iRacing had already announced that the BMW M4 GT3 would be coming to the online racing service as an Early Release model in the weeks after the 2021 Season 1 build. It now appears that the new German GT3 machine will be joining the service much sooner than expected.
Iracing has listed the pre-release version of the car to become available on December 17th.
The virtual BMW M4 GT3 will be made available to iRacing members as an “in-development” car, that during the coming months will receive a comprehensive set of updates to match its final real-world form. The new BMW M4 GT3 will make its real-world racing debut in 2021 and will be featured in iRacing’s corresponding official series and special events.
The iRacing model of the M4 GT3 is developed in partnership with BMW Motorsport who provided iRacing with over 70 GB of data. BMW Motorsport stated that they are using the same set of data to operate its official BMW Motorsport simulator.
In the meantime, German Sim Racing Peripheral manufacturer Fanatec and BMW Motorsport have officially announced the new Fanatec BMW M4 GT3 wheel. For the first time in sim racing history, a steering wheel has been developed simultaneously for both real and virtual racing. In collaboration with BMW Motorsport, Fanatec engineered the Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 to be compatible with their Podium ecosystem, while meeting the requirements for the real world 2022 BMW M4 GT3 race car, resulting in a sim racing product that is not a replica, but in fact the real deal.
With the BMW M4 GT3, a new top-of-the-range model joins the Customer Racing range at BMW M Motorsport. The BMW M4 GT3 will succeed the BMW M6 GT3. As of the 2022 season, private drivers and teams from all over the world will have the opportunity to challenge for victories and titles in the top car in the Customer Racing range, which is based on the next generation of BMW M4.
The BMW M4 GT3 is being developed alongside the road car and is powered by a modified version of the S58 twin-turbo straight-six engine that delivers 500 bhp / 373 kW.
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