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BMW Turbo Gullwing

Post by tlake » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:05 pm

I have always thought the Bracq 1972 Gullwing was a nice looking and more interesting car, than the later Giugiaro e26 M1. With an uprated 2002 Turbo engine (200 hp) BMW said it could do 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds and 155 mph. So not much slower than the M1. It also introduced the raised hood powerband. 8)

Paul Bracq's Gullwing Turbo

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Post by E24man » Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:02 pm

I had the opportunity to make it over to BMW for the 100 year celebrations last year as a co-driver of an E26/1 M1.

The M1 is a simply amazing car but while there the owner and I gate-crashed a cocktail evening at BMW's restoration site and were fortunate enough to spend 20 minutes or so chatting to one of BMW's Senior Engineers, who whilst now a Dr of Engineering recalled to us his time as a youngster working on the Turbo project... and then proceeded to take us behind the barrier and point out some of the finer details of the car!

IIRC, there were three complete cars made, all retained by BMW, all turbo-charged 2 litre engines but all with over 200bhp (compared to the 170bhp of the production 2002 Turbo) with one car around 260bhp. They had incredibly advanced features such as radar sensing cruise control and I believe a very early form of ABS as well as a whole host of very advanced technology for the time.

He mentioned one of the restrictions on the car was its sheer width, as for its time it was as wide as a heavy goods vehicle and as such the car could not be TUV approved as a road car.

The cars all have very trick paintwork which makes the car look look black through brown to burnt orange depending on the light. I think the good Dr was pleased to meet some genuine car geeks and more pleased still to discover an M1 owner that actually uses his car come rain or shine.
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Post by tlake » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:23 pm

That's very interesting, and of course this car, the new BMW HQ, egg cup museum and e12 5 series were all ready for the Munich Olympics.

I think Paul Bracq said he did the styling, and the wheels, in under 6 months. :!: One car had rear wheel spats because he was trying to do a modern BMW 328.

One readout on the dash told your lateral g reading. Something which has only come on performance cars in recent years.

They raced the 2 liter turbo in the touring car championship (2002 vs Porsche 911), and Alex von Falkenhausen told the jounalist Paul Frere the gearbox could stand more power than 170 hp. :)

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Post by tlake » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:48 am

Stars of 1972, the e12 520 & Gullwing Turbo:!: So, nostalgic. 8)

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