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The one and only BMW M1 (pictures)

BMW only ever made one supercar, the M1.

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Drew Stearne

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Super

The M1 is the only supercar BMW has ever made.
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One of a kind

Despite frequent calls for a successor, one has never appeared.
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Looks familiar

It's a midengined wedge, a la '70s Lamborghini.
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No wonder

Which is no surprise because it was developed by said Italian firm...
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Taking it back

...for a while. Then it went bust and BMW had to get its stuff back.
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Modifications

Its 3.5-litre straight six was modified and used in future BMW models...
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Small number

...because the M1 was a bit of a flop. Only 456 were ever made.
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Race car

It was designed to be homologated to race in the various sport car races of the late '70s.
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Now what?

Sadly, just as the M1 was ready to rock, the rules were changed, leaving BMW in something of a pickle.
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Not all was lost

So, rather than bin the M1 project off and put it down "to experience," BMW created Procar, a one-make M1 race series.
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Turbo action

While the road-going M1 had around 270 bhp, the race cars had around 800 bhp thanks to turbos. Really, really big turbos.
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Destination

The M1 did eventually make its way to the sports car races it was designed for.
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Supercar

It did rather well, too. So it wasn't all a wasted effort.

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