F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Professional Motorsport Racing Discussion (ALMS, DTM, Formula 1, Grand-AM, Le Mans, IRL, WRC, etc..) > BMW Back in the ALMS with Z4s
Steve Thomas BMW
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-01-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
Silver E90
Private First Class
7
Rep
145
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 335i
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Ohio

iTrader: (0)

BMW Back in the ALMS with Z4s

Glad it has finally been confirmed.

http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/new.../wittmann.html
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
MrClean335i
FBO+Methanol Injection
MrClean335i's Avatar
18
Rep
349
Posts

 
Drives: M Sport 335i
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Miami

iTrader: (0)

I hope we get a production Z4 M with the S65
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
bimmerjph
Lieutenant Colonel
bimmerjph's Avatar
United_States
29
Rep
1,978
Posts

 
Drives: 2002 BMW 325i
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Tennessee

iTrader: (0)

I am so happy that they are staying in sports car racing. I hope they got to LeMans too in 2013.
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
Sebringjetta
Brigadier General
Sebringjetta's Avatar
United_States
49
Rep
3,124
Posts

 
Drives: E46m3
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Sacramento

iTrader: (30)

Have been keeping my fingers crossed for awhile now that they would return this year w/ somthing instead of just walking away...interested to see how it turns out..
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
Dackelone
Moderator
Dackelone's Avatar
Germany
690
Rep
16,668
Posts

 
Drives: 135i Silber mit/Rot 6MT N54
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bayern, Germany

iTrader: (1)

Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
TexasZed4MC
Lieutenant
TexasZed4MC's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
492
Posts

 
Drives: 2006 Interlagos Z4 M Coupe
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

I hope this means Turner and RLL are using the Z4 also!
__________________

Lone Star Chapter BMWCCA HPDE Event Chair, Texas Trifecta Event Chair, & BMWCCA driving Instructor
"Racing is important to men who do it well, Racing is.... life, anything that happens before or after is just waiting." - Steve McQueen (Le Mans)
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 08:11 PM   #7
JC919
Lieutenant Colonel
JC919's Avatar
United_States
31
Rep
1,799
Posts

 
Drives: CSL
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrClean335i View Post
I hope we get a production Z4 M with the S65
That would be incredible, but I don't see it happening. Something like this could actually take the fight to the GT3, but if it were to happen would probably only be in very limited quantities to not threaten F80 M3 sales.
__________________

2003 CSL, SG, Alcon BBK
2002 M5, SSII/Blk and bone stock. In storage back home in TX
2008 M3, AW/Blk 6MT, Akrapovic Evolution, Evosport Pulley, ESS Tune, Michelin PSS/Hoosier, other track stuff SOLD
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 11:10 PM   #8
Finnegan
Major General
Finnegan's Avatar
United_States
80
Rep
6,507
Posts

 
Drives: Sapphire Black/Black Z4Mc
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: At the track..or wishing I were at the track

iTrader: (18)

Great news!

I can't wait to see BMW back in the game with the Z4 at Laguna this coming year.
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2012, 11:58 PM   #9
Park2670
General
Park2670's Avatar
United_States
204
Rep
18,125
Posts

 
Drives: 2014 CX-5
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: UTAH

iTrader: (8)

That is great news. Glad to hear they are staying in the game.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #10
007MCoupe
Major
007MCoupe's Avatar
19
Rep
1,462
Posts

 
Drives: on the wrong side of the road
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Livin' life

iTrader: (4)

Garage List
2007 Z4 M Coupe  [0.00]
LOVE EET!!!! It's a good time to start watching ALMS for me. Not that I wouldn't cheer for BMW anyway.

Wonder what they'll bring out...would LOVE a PRODUCTION Z4 M with S65.
__________________
GoMiniGo///VB3///75mm wheel studs///Stubby///Aero bumper///GC front ARB///Pin pulled & Turner Camber Shims///Superflex FCAB///Powerflex RTAB///RE shock mounts///ECS 2-pc front rotors///Akebono pads///CSL headers///DKF catless Section 1///AKG Engine & Trans Mounts///SS brake lines///RPI scoop
Appreciate 0
      12-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
TexasZed4MC
Lieutenant
TexasZed4MC's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
492
Posts

 
Drives: 2006 Interlagos Z4 M Coupe
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

Just heard from Grand-Am rep they are using the M3 in 2013. ALMS and RLL are a 100% go with the Z4!
__________________

Lone Star Chapter BMWCCA HPDE Event Chair, Texas Trifecta Event Chair, & BMWCCA driving Instructor
"Racing is important to men who do it well, Racing is.... life, anything that happens before or after is just waiting." - Steve McQueen (Le Mans)
Appreciate 0
      12-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #12
SunnyD
Lieutenant
SunnyD's Avatar
Hong Kong
5
Rep
516
Posts

 
Drives: the speed limit
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Beach, CA

iTrader: (0)

