GTE (E for “endurance”) is for limited-edition GT cars, at least 100 examples of which must have been produced for homologation; examples are Aston Martin GT, Ferrari 458, Porsche 911 RSR, BMW Z4, etc. The class tends to be a draw for manufacturer-backed teams.
GTC cars must be closer to production specifications. The class draws heavily on the FIA GT3 regulations for homologated cars. The class also is intended primarily for amateur drivers.
The ELMS preseason entry list shows nine entries in the LM-GTE and six in the GTC categories.
In recent years, Dunlop noted it has been competitive “open competition” GT racing as partners to the winners of the 2010 and 2013 Nürburgring 24 hours, 2010 and 2011 American LeMans Series GT2 class and 2012 European LeMans Series Champions.