BMW M3 GTR is a car of the German car industry. It is a modification of the original BMW M3 E46. There are two versions of BMW M3 GTR car: racing and street. First appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted as a car of GG. Also present in Need for Speed: Carbon, but it is only available at the beginning of the game, as it crashes in the story. It can only be unlocked in a series of fast races through trials. Present in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012), but only in the "NFS Heroes" DLC. Most often found as an application of blue stripes all over the body.
About the car The BMW M3 GTR E46 first competed in the American Le Mans Racing Series in 2000 and won only one race. It has been beaten several times by Porsche 911s.
The newly developed P60b40 V8 engine was quickly installed in the race car before the 2001 season. And the old 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine was ditched because BMW engineers couldn't squeeze more power out of it.
The BMW V8 engine fitted to the GTR in 2001 was developed along with the BMW V10 engine that was used in several Formula 1 cars during the 2001 season. The V8 engine used in racing GTRs had never (at the time) been fitted to road models.
The new engine gave the BMW M3 GTR a competitive advantage over the Porsche 911 GT3-RS and allowed BMW to win seven of the ten GT events in the ALMS during the 2001 season.
During the 2001 season, Porsche claimed that BMW had violated the car's entry rules in ALMS. The claims were based on the design of the V8 engine that BMW had installed in the M3 GTR because it was not launched on road cars.
After the 2001 season ended, BMW produced 10 BMW M3 GTR Street road cars because ALMS rules require that the closest road version of a car that races must be available for purchase on two continents and no later than 12 months after the start of the season.
For the 2002 season, ALMS rules were revised to require a minimum of 100 cars and 1,000 engines to be sold as close to a race car as possible.
The new rules forced BMW to remove the M3 GTR from the next American Le Mans Series racing season. Two Schnitzer Motorsport GTR cars appeared in 2003 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. In 2004 and 2005, they took 1st and 2nd place on the podium, respectively.