Focus Home Interactive has today announced the development of TrackMania DS, a new handheld version of the popular racing series scheduled for release in Q4 2008.

In development at Firebrand (Race Driver: Create & Race), TrackMania DS hopes to bring the fun and frantic racing of the popular PC franchise to Nintendo DS. Players will drive at blistering speeds on incredible tracks made of jumps, loops, turbo boost pads and other crazy design elements.

As with the PC version, TrackMania DS will also include a feature rich tack editor, enabling players to create unique tracks from hundreds of design blocks. We're also promised multiplayer support, although at this time there's no firm information on modes and player numbers.

"We are very happy with this partnership with Firebrand," said Cédric Lagarrigue, CEO of Focus Home Interactive, "Their technology and background guarantee TrackMania DS will be a solid adaptation of the PC game, while also making the most of unique features of the DS. The fact that some members of the Firebrand team are true TrackMania fans definitely convinced us to trust them, and the first results are spectacular."

You can see the TrackMania DS teaser trailer over the video player.