Since the mid-1980s, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, or DTM if you're into the whole shortcut thing, has been providing hard, fender-banging racing to an audience that's expanded far outside the confines of its home country of Germany. You might call it the NASCAR of Germany, but unlike NASCAR, the DTM will host rounds in five different countries next season. They turn right a bit more frequently, too.
The 2012 season brought forth a few changes to the rulebook in order to keeps costs down. These included standardized brakes, transmissions, and tires for all entries. The chassis are constructed entirely in carbon fiber and are basically open-wheel racers with production(ish) car bodies dropped on top. The new rules proved an opportune time for BMW to re-enter the fray that already included Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and since its return, BMW has taken two manufacturers' titles and one driver's title.
In his latest video from YouTube's channel, Chris Harris got the chance to try out the DTM BMW M3 driven this past season by 2012 champion Bruno Spengler. As you might expect, the BMW factory DTM team is a tightly-wound operation, and, Germans being Germans, there are plenty of procedures to adhere to before even getting out on the track. They even provide Harris with his very own rear window name decals and fire suit for the day. Eventually, though, Harris is given plenty of opportunity to wring out the car as best he can, and he even gets to within 1.5 seconds of Spengler's best time. Not bad, Harris. Not bad.