The car appears to be the #101, driven by Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi, Matias Henkola, Max Sandritter, and George Richardson, who finished the 2016 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 22nd place overall. This is reflected in the name it had in GT Sport, BMW M6 GT3 (Walkenhorst Motorsport) '16.
BMW revealed the race spec M6 at the autumn 2015 Frankfurt show, and announced that they will be participating in races under the FIA-GT3 category from 2016 with this new machine dubbed the M6 GT3.
The M6 GT3 replaces the Z4 GT3 that had been racing in the FIA-GT3 category since 2010. Compared to the relatively small Z4 GT3, it is quite large, at roughly 5 m in length, with a width exceeding 2 m. The wheelbase is not only longer than the Z4 GT3, it is also 5 cm longer than the production model to give it better dimensions for both straight-line stability and handling performance.
With very wide fenders on all four corners, an aerodynamic front and rear bumper and a high rear wing, it fills all the checkboxes for a GT race car, while maintaining the beauty of the M6 styling.
The body is made of mostly carbon. The frame structure has been reinforced, and the suspension has received a full makeover, making it quite different from the commercial M6. The engine is a 4.4 litre V8 with the Twin Power Turbo, with various reinforcements and modifications, which allows it to produce 576 BHP stock.
The machine started its run on circuits with strong race teams at the start of 2016. One of the teams included was Walkenhorst Motorsports of Germany, a team that had already proven their capability by always placing the upper ranks of the highly competitive VLN endurance series. At the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, 'Gran Turismo' series producer Kazunori Yamauchi also took the wheel of the M6 GT3 with this team, and finished the race in 22nd place overall.
This race car used the BMW M6 as a base. It was raced by Walkenhorst Motorsport. Gran Turismo series producer personally tested the car out at the Nürburgring. The long wheelbase of the M6 base model was retained to preserve its exceptional aerodynamics. That's why the car was stable as a rock at high speeds. Under its hood was a custom-tuned turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8.
This car can be purchased in the BMW section of Brand Central for 450,000 Credits. It can also be obtained by signing a Manufacturer Series contract with BMW, which is valid for one Manufacturer Series season and allows the car to be used in Manufacturer Series races.
This car can be purchased in the BMW dealership of Brand Central for 450,000 Credits.
- Apart from the livery, the difference between this car and the M Power Livery/Sprint Model version of the car are the fog lights, which are present in the Walkenhorst Motorsport/Endurance Model version, reflecting the purpose of each version of the car. Because of this and the fact the cars are different entities, liveries created for the other car are not interchangeable, and both cars share the same Balance of Performance percentages, although both have a small PP rating difference (by .10 points) in GT7.