Will BMW continue curtailing racing programs?

Racing | November 30th, 2009 by 2

Yesterday, Autoblog reported that BMW might be reducing the number of its cars in the next WTCC championship. Currently there are five teams competing in …

Yesterday, Autoblog reported that BMW might be reducing the number of its cars in the next WTCC championship. Currently there are five teams competing in WTCC and the report says we might see only two left next year.

That means eliminating the national teams system it had in place, consolidating and putting its WTCC-spec 320si in the hands of Team Schnitzer (BMW Team Germany), which gains triple champion Andy Priaulx from BMW Team UK to partner with multiple race winner Augusto Farfus.

Two-time CART champion, Alex Zanardi, who was racing for BMW Team Italy-Spain, is moving to the Superstars Series.

Could this be a cost cutting measure?

Will BMW continue curtailing racing programs?

A few months back, BMW announced its retirement from the Formula One championship, mostly due to the high costs associated with the competition. Of course, the unsatisfactory results in 2009 influenced the decision.

At the same time, BMW announced that the savings resulted from this move will be used for further developments, mostly in the EfficientDynamics programme.

There are no news on the Formula BMW, a series that helped launch a series of talents, from Michael Schumacher to Nico Rosenberg and Sebastian Vettel.

The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team is still on track for 2010 and there are no reports of future cuts in the American LeMans Series.

[Source: Autoblog ]

  • Andrew

    I hope not. BMW would lose a lot of appeal in my mind. I still think motorsport pushes manufacturers to be more innovative without losing that sporty edge. When I bought my car I loved the idea that there was a touring car equivalent – shows what the car is capable of at the edges.

  • efoza

    With BMW moving on to introduce a M Dirve version of the new GT, you can bet your presence that BMW will continue to play a key role within the racing programs.

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