With the BMW M3, Charly consistently led the Schnitzer team to new successes. “We were the invincibles,” he said. “We had a run, the BMW M3 was phenomenal. Everything came together.” Winning the World Touring Car Championship, winning the European Touring Car Championship again, DTM victory, titles in Italy, Great Britain and in Asia, overall victory in the Super Touring Car Championship. When Schnitzer competed, it rained trophies. But the “race of our life”, as Charly would later describe it looking back, was yet to come.
In 1999, BMW and the Schnitzer team headed to Sarthe. The legend of Schnitzer meets the legend of Le Mans. The appearance turned out to be a victory. Charly and the Schnitzer team won the most famous 24-hour race in the world with the BMW V12 LMR and the drivers Yannick Dalmas, Pierluigi Martini and Joachim Winkelhock, in the face of strong competition.
For many teams and drivers, the Nürburgring is "Hell" – for Charly, BMW and the team Schnitzer it has always been the racing heaven on earth. BMW Motorsport has won the legendary race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife 19 times, most recently in 2010. The BMW M3 GT2 with the drivers Jörg Müller, Uwe Alzen, Augusto Farfus and Pedro Lamy was the first to cross the finish line. For the fifth time after 1989, 1991, 2004 and 2005, Schnitzer emerged from the 24-hour race in the Green Hell as the winner.