This May’s DTM will be a big day for BMW as their M4 will come out on the racing track for the first time. Its previous model, BMW M3 secured 5 winnings in 2013, so this one better be an enhanced version of its predecessor. Allesandro Zanardi is however very happy with the test run. The lucky man who will be driving this engine says that he has “every reason to be confident.” We cannot predict what the outcome of the race will be, but we can share what we know about the car.
The body of the car is, without a doubt, very carefully designed. Its chassis is kept close to the ground to give it a good grip on the track and is, of course, light weight. It weighs only 1,110 kilograms with the driver. This is a big success as it is 80 kg less than BMW M3. The body is totally aerodynamic. There is nothing in its structure that doesn’t contribute to its performance. The front air curtains and the contoured roofline reduce air drag. The narrowing air ducts accelerate the airstream and makes the air function to increase the speed of the car. Even the side mirrors are mounted on twin stalks to provide additional down force, as well as direct airflow to the back wing.
The engine is a BMW P66 with 450 bhp. The full know how in the BMW industry was used to create this master engine. It has a total of 800 different parts and 3,900 different components. The heart of BMW M4 is that of a sprinter and a marathon runner. This gives the driver the power to accelerate from zero to 100km in just 3 seconds. This sounds impressive and dangerous. But safety is also a priority for all racers. 50 of the 50,000 components of DTM racing cars are a standard for security purposes. The first safety tool is a strong, and at the same time light, carbon fiber chassis. Steel roll-cage is also an important safety component of these cars along with other crash elements which keeps the drivers safe in case of accidents. And finally the top notch hydraulic dual-circuit brakes give this car an effective speed control.
With all these features, the car looks ready to go. The team is excited to see results of their hard work, and the spectators are waiting for the great show it will put up.
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