BMW confirms plans to race in top-level tin-top series from 2012
30 April 2010

BMW is planning to return to the DTM German touring car championship from 2012.

BMW hasn't raced in the series for 20 years, but it has announced it is beginning work on a DTM car with a view to entering the championship in two years' time, provided "certain basic requirements" proposed by its board are met by DTM organiser ITR.

BMW last raced in the DTM in 1992, and its return follows its withdrawal from F1 at the end of last year.

BMW has been involved in the shaping of the next-generation DTM technical regulations since August last year, when it formed a Technical Working Group with current entrants Audi and Mercedes to come up with the specification of the cars.

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30 April 2010

[quote Autocar]BMW is planning to return to the DTM German touring car championship from 2012.

BMW hasn't raced in the series for more than 20 years, and has announced it is beginning work on a DTM car with a view to entering the championship in two years' time provided "certain basic requirements" proposed by its board are met by DTM organiser ITR.

BMW last raced in the DTM in 1992, and its return follows its withdrawal from F1 at the end of last year.

BMW has been involved in the shaping...Read the full article[/quote]

Well, at least here's some proof they haven't entirely lost the plot. Still, BMW, come back to F1, please!

30 April 2010

Well why not?, just about every other manufacturer does, it would be very intersting to see what car they'd use, i'd like too see a new 5-series used.

Peter Cavellini.

1 May 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]i'd like too see a new 5-series used.[/quote]

Wish this were sooner, then the E90 3 series with a V8 under the hood could go toe-to-toe with its German A4 and C class rivals.

Anyone know what DTM cars push nowadays. Is it 4 or 500 bhp?

1 May 2010

I've long been a fan of F1, but for me things like the DTM and to a lesser extent the BTCC should and could be way bigger than F1, true global sport, the idea of seeing cars like you or I can buy and drive, stuffed full of high tech and being raced insanely fast by the world's best drivers, not afraid to go wheel to wheel, the brand loyalty and interest could be way higher. There was talk years ago of a silhouette formula with 600+bhp but it came to nothing. Shame!

1 May 2010

[quote benjamino]

I've long been a fan of F1, but for me things like the DTM and to a lesser extent the BTCC should and could be way bigger than F1, true global sport, the idea of seeing cars like you or I can buy and drive, stuffed full of high tech and being raced insanely fast by the world's best drivers, not afraid to go wheel to wheel, the brand loyalty and interest could be way higher. There was talk years ago of a silhouette formula with 600+bhp but it came to nothing. Shame!

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DTM is a bit like NASCAR: the cars LOOK like cars you and I can buy, but, in reality, there's nothing in common whatsoever. It's a silhouette racing series, nothing more.

1 May 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]DTM is a bit like NASCAR: the cars LOOK like cars you and I can buy, but, in reality, there's nothing in common whatsoever. It's a silhouette racing series, nothing more.
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Whats the problem with that DTM cars are amazing to watch and they give the manufacturers the exposure they desire. A WRC or BTCC car shares very little with its road going cousin.

1 May 2010

At least DTM cars are 'proper' cars - 4L 450BHP+ and RWD!! The BTCC cars are nothing by comparison, and FWD doesn't really appeal. The driving standards in the BTCC are a lot to be desired. Barging people out of the ways isn't Motor Racing. The chance to take on their biggest rivals in their home country - the biggest car market in Europe - is too much to resist.

1 May 2010

[quote FriendlyFisherman]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]DTM is a bit like NASCAR: the cars LOOK like cars you and I can buy, but, in reality, there's nothing in common whatsoever. It's a silhouette racing series, nothing more.
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Whats the problem with that DTM cars are amazing to watch and they give the manufacturers the exposure they desire. A WRC or BTCC car shares very little with its road going cousin.

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I didn't say there was a problem. I just corrected a chap who seemed to be under the impression that there was actual parts commonality between a German repmobile and a DTM car.

1 May 2010

[quote AndyRAC]At least DTM cars are 'proper' cars - 4L 450BHP+ and RWD!! The BTCC cars are nothing by comparison, and FWD doesn't really appeal. The driving standards in the BTCC are a lot to be desired. Barging people out of the ways isn't Motor Racing. The chance to take on their biggest rivals in their home country - the biggest car market in Europe - is too much to resist.[/quote]

BTCC is still fun to watch, though. Especially with those RWD BMWs...

1 May 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]

Well why not?, just about every other manufacturer does, it would be very intersting to see what car they'd use, i'd like too see a new 5-series used.

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Actually Peter at the moment the DTM has just two cars; the C-Class and the Audi A4. The series is great, they are proper carbon fibre racing cars which happen to look like family cars. The 3 series would be a fine addition.

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