Team BMW has presented the definitive colours of its WSR-run BMW 330e M Sports that will compete for Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship glory in 2022, as BMW M celebrates its 50th anniversary.
A predominantly white race car inspired by classic BMW race machinery of the past, also includes the iconic BMW M combination of red, blue and violet created in 1972 by BMW designer Wolfgang Seehaus, which has become synonymous with success in touring car racing across generations.
Having broken the series’ all-time record by winning a sixth consecutive Manufacturers’ crown in 2021, the Sunbury-based squad seeks to extend the record further this year as well as aiming to add the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles.
Four-time BTCC Champion Colin Turkington and team-mate Stephen Jelley, with a combined 63 race victories in the series, will pilot the machines during the three official pre-season test days, before the campaign kicks off at Donington Park, in the East Midlands, on 23/24 April.
“It’s always an exciting day when we showcase our new livery for the season,” said Dick Bennetts, Team Principal. “It’s no different in 2022 and this year we have two extra factors in both the move to hybrid powertrains and greater sustainability as well as celebrating BMW M’s 50th anniversary. I was involved in several BMW Motorsport projects in the 1970s with Formula 2 and the BMW M1 Procar series, and I don’t think I’d have predicted to still be involved all these years later. The livery combines both the traditional M colours with a modern look and I think fans of the BTCC are going to love it.”
The 2022 will see the BTCC switch to a sustainable fuel produced by Carless Racing Fuels. The Hiperflo R20 will be the control fuel and be used by the championship in conjunction with its switch to hybrid power units.