BMW Super Bild Of The Day: M1

Interesting | May 2nd, 2012 by 4
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Turning out sought after road cars was originally the passion of 8 visionary BMW employees. Founded in 1972, BMW M, also known as M-Technik or …

Turning out sought after road cars was originally the passion of 8 visionary BMW employees. Founded in 1972, BMW M, also known as M-Technik or just “M” for us BMW fans, was created to assist BMW’s efforts in Motorsports.

After the success of BMW M cars like the BMW 3.0 CSL in road racing in the 60s and 70s and the growing demand for high performance sports cars, M introduced cars for sale to the general public. The first official M-badged car for sale was the now legendary M1, revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 1978. BMW employed the Italian manufacturer Lamborghini to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation.

Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models, but the M1 set the tone for which all other road going M cars would be based on. “Road worthy cars with the soul of a racecar”

BMW Super Bild Of The Day: M1

The M1 even spun into a one-make racing series called “BMW M1 Pro Car Championship” {Hyper link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M1_Procar_Championship} in 1979 Niki Lauda won the inaugural championship followed in 1980 by Brazilian Nelson Piquet. Created to help BMW meet homologation requirements for the then newly formed World Sports Car series and Group 5 racing. The M1 Pro Car series was billed as a Support Race at Formula 1 venues around the world. 1980 was the last year it was run so BMW could focus on its efforts in Formula 1. BMW M had cemented its roots on the world Motorsports stage and a legend was born, the world was now paying attention.

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