2008 BMW M1 Procar review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 1 July 2008 , 13:07:23 byVeronica

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BMW M1 Procar

This year at the F1 German Grand Prix program we will have the opportunity to see BMW M1 Procar series on the 19th and 20th July as a field of ten cars. The M1 was revealed for the first time 30 years ago as the first car created independently by the BMW Motorsport GmbH, back then. In order to gain Group 4 homologation, 400 units of the super sports car had to be built within a period of 24 months. Actually nobody expected the BMW M1 Procar series to go down quite so well. With its mid-engined layout, the M1 was a bit of an animal to drive and had an outrageous soundtrack. The series fed off the appeal of the cars and the opportunity for young drivers to measure themselves against the leading Formula One stars at the time. So that you know, the five fastest drivers from Friday practice for the Formula one Grand Prix earned themselves a drive in the M1 race. The model is powered by an engine capable of generating 500 horsepower output. The idea of developing this new model wad the brainchild of Jochen Meerpasch, the head of BMW Motorsport GmbH at the time and it was he who initiated the single-make series with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley within the relatively relaxed structure of F1 three decades ago. Several of the past masters are ready to line up once again for the two show races at Hockenheim.