It was in 1982 that the world of motorsport saw the introduction of Group A racing, a direct replacement for the FIA’s Group 2 regulations for modified touring cars. Almost immediately, BMW scrambled to submit a car for homologation, and for the 1982 season of the European Touring Car Championship, BMW raced the 528i sedan.
It was BMW’s “Neue Klasse” post-war sedans that are credited with saving the brand, and following them, the “02” series coupes have stood as one of the brand’s icons and established their role and leadership as a sports sedan manufacturer. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1973, the 2002 Turbo was the pinnacle of the New Class lineup, sporting a turbocharged, mechanically fuel-injected variant of the famous m10 power plant.
After making the pitch to the big wigs at BMW, it’s a wonder if Herve Poulain ever fully realized how grand the Art Car Project would become. His vision, a series of BMW cars painted by commissioned world-class artists, was a unique take at blending automobiles with the arts.
The BMW i8 – In 2009, BMW introduced the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics: an exotic sports-coupe aimed at redefining driving enthusiasm as we know it. Growing into a gas-electric hybrid that is known today as the i8, BMW is fully prepared to challenge every pre-conceived notion about the future of driving.
BMW defines the i8 as “the world’s most forward-looking sports car” and it’s hard to argue.