BMW confirms V8 interestBMW has confirmed its interest in entering V8 Supercars once Car of the Future is introduced.
By Briar Gunther
There is one condition: Car of the Future must be compatible with the car BMW will run in the German touring car series Deutsche Tourenwagon Masters (DTM) from 2012.
The European manufacturer recently announced it would re-enter DTM from 2012 where it is likely to run its M3 model.
BMW in Australia has confirmed it has met with Mark Skaife, who is running V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future program.
“Our response, especially in light of the announcement of our re-entry to the DTM in Europe, is that if we could race that class of vehicle then we would look very favourably on a proposal for BMW to enter (V8 Supercars),” the spokesman said.
“We just would not look at anything that is specific to this market.”
It is the first time that a manufacturer has confirmed its interest in joining the category since V8 Supercars ‘opened the shopfront’ with Car of the Future, which gets rolled out from 2012.
The spokesman said the ball was now in Skaife’s court to meet with other manufacturers to see if a workable solution can be found.
“If we were able to look at a racing class down here that is compatible with vehicles racing overseas we would look very warmly at that,” the spokesman said.
“I would suggest that is also something that would need to be put to the other manufacturers he is looking at to make sure that they would be as enthusiastic.”
Skaife confirmed he was talking with BMW but could not comment further.
“We’re having discussions (with BMW) just like we are with various other manufacturers,” he said.