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.
Bmw m3 e46 gtr le mans.
It had a limited production run of 10 units and was engineered as a near perfect replication of the racing m3 gtr.
To fulfill this rule bmw put 10 road going gtrs on sale after the 2001 season for 250000 each.
The bmw m3 gtr competed in the gt2 class of the american le mans series in 2001.
It is rumoured that only three road cars were produced.
Since the le mans m3 gtr was a v8 the road car had to be as well.
Bmw was seemingly not keen for anyone of the public to actually buy one.
In order to compete 10 gtr road cars needed to be produced which are now some of the rarest homologation specials in existence.
The bmw m3 gtr e46 is a road legal homologation produced by bmw to allow the v8 powered race car to compete in the 2002 american le mans series season.
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.
An e46 gtr came to life in february 2001 powered by the p60b40 a 3997 cc v8 producing 493 hp 368 kw.
The bmw m3 gtr gt e46 is a race car developed by bmw based on their m3 e46.
To ensure that the bmw m3 gtr would be competitive in the alms the company developed a special v8 engine code.
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.
The 79 m3 gt2 that competed at le mans became the 17th bmw art car after it was decorated by jeff koons.
The car presented in the paddock at the petit le mans and was only on display for approximately one hour before bmw loaded it back onto a transporter to munich.
In 2012 the m3 won the gt class at the 12 hours of sebring.
The bmw m3 gtr e46 alms2001.
The p60b40 was the powertrain for the bmw e46 m3 gtr from 2001 to 2005.
The car shares many of the weight saving aspects from the race car which it is based on.
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.
In the 2011 american le mans series gt class bmw team rll swept all categories winning the gt manufacturer team and driver championships.
Large amounts of carbon fibre are used.
Each was converted from a standard e46.
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It was originally fitted with a 32l inline six engine based on the engine of the standard e46 m3.