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After initially revealing its new M4 DTM race car for 2014, BMW has now announced half of its roster of teams competing this season.
As part of an agreement with Grand-Am and IMSA, Germany’s impressive DTM racers will be lining up on the starting grid as soon as 2015. Continue Reading…
After 52 grueling laps at Lausitz, Canadian Bruno Spengler was able to turn his pole position into BMW’s first DTM win in almost 20 years. As icing on the cake, it marked BMW’s 50th victory in the long-storied championship series.
Second place went to German automaker rival Mercedes-Benz, while BMW also took the third spot on the podium thanks to the driving of Augusto Farfus. While Audi is celebrating its success for its R18 Ultra and e-tron quattro race cars, its DTM campaign at Lausitz saw a fifth place finish by Mattias Ekstrom.
“Our strong comeback weekend in Hockenheim, then yesterday the first pole position and now – in the second race – even our first win in the new DTM-era. That’s amazing, simply amazing, absolutely amazing,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.
The fearsome Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is going to be taking on an arguably tamer role than its used to. Instead of laying rubber on a track, it will be the official safety car of this season’s DTM Season.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe DTM Safety Car
Details are limited on the new race car as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have all been testing in top-secret conditions for the past several weeks. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said, “More than ever before, even the minutest detail will count this year in DTM. Obviously you want to keep the things you’ve worked out over the past few months under wraps for as long as possible.”
So far, we do know that Audi has submitted its relevant design drawings, CAD data, descriptions and photographs to Deuscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB), all of which have been approved for homologation yesterday, March 1.
For the new DTM racing season, regulations have imposed further restrictions on aerodynamics to shake up the playing field. Despite the rule changes, Audi has consistently come out as the trendsetter in racing innovations for the past couple of years. No doubt, the Audi engineers still believe they’ve delivered some interesting ideas into their new A5 race car.
As of now, a released image of a camouflaged A5 DTM have effectively disguised new aero elements but some changes can still be identified. LED daytime running lights from a production A5, a single-frame radiator grill, air intakes, and the canards on the side dominate the front end. Heat extracting vents can also be seen on the hood. If squinting hard enough, one would notice the complex aero management across the lower third of the vehicle flanks. Finally, the rear section shows a tall swan-neck spoiler as well as a massive diffuser stretching out.
According to Audi factory driver Filipe Albuquerque, the new changes resulted to dramatic improvements. “I expected quite a bit of it, but I wouldn’t have thought that the step would be so big. Particularly in fast turns, the new A5 DTM handles like a formula car. Truly fascinating! I think I’d have to readjust quite a bit if I switched back to the old A4 DTM.”
The days that remain before the Hockenheim season opener will be dedicated to fine-tuning the A5 DTM and maximizing its racing potential. Look for it testing at Valencia from March 20 to 22 before the Hockenheimring event on April 29, 2012.
Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg helped Mercedes-Benz take the wraps off their new competitor for the German DTM touring car series, based on the Mercedes-Benz C-Coupe.
Mercedes claims that the C-Class is DTM’s most successful entry, with 84 victories in 156 races and five driver’s titles. DTM is thought to be one of the premiere sports car series in the world, with drivers regularly moving on to Le Mans or prestigious open wheel racing series after their stints.
Gallery: DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe
We are already highly anticipating Michael Schumacher’s unveiling of the DTM AMG C Coupe at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show but now Mercedes has teased us with a video of the new car. Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett gives us some comments about the new machine in the video, building even more suspense to see how Mercedes will compete against BMW‘s DTM racer and Audi‘s A5.
The official unveiling will take place on September 13th, 2011 with Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Gary Paffett, Mercedes-Benz Motorsports chief Norbert Haug and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche taking center stage. The 2012 DTM season is shaping up to be one of the best, and we’re highly anticipating news of a race series to bring the DTM machines over to America.
Check out the video after the break.
There’s no better way to get a rise out of the jaded automotive media and ensure a spot on the local network newscast than to have a genuine professional racing star introduce your new car at an auto show. And that’s just what Mercedes intends to do at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week, with the new DTM race car being revealed by none-other than 7-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. Oh, and teammate Nico Rosber (who’s actually out-performing old-man Schumie this year) will be there too.
Based on the new C-Class Coupe, the car will continue to be an excellent branding exercise for Mercedes-Benz, while sharing nothing but its roof with the production car.
