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People are making fun of BMW’s M8 Le Mans car

Apparently, it’s a little too big for the competition

BMW returned to Le Mans with the new M8 GTE race car. PHOTO FROM BMW

If you watched the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the weekend, then you witnessed a brilliant and deserved victory for Toyota in the LMP1 class and a hard-fought battle in the GT Pro field that was ultimately won by Porsche. But it was what happened in the slipstream of Porsche’s Pink Pig car that caught the attention of many spectators at the track and online. Fighting for position were the Ford GT and one rather large-looking vehicle from Bavaria.

This is an actual screenshot from the race. Notice anything? SCREENSHOT FROM 24 HOURS OF LE MANS

The new BMW M8 GTE performed well, but its seemingly supersized appearance didn’t go unnoticed. When one of the cars went wheel-to-wheel with a Ford GT, everyone could see that the German giant was indeed a bit bigger than the almost-fragile-looking American. This little incident was all it took for the Internet to invent a meme that makes proper fun out of BMW’s decision to send a battleship to Le Mans. Meet #BigM8.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if these images were unedited? IMAGES FROM TWITTER

The BMW does appear to be on the large side—seemingly higher and longer than other GTE-Pro cars—although obviously not as much as the above creative examples suggest. The Ford GT is about 1.09m high, while the M8 measures about 1.21m. Just why the German engineers went against the trend and built a bulkier GT car will probably remain their secret, but at least we got a good meme out of it. So all is well.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.