2017 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: BMW M8 GTE image

In front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Bavarian automaker has officially unwrapped the car it will use to compete in the GTE Pro division of next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, marking its return to Le Mans.

More importantly, along with the 8 Series concept, the M8 GTE serves as a preview for the production series M8 that’s going to be revealed next year at the same time as the regular 8 Series breaks cover. The new track challenger, meanwhile, is going to hone its motorsport skills during races of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Kicking off its motorsport schedule will be the Daytona 24 Hours race next January, and then the M8 GTE will be fielded in parallel at the WEC and IMSA throughout the year.

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE BMW M8 GTE 1

“The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger. With the BMW M8 GTE, we are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top international class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans,” commented BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. BMW hasn’t yet confirmed the drivers that will form the backbone of its campaigns at WEC and IMSA – so far Martin Tomczyk, Maxime Martin, Bruno Spengler, Nicky Catsburg and Phillipp Eng have all been seen at the wheel.