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Last chance saloon

In 2012, the DTM series introduced a new base car developed in conjunction with its three competing manufacturers, Audi, Mercedes and BMW. The latter joined the series on the proviso that this car become a global platform, available to be used in multiple race series, but that plan was only a partial success. Eventually, the series did reach an agreement with the Japanese Super GT series to also use their components, and it seems they will continue to use the German-developed chassis in future.

However, while that model appears to be working in Japan, in Germany things have taken a turn for the worse. Mercedes withdrew from the series before the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine regulations were introduced and, at the end of this year, Audi departs, leaving BMW the sole manufacturer. For many, this signals the end of a once-great series after a

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