24 HOURS OF LE MANS: BMW PROVIDED OFFICIAL FLEET OF SAFETY CARS.
events31 Jul 2017
Headed by the BMW M2 Coupé Safety Car, BMW replaced Audi as Official Safety Car Supplier for the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic this year.
The fleet consisted of a range of safety cars, medical and extrication cars as well as emergency cars for track officials. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, BMW M3 Saloon and BMW X5 M were amongst those that made up the 26-strong high-performance car fleet.
The BMW M2 Coupé headed the Official Safety Car fleet at the 2017 race
BMW is already preparing to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018, not only as Official Safety Car Supplier, but as a contender for the first time since 2011. It has been confirmed that development of a race-spec car, the BMW M8 GTE, will spearhead the return of BMW Motorsport to European GT racing and will compete in the GTE Pro class.
The return to Le Mans is part of BMW's "strategic realignment" of motorsport activities that also includes a partnership with Andretti Autosport as an official manufacturer in the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula E series. Find out more about the partnership here.
The first prototype of the BMW M8 GTE underwent a positive three-day test at the Lausitzring in July
"Starting with the 2018 season, we want to further expand our activities in GT racing and compete in the WEC, as well as the IMSA SportsCar Championship," said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport director. "The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing."
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Photo: © Jean-René Roger (ACO)
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