Last year, BMW made the announcement that it would drop Formula 1, but that’s not the only series the company is ditching. The company has also announced that starting next season the World Touring Car Championship will also be dropped. Instead the company will focus on their return to the DTM series in 2012.

However, BMW will continue to offer BMW 320 TC models to private teams and drivers, but they will be fitted with the new 1.6-liter four-cylinder (DI-) turbo engine. The "TC" in its terminology stands for "Touring Car". With this designation, the 320 TC will represent BMW in the WTCC in 2011 and its 1.6-liter unit will represent MINI in the FIA World Rally Championship program which starts in 2011.

Altogether BMW has delivered over 60 BMW 320si WTCC racing kits to customer teams across the world. These BMW 320 TC models will make their debut at the DTM event in Munich’s Olympic Stadium on July 16th-17th, 2011.

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13 comments:

  (528) posted on 03.30.2011

Well, I think BMW is not a big lose in the WRC. Recently, the WRC have started, Ford and Subaru are great rival on the race track. So are they planning to get back next year?

  (410) posted on 03.18.2011

Well, I’m not sure if BMW is actually a big lose on WTCC. I don’t think that they have a great performance during the race and be considered as a competitor. Still I hope to see them on Detroit 2012 to see some improvement. 

  (570) posted on 02.2.2011

Maybe it’s a sign that they are really going to take competing against Audi and MB seriously in DTM. A true ’race on Sunday, sell on Monday’ theme. Could be great.

  (647) posted on 02.2.2011

Speed shows it on tape delay. By the way, the whole "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" wouldn’t work with DTM. The cars are about as production-based as NASCAR is.

  (798) posted on 12.9.2010

When I think about it again, it’s a good move because the FIA WTCC is now being such a big joke…

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

Sounds like the FIA pulled a fast one on BMW, and BMW is well justified to tell them to go f*ck themselves. DTM is a better series anyway.

  (434) posted on 12.8.2010

While there has been some speculation that BMW would exit the series in 2009, at present Munich is still in the game, and is lobbying for a more level playing field with SEAT for the coming year.

  (702) posted on 12.8.2010

I hope they sell it lesser than we expect. but are they offering the same pain job and decals? I would like to have one of this baby someday.. Imagine a 1.6CC with turbo on a Bimmer M3? wow that was unique does it?

  (69) posted on 12.8.2010

Oh yeah! Just like others, they will be back. Probably just wanted to draw some sort of attention since as I see it the ratings of F1 are lowering. I for one, since the days of Coulthard and Hakkinen vs Ferrari I quit looking. Now it’s just boring.

  (151) posted on 12.8.2010

As I know a single F1 engine is like 1-2 Millions!!! And the car probably is over 10 million. This is why this F1 is ing money as the engine the gas!

  (45) posted on 12.8.2010

Too bad! They will be back in a few years. Anyone knows what is a F1 team budged in a year (without the driver salary) ?

  (1333) posted on 12.7.2010

enough is enough, i guess they are preparing for something new and big. good luck to them, btu isn’t that great? selling a race ready car with a price of almost same as the regular car?..

  (407) posted on 12.7.2010

oh well I guess they’ve already had enough on racing, but that was a great news does it? you can have a race ready with 1.6L engine which means less fuel consumption and with turbo to gain more speed without burning too much fuels on the engine.

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