Touring Car racing in Europe was growing in popularity through the 60s. As the series entered the 70s, the cars and engines were growing. Ford of Europe, located in Germany, joined the ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) in 1970 with the all new Capri coupe, which combined very light construction with a powerful V6 engine. As an answer to the 'Mini-Mustang's' arrival, Alpina developed a racing version of the BMW 2800 CS (e9 chassis). Carbureted through three big Weber Carburetors, the three liter six cylinder engines produced 300 bhp, but it was not enough to make the heavier coupe competitive with the Ford. Serious development work was attempted by Alpina, but they weren't equipped to produce 1000 examples that were necessary to homologate a better car. At this point, BMW stepped in and took over the development and production from Alpina, with the intent to seriously take on Ford.