Started in 1972 with the intention of making a Group 4 endurance racing car, the Ml stumbled off the blocks with a re-design just months after the original concept drawings. Giorgetto Giugiaro came up with the Mi's production look and it was launched in 1978. Unfortunately, due to the steel chassis and sheet steel reinforcement, even with a glass-fibre body the car was too heavy for competition. On the street the mid-mounted engine was mildly tuned to 277bhp (207kW), being the straight-six from the 1960s models, which had proved immensely strong. In race tune up to 700bhp (522kW) was possible in turbo form for Group 5 racing. Race suspension on the Ml consisted of adjustable double wishbones all around, and though the clutch and brake pedals were hard, the steering feel and response was typically BMW, and so very good, while the ride quality was firm.
BMW M1 Specifications
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