If you prefer turbos to big engines, you’ll enjoy the German touring car championship next year. The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters have revised the Class 1 regulations to phase out V8 engines in favour of two-litre, fourcylinder turbo power. And with the 2019 BMW M4 DTM revealed, it’s clear that the new models will actually be more powerful.
The BMW M4 DTM revealed has already had the required modifications made for the new engine. Which include alterations to the air inlets and outlets, the intake set-up, and the exhaust system. There’s going to be more changes made before the car is finally homologated for the start of the seasion, in line with the new DTM rules.
“BMW Turbo Power has enjoyed success in motor racing for almost 50 years. In the first year with a BMW turbo engine, back in 1969, Dieter Quester was immediately crowned European touring car champion with the BMW 2002 TI. In 1973, the BMW 2002 turbo became the first German production automobile to feature a turbocharger. We are now adding a new chapter to this story in the DTM,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Our first few kilometres of the Class 1 era went very positively. We are happy with all the functional tests. The new turbo sounds awesome. However, its most impressive attribute is its efficiency – despite being considerably more powerful than its predecessor.”
“After my first kilometres with the new DTM engine, I can hardly wait for next season,” said Spengler. “I can just imagine how much fun it will be to take to the track with so much BMW Turbo Power. You can feel the extra horsepower. We will put on even more of a show for the fans in 2019. The amount of time at full-throttle is reduced – but the top speed is higher than before. We will have to work even harder at the wheel.”
The first ITR test in preparation for the 2019 season is scheduled to take place from 11th to 14th November 2018 at Estoril in Portugal.
So things are looking promising for fans of powerful, turbo, touring cars!