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2011 BMW M3 DTM Race Car Concept

The BMW M3 DTM, the car which will compete in the DTM from 2012 onwards, has been launched today in Munich. In addition, BMW announced that the first two drivers will be Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. (continued below)

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BMW Launches its 2012 DTM Challenger

Source: BMW, | Published: Fri Jul 15, 2011

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The car, which is built to the championship's all-new, low-cost technical regulations, will mark the German manufacturer's return to the series after a 20-year absence.

Dr. Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for development, and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt unveiled the car on Friday evening in the Double Cone building at Munich's BMW Welt. As part of the DTM event in the Olympic Stadium, the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car will be on show to motorsport fans and visitors to BMW Welt at the weekend.

The car offers an initial impression of what the BMW M3 DTM will look like when it lines up at the start of the 2012 season. However, the vehicle was not the only star of the evening at BMW Welt: BMW Motorsport also presented the first two drivers to be confirmed as wearing the company colors in the DTM as of next season - Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. Furthermore, the first partners of BMW Motorsport for 2012 were introduced.

"It is good to see how our DTM project is picking up speed," said Dr. Draeger. "Next year, 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. The DTM comeback sees BMW return to its roots. We have enjoyed great success in production car racing in the past, and I am convinced we will follow on in 2012 where we left off. Everyone at BMW Motorsport is working hard to ensure we get off to a successful start next season."

Marquardt added: "Getting a new racing program up and running is a bit like doing a jigsaw. New pieces are added almost every day, and we must put them together to create the big picture. The BMW M3 DTM Concept Car is an important milestone on our route to the start of the 2012 season. The roll-out of the car was successful, and we are now starting our test program out on the track. Drivers Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus are also involved and will form part of our driving line-up in 2012. Their impressive performances in touring car and GT racing make them ideally suited to the DTM, and we are sure they will leave their mark on this series too. It is obviously just as important to have strong partners on board, and we were able to present some of them today. The pieces are fitting together perfectly, so we can definitely say: our preparations for the 2012 season are going according to plan."

Three teams will represent BMW in the series next year; long-term partner outfits RBM and Schnitzer plus new squad Team RMG.

Drivers Priaulx and Farfus both have a strong pedigree in touring cars, with the former having won three World Touring Car titles and one European crown. Both currently race factory BMWs in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 244 cu in (4000 cc)
Power 470 hp (Est.)
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Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
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Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
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Origin Germany
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