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Dressed In Jägermeister Orange, This 1000bhp BMW M1 By no means Noticed A Racetack

These days, F1 drivers are targeted on F1 and F1 solely, other than the odd journey Fernando Alonso undertook in 2017 as he entered the Indy 500 and allowed Jenson Button to take his place for the Monaco Grand Prix. Many years in the past although, drivers would compete in a number of races on a single race weekend, all for the joys of velocity and competitors. Maybe probably the most well-known F1 assist class outdoors of open-wheel championships akin to Formulation 2, Formulation 3 or Formulation 5000 was the M1 Procar championship. This one-make championship pitted among the biggest F1 aces up towards sportscar and touring automobile champions and sadly lasted solely 2 seasons. However, it cemented the legacy of the BMW M1 as a very iconic automobile each on the street and on the monitor. Some folks even took it racing after the M1 Procar collection folded, with combined outcomes. However there’s one M1 variant I wager you haven’t seen or heard of; the mad 1,000bhp Jägermeister orange BMW M1 Group 5 racer we’re that includes within the Petrolhead Nook in the present day!

The BMW M1 & the Procar collection

The BMW M1 is a kind of vehicles that lots of people know of and admire, however few even have seen in particular person. I take into account myself fortunate sufficient to have seen and heard one blast round Zandvoort through the Historic Grand Prix occasion a couple of years again, and it was an enduring expertise for certain. A part of the rationale that so few folks have truly skilled an M1 up shut is the actual fact solely 453 had been made, making it one of many rarest BMWs ever. From that manufacturing run of 453, 399 had been made for the street, and the remainder had been transformed to racing specs.

How the BMW M1 truly got here to life is one other traditional instance of competitors. BMW was in fierce competitors with Porsche for years, primarily in Touring Automotive fashion racing. The model’s 2002 Turbo, 320 Turbo and 3.0 and three.5 CSL racing vehicles all competed towards a mess of Porsche Racing vehicles. Jochen Neerpasch, head of BMW Motorsport GmbH on the time, wished to lastly construct a racing automobile from the bottom up and have it homologated with a street automobile to tackle Porsche’s may (particularly that of the 935), as a substitute of changing a street automobile to go racing. The result’s the wedge-like M1, penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro and impressed by the 1972 BMW Turbo idea automobile.

The racing M1 was supposed to enter the World Sportscar Championship in 1979, in addition to Group 4 and 5 sort championships. Because the automobile was being constructed to a minimal of 400 models to homologate it for Group 4 and Group 5 racing, Neerpasch got here up with the thought of a one-make racing collection to reveal (and check) the M1 earlier than it was got down to compete towards different producers. His connection to Max Mosley, the pinnacle of March Engineering and a distinguished determine within the racing scene at the moment, opened the door to including the newly fashioned M1 Procar Championship to the F1 calendar as a assist racing collection.

For the 1979 season, the M1 Procar collection can be launched within the European races solely however would discipline fairly a couple of F1 drives in addition to prime drivers from different classes. The light-weight fibreglass automobile was fitted with a 3.5-litre straight-six engine taken from a roadgoing M1 however tuned to 470bhp. Prime speeds had been in extra of 300kph, and zero-to-100kph would take lower than 4.5 seconds.

Names that competed in both the 1979 or 1980 season (or each) had been Mario Andretti, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, and Riccardo Patrese. By 1982, BMW had complied with the stipulation of 400 constructed vehicles and as such, the M1 was homologated to compete in Group 4 and Group 5 racing collection. Nonetheless, as BMW shifted its focus to constructing Formulation 1 engines for Brabham, there was no want for the M1 Procar Sequence any longer, and the championship was laid to relaxation after simply two seasons. Niki Lauda received the title in 1979, with Nelson Piquet being one of the best within the 1980 season.

one thousand horsepower

However the profession of the BMW M1 didn’t finish there, because the automobile confirmed large potential in its M1 Procar Sequence. The vehicles used over the 1979 and 1980 seasons had been bought off to racing groups or privateers for use within the World Sportscar Championship or different racing collection. A number of of those groups began experimenting with elevated energy ranges or extra superior aerodynamics with the intention to hold the M1 eligible for varied lessons of racing. The staff of Schnitzer as an example, rebuilt an M1 to twin-turbo energy, boosting the engine to 800bhp!

One other instance is that this wild BMW M1 Group 5 racing prototype in Jägermeister colors, a racing swimsuit it formally isn’t purported to put on however was the thought of Fritz Wagner, an M1 skilled and the person who rebuilt this particular one. Initially it’s mentioned to be constructed for the Walter Brün racing staff, who slipped a modified BMW M88 turbo engine right into a modified M1 Procar chassis. The automobile was fitted with Group 5 praise bodywork, together with a large entrance splitter, wider wheel arches and an enormous rear wing. The outcome, regardless that the orange paint job isn’t unique (nor licensed for that matter) appears menacing. It additionally doesn’t harm that this Jägermeister livery has gone down in historical past as top-of-the-line ever, up there with Martini, Rothmans, Marlboro, Gulf Oil and so forth.

For causes which are unknown to Basic Driver, and BMW as properly, the automobile by no means noticed any formally sanctioned racing motion, abandoning an unanswered query of what it may obtain. Following the automobile’s full rebuild, it was examined on a dyno and simply earlier than it broke down the engine kicked out a monstrous 1,000bhp and 930Nm of torque. Greater than loads to deal with the mere 1,020 kilos this automobile places on the size.

In response to Basic Driver, the supply for this particular automobile, the present proprietor intends to take it out on monitor days and attend revival-style occasions frequently, which must be fairly a sight to behold. Simply think about, seeing this orange missile blast down the straight at Monza, up Eau Rouge, or by way of Maggots and Becketts in a whirlwind of turbo-flutter…..

Editorial Word: The photographs and data on the BMW M1 are sourced from and used with permission of ClassicDriver.com, and BMW-M.com except acknowledged in any other case.


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