BMW Motorsport History.
" BMW M stands for philosophy, not dogmatically for a technology. Our products stand for precision and agility and thus have their own special M specific identity. "
Success throughout the decades.
Driving pleasure on the road and the racetrack: this joy of driving has been intrinsically associated with BMW for decades. Ever since the first victories back in the 1920s, BMW has set about creating a true success story in the world of racing. Iconic cars, victories in touring cars, GT and single-seater racing, and the magnificent return to the new DTM: BMW has always lived for motorsport. The foundations were laid in 1972 when BMW Motorsport GmbH was formed.
1972: a new chapter.
In 1972, BMW focused all its motorsport activities into a new company: BMW Motorsport GmbH, now BMW M. Jochen Neerpasch was brought in as the head of the 35-man team of specialists. The new company was responsible for all motor racing projects, as well as the development of race cars and particularly sporty, road-going cars. For over 40 years, it has been the home of legendary racing cars.
BMW M AUTOMOBILES.
The BMW 3.0 CSL and BMW M1.
In the same year as it was founded, 1972, BMW Motorsport GmbH introduced the BMW 3.0 CSL. The car went on to become the most successful touring cars of the 1970s. A host of European titles and victories in Le Mans and Sebring speak for themselves. BMW was also actively involved in single-seater racing and entered Formula 2 with March in 1975. This was followed in 1978 by the birth of another legend: the BMW M1 was the first sports car developed independently by BMW Motorsport GmbH. The race version caused quite a stir in the Procar Series.