The Bavarian company’s efforts on the motorsport side are currently focused on the extensive testing program for the upcoming new M4 GT4 and the model is now tipped to make an introductory appearance at the classic endurance race at the Nurburgring taking place in the weekend.
The automaker hasn’t yet decided on sharing the juicy details with us, we’re mostly interested in the technical aspects of the M3 GT4 successor, but did release a new teaser photo with the actual car. It’s offering merely a glimpse, with an overall look at the size and general shape of the contender. Naturally, we’ll find a huge fixed wing at the back, and we can also see the front bumper has gained an inserted carbon fiber diffuser. The car is not entering the race this weekend, it will only be tested on the track, with the drivers being Dirk Adorf, an important part of the testing and development process, BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard, Jorg Weidinger, and British motor racing journalist Jethro Bovingdon.
Now onto the other apparition on the track. This time around two Hyundai i30 N prototypes will actually enter the race itself. And while the brand hasn’t yet revealed officially the high performance production model, the i30 N is already partaking in the Nurburgring 24-Hours race. Both cars look “close to series production” and that means we’re being treated to the final design if we take away all the logos and stickers. The cars will enter the SP3T class (1.6- to 2.0-liter turbocharged engines) as they pack a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission. The only modifications from the series car seem to be the FIA-homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher, and a single racing seat, alongside racing brakes and tires.