BMW Team RLL recently revealed two commemorative 100th anniversary liveries for the new BMW M6 GTLM race cars, with which Bobby Rahal’s team used to compete in the 24 Hours of Daytona in the United States. The race forms the first round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). The No. 25 car sports a look reminiscent of the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, which contested its first season of racing in North America back in 1975 and claimed the first victory in Daytona 40 years ago. The second BMW M6 GTLM will race with the No. 100. To mark BMW’s 100th anniversary this year, its livery looks to the future.
The livery on the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM reflects four icons from throughout the history of BMW Motorsport. The first car was the famous number 25 BMW 3.0 CSL that gave BMW its first major United States race win at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the US in 1975. The second is an image of the BMW M1 from 1980 and 1981. In addition to a successful racing history, the BMW M1 is significant as the first of the sports cars developed independently by BMW Motorsport GmbH.
The third is an image of the successful BMW V12 LMR that won the endurance classics in Le Mans in France and Sebring in 1999. The BMW V12 LMR was without a doubt one of the most advanced sport prototype race cars of its day. Finally, the fourth car depicted is the BMW M3 GT from the 2011-12 seasons, which won every possible title in its class in the 2011 American Le Mans Series.
The No. 100 car features a striking lattice design. It creates a new type of 3D effect with reflective vinyl applied to the white body. Both cars will carry the commemorative liveries throughout the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the 54th edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona.