Tuesday, May 11, 2021


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A motorsport breakthrough

In 1976, the BMW Motorsport Division was surrounded by much speculation, regarding the development of a GT race car for approval in Group 4 and Group 5 racing. In order to qualify, they had to design and engineer at least 400 exact replica cars in 2 years. The project came in the form of the "Mid-Engined BMW M1" (E26) The project took 4 years, and was finally finished in 1980. The Supercar debuted at the Paris Motor Show.
The M1 was designed by Giugiaro and was to be assembled by super car manufacturer Lamborghini, unfortunately, the Italian company were in the middle of a financial nightmare at this time, and this forced assembly to be moved to Baur - the specialist German convertible builders.
When production of the BMW M1 resumed, international Group 5 approval rules had altered, and due to unforseen circumstances, the car did not met the required sales figures. The Beemer Supercar was reincarnated as The Procar series. The original M1 never stood a chance, as by the time it had achieved the prerequisite sales, the car didn't posess the required credentials, and was seen as no longer eligible for the Group 5 racing series.
In 1981, the Procar was driven and co-piloted by David Cowart and Kenper Miller who achieved victory in the IMSA GTO category. This gave the revamped M1 a great feature as a support series car for Formula 1 races within Europe, until its untimely demise in 1981. Again, it never had a chance to prove its worth, due to the unforseen delays and set of circumstance hindering its production. Very few M1 cars were produced, and the rarest model was engineered and assembled between 1979 to 1980 by Baur. This particular model utilised an Italian space frame chassis designed on the basis of the Turbo concept of 1972.
The BMW M1 ran a 3.5 litre straight 6, 24-valve, an engine that already powered a range of other models. This engine had 277 bhp at 6500 rpm, and 239 ft/lb of torque at 5000 rpm. For the racing versions, a few were developed with power outputs exceeding 850 bhp.
This auto was a true Italian sports car in its look and feel, with the exception of a 3.5 German made straight six engine howling from its rear. The car was described as the sensation of having bass subs behind your head, minus the subs and the twin-cam six just inches from your head! All in all, a real race car.
Today there are only a small amount of road going M1 cars in existance.

