BMW Motorsport will be back to Le Mans 24 Hours with a brand new car, a fully homologated ACO GTE machine in 2019. The German brand is planning a full factory effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship and its highly competitive GTE-Pro class.
In an interview with German media Auto-Motor-Und-Sport, Jens Marquardt confirmed the brand's plans in GTE and that there is a big interest in competiting in a big international series such the FIA World Endurance Chamopionship.
The new GT car will receive an international homologation, so we can use it worldwide.
No decision has been taken about the model but the head of BMW Motorsport has suggested that it could be the BMW M6
Fom the perspective of our engineers, the BMW M6 provides an excellent basis, first in aerodynamics and secondly the engine.
BMW is currently competing with the factory BMW Team RLL in the North American based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with an IMSA-only homologated BMW M6 GTLM.
The last appearance for BMW Motorsport at Le Mans 24 Hours was in 2011 with the BMW M3 GT2. The same year BMW Team Schnitzer competed in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the predecessor of the FIA World Endurance Championship.