JF Bouchard, Senior Vehicle Artist at Slightly Mad Studios has posted previews of the 1981 BMW M1 Procar. According to TopSpeed.com:
Back in the late 70’s BMW was having a hard time in group four touring car racing. The 3.0CSL was getting old and a replacement was needed to show the Porshce 935 who was boss. It was thus decided to build the M1 using styling queues from the 1972 Turbo concept car. The M1 was always a heavy car and was sadly never very competitive, its looks go a long way to making up for this as a road car though.
The BMW M1 is a supercar automobile, and was the first and only mid-engined BMW.
This rarest of modern BMWs was manufactured from 1978-81.
The Giugiaro-designed M1 was to be assembled by Lamborghini, but Lamborghini’s poor financial situation and assembly delays caused BMW to move assembly to Baur, the German convertible builders.
By the time production resumed, the homologation rules for international Group 5 racing had been changed. Since BMW had not met the required sales figures, the M1 went to the new Procar series instead.
Interested? Check out this historic footage of Procar Series Hockenheim, 1979!
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[ Source: WMD Portal ]