BMW just announced that they would be returning to the 2018 Le Mans after it had left the event since the last 24 Hours of Le Mans that took place back in 2011. The German marque now says it wants to group its racing efforts under one umbrella called the BMW Group Motorsport which will house the activities of the “i” and Mini brands.
This move was part of BMW’s plan which is the first part of the strategy (focusing on the Motorsport development aspect), the second being cutting-edge technology. This further instates BMW and firmly positions it within the key target groups of Motorsport. With commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Mini in the off-road Dakar Rally, electric open-wheel racing in the FIA Formula E-Championship and IMSA WeatherTech Spotscar Championship. With continued support in GT4 and GT3 to participating customers.
BMW is planning to field the LMGTE cars to compete with Porsche, Ferraris and Corvettes currently dominating the class during the 2018 Le Mans. With the current M6 GTLM in the IMSA WeatherTech series and the M6 GT3 and M4 GT4 in their respective classes.
This also assures us that BMW will be focusing on their production-based racing line-up which will only intensify over the season. As for the Forumla E racing campaing, BMW will be partnering with Andretti Formula E team to kick-start the 2018/2019 season in which they would share resources and engineering collaboration.