The BMW M3 was not an attempt to produce a sporting flagship for a volume produced model range; instead it originated from the idea of developing a racing car for motor sport that would also be available in a road-going version. The selected category of racing was Group A production touring cars – as seen […]
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In spring 1995, BMW M GmbH introduced a rather special version when it launched a strictly limited edition as the BMW M3 GT Coupe for homologation. BMW M3 GT Coupe was produced only in a limited edition of 350 cars.
In 1983 Nelson Piquet became the first driver in the history of Formula One to win the world championship title in a racing car powered by a turbo engine: the Brabham BMW BT52. The engine that imbued the Brabham BMW BT52 with its legendary status was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH under the guidance of its then Technical Director, Paul Rosche.
The second generation BMW 3 Series was presented in 1982 presenting new design, optimised aerodynamics, more space and comfort, extra power and additional body and engine variants. The new car’s lines were significantly tauter and smoother than those of its predecessor, and its drag coefficient had been reduced by almost 15 per cent.
In 1994, BMW M3 debuted as a four-door sedan. This car enabled BMW to meet the desires of a large number of customers for a compact, luxury saloon with the genes of a high-performance sports car. The four-door BMW M3 Sedan car was undoubtedly the most successful combination of sportiness and everyday road use that had been sold up to that point under the M3 badge.
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.
Following the BMW M3 Coupe, and based on the four-seater BMW 3-Series Convertible, the new BMW M3 Convertible was launched in 1994. BMW M3 Convertible was fitted with a power-operated hood as standard. It also featured innovative safety technology.
BMW presented the BMW M3 E36 in 1992. Only a year later, the new BMW M3 GTR racing version was already lining up on the grid for the first race in the German Touring Car Championship in April 1993. The new regulations were only defined at the beginning of 1992.
Back in the early 1950s BMW had been struck by the lack of a mid-size four-cylinder car. The company needed a new model to sit between the small single- and twin-cylinder variants and the large six- and eight-cylinder models. The development work for the new model got started in 1953, but the lack of funds slowed down the project. The new car was finally ready for a presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1961. BMW 1500 couldn’t have timed its arrival better. Average incomes in Germany were rising by some ten per cent annually in the early 1960s. Along with climbing incomes, there was also a rise in the demands made on cars. In 1961 the number of new car registrations in Germany crossed the one million threshold for the first time.
The BMW 507 was launched to the public in 1955. The beautiful roadster attracted people’s attention the way BMW had hoped for. The long and sleek engine compartment, the cockpit perfectly tailored to the driver and passenger, the short and muscular rear end, stretched side lines and gently sweeping curves gave the car a timeless design.