Producing such a car does not make business sense according to the decision makers at the top but following their first DTM race win, they are more open to persuasion.
According to a report filed by automobilemag, the production possibilites of a BMW M1 supercar are rising by the brand's participation in DTM. Producing such a car does not make business sense according to the decision makers at the top but following their first DTM race win, they are more open to persuasion.
The news stems from an unidentified top manager of the M division. He also confirmed that the possible M1 should not in anyway be confused with the i8 green sports car that the brand also have in the pipeline. Although , many parts of the Project i's technology could be used.
The BMW M1 would target a kerb weight 2750 pounds (1247kg) which would make it lighter than rivals such as the McLaren MP4-12C and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
It would sport a two-seater mid-engine layout with a rumored 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 unit producing between 600hp and 650hp. The complexity and weight disadvantages of adding extra power via an electric motor hybrid system means that it is unlikely to be seriously considered by M engineers - regardless of the weight distribution benefits.
BMW are targeting a top speed of around 205mph (330kph) and we also expect to see a 0-100kph(0-62mph) acceleration time of 3 seconds.
If the report is correct, we should expect to see the M1 in pre-production concept form in 2014 before the final version is launched two years later. Plans are also afoot to launch an open-top spider version as well.