The 2011 BMW M3 DTM Concept has recently been unveiled in the Double Cone building at Munich's BMW Welt, being scheduled to be on show to motorsport fans and visitors to BMW Welt at the weekend. This unveiling marked the comeback of a racing legend: between 1987 and 1992 the BMW M3 celebrated no less than 40 wins and over 150 podium finishes in this series. Besides this concept, the German carmaker also presented the first two drivers to be confirmed as wearing the company colours in the DTM as of next season - Andy Priaulx (GB) and Augusto Farfus (BR).
Their impressive performances in touring car and GT racing make them ideally suited to the DTM as they both arrive in the DTM with impressive wins and titles to their names. Priaulx won the 2004 European Touring Car Championship for BMW, and followed that up with three World Championship titles between 2005 and 2007. Farfus can also look back on a successful career with BMW. This is proven by 15 wins in the World Touring Car Championship, the triumph at the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2010, and many more successful races in BMW racing cars.
Dr. Klaus Draeger,Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for development, stated that BMW returned to the DTM after two decades and they would be facing their main competitors in the premium sector and they were looking forward to that challenge. He added that they had enjoyed great success in production car racing in the past, being strongly convinced that they would follow on in the 2012. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt considered that the BMW M3 DTM Concept car was an important milestone on their route to the start of the 2012 season and the successful roll-out of the car allowed them to begin their test programme on the track.
The racing car appears to be spectacular and it will definitely thrill DTM fans, as the powerful V8 engines delivers 480 HP, while the 0-100 km/h sprint is achieved in three seconds. The maximum speed reaches 300 km/h.
The first partners of BMW Motorsport in the DTM have also been confirmed. The international hotel brand Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is continuing its cooperation with BMW as Premium Partner. Deutsche Post AG is also involved as a new Premium Partner.
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