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      06-16-2010, 05:08 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by drivendriver View Post
Very interesting article.

However, according to SpeedTV, this part is not entirely accurate:

The suspension layout is supposed to remain stock, but BMW caught a break from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO)—it sets the Le Mans (and ALMS) rules— because its strut front and multilink rear setup would have been uncompetitive against rivals that have control-arm suspensions. Hence the M3 GT has specially fabricated control arms at all four corners.

According to SpeedTV, the cars that ran at Le Mans were somewhat different from the ALMS cars. In particular, they had the front strut/rear multilink suspension instead of the ALMS double-wishbone suspension. When asked whether this was true, M. Theissen dodged the question.
Yes the rear suspension is different. In fact, I think it was different at the the French le Mans as opposed to the 24hr Nurgburgring....that's part of what got them in trouble. This is what I understood from the interview of the M Director (Dr. M. Thiessen) during the 24 hr French le Mans. You would think they would know the regulations well in advance to prepare/test the car?

Last edited by erio; 06-16-2010 at 06:16 PM.