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at the request of fuelbydreams, here’s a brief post on the semilegendary BMW M1
the M1 was and remains BMW’s only mid-engined car, and that would be enough on its own to make it stand out from BMW’s otherwise entirely front-engine, rear-bias lineup (we’re not counting Mini because Mini doesn’t count)
it was developed in the mid-1970s and produced from 1978 to 1981 in very limited numbers; as a result remaining examples trade at six-figure values today
the M1 was built for a single-car race series called the BMW M1 Procar Championship, which lasted about six minutes before people got bored and went back to watching Le Mans (that’s not true, I don’t know why M1 Procar never caught on)
the reason the M1 is still remembered in a positive light is because of the absolutely bonkers M88 inline-6 that powered it; turbocharged versions developed up to 850HP in 1981
for scale, the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta makes 750HP from its 6.7L V12
this is not unprecedented: the 1.5L BMW M12 F1 engine, built from a block borrowed from a high-milage family car*, developed 1300HP at peak revs, also in 1981
the M88’s descendants include the mighty S38, the mill powering the E34 M5, aka the most perfect car ever designed
sadly, because the M1 is so rare and so sought after, you will never even see one, much less drive it
*literally: BMW built its winningest F1 engine ever from a used 520i’s block

nicelifeintheworld:

RAce car

at the request of fuelbydreams, here’s a brief post on the semilegendary BMW M1

the M1 was and remains BMW’s only mid-engined car, and that would be enough on its own to make it stand out from BMW’s otherwise entirely front-engine, rear-bias lineup (we’re not counting Mini because Mini doesn’t count)

it was developed in the mid-1970s and produced from 1978 to 1981 in very limited numbers; as a result remaining examples trade at six-figure values today

the M1 was built for a single-car race series called the BMW M1 Procar Championship, which lasted about six minutes before people got bored and went back to watching Le Mans (that’s not true, I don’t know why M1 Procar never caught on)

the reason the M1 is still remembered in a positive light is because of the absolutely bonkers M88 inline-6 that powered it; turbocharged versions developed up to 850HP in 1981

for scale, the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta makes 750HP from its 6.7L V12

this is not unprecedented: the 1.5L BMW M12 F1 engine, built from a block borrowed from a high-milage family car*, developed 1300HP at peak revs, also in 1981

the M88’s descendants include the mighty S38, the mill powering the E34 M5, aka the most perfect car ever designed

sadly, because the M1 is so rare and so sought after, you will never even see one, much less drive it

*literally: BMW built its winningest F1 engine ever from a used 520i’s block