BMW and Audi have released details of the racing cars they plan to enter into the 2012 season of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) German touring car championship.
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BMW unveiled its all-new BMW M3 DTM Concept Car at the company's headquarters in Munich. The new M3 DTM will mark BMW's return to the championship after a 20-year absence. The M3 DTM Concept showcases an all-new body and a V8 engine producing around 353kW of power. Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Dr Klaus Draeger, said at the unveiling,

“Next year, BMW returns to the DTM after two decades. We will be facing our main competitors in the premium sector and are already looking forward to this challenge. The DTM comeback sees BMW return to its roots."

Meanwhile, Audi has released a rendering of what its new 2012 Audi A5 DTM car will look like. This will be the first time Audi has stepped away from basing its DTM cars on an Audi A4. Audi has said that although these renderings are based on the outgoing Audi A5 shape, the actual race car will adopt the 2012 Audi A5 style.

Audi says the new car will feature a full carbon fibre monocoque platform with an integrated roll cage system allowing the new car to be the safest yet. Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport, recently said,

"Our engineers have been involved in bringing up safety in the DTM, which had already been high before, to the highest possible level. At higher speed, lower deceleration is specified in order to protect the driver even better than before."

Audi says the full version will be revealed at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September.