• 17
BMW is returning to the DTM – Click above for high-res image

BMW has announced that it will once again knock fenders in the DTM. The company has said that it will make its way back to the race series for the 2012 season after a lengthy 18-year absence. The German automaker is in the process of restructuring its involvement in motorsport, and DTM is going to play a key part in that effort.

According to the company's press release, BMW has been in talks with DTM organizers for some time about future regulations and technical requirements. After it began to look like the brand would in fact be welcome in the series once again, BMW broke the news to fans at the DTM race weekend at Hockenheimring.

So far, it looks like the M3 will be the bruiser of choice for going toe-to-toe with the rest of the field, but as of right now, it's anyone's guess as to who will be behind the tiller when the green flag drops on the company team. Stay tuned and hit the jump for the full press release.

[Source: BMW]

Show full PR text
BMW to return to DTM in 2012.

* 15.10.2010

* Press Release

Munich, 15th October 2010. The return of BMW to the DTM from 2012 is reality: This was confirmed by the company during the DTM race weekend at the Hockenheimring. In April this year BMW had announced its intention to race in the DTM in principle from 2012, the first time since its departure from the series in 1994. The Board of Management of BMW AG considers conditions tied to a positive decision to return to the popular touring car series have now been met.

In recent months BMW has been working with the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V. and the other manufacturers represented in the DTM on issues relating to the future technical regulations, and the long-term internationalisation of the championship. The positive nature of these discussions means BMW Motorsport can now begin planning its DTM comeback in greater detail.

Dr Klaus Draeger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG with responsibility for development, says: "The return of BMW to the DTM is a fundamental part of the restructuring of our motorsport activities. With its increased commitment to production car racing, BMW is returning to its roots. The race track is the perfect place to demonstrate the impressive sporting characteristics of our vehicles against our core competitors in a high-powered environment. The DTM is the ideal stage on which to do this."

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen comments: "The entire team at BMW Motorsport is approaching this exciting project with absolute commitment. We began making technical preparations following our declaration of intent in April, and established parameters for a high-performance vehicle concept for deployment in the DTM. The positive decision of the BMW Board of Management means we can now shift up a gear and give the green light for development."

Hans Werner Aufrecht, 1st Chairman of the Board of ITR e.V. (DTM commercial rights holder and promoter): "We welcome the decision by BMW to enter the DTM from 2012. This is a further milestone for the future of our popular racing series, and proves that our efforts over the past few years have paid off. We laid the foundation for this in conjunction with the DMSB and the existing DTM manufacturers, namely Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Thus I would like to heartily thank all parties. I am personally looking forward to again seeing the three premium brands of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz competing against each other on the race track. Our fans have waited a long time for this."

The intention is to use the BMW M3 as the basic DTM vehicle, a car that has enjoyed unique successes in the field of touring and sports car racing in the past. Eric van de Poele (BE) and Roberto Ravaglia (IT) celebrated two DTM titles with the racing version of BMW's most sporty representative back in 1987 and 1989, while before that Volker Strycek (DE) won the DTM premiere in 1984 in the BMW 635 CSi. This season the current BMW M3 GT2 caused a sensation in the world of international endurance racing, taking victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE).


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 17 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      needs more 1m racer
      • 4 Years Ago
      coolbeans
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW should take an X6M and load it with every option (and don't forget the run flat tires) and go racing.

      Weight isn't good for racing and it isn't good for the road either.

        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW is luxury brand. The M division is the performance side. E36 318 wasnt a really fast car. So were you raising hell then? If you bought a prius you would not be on this blog lol.

        The weight is not 100% BMW's fault. Cars need to be better in a crash tests now. They pile on the weight to do that. Every car I can think of off the top of my head has gone up in weight.

        If you want a car that can go in the canyon you dont buy a X6 ///M .....
        • 4 Years Ago
        That makes no sense.

        Race cars dont make good commuter cars. I would hope a road going car has sound deadening plush seats good ac, you know the things a race car doesnt have
        • 4 Years Ago
        The weight isn't 100% BMW's fault?

        A glance at an X6M would disabuse you of this notion I think.

        Perhaps on some BMWs the weight isn't their fault, but not this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LIKE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh Lord please give me one of those 190E DTM cars. I'll be such a good boy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FFFF YES!!!!
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sigh...If only DTM required a production run of exact cars in order to homogolate them into the series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        there are enough series to run with productions cars.
        clio cup, megane, tdi cup, mini cup, etc, etc, etc, etc

        DTM is about hitech.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Welcome back to DTM racing BMW..
      To bad Ford doesn't have a new RS Capri, or Ford Sierra to bring back the best days of street homogolated racing! Be awesome to see Ford back in it...
      Good luck Bimmer!!
    • Load More Comments