MG Rover to race in the DTM

British manufacturer MG Rover is set to race in next year's DTM touring car series, Autosport can reveal

MG Rover to race in the DTM

Series organiser ITR confirmed earlier this week that a fourth manufacturer will join Mercedes, Audi and Opel in competing in 2005, and the move could help to secure the long-term future of the series which faces the loss of GM after next year.

"There will be a fourth manufacturer in 2005," said series boss Hans Werner Aufrecht, " but we will leave it to them to reveal themselves."

Autosport sources have confirmed that MG Rover has commissioned British race preparation specialists Zytek Engineering to design a DTM-spec silhouette based around the company's 75-based ZT260 model.

The car is thought likely to have been designed by former Formula 1 man Tim Holloway and the first example is expected to test well in advance of the first race, which takes place next April.

Although the project will be labelled a factory programme, the funding to design and build the car is coming directly from ITR. Four of the ZT260s are expected to be on the DTM grid and it is not yet clear whether MG will have any say in the selection of drivers for the cars.

DTM regulars Peter Dumbreck, Timo Scheider and Jeroen Bleekemolen have all been left on the sidelines following Opel's decision to cut back its squad to four cars, and all must be considered potential options. But MG's BTCC star Anthony Reid could be a good outside bet and is currently the only driver with an on-going relationship with Rover.

shares
comments
Reuter in, Dumbreck out
Previous article

Reuter in, Dumbreck out

Next article

DTM gets Moscow race

DTM gets Moscow race
Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Formula 1
Dec 31, 2022
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality Plus

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

Formula 1
Jun 2, 2022
How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Plus

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle

DTM
Mar 30, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Plus

The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines

DTM
Dec 18, 2021
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021