BMW has been working on its return to the German touring car series since announcing its plans last year. Probably even earlier. That's set to take place next year, with BMW joining arch-rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi for the first time in 18 years.
The car will be based on the M3, just like the BMW DTM cars from the 1980s which will be displayed alongside the concept at BMW Welt following the unveiling at the Olympic stadium. We'll have to wait until July 15 to see exactly how it shapes up, but given the company it will be keeping, we can expect a lot of little winglets. Follow the jump for the press release.
BMW M3 DTM Concept Car debuts in Munich.
The 2012 motorsport season is looming: As part of the DTM event at Munich's Olympic Stadium on 16th and 17th July 2011, BMW will present a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car for the first time.
The Concept Car will give the first impression of what next year's car will look like. This was announced by BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, who takes over from Mario Theissen on 1st July, at Tuesday's pre-event DTM press conference in Munich. The presentation will take place in front of media representatives on Friday 15th July, where they will also gain some further insights about the DTM programme of BMW. The car will then be on show to the public at BMW Welt over the remainder of the weekend.
"The fact that the DTM is staging an event in Munich this year is obviously exciting and interesting for us too," said Marquardt. "The location right on our doorstep gives the term 'home event' a whole new meaning in motorsport in the future. Although we will not be competing in 2011, we want to use this opportunity to give DTM fans and BMW Motorsport followers a taste of what they can look forward to next season. For this reason, this event is the logical venue to unveil a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car. Under the motto 'BMW welcomes DTM' we will welcome the series to Munich and follow the event at the Olympic Stadium closely. We hope the spectators will also enjoy the many classic BMW cars in action as part of the support programme. Whether the 1987 BMW M3 DTM, the BMW M1 Procar from 1981, or the Mini Rally Monte Carlo car from the 1960s: we think there will be something to suit every taste."
BMW Welt will be dominated by motorsport throughout the entire DTM race weekend at Munich's Olympic Stadium. The main attraction will be the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car. In addition, BMW is also exhibiting some of the historic cars, including the 1979 BMW M1 Art Car designed by Andy Warhol, the 1986 BMW 635 CSi and the BMW M3 GTR from 2001. The BMW M3 from the late 1980s, which notched up countless victories and two of the three DTM titles for the brand, will also be on display. With more than 1,500 individual wins to its name, this car is still regarded as one of the most successful touring cars of all time.
Development of the BMW M3 DTM for the coming season has been in full flow since BMW announced its DTM comeback in October last year, and has so far run to plan. The first tests will be performed shortly. BMW will be represented with three strong teams in the DTM in 2012. BMW Team Schnitzer, in action with the BMW M3 GT at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) this weekend, will run two BMW M3 DTM cars, as will BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG.