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BMW Will Return In The World Endurance Championship With A GT Car

BMW has decided to realign its racing activities for the coming years, and the brand had announced it will return to the World Endurance Championship.
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For the moment, BMW is shy on details, but it stated that it will race a new GT car that has been developed by its Motorsport division. The German brand has made this strategic realignment four years after returning to DTM, and seven years after leaving Formula One. The debut season for the unspecified "new GT car" was not announced.

Evidently, the move is linked to the increasing popularity of individual branches of motorsport, which can be harnessed to contribute to the company’s success.

Therefore, BMW will continue to promote talented young drivers, and will also race in the Dakar Rally with its current collaboration, the X-raid team with Sven Quandt as the principal.

Moreover, BMW will remain involved in the Formula E Championship with the Andretti team, as well as continue its customer racing program in the FIA GT3 and GT4 categories.

The DTM team of BMW will continue to race, and so will the IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship entry. The only addition is the return to the WEC, or World Endurance Championship.

Seven years ago, BMW decided it was best to focus on production-based racing championships, so this was the reason why the World Endurance Championship was chosen for its new GT car. At the same time, BMW has announced that the BMW M4 GT4 will be offered in the range of models that will be available in the customer racing portfolio.

In the case of the M4 GT4, BMW is replacing the M3 GT4 with the M4 of the same class, to align its motorsport program with its production cars. The spec is meant for amateur racers, and the field is filled with cars from Aston Martin, Porsche, and Toyota cars, along with the corresponding models from BMW.

Customers will be able to race the M4 GT4 starting the 2018 season, but those that cannot wait to race can opt for the M6 GT3, or the racing version of the M235i.

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