See The Sole-Surviving Sauber BMW M1R In Action: Video


There have been solely two BMW M1s constructed from the bottom as much as meet Group 5 laws, and each had been manufactured by Sauber. One in every of them perished in a fiery incident throughout a race whereas the opposite has fortunately withstood the check of time. It took half in final weekend’s 2023 Goodwood Competition of Pace the place attendees had the uncommon alternative to see (and particularly hear) the light-weight mid-engined race automobile in motion.

Talking of weight, Sauber’s M1R was a powerful 150 kilograms (331 kilos) lighter in comparison with the M1 Procar fashions modified to satisfy Group 5 laws. The automobile has an fascinating historical past because it was purchased again by Sauber in the course of the Nineteen Eighties after being raced by a Scandinavian driver who had acquired the automobile after a mediocre 1981 season. Quick ahead to 2013, Peter Sauber determined to half methods with the sole-surviving M1R and bought it to Adrian Gattiker for an undisclosed sum.

The brand new proprietor totally restored the race automobile, together with {the electrical} system which was carried out by the identical one that initially labored on the M1R when it was constructed. In accordance with Petrolicious, it took over two years to complete the restoration venture. The inline-six was detuned from its authentic 500+ hp output to maximise the reliability of each the engine and the gearbox. In any case, it is a one-of-a-kind automobile of immense worth, particularly after the present proprietor poured a small fortune into reviving the M1R.

Though the M1 lived a sophisticated life, it stays one of the vital vehicles ever launched by BMW. It was the primary bespoke M automobile in addition to the primary of solely two mid-engined fashions. It wasn’t till the early 2010s that the i8 revived the mid-engine system for the plug-in hybrid sports activities automobile. For the M division’s fiftieth anniversary in 2022, BMW most popular to launch the XM electrified SUV as an alternative of one other supercar. Why? Sarah Lessmann, Product Supervisor at BMW M GmbH, defined all of it got here right down to what clients need, which is SUVs:

“The BMW M1 was an ideal match for its period whereas the BMW XM is tailored for in the present day’s clients. In former occasions, sports activities vehicles had been extraordinarily interesting to a broad vary of shoppers and extremely related for automobile producers. Nonetheless, clients around the globe in the present day are searching for SAVs/SUVs that ship practicality and excessive efficiency in a single luxurious bundle. These autos have the potential to considerably drive development for automobile producers transferring ahead.”

Supply: Automotive Mike / YouTube, Petrolicious


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