BMW V12 LM98 n.18
The BMW V12 LM98 is the prototype of the german manufacturer that participated in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1999. BMW in collaboration with Williams designed this car, which debuted at Le Mans in 1998, the main features were the uncovered cockpit and aerodynamics with very simple lines to minimize the impact on travel. Steve Soper, Thomas Bscher and Bill Auberlen at the wheel of the BMW V12 LM98 n.18 finished fifth at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1999 with a gap of twenty laps to winners.
The race was won by Pierluigi Martini, Yannik Dalmas, Joachim Winkelhock with the BMW V12 LMR n.15, second Ukyo Katayama, Toshio Suzuki, Kelichi Tsuchiya with the Toyota GT-One n.3 while third Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biella, Didier Theys with the Audi R8R n.8.
After the unlucky season of 1998, and the redemption of the following year, BMW decided to retire.
BMW V12 LM98
Designed: Patrick Head
Composite fibre construction made of carbon fibres with a honeycomb
Length: 4650 mm
Width: 2000 mm
Height: 1020 mm
Suspension front: Double wishbones, push-rod actuated coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Suspension rear: Double wishbones, push-rod actuated coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes: Carbon ceramic discs, all-round
BMW S70/3 5990 cc V12 a 60°
Power: 410 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: X-Trac six speed sequential manual.
Tank Capacity: 90 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol
Fifth in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1999 with drivers Steve Soper, Thomas Bscher, Bill Auberlen
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