BMW was not always known as BMW. BMW has long-term roots, dating back to the early 20th century. The company started out as Rapp Motorenwerke, only to change to Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH (BMW) in 1916. However, the fact that the company had existed did not mean that they were the super power of the car that we now know as BMW. The company specialized mainly in aircraft engines and industrial engines. BMW first built a car under license in 1928, 12 full years after it became known as BMW. This changed BMW's focus on cars, and in the years that followed, BMW has worked tirelessly to create the incredible vehicle that BMW knows today.
The range of cars with LPG Autogas offered by the bmw brand in USA has been extended with the approval of equipment to retrofit their cars:
A new bmw LPG / Propane Model of van in USA usually maintains the same gasoline system as the traditional version incorporating the LPG / Propane equipment
the bmw LPG / Propane van has a price slightly higher than the gasoline version but lower than the diesel version
Although it can be established that operating in LPG / Propane mode the vehicle consumes a little more than gasoline, the price of fuel has an interesting saving
The refilling from the supplier is carried out in a time comparable to that necessary for refueling gasoline. The system is, likewise, very simple and comfortable.
Being a cleaner system, catalytic converters, filters, "adblues" are eliminated, which reduces the possibility of mechanical breakdowns. Thus, for example, the service life of the oil increases with what it means for motor care
The first cities begin to limit the access of diesel vehicles, in their restrictive regulations vehicles with LPG have access advantages
We know what you think: it's a strange BMW M1. You're not wrong The strange thing is that the history of this strange corner of violet has remained a mystery, seemingly sliding through the cracks of the world of BMW enthusiasts. Until now. Because as soon as they gave us a vision, we had to do all the research, discover a fascinating history of attempts at high-speed records, unprecedented excesses of the 80s, duplication of behavior and ultimately abandonment .
It all started in 1980, when a bright blue door of the 70s supercar delivered to its wealthy owner in West Berlin. But just a year later, chassis number 4301150 was acquired by a guy named Harald Ertl. If you are in your F1, this name could ring the bell. Ertl was an effervescent and mustachioed automotive journalist who became an F1 driver and had more personality than talent. But in 1980, Ertl wanted to set a new ground speed record for cars powered by LPG. The M1, he thought, was the perfect car for the job.
As you know, the M1 does not normally work in LPG. In fact, not much at that time. The registration attempt was an exercise to promote BP's new autogas technology. The Ertl team again equipped the six-cylinder M88 in a straight line to operate a liquid propane tank that was in the trunk. Then, two huge KKK turbochargers were installed to take the power of 276 hp at 404 hp. Because power is always equal to speed, right?
But power was not the only solution. To slide the M1 into the air like a greased goose, the entire aerodynamic package has been remodeled to make the wedge, um, wedgier. The nose was lowered and gained an air dam, rearview mirrors were grouped for smaller and softer (to channel the air to the tubes on the sides), and very heavy (it is literally a three-man job to lift it) was added the steel boot lid and the rear wing assembly.
Which, considering the lightness of the front in a standard M1, can only assume a madness experience at high speed. Finally, as it was the 80s, Blaupunkt filled as many speakers as possible in the cockpit. P>
Next, on October 17, 1981, Harald got behind the wheel in Ehra-Lessien, increased the momentum through the bestial button protruding from the dashboard, pointed the M1 on the horizon and closed the accelerator to 301 km / h, surpassing the previous record of 18 km / h. Success! Unfortunately, the story comes from here. Three years after registration, an Alpina distributor in Germany sold the M1 to Piet Oldenhof in the Netherlands. In 1984, the car was repainted since then in two silver and blue tones, with an airbrush hand tightening a sword on the hood. Chic
Then, after being selected, some bozo ripped the casing, leading to a new M88 era to be assembled in 1988. A year later, the M1 was auctioned off in Paris at a Japanese investment agency, to reappear at a random Ilford dealership in the United Kingdom in 1993. It was purchased only for the owner to die tragically. Since then, it has been left as an inheritance. The one who has been sitting in an alley for 15 years, from where it seems that is the case. However, recently, BMW Munich Legends experts dragged him to his workshop to see if a restoration was possible. They told us that it was not child's play, but it would be a project that would require deep and deep pockets. So, who wants to lead one of the craziest M1s in the world?