Specifications M1 Road Car

Cylinders: 6 in-line, mid mount

Capacity: 3453cc Power: 277hp @ 6500rpm

Torque: 243lb @ 5000rpm

Weight: 3175lb

Top Speed: 162mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 5.6sec

Fuel Consumption: 14.4mpg

Front Wheels/Tires: Alloy 7x16 205/55 VR16

Rear Wheels/Tires: Alloy 8x16 225/50 VR 16

Engine Mangement : Kugelfischer-Bosch Mechanical injection



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BMW History

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BMW History

Bayersiche Motoren Werke

BMW the German car company starts over a hundred years ago, making the label a household name in luxury and perfect engineering.
Karl Friedrich Rapp in 1913 a well-known Bavarian working for a German Aircrafts manufacturer, left his job and formed Rapp Motoren Werke in Munich, he specialised in engineering and developing aircraft engines. Rapp soon became aware that the path he had chosen was very problematic, it seemed the majority of his creations suffered from excessive vibration. At around the same time another Bavarian Aircraft specialist, Gustav Otto set up set up his light aircraft builders Gustav Flugmaschinefabrik.
Rapp Motoren Werke grew tired of the problems and started to work with Austro-Daimlers engines, they were unable to meet demands to existing suppliers. The new contract for Rapp involved developing V12 Aeroplane engines, however things went too fast and and Rapp resigned due to financial troubles in 1916. Two Austrians Max Friz and Franz Josef Popp were appointed to run the company. Then in March 1916 Gustav Flugmaschinefabrik merged with March Rapp Motoren Werketo and formed Bayersiche Flugzeungwerke. The birth of Bayersiche Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works), or better known as BMW had taken place.
The first car to be developed at newly formed BMW was the Dixi 3/15 PS in 1928 at the Eisenbach factory, it was an open top with 15BHP and 743cc and was produced under an Austin license, basically it was a US Bantam / Japanese Datsun. The 1st Dixi was an open topped model, running a 743cc 4 cylinder engine producing 15 bhp. In 1930, the Dixi won its first motor race. A total of 18,976 units were sold.
The first real car made its appearance in 1932, the AM 4 (Munich Version 4 Speeds - Ausfuhrung Munchen 4 Gange) its also known as the 3/20 PS, and built entirely by BMW. It came with a 4 cylinder 782cc engine suspended valves, double chain camshafts, 20 bhp at 3500 rpm and a top speed of 50 mph.
The 303 saloon was introduced in 1933 and was the first inline-6 cylinder car and the first to demonstrate the twin kidney shaped grilles, recognised more today than ever. It was constructed with a welded tubular steel frame and came with rack and pinion steering & independent front suspension. It came with a 1173cc - 30 bhp & Top Speed of 56mph.
1936 saw the release of the BMW 328. No doubt' a famous pre-war sports car, this was succeeded by the 315. A model more for motor sport. It was victorious at the 1938 Mille Miglia in Italy, this made it an icon to. The 328 weighed 1830 lb constructed from an extra-light tubular spaceframe and alloy parts for the bonnet, doors and boot. It came witha gutsy 1971cc inline-6 cylinder three carbs and could produce 80 bhp at 5000 rpm, and go onto reach 93 mph top speed. 462 units were manufactured in total.
After World War II, BMW lay in ruins.A 3 year ban put an end to any motor car productions this also ceased manufacture of rockets & plane engines.
1951 saw a 501 emerge, a luxury model production nightmare, due to demand being low, the BMW 501 never had a hope and never came upto expectation.
BMW needed a new angle, the Isetta 250 was introduced in 1955, a mini-car idela for the 1950's mini car craze. It was Italian manufacturer Iso licensed and came with a Motorbike 245cc one cylinder engine, but still reached 53 mph. It stayed in production for 7 yrs. 161,728 Isetta autos were manufactured.
1956 saw the BMW 507 it won hearts from the offset. A 2-door car, and came with a new idea a retractable soft top, designed by Alberecht Graf Foertz. A 3168cc V8 engine with twin downdraught carbs this gave the 507 150 bhp at 5000rpm & pushed it upto a top speed of 124mph. 
However it couldn't keep up with its closest competitor the Mercedes 300SL. Only 252 507's were made, the car is a symbol of the BMW's problems in the 1950's.
1962 saw the 1500, developed in the 1950s released, it came with a 80bhp, 1.5 capable of hitting 92 mph, 23,807 were sold over the next 2 years.
Over 334,165 cars models of the 1500, 1600, 1800, 2000 combvined were manufactured in total. The first generation 5 series was based on these classic models, the E12 was launched 10 yrs after 1972.
BMW then released the 3 series in 1975, the M1 supercar was developed in 1976, followed by the 7 series in 1977.
1992 saw BMW outsell Mercedes in Europe for the first time in history. 
1998 The Bavarian car company bought the Rolls Royce logo & name off Volkswagen.
The Rover Group PLC was acquired by BMW in 1994, however heavy losses were still destroying the company the decision was made to sell in 2000. Rover was split, Ford bought Land Rover and BMW held the rights to the Mini, shortly the car was released in 2002.
The following years saw the BMW, Z1, Z3, Z8 and many variations of the 3, 5, 7 series.
BMW still continue to release the new incarnations of the Mini including Mini Clubman, after the success of the Mini.
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Bentley History

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A British constitution

Bentley has spoken for itself for decades, only by the rich and famous, and driven by a well groomed and attired chauffeur, well generally speaking.
1910 was when it all began by a man called W O Bentley. The idea for these motorcars was that of a forward thinking 22 yr old who loved the speed and exhileration of speeding around in racing cars. He also knew quite abit about speed and what he wanted, his genius was the tool for carving his future.
WO Bentley loved racing, cars, bikes or anything that would generate the adrenalin rush he searched for, this was somewhat quenched by racing motorcycles on the Isle of Man in the TT, however this still wasn't enough, he needed more. Therefore he started to create a breed of motorcar with superior power yet unsurpassed luxury.
In today's world superstardom is Bentleys cars audience, their clientel include rappers, music producers such as P Diddy and even London bank robbers.
As for the cars well have your choice from the Continental, Azure Continental GTR, Arnage and of course the Bentley Sport.
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Audi RS4

A 420 BHP wolf in sheeps clothing and its based on the quattro drive system, why drive anything else?

