UPGRADE BOOSTS BMW CHANCES
The BMW M6 GT3 will receive an update for the first time since the car debuted last year. The new ‘Evo’ package, which will be available next year, has been formulated by BMW Motorsport engineers to refine and improve the car, which took out the Spa 24 Hour race last year.
“The BMW M6 GT3 will remain the flagship in the BMW customer racing product range and our top model for the prestigious 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps in 2018 and beyond,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“We are working on an Evo package, to provide our customer racing teams with an even better car. The latest tests at the Lausitzring showed that we have made a big step forward, particularly in terms of driveability.”
The updated package provides improved drivability, especially for amateur drivers, widening the set-up window and improving the durability of the car. Changes are subject to the final homologation of the FIA, but back-to-back tests between the ‘Evo’ and the existing package at the Lausitzring has shown a significant improvement, said BMW test driver Philipp Eng.
“The tests with the new Evo package for 2018 were great fun,” said Eng (AUT), who was behind the wheel during the tests. “Thanks to the updates, the BMW M6 GT3 is significantly easier and more comfortable to drive. It is also more consistent. All this makes it less tiring for the driver in the cockpit. Driveability is really an important key to success. Congratulations to the BMW engineers, who have really done a very good job with the Evo package.”
The new ‘Evo’ package will be available to customers next year, which excites BMW Team SRM team boss Steve Richards.
“We’re hugely excited to have this update package on the way,” said Richards. “It’s an important step for the BMW M6 GT3. In GT3 racing there is as an opportunity once in a model cycle to look make big improvements, so it’s very encouraging to see such excellent feedback coming from the drivers and team behind the development.
“We’ve been working very hard here in Australia to be as competitive as possible in Australian GT, so between that hard work and the Evo package that’s on its way next year, we have a lot to look forward to.”
Richards will next be at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 at Sydney Motorsport Park for the second round of the Australian Endurance Championship.
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Date posted: July 28, 2017