Friday Photo – Raw and naked six

Although certain race car liveries are truly iconic, there’s one thing that can beat them all. The sight of a box-fresh racer, completely unfettered and free from sponsorship or branding. Just like this new BMW M6 GTLM.

©2015, Sam CobbSet to race in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ferocious looking M6 GTLMs of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will make their debut in a three-day test session at Daytona Speedway this weekend. More importantly, they’ll be running in bare carbon fibre, as pictured here.

©2015, Sam Cobb

You can even see the weave!

Personally, we’d just run with them that way all season. However, as 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bavarian Motor Works, the German firm plans to launch a special commemorative livery before the Rolex 24 hours at the end of the month. One car this year will wear the number 100 – in honour of that centenary, obviously – whilst the second car retains the number 25. Why 25, you ask? Well, that’s the number which was worn by the BMW 3.0 CSL that raced in the USA back in 1975 – the first season the marque did so.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have a pretty decent history in US sportscar racing, having taken 13 wins and 57 podium finishes with the BMW brand since 2009. They were also responsible for refurbishing EngageSportMode’s beloved E46 BMW M3 GTR last year, so they’re alright in our book.

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