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How a racing series made the BMW M1 Procar famous.

Only two years on Europe's Formula 1 circuits made the BMW M1 Procar unforgettable.

31 May 2019

The BMW M1 Procar remains a central component of the history of BMW M. Boasting a powerful six-cylinder in-line engine and a striking striking wedge shape created by renowned vehicle designer Giorgio Giugiaro, the M1 instantly became a major player in the automotive world when it debuted as a road-legal racing car in 1978. When a race series was created specifically for the model, however, its legendary status was guaranteed. One thing is certain: 40 years after it first took to the racetrack, the BMW M1 Procar continues to impress with its sophisticated technology, unique design and exceptional performance.

The BMW M1 Procar in M livery.The BMW M1 Procar in M livery.

In 1979 and 1980, the BMW Procar Series was one of the most spectacular racing series in the motorsport world. As part of most European Formula 1 races, the five fastest F1 drivers from the practice sessions of the respective Grand Prix took part and raced identical BMW M1 cars against private drivers, well-known racers and up-and-coming talents. A competition of this magnitude would be inconceivable today, and it was hugely successful with the public. Proof of just how big a stage it provided for motorsport superstars, the overall winner of the first Procar season was Niki Lauda. The following year, Nelson Piquet secured first place in the standings with three wins in a row.

PROCAR SERIES AS THE BIG STAGE.

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1,000 hp

the maximum performance of individual M1 Procar vehicles constructed in accordance with Group 5 regulations.

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE FOR THE RACE TRACK.

The BMW M1 Procar from the side.The BMW M1 Procar from the side.

Externally, the Procar version of the M1 differed from the road model thanks to its large rear spoiler, clearly flared mudguards and modified front apron. The engine was based on the production version, but with even more power – 470 hp. The M1 Procar could hit speeds of up to 310 km/h. Later, when the BMW M1 was built and further developed in accordance with Group 5 regulations, the in-line six-cylinder petrol engine was turbocharged, offering dizzying outputs of between 850 to nearly 1,000 hp.

View inside a BMW M1 Procar.View inside a BMW M1 Procar.
Tecnical data by comparison.Tecnical data by comparison.
Front and rear of a BMW M1 Procar.Front and rear of a BMW M1 Procar.

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