Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
BMW M1 IMSA Group 4
1981 IMSA GTO Endurance Series
The BMW M1 debuted at the 1978 Paris Motor Show, a mid-engine two-seat sports car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and powered by a twin-cam 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. Originally intended to challenge rival Porsche, development production issues delayed the launch and by the time the M1 arrived the series it was planned for had ended. As a result, BMW created the ProCar Series to support Formula One races, with the top five Formula One drivers competing against local drivers in identically-prepared M1 race cars. Niki Lauda won the ProCar championship in 1979 and Nelson Piquet followed in 1980. The car above was modified to race in the IMSA GTO series in the U.S. and was entered by BMW North America at the 24 Hour of Daytona and Mosport in 1981. Drivers included David Hobbs, Marc Surer and Dieter Quester.

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