“When I drive this [M6 GTLM] versus my M6 street car, you understand: this is the exact same car!”Bill Auberlen, veteran factory BMW driver
Bill won the Speed World Challenge 2003 in a BMW M3. He didn’t just win it again in 2004, but he did so setting a record in the Grand-Am Series winning six races in a row. Bill has raced in the endurance classics including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which is one of his favorite tracks, all in BMW powered race cars.
Bill salutes the prowess and dedication of BMW’s engineers: “Some of [the BMW GT cars] you get into and you think, ‘this is as good as it gets for a GT car, it can’t be any better.’ Then the engineers go back to the drawing board… every time a new [car] comes out it’s better… that’s just the way it’s been.”
Auberlen also marvels at just how track-worthy BMW M cars are off the showroom floor: “With a brand new car to be so well developed right out of the box and have zero issues… is unbelievable.” In fact, Bill points out that racing rules actually require that BMW lower the horsepower of the road-going M6 for race use. “The M6 GTLM is like smashing an ant with a sledgehammer,” Bill explains.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Bill at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Toronto, Ontario. Our goal was to glean his thoughts on the similarities and differences between driving his road-going BMW M6 Gran Coupé and his BMW M6 GTLM race car.
In 2016 BMW Motorsport replaced the BMW Z4 GTLM with the brand-new BMW M6 GTLM. Here are the BMW M6 GTLM Technical Specifications:
Weight:Under 1,250 kg (without driver, depending on regulations)
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