The highly modified BMW 1-Series M Coupe seen in these images is not the spawn of an Autobot, although its Transformer-like accessories would lead us in that direction. No, this aggressive looking BMW 1M is actually the product of a French racing team looking to add a little strength and intimidation to one of this year’s biggest attractions.

GC Automobile - that professional French racing team we mentioned - is offering up the first race tuning package for the BMW 1M, calling it the GC10-V8. The project began with the standard BMW, then went on to get a fiberglass tourism car body with aggressive detailing just about anywhere we can feast our eyes on. The sharp angular lines in the design language fulfill the tuner’s task of aggressive intimidation, down to the composite wide fender flares housing the new set of 18" wheels with either rain or slick tires and that huge rear spoiler. Control will be optimized with a 3-way OHLINS suspension system, an AP Racing 6-piston braking system, and a GP2 steering wheel.

The BMW 1M by GC Automotive was built on a tubular frame chassis typical of Silhouette cars that meets the FIA standards. This chassis houses a very proud Chevrolet V8 engine tuned by Sodemo Development to produce a maximum output of 550HP. This engine is mated to a SADEV 6-speed double "Lobro" transmission with a hydraulic clutch. Engine cooling is then provided by a prominent roof scoop.

GC Automotive also took are of the vehicle’s safety features, including front and side crash boxes in both doors.

Hit the jump for the GC Automotive BMW 1M’s first testing video on the Nogaro circuit in Southwest France, as well as a full list of specifications.

  • 2012 BMW 1M by GC Automobile
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Chevrolet V8
  • Transmission:
    SADEV 6-speed double "Lobro" transmission with a hydraulic clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • car segment:
  • body style:
2012 BMW 1M by GC Automobile
- image 429083

Source: Jonsibal

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
Alina Joined the team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics.  Read full bio
About the author
What do you think?
Show Comments


  (484) posted on 09.16.2012

This car is really great for racing. I wonder how it feels riding this super car?.

  (410) posted on 09.13.2012

Why is this BMW have an engine that belongs to a Chevy? That sounds crazy right? But I like the appearance in spite of the confusion.

  (727) posted on 12.18.2011

I simply admire and love this BMW 1M! Well, I must say that it really has the irresistible aggressiveness that everyone would surely be noticed on it. Moreover, I have to agree that it is great that they use a Chevrolet V8 engine on it.

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

Yeah! It really looks so aggressive on that. Moreover, I’m not expecting that BMW could produce such an awesome vehicle like this. It’s a good thing as well that it has an impressive engine.

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

I love the aggressiveness of this race car, and it truly looks so cool on its graphic design even on the other detailing of it. I have to agree as well that its Chevrolet V8 engine is absolutely nice to this sports car.

  (368) posted on 12.6.2011

Wow! It’s nice that they use a Chevrolet V8 engine for this race car. However, I think it is better if they use a V10 or V12 the fact that it is a sports car. Anyway, it looks good on its white body paint, very neat!

Car Finder: