Cars & Technology01 Feb 2018

Over the course of the 2018 motorsport season – particularly at the 24-hour races – drivers at the wheel of the new BMW M8 GTE will be able to depend on a strong ally: the high-performance light system.

There is a particularly strong focus on the effectiveness of a car’s lights at 24-hour marathon races. Following extensive tests and intensive development, feedback from drivers of the BMW M8 GTE has been positive.

“The new light technology is outstanding,” said BMW works driver, Philipp Eng (AUT). “It takes many different factors to make a good light on a racing car. In the case of the BMW M8 GTE, the engineers have done everything right.”

The light system was created entirely from scratch, with a constant focus on designing it for use in motor racing

The very latest, cutting-edge technology was used in the production process, including Metal Additive Manufacturing. The cooling elements in the light system on the BMW M8 GTE were manufactured using this special 3D printing procedure.

Additive Manufacturing was also used to check the results of simulations at track tests, with the help of parts produced with the 3D printer. The endurance test in Le Castellet played a particularly important role.

“You can run through various light scenarios at Paul Ricard, ranging from the circuit being partially lit to fully lit,” said Martin Tomczyk (GER). “We were all impressed by the lights on the BMW M8 GTE. Good visibility is incredibly important for us drivers at night. We had precisely that.”

The design for the lights is based on BMW's iconic twin circular headlamps, with two LED rings

Not only does the light system on BMW Motorsport’s new GT flagship set benchmarks in terms of technology, but the headlight design also looks amazing. Furthermore, the rear lights underline the proximity to the new BMW 8 Series Coupé and take their inspiration from the design of the production lights.

Fans were able to check out the impressive design and performance of the light technology on the new BMW M8 GTE at the Daytona International Speedway on 27-28 January.

Find out more about the new BMW M8 GTE here.

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