After BMW 700 Coupe had showed its sporting qualities in the late 1950s and early ’60s, BMW unveiled a real racing car in 1961. BMW 700 RS was based on the BMW 700 model, but was designed just for motorsport.
The BMW 700 RS made its debut at the Rossfeld Hillclimb Race on 18 June 1961. It raced in the sports car category up to 1600cc, competing against the likes of the Porsche Spyder and the Porsche RSK.
BMW’s small racing machine boasted a tubular spaceframe and an aluminium body. The complete vehicle weight was less than 600 kg or 1,323 lb. The BMW 700 RS was powered by the side-shaft engine which delivered about 70 hp. Depending on the transmission ratio, this small but dynamic performer was able to reach a top speed between 150 and 200 km/h (93 and 124 mph).
Walter Schneider won the German Circuit Championship in 1961 at the wheel of a BMW 700 RS.