The purpose of the BMW M1 was to essentially go as fast as possible and win races. The name of this vehicle is reflection of both its stature and importance in the history of the company. Production of this vehicle started in 1978 and went to 1981. Initially, BMW was going to partner up with Lamborghini to create a racing car for purpose of homologation, but certain conflicts between the two companies resulted in BMW going ahead with this project themselves. The M1 was officially sold to the public in 1978 as the BMW M1 was up until that time it was the only mid-engined vehicle that this carmaker has produced.
The M1 had a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 liter 6-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, which was definitely an innovation at the time. There was a variation of this motor which was used in the South American version of the BMW 745i with only a couple hundred examples built between 1984 and 1986. The engine in this vehicle had six individual throttle bodies as well as four valves per cylinder which produced around 277 PS and 273 horsepower, though only for the street version.
The M1 coupe was built by hand in 1978 until 1981 in the Motorsport vision of BMW as a special racing car of sorts. The body of this vehicle was designed by Giugiraro who was heavily influenced and inspired by the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. Initially, this company wanted to work with Lamborghini to work out some of the design details for this vehicle as well as assemble a series of prototypes, but Lamborghini’s certain financial conflicts lead to the dissolving of the partnership, which is when BMW finished work on it themselves.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, the M1 experienced a decent amount of success in motorsports. Sports Car International ranked this vehicle number 10 on their list of the top sports cars of the 1970s. Although many people make this mistake, the M1 is in no way related to BMW’s 1-series which is a compact executive car that began production in 2004. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe, on the other hand, started production in 2010. April of 2008 brought the unveiling of the BMW M1 Homage Concept which was created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1. This concept vehicle has a mid-engine layout design with a style that was influenced by the original M1 as well as the Turbo show car.
The BMW Homage concept was initially seen at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa e’Este in 2008. The design for this vehicle was created by Giorgio Giugiaro who was inspired by the BMW Turbo concept, which was the brain child of Paul Bracq. The BMW Turbo included a number of different innovations from this company and received quite a bit of positive feedback as well as media coverage because of its revolutionary design.
The BMW M1 first hit the racetrack in 1979 but experienced some setbacks with minor engine problems. While it was not all smooth sailing with this vehicle at first, it eventually received some much-needed improvements in order to make it an unstoppable racing machine. There were also some modified M1s which were used in racing in Formula One as well as other series where they went up against some of the fastest cars in the world. This series ran for a total of two years and the Procars were used by a number of different teams in the World Championship along with many other national series, skyrocketing it to a level of fame that few other racing vehicles have ever experienced.