Sam Philip12 March 2010

King of the wings

BMW Z4 GT3 racer puts every boy racer to shame with massive aero aid

King of the wings

Nice racer, guys, but couldn't you make that rear wing a bit bigger?

This is the BMW Z4 GT3 racer, and we love it. Available now for well-heeled customers to purchase and race in the FIA GT3 championship and endurance events, it's powered by BMW's 4.0-litre V8 churning out a massive 480bhp.

That's 66bhp more than in the road-going M3 (the current Z4 road car isn't yet available with a V8), thanks to a bunch of upgrades including a new ECU and power control unit. No pansy double-clutch gearbox here, either - the Z4 GT3 gets a proper six-speed sequential ‘box feeding the rear wheels.

So it's a proper weapon. The only disappointment is that the Z4 GT3 is available with air conditioning. Aircon? In a race car? Pah. We scoff in the face of aircon.

Especially because it'll add a few grand more to the Z4 GT3's already weighty price tag. Customer cars start at around £270,000... but BMW is quick to point out that you do get locking wheel nuts included. A bargain, eh?

Will this be the most excellent race car on track in 2010? Discuss, please... 

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