Interested to see what powertrain they go with...
__________________
'11 ///M3 | SSII/Fox Red | ZCP | DCT
'09 135 | AW/Black | 6MT - Gone
'06 ///M5 | IB/Black | SMG - Gone
'99 ///M3 | TiAg/Dove Gray | 5MT - Gone
'07 ///M Coupe | IB/Black | 6MT - Gone
Appreciate 0
      12-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #13
mdosu
Banned
No_Country
117
Rep
8,517
Posts

 
Drives: Double Vanos'd Civic-M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco

iTrader: (6)

bye bye M3











Last edited by mdosu; 12-05-2012 at 10:42 PM.
Appreciate 0
      12-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #14
mdosu
Banned
No_Country
117
Rep
8,517
Posts

 
Drives: Double Vanos'd Civic-M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco

iTrader: (6)

Quote:
Originally Posted by SunnyD View Post
Interested to see what powertrain they go with...
likely the S65B40
Appreciate 0
      12-06-2012, 12:52 AM   #15
Kgolf31
Brigadier General
Kgolf31's Avatar
39
Rep
3,360
Posts

 
Drives: 2007 Z4MC, 2012 128i
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ohio

iTrader: (3)

I'm not happy, they aren't visiting Mid-Ohio

Anyways, for enjoyment

__________________
12 128i Coupe - Project STX: TCKline l Active Autowerke l APEX l Vorshlag l Dunlop l Hawk l BMW Performance

Appreciate 0
      12-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #16
M3_WC
Colonel
29
Rep
2,242
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: CA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by SunnyD View Post
Interested to see what powertrain they go with...
Actually a good question. The Z4 GT3 runs race derivative if the 4.4L V8 producing 515hp.

The outgoing M3 GT ran 4.0L V8 (P65), pushing 485hp.

Now that homologation rules now longer count. I guess they should be free to run the 4.4L.
Appreciate 0
      12-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #17
M3_WC
Colonel
29
Rep
2,242
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: CA

iTrader: (0)

So the homologation rule of 1,000 engines produced and 100 street cars produced, is being taken out of the rule book?

Not sure how I feel about this. Do I want BMW to leave endurance racing...NO. But I am not happy about this liberal bending of homologation rules. Manufacturers use to have to put some forethought into racing and what they needed in production cars in order to meet strict homologation rules.

So this basically this paves the way for manufacturers being able to run almost any powerplant in their GTE class car. All the other manufacturers should definitely take advantage of the rules bending that BMW is benefiting from.

I guess there are no repercussions for BMW going to an all-turbo lineup at the dealership. BMW can now run the next gen M3 in GTE without a turbo engine.
Appreciate 0
      12-07-2012, 11:27 PM   #18
bimmer Don
Private
0
Rep
93
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 135i m sport
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: san berdardino

iTrader: (0)

I agree I always liked race what you sale motto. That's why I love the continental tire series.
Appreciate 0
      12-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #19
M3_WC
Colonel
29
Rep
2,242
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: CA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bimmer Don View Post
I agree I always liked race what you sale motto. That's why I love the continental tire series.
Agree, Continental Tire series is hands down some best racing going on in the US.
Appreciate 0
      12-10-2012, 12:13 AM   #20
archgrant
Registered
0
Rep
1
Posts

 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Norwich

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by M3_WC View Post
So the homologation rule of 1,000 engines produced and 100 street cars produced, is being taken out of the rule book?

Not sure how I feel about this. Do I want BMW to leave endurance racing...NO. But I am not happy about this liberal bending of homologation rules. Manufacturers use to have to put some forethought into racing and what they needed in production cars in order to meet strict homologation rules.

So this basically this paves the way for manufacturers being able to run almost any powerplant in their GTE class car. All the other manufacturers should definitely take advantage of the rules bending that BMW is benefiting from.

I guess there are no repercussions for BMW going to an all-turbo lineup at the dealership. BMW can now run the next gen M3 in GTE without a turbo engine.


Good that they are leaving the race and yes there must be many manufactures who would be happy for this and they can get a lot of advantage for them!!
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-10-2012, 12:23 AM   #21
Finnegan
Major General
Finnegan's Avatar
United_States
80
Rep
6,507
Posts

 
Drives: Sapphire Black/Black Z4Mc
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: At the track..or wishing I were at the track

iTrader: (18)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kgolf31 View Post
I'm not happy, they aren't visiting Mid-Ohio

Anyways, for enjoyment
Holy ****! That's indescribably beautiful!

Must get ALMS tickets this May 11 this year at Laguna!
Appreciate 0
      12-12-2012, 01:57 PM   #22
Wolfinwolfsclothing
Major
13
Rep
1,192
Posts

 
Drives: E92 ///M3 Coupe
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: B-roads

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by JC919 View Post
That would be incredible, but I don't see it happening. Something like this could actually take the fight to the GT3, but if it were to happen would probably only be in very limited quantities to not threaten F80 M3 sales.
With the new 991 GT3 RSR, doubt theyll be much fight. I suspect their dominance will continue as it has since ALMS has started.

I def do like the Z4 though, but the GT3 is the ultimate IMO.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 AM.




f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST