For sale: Rolex 24 class-winning BMW M8 GTE

Colin
By Colin Wood
Aug 10, 2022 | BMW, rolex 24, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Cars For Sale, M8 GTE, BMW M, M8

Photography Courtesy BMW

Looking for a surefire automotive investment? How about a Rolex 24 class-winning BMW M8?

As part of the ongoing celebration of the M division’s 50th anniversary, BMW plans to sell off the M8 GTE–chassis No. 1809–that won first in its class at the 2020 Rolex 24, driven by John Edwards, Augusto Farfus, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert.

Thomas Plucinsky, BMW USA Classic Manager, points out how rare it is for BMW to sell off a factory race car:

"I only need the fingers on one hand to count the few factory race cars that have left the ownership of BMW in recent years. The BMW M8 GTE represented a money-is-no-object factory GT race car. It is truly an engineering masterpiece. The new owner of BMW M8 GTE No. 1809 will be the steward of a very important piece of BMW history in America and can count on support from BMW in the years to come to ensure its condition and value are maintained at the highest level."

Interested? Prospective buyers (and wishful thinkers) can view the car in-person while it’s on display at the BMW USA Classic garage, August 17-20, at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion.

[Insider's guide to Monterey Car Week 2022]

Sure, the car comes with the tools and spares needed to run it, but the best part of the deal, though, might be the trophy that comes with the car:

Chassis 1809 is offered with engineering notes, press and marketing materials and, of course, the 2020 Rolex 24 trophy.

Those looking for additional information and pricing are encouraged to send an email to BMW-M-Motorsport@bmwna.com.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/10/22 1:59 p.m.

I think it's interesting that BMW is selling it instead of auctioning it off. Hopefully whoever buys it has fun with it.

Bonus points if they bring it to the $2000 Challenge.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/10/22 2:01 p.m.

JG, can we run this in XSB? 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/10/22 2:07 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

JG, can we run this in XSB? 

All we need are a set of these:

and we're good to go

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/10/22 2:09 p.m.

In other relevant discussions, we had a brief chat about where this would actually fit for autocross classing. Technically it's production-based, even though I think these cars use front and rear tube clips mounted to a (strengthened) factory tub, but that should still make it eligible for SCCA Prepared if it makes weight. So, XP? Is there anything I'm missing that would force a former GT3 car to be an EMod car?

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/10/22 2:09 p.m.

Pictured here in action:









David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/10/22 2:10 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

I have an extra set in the garage. 

RacerBoy75
RacerBoy75 New Reader
8/10/22 2:11 p.m.

That would make a neat track day car - the chances are pretty good that no one else will have one just like it!

Are 200TW tires available in the correct sizes for this car?

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/10/22 2:11 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

I have an extra set in the garage. 

You know I could see me putting them in my car just because. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/10/22 2:46 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Assuming the performance is fair, what a provision for FIA GT3 cars to automatically fall into XP?

Rodan
Rodan SuperDork
8/11/22 3:30 p.m.

Will you have to buy a subscription to keep the ECU working?

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
8/11/22 4:30 p.m.
RacerBoy75 said:

That would make a neat track day car - the chances are pretty good that no one else will have one just like it!

Are 200TW tires available in the correct sizes for this car?

The Riley built C3 Corvette that runs in Champcar has something like 355's on the rear.

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