Test of the BMW M8 GTE at the Circuit de Barcelona


BMW Motorsport completed just a weeks for the first shakedown of the BMW M8 GTE and GTLM in the path of Lausitz, giving some form of starting signal for an intensive and compact programme of test that they have to carry the AWG of the German mark to be ready for the test of the ‘Balance of Performance’ of the WEC, for subsequent approval, and ultimately to make his debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona between days 25 and 28 of January of 2018. After this first contact, the BMW Team MTEK has completed the first test seriously in Barcelona.

This first test of weight has taken place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the perfect setting for this type of test for your configuration. The long start / finish straight, its angles and slow its varied curves of high load and aerodynamic support draw the perfect conjunction to evaluate all aspects of the BMW M8 GTE. Longer than the rest of the GTE, the technicians from BMW Motorsport must take special care of the dynamic behaviour of a car on the other hand boasts front, but you cannot see your behind in photos uploaded by the brand itself to the end of the test.


Up to four pilots have been put at the controls of the future GTE Munich in Barcelona over the various days that has lasted this test to give their different points of view. In this aspect, Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg, Bruno Spengler and Phillip Eng have formed a roster of riders very balanced that has been provided to the technicians in the BMW Team MTEK be able to analyze the collected data. However, they all have a good dose of experience in the GT3 of the brand, while Tomczyk and Spengler have large roots in the DTM, which can provide another point of view.

This test of the M8 EWG in Barcelona is only the first example of an intense testing program that will the brand work in the most demanding circuits of the whole of Europe. However, Jens Marquardt, Director of BMW Motorsport, has already announced that the test in the united States and the long-term tests will not start up until the final stretch of the year, with Sebring one of the scenarios marked in red to complete the development of a BMW M8 GTE and GTLM that wants to succeed from the first minute in the WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.