BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL presented the new car and drivers for the new ALMS season at the “Daytona International Speedway”.
BMW Motorsport engineers in Munich began developing the Z4 GTE in July 2012, with the aim of making a car which would comply with ACO regulations. The new car replaces the Z4 GT3 that has enjoyed many years of success in high-class GT series around the world. According to ACO regulations, electronic aids that may be used on the BMW Z4 GT3, such as ABS and DSC, are not permitted on a GTE car.
The BMW Z4 GTE is considerably more compact than its predecessor, the M3 GT. All the dimensions of the BMW Z4 GTE have been modified to comply with ACO regulations. The new car took to the racetrack for its maiden test outing in the second half of January, with BMW Team RLL being integrated in the process throughout the entire development period.
BMW Motorsport also announced the driving pairs for the coming season. Car number 55 will be driven by Bill Auberlen and ALMS rookie Maxime Martin. Dirk Muller will contest all the races in the number 56 car, while Joey Hand and John Edwards will alternate as the two-time ALMS GT champion’s driving partner. Jorg Muller (#55) and Uwe Alzen (#56) will bolster the squad at the endurance races at Sebring and Road Atlanta.