The debut of BMW’s M3 DTM Concept Car is scheduled to take place at Munich’s Olympic Stadium next month, according to BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. It will be unveiled at the DTM event on July 16 to 17. Marquardt said that the staging of the event at its “home” is “obviously exciting” for the company.
Marquardt said that it won’t compete in 2011 but the company would still want to take this chance to give fans and followers a preview of what’s to be expected next season.
BMW will base the DTM car on the M3, similar to the BMW racer of the 1980s, which will be shown off beside the concept at BMW Welt after it is unveiled at the Olympic stadium. Choosing the Munich venue for the DTM comeback gives it the opportunity to attract a lot of media attention.
BMW revealed plans about the return of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters last year. Since then, BMW had been working on its design. This car would actually mark the first time that Mercedes and Audi would be involved after 18 years.
Marquadt added that the series is being welcomed to Munich under the motto 'BMW welcomes DTM'. There will be several classic cars built by BMW that will be seen in the support program, such as the Mini Rally Monte Carlo car from the 1960s, the BMW M3 DTM from 1987, and the BMW M1 Procar from 1981.
A racing legend is about to return to the podium coinciding with BMW’s comeback for the upcoming DTM 2012 season. This 4th generation-inspired racing car is equipped with a powerful V8 engine to say the least. Since the previous year, BMW Motorsport has been working extensively to recreate this older version. This, along with BMW’s participation in the next season’s DTM, is truly one big pleasant surprise for all the fans out there.
The sportiest BMW M in the roster inspires none other than the latest edition of the BMW M3 DTM. Back in 1987 and 1992, BMW M3 has reached over 150 podium finishes and won 40 times in the same type of racing event. The upcoming season’s regulations require all vehicles to comply with certain new standards. This is to ensure that the cost for developing a new race car stays within the budget allocation. Categorically speaking, the cost of production for a top motorsport vehicle should be significantly lower.
In spite of these, some engineers working at the BMW Motorsport wanted to use the resources coming from the BMW Group to come up with better technology. (Think aerodynamic system and high performance engine). By applying these two innovations, the new BMW M3 DTM model will have a bigger advantage on the race track.
• V8 engine with air restrictor generating approximately 480 bhp;
• 0-100km/hr acceleration in 3 seconds and speeds up to 300km/ hr
World renowned race car drivers Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx were chosen to drive the said vehicle in the 2012 DTM. As a matter of fact, the duo has already won many titles in their career. They will also be the first men behind the wheels to run for a stringent test-drive in preparation for the said event.
Hailing from the Channel Island of Guersney in Great Britain, Priaulx took home the European Touring for BMW Championship title in 2004. This was succeeded with 3 more World Championship titles around 2005 and 2007. Just this year, he ended up at first place during the 12hour GT race held at Sebring, USA. Priaulx also won in another GT racing category, the 24-hour race held in Nürburgring, Germany back in 2005.
Priaulx believes that the DTM will offer a great challenge for all of them. Over the years, he has won many races driving a BMW, and that is why he has the same expectations for the upcoming DTM 2012. Nevertheless, he was impressed with the new BMW M3 DTM race car and couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel.
As for Farfus, he’s thrilled with the new opportunity that BMW has brought to his driving profession. Not only that, this is also going to be his first time to join the DTM series. And besides, he sees this as a challenge he has always wanted out of life. Farfus also believes that BMW Motorsports is going over and beyond what it can do to put the new BMW M3 in the spotlight.
There will be three teams from the BMW competing for the next year’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). The BMW Team RMG, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team Schnitzer. Drivers assigned for each team will soon be finalised. In the meantime, every member of the team is working closely with one another to develop a spectacular race car.