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40 years of BMW M history

By FaezClutchless on 23 Aug 2012

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In the automotive world, the most powerful and recognisable alphabet is the letter M. Every auto enthusiasts would know what I am talking about. That letter M I am talking about is from the BMW M division (Motorsport). BMW’s M division was created in 1972 to assist and promote BMW’s racing program.

It is clear that BMW expected a lot from its M division and in the past forty years, the German automaker has brought out much for its customers and also to auto performance enthusiasts. To commemorate its 40 years of its M division history, BMW has created a short video which details its history.

The first car that came out from its M program (and without an M badge) was the BMW 3.0 CSL (top most picture). The car was produced to meet homologation requirements so that it could race in the European Touring Car Championships during the 1970s. The BMW 3.0 CSL was also nicknamed the “Batmobile” due to its wide stance, tall wing and heroic performance status. The car gain much reputation when it won the 1973 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race.

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BMW M’s division soon released another M car and this time it comes with an M badge. That car is the BMW M1 (pictured above). The car somehow originated from an agreement with Italian sportscar maker, Lamborghini and it was initially planned for homologation purposes. When Lamborghini had some financial difficulties, went bankrupt and closed it doors; it was rumoured that BMW sent some of their people to break into Lamborghini’s headquarters to retrieve the M1’s blueprints.

During the mid 1980s, BMW introduced the M3 and M5 cars. The BMW M3 soon hit the racing circuits and won several racing championships. From there, BMW has manufactured a continuous line of BMW M vehicles. Today, the company has an M version for almost all of its models. The only model which does not have its own M version is the 7-series. But, there are plans for BMW to come out with an M version of the 7-Series to compete with cars like the Mercedes Benz S65 AMG.

BMW is proud of its M division and it is known that the company’s efforts in motorsports have saved the automaker. And without the M division, we will not see other performance cars that keeps fighting or competing with it.

Photo credit: Concept Carz

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Lammy84 Aug 30 2012 01:27 PM
"M" the most famous letter, if any i think the letter "R" is the most recognised and use letter for performance. What a muppet.
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