The BMW M8 GTE gives us a look at the next generation of BMW's racecar. 

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BMW claims that there's a good deal of production 8 Series design language in the M8 GTE. 

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If you take a close look at the headlights, taillights and roof, you'll be seeing them again very soon.

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It takes the lines of the 8 Series and exaggerates them with wild carbon fiber body panels and a honkin' wing out back.

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Thanks to all that carbon fiber, the M8 GTE weighs just 2,689 pounds.

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That's only about 300 pounds heavier than a new Mazda MX-5.

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Under the hood of the M8 GTE is a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 that's restricted to approximately 500 horsepower.

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A six-speed sequential racing transmission sends all that power to the rear wheels.

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It will participate in the next season of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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Yes, that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

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