BMW announces new GTE version of the BMW Z4 GT3 in 2013

A busy evening for BMW in Germany. Under the slogan “Magic Moments" they celebrated the 2012 season while announcing plans for 2013. ALMS will see the new Z4 GT3 on the track for their final season prior to the merger.

BMW Motorsport celebrated the sensationally successful 2012 season with a glittering party in the hangar of the BMW Driving Academy in Maisach, during which it also presented its plans for the coming year.

BMW will again compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) next year. However, they will no longer be using the BMW M3 GT. Instead, BMW Motorsport and BMW of North America will turn to the new GTE version of the BMW Z4 GT3. The BMW Z4 GT3 proved to be a successful model last season.

“This change in model shows that we are focussing fully on the BMW Z4 as an all-encompassing GT car,” said Jens Marquardt. “The BMW Z4 GT3 has been very successful on the GT3 scene in recent years, and has proven its ability to win races. I am confident this car will also play a major role as a GTE car in the ALMS.”

#55 BMW Team RLL E92 BMW M3: Bill Auberlen, Jorg Muller, Jonathan Summerton
#55 BMW Team RLL E92 BMW M3: Bill Auberlen, Jorg Muller, Jonathan Summerton

Photo by: Kenneth May

The BMW M3 GT has been in action in the ALMS since 2009. It was with this car that BMW and BMW Team RLL won the team and manufacturer titles in the GT class in 2010, and then completed the hat-trick – driver, team and manufacturer titles – in 2011. In total, the car won seven races in four seasons.

The BMW driver line-up for the ALMS challenge will be announced at a later date.

“There are no better ambassadors for the BMW brand than all the racing drivers who do battle for victories at the wheel of a whole host of BMW cars in a wide range of series."

BMW Motorsport

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Jonathan Summerton
Teams Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags alms, bmw, gte, marquardt, rll, z4 gt3