BMW Motorsport has announced that it will build a BMW M4 GT4 to succeed the M3 GT4 for the 2018 racing season.
This factory-built customer race car will be based on the road-going M4, with the German automaker saying it will complete its first tests at the end of 2016.
“The GT4 category is currently experiencing a boom,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.
“It offers affordable motorsport with cars of technical high-quality and, therefore, attracts a wide target audience. We see enormous potential around the world for privateer BMW teams for whom the BMW M4 GT4 is an option.”
The drivetrain will be lifted directly from the standard BMW M4 (so, that means a 3,0-litre, twin-turbo straight-six), while the carbon bonnet will be pilfered from the BMW M4 GTS. The BMW M4 GT4 will also boast carbon-fibre doors, a motorsport front splitter and a rear wing, as well as a racing exhaust system.
The seats, brakes and pedal box, meanwhile, will “use solutions carried over from the BMW M6 GT3”.
The first units are due to be delivered to customers in the second half of 2017, with the first possible race appearance set down as the 24 Hours of Dubai in January 2018.