• BMW completes testing of their 2012 DTM car - A look at what goes into building and testing a DTM race car

      The start of the highly anticipated 2012 DTM season is less than 2 weeks away. BMW has a tough road ahead of them as Audi and Mercedes have the advantage of having raced in DTM the previous seasons not needing to re-invent the wheel so to speak. BMW is not pulling any punches and had all drivers present to do final testing with the car at Hockenheim to make sure the car is absolutely perfect. This testing took place over a four day period and BMW believes they met all goals they set for the car. Check out the videos of the process below and BMW definitely looks prepared for the start of the season.












      Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): "The four-day test in Hockenheim saw us complete an important part of our intense preparations ahead of our DTM comeback. Since last summer, our teams have spent a lot of time on the track with the BMW M3 DTM, in order to gradually bring the car up to the level required to be competitive in the DTM. We are happy with the result and have achieved all the goals we set ourselves. However, we are well aware that our experienced DTM rivals have also been working hard. That is why I am excited about discovering the balance of power when we return to Hockenheim in three weeks' time. Our goal remains to be competitive as quickly as possible. It is impossible to predict the degree to which this will be the case in the first race. The PR day on Monday gave fans and journalists the first opportunity to experience the new generation of DTM cars live -- and the feedback was very positive. As such, I am confident that we will enjoy a unique atmosphere at the season-opener. Nobody in our team can wait for the moment on 29th April when the red starting light finally goes out and we can get to grips with our first DTM race for almost 20 years."

      Martin Tomczyk (BMW Team RMG): "It was great to be able to test in Hockenheim and to prepare for the first race in three weeks' time. We tried to make optimal use of these four days, in order to gather as much data as possible. The task was obviously to find a good set-up, and we made good progress. There is no point in comparing times at the moment, because I am sure that nobody has put their cards on the table yet."

      Joey Hand (BMW Team RMG): "Driving at Hockenheim was nice. Before getting here, my only experience of the circuit was from playing video games. We were able to gain a lot of data. That means we should have a solid starting basis going into the first race weekend. We have a lot more work ahead of us before then, however."

      Bruno Spengler (BMW Team Schnitzer): "The last test before the first race was a positive one. Sure it was cool, but at least it stayed dry -- apart from Wednesday morning. It would obviously have been nice to have a few more days of testing. I'm sure the other teams feel exactly the same, though. Everyone has given their all and tried to make the most of the time available."

      Dirk Werner (BMW Team Schnitzer): "We were able to drive a lot of kilometres and test important things, which have allowed us to take a step forward ahead of the DTM curtain-raiser. I am so looking forward to the start of the season and my first race in this series. We have all worked very hard. Now it is just a question of waiting to see how the car performs in a race situation."

      Andy Priaulx (BMW Team RBM): "It was great fun driving at Hockenheim for the first time since 2004. It is a quick track, and I had totally forgotten how unique the Motodrom is. With the first race in mind, we have made good progress with our car. However, we have to remain realistic. We have come a long way in a relatively short time -- and we still have a long way to go. We have great respect for our experienced opposition."

      Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RBM): "I have a positive feeling after this test. We were able to complete a lot of laps, simulate various conditions and observe how the track developed over the course of the day. We took the DTM car out onto the track at Hockenheim for the first time, and learned a lot. I think we are well prepared for the first race. I am now looking forward to the start in three weeks."
      This article was originally published in forum thread: BMW completes testing of their 2012 DTM car - A look at what goes into building and testing a DTM race car started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Looks like Audi has been setting pace during preseason testing, followed by Benz. The BMW teams have been at the bottom of the lap times sheet.

        Who knows, maybe some sandbagging going on.
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        i can't believe those times, these are the same guys who have a sedan giving 458's, gt3's, etc. fits in gt racing. im leaning towards M3_WC's sandbagging theory!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Looks like Audi has been setting pace during preseason testing, followed by Benz. The BMW teams have been at the bottom of the lap times sheet.

        Who knows, maybe some sandbagging going on.
        BMW no doubt will have to play some catch up to a degree but they also have the best drivers...
      1. sr20seb's Avatar
        sr20seb -
        What's with the test car paint job? Why are they trying to hide a body for?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sr20seb Click here to enlarge
        What's with the test car paint job? Why are they trying to hide a body for?
        The car was already revealed so I don't know.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        BMW no doubt will have to play some catch up to a degree but they also have the best drivers...
        I don't know. Audi has two of most experienced drivers in Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider. That have a lot wins/championships and will be on the same two car team. Gary Paffett can drive too, I see him being quick in the Benz.

        Smart of BMW to split up Hand and Werner, put them with experience DTM drivers. With both of them switching from GT racing, they will need the helping hand to get adjusted.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        I don't know. Audi has two of most experienced drivers in Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider. That have a lot wins/championships and will be on the same two car team. Gary Paffett can drive too, I see him being quick in the Benz.

        Smart of BMW to split up Hand and Werner, put them with experience DTM drivers. With both of them switching from GT racing, they will need the helping hand to get adjusted.
        BMW has last years champ and basically cherry picked the best of the best. Joey Hand is also coming over to DTM as well.

        BMW has an all-star lineup.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        BMW has last years champ and basically cherry picked the best of the best. Joey Hand is also coming over to DTM as well.

        BMW has an all-star lineup.
        I still think Audi's drivers lineup can go up against anyones.

        DTM and GT cars are two completely different animals. Hand is a very talented driver, we will see how his talents translate to DTM. I am sure he will be fine. Werner will have to adjust as well.

        We have seen very talented drivers switch to DTM and not do to well, including ex-Formula 1 stars.

        I wish they aired the races on Speed!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        I still think Audi's drivers lineup can go up against anyones.
        They lost their best driver though...

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        I wish they aired the races on Speed!
        Where do they air them?
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Where do they air them?
        Trying to figure out how to see them live. I need to see this.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge

        Where do they air them?
        German channel ARD will transmit the races like allways.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Ok, so I can just watch online?