Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
BMW M3 GT-2 (E36)
1997-1998 SportsCar Championship
Based on the production BMW E36 M3 Coupe, these race-prepared cars won both the Drivers and Manufacturers Championship in SportsCar GT-2 for 1997 and 1998. The car above won its class at the 1997 24 Hours of Daytona and 1998 12 Hours of Sebring, and combined with other team cars won 17 straight races over the two seasons. Power comes from a race-tuned version of the 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine from the production car, making 425 horsepower and capable of a top speed of 175 mph. Drivers who raced M3s include Pete Halsmer, Derek Hill, John Paul Jr., David Donahue, Hans Stuck, Justin Bell, Peter Cunningham and Bill Auberlen.

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