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BMW Performance Center unveils the M4 GT4 Experiences and Race Licensing School

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  • New classes and experiences at The BMW Performance Center West in Thermal, CA.
  • Your opportunity to experience the M4 GT4 customer race car on track.
  • Begin your pro racing career with the new SCCA-certified racing school.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 1, 2020…Today, The BMW Performance Center Driving Schools are proud to announce the newest additions to their course curriculum – The BMW M and M4 GT4 Experience, the M4 GT4 Private Coaching with Data and Video Session and the Race Licensing School.

The new courses allow BMW enthusiasts to experience the customer racing BMW M4 GT4 first-hand as well as receive one-on-one race driving instruction and begin their journey towards being a professional race driver through the new SCCA-certified licensing school.

Schedules and descriptions for the new M4 GT4 experiences, for the new Licensing School and for all BMW driving and motorcycle-riding classes may be found at https://bmwperformancecenter.com. Courses can be booked online or by calling 1-888-345-4BMW.


BMW M and M4 GT4 Experience - $2,795

A full-day program includes driving various BMW M cars and the M4 GT4 race car. Students start with a classroom session that reviews proper driving technique. After an overview of the car, they are outfitted with a racing suit and helmet. Then it’s time to experience this amazing machine on one of the Thermal Club’s world class racetracks. Students run guided laps behind a BMW instructor to experience the M4 GT4 at speeds up to 140 mph. This is the exact customer racecar offered by BMW Motorsport.

Based on the 2020 BMW M4 coupe, the M4 GT4 is built to compete in racing series around the world in the GT4 category. The 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine can produce more than 430 horsepower (depending on the Balance of Performance) and the rear wing, front splitter and Continental racing tires make this car stick like glue through the corners. In addition, the class includes:
  • VBOX data and video system in the M4 GT4 to record the session.
  • Access to professional instructors, trackside crew and support.
  • All driving gear for the duration of the class – racing suit, helmet, gloves and shoes.
  • Lunch at the BMW Performance Center café.
  • Insurance, with a $2,500 deductible for vehicle or property damage
  • The BMW M and M4 GT4 Experience can be reserved on an individual basis, or as a group. Group Events for this specific program have a maximum participation of 15 people and can be reserved by completing the form at https://bmwperformancecenter.com/groupevents.


M4 GT4 Private Coaching with Data & Video - $4,995
125 MILES OF LAPPING

This half-day program includes 125 miles of track driving in the M4 GT4 race car. Students start with a classroom session that reviews proper driving technique before being fitted out for their M4 GT4 session. The class includes:
  • VBOX data and video system in the M4 GT4 to record the session.
  • Time in the BMW M4 GT4 race car, one professional instructor and trackside support.
  • All driving gear for the duration of the class – racing suit, helmet, gloves and shoes.
  • Lunch at the BMW Performance Center café.
  • Insurance, with a $2,500 deductible for vehicle or property damage.
  • More miles can be purchased on the day of training. The program is designed for one driver. However, two drivers sharing a car can be arranged upon request.
  • The schedule is flexible. Please call 888-345-2269, and one of the BMW Performance Center driving instructors will reply to answer any questions and schedule the coaching session. Discounts are not allowed for this program


M4 GT4 Private Coaching with Data & Video - $9,995
250 MILES OF LAPPING

A full-day program includes 250 miles of track driving in the M4 GT4 race car. Students start with a classroom session that reviews proper driving technique before being fitted out for their M4 GT4. The class includes:
  • VBOX data and video system in the M4 GT4 to record the session.
  • Time in the BMW M4 GT4 race car, one professional instructor and trackside support.
  • All driving gear for the duration of the class – racing suit, helmet, gloves and shoes.
  • Lunch at our BMW Performance Center café.
  • Insurance, with a $2,500 deductible for vehicle or property damage.
  • More miles can be purchased on the day of training. The program is designed for one driver. However, two drivers sharing a car can be arranged upon request.
  • The schedule is flexible. Please call 888-345-2269, and one of the BMW Performance Center driving instructors will reply to answer any questions and schedule the coaching session. Discounts are not allowed for this program.


Race License School: The Path to Professional - $2495

For those who desire more training after the Advanced M School or Two-Day M School, the BMW Performance Center now offers a SCCA-certified school to take the first steps to becoming a pro driver. Students can even add this one-day school to an Advanced M School or Two-Day M School session and get qualified all at once.

What will be learned:
  • Learn the colors. Green. Yellow. Red - No there aren’t any traffic lights on the track. But there are flags, and you’ll learn what each represents while you’re out there to maintain safety.
  • Passing. Don’t let off. - Start off with you in a BMW, behind your instructor in theirs. They will coach you through the art of passing under both braking and acceleration. Then, we’ll bring on a classmate and coach you both as you battle for first place.
  • Keep Rollin’. Practice race starts - In racing, how you start can impact how you finish, and we’ll show you how to get started right in a grid set up, as well as rolling starts. Learn how to navigate with other cars on track while setting up for that first turn.

The M4 GT4 customer race car

Introduced for the 2018 racing season, the BMW M4 GT4 is a proven winner. This past season alone, it won three GS Class IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge races, nine SRO Pirelli GT4 SprintX races across the Pro-Am and Silver classes and the SRO Intercontinental GT Indianapolis 8 Hour, GT4 Class.

The BMW M4 GT4 is powered by the same 3.0-liter S55 inline 6-cylinder engine that is found in the BMW M4 streetcar and that delivers more than 430 hp, depending on class regulations and on the power stick used. A 7-speed dual clutch transmission with motorsport software transfers power to the 18-inch wheels via a mechanical limited-slip differential with cooling. The chassis is reinforced with a DMSB-certified BMW M Motorsport welded safety roll cage (compliant with FIA regulations). The roof, hood, doors, front splitter and rear wing are all made from CFRP. Three-stage adjustable motorsport anti-roll bars and specially-valved motorsport Ohlins shock absorbers are complemented by optional springs in three different rates for front and rear. Six-piston fixed front and four-piston fixed rear AP brakes are controlled by a cockpit adjustable AP racing pedal box and manually adjustable brake bias.

The BMW M4 GT4 customer race car is available for $210,000 plus $995 Destination.

More information on the M4 GT4 customer race car can be found here.




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      12-01-2020, 11:38 AM   #2
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ok thats pretty bad ass!
might need to look into getting out there and doing this. I love that place! Those cars would be blast to rip around the various options there.
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      12-01-2020, 11:52 AM   #3
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seems like it is too much money. skip classes are cheaper and you are in a formal car
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      12-01-2020, 12:26 PM   #4
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Imagine spending $210,000 for a 4 series that has only 6 more HP than the m4 competition....

That being said, it looks pretty sweet, especially compared to the new monstrosity they just released.

The more time I spend here, and looking at these prices constantly increase... The more I feel Porsches are a far better deal.

Can get a 991 911 GT3 RS for LESS...
It's a non-street legal race car. The equivalent product in the Porsche line up is the 718 GT4 Clubsport Competition (brake bias adjustments, 3 stage dampers, etc...) and that retails for 157,000 EUR, or $190,000.

A street legal M car or Porsche GT car won't last a season's worth of actual racing, and would probably be multiple seconds a lap slower compared to these cars.
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After the last years BMW news, this is a refreshing post with a gorgeous looking car!
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Even though the F8X doesn't sound the greatest, in GT4 form they look rad.

Also SCCA certified race school x BMW = ???

I wonder how it compares to doing the Skip Barber school.
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Finally some good M news!
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Awesome!!!
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Wish they had one of these in Canada.
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$210,000 car as a track toy, not a bad idea
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seems like it is too much money. skip classes are cheaper and you are in a formal car
I did Skip Barber Formula school when I was a teenager, those cars are SLOW. The instructors you follow drive normal Mazda 3 sedans to give you an idea of how little power we're talking about. It's not like you're in a Formula 1 car or anything exciting.

Compared to that, I'm drooling over the idea of the M4 GT4 experience. I'd love to do it someday.
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It's a non-street legal race car. The equivalent product in the Porsche line up is the 718 GT4 Clubsport Competition (brake bias adjustments, 3 stage dampers, etc...) and that retails for 157,000 EUR, or $190,000.

