BMW Motorsport Reveals
Ready-To-Race Z4 M Coupé



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8th March, 2006

BMW Motorsport has torn the wraps of its ready-to-race two seater. Designed for enthusiast customers who ache to post a competitive time at the famed Nordschleife as much as for professional touring and production car race teams around the world.

The new BMW Z4 M Coupé by BMW Motorsport was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last week by Prof Dr Burkhard Göschel, BMW Group Board Member Purchasing and Development.

The Motorsport Version of the BMW Z4 M Coupé, which itself has only just been revealed in production guise, is the first two-seater BMW Motorsport has offered for customer teams.

The development plan was simple: Design a car to race successfully and spectacularly on the world’s most demanding racetrack, the Nürburgring’s famous Nordschleife. The new Motorsport Coupé can be used by private BMW customer teams in the German Endurance Championship and in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race.

The power unit of the beefy coupé is a development of the BMW Motorsport designed 3.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine, delivering about 300 kW, with the suspension in particular benefiting from the knowledge gained from the successful BMW M3 GTR project.

Plenty of race-adjustable components have been designed into the car by BMW Motorsport and the BMW Racing Parts Distribution. Customer teams now have a new technology platform for use in many diverse international racing and club sport series. Fans of a fast-paced trip around the feared Nordschleife are not the only targets, since the coupé also represents the perfect car for use in the Belgian Belcar series and other, non-European, endurance series.

The kit can be ordered from May 2006 from BMW Motorsport and will be available for an estimated € 250,000 (plus VAT).

Technical Data BMW Z4 M Coupé Motorsport Version
Length: 4415 mm
Width: 1880 mm
Wheelbase: 2493 mm
Front & Rear Overhang: 865 mm/774mm
Rear Wing Width: 1504 mm
Front & Rear Ground Clearance: 80 mm/90 mm
Front & Rear Tyres: Michelin 27/65-18, 28/71-18
Front Brake: Grey cast iron disc dia. 380 mm / 6 pot fixed calliper
Rear Brake: Grey cast iron disc dia. 320 mm / 4 pot fixed calliper
Drive Line: sequential 6-speed gearbox, sintered clutch
Engine Layout: six cylinder in-line
Cylinder Capacity: 3246 cc
Bore x Stroke: 87 x 91 mm
Compression Ratio: 12,5:1
Max. Power: approx. 400 PS at 8,200 rpm
Max. Torque: approx. 400 Nm at approx. 5,750 rpm
Max. Revolutions per minute: 8,400 rpm
Cylinder block: one-piece construction
Crankshaft: forged steel part
Piston: forged slipper skirt piston
Con-rod: Steel
Cylinder head: Aluminium, four valves per cylinder
Valve train: Two chain driven overhead camshafts with variable valve timing
Intake System: Six single throttle valves, Carbon fibre Air box with resonance induction optimised inlet pipes
Exhaust System: Multiple pipe manifold with silencer and catalytic converter
Lubricating System: Wet Sump Lubrication
Cooling System: Water / Air cooler
Flywheel: Steel
Fuel System: Inlet-Pipe Injection, one Injector per Cylinder, 5 bar injection pressure
Fuel: 5-star lead-free petrol, ROZ min=98
Fuel Tank Volume: 120 litres
Minimum Weight 1,200 kg in Nürburgring Specification
Engine Management System BMW Motorsport ECU406 with two powerful microprocessors, Ethernet Interface and four CAN busses; Cylinder selective optimised Injection and Ignition; Pit-Speed-Limiter; Quick-Shift; Engine Log Book; Electronic Throttle Control; VANOS Control; Race ABS; Traction Control.
Energy Management: Distribution and Control of the electric energy through the BMW Motorsport POWER400 Control Unit; Networking of all Sensors and Actuators through a CAN Bus.
Electric loom: Weight optimised
Ignition coils: Six high performance pencil-type ignition coils with integrated ignition driver.
Sparkplugs: NGK high performance Sparkplugs
Instruments: Free programmable LCD Display with integrated shift lights
Steering-wheel: multiple function Steering-wheel with Quick-Release mechanism and display control

BMW Motorsport Ready-To-Race Z4 M Coupé

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