Global Concept Automobile, a professional French racing team, showcases their own version of the BMW 1M. GC Automobile designs, builds and races silhouette race cars, and their latest project included the fan’s favorite 1M. The company also has a full engineering department that can accommodate different project levels to suit the needs of their client.
Dubbed GC10-V8, the race car is based on the base 1 Series M Coupe, but modified to racing specs and configuration. The race car now features an aggressive body work with composite wide fender flares.
Despite keeping the allure of the 1M, the GC10-V8 has a tubular frame chassis typical of Silhouette cars that meets the FIA standards.
The modifications go even further and the inline-six turbocharged N54 engine was replaced with a….Chevy V8 unit tuned by Sodemo Development. The engine now produces 550 horsepower and to cope with the additional heat, several cooling solutions were implemented, including the roof scoop which directs air into the engine.
For safety of the drivers, GC Automobile built frontal and side crash box in both doors.
GC10-V8 sits on 18″ wheels with suspension handled by a 3-way OHLINS system.
At the moment, GC Automobile is looking for drivers in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Dunlop 24-Hour of Dubai. They finished 2nd in class and 17th overall last year with a less powerful car.Jon Sibal ]