Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
BMW 320 Turbo
1977 IMSA Camel GT Challenge Series
Following the success of the 3.0 CSL, the 320 became the next BMW sports car powered by both non-turbo and turbocharged versions of the Formula 2 M12 engine. In Europe, the BMW Junior Team took the non-turbo version of the 320 to eight victories in the 1977 German Racing Championship with up and coming drivers Eddie Cheever, Marc Surer and Manfred Winkelhock at the wheel. The 320 Turbo raced in Europe, powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine while the U.S. version had a turbocharged 2.0 liter. Team McLaren developed and raced the car above, which was driven by David Hobbs to seven wins in the IMSA Camel GT series in 1977 and 1978. The 320 Turbo was used to test the engine for the BMW/Brabham BT52 driven by Nelson Piquet to the 1983 Formula One World Championship.

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