BMW M1 (E26) Profile

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BMW M1 (E26) General Information

The BMW M1 was not only spectacular looking, it was a rally car of the superlatives! At 430BHP it was the most powerful group 4 car that was ever rallied! It was also the widest rally car of all time - 1925mm, which is 155mm wider than the original 2.0 WRCars! (OK, the group 2 Dodge Ramcharger was even wider, but was that a rally car?) The more incredible that at WRC level it was only used in Corsica, which features about the tiniest roads of the whole WRC.

And it wasn't even doing badly. The car was driven by Bernard Darniche in 1982 and Bernard Beguin in 1983 in a French Championship program. There it was event winning material and in the Tour de Corse it was both years in a podium position when it was sidelined for tiny problems like a fractured gearbox oil pipe or a faulty water pump. The car was prepared and run by Hughes de Chaunac's Oreca team that in more recent time was responsible for Citroen and Renault S1600 projects and today prepares the Volkswagen Polo WRC engines. Interestingly the M1 may have looked like a typical group B monster, but it was right group B that caused its downfall. BMW would have needed to build new parts to allow the M1 to be transferred from group 4 to group B and BMW was shy of investing into this.

Hughes de Chaunac is known for his love to extremes. In the early 2000s he had fun running a heavily tuned Dodge Viper as course opening car in French Championship rallies!

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BMW M1 (E26) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
BMW M1 (E26) _ (82-83) 430/9000 390/7000 4360.1925.1110 1150 (2.7) Rwd (2560)

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BMW M1 (E26) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse B. Beguin J. Lenne #3 [UNKNOWN] SS5 water pump
Ret. 1982 WRC Tour de Corse B. Darniche A. Mahé #10 [UNKNOWN] SS10 gearbox