BMW Motorsport conducted a three-day test session with the new turbocharged M4 DTM on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain, where Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler piloted the car.
The new race car is motivated by a turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder that generates over 600 horsepower. The new four-cylinder replaces the V8 that was used in the previous 2018 M4 DTM. Along with the engine, the 2019 M4 DTM also has a redesigned exhaust system, front end, and cooling vents, as well as changes to the front splitter and rear wing, along with a lower rear diffuser. Detailed information on the design of the new car appears here.
Timo Glock said, “After the long winter, I could hardly wait to get back behind the wheel and was very excited about our new turbocharged BMW M4 DTM. I have to say that it lived up to all my expectations. You can really feel the extra engine power and torque. The modifications to the aerodynamics mean that the car behaves differently. These are things that we, as drivers, must adapt to, and for which we must fine-tune our driving style. However, after my first days of testing, I can confirm that the new BMW M4 DTM is great fun. Although the weather was generally far from ideal, it was a very productive test. We made more progress with the development of the new car and will continue this work in April at the Lausitzring.”
The 2019 DTM season opens at Hockenheim on May 3-5.—Brian Morgan
[Photo courtesy BMW AG.]