The bmw m3 gtr gt e46 is a race car developed by bmw based on their m3 e46.
Bmw e46 m3 gtr engine.
The resulting e46 gtr racing car was introduced in february 2001 and was powered by a 330 kw 443 hp version of the 3997 cc 40 l p60 v8 engine.
In order for the m3 gtr race car to compete in the american le mans series bmw produced 10 examples of the m3 gtr strassen version street version in 2001.
As per the race m3 gtr the roadgoing version was powered by the bmw p60b40 40 l v8 engine which was slightly detuned and generated a maximum power output of 283 kw 380 hp at 7000 rpm.
This powerplant has an output of 345 bhp 350 ps257 kw of power at 7250 rpm.
There was opposition to the car being allowed to race rivals stated that the car was a prototype as a road going version was not available to buy.
Like all other bmw race cars the gtr came with a different engine from the s54 32 liter straight six used by the standard m3 or the csl version.
A gtr racing version of the e46 m3 was developed which placed 3rd in the american le mans series on 2000 and then upgraded the engine to a 443 hp v8 which won the alms gt category in 2001.
The bmw m3 gtrs engine is a naturally aspirated petrol 4 litre double overhead camshaft 90 degree v 8 cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder.
The p60b40 was the powertrain for the bmw e46 m3 gtr from 2001 to 2005.
The bmw m3 gtr competed in the gt2 class of the american le mans series in 2001.
The bmw e46 m3 gtr came to life in february 2001 and was the first m3 in the history of the company to feature a v8 engine.
The bmw m3 gtr e46 alms2001.
The only reason that the gtr was made was to go along with the le mans.
However the straight six engine was viewed as uncompetitive compared to the porsche 996 gt3 therefore bmw began to develop a new m3 racing car based around a more powerful engine.
Unlike the straight six powered m3 versions which were outpaced by the porsche 996 gt3 the racing version of the e46 m3 gtr 16 was very successful in the american le mans series alms entered by schnitzer motorsport.
It competed during the 2001 racing season under both the bmw motorsport and team schnitzer teams with the car being entered in the gt class of the american le mans championship and the european le mans series.
It was originally fitted with a 32l inline six engine based on the engine of the standard e46 m3.
In order to compete 10 gtr road cars needed to be produced which are now some of the rarest homologation specials in existence.
2001 bmw m3 gtr.
Instead of a version of the s54b32 straight six this m3 gtr ran a different engine the p60b40 a 40 liter v8 with a flat plane crank.
The bmw m3 gtr is a 2 door coupe style road car with a front mounted engine supplying power to the rear wheels.