The guys over at Petrolicious just got their hands on a beautiful 1980 BMW M1 coated in a wonderful red paint and looking as pristine as the day it rolled from BMW’s factory. It’s owner, Mike Ura, bought the car in 2009 from its original owner with only 12,500 miles on the clock. Today, Mike regularly takes the car for spirited drives on the road and hard track time on a local circuit located just outside Austin, Texas.

As the story goes, BMW wanted to re-enter the Group 4 racing series. In order to do so, the automaker needed a production car with at least 400 units produced in order to race. So the German automaker teamed up with famed Italian steed builder Lamborghini to build the car. However, as time went on, Lamborghini found itself in hard financial times. With the slowed pace of an ailing car company and reworked regulations and specifications surrounding the racing series, full production of the M1 was no longer needed. Only 456 were ever built.

The M1 is powered by a 3.5-liter, straight-six engine with a dry sump oil system, six separate throttle bodies, four valves per cylinder, and a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel-injection system. The inline-six produced 273 horsepower and gave the car a top speed of roughly 162 mph. The mill’s beautiful architecture only added to the M1’s uniqueness as the only mid-engine car BMW produced.

Another Thursday afternoon means another Podcast . You can click play here for audio, or look after the jump for a FULL video podcast.

This week sees the return of Justin after his vacation, lots of cars with manual transmissions and a few automotive farewells.

Our weekly wheels for this week include the Honda Accord Touring from Justin and the Chevrolet Silverado High Country from Mark. I am a sad boy this week and have no new cars to talk about. Cue the sad trombone.

To make myself feel better, we cover a whole host of bad-ass car news. We start with the announcement of a manual transmission for the F-Type . We move to more fun cars with the Cayman GT4 spy shots , and the final edition of the Cadillac CTS-V . Cadillac gets some more love with the ELR-V and we finish with the BMW i8, the future of the M1 and round things out with a special edition Audi R8 .

We wrap up the show with a trio of questions from you, our wonderful listeners, and an Own, Drive, Burn made entirely of Corvettes.

We had one final viewer question, but it was a long one, so we decided to tackle it as a special "after-show bonus" so feel free to stick around after the closing music to catch that. We discuss what you should buy if you are sitting on $30k and want a performance car.

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Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Honda Accord, Chevy Silverado

The M1 is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by BMW , and it was the model responsible for the M Division that creates all the cars we love today, like the M5 and the venerable M3 .

Fans of the Roundel brand have been clamoring for BMW to revive this epic nameplate and take on competitors like the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS AMG for years now, but there has been little movement.

Rather, what we got was a new hybrid car that looks like an M1 called the i8 . While the i8 is an incredible piece of engineering, it is not a fire-breathing M car. But what if it could be?

At the recent launch of the M3 and M4 , CarAdvice asked M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke about the potential for this new car to spawn an M car. His response is encouraging.

When it comes to moving the advanced powertrain and lightweight carbon-fiber technology over to an M car, Nitschke said its a matter "capacity not a question of know-how." Basically, it would not be hard to move anything over, they just need approval from the higher ups in BMW. As it stands, the M Division is ready to make one, if the BMW board will green light the project.

Would you guys like to see a revived M1 in all its mid-engined glory?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M1.

Source: CarAdvice
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If you have no plans for the weekend, we might have an idea for you; the "BMW - The Ultimate Driving Machine"exhibition will open this weekend and will feature some of the coolest BMW models out there. Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW M1 Art Car will be the center piece of the exhibition and next to it you will also see the BMW 3.0 CSL that won the Daytona 24 Hour race in 1976, plus tons of other road cars, motorcycles and race cars.

Andy Warhol was the first to paint the entire car himself, as previous BMW Art Car artists prepared a draft version on a scaled-down model and then moved that on the real car by assistants to the painter.

"This exhibition at the Saratoga Automotive Museum will provide visitors a great look at BMW’s long heritage and provide a sense of how the company has evolved to become the leading premium automobile and motorcycle manufacturer in the world," said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America. "It will also show just how integral motorsports has been throughout the company’s history."

Don’t worry, if you don’t have the time to go this weekend, the exhibition, will run until November 3, 2013.

Click past the jump to read more about Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW M1 Art Car.

BMW M1 Hommage

Though the BMW M1 from the late-1970s and early-1980s was not a supercar by any stretch of the term, it was about as close as BMW has gotten to the supercar realm in its entire history. With BMW steadily expanding its lineup with the like of the i8 and i3 , could this be the perfect time for BMW to dive into the true supercar realm with a resurrected M1 ?

According to the folks at Automobile Magazine, it surely does. Their sources say that BMW is already hard at work plugging away at this concept for a possible debut in 2014 at an auto show of BMW’s liking.

The rumors are pointing toward the M1 having a monocoque chassis made of extremely stiff carbon fiber. Wrapped around the monocoque, the body would be a mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and high-strength steel. This lightweight design leads to the biggest benefit of this system, a performance car weighing in at only 2,750 lbs.

The M1 will also reportedly feature a body so aerodynamic that it’s like adding 100 horsepower to any engine. A plethora of moving fins along the body direct the wind around the vehicle and transfers it into useful energy, as opposed to useless drag.

According to rumors, BMW has already chosen an engine. After flirting with a 6-cylinder option, the German luxury car company settled on the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. This engine is rumored to punch out somewhere in the range of 600 to 650 horsepower.

Behind this engine would be a super-fast shifting dual clutch transmission. This combination of high power, quick shift, and light weight would give the M1 a top speed of 205 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of roughly 3 seconds. This would immediately put BMW up on par with the likes of Ferrari , Lamborghini , and Bugatti .

