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  • Previewing the iconic M1, the Turbo will go down in history as BMW's first concept car. It had pop-up headlights up front and dual BMW badges.

    Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, gives some insights and explains the ideas behind the BMW Turbo concept.

    A new Chief-Designer came to BMW in the s. Over a period of six years, Frenchman Paul Braque created a series of cars. This car, the Braque Turbo, was p.

    The concept car concept is translated as "the idea of a car". This is a kind of prototype car, which tests people's reactions to new technologies being introduced, design solutions, etc. In its original form, prototypes are never launched into mass production.

    Bmw turbo concept

    Bmw turbo concept

    Another notable feature of the BMW Turbo was the 'secondary display 2' — a precursor to Check Control, which checked the functioning of safety-related systems using glass-fibre optics. Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort. A mid-engine concept — but not as the M1 knows it. New York City Concours d'Elegance. The Turbo Concept also came equipped with a safety steering system and a radar system to warn the driver for cars coming too close.

    Bmw turbo concept

    Bmw turbo concept

    Bmw turbo concept

    Bmw turbo concept

    Bmw turbo concept

    BMW Turbo Concept History, Pictures, Value, Auction Sales, Research and News

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    Wouter Melissen Last updated: May 05, Download: At the time few could have imagined that the striking concept car would form the basis for the company's first and to date only supercar. Clearly inspired by the latest generation of Italian supercar, the French designer came up with a wedge-shaped mid-engined machine. Even though the Turbo Concept had a thoroughly modern shape, Bracq had managed to incorporate the classic 'kidney grille' in the design.

    Bmw turbo concept

    Other striking exterior design cues included the covered rear wheels and the BMW badges on both rear-end corners. Somewhat paradoxally the supercar shaped design included the latest safety technology.

    The nose and the tail of the car were separate foam-filled pieces mounted on telescopic steel beams. These were intended to take most of the impact during a collision. The Turbo Concept also came equipped with a safety steering system and a radar system to warn the driver for cars coming too close. In addition the very low centre of gravity also made for an inherently safer design. The gull-wing doors on the other hand, did not. Mounted transversely behind the passenger compartment, the four cylinder engine gave the car its name.

    Bmw turbo concept

    Originally derived from the popular model, the two litre unit received a Turbo charger to boost power to a healthy bhp. In detuned form the blown four cylinder engine entered production in the Turbo, which was built in small numbers in and To top it all off BMW had the Turbo Concept painted in a highly unusual two-tone paint scheme, possibly the emphasize the collision friendly bumpers. A second, non running, example was built for motor show use in , but it was not until that a 'production version' was announced.

    This M1 was only very loosely based on the Turbo Concept design and excluded most of its revolutionary features.

    The iconic Turbo Concept has survived and is still in full running order, although it is quite difficult to get going.

    Bmw turbo concept

    There is no mechanic or electric choke on the prototype engine, so it has to be fully heated before it can be driven. With its front mounted radiator and long waterlines that can take well over 15 minutes.

    A further problem is that the engine has no silencers, so the warming up process will get the attention of much of the neighborhood. Not surprisingly, the car is only driven very rarely. It was displayed to commemorate the M1's 30th anniversary alongside a brand new wedge-shaped, but not operational concept, fittingly dubbed the 'M1 Hommage'.

    BMW V12 TURBO 1378 HP / 1566 NM (1155 lbs) CSI 850



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