Want a BMW M1 Lego kit? Hurry Up and Support this Product Idea
Really, do it now, because we want this turned into an official Lego setby Tudor Rus, on
You can get a BMW M1 at auction, provided you’re lucky enough and someone decides to sell theirs, for a round half a million dollars. That’s right. BMW’s inline-six supercar can fetch $500,000 easily.
Or, in case you’re a proud member of the 99 percent, you can go and check out the Lego Ideas website and show your support for what could be a stunning (and hopefully affordable) set made of not one, but two BMW M1s: the road-legal car and the race version.
The BMW M1 Deserves To Be a Lego Set
The M1 was produced in just 460 hand-made units between 1978 and 1981, according to BMW.
The M1’s bodywork was signed by none other than Giugiaro and hid a tubular frame as well as a mid-mounted, fuel-injected, 277-horsepower straight-six M88 engine displacing 3.5 liters.
Torque came in at 243 pound-feet. Top speed was rated at 160 mph but that should not be surprising since Lamborghini helped with the development of the M1 in the early phases of the project. It’s also worth mentioning that the M1 tipped the scales at just 2,866 pounds.
|Configuration||M88 in-line six|
|Bore / Stroke||93.4 mm (3.7 in) / 84.0 mm (3.3 in)|
|Power||273 HP @ 6,500 RPM|
|Torque||243 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM|
|BHP/Liter||80 bhp / liter|
|Power to weight||0.21 bhp / kg|
|Top Speed||264.7 km/h (164.1 mph)|
|0-60 mph||6.5 seconds|
|0-100 mph||13.3 seconds|
Initially, BMW intended to develop and build the M1 for racing purposes in the German Racing Championship. However, a change in regulations and a lengthy R&D process forced BMW to enter the M1 in a single-class competition created by Jochen Neerpasch, called Procar. Anyway, you get the point: the M1 was HUGE for BMW.
That’s why we can’t wait to see a Lego set that pays homage to this sometimes forgotten 70s supercar. The good news is that we can get one. That is, if Tomoell’s idea gets approved by Lego. His interpretation of an M1 Lego set involves the classic car (986 pieces) and the racing version (1,059 pieces). Both cars have working doors, hoods, and steering.
There’s a catch though. The Idea must get 10,000 supporters, otherwise Lego won’t even consider turning it into an official set. At the time of writing, the project had 5,939 supporters, with 442 days left to reach the 10k mark.
The thing is, though, that reaching 10,000 supporters doesn’t guarantee it’s going to become a fully-fledged set. This just means that Lego’s experts will review the project - which can take several years - and hand in their verdict. If positive, then the author gets to work with Lego’s designers on the final, shelf-ready version of the set.
That said, we’re asking all petrolheads out there to show their support for the project. In case you already did it, well, congratulations. Know, however, that you can still help by simply spreading the word.