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December 14, 2018

BMW Wedge Shaped Race Cars In Florida

by Mike –

There were a few BMW wedge shaped cars at the recent Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. BMW is not known for mid-engine cars but when they make one they do a good job.

1972 BMW Braque Turbo

1972 BMW Braque Turbo

1972 BMW Braque Turbo

Frenchman Paul Braque became the new Chief-Designer at BMW in the 1970s. This car was presented during the 1972 Olympic Games and is fitted with a BMW Turbo engine that produces 200 hp. Only two of these models were built.

1972 BMW Braque Turbo

1972 BMW Braque Turbo

1972 BMW Braque Turbo interior

1981 BMW M1

Introduced in 1979 the M1 replaced the 3.0 CSL. The M1 was a radical departure for BMW, whose success had always been producing front engine cars (except for the Isetta).

BMW M1

Officially called the Mid-Engined BMW M1 Project E26, work was begun in 1976 with Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign in charge of the styling and Lamborghini handling the construction.

The M1 was intended to be a race car but there were not enough produced to qualify for Group 4 and 5 classes.

BMW M1

This car is No. 402 of 450 built and a award winner!

BMW M1

1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

Constructed on a BMW made birdcage this historic race car is fitted with a M88/2 6-cylinder engine that has twin turbos and produces 850 hp!

This car raced in the World Championships of 1979 and 1980.

I suspect this Gruppe 5 Turbo is much faster than either the M1 or the the BMW Braque Turbo.

1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

Let us know what you think of BMW wedge cars in the Comments

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1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

Comments

  1. marcopolo says:

    I have never seen a BMW like any of these, thank you.

  2. georgeg20 says:

    The M1 has always been my dream car to have. This model is the true epitome of its era.

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