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Constructor Bayerische Motoren Werke.
Chassis Multi tube spaceframe.
Body Fiberglass bodywork.
Suspension Independent front & rear, upper and lower unequal length control-arm with Bilstein shock absorbers and co-axial coil springs and anti-roll bars.
Gearbox Hewland DG400.
Wheelbase : 2560mm
Front track 1549mm
Rear track 1578mm
Engine Six-cylinder in-line power unit, water-cooled, four valves per cylinder, mechanical fuel injection, dry sump lubrication, oil cooler at the front end of the car, 94 mm bore, 84 mm stroke, 3,500 cc capacity, 470 bhp at 9,000 rpm, max torque 390 Nm (287 lb-ft) at 7,000 rpm. Hydraulically operated double-plate clutch, ZF five-speed gearbox, differential and gearbox cooling system.

The M1 is BMW's first mid-engine sports car. Built in 1979 and 1980 this was the first BMW super car capable of rivaling the strongest Ferrari and Porsche. Group 5 is the highest category of GT racing of the day. the BMW M1 began racing in the Procar series instead. David Cowart and Kenper Miller won the IMSA GTO category in 1981. When BMW had sold enough cars to comply with Group 5 homologation requirements, the vehicle was no longer competitive for that group. Production of the BMW M1 ceased in 1981 after 455 examples were created, with 56 created for racing. In 1979, 79 examples were created with 38 being race-prepared, and the remaining 41 intended for road-use. In 1980 and 1981, 188 vehicles were constructed per year. 18 were constructed for racing. Less than ten cars went IMSA racing, but they left their mark. The BMW M1, designed by Giugiaro and powered by a Paul Rosche designed 3.5-liter, twin-cam six-cylinder engine mounted mid-ship. Double track control arms on the front and rear axles, magnesium wheel mounts, aluminium wheel hubs with central bolt, Bilstein dampers with bolted spring plates, anti-roll bars front and rear, exchangeable and adjustable, ATE brake system, swing callipers and vented discs front and rear, twin master brake cylinders, brake forces adjustable while driving, rims 11.0 x 16 at the front, 12.5 x 16 at the rear, tyres 10.0/23.5 x 16 at the front, 12.5/25.0 x 16 at the rear, rack-and-pinion steering with direct transmission ratio.

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