“The IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), the world’s most important show for the automotive industry, is the perfect setting for the première of our new 2012 DTM car,” said Schumacher.
“This new-generation vehicle, based on our Mercedes-Benz C- Coupé, will mark the introduction of an even more spectacular racing car from the start of 2012,” said Norbert Haug, the head of Merc’s motorsports division. “I am certain that the spectators will get their money’s worth from the three-way fight between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the DTM next year.”
To see all the photos of the car, visit AutoGuide’s Frankfurt Auto Show coverage page starting September 13th.
BMW has unveiled the M3 DTM, a high performance race car that will compete in the 2012 DTM (German Touring Car) series. The M3 debuted at BMW Welt in Munich, and is a very exciting event after a two decade absence of BMW at DTM. Between 1987 and 1992, the M3 won 40 race and had over 150 podium finishes in Germany’s premier tin-top series.
This race car features a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic monocoque (CFRP) with a steel roll cage, a six-speed sequential gearbox, and a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8. The M3 produces 480-hp and is capable of achieving a 0-62 mph time in three seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.
Three teams will race M3s in next year’s DTM series including BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG. “It is good to see how our DTM project is picking up speed,” explained BMW’s director of development Dr Klaus Draeger. “Next yea, 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.”
Check out the videos after the jump!
BMW has already made the 2012 DTM season interesting, and now Audi is joining in on the fun by releasing several renderings of its upcoming A5 DTM race car. The two-door coupe will be the successor to Audi’s highly successful A4 DTM racer and will utilize the upcoming 2012 A5 refresh as its foundation.
Similar to all of the 2012 DTM race cars that will be campaigning the season, Audi’s A5 will feature a high-strength, carbon fiber monocoque combined with a steel tube cage. Audi is also putting a lot of focus into the safety of their vehicle, clearly knowing that accidents do happen in racing.
The first prototype of the Audi A5 DTM – internally named R17 – is currently being built at Audi Sport Ingolstadt with its debut just around the corner at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September. It will be powered by a V8 engine with around 460-hp, adopted from their successful A4 race program.
GALLERY: Audi A5 DTM Concept Renders
BMW has taken the cover off its jaw-dropping M3 DTM Concept Car, giving us a taste of what will hit the track in the upcoming 2012 DTM season. Even though the German automaker has announced that the looks of the car will most likely change considerably leading up to its first race, we hope they retain the general idea: an amazing badass race car.
BMW’s return to the DTM racing season will be with a CFRP monococque chassis with steel roll cage, a 6-speed sequential gearbox mated to a V8 engine with approximately 480-bhp.
Between 1987-1992, BMW’s M3 had over 150 podium finishes in the series and had no less than 40 wins. Confirmed drivers for BMW’s 2012 DTM season include Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus, both of which have impressive resumes in touring car and GT racing.
Three teams will be driving on BMW’s behalf next season: BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG. All three teams are working with BMW to fine-tune the M3 DTM race car along with their partners and sponsors which include Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Deutsche Post AG, Castrol Edge, H&R, SONAX, ZF Sachs and Sympatex.
The M3 DTM Concept Car is currently on display at BMW Welt as part of the DTM event in the Olympic Stadium.
GALLERY: BMW M3 DTM Concept Car
BMW will unveil its M3 DTM car next month to compete in next year’s DTM touring car race series. The Bavarian automaker has not competed in the series for 18 years but feels its car will pack a serious punch.
BMW has recently been with the DTM umbrella organization ITR e. V. and other manufacturers including Audi and Mercedes-Benz on issues regarding technical regulations, and taking DTM to a global audience.
BMW has been working on the M3 DTM since it announced a comeback in the series last October and has been a success so far. The car is expected to be tested in the next few months.
[Source: Motor Authority]
The Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG has become DTM’s official safety car for the 2011 season and will debut May 1st at the opening race of the German Touring Car Masters season. The C 63 AMG will be slightly modified from its factory counterparts in order to meet the demands of being a DTM safety car and will give driver Jurgen Kastenholz a little more fun behind the wheel.
The DTM C 63 AMG is powered by a 6.3L V8 AMG-tuned powerplant that pushes out 487-hp, 30-hp more than the standard C 63 AMG thanks to AMG’s additional Performance Package that is available to the public. AMG also outfits the C 63 with a plethora of technology from the SLS AMG including short block components. Distinguishing features include a variable intake manifold in titanium grey and AMG’s high performance braking system.
Mated to the powerplant is AMG’s Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission. Adjustable coilovers gives the C 63 AMG all the handling capabilities it needs while a set of lightweight AMG wheels in 19-inch sizing keeps it nice and sticky on the track.
And to make sure you’re aware of which vehicle is the DTM safety car, the C 63 AMG features DTM Safety Car logos, an LED light bar on the roof and LED flashing lights in the front and the rear. The interior of the car is equipped with a radio system and TV monitor while AMG sports bucket seats with four-point harnesses provides plenty of support for driver and passenger.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: C63 AMG DTM Safety Car
After days of back-and-forth rumors concerning the arrival of DTM touring car racing in the United States, the series debut in the United States has been confirmed for 2013, in partnership with NASCAR and GRAND-AM sports car racing.
The announcement comes as BMW also stated that they plan to return to DTM in 2012, giving them a year to prepare for the North American stage. While some feared that the arrival of DTM would steal the spotlight away from GRAND-AM, a well-regarded series that has suffered from a traditional lack of interest in road racing, some team owners, including Chip Ganassi, expressed hope that it would bring in more manufacturer support to GRAND-AM.
Others have suggested that DTM would give NASCAR a way to bring their Sprint Cup series to Europe, where oval track stock car racing is not as firmly established.
[Source: Speed TV]
The German DTM Touring Car series is looking to make a foray into North America sometime around 2013, with a possible partnership involving NASCAR and Grand-Am.
In an interview with Autosport, the head of DTM’s promotion arm, Hans Werner Aufrecht said “In America, we are working with the NASCAR organisation. Beginning in 2013, we hope to have a championship with 12 races in the United States. They will be six with Grand-Am and six with NASCAR events, for a standalone championship in America. I believe this is very, very good for the future of motorsport in the United States.”
The timing of the races will coincide with the new generation of DTM cars, which will see technical regulations between DTM and the Japanese SuperGT series become standardized.
BMW fans, it’s time to get your blue, purple and red flags ready because your favorite German automaker has just announced its return to the DTM series for 2012. BMW and the DTM series made the announcement at this weekends’s race at the Hockenheimring, marking the return of BMW to the series after a lengthy 18 year absence. The timing couldn’t be better either with only two other automakers (Mercedes and Audi) currently competing in the notoriously fender-crunching competition.
The M3 will form the basis of BMW’s entry into the series and you can be sure BMW will field a long list of factory cars with privateer teams lining up to get a piece of the BMW race cars. We also expect BMW to bring out the very best drivers from their motorsports program.
2012… we can’t wait!
Official release after the jump:
Today’s generation of automotive enthusiasts are treated with “The New DTM” that started in 2000 and onwards. But prior to that, DTM racing was much more than just uber-expensive Audis and Mercedes-Benzes that we see today. Short for Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (pre 2000), German touring car racing has truly evolved over the years. It’s now known as Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, and while it’s just merely a technicality, DTM as a whole has seen more than just a one word change.
Flashing back and checking out this ridiculously awesome video really reminds us of the golden years of DTM racing. Back when BMW and Mercedes-Benz really fought it out on the track to determine who had the better vehicle. And these were your (now) classic BMW E30 M3s and Mercedes-Benz 190 Es that were true enthusiast vehicles. The drivers took risks, and the cars weren’t built on pure science and technology. Sparks flew, tires hopped and and even a little sideways action was mixed in.
As exciting as racing is today, there’s just something tragic about watching it and then checking out a video like this. Good times have certainly passed, we only wish Audi was more in the fray during those golden years.
Check out the video after the break.
If you thought MINI’s challenge to Porsche was a bold move, then get a load of this. Legendary racer Hans-Joachim Stuck has challenged two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider to a one lap race of the Nurburgring. Scheider will be piloting his Audi A4 DTM race car and Stuck will be driving… a MAN race truck?
Yup, while racing trucks has never caught on on this side of the Atlantic, it’s growing in popularity over in Europe. But don’t think this will be an equal fight, with Scheider prepared to give Stuck a 10 second lead.
The whole event is really just a cleverly designed marketing stunt with both the MAN truck brand and Audi falling under the Volkswagen umbrella of companies. And guess who heads up VW’s motorsport department? That’s right, Hans-Joachim Stuck.
Still, it should make for some excellent entertainment when the two vehicles take to the track this Sunday, July 25th.
[Source: Truck Grand Prix]