BMW M1

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The BMW M1 (model code E26) is a mid-engined sports car produced by German automotive manufacturer BMW from 1978 to 1981.

In the late 1970s, Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation, but conflicts arose that prompted BMW to produce the car themselves.

In 1979 the head of BMW Motorsport, Jochen Neerpasch, devised a one-make championship using racing modified M1s. The series was created to aid BMW in building enough cars to enter the group 4 classification in the World Championship for Makes. The new series, known as the "Procar BMW M1 Championship", served as a support series for Formula One, and included many Formula One drivers in identical cars.

The series ran for two years, with Niki Lauda winning the 1979 season, and Nelson Piquet the 1980 season. After BMW met the standards for group 4, the Procars were used by various teams in the world championship as well as other national series.

The M1 was also campaigned at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1979 to 1986 where it proved competitive. The car was classified as a Group B car for Le Mans purposes, as Group B was also planned for GT class for road races, but were instead eclipsed by Group C prototypes.

1980        
Quartzo 3039; BMW M1 Coupe; 1980 24h Le Mans 14th; Pironi, Quester, Mignot; RN83 Solido; BMW M1 Coupe; 1980 24h Le Mans 15th; Stuck, Lacaud, Burger; RN84 Quartzo 3041; BMW M1 Coupe; 1980 24h Le Mans DNF; Servanin, Ferrier, Rousselot; RN95 IXO; BMW M1; 1980 24h Le Mans DNF; Servanin, Ferrier, Rousselot; RN95  
Quartzo 3039; BMW M1 Coupe; 1980 24h Le Mans 14th; Pironi, Quester, Mignot; RN83 Solido; BMW M1 Coupe; 1980 24h Le Mans 15th; Stuck, Lacaud, Burger; RN84 Quartzo 3041; BMW M1 Coupe; 1980 24h Le Mans DNF; Servanin, Ferrier, Rousselot; RN95 IXO; BMW M1; 1980 24h Le Mans DNF; Servanin, Ferrier, Rousselot; RN95  
1981        
IXO; BMW M1; 1981 24h Le Mans 16th; Aliot, Darniche, Cecotto; RN51 Spark S1583; BMW M1; 1981 24h Le Mans DNF; Quester, Sureer, Deacon; RN52 Quartzo Q3044; BMW M1 Coupe; 1981 24h Le Mans DNF; Danner, Oberndorfer, von Bayern; RN71 Quartzo Q3044; BMW M1 Coupe; 1981 24h Le Mans DNF; Rousselot, Servanin, Ferrier; RN72  
IXO; BMW M1; 1981 24h Le Mans 16th; Aliot, Darniche, Cecotto; RN51 Spark S1583; BMW M1; 1981 24h Le Mans DNF; Quester, Sureer, Deacon; RN52 Quartzo Q3044; BMW M1 Coupe; 1981 24h Le Mans DNF; Danner, Oberndorfer, von Bayern; RN71 Quartzo Q3044; BMW M1 Coupe; 1981 24h Le Mans DNF; Rousselot, Servanin, Ferrier; RN72  
1984        
Quartzo Q3047; BMW M1 Coupe; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Winther, Mercer, Jensen; RN101 Corgi Toys 402; BMW M1; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Winther, Mercer, Jensen; RN101 Quartzo Q3046; BMW M1 Coupe; 1984 24h Le Mans 14th; Dagoreau, Yvon, de Thoisy; RN109    
Quartzo Q3047; BMW M1 Coupe; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Winther, Mercer, Jensen; RN101 Corgi Toys 402; BMW M1; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Winther, Mercer, Jensen; RN101 Quartzo Q3046; BMW M1 Coupe; 1984 24h Le Mans 14th; Dagoreau, Yvon, de Thoisy; RN109    
1985        
Quartzo Q3049; BMW M1 Coupe; 1985 24h Le Mans 15th; Doren, Birrane, Libert; RN151        
Quartzo Q3049; BMW M1 Coupe; 1985 24h Le Mans 15th; Doren, Birrane, Libert; RN151        
         
         
Mini Racing 0037; Mirage 802 M10; 1979 24h Le Mans DSQ; Schuppan, Jaussaud, Hobbs; RN10        

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