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.
DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
89.2 mm / 3.5 in
80 mm / 3.1 in
596.6 kw / 800 bhp @ 9000 rpm
881.06 bhp per tonne
body / frame
Aluminum Monocoque w/Cabron-Fiber Honeycomb Reinforcements, Steel Tube Sub Frames