Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP

Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP

Mercedes GP Formula 1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will help present Mercedes’ new C-Class Coupe based race car that will compete in the 2012 season of Germany’s DTM touring car series.

The presentation will take place at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show on September 13, though you can get a sneak preview of the new race car in the video below, which also features Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett.

Joining Schumacher and Rosberg, will be Paffett, as well as Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Mercedes-Benz Motorsports chief Norbert Haug.

The new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe, as it’s officially titled, will compete against a new A5 race car being prepped by Audi as well as a BMW M3 DTM racer. You may recall that BMW is returning to the series after leaving it in the mid-1990s to focus on more international events.

American readers should take note that a race series featuring these DTM cars is reportedly being prepped for North America for a 2013 start.

Follow our 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show page to keep updated all things happening at the German event, including live photos of the new DTM race car.