The famous “Karussell” of the infamous Nurburgring in Germany is the perfect setting for which to photograph some of Germany’s Uber Cars. One such car that stands out since its introduction last year hails from Munich and wears the blue and white Roundel, and is the subject of this week’s “Super Bild”
It’s none other than the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The smallest of the M series cars has been the subject of much debate over the last year over whether it’s a real M car or not. It doesn’t have an “S” designated engine and it was thrown together using existing parts from existing models, and in some cases not even M cars.
After having driven this little monster both on track and on the street, I can assure everyone, it is indeed a true M car in every sense of the definition. After reading the multitude of reviews of the 1M, the consensus is BMW reached way down into it’s bag of wizardry and put together a car that harks back to the time where the mighty E30 M3 reigned over all. Every single driving characteristic embodies everything that makes the E30 M3 still desirable today. Sadly the 1M was built in very limited quantities for only 1 model year and were almost immediately sold out and commanding insane market price adjustments across the country. I have no doubt 20 years from now, the mighty 1M will be a very sought after M car.
The Karussell is one of those turns on a racetrack that drivers know by name, much like “Big Bend” or “The Corkscrew”. Of the 70 plus turns (most of them named) the famous Karussell stands out for its cemented banked 180 degree turn. It’s the perfect place to photograph cars with their suspensions compressed to their limits, wheels disappearing underneath their arches and drivers struggling to control their cars as they navigate the perfect line through Karussell to catapult out the other side.
Put both the 1 Series M Coupe and the famed Karussell together and you have the perfect recipe for a “Super Bild” An image begging to take residence as your favorite wallpaper, that is until next week’s Super Bild.
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