Hankook is the exclusive tyre partner of the TCR and GT4 classes at the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race at the Nürburgring. The premium tyre maker will be equipping the two promising vehicle classes with Ventus Race tyres in all the necessary dimensions, all available in a slick and wet version, at the 24-hour classic in the Eifel region of Germany.
BMW will also be unveiling its new customer racing car, the new M4 GT4, in its motorsport livery for the first time. The Munich-based manufacturer will also launch global sales of the new car at the weekend. Initially limited to 80 cars, the new model will, like the racing car in action at the Nürburgring, be equipped exclusively with the Hankook Ventus Race tyre.
When the drivers compete for places on the legendary Nordschleife from May 25-28, Hankook will be in the thick of it. As the exclusive supplier, tyre maker Hankook will be providing the new TCR and GT4 classes with premium-quality slicks and wet-weather tyres. The GT4 and TCR classes competing in this season’s VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, which got underway with the first of nine races on 25th March, are also fitted exclusively with Hankook racing tyres.
One of the highlights of the weekend at the Nürburgring will be the race debut of the new BMW M4 GT4, which will also be exclusively equipped with Hankook racing tyres. In addition, the customer racing version of the new car will also go on sale for the first time this weekend – again, exclusively equipped with premium Hankook racing tyres. Hankook is thus consistently expanding its commitment to international motor racing.
Over the past few months, the BMW M4 GT4 has been tested by a host of BMW works, Junior and customer racing drivers on different circuits and under a wide range of different conditions. The purpose of this testing was to adapt all the technical applications, such as the DSC stability system and ABS, to meet the demands of motor racing in as much detail as possible. The car has already proven its reliability and performance in races on the Nordschleife and at the 24 Hours of Dubai.
The outing at the Nürburgring 24 Hours is the next tough test in the development of the BMW M4 GT4. Dirk Adorf, BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard and Jörg Weidinger, test and development engineer at BMW M GmbH, will use the endurance classic to gain more valuable knowledge about the new car. They will race at the Nürburgring 24 Hours alongside British motorsport journalist Jethro Bovingdon in the BMW M4 GT4 media car, which will run on Hankook tyres.
“The start of the sales phase represents the achievement of a further milestone with the BMW M4 GT4,” says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“We look forward to seeing the vehicle racing successfully in the hands of our customer racing teams in 2018. We are relying on Hankook performance and expertise here, too. We are offering our customers a sophisticated and reliable GT4 car, which incorporates all of BMW Motorsport’s expertise, coupled with the strong basis provided by the BMW M4 Coupé,’’ he added.
‘’The development of the BMW M4 GT4 focussed on mileage, cost efficiency and ease of maintenance,”
explains Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe.
“In addition, we are pleased that our cooperation with BMW Motorsport is not restricted to the DTM alone, but that the new BMW M4 GT4 project has allowed us to join the world of BMW customer racing as well.”