Witness the future of DTM live
Wiesbaden – The motor-racing enthusiasts had to wait a long time, for this: finally, the
fans of the most popular international touring-car series will have the chance of
witnessing the new DTM challengers at close range. At the Hockenheimring Baden-
Württemberg, the premium-car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are
going to jointly present their 2012 DTM cars for the first time. Within the framework
of the season finale, the Audi A5 DTM, the BMW M3 DTM and the DTM AMG
Mercedes C-Coupé will go out on the tradition-rich racetrack for some demonstration
laps, thus providing the crowds a first taste of what they will get in 2012. Apart from
the DTM comeback of BMW, the all new DTM cars will represent the highlight of the
2012 season. When it came to the development of the new DTM cars, three
conditions had to be met: increased vehicle safety, cost reduction by up to 40 percent -
and a spectacular appearance. And the visitors of the season finale will have the
opportunity to see that the manufacturers succeeded in achieving the latter.
So far, the three manufacturers presented their new racing cars individually.
Newcomer BMW provided the public the chance of taking a first glance at the BMW
M3 DTM as early as during the DTM show event in Munich, held in July. While Audi and
Mercedes-Benz thrilled the visitors of the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) in
Frankfurt, with their fascinating new touring cars.
Simultaneously to the car launches, the premium-car manufacturers executed
individual and joint tests with their challengers for the 2012 season – with the public
being excluded. In the off-season, they will continue their preparations for the 2012
season with an extensive testing programme in Southern Europe – and in late April,
2012, the new DTM season will be kicked off at Hockenheim.