BMW Motorsport to join FIA WEC from 2018


The plan is for BMW to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship in the 2018 season. The highlight of this championship is the 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR).

BMW claimed overall victory there in 1999 with the open prototype BMW V12 LMR. The last time a BMW took its place on the grid at the endurance classic near the river Sarthe was in 2011: back then, the BMW M3 GT finished third in the LM GTE class.

Since it was launched in 2012, the championship has enjoyed a positive development, forged new paths in many regards, and won a lot of fans. Further details, such as the model of car to be used and the team responsible for the car, will be confirmed and announced over the coming months.

Jens Marquardt:

Starting with the 2018 season, we want to further expand our activities in GT racing and compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This obviously also includes our return to Le Mans, which we are particularly looking forward to. The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing.

BMW Press Release