PART 1: 1975-1982
BMW of North America is
celebrating its 40th
anniversary in 2015.
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BMW Motorsport and
what makes BMW the
Ultimate Driving Machine
BMW’s vision for the
sustainable sports car
of the future is realized
in the plug-in hybrid i8.
With a carbon-fiber
aerodynamics and an
unladen weight of only
1,485kg ( 3,273 lbs), the
i8 borrows from BMW’s
Its electric motor and
Turbo gasoline engine
take the i8 from 0 to
62 mph in 4.4sec –
not quite supercar
numbers, but definitely
sports car worthy.
Its 50/50 front/rear
suspension, plus paddle
shift and a variety of
drive modes – all racing
derived – ensure that
BMW’s renown as a
“driver’s car” remains
strong in the i8.
With a 370-mile
range the i8 is, for
now, the ultimate
example of BMW
both drivers took stints in the No. 25
Redman/Moffat car that ultimately won.
That car had its share of drama when an
alternator problem forced Redman to drive
without lights in the latter stages. (“Except
when I went past the pits,” he chuckles. “I
didn’t want to get black-flagged…”)
With 20 minutes to go, Redman turned
the lights on and noticed that the rear axle
temperature gauge was red-lining, and it
later transpired that the car had been
carrying a broken rear-axle pinion bearing
through the final stints. That it even
finished the race was a minor miracle.
The result heralded a strong inaugural
IMSA GT season for the marque, with Stuck
racking up four wins during 1975. When the
CSLs returned to Daytona the following year,
they were entered by Peter Gregg Racing
under the BMW of North America banner,
with ongoing support from the factory.
This led to another win for Redman,
While the CSL’s time as a Porsche-beater
was relatively short, BMW was quick to come
up with something equally outrageous to
replace it: the flame-spitting 320 Turbo.
During 1977 and ’ 78, David Hobbs raced his
McLaren North America car to seven IMSA
GT wins against the Porsche 935s.
The 320 Turbo was a success in its own
right, but its legacy would become even
greater: it was the test bed for the BMW
M12/13 turbo engine that the Brabham
team was to take into Formula 1.
In 1982, the engine powered Nelson
Piquet to BMW’s first F1 win – appropriately
on North American soil in the Canadian
Grand Prix. One year later, it won the F1
Drivers’ World Championship with Piquet.
The turbo, 1.5-liter,
engine produced a
little over 600hp in
1982. Three years
later in ’ 85, using
the same basic
production block, it
in qualifying trim.
special” based on
the E9 coupe, the
CSL was first built
to race in the 1973
It raced in the U.S.
in original 3-liter
guise in 1975 and
3.5-liter, Gp. 5 spec
in ’ 76 (ABOVE).
BMW 320 TURBO
Based on the
BMW 3 Series, the
320 Turbo racecar
than 650hp from
its Formula 2-based
turbo engine. L A T