Heroes of Bavaria

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
1981 March-BMW M1/C
Built for BMW North America’s entry in the new 1981 IMSA GTP series for high-downforce, powerful prototype sports cars, this March-BMW M1/C is the only one ever produced. The first car designed by March Engineering for IMSA GTP, the M1/C followed the mid-engine design of the M1 but with an aluminum monocoque, fiberglass body, rocker/coil spring suspension, a large rear wing and ground effects tunnels underneath. The M1-based 3.5-liter engine was not powerful enough so McLaren North America adapted the 320 Turbo engine for this new application. David Hobbs and Marc Surer debuted the car in April 1981 at the Riverside 6 Hour race with a sixth-place finish.

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