BMW likes to tout its motor sports pedigree, but since 2011 the German automaker has been absent from one of racing s biggest stages: the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But BMW is planning a comeback.

It will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC , the race series that includes Le Mans, in 2018, and will race in the GTE class for production-based cars.

That means BMW won t compete for an overall Le Mans win, but it will rub fenders with the same cars it competes with in showrooms.

The GTE class includes the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Ferrari 488, and Ford GT which won the class at Le Mans this year .

Using race cars based on road cars makes the class more relevant to fans than the top LMP1 prototype class.

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