Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
Developed for the American Le Mans Series / Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the 2011–2012 BMW M3 GT is based on the fourth-generation (E92) production M3 and was raced by BMW North American in partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The M3 GT was developed to challenge in the ultra-competitive ALMS GT class against entries from Porsche, Corvette and Ferrari, and at the end of the 2011 season the M3 GT swept the championship with Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller winning the Driver title along with the Team, Manufacturer and Michelin Green X titles. Driving the No. 56 car above, Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Andy Priaulx won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011, returning to win again in 2012 with Summerton joining Hand and Mueller. The BMW M3 GT program ended after the 2012 season and the car above was restored to the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring configuration, including the night lighting package and the BMW-designed aero BBS wheels that added 3 km/h (1.8 mph) to the top speed.

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