problem.
1992: the first BMW M3 wîth a six-cylinder engine.
The year 1992 saw the birth of a completely new M3, this time wîth an advanced six-cylinder engine. Once again, Motorsport GmbH developed a version for competition in record time. In April 1993, the new M3 was due to line up at the start of the first race for the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). But due to discrepancies in the new regulations, BMW changed its strategy and instead set up a BMW M3 GTR in the striking design of a starting flag and entered the Warsteiner ADAC GT Cup organised by the German Automobile Association. The six-cylinder now generated 325 hp, the car weighed 1300 kilos in accordance wîth the regulations. A strong BMW team lined up at the start wîth Johnny Cecotto and Kris Nissen, and Cecotto ended up taking the championship at the end of the season. However, this was the end of the motor-sport chapter for this M3 GTR for the time being. Changes in the regulations meant that the potent 3 Series had no realistic changes of victory any more.
The BMW M3 GTR: the most powerful M3 ever.
BMW only returned to motor sport as a works team wîth a BMW M3 seven years later. In 2001, the first starting flag came down for the new BMW M3 GTR powered by a 450 hp V8 engine. The most powerful M3 ever set benchmarks in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) wîth its four-litre engine and raced in a quartet: Team BMW Motorsport entered two cars under the management of Charly Lamm and two other cars were raced by the American BMW Team PTG run by Tom Milner, who hailed originally from Germany. The coupé took seven victories in ten races, six of them were from pole positions. BMW works driver Jörg Müller won the driver's championship in the GT Class, BMW Motorsport won the team placings, and BMW became constructors' champion in the company's most important export market.
But the advanced BMW M3 GTR also caused a sensation in Europe. Two each of these eight-cylinder racing cars lined up at the start of the 24 Hour Race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and on the Nürburgring in 2004 and 2005.The result: In both years, BWM took a one-two victory on the Nürburgring, and class victory went to BMW in Spa in 2004.
In 2009, the next generation of the M3 started in the American Le Mans Series. The V8 engine was beefed up to 485 hp and entered the Twelve Hour Race at Sebring for the first time. The successes meant that the M3 was also raced in Europe in the following year. It lined up at the start of the 24 Hour Race on the Nürburgring, in Le Mans and in Spa-Francorchamps. The result: outright victory on the Nürburgring – for the 19th time – and class victory in Spa.
And the next winner will soon be on the starting line in 2012. BMW will be back at the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) wîth three teams and the new BMW M3 DTM.Source - BMW
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