BMW M1 Procar

DTM: BMW M1 Procar Revival at the Norisring.

40 years after the start of the Procar series initiated for the BMW M1, the car is captivating motorsport fans once again. As part of the DTM races at the Norisring, 14 models of the racing car built according to Group 4 regulations at that time and then driven by Formula 1 drivers and international privateers will make a spectacular comeback on the track. BMW Group Classic has been able to attract famous drivers back into the BMW M1 cockpit for the Procar Revival on the Nürnberg street circuit.

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Former Formula 1 drivers Jan Lammers and Marc Surer, two motorsport legends who were crowd pleasers in the original Procar races four decades ago will be in action. With historic motorsport on the DTM support programme, BMW Group Classic is evoking the BMW M1’s racetrack debut that was extraordinary in many ways. The mid-engine layout sports car that was designed for both racing action and road use was presented in autumn 1978. Delays in the production process prevented homologation from being completed on time, so the director of BMW Motorsport GmbH at that time, Jochen Neerpasch, along with the Formula 1 managers Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone started a totally new race series. The 19 Procar series races held in total in 1979 and 1980 shaped up to be an ideal stage for the BMW M1 that went on to enjoy success in other international competitions.

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