This coming weekend is the start of the endurance racing season. On January 30th and 31st the 54th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona will take place and BMW Team RLL starts the next chapter in their racing history. Last season they competed using BMW Z4s in the GTLM class, but they are replacing those with BMW M6s.
The twin-turbocharged V8 powered M6 posted the quickest time a few weeks ago at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing. The lap at the three day event was 1:45.06 which gives the team reason to be hopeful of a class victory this weekend.
On November 17th the BMW M6 GTLM will make its U.S. public debut at Daytona. The competition car will get some test runs on the 17th and 18th to help the BMW Team RLL get ready for the 2016 endurance racing season.
The team will be entering two M6 GTLMs in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The BMW has already had testing at Sebring in late October, but Daytona provides the first public testing sessions.
This video is from Fifth Gear and features a track comparison of the BMW M6 and a Porsche 911 Carrera S. Both cars are great in their own right, but the M6 has more available power than the 911. Can the more nimble rear engine sports car overcome the difference in horsepower.
The video shows both cars being driven on the track to see which performs better. The BMW is driven by Nurburgring master Sabine Schmitz, while the Porsche is driven by Tiff Needell. So, it is a battle of both driver and machine. Watch the clip to see which German performance car is faster.
BMW M6, Jaguar XKR-S, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and Porsche 911 Carrera S
Most automotive enthusiast would love an opportunity to drive a Porsche 911 Carrera S, BMW M6, Jaguar XKR-S and Mercedes SL63 AMG along the great roads around Hearst Castle. Well, Car and Driver was able to test these cars on those great windy roads. The test tries to decide which of the performance cars is the best on the road for both a driver’s car and making you feel like you are in the lap of luxury.
This video shows the test of all the cars. The Porsche 911 often walks away with these types of tests and the 991 variant is the best that the German car company has made so far. Will it be able to keep that status or will one of the competitors take over the thrown?
The video is presented by an automotive journalist, but not necessarily someone that would normally be on video. So, don’t expect for a Chris Harris type video, but it is an interesting road test and worth a watch.