"Adrenalin Rush": How BMW's Touring Cars Dominated DTM

Adrenalin The BMW Touring Car Story by STEREOSCREEN Teaser

Write-up by Rick Jensen. Video from STEREOSCREEN.

Modern motorsports are diluted. The past few years have seen Formula 1 boss and evil muppet Bernie Ecclestone push F1 racing into mediocrity, while former juggernaut NASCAR loses mullet owners at an alarming rate. Why? One reason is because today’s big-time racing is an emotionless, scripted, corporate shell of its former self. Remember the excitement of NASCAR back in the 1980s, with high-speed pileups on-track, and bloody fisticuffs in the pits? And way back in the ’60s and ’70s, when Trans Am’s gritty, fender-to-fender battles pitted Ford’s Mustangs against Chevy’s Camaros on challenging road courses? That was American racing at its finest.

And in Europe, DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) was racing in its purest form. DTM started in 1984 as the German Production Car Championship series, and featured production-based cars slugging it out on legendary circuits like Hockenheim and the Nürburgring. Today, DTM’s international touring car series is still around, and still wildly popular. And thanks to the car-loving filmmakers at Stereoscreen, enthusiasts will soon have a feature-length film that both relives the glory years of DTM, and celebrates its modern incarnation. Indeed, Stereoscreen’s trailer for Adrenalin – The BMW Touring Car Story is a tantalizing look at motorsports in its purest form.

While DTM was a battleground for marques like Alfa Romeo, Audi, Ford, Mercedes and Opel, it was BMW’s motorsport mentality that let them dominate. Said one bloke about the superior BMW racer, "You could race and do maneuvers that others couldn’t, just because of the M3.” Stereoscreen’s trailer masterfully splices insightful racer interviews with some truly hairy vintage and modern racing footage: an old-school BMW’s high-speed drift through a corner with a Porsche giving chase, and a couple of E30s doing a high-speed curb hop. Especially fantastic are the in-car track shots, which impart so much of the speed that my heart rate started to climb. And the amazing shifting and rapid-fire footwork shots left me shaking my head. "Motorsport was so different,” one interviewee explains. "Like comparing paper planes with rockets. We had contact. You could smell the rubber. That was real racing.”

Adrenalin’s nearly three-minute preview is a proper homage to DTM’s history, but the transition to interviews with modern drivers and race footage is just as cool. Seeing today’s winged, big-fender Beemers take the fight to modern Audis is a great bookend for what promises to be an exciting movie. Because the best motorsports give the drivers and the fans an adrenalin rush.


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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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Fred Garvin11/8/2014

Beemers? I didn't see any motorcycles in that video.


Totally agree with you...still have to be a smart ass: DTM used to be "Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft". When it came back as "Masters" it all started to go wrong, leading to what we have today.