We give you a quick recap of the 25-year histor of BMW development team BMW Technik. The story and video inside.

25 years ago, BMW created a new subsidiary to act as a think tank for their vehicle development.  BMW Technik GmbH has been brainstorming concept cars since they began work on the BMW Z1 Coupe design study shown off in 1988.

The automaker released a thorough write-up of BMW Technik's history, as well as a 5m 42s video about the think tank's functions.

This led to the production versions of the Z1 Roadster, as well as the BMW Z3 and Z4.  The group also conducted research on the BMW 1-series fuel-cell hybrid, and the 2001 BMW Z29 concept.  The Z29 was capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, with a weight-to-power ratio of 3.4 kg/hp.

You can read BMW's entire 14-page single-space press release about the history of BMW Technik below.

Gallery: BMW Technik Think Tank Celebrates 25 Years of Concepts [Video]