Why the fuss?

Sleek lines, all wheel drive and an aggresive looks and nature to go with it A car to battle with the best supercars hunter due to its a performance engine and 4 wheel drive. A sports saloon to break the mould, yet an everyday drive to. An A4 with a difference.
The RS4 features FSI technology, and comes with lots of gadgets and even asymmetric / dynamic distribution.

What is it capable of?

Well, the RS4 is 420 bhp at the wheels, its driven by 4.2 V8 that revs to 8250 rpm with ease. This engine is one of the only cars built to achieve 100 bhp per litre - a milestone in car technology. The lump can generate 317 lb-ft max torque which is delivered at 5500 rpm plus the engine is small, 90% of the cars torque is available all the time between 2250 and 7600 rpm. This availability of constant power gives the driver the freedom to drive at lower revs in each gear, therefore minimising wear. The RS is fueled direct fuel injection system, this offers an optimum rate of fuel & air combustion. Giving the auto even more power. This means the RS4 can reach 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds and 125 mph in 16.6 seconds.
Top speed is a healthy 155 mph and thats limited, remove the limiter nad we reckon it will max out at around 190 mph.

Engine & Drive System

Engine & Drive System



Displacement cu in (cc):

254 (4163)

bhp power (kW) at RPM:

420(323) / 7800

Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:

317(430) / 5500

Redline at RPM:


Brakes & Tires


Brakes F/R:

ABS, vented disc/vented disc

Tires F-R:

255/40 R18


All Wheel Drive

Exterior Dimensions & Weight


Length × Width × Height in:

179.0 × 70.8 × 55.2

Weight kg:



Acceleration 0-62 mph:


Top Speed mph limited (mph):

155 (185+))

Fuel Economy Urban/Motorway mpg (l/100 km):

14/20 (13.7)

Keeping her on the road

Audi's was faced with a few challenges when designing the RS4 and making it work, first problem how to get all the power and acceleration to the road wiithout going through a fullset of tyres in one run.
The quattro AWD had proven itself for 25 years on Volkswagen and Audi cars, but somthing new was needed a next gen drive system, research started and before long they had pioneering another technology asymmetric / dynamic torque distribution incorporating a self-locking Torsion centre differential. This car with its new system and the addition of sports suspension could reach unsurpassed dimensions of driving, Audi even added DRC (Dynamic Ride Control) this reduced body roll and dive making the automobile more stable.

Brakes we need, brakes!

This serious piece of kit needed some awesome stopping power, 18-inch cross-drilled, inner-vented brake discs were added - The front measure 365 millimeters in diameter, and the back were 324-millimetre diameter. They even thought of the best way to keep them working constantly, by adding a flow-optimized ventilation system combined with underfloor Naca jets, this provided high levels of cooling, ensuring the brakes stayed at an optimum tempertaure.

Just take a look

This car is like no other A4 saloon one look defines this, the radiator grille, has a diamond design, air scoops, and custom wheels developed for the RS4 specifically. There has been a new air dam added as well as extra-large exhaust pipes discreetly fitted in keeping with true euro style, a spoiler hides in the boot lid all blended with Audi's sleek lines. Its been lowered by 30 mm, and the car’s track has been widened to give a more sinister stance.
Feel a $1,000 000
The RS4 comes with an executive level of luxury aluminium, carbon fibre and leather to create the perfect driving machine.
The Racing bucket seats are full leather, with high sides for the ultimate support and a button to inflate the side supports to mould round your body contour. As for a race feel you will find a sports steering wheel, starter button and aluminium racing pedals.

I told you not to open it

Well go on, one button and it opens all, control the fuel pedal control map, the result sharper acceleration and a direct response.

