I remember when I was at Primary school, about 10 years of age, looking through some car books in the library when I turned to a page containing a picture. A picture of a car racing in full red, white and blue livery. It was like nothing else I’d ever seen before, sleek, fast and sporty (I was 10) and written below it, BMW M1.
Since that day I have always had a soft spot for this supercar. A car that didn’t have the racing impact it was built for. It was the first car built by BMW Motorsports division and still the only mass produced mid engine car BMW have ever built. Originally meant to be developed and built by Lamborghini, Lamborghinis financial situation meant production was moved to Baur. Homologation problems in the development and move of production base meant that the number of road going versions required for it to race were not met, by the time they were and following a move to Procar (due to a change in the rules) meant the car was no longer competitive even though the race version, fitted with BMW's legendary straight 6, with up to 850bhp. Its badluck resulted in a short production life, running from 1979 to 1981. The road going version producing 277bhp only managed to number 450 examples. Its just a shame its look didn’t influence more of the BMW range further that the front engined 850 produced through the 1990’s.
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