M1 BMW 1970

M1 BMW 1970

One of the most fascinating sports cars of the late 70s, when Lamborghini signed an agreement with BMW to build the first and only production BMW to have a rear center engine.

In 1972 BMW MotorsportGmbH was created, a subsidiary of the German brand focused on the world of competition. At first, this company focused its efforts on modifying serial models to convert them into race cars. His first successes were the BMW 2002 and the BMW 3.0 CSI.

M1 BMW 1970

M1 BMW 1970

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Technical  side of M1 BMW

In-line 6-cylinder, 3,500 cc engine with four valves per cylinder, 470 horsepower, and 329 Nm of torque allowed it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds, associated with a five-speed mechanical transmission . It could reach a maximum speed of 264.7 km / h.

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BMW M1 Procar

It was called BMW M1 Procar and only forty units were assembled, destined to compete in a single-brand cup called BMW M1 ProcarChampionship. Among its merits, was the gathering of some of the best drivers of the time, such as Nikki Lauda, ​​Nelson Piquet and ClayRegazzoni. However, this competition was dismantled two seasons after its creation.

The design was the work of Giorgio Giugiaro, based on the turbo BMW with “seagull wings” doors of 1972, created by BMW designer Paul Bracq.

Lamborghini could not fulfill its part of the commitment made with BMW MotorsportGmbH to build the M1 and the need to manufacture 400 units in two years put a serious squeeze on the German brand. Finally, a somewhat complex solution was chosen, although the objective was achieved.

The frame was built by Marchesi and the fiberglass reinforced plastic body, is commissioned by T.I.R., both located in Modena (Italy). From there, they went to ItalDesign, the company of the designer Giorgio Giugiaro, where the two pieces were assembled and the equipment and interior coverings were added.

The mechanical components were assembled at StuttgartBaur, a German firm specializing in building buses, was responsible for this part of the construction process. So each unit, before starting it for the first time, had a good background of kilometers behind it.

The dimensions 4.36 meters long, 1.82 meters wide, 1.14 meters high and a wheelbase of 2.6 meters, its empty weight was only 1,300 kilograms.

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Inside BMW M1

The interior of the M1 was typical of sports cars from the 1970s and somewhat luxurious for the time. The sports seats were wrapped in cloth and leather, a design that was shared with the door panels. A huge center console separated the seats and included a small storage compartment, the handbrake lever, the shift lever and several buttons and switches.

A simple dashboard provided all the essential data for the driver, while the center console consisted of air conditioning switches and the standard radio with cassette player. Of course, there is nothing dramatic inside the M1, but that was the standard for the supercars of the late 1970s. On top of that, both free space and legroom were very restricted. All route examples came with a predominantly black interior and BMW did not offer any of the customization options available today.


Other Information about BMW M1

In autumn of 1978, during the celebration of the 64th edition of the Paris Motor Show, the BMW M1 was exhibited with a resounding success, it was the undisputed star of the event. The unanimous comment of the press was practically the same.

The starting price of the BMW M1 was exactly 100,000 German marks. To get an idea of ​​the purchasing power of that amount in 1978, with that money you could acquire 4 high-end models from the German firm.

Article source:  pruebaderuta website.