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BMW 1 M Coupe V8 Race Car by GC Automobile [w/ video]

Source: Jonsibal.com | Published: Fri Dec 09, 2011

GC Automobile is a professional French racing team which designs, builds and races silhouette race cars. Led by Team Manager Sedrick Viranaiken, their latest race car is the GC10-V8.

The GC10-V8 body started with a standard BMW 1 M Coupe exterior design but was then modified and redesign with a very aggressive body work featuring composite wide fender flares.

Although it looks like the limited edition BMW 1 M Coupe on steroids from the outside, the GC10-V8 employs a tubular frame chassis typical of Silhouette cars that meets the FIA standards.

Everything about the GC10-V8 is functional including the roof scoop which directs air into the intake of the race car's Chevrolet V8 engine tuned to produce a maximum output of 550 hp.

The wide fenders are filled up by a set of 18-inch wheels with suspension handled by a 3-way OHLINS suspension system.

GC Automobile is currently looking for drivers in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Dunlop 24-Hour of Dubai. They finished 2nd in class and 17th overall last year with a less powerful car. They are very confident that their brand new and very reliable GC10-V8 race car, set up perfectly for this grueling endurance race, is tuned to improve upon their previous record.

The short video clip below shows the GC10-V8 in one of its first outing at the 4-hour VdeV Endurance race in Nogaro circuit in Southwest France. You can hear that unmistakably American V8 towards the end of the video as the car takes off.

Source: http://jonsibal.com/blog/2011/12/gc-automobile-bmw-1m/

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