There’s two types of car makers out there, the German ones and everybody else. Of the Germans, only one strikes a beat in our hearts.
That very same one, a Bavarian company called BMW, has just published a video in celebration of return to the most… German of all motor sports.
After a hiatus of 20 years, BMW is returning to the German touring car championship known as DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters).
BMW’s entry into the DTM will be taken care of by a brand new racing car that looks something like an M3 and which has a similar engine.
Officially known as the BMW M3 DTM it has a 4.0 liter V8 engine which develops 480 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
If you think that’s too little a gain over the standard car’s 4.0 lite V8 powerplant, let’s please remember there’s the issue of an air restrictor to consider.
Let’s also remember that this power is harnessed by a six-speed sequential transmission and that the car is very light and very aerodynamic.
One of these BMW M3 DTMs only weighs in at 1.200 kg (2.645 lbs) and probably generates a similar amount of downforce once it gets to around 155 or 165 mph.
Top speed should be somewhere around 175-180 mph and the sprint from 0 to 62 happens in just 3 seconds.
The special BMW we see in the video will debut this weekend in the opening race of the DTM. It’s held at Hockenheim at we hope the Bimmers will put on a good show.
As usual, some cars from Audi and Mercedes will also be littering the track.