Chris Harris video: BMW M3 DTM


There is always a danger in this job that the writer will produce stories of great interest to him or herself, but not many other people. In the days of print it was easy to hide the odd indulgent foray, but within the constantly measurable soup that is the internet, nipping off to test racing cars is becoming hard to justify. Because people tend not to read stories and watch videos about them.

'Just don't press this one, alright?'
'Just don't press this one, alright?'
Well, luckily for me, I run my own budget, so when BMW asked if I fancied a go in its new DTM car, I didn't think too much about the 47 people who might watch the video, I thought "I desperately want to drive a DTM car" and I drove to Heathrow.

This was the most obsessively organised event of its type I've attended. The briefing seemed exhaustive, but the moment I was sitting in the car and the motor was fired, I really did understand why BMW Motorsport wanted to take very few risks with us hacks. Working hard on familiarisation before turning a wheel means you spend that first lap thinking about the lines and the way the car performs rather than peering at the demi-wheel and trying to recall if it's the green or the blue button that causes the motor to self-destruct.

So here's the vid of the DTM car. Enjoy.

 

 





 

 

 

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  • monthefish 11 Dec 2013

    D7Cup said:
    Rich_W said:
    Can I just say I'm really puzzled by some of the posts on this thread. Why leafblowers? What does BOX mean? Have all the real Pistonheads been replaced by 2 litre Diesel drivers who never watch motorsport??? eek
    Amen...
    Watching motorsport is generally quite boring.

    And I love the economy of my 2 litre diesel. (It means I have more money to pay for trackdays and fuel for the 911).

    I'm sorry I'm not a real Pistonheader.

  • D7Cup 11 Dec 2013

    Rich_W said:
    Can I just say I'm really puzzled by some of the posts on this thread. Why leafblowers? What does BOX mean? Have all the real Pistonheads been replaced by 2 litre Diesel drivers who never watch motorsport??? eek
    Amen...

  • Dr S 08 Dec 2013

    More of such videos prlllease biggrin

  • trackdemon 05 Dec 2013

    "V8 supercars are more interesting" Hmmm, now there's an idea for a video scratchchinwink

  • PowerfullyBuilt 05 Dec 2013

    monthefish said:
    Chris - does it ever feel a bit, well, weird I suppose, that the bosses of such functions (like the BMW DTM team for example) will have been heavily researching you (and probably watching many of your previous videos) prior to deciding you are good enough to be offered a shot of driving the car?
    I suspect, as fellow racers and enthusiasts, they'll have been watching for fun along with the rest of us.

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