Apart from Japan’s Super GT, another interesting touring car racing series to look at is the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, also known as the DTM or German Touring Masters. This touring car series features super saloons from Germany, competing on race circuits in Germany, England, Spain and Belgium. It has been a tight two horse race between V8 super saloons of Mercedes Benz and Audi, featuring some of the best drivers in Europe. Last year’s series champion was Paul DiResta who is currently making his Formula One debut with Force India this year.
The Official Logo of BMW entry in DTM
You may be wondering if there’s a particular German marque that is missing in DTM. BMW perhaps? Due to some complicated reasons, BMW was not in DTM for 20 years. That is until now, when BMW has decided to return to DTM in 2012 with the BMW M3 as a 2012 contender.
The car will be built to the championship’s all-new, low-cost technical regulations, and will be spreadheaded by former BMW WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) factory drivers Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. Three teams, from long-term partner outfits RBM and Schnitzer plus new squad Team RMG, will be fielding a total of six cars to compete with Audi and Mercedes in the DTM series. The M3 is believed to able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in around 3 secs, with a top speed of 300 km/h through its 480bhp V8 competition motor equipped with an air restrictor. That is almost GT500 spec in Super GT standards.
BMW M3 2012 DTM Challenger
The following are the technical specs as well as some images of the car. There’s also a video on the bottom for your viewing pleasure.
Length: 4,775mm (without rear wing)
Height: approx. 1,200mm
Chassis/Bodywork: CFRP monocoque with steel roll cage structure
Transmission: Sequential 6-speed gearbox
Engine type: Eight-cylinder V engine
Max. power output: approx. 480bhp (with air restrictor as per regulations)