2001 BMW M3 GTR


2001 BMW M3 GTR

Beneath the beefy silhouette of the M3 GTR beats a powerful heart: a four-litre V8 engine delivering more than 400 bhp. This short-stroke, high-speed unit epitomizes the tradition of M power and is compact enough to fit into the M3. This engine is very different from the V8 found in the M5 and has yet to been seen in any E46 road car.
In accordance with the regulations of the Automobil Club de l’Ouest (A.C.O.), which also organizes the Le Mans 24 Hours, BMW Motorsport was planning on building a limited production run of road-ready M3 GTRs. The motivation behind this would be to satisfy homologation regulations which stated at least one road going version needed to be sold.

In accordance with the regulations of the Automobil Club de l’Ouest (A.C.O.), which also organizes the Le Mans 24 Hours, BMW Motorsport was planning on building a limited production run of road-ready M3 GTRs. The motivation behind this would be to satisfy homologation regulations which stated at least one road going version needed to be sold.

After decimating the competition in the GT class, Porsche complained the BMW car was streching the rules too far. The ACO coincided with Porsche and changed the rules such that the BMW would need an additional 100 lbs of weight and 20% larger air restrictors or make 1000 road going examples. Sadly, by attempting to make the GT class comptetative, the ACO have driven BMW away from GT motorsport in 2002.

In Detail

tags e46, 3er
submitted by Richard Owen
built at Munich, Germany
price $ $ 470,000
engine 90 Degree V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 3997 cc / 243.9 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 72 mm / 2.83 in
compression 12.0:1
power 331.1 kw / 444 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output 111.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 396.43 bhp per tonne
torque 467.76 nm / 345 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
redline 8500
body / frame Unit Steel w/Carbon Fiber Panels, Steel Rollcage
wheel type BBS Alloy
front tires 270/650-18 Michelin
rear tires 270/680-18 Michelin
front brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers
rear brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
front wheels F 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18.0 x 11.0 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18.0 x 11.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Eibach Coil Spings, Sachs Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Central Link w/Eibach Coil Spings, Sachs Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1120 kg / 2469 lbs
wheelbase 2731 mm / 107.5 in
front track 1608 mm / 63.3 in
rear track 1603 mm / 63.1 in
length 4613 mm / 181.6 in
width 1900 mm / 74.8 in
height 1318 mm / 51.9 in
transmission Hewland 6-Speed Manual w/Triple-Disc Carbon Fiber Clutch
gear ratios 2.50:1, 2.07:1, 1.69:1, 1.38:1, 1.18:1, 1.04:1
final drive 3.87:1