10/15/10 Officially Confirmed!
Bild-Zeitung newspaper reports that BMW will officially announce its return to the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) in 2012. The BMW DTM race car will be based on the current M3. Mario Theissen told Bild back in September: "On paper, we've started designing a car meeting 2012's DTM regulation already." The paper goes on to claim that BMW's budget for the 2012 DTM series will be less than one-tenth of its last Formula 1 budget, which was 200 million euros. BMW denied to comment the report, so there's no choice but to wait for the offical announcement this Friday (10/15). Source: Bild.de
Well it has been a LONG hiatus for BMW from the DTM series, in fact they havent raced since 1992. Many of us remember the fun times watching the hectic DTM series and BMWs have been very competitive in the series in the past. Luckily, in the wake of BMWs pull out from F1 whispers were flying around that BMW would turn its attention to the DTM series and now it seems to have come true.
What are BMWs plans? Well they are working with the governing ITR body to make sure their car is not only ready to go for the 2012 season but is a competitive car at that time.
For now, BMW stays commited with its cars in both the WTCC and GT racing with their M3 GT2 and Z4 GT3. Long term, the WTCC seems shaky and the attention would certainly be on DTM over WTCC.
Check out Jon Sibal's conception of what a BMW M3 DTM car could look like. Source: http://jonsibal.com/blog/2010/04/bmw-returns-to-dtm/
This is from September 2009 BTW, ahead of his time