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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 .

The year’s final auto show - the Dubai International Auto Show - is set to take place from December 16-20 and it looks like a number of supercar concepts are scheduled to make an appearance. Now on it’s 10th year, the Dubai Auto Show is shaping up to be the last big hurrah for a lot of automakers to showcase their concepts before the calendar turns to 2010.

One car that has already been given the green light to grace the event is BMW ’s M1 supercar. First unveiled last year, the M1 is expected to hit Dubai as a mid-engined car with a number of modifications - it looks a little bigger from the one that was unveiled before and - from when we first saw it back in 2008. So the new BMW M1 BMW M1 will be inspired by both the original M1 and the concept. According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Middle East: "The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car which exuded passion. Its forerunner, the BMW Turbo by Paul Bracq, displayed innovative technical solutions that found their expression in emotional design"

It will be wider, taller and wilder than the original M1 and will feature the same rear window and the front grille will be taken from the concept. But aside from that BMW has not given any further information on the M1 ’s appearance in Dubai so it’s anybody’s guess if the car that’s going to be bought is another concept or a production model. Nevertheless, news of the car’s scheduled appearance in Dubai should make it one of the most highly-anticipated items that’s headed for the show.

Source: Gulf News

The overwhelmingly positive response of the ‘Jetsons-esque’ Vision EfficientDynamics may have given BMW the shot in the arm it has long waited for.

Due to the glorious feedback generated by the concept car, BMW is not tinkering with the idea of bringing back the M1 by 2012 where it would be based on the 2+2 coupe concept of the Vision EfficientDynamics.

The rumoured M1 will also come with the same hybrid powertrain that comes with the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, a sign that BMW may be more serious than anyone ever thought about the its efforts in becoming more eco-friendly.

In the event that it does use the hybrid powertrain, the M1 will be expected to carry a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that comes with an electric motor. The power output expected to come out of this set-up is expected to reach as much as 350 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, we’re not expecting the M1 to look remotely close to that of the Vision Vision EfficientDynamics concept, although we are anticipating that BMW will take a few styling cues from the concept and adapt it to the M1. After all, what’s the point of basing the car to the concept if it won’t have any resemblance to it?

In any event, if this supposed reincarnation of the M1 is all BMW says it would be, then we can expect it to generate the same type of reaction the Vision EfficientDynamics concept got in Frankfurt. And that’s going to be great news for the boys of BMW.

Photos courtesy of Fox Syndication

Source: BMW Blog

The initial rumors about agreen sports car concept from BMW started appearing just the other day. Now, thanks to the German automotive journal Auto Motor Und Sport, we can reveal a few more details about the upcoming concept. The German Magazine reported that it will be called the M1 Hybrid Concept and that it will feature a hybrid drive train technology and will have the same dimensions as a 3-Series measuring 14.75 ft long. The exterior design will be inspired by the M1 Homage car of course.

Compared to the M1 Homage car, the new hybrid 2+2 model will be powered by an electric motor mounted at the front axle combined with a small internal combustion engine in the back. This will keep emissions under 100 g/km, and thanks of a low curb weight the BMW will offer the same performance as a Porsche 911 .

Stay tuned for even more details!

Source: AMS

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