NFSC Car: 2003 BMW M3 GTR
An E46 GTR came to life on February 2001, powered by a 4000 cm³ V8 producing over 450 bhp. Unlike the straight-six powered M3 versions, which was out paced by the Porsche 996 GT3, the racing version of the E46 M3 GTR V8 was very successful in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), entered by Schnitzer Motorsport. Arch rivals such as Porsche complained as a V8 engine was not available in the road-going BMWs this car was more of a prototype, which is in violation of the spirit of Gran Turismo. In 2001, ALMS regulations stated that cars must be for sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued. In response, BMW put on sale 10 GTRs for 250,000 euros (then $218,000) each, allegedly only available for select customers.In the end, the rules were rewritten to state that 100 cars and 1000 engines must be built for the car to qualify. Although BMW could have raced the V8 with the new weight and power penalties under these new regulations, they chose to pull out of the ALMS, effectively ending the M3 GTR's career.
Model: M3 GTR