Ahead of its return to the DTM championship in 2012, BMW will be presenting a concept car at next month’s DTM event at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. The concept car – which will be unveiled on July 15 and then placed on show at the BMW Welt during the July 16-17 race weekend – will offer the first impression of what next year’s M3-based DTM racer will look like.

The announcement was made by Jens Marquardt, who takes over from Mario Theissen as the company’s motorsports director on July 1.

“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. The fact that the DTM is staging an event in Munich this year is obviously exciting and interesting for us,” said Marquardt.

“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.”

Development of the M3 DTM for the following season has been in full flow since BMW announced its DTM comeback in October last year, with the first tests to be performed shortly. The brand will be represented by three teams in the DTM next year – BMW Team Schnitzer will run two BMW M3 DTM cars, as will BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG.