BMW M3 DTM Concept Car revealed image

Finally, BMW took the wraps off their highly anticipated M3 DTM racer. BMW will rejoin the DTM series for the first time since the mid-1990s. This concept car, while not the final design, gives an idea of what to expect from its return venture into the series.

BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt, who succeeded Mario Theissen in the role recently, said that the car shown was still a long way from being the finished article, however.

“Getting a new racing programme up and running is a bit like doing a jigsaw,” he said. “New pieces are added almost every day, and we must put them together to create the big picture.

A full test-program of this car is expected to begin in Aschheim soon. After successful completion of a series of tests, this car will be handed over to the three teams of BMW that will participate in the 2012 DTM: the BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and the BMW Team RMG.

On display over the weekend at BMW Welt in Munich, the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car is powered by an air restricted V8 engine, according to the technical regulations, and generates approximately 480 PS (353 kW / 473 bhp). It is capable to accelerate to 100 km/h in 3 seconds and has a top speed of approx. 300 km/h (186 mph).