BMW targets DTM dominance with new M4
BMW’s all-new M4 has just launched on an unsuspecting public, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Soon there’ll be a much crazier version of the executives’ favourite Autobahn-crusher, as BMW has confirmed it will enter the new car in the 2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM).
The DTM is Germany’s biggest saloon car racing series and the big domestic manufacturers are all represented. The cars are brutal, 470bhp, rear-drive monsters with advanced aerodynamics and full carbon-fibre chassis.
Ex-Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Bernd Schneider, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jean Alesi have all raced in the championship that also holds rounds in the UK, Austria, Russia and the Netherlands.
After a 20-year absence from Germany’s premier tin-top series, BMW returned in 2012 and dominated the competition with the M3 coupé. Canadian driver Bruno Spengler won the Drivers championship, BMW Team Schnitzer took the team title and BMW was crowned as the Manufacturers’ Champion.
“We are all really looking forward to the new BMW M4 DTM,” BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said in a statement. “The BMW Concept M4 coupe certainly looks fantastic – so will our DTM car for next season.“The BMW M3 DTM won the title at the first attempt in 2012. We obviously want to follow on from this success with its successor. However, it will still be quite a while until we get to see our new DTM racing car for the first time.”
The roadgoing M4 has only been revealed in concept form, although the show car doing the rounds is undoubtedly the finished production car, so don’t expect to see the most brutal incarnation before December. When it arrives, expect mid-range executives to cower in fear at what their car has become.