BMW believes it is in good shape for its return to the DTM, following the official unveiling of its definitive M3 ahead of the 2012 season.
All three manufacturers in the German series (BMW, Audi, Mercedes) had to meet a homologation deadline of March 1 for their cars, with the development of several parts now set for the season. BMW unveiled its homologated car at the Geneva Motor Show, with ex-Mercedes racer Bruno Spengler and motorsport boss Jens Marquardt taking the covers off.
Marquardt said: "After all the hard work put in by BMW Motorsport and our teams over the past few weeks and months, I am confident that the BMW M3 DTM will provide us with an excellent basis for our comeback season.
"The countdown to BMW's first race in the DTM has been on since 1992 [when the manufacturer last raced in the series]. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we will go about it in our usual highly motivated manner."
Marquardt added that BMW had worked closely with its performance road car M division on developing the car.
"March 1 was a milestone for all the manufacturers involved," he said. "The intensive development stage drew to a close with the homologation of the BMW M3 DTM by the DMSB [German motorsport authority], and large parts of the design can no longer be changed.
"We were able to take advantage of the resources and experience of BMW M. The results of this cooperation speak for themselves. We will be doing everything in our power to ensure making positive headlines with the letter M in the 2012 DTM, and that we present BMW M with a gift or two to mark the 40th anniversary of its existence."