Confident appearance in the ‘Green Hell’: BMW M4 GT3 completes successful test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

BMW:Confident appearance in the ‘Green Hell’: BMW M4 GT3 completes successful test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Nürburg. BMW M Motorsport has now taken the next important
step in the development of the new BMW M4 GT3. The new flagship in
the portfolio of cars from BMW M Motorsport successfully completed a
series of test drives on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (GER) on
Thursday. The two BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Jens
Klingmann (GER) shared driving duties.

 

The special characteristics of the over 20 kilometres of the
Nürburgring Nordschleife make it the perfect testing ground for the
development of new race cars. It is a very long track with plenty of
options, and its combination of high speeds, fast corners and
significant climbs and descents provide everything that BMW M
Motorsport engineers require for comprehensive vehicle testing. A race
car that emerges from testing on the Nordschleife is well prepared to
take on all other racetracks.

Thursday’s testing focused on gaining initial experience on the most
challenging racetrack in the world, especially with regard to the
durability of components under extreme levels of stress imposed by the
Nordschleife and driving behaviour in those very specific series of
corners. First impressions were very positive for the drivers.

“The debut of the BMW M4 GT3 on the Nordschleife went very well,”
said Klingmann. “My initial feedback is that the BMW M4 GT3 has
retained the strengths of its predecessor on the Nordschleife, while
eradicating its weaknesses. Of course, it’s not possible to transfer
that 1:1 to other circuits from such a special track, but as a driver
you feel right at home from the word go in the BMW M4 GT3. It is not
unpredictable, but it’s fast nonetheless. It was really great fun.”

Farfus said: “It is a great honour for me to be involved so
intensively in the development of the BMW M4 GT3, and to have been
there for the first laps on the legendary Nordschleife. Many thanks to
BMW M Motorsport! It is always special to hit the track for the first
time in a new car, as you never know what to expect and how the car
will behave. The BMW M4 GT3 made a good impression. The driving
experience is very good and we had no technical problems whatsoever on
this challenging circuit.”

Further testing has been scheduled and the BMW M4 GT3 will return to
the Nürburgring Nordschleife at the start of June. Ahead of the
24-hour race, the new BMW M Motorsport flagship will be introduced to
the public for the first time. Over the course of the year, the BMW M4
GT3 will also have the opportunity to make its first test appearances
under race conditions in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS).

Original Press Release