About the Car
The BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW M Motorsport race car. The GTE sports car ran it first race at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018. The luxury sports car made its world debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a few months later. The BMW M Motorsport engineers used the BMW S63T4 as the base engine. It is a V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The Six Hours of Watkins Glen started in 1948 and is a sports car endurance race held in Watkins Glen, New York on a 6.6-mile course. It started out being 8-laps for 52.8-mile race. In 1968 the race expanded to 6 hours. The track went through bankruptcy and did not race in 1982. In 1984 the track reopened and returned as an event for IMSA Camel GT Championship. Over the next several years it was shortened to 500 km from 500 miles. Races were held every year until 2020 due to COVID.
About the Brand
BMW is a German multinational company, founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines. BMW
produces luxury vehicles and motorcycles. Its headquarters are in Germany’s capital, Munich,
and supplies the vehicles worldwide. A major emphasis of BMW is based on product innovation and
development, and quality and reliability.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.