Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
American Le Man Series 2001
The BMW M3 GTR raced for a single season in the American Le Mans Series, dominating the GT class with the BMW Team PTG and BMW Team Schnitzer combining to win the final six races of the season. While production M3s of this era derive power from an inline 6-cylinder engine, the M3 GTR is the first M3 powered by a V8 engine, a 4.0 liter specifically produced by BMW Motorsport as a race engine and weighing about 30 pounds less than the production engine. The car was built to a set of rules that allowed a purpose-built racing engine if a small number of road cars were produced. Bill Auberlen, Boris Said and Hans Stuck capped off the season by winning Petit Le Mans, the final race of the season. As a tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, BMW Team PTG owner Tom Milner created the patriotic “Stars and Stripes” livery for the race.

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