In 1972, a new touring car race series was established in Germany, called the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM). Until 1976, a wide range of cars competed in classes under the FIA Group 2 and Group 4 rules, but in 1977 a new class for FIA Group 5 cars saw radical changes to the vehicles competing in the championship. Huge wings and flared wheel arches became the norm, and in the 2000cc to 5000cc class, power outputs well over 600 hp became the norm.
German tuning company Schnitzer was one of the successful entrants in the DRM, and in 1977 competed with the BMW 2002 Turbo. The Schnitzer Team fitted the car with a 1428cc 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, developing 380hp in 1977 specification, in a car weighing only 810 kg. Team Schnitzer built only two examples of this car, with the other still held in the company’s Museum.