Okay moment over. BMW took the Frankfurt Motor Show as the flawless opportunity to show off the M8 GTE sans camouflage, with its first race debut happening next January at the Daytona 24 Hours, before taking off on parallel WEC and IMSA campaigns throughout 2018.
Looking at the entire auto, we see some production design cues for first time.
The sloping rear roofline gives the grand tourer a sleek appearance, with what appears to be space for a 2+2 setup in the production vehicle.
The M8 GTE will compete in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and North American IMSA Sportscar championship.
Look for the BMW M8 GTE to make its racing debut at next year's 24 Hours of Daytona.
A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine will power the M8 GTE, though its power will be restricted per regulations.
The BMW M8 GTE has been developed using the latest technology, including 3D measurement technology and a new algorithm for engineers to increase the number of simulations in wind-tunnel development.
"The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the strong opposition in this sector", BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said. With the BMW M8 GTE, we are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top worldwide class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans.
Early technical information has also been released on the new vehicle which will be powered by a V8 BMW TwinPower turbo engine with a sequential six-gear racing gearbox, while intense aerodynamic testing has been run to craft the M8 GTE chassis design. The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger.