Choosing a safety car to pace a racing series is tricky business that almost invariably results in either a constant flux of vehicles called into duty or playing favorites between the manufacturers taking part in the series. NASCAR changes its pace cars about as quickly as it changes tires. Formula One sticks with Mercedes-Benz machinery, and nobody seems to complain very much. But DTM bridges the gap with a slightly different approach.

In the German touring car series, each of the participating automakers provides safety cars to the series organizers, which alternate between them from one race to another. That was simple enough when it was just Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but now that BMW has thrown its proverbial hat into the ring, DTM is putting a third car into the rotation. And this is our first look at it.

Revealed with a handful of crude snapshots on the BMW Motorsport fan page on Facebook, the BMW M3 DTM Safety Car looks closer to the standard, roadgoing M3 than the DTM racer, but with some extra modifications. Those include special wheels, an emergency light bar and a stripped-out cockpit with full roll cage and Recaro buckets. But there could be something special going on under the hood as well, where a bright orange engine cover lurks under a unique louvered hood. That could mean a more powerful version of the outgoing M3's high-revving V8 engine to help it stay out in front of all that racing machinery.

We'll have to wait for BMW to release additional information to find out, but for now you can check out the low-res images in the gallery above.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Asshat, NASCAR has one pace car per race, just as you mention DTM does so I dont see any splitting of the difference. Or are you referring to the fact that NASCAR mftrs are savvy enough to use different models to up the marketing potential? Safety trucks are by track- dependent on which of the mftrs align with the track. And BTW- I LOVE DTM
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
        That's what they meant. They change cars as often as they do tires, meaning they have a different car each race. But that's not even true, neither is your statement. There's at least 2 or 3 pace cars a year. Sometimes, it's because of the sponsor of the actual race itself that paces the field.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
        That's what they meant. They change cars as often as they do tires, meaning they have a different car each race. But that's not even true, neither is your statement. There's at least 2 or 3 pace cars a year. Sometimes, it's because of the sponsor of the actual race itself that paces the field.
      Mallik
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought they would reveal the 2012 BMW M3 like this lol