The BMW M3 GTR GT (E46) is a race car developed by BMW based on their M3 E46. It competed in the 2001 race season under both BMW Motorsport and Team Schnitzer, in which the car was placed in the GT category of the American Le Mans Championship and the European Le Mans Series.
It originally had a 3.2L engine in the sixth row based on the standard E46 M3 engine. The car first entered the GT class of the American Le Mans Series in 2000, where it took one victory and was beaten several times by the Porsche 911 GT3-R. The new P60B40 V8 engine was quickly installed in the race car before the start of the 2001 racing season. It was built next to a BMW V10 engine that was used to power Williams Formula 1 cars during the 2001 F1 season. The old engine broke down as BMW engineers could no longer get other horses out of it.
BMW M3 GTR, a competitive edge
The new engine gave the BMW M3 GTR a competitive edge over the Porsche 911 GT3-R and allowed the M3 GTR to win seven of the ten events in the GT category in the 2001 season. Porsche said during the 2001 ALMS that BMW had violated ALMS entry rules and the spirit of Gran Turismo. This was based on the fact that the V8 engine on the M3 GTR was not available on any official road BMW M3.
BMW has produced ten GTR road models for sale after the end of the 2001 ALMS season as regulations required that installed vehicles be sold on two continents in the first twelve months of the season. The rules of the ALMS were changed in the GT class for the 2002 season, and required that at least 100 units and a thousand engines be built to make the car fit. Revised rules have forced BMW to pull over the M3 GTR in the next American season Le Mans Series.
However, it returned to motorsport when the BMW team backed by Schnitzer Motorsport entered the two M3 GTRs in a 24-hour endurance Nurburgring race. The M3 GTR took part in the race for the next two years and won twice in 2004 and 2005.
V8 Powered Le Mans Racer for the Road
The rules of Homologation are a good thing. These restrictions state that manufacturers must build their own roadmap for their race if they wish to compete in a particular race series. As a result of the rules of homologic construction in the famous 24-hour Le Mans race, BMW has developed the E46 M3 GTR, a V8-powered Le Mans racer for the road. Although the 6-lane E46 M3 line was suitable for a road car, the BMW needed more power for the E46 race car to compete in Le Mans. BMW has decided to install a V8 engine to give the E46 race car the power it needed in the Le Mans race. The ruling meant that BMW needed to upgrade the V8-powered E46 race car.
In the winter of 2001 BMW unveiled its first M3 V8, homologic E46 M3 GTR. The M3 GTR is powered by the acquired P60 V8 which produces 380 horsepower and 7,000rpm. This V8 engine features a dry sump system and a highly angled radiator with hood venting. Although there are additional cylinders, the P60 V8 is lighter than the S54 engine in the standard E46 M3. Power delivered via 6-speed manual transmission connected to a separate M key. The chassis benefits from the greater rigidity of the chassis and suspension found in the race car. The E46 M3 GTR is much lower than the standard E46 M3 and features a body kit that reduces pull-up thanks to the bespoke front and front.
Other changes include roofs, front and rear facias, and hood vents made of carbon fiber. This weight loss removes extra chassis bracing and improves overall dynamic strength. The rear wing of carbon fiber helps keep the car stuck on the road during intense driving. The GTR also used the Recaro cut leather and removed the rear seats in the name of saving weight. The E46 M3 GTR is one of the rare BMWs ever built. It represents a strong connection between the real race and the division of the BMWs M. As BMW continues to use the M division on many BMW pedestrians, it always remembers the crazy GTR, the car M wants to build.
2002 BMW M3 GTR Strassenversion
The BMW M3 GTR Strassenversion can trace its roots back to a competitive race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), where the built-in race car with the same name, is released ‘Strassenversion’ competing in the GT category. The M3 GTR concept coincides with the launch of the new E46 generation of the BMW M3 in 2000. It will be awarded a laser-based task to take the outstanding Porsche 911, which won 11 of the 12 races that year in the GT category.
In 2001, the E46 M3 race was ready to compete at the start of the 2001 season. While the M3 GTR was certainly not the first M3 to be used by BMW in a competitive race, it was significantly different from any previous duplicates in the most significant ways. BMW knew that if they were to get a chance to score points over their rivals, they would have to bring in the deadliest arsenal in the game. Their awesome weapon would come in the form of its own engine, with a 4.0L V8 rather than a straight six-way 3.2L used in road type.
Car’s electrical installation
Just thinking of the car’s electrical installation which could have worked well on its own could not be considered proper, so BMW built a 443-horsepower GTR engine, which by all accounts was built for the same purpose of use in car racing and where there is the problem is why we do not see as many on the street as we would like.
Production-based racing class
The M3 GTR competes in a production-based racing class, but its engine is not included in any of the M3 production models which means it has fallen more into the model category than anything else. This means that it would not satisfy the homologation requirements to run in the ALMS GT series unless BMW produced and would continue to sell legal forms of the road.
Legal for the Road
At the time, the requirements of the ALMS regulatory bodies stated that the manufacturer must produce at least 10 examples of the street version in its first 12 months. BMW could have satisfied these needs barely enough by committing itself to selling 10 legal versions of the M3 GTR road, thus giving birth to what BMW would call the M3 GTR ‘Strassenversion’, or ‘Street Version’ when translated from German.
V8 engine used in the GTR
The much-needed detail Strassenversion had to accept was the use of the same V8 engine used in the GTR, and by extension, no other BMW for production. The rules will allow it to be considered the most widely used outside of the race track, although the engine will eventually produce about 380 horsepower in its air conditioning. Next to the standard M3, the M3 GTR Strassenversion was brighter, stronger, and more purpose-oriented for racing activities, borrowing most of its features directly from the race version. In terms of its appearance, its elegance was vividly shown with very aggressive bumpers, a hood venting and a unique and large wing on the back.
A street car in a technical sense
If there is reason to believe that BMW was simply compliant with legal documents, rather than having the real intention of selling GTR to the public, then its price should reduce any doubts € 250,000 was the standard of travel, which is about $ 400,000 USD today. Aside from being a remarkable car on paper due to its connection to the GTR racing car, and because of its division into the first V8 BMW M3 which was the official road, there will always be that basic idea that Strassenversion was just a hassle of after-order of ALMS officials. This is because the car is actually a street car in a technical sense, rather than a real concept. The fact that none of the Strassenversions has been sold as intended also means that none of them were baptized on the street. It’s almost like a car doesn’t exist, a car isn’t quite a legal way, if it’s never been on the road, is it? Still, the final product is an exciting one.
Engine and Performance
The engineers of BMW Motorsport knew that the straight-6 used in the production version would not work well enough for their 911 slaying purposes. Instead, they have chosen to design specifically a competitive GTR car, a compact and lightweight V8 engine.
The all-aluminum power station had a 90 ° bank angle and had a 4.0L transfer. Its overall design has given it some advantages, such as the provision for installing a radiator in a way that will increase cooling. According to BMW, the P60B40-coded engine produced about 443 horsepower in its position and was connected to a series of 6-speed conveys.
The Strassenversion or road car used the same P60B40 as seen in the race model, although it was slightly allowed to produce 380 horsepower along the road. Instead of a consecutive prediction competition it was a 6-speed manual gearbox with a twin-disc clutch and a M-lock variant.
Chassis & Design
Compared to the standard M3, the M3 GTR Strassenversion has benefited from a number of weight loss methods, including the use of CFRP body panels as seen in the GTR. In that same philosophy, the interior of the Strassenversion was also more open compared to the production version, yet it was more understandable compared to the racing car that came out the whole.
Inside, the Recaro leather running buckets were a highlight as well as the removal of the rear seats. The IBMW M3 GTR Strassenversion also has a very sturdy chassis and sports suspension setup available in the race version. Redesigned front and rear fascias, open front hood and specially designed wing, well-ventilation, cooling and aerodynamics.
The first plan for the road to people, was to produce a share of 10 Strassenversion models and sell them for € 250,000 each. In today’s calculations, this is about $ 400,000 USD which is an enormous amount of the M3 road car the standard M3 could be more than a tenth of the price.
As we know, all of this was for construction as BMW had zero Strassenversion targets with any kind of commercial success. The simple fact of the matter is, they just wanted to run in the ALMS. Strassenversion was the only way to reach, and ironically, they did not sell a single unit in the background.
Only six Strassenversion vehicles came to an end, before the program ended with a change in ALMS law, which BMW failed to comply with. Some of the remaining examples serve as museum pieces; other than that, cars have not been seen since the cameos were very short when they were ‘discovered’ on Road Atlanta in 2001. According to unicorn vehicles, this one describes this section with a T.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following are the frequently asked questions related to BMW M3 GTR.
1. Why is BMW m3 GTR so popular?
Many people are very fond of the BMW M3 GTR because the story of the game goes on in such a way that there is always the desire to get lost. However, at the end of the game, there is some interaction between us and our cars.
2. Why are M3 so expensive?
As with all goods in the free market economy, M3 is priced at the level the seller (BMW) believes the market will handle, which means to increase profits by selling as many as possible without leaving the property unsold. BMW easily sells all the M3s it can, so at this rate it is less expensive.
3. Did BMW stop make M3?
BMW has confirmed to the media that the M3 and M4 will start appearing this year. We suspect it will be towards the end of the year as Flasch says both will make the product by the end of 2020 and then to the sellers in early 2021.
The BMW M3 GTR came into life in February 2001, powered by the P60B40 3,997 cc V8 producing 493 hp (368 kW; 500 PS). Unlike the six straight M3 versions, which passed through the Porsche 996 GT3, the E46 M3 GTR 16 race version was very successful in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), installed by Schnitzer Motorsport. Competitors like Porsche have pointed out that this car was a great example as there is no V8 engine found in the BMW E46 driving on the road, breaking the spirit of Gran Turismo.
The rules of the ALMS were changed in 2002 to require the construction of 100 cars and 1,000 engines in order for the vehicle to qualify without penalties. Although BMW could run the V8 with new weight and power charges under these new rules, they opted out of the ALMS, successfully completing the interim M3 GTR operation