The BMW M1 Procar was a racing model of the long-lasting M1 supercar constructed for a brief lived one-make collection. Only a small variety of originals had been constructed, however one of many mechanics who labored on them has managed to recreate some from spare parts.
As described within the video from BMW, Fritz Wagner started buying parts till he had every part from the smallest nuts and bolts to total physique shells. He then set about assembling them into full vehicles. The video would not specify, however there seem like at the very least three vehicles in Wagner’s workshop. That’s a not-insignificant enlargement of the M1 Procar inhabitants.
The Procar collection ran for simply two seasons—1979 and 1980—however proved widespread because it featured Formula 1 drivers in similar equipment. Niki Lauda gained the 1979 championship and Nelson Piquet gained in 1980. Wagner owns Piquet’s championship-winning automotive and says within the video that he is keen to promote it to the previous F1 champion.
Wagner additionally owns the unique BMW M1 prototype that was constructed by Lamborghini. BMW initially partnered with the Italian agency on engineering of the M1, however that ultimately dissolved. In the video, Wagner mentions desirous to convert the prototype to run on hydrogen.
BMW initially deliberate to race the M1 within the FIA Group 5 class, however after the FIA modified the principles for the variety of highway vehicles wanted to homologate the race vehicles, the automaker opted to begin the Procar collection as a substitute. In complete, an estimated 453 highway vehicles and Procar race vehicles had been constructed.
The M1 wasn’t a hit as a highway or a race automotive. But it stays an iconic design and in addition seeded BMW’s M division. An evolution of its inline-6 engine was used within the unique E28-generation BMW M5.