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Audi S8

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Audi S8 Quattro

A luxury saloon with immense power made famous by its part driving round Paris and the South of France in Ronin.
The S8, a V8 with a difference, performance, luxury and styled aggresively. This car is basically the same as the A8 with quattro - all wheel drive and an aluminum space frame, but thats where the similarities end comes this monster of a car features aluminum uprated sports suspension, all round vented brake discs front 13.6 inch and the rear 11 inch, Brembo aluminium brake calipers finished off with 18-inch Avus alloys with 245/45ZR18 rubber all as standard.

An engine to match

The engine is the same as the A8 saloon, a V8 with a 4.2 capacity, but with one difference it has 60bhp. This in mind the S8 has been lowered all round by 20 mm than the standard A8, the shocks have been stiffened 30 percent more and the springs uprated and the compression damping is 40% higher with thicker stabiliser bars therefore giving considerably more grip increasing handling balance dramatically (0.88g on the skidpad vs. 0.77g for the A8) hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhwith a harsher ride. The car has light power steering, however its agility still keeps it bounds ahead of its closest competitor, the Mercedes SL55 AMG.
The S8 comes equipped with some extremely good safety features including an electronic differential lock (EDL) this and the brakes combined provides a targeted force distribution to the wheels with a great degree of traction, also there is ESP electronic stabiliser program, ASR traction control, ABS brakes and 8 airbags.
The Audi S8 Quattro runs a six speed manual transmission, in the US a Tiptronic Gearbox replaced the 6 speed manual and has a few exterior differences from the A8 though hard to spot chrome door mirrors, a chrome-lined air intake, exclusive wheels, red and silver motor sport emblems front & rear.
The inside is fitted with Nappa leather, heated mirrors, power everything, cruise control, solar panel glass sunroof, system GPS, remote security system with alarm & immobiliser, electric rear sunblind, a nearside mirror tilts down when reversing, 10-speaker BOSE sound system with CD Shuttle and numerous other features.

S8 Performance Figures

Engine - 4.2 litre V8
0-60 - 6 seconds
Top speed - 155mph (Limited)
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S1 Evo

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The S1 Evo an all wheel drive 450bhp World Rally Championship car.
The S1 with its quattro drive system dominated rallying. Walter Röhrl went to victory in the 1st ever rally it was entered in, in San Remo Rally, Röhrl won 29 out of 45 stages.
When Group B rallying was banned in 1987 this car and many other suffered, such cars as the Ford RS200 and the Audi S1 Evo days were numbered. Röhrl wasn't beaten though and went onto enter the car in the Pikes Peak hill climb, he dominated the climb and went onto victory.
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quattro awd

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The Audi Quattro

All wheel drive

The Audi Quattro, this car single handedly changed the course of rallying history, the car has great historical significance as a Rally and road car. It is special due to it only the second car to feature AWD the first being the Jensen FF in 1966.
The car model name is "Quattro" using a capital Q, this is differentiated between the drive system signified as a lowercase q.
The original Audi Quattro first saw life in 1980 was released in 1980, it was the first auto to combine a Turbo charged engine with an All Wheel Drive System. The engine was was a 2.1 Litre, with a SOHC, this featured a 10 valve straight-5 setup, with 160 bhp. As the models progressed so did the break horsepower creeping up to 200 bhp twin cam. The Quattro UR is recognised as a milestone rally car, and it took advantage of rally rule changes allowing cars to run all-wheel-drive.
The car and its setup was doubted by rally critics it was believed there heavy body & complexity would slow them down, how wrong could they have been. It was an instant success, the first rally it participated it won, and from that day it fully dominated for the next two years.
11,000 road cars were produced cars between 1980-1991. The Audi body style had very few body changes, from 1985 a new sloping front grill, headlights, trim and new badges were added.
All VAG's ( Volkswagen Audi Group) Quattro cars were built in Germany by a specialist Audi divisionhand by hand, the division included specialist engineers, developers, mechanics and researchers.

Quattro - Sport

The Sport Quattro was developed solely for Group B rallying, however as it was a rally car a production car had to be offered, this version was a limited edition model with a significantly shorter wheelbase. This model is very rare, lighter than other models rally tuned and demonstrates optimum handling and extreme power.


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