During October last year, BMW confirmed that it will be returning to DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) from the 2012 season. Now the Bavarian company has unveiled its contender for next year’s season, the M3 DTM Concept.
The almost-ready car was unveiled at the Doubler Cone Building at Munich’s BMW Welt by Dr Klaus Draeger, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for development, and BMW Motorsport director, Jens Marquardt.
Next year will be a very important season for BMW, as it will be returning to DTM after an absence of two decades. DTM fans might remember the company’s success between 1987 and 1992 when the M3 celebrated 40 wins and over 150 podium finishes.
Up front in this new race car is a V8 engine, equipped with an air restrictor, that produces 358 kW. According to BMW, it can reach 100 km/h from standstill in around three seconds before achieving a top speed of about 300 km/h.
The first two drivers that will take the car racing during its inaugural season will be Andy Priaulx (GB) and Augusto Farfus (BR), both who already have notable wins behind their names.
The next 2011 DTM race will take place on 7 August at the Nürburgring.