About the Car
The BMW M8 GTE constructed by German car manufacturer BMW is an endurance grand tourer (GT). It was the first BMW M Motorsport race car. The luxury sports car made its world debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 2018 season. The BMW M Motorsport engineers used the BMW S63T4 as the base engine. The car has a BMW P63/1 V8 twin-turbocharged front 592 hp engine with a Xtrac 6-speed sequential semi-automatic transmission.
RLL Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, is an auto racing team headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana. The co-owners are Bobby Rahal, Indianapolis 500 winner, David Letterman, talk show host, and Mike Lanigan, businessman. The team was established in 1991 as Rahal/Hogan Racing and became BMW Team RLL in 2009.
John Edwards, born in 1991, is an American professional race car driver. He currently drives for BMW Motorsport. He began racing cars at the age of twelve, becoming the youngest open wheel racing driver winning the Daytona International Speedway. At the age of 14 he was the youngest to hold a FIA racing license racing in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and Formula Renault 2.0 Germany.
Jesse Kurki-Suonio, “Jesse Krohn”, born in 1990 is a Finnish professional race car driver. He currently drives for BMW Motorsport since 2018. At the age of six, he began his career in karts and began racing cars in 2005 as a test driver. 2008 was his best year winning three championships and recording ten wins in all.
IMSA, International Motor Sports Association, sanctioned the 2020 TireRack.com Grand Prix at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia in September 2020. It was the 6th round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The overall race was won by Acura Team Penske duo Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor. The BMW M8 GTE driven by John Edwards and Jesse Krohn came in 10th.
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.