2011 BMW Z4 GT3 – modified for the new season

Posted on 04 May 2011 by Tony Santos

2011 BMW Z4 GT3

Though it has already proven itself in the GT3 race track with its great success in January 2011, BMW has further fine-tuned the BMW Z4 GT3 in order to make it more competitive amongst its competitors for the new season.

BMW engineers further improves its aerodynamics through the extensive used of carbon fiber reinforced plastics which include the front and rear wings, bonnet, roof, fenders and many other components. For the electronics, the engine is now managed by the modern ECU408 while the Power400 electronic control unit is responsible for controlling all the actuators. BMW Z4 GT3 gets its power from a 4.4L 8-cylinder engine making 480 hp mated to a 6-speed, sequential gearbox with two paddles gearshift.

BMW Z4 GT3 is now available at a price of 315,000 Euros (plus VAT) from BMW Motorsport Distribution.

2011 BMW Z4 GT3:

Press Release:

Modified BMW Z4 GT3 completes successful test programme.

Munich, 8th April 2011. The modified BMW Z4 GT3 has survived its baptism of fire: the GT customer sports car proved itself in a series of intensive tests in recent weeks. The goal of the latest modifications was primarily to improve aerodynamic efficiency in order to ensure the car’s competitiveness in the many, hard-fought GT3 classes.

The BMW Z4 GT3, which was launched in March 2010, achieved its greatest success to date in January 2011. Claudia Hürtgen (DE), BMW works driver Augusto Farfus (BR), Tommy Milner (US) and Edward Sandström (SE) won the Dubai 24 Hours for Team Schubert. This was the first outright victory for the BMW Z4 GT3 at a marathon race of this scale, having already proven its potential with wins in its debut season in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

With its elongated bonnet, the driver’s compartment towards the rear of the car, long wheel base and narrow wheel arches, the series version of the BMW Z4 boasts an unmistakable appearance. The two-seater provided BMW Motorsport engineers with a good basis for developing a competitive GT3 racing car.

A difference between the production and racing car can be found under the bonnet: while the production version of the BMW Z4 is driven by a six-cylinder engine, the GT3 car is powered by a 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine.

BMW Motorsport engineers have also fine-tuned the aerodynamics of the BMW Z4 GT3 for the new season, improving the car’s performance in this area. When it comes to electronics, the private teams can look forward to innovative BMW solutions: The modern ECU408 takes over the engine management, while the Power400 electronic control unit is responsible for controlling all the actuators. The power is transmitted through a six-speed, sequential gearbox. Gearshifts are now initiated using two paddles.

The steel body of the car comes from BMW Plant Regensburg. A safety cell made of extremely rigid, precision steel tubing is then welded into the body. The engine block of the V8 engine is produced in the BMW foundry in Landshut. BMW Plant Dingolfing contributes the rear axle differential, among other things. Front and rear wings, bonnet, roof, fenders and many other components are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP).

The car is available now at a price of 315,000 Euros (plus VAT) from BMW Motorsport Distribution, email address Z4GT3@bmw-motorsport.com.

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