Racing under the Team BMW banner, it marks the first time the brand has entered the BTCC for 21 years. It is partnering with West Surrey Racing, which has been running BMW racers in the championship independently since 2007.
The marque is funding technical development of the car and is providing WSR with its latest powertrains. The car will run a new BMW turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, as per regulations, that produces about 350bhp.
Three cars will be driven by 2014 BTCC Champion Colin Turkington, multiple BTCC Independent champ Andrew Jordan and longstanding WSR driver Rob Collard. The line-up will make BMW one of the favourites for the title.
27-year-old Jordan (pictured middle) hasn't driven a rear-wheel drive BTCC car before. But he told Autocar his experience in other racing championships will help him: "I don’t plan on taking any time to adapt. It went very well in three tests before the launch - I felt very comfortable."
Jordan expects to challenge for the drivers' title along with his teammates. He said Turkington and Collard's experience will make them hard to beat: "I'll learn a lot from my teammates, who have lots of rear-wheel drive experience," he said. "But we want to move the whole project forward together."