1986 BMW GTP

In 1986 BMW of North America entered the IMSA’s GTP category with this prototype. Based off a March chassis, BMW fitted a version of their 1983 Formula One engine that produced over 800 bhp from only 2-liters.

Due to the extreme turbocharging, the GTP was capable of more than 200 mph but never saw those speeds on the short IMSA tracks.

A two-car team was entered for the 1986 season that was solely sponsored by BMW M TEAM. The American duo of Davy Jones and John Andretti scored the cars only win at the Watkins Glen 500 Kilometres. The British team of John Watson and David Hobbs only ever got as high as 4th place.

In Detail

typeRacing Car
engineM12/14 Inline-4
positionMid, Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
bore89.2 mm / 3.5 in
stroke80 mm / 3.1 in
power596.6 kw / 800 bhp @ 9000 rpm
bhp/weight881.06 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum Monocoque w/Cabron-Fiber Honeycomb Reinforcements, Steel Tube Sub Frames
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeBBS Alloyt
front tiresGoodyear Eagle Radial
rear tiresGoodyear Eagle Radial
front brakesVentilated Discs
rear brakesVentilated Discs
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionA-Arms
r suspensionRocker-Arm w/Lower A-Arm
curb weight908 kg / 2000 lbs
wheelbase2667 mm / 105 in
length4775 mm / 188 in
width1994 mm / 78.5 in
height1067 mm / 42 in
top speed~321.80 kph / 200 mph