The BMW M4 GT4 race car goes on sale having completed over 20,000 km of tests, multiple hours in the wind tunnel, extensive application runs for fine-tuning purposes, and successful test outings under race conditions. Launched at an exclusive customer event at the Nurburgring this week, the M4 GT4 will cost 169,000 euros plus VAT.

“We are looking forward to seeing the car enjoy success in the hands of our customer teams from 2018. We are offering our customers a sophisticated and reliable GT4 car, which incorporates all of BMW Motorsport’s expertise, coupled with the strong basis provided by the BMW M4 Coupe. The development of the BMW M4 GT4 focussed on mileage, cost efficiency and ease of maintenance,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

BMW used proven production technology and innovative developments from its top customer race car, the M6 GT3. The engine and transmission, including control electronics, were adopted from the road-going M4 Coupe, while the carbon bonnet comes from the limited edition M4 GTS. The M4 GT4 adds on carbon-fibre doors, motorsport-specific front splitters and rear wings, and a racing exhaust system. The seat, brakes and pedal box make use of solutions that are also used in the M6 GT3.

One thing that’s new is the engine control software. The M4 GT4 is the first BMW Motorsport car to be fitted with power sticks, which can be pre-programmed for different engine performance levels. Thanks to the system, which has been approved by the SRO Motorsports Group and is well protected against manipulation, Plug-and-Play gives customers the ability to react quickly and flexibly to changes to the ‘Balance of Performance’ in various races.

In recent months, the M4 GT4 has been tested by many BMW works drivers and customer racing drivers at various racetracks, with different tyres and in a wide range of conditions. The purpose of this was to adapt all the technical applications, such as the DSC stability system and ABS, to meet the demands of motor racing in as high detail as possible. The car has already proven its reliability and performance in races on the Nurburgring and at the 24 Hours of Dubai.

The outing at this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours is the next test in the development of the M4 GT4. Dirk Adorf, BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard and Jörg Weidinger, test and development engineer at BMW M and himself a very successful participant in the BMW Sports Trophy for many years, will use the endurance classic to gain more valuable knowledge about the new car. They will race alongside British motor hack Jethro Bovingdon in the M4 GT4 media car.