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Brand60's BMW M3 GTR

BMW M3 GTR

BMW M3 GTR (E46) is a GT class race car developed by BMW based on their M3 E46.

It

was originally fitted with a 3.2L inline-six engine based on the engine

of the standard E46 M3. The car first entered the GT class of the

American Le Mans Series in 2000, in which it only took a single victory

and was beaten on several occasions by the Porsche 911 GT3-R. A newly

developed P60B40 V8 engine was quickly placed into the race car before

the beginning of the 2001 season. It was developed alongside the BMW V10

engine that was used to power Williams Formula 1 cars during the 2001

F1 season. The old engine was ditched as BMW's engineers couldn't

squeeze any more horsepower out of it. The new engine gave the BMW M3

GTR a competitive edge over the Porsche 911 GT3-R and allowed the M3 GTR

to win seven out of the ten events in the GT category in the


2001 season. Porsche

claimed during the 2001 ALMS season that BMW had violated the ALMS

entry rules and the spirit of Gran Turismo. This was based on the fact

that the V8 engine in the M3 GTR was not available in any road legal BMW

M3. BMW produced 10 road going GTR models

for sale after the 2001 ALMS season ended as the rules required that

the entered cars must be placed on sale on two continents within twelve

months of the season beginning. The ALMS rules were changed for the GT

class heading into the 2002 season, and required that at least 100 units

as well as


1,000 engines be built for a

car to qualify. The revised rules forced BMW to pull the M3 GTR from the

following American Le Mans Series season. However, it made its return

to motorsport when the BMW-backed Schnitzer Motorsport team entered two

M3 GTRs for the 2003 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race. The M3 GTR

participated in the race for the following two years and scored a 1-2

victory for the team in 2004 and 2005.



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