BMW returns to DTM
Germany’s equivalent to Australia’s V8 Supercar series is the Deutsche Tournwagen Masters (DTM, German Touring car Masters) and it’s hard- core racing between Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
The above rendering by Jon Sibal, is only an interpretation of what the new DTM car might look like.
BMW hasn’t competed in the series since its departure in 1994 but the Board of Management at BMW AG has made the decision to make a comeback to the action packed series in 2012.
Dr Klaus Draeger, the board member charged with the responsibility for development said,
“The return of BMW to the DTM is a fundamental part of the restructuring of our motorsport activities. With its increased commitment to production car racing, BNMW is returning to its roots. The race track is the perfect place to demonstrate the impressive sporting characteristics of our vehicles against our core competitors in a high-powered environment. The DTM is the ideal stage on which to do this.”
This decision effectively gives a green to BMW’s Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen and his team to push ahead with the development of a high performance vehicle concept for entry in the DTM.
The intention is use the current M3 as basic platform for the DTM car, as this is a vehicle that has always performed well in sports car racing. BMW M3 DTM cars took the series title in 1987 and 1989, while a BMW 635 CSi driven by Volker Strycek won the inaugural year back in 1984.
It’s not like BMW has been away from the track entirely though, with the current M3 GT2 taking out first place in the world’s toughest endurance event this year, the 24 hour race at the Nurburgring.
The return of BMW to the DTM will be music to fans all over the world, as this decision will likely mean more high performance road cars due to the massive development and engineering program which is sure to rub off on to future BMW road cars.