A street legal M car or Porsche GT car won't last a season's worth of actual racing, and would probably be multiple seconds a lap slower compared to these cars.
Thank you for injecting some intelligence into the conversation

The GT3 RS is a street car. This is a race car. Two completely different things with different prices as well.

If anything, one should question why the people who run dedicated track cars based on street cars, like all the GT3 RS you see at the track, do not run actual race cars like the M4 GT4 or the Porsche Clubsport GT4
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Well there's my Christmas list right there
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Imagine spending $210,000 for a 4 series that has only 6 more HP than the m4 competition....

That being said, it looks pretty sweet, especially compared to the new monstrosity they just released.

The more time I spend here, and looking at these prices constantly increase... The more I feel Porsches are a far better deal.

Can get a 991 911 GT3 RS for LESS...
The GT4 is a little more than a M4C...


https://www.bmw-motorsport.com/conte...8005566778.pdf

The $5 and $10k option looks fun. I wonder how it would translate into an e36 track car, hmmm
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$2700 isn't that bad all things considering. Sounds like a really fun time.
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It's a non-street legal race car. The equivalent product in the Porsche line up is the 718 GT4 Clubsport Competition (brake bias adjustments, 3 stage dampers, etc...) and that retails for 157,000 EUR, or $190,000.

A street legal M car or Porsche GT car won't last a season's worth of actual racing, and would probably be multiple seconds a lap slower compared to these cars.
Another thing to add, I was at a recent M Track day and they had one of these cars out there. Apparently, they can adjust the tuning and power levels of the car based on a 'stick' that they insert in the driver's cabin. If I remember correctly what the BMW instructors said, there were 3 levels, up to 500hp (I think?)

The selling point pitched by the BMW team is that to own and maintain this car, it would cost a fortune as its usually run by race teams. We get to run this while learning and just pay a minimal cost.
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Imagine spending $210,000 for a 4 series that has only 6 more HP than the m4 competition....

That being said, it looks pretty sweet, especially compared to the new monstrosity they just released.

The more time I spend here, and looking at these prices constantly increase... The more I feel Porsches are a far better deal.

Can get a 991 911 GT3 RS for LESS...
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Finally some good M news! You wond beliebve if you see this
and what were the bad news exactly?

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wonder why they didin't do this sooner but great news and badass car
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Power/Torque outputs in the GT4 are directly commensurate with the color of optional PowerStick (inserted into the Scrutineering logger on the console).

There are six power levels starting with no stick up to the mythical black stick. Trust me, these are expensive options. With the appropriate stick, the car is immediately set up with tuning maps that comply with race/series regulations.
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Power/Torque outputs in the GT4 are directly commensurate with the color of optional PowerStick (inserted into the Scrutineering logger on the console).

There are six power levels starting with no stick up to the mythical black stick. Trust me, these are expensive options. With the appropriate stick, the car is immediately set up with tuning maps that comply with race/series regulations.
From Road and Track:
"the M4 is pretty close to the FIA's ideal power-to-weight ratio as-built. To fine-tune that ratio for different series, the car uses "Power Sticks," USB thumb drives that plug into the car to provide five different power levels depending on series rules and regulations. The car is quoted at "above 431 hp" using the red power stick, which is both the lowest level available and the one used for IMSA Continental events. The silver stick, which is next up, is currently used in Pirelli World Challenge. I'll be driving the car with the gold stick, which is the Goldilocks choice. Move all the way up to the top-flight black stick, and you're probably illegal in any series anywhere—but you're also close to 500 horses."

The GT4 is definitely not a run of the mill M4 Comp. If I had the money, I'd own one of these in a heartbeat.
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Power/Torque outputs in the GT4 are directly commensurate with the color of optional PowerStick (inserted into the Scrutineering logger on the console).

There are six power levels starting with no stick up to the mythical black stick. Trust me, these are expensive options. With the appropriate stick, the car is immediately set up with tuning maps that comply with race/series regulations.
Awesome find! Yes, sorry, it was a while back so maybe I got the # of sticks wrong. It was interesting to note that BMW could just adjust the power levels of the car so easily.
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