In the last month-and-a-half or so, we’ve brought you a couple videos chronicling the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) through the years. The first was a tribute to the series’ Group A golden era of the late-1980s and early-1990s. The second video looked at the Class 1 era of the mid-‘90s, where the cars were arguably more technology-packed than any racecars seen before or since. Now, we bring you a video about today’s DTM – which is contested by silhouette cars patterned after the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Audi RS5 – with an extra musical accompaniment.
But this present-day DTM vid has some extra significance, for it was earlier this week that ITR (the sanctioning body for DTM), Grand-Am and IMSA (which, along with the American Le Mans Series, will join forces next year to form United SportsCar Racing) signed an agreement that will see the formation of a North American DTM series. The parties involved say the new championship will be open to DTM cars, GT500 class SuperGT cars (since it has also adapted DTM rules), and any new cars that will be built by American manufacturers (*cough*next gen Camaro, next gen Mustang and the rumored SRT ‘Cuda*cough*). Expect the series to kick off in 2015 or 2016, with both standalone events and during United SportsCar and Izod IndyCar Series weekends. Needless to say, we are counting the days, kids.