For now, this is all just hearsay and rumors, so there is little more to report. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. We hope to report soon that BMW is confirming this vehicle, but we’re not holding our breath.

Image is of the 2008 BMW M1 Hommage .

We have heard all kinds of rumors about the BMW M1 supercar, including the possibility of its return. You may remember that, four years ago, BMW unveiled the M1 Hommage - a concept car built as a tribute to the M1’s 30th anniversary. Back then, everyone believed that this would be a preview of a new production M1, but BMW quickly denied those rumors, leaving all of us with the disappointed hopes.

Now German magazine Autobild is reporting that a successor for the M1 will in fact be unveiled in 2016, after the unveiling of the hybrid i8. The next M1 will be built as a combination between performance and economy and will be powered by a V8 engine with direct injection and a turbocharger. This engine’s an output will be placed somewhere between 600 and 650 HP.

The new M1 will be built using BMW’s "Efficient Dynamics" program meaning that it will come with features like a start-stop system and braking energy recovery. All of these features will be combined with a carbon-fiber body and a total weight of 2,755 lbs, which will make the next M1 a real competitor for models like the Mercedes SLS AMG GT and the Audi R8 .

Expect the new BMW M1 to debut in 2016, priced at about 250,000 euro, about $315.000 at the current exchange rates.

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BMW’s mid-engined supercar, the M1, is arguably among the most collectible BMW models ever built. Produced from 1978 until 1991, only 556 examples were built, and it’s unknown how many remain today. Some were built as road cars, while others were built for an M1 spec series that pitted the best drivers in the world against each other in identical cars. While road-going M1 made “only” 276 horsepower, cars campaigned in the Procar series produced upwards of 470 horsepower, which made them a fitting exhibition race preceding Grand Prix events in 1979 and 1980.

The BMW M1 captured the attention of Peter Gregg, an accomplished road racer and six-time IMSA champion. Gregg also owned Brumos Motors in Jacksonville, FL, and placed an order for a BMW M1 in 1978, to be built to FIA Group 4 specifications. The car was completed in 1979, but a tragic event in the fall of 1978 would make this particular M1 even more valuable.

Gregg and artist Frank Stella were at Monza to watch Gregg’s friend and former teammate, Ronnie Peterson, compete in the Italian Grand Prix. Peterson was involved in an opening lap crash that shattered both his legs. Although his injuries were not perceived to be life threatening, the Swedish driver died the next day as a result of the crash. Stella, who had been working on a series of paintings called “Polar Coordinates,” dedicated his artwork to the memory of Ronnie Peterson.

Full story after the jump.

Source: Bonhams

Whether they mean to or not, BMW has been torturing the heck out of the auto industry by reigniting and then extinguishing plans for a new M1. A few years ago they came out with the M1 Hommage concept car which many thought would absolutely go to production considering the tremendous feedback it received. After those hopes were dashed with an official announcement from BMW stating that there were no plans for the M1, rumors are now circulating again that a production version of the BMW M1 supercar is back on the table.

According to rumors, the new vehicle is being called the M-One for now because it will be the first vehicle in a new generation of BMWs and will not be based on any existing BMW model. A couple of different sources are going back on forth on what is actually valid information, but from what we can gather, there has only been a few sketches drawn up of the car and if produced, it will be revealed in 2015. Other than that, there are rumors of a new M6 V8 engine or a radical I6, making the new M-One a serious competitor for models like the Mercedes SLS and the Audi R8 .

More details floating in the rumor mill suggest that the M-One supercar will be built on a carbon fiber chassis and will feature a slew of technologies already being used on recent concepts. The sketches conjured up apparently reveal a design that is a little bit Vision Connected Drive meets the i8 . Since then, BMW has added a roof and a higher windscreen to judge reaction from the industry.

This is all glorious news if it is indeed true, but we wouldn’t advise anyone to hold their breath just yet.

Do you have an extra $250,000 in your pocket and the desire to buy a legendary car? Well how about a 1980 BMW M1 supercar, the first and only mid-engined BMW. And with only 456 units built you can be sure you’ll have a piece of history in your garage. The car is for sale in Scotts Valley, California and only has 26,999 miles on the odometer.

With a 24-valve cylinder head, the engine had 277 hp at 6500 rpm and develops 239 ft/lb of torque at 5000 rpm. It was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and of hitting a top speed of 162 mph. The BMW BMW M1 was developed in cooperation with Lamborghini and designed by Giugiaro. When it went on sale in 1978, the M1 was priced at $45,000, so it seems the car has really aged like a fine wine to be put up for $250K.

So this might be your chance to own a vintage BMW supercar before the new Vision inspired supercar from BMW debuts in 2015. Let’s see how the price of this 1980 BMW inflates once the new supercar is unveiled!

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One of the most under reported and interesting races are the historic car races still happening around the world. Most recently at the Nürburgring 24h, the Classics undertook a classic 3h endurance race on the Nordschleife in Germany.

One car stood out from the impressive line-up and it is good to see that the Nelson Piquet 1980 car was on show at the 2010 ADAC Zurich 24h Classic race with a respectable best laptime on the Nordschleife and the GP circuit of 9:28.

This line of historic BMW M1s were produced by German automaker BMW from 1978 to 1981 and were the only mid-engined BMWs to be mass produced.

In the late 1970s, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini entered into a contract with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation into Group 4.

The result was the hand-builtM1 coupe that was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW .

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