Say anything about the direction in which your favorite carmaker has been going lately, but there is no denying that the German brand has a glorious racing past. To highlight some of the biggest hits in motorsport, a special BMW Group Classic channel on YouTube, which presents cars from previous years, pays attention to some icons. The video, shot in Bavaria on the Norisring track, passes through cars that definitely do not need to be presented.
Not all of them have the BMW badge, as we can also see the McLaren F1 GTR. The V12 engine raised the prototype to third place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997. During the same race, another car took second place on the podium. Needless to say, McLaren with the S70 engine became the overall winner in 1995, when it also finished third, fourth and fifth.
As we mentioned the grueling endurance race and the twelve-cylinder engine, the V12 LMR also appears on camera. He triumphed in 1999 on the famous de la Sarthe track in France after 365 laps.
Real BMW Motorsport icons
In the video from the BMW Group Classic, the legendary 3.0 CSL aka “Batmobile” shares a camera with the M1. Both were demonstrated last weekend during another endurance race, the Rolex 24 in Dayton, United States. Later this year, the first specialized car M after the coupe with a medium engine will go into production, but it will be a completely different car. We are talking about the controversial XM, a plug-in hybrid SUV with an electrified V8 with 750 horsepower.
The vintage Z4 GT3, crowned the winner of the 24-hour spa in 2015, has joined the vintage racing cars. Let’s move on to today, the motorsport division still offers a variety of track cars for different budgets. M2 CS Racing is the starting point in the BMW Motorsport portfolio, while the M6 GT3 and M8 GTE were at the top before retiring. The latest release is the M4 GT3, and the GT4 version will appear in 2023.
Road Division M has never had so many models, which has increased demand to a record 163,542 cars sold in 2021.
[Source: BMW Group Classic / YouTube]