Next week BMW will unveil the highly-awaited BMW M6 GT3, the new racing car which will officially race in 2016. Built upon the production M6 Coupe, the GT3 comes with racing parts, like self-supporting steel chassis, the welded FIA-approved safety cell, the carbon fiber crash structure at the front and carbon fiber reinforced plastic crash element at the rear. The racing wing at the rear is another indication that this is car means business.
But what if BMW would built a racing car based on the i8 hybrid sportscar? What would it look like? Two rendering artists put together some computer generated images highlighting the visual changes needed to transform the i8 into the i8 GT3.
The imaginary BMW i8 GT3 hybrid race car featured a wide body kit, a carbon fiber front lip, lowered spring kit and a massive rear wing. And some proper racing wheels.
Just last month, BMW has given us a closer look at a revised i8 which could certainly head to the track. The BMW i8 Safety Car has gotten some chassis revisions, namely new upper wishbones, new Bilstein suspension and a 15 mm lower ride height. There’s also been some tweaked aerodynamics, new AP Racing brakes (six piston calipers up front with four pistons at the rear), 20” ATS Racing wheels and increased ventilation. So this Safety Car version of the BMW i8 is lighter, more aerodynamic and even stickier to the road than the standard car.
BMW isn’t likely to ever built an i8 GT3, but seeing what the car could look like, it certainly makes us crave for one.[Photos: Kolya Cherednichenko | Jaydub design]