ALPINA returns to Racing - Daytona Classic 24hr race

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ALPINA returns to Racing - Daytona Classic 24hr race

Post by neil » Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:14 pm

Quester/Bovensiepen to race the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 in Daytona

From November 11-15, 2015, the second Classic 24 hour race will take place at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. This year, a BMW ALPINA will join the competition. This year is the second time this long-distance race for historic race cars, from model year 1962 and up, will be held, with approximately 300 participants expected to the event.

Dieter Quester, whose accolades include the 1977 champion’s title in the European Touring Car Championship driving the Gösser BMW ALPINA CSL, will use this opportunity to take the wheel of a BMW ALPINA again, after many years. This time, it will be the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3, winner of the ADAC GT Masters 2011, which he will pilot together with Andy Bovensiepen. Daytona novice Bovensiepen feels well prepared for the longdistance race, with an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 1998 and two victories in the B6 GT3 (Dijon 2014) under his belt.

Red Bull could be won as a sponsor for the race. The USA are a key market, both for Red Bull and for ALPINA.

Duller Motorsport will deploy the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 in cooperation with ALPINA. This is a good omen for Quester, who has been able to win various long-distance races around the globe for Duller. This time, the competition will include renowned pilots, such
as Jochen Mass, Andy Wallace, Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman, Bobby Rahal, Arturo Merzario, Derek Bell and Danny Sullivan. “It’s going to be an exciting race, since our GT3 will have to compete against LMP1 and LMP2 cars as well as with Daytona prototypes.
"I am greatly excited about this race – the atmosphere at the high speed oval is great, especially during the night turn“, says Quester.

Andreas Bovensiepen is confident: “With the ALPINA B6 GT3, we will bring a fast car to the race.” After all, the race car from Germany’s Allgäu region has been active in racing internationally since 2009, garnering 26 victories so far. In Daytona, the B6 GT3 will debut in a historic race. The B6 GT3 will race in the GT class, model years 2003 and up.

For more information, please visit www.classic24hour.com

TECHNICAL DATA BMW ALPINA B6 GT3

Race car compliant with FIA GT3 regulations
Engine: 90° V8 naturally aspired
Capacity: 4941 cm³
Max output: 570 hp
Torque: 530 Nm
Performance data: 0-100 km/h in 3.9 s, Top speed 285 km/h
Transmission: Sequential Xtrac 6 speed transmission
Rear axle drive with Drexler differential lock
Weight: 1,230 kg
Tyres: Michelin, 30/68-18 in front, 31/71-18 in rear
Suspension: KW
Brakes: Performance Friction
Fuel tank capacity: 120 litres
Purchase price: EUR 300,000 (+ VAT)

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Post by neil » Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:43 pm

One thing I noticed is the quoted HP has risen from 530 to 570 since it was last stated.

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Post by KevinB10 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:34 pm

Looks very impressive. :)

Although it does seem strange not being green !

Something to look forward to next month.
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Post by Paulb » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:41 pm

Have you seen the line up for the race - looks really nice, although a little top heavy with Porches!

Group E also seems the fastest of the bunch, will be good to see some of the action if it's covered by TV at all?
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Post by ALPB1033 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:12 am

The engine isn't the 4.4l supercharged but 5.0l natural aspired instead.

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Post by dodgyken » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:08 am

neil wrote:One thing I noticed is the quoted HP has risen from 530 to 570 since it was last stated.
BOP!!!!

For the Blancpain Endurance Series the BOP is very closely monitored and can see changes made between sessions if the organisers feel a particular car is getting too quick. Many cars run in detuned modes with engines maps designed for a more rounded performance and driveability than out and out punch. The Emil Frey Racing GT3 Jaguar for example had a massive overhaul by Mario Illien adding around 100ps to its headline performance - but by the time it was out on track for the BOP it had been dialed back substantially to ensure no extra weight AND a better overall power curve.

My guess is the 530ps number was the BOP number and the 570ps is the "uncorked" number.
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Post by neil » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:15 am

dodgyken wrote:
neil wrote:One thing I noticed is the quoted HP has risen from 530 to 570 since it was last stated.
BOP!!!!

For the Blancpain Endurance Series the BOP is very closely monitored and can see changes made between sessions if the organisers feel a particular car is getting too quick. Many cars run in detuned modes with engines maps designed for a more rounded performance and driveability than out and out punch. The Emil Frey Racing GT3 Jaguar for example had a massive overhaul by Mario Illien adding around 100ps to its headline performance - but by the time it was out on track for the BOP it had been dialed back substantially to ensure no extra weight AND a better overall power curve.

My guess is the 530ps number was the BOP number and the 570ps is the "uncorked" number.
Yep I tend to agree - I know they were always restricting airflow to keep it within the limits. The weight penalties were cumulative too so if you won more than race in a row the weight kept going up..

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Post by neil » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:16 am

ALPB1033 wrote:The engine isn't the 4.4l supercharged but 5.0l natural aspired instead.
Indeed they swapped to the 5.0-litre dry sump midway through the rime it was racing

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Post by neil » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:59 pm

Just been checking whether we'd have any chance of seeing any of the action. It appears the only UK media attending is Goodwood and there are no plans for live streaming according to the organisers.

If anyone finds anything let me know.

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Post by neil » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:00 pm

ALPINA tweeted earlier the following

9th overall and 1st in class in Practice 1

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Post by ALPB1033 » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:04 am

Even faster than the E-4 group Audi R8. :D :D :D Glad to see that and keep us up to date. :) Thanks!

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Post by neil » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:42 pm

I've been looking for the results - they have now been posted:

http://www.classic24hour.com/results/E_ ... ESULTS.pdf

16th overall and 3rd in class ...

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Post by Paulb » Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:59 pm

I see they changed the class from E5 to E4.
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Post by neil » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:58 pm

Bit of a write up (but not much detail)

Group E – 2003 to 2012: This group let ALMS and Le Mans prototypes that couldn’t race at Daytona in their day a chance to take to the high banks. Two Audi R8s, a pair of Pescarolo 01 LMPs and a Porsche RS Spyder highlighted the group that also included three Oreca FLM09s and several different Daytona Prototypes. GT cars were plentiful too and included several Porsche 996, 997 and 991 models, two LMS Audi R8s and a Camaro, Ferrari F430 and Nissan GTR. Another entry not frequently seen was the BMW Alpina B6 GT3.

Doug Smith and Butch Leitzinger took the win in the No. 38 2005 Audi R8 LMP for the second year in the row. The Audi edged the No. 18 2007 Pescarolo Judd of David Porter who was second overall and runner-up in the E-1 class. Another 2007 Pescarolo Judd, the No. 16 machine of Chris Carel and Christophe Tinseau, finished third overall and in the E-1 class.

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