BMW has officially announced that it plans to return to the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) series in 2012 with the M3 if the requirements by the organizer ITR can be met. In the mean time BMW will make necessary technical preparations as the final verdict will be revealed at the end of the year.

BMW was part of the series in the past and wishes to make a come back as the series has been restructured. “The newly aligned programme offers us many important stages, on which to demonstrate the sporting gene present in BMW vehicles. The planned return to the DTM is an exciting challenge for our team,” said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen.

“Over the coming months we will be making all the necessary technical preparations that should allow us to be competitive right from the start should we join the series in 2012. Thanks to its great tradition in production car racing, the BMW M3 is predestined to be used as the basic car. In 2011 we will once again be lining up with our BMW M3 GT2, which is contesting its debut season in Europe this year,” he added.

The company also said that it is developing a force-inducted 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine with direct injection for 2011. This engine will be used in championships that run the Super2000 rules such as the World Touring Car Championship.

If BMW joins DTM it will race alongside its German rivals such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi. DTM started in 1984 and it was temporarily discontinued in 1996 due to high costs. It then made a return in 2000.