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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

type Racing Car
production 3
engine M12/14 Inline-4
position Mid, Longitudinal
aspiration Turbocharged
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
bore 89.2 mm / 3.5 in
stroke 80 mm / 3.1 in
power 596.6 kw / 800 bhp @ 9000 rpm
bhp/weight 881.06 bhp per tonne
body / frame Aluminum Monocoque w/Cabron-Fiber Honeycomb Reinforcements, Steel Tube Sub Frames
driven wheels RWD
wheel type BBS Alloyt
front tires Goodyear Eagle Radial
rear tires Goodyear Eagle Radial
front brakes Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Discs
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension A-Arms
r suspension Rocker-Arm w/Lower A-Arm
curb weight 908 kg / 2000 lbs
wheelbase 2667 mm / 105 in
length 4775 mm / 188 in
width 1994 mm / 78.5 in
height 1067 mm / 42 in
top speed ~321.80 kph / 200 mph