Whatever the model and whatever the year, an M3 has always been the fastest, most capable and most technically advanced car in its class. BMW have enjoyed motorsport success since the 1930s, but it wasn t until 1986 that the first M3 a two-door saloon became available, and today, more than 25 years later, it continues to set the standards by which all high-performance road cars are measured. This is the full story, covering in detail the M3's development through four evolutionary stages as well as its glittering motorsport achievements. The full story of a superb family of sports saloons, revered by enthusiasts. Packed with period photographs and new information. A complete history, from the F2 racing engines and M1 Supercar of the 1960s to the maturity of the latest 2013 M3s. Written by an acknowledged BMW expert and compiled with assistance from BMW. Covers motor racing success worldwide. The year 2012 was the 25th anniversary of the M3 in motorsport.