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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Deutche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft

FPH covered the famous Group B sports cars during our Killer B series a few months back. However, like the brightest stars that burn the quickest, the Group B era soon ended as the FIA grew increasely concerned of the incredible accidents that are so often blamed by the cars' outright speed and its negligence for safety. Competition was so fierce that even engineering innovation moved faster than governing bodies could manage.

In this post, I want to honor the little brother-- Group A. Based on production cars, Group A had stricter restrictions on power output, technology, weight, as well as team cost. Yet DTM, perhaps the most popular Group A racing series, allowed ABS, electronic driving aids, all wheel drive, and carbon fiber.

Of course, the poster child of early DTM has often been the original BMW E30 M3. However, I was a bit surprised to discover that it did not win as many championships as its popularity led me to believe-- 1987 and 1989.

Here are some great stills of some other Championship winning race cars of DTM's golden era:

And finally, a video... with period correct German soft-rock. I think.

Enjoy a great weekend everybody!

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