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People need to open their minds just a little before jumping to conclusions.
- the cars were all sold to teams
- the HP number is obviously arbitrary
- the price is equally arbitrary
Racing support is based on seasonal contracts. For that you get a season worth of support... for a car builder, that means parts, diagnosis, technical support, rebuilds, etc. It's impossible to come to an exact figure on the cost of one car based on this, but the price quoted might not be far off.
You may buy a ferrari for that price, but you won't be getting racing engineers and a complete engine rebuild after each race.
You're comparing cars you an I can actually buy to something which we cannot buy and never could. Even a "cheap" Formula 3 car costs 1-2 million dollars per season to run, but the parts are relatively inexpensive compared to F1, aluminum construction, 4 cyl engine, aerodynamic restrictions, etc. The cost is in the ongoing support of the car and I think BMW's quoted price probably reflects that at least partly.
Also, the original quotes on the GTR specs DID include things engine rebuilds, spare engine, etc.