In 2013, BMW Group Classic will send the historic BMW M3 from the 1987 season and the legendary BMW M1 Procar into action as race taxis at each of the ten events on the DTM calendar. With experienced motorsport professionals at the wheel, selected visitors will be able to experience the fascination of a DTM race at close hand.
The 1987 BMW M3 is the ancestor and role model for the current title holder, the BMW M3 DTM. It was with this model that Eric van de Poele won the title in the DTM in BMW’s first season in the series — a feat that Bruno Spengler was able to repeat in style 25 years later with the current car.
The BMW M1 will also stir up memories of spectacular racing success enjoyed by the manufacturer. The race taxi will be the 470bhp car, with which Nelson Piquet lined up in the specially created Procar series in 1980. Three years later, Piquet was crowned Formula One World Champion in a Brabham BMW.
The race taxi rides will take place on all ten of the 2013 season’s DTM weekends. The racetrack will provide the stage for the return of the two legends between practice and qualifying on Saturday, and before the race on Sunday.
The illustrious racing drivers signed up by BMW Group Classic for the job at hand are already feeling the excitement ahead of their appearance in these icons of BMW motor sport history. Only the current BMW Motorsport team members cannot be considered for the “race taxi” driver role, the DTM regulations ruling that the extra experience of the track would give them an unfair competitive advantage.