BMW M1: The Forgotten Supercar - XCAR
Subscribe for more XCAR videos: http://bit.ly/U9XDKc BMW only ever made one proper supercar: The M1. It's a slice of rare automotive legend and one that we had to have a deeper look at. Caution: features porno music and velvet. When you think of 70's supercars you tend to think of Lamborghinis and Ferraris - big, wedgy things that make a lovely noise and go very quickly indeed. You don't tend to think of BMW, do you? We can't blame you for that. It's a brand that isn't really synonymous with supercars. Fast saloons, yes, but a supercar? Well, in the late 70's BMW did indeed produce a supercar, the M1. Very few were made and its development is fraught with delays, financial troubles and moving goal posts. It's such a shame that the M1 didn't do as well as it could and should have. It lasted from 1978 - 1981, not a huge amount of time in anyone's book, and while it was around it was supposed to have been racing its little socks off on the track. Instead, BMW was trying to sell enough of them in order to qualify to enter the races thanks to a rule change at the last minute that meant a certain number of cars had to be sold before they could race. It was also supposed to be around a lot sooner than it was. A deal made with Lamborghini to produce the car went more sour than a pint of double cream left in a kiln and BMW very nearly ended up without a car at all. It's a wonderful thing, though. The big, red monster we had created such a presence wherever it went that even though driving with the windows open was a necessity (no air con, naturally, and heat leaking into the cabin caused me to sweat so much I lost 2lbs) and the heckles, shouts and endless "Which Ferrari's that, mate?" didn't half drive me mad. Driving it in the countryside was good fun, though its width and, erm, older controls made passing trucks, busses and the like a bit of a nightmare. Driving it in town, however, was a different experience. Tight London side roads and suicyclists make driving a behemoth such as the M1 a dicier proposition than it would have been when it was new. Even though it's giant, unknown and difficult to pilot the BMW M1 was truly special. It was a car that so few know about yet its fans utterly adore (we met a guy while shooting who went weak at the knees when he saw it), it's a very special beast. If you see one, just remember this: It's not a Ferrari... Specs Engine: 3.5-litre straight six Power: 277bhp Torque: 243lb ft 0-62mph: 5.9seconds Top speed: 163mph Join the XCAR community... Like on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Yo8eOz Follow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/WGBljw Follow on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/158X4Uk BMW Club welcomes owners and enthusiasts ... Join Free today ..... http://bmwownersclub.co.uk VIDEO IN ENDBOARD Bentley Continental GT Speed: http://bit.ly/1zjdEAW
BMW Crash Compilation #1
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The ideas behind the BMW VISION NEXT 100
BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary. This isn't just an opportunity to celebrate the pioneering achievements of our past. But also to look forward to the exciting times ahead: with the BMW VISION NEXT 100. Experience the BMW VISION NEXT 100 interactively at http://www.next100.bmw . Sheer Driving Pleasure of the future – What will it look like? Over the coming years, mobility will become increasingly diverse. In the not-too-distant future, most vehicles will probably be completely self-driving – people will get around in robots on wheels. So, given these developments, how will we justify the existence of vehicles by BMW, a brand for whom the individual and Sheer Driving Pleasure are the focus of everything? And how will BMW’s brand values translate into the future? In developing the BMW VISION NEXT 100, the main objective was to create not an anonymous vehicle but one that is highly personalised and fully geared to meet the driver’s every need – because the very emotional connection between a BMW and its driver is something we want to retain. Drivers decide how they want to travel in future according to their needs: fully-automated driving with the opportunity to relax, work or be entertained – Ease Mode. Or drive themselves: in a vehicle fully customised to their preferences, where everything revolves around them as the “Ultimate Driver” – Boost Mode. For the BMW VISION NEXT 100, the design team specifically took into account all the trends and technological developments that will be most relevant to BMW in the decades ahead. But they also took many of their cues from innovations and designs of the past.
Insanely Loud BMW M1 Procar Onboard on Track!
I take you onboard for a few laps at Imola racetrack in the insane sounding BMW M1 Procar racecar. This is truly one of the most impressive sounding cars I have seen in a while, enjoy it being unleashed among other cars in such a legendary track. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/SubscribeToMarchettino Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Marchettino Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarchettinoYT