Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
BMW E30 M3
BMW Motorsport debuted the original M3 late in 1986, powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Developed for Group A racing, BMW Motorsport campaigned the M3 in the World Touring Car Championship, European Touring Car Championship and DTM. Not scheduled to arrive in the U.S. until 1987 as a 1988 model, BMW North America decided to generate interest by racing the M3. Ray Korman’s Korman Autoworks had been very successful in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Series racing a BMW 325e and received two pre-production U.S.-spec M3s to build into Firehawk cars. The E30 M3 2.0-liter engine was one of the smallest engines in the series, but Korman reached the podium three times in 1987. BMW North America pulled its support after the 1987 season, but Korman continued to race through 1991, winning the race in Portland in 1990 and finishing third at West Palm Beach and Lime Rock that same year.

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