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BMW Shows off New Z4 GTE Racecar

BMW Shows off New Z4 GTE Racecar

Feb 19 2013, 1:00pm CST | by

New car replaces the M3 GT

For a number of years BMW has used its M3 GT as its car for the American Le Mans Series of endurance races. The automaker recently announced that it would be retiring that M3 GT from ALMS...

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BMW Shows off New Z4 GTE Racecar

Feb 19 2013, 1:00pm CST | by

New car replaces the M3 GT

For a number of years BMW has used its M3 GT as its car for the American Le Mans Series of endurance races. The automaker recently announced that it would be retiring that M3 GT from ALMS competition in favor of the new and smaller BMW Z4 GTE. BMW is withholding a lot of the performance specifications for this racecar, which is to be expected in a series where competitive advantages are protected at all costs.

BMW plans to field this car in races during 2013. Work on the car began in July 2012 with engineers in Munich working on the development of the GTE version of the BMW Z4 GT3 car. The GTE version of the vehicle was modified in all dimensions to comply with ACO regulations.

The GTE car also lacks the ABS and DSC that are allowed in the GT3 class. BMW says that its factory race teams were involved in the development of the vehicle through the whole process. Fans of BMW racecars will be able to see the car in action during the 2013 racing season at Sebring and Road Atlanta.

 
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Honda Facing Parts Theft, Railcar Hijacking, and Quality Issues at New Mexican Plant

Oct 28 2014 3:25pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

We like the Honda Fit, as it delivers a large amount of behind-the-wheel fun in a small, clever package, and we’d recommend it to just about anyone shopping for an affordable, practical runabout. Unfortunately, we would have to add the caveat that it might take a long time to get one: Automotive News is reporting that production of the Fit and its upcoming HR-V sibling are severely delayed. Fit shipments are delayed by two months, the industry paper reports. And the HR-V will arri ...
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Not Dead Yet? Lincoln Five-Year Plan Includes Dedicated Platform and Billions in Investment

Oct 28 2014 2:31pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Cadillac knows it, we know it, and Matthew McConaughey subconsciously mumbled it: Lincoln can’t succeed without distancing itself from Ford. Apparently, according to unnamed sources talking to Reuters, Lincoln is slated to receive big bucks, use a distinct vehicle platform, and see every model “redesigned or replaced over the next five years.” Reuters said Ford CEO Mark Fields has earmarked at least $1 billion for Lincoln ...
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Featured: Meet the finalists for Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Oct 28 2014 12:32pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan, Performance, SUV, Truck, Technology, Crossover, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Electric, Diesel, Luxury, Ram Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year's Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW ...
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BMW’s Valerie Thompson Sets Personal Best at Texas Mile – 217mph

Oct 28 2014 12:10pm CDT | Source: Ultimate Motorcycling

Valerie Thompson Sets Personal Best at Texas Mile – 217mph Valerie Thompson, seven-time land speed record holder and one of the world’s fastest BMW racers, returned to Beeville Texas October 24 – 26 for this year’s second Texas Mile top speed competition. Thompson broke her personal best top speed of 212 mph, set at the March 2013 Texas Mile, with a blistering run of 217.7 mph on her record-setting CTEK Battery Charger sponsored BMW S 1000 RR. Th ...
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California Says Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Is Hella Safe—Really

Oct 28 2014 12:02pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

A recent yearlong study by the California Office of Traffic Safety has found motorcycle lane-splitting to be a safe practice on public roads. The study looked at collisions involving 7836 motorcyclists reported by 80 police departments between August 2012 and August 2013. “What we learned is, if you lane-split in a safe or prudent manner, it is no more dangerous than motorcycling in any other circumstance,” state spokesman Chris Cochran told t ...
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Quick Spin: 2014 Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing

Oct 28 2014 11:03am CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Citroën, UK, Quick Spins When you think of hot hatches, one French automaker comes to mind... but it's not Citroën. Maybe it should be, though, because some of the industry's best hot hatches are honed on the rally stage, and nobody has dominated the modern World Rally Championship like Citroën has. With the legendary Sébastien Loeb behind the wheel, ...
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Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS-V Coupe caught undisguised ahead of LA reveal

Oct 28 2014 10:33am CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Spy Photos, Coupe, Performance, Cadillac, Luxury Vsport versions of the CTS and XTS sedans are all well and good, but what Cadillac enthusiasts have really been looking forward to is the arrival of the next full-on V model. And here we have it. Spied in the nude during an apparent photo shoot ahead of its anticipated debut at the fast-approaching Los Angeles Auto Show, the upcoming new Cadillac ATS-V Coupe is set to pick up where the old CTS-V left off, only in a ...
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Back That App Up: You Can Now Reverse a Trailer Using Only a Phone

Oct 28 2014 10:12am CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Driving has been getting easier since Alfred Vacheron invented the steering wheel. But all the sensors and active systems fitted to a modern vehicle still can’t solve the real-time trigonometric puzzle of backing up while towing a trailer. Until now, that is. Power-steering-system producer ZF Lenksysteme in Germany, a joint venture between ZF and Bosch, has developed what it calls “Smart Trailer Parking,” a remote-control system that enables you to maneuver a coupled load via an An ...
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BMW 7-Series

Oct 28 2014 9:53am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

BMW’s 7-Series is often considered a benchmark among luxurious, full-size luxury sedans. Available with a range of engines, from more economical in-line six-cylinders to potent V-12s, the 7-Series is currently the most expensive BMW sold in the U.S. When optioned fully, the 7-Series can price out at more than $150 ...
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BMW 4-Series

Oct 28 2014 9:50am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

The BMW 4-Series is a new lineup of coupes, convertibles, and sedans that includes the 4-Series Gran Coupe and M4 spin-offs. BMW split off the two-doors from the 3-Series lineup, but with the subsequent addition of the four-door Gran Coupe, the mission's become a bit muddled. The 4-Series still draws its heritage and design from the ...
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Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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