BMW M1 Design Study shows a futuristic supercar

Interesting | October 26th, 2015 by 13
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Giom Mouton – a South African rendering artist – is back with another BMW design study. This time, Mouton has taken a fresh look at …

Giom Mouton – a South African rendering artist – is back with another BMW design study. This time, Mouton has taken a fresh look at the iconic BMW M1 supercar which served as an inspiration for a futuristic BMW supercar.

“My design is taking inspiration from – rather than copying – the original,” Mouton said. “The concept is lightweight construction with less emphasis on luxury; performance and handling take center stage and active aerodynamics and a very low center of gravity plays a big part.”

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Like the original, this concept uses the latest version of BMW’s M engine magic – the 3.0 liter inline-six turbocharged found in the M4. Modifications like dry sump and exotic materials would lessen the weight and up the performance to somewhere around 500 hp. That power and low weight combination should give the futuristic M1 a standard sprint below 4.0 seconds.

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The reason for it being a mid-engine – and not a front engine design –  is simply because of the original M1. “It has a legacy, it must have a following,” Mouton adds. “While Mercedes and Audi are churning out exotic supercars, BMW has none, it is time to evoke the legend from the past. This car will also look right at home with the rest of the GT3 pack.”

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BMW is long overdue for a new supercar and while the company has been focusing on the future, rather than the past, the marketing impact of a new supercar would be invaluable and it will attenuate a lot of the criticism we see today – like the lack of a supercar to highlight BMW’s core values.

[Photos: Facebook.com/giomimageart]

13 responses to “BMW M1 Design Study shows a futuristic supercar”

  1. Beresnh says:

    The car doesn’t look modern…
    Looks live from 2005 !

  2. CDspeed says:

    It doesn’t even look as sofisticated as the i8.

  3. Bmw Fan Club'S. says:

    i Like 6.3L V12 with 780 HP.

  4. iNoob says:

    Not gonna happen.

  5. Senne says:

    A car like this should have the V8 found in the M5 and M6, not an inline-six. But, of course, with an electric motor and produce around 800 hp, to compete with the McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche! That would be awesome ! :D

  6. Icebreakerr says:

    cant wait untill they make a supercar

  7. Nedlands says:

    Love it.
    Needs M3 3.0 + 2-300 hp of Electric boost

  8. jason bourne says:

    Very nice… Light years better than the 3.0 Hommage.

  9. E46 says:

    Noooooo! …looks like shitty Peugeot

  10. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    poor guy

  11. Soft poop says:

    The door proportions are odd. It looks like they came from another car at 75% scale. I understand pinching the midsection to accentuate the wheel arches, but the doors need a little more help.

  12. […] According to the designer, his new BMW M1 would use the twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine out of the new M3/M4, and the same carbon tub from the i8. “While Mercedes and Audi are churning out exotic supercars, BMW has none. It is time to evoke the legend from the past,” stated Mouton, who spoke with BMWBlog. […]

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