The Concept 8-Series’ appearance will also give race fans a chance to check out its track potential. As well as a full-on M8 road car there will be an M8 GTE endurance version for both European GT racing and the IMSA series in the US, with a debut likely at the Daytona 24 Hours in late January 2018. There’s even an entry promised for Le Mans in 2018 – BMW’s first in seven years.
Also on show in the Stable Yard will be the latest BMW Art Car, the 19th in the series and this time a colourful take on the BMW M6 GTLM race car by American conceptual artist, John Baldessari.
Bimmers in action on the hill this year are headlined by the new M4 CS, latest in a distinguished line of M car special editions that began in the ‘80s with the E30 M3 Evolution. With a 7min 38sec Nordschleife time under its belt already, the lightweight CS will be driven in the Supercar Shootout by double British Touring Car Champion driver Colin Turkington along with BMW WSR teammates Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan, and television presenter and ex-racing driver, Tiff Needell.