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About the basic problems of GT sport: what is GT and what is not?

About the basic problems of GT racing
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D he forums are overflowing, experts express surprise, and our readers shake their heads. Tenor: 'Another heavy chunk that doesn't really belong here.' It's about the new GT3 car from BMW. First problem: BMW doesn't have a classic GT car, which we would now like to define as a two-seater sports coupé, while (almost) all opponents meet this definition. It doesn't matter, BMW just wants to get involved in GT racing. Let the question be allowed: Why does GT-Sport have to atone for the fact that BMW pinches when it comes to pure sports cars and prefers to transfer the investment as profit to the shareholders?

BMW M6 does not belong in GT racing

The second problem: Because BMW does not have a GT road car, a vehicle has to be used for GT racing that actually does not belong there : The M6 ​​has gigantic dimensions and a base weight that is far too high - like the Bentley Continental GT3, which also doesn't fit into the GT class. In GT racing, 21 vehicles are homologated worldwide, all of which are two-seater sports coupés that can be visually identified as such - only Bentley and BMW don't fit in.

Why are they registered at all? A good question that nobody wants to answer clearly. The GT-Sport pays the bill with nonsensical balancing acts: In the GT3 class, the upper weight limit has to be raised to 1,300 kilos in order to accommodate the wackmen. What a nonsense! The manufacturers in question have to pack between 1,000 (Bentley) and 7.00 kilos when converting from a street car to a racing car in order to advertise their image. What nonsense!

Viper with V10 engine in GTE class

But not only for BMW and Bentley, in GT-Sport extra sausages are fried that don't even belong on the grill. The engine is also sinned in several ways: First, an eight-liter V10 was allowed for the Viper in the GTE class, which the regulations do not allow.

The Americans had barely reached their destination (USC- Title in America), they evaporated again - and all opponents stood there like lacquer monkeys. This was followed by the next sin, you don't learn: In the GT3 class, Viper can again compete with the archaic V10, which cannot be slowed down, no matter what you do. The Americans promptly win the GTD class at the 24h race in Daytona. There is no in the GT3 regulationsDisplacement limit defined - another clear mistake!

The next torpedo is already in the shaft and could blow up the whole GT sport: the approval of turbo engines in both GT classes - and without a restrictor. According to experts, a big mistake, because the control of the engine power - one is ashamed to say: of course! - The most important thing in motorsport is to balance different concepts. So far, the FIA ​​and ACO have not been able to plausibly explain how they want to control the performance of turbo engines without a restrictor

The special case of Porsche should be mentioned in passing, the Swabians also have two concerns: rear-engined cars are no longer competitive with mid-engine or front-mid-engine concepts, period. Second, it doesn't help if you compete with the smallest engine in the entire GT spectrum.

The solutions to GT problems are obvious: only real sports cars may be allowed, no sports blenders Platform derivatives. The approval of the GT car must be regulated by the size and weight of the road car; we urgently need benchmarks. Secondly, GT-Sport requires a displacement limit and thirdly, a functioning control of engine power, especially for the turbos. At the moment this is still the restrictor. I can adapt the GT regulations in four minutes - who else?


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