BMW M1 No.90 24H Le Mans 1983 A. Pallavicini - J. Winther - L. von Bayern
You know that joke about the Duke of Bavaria, the Swiss team owner and the unknown Danish driver driving a BMW at the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Of course not, because it's not a joke, it's history.
In 1983, the Brun Motorsport team entered one of its cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with an unusual line-up. The Bavarian royal family was represented in the race courtesy of Prince Leopold von Bayern, Angelo Pallavicini bought a share in the team so he could sit in the #90 BMW, while Jens Winther's name will probably only ring a bell with the Danes.
The 1983 Le Mans 24 Hours was the fourth round of the World Endurance Championship and the European Endurance Championship. It was the 51st running of the French event. The Brun Motorsport team entered two cars, the one of note for us being the #90 BMW M1. This model is a mid-engined sports car produced by the German car manufacturer between 1978 and 1981. Ironically, another well-known car manufacturer was also involved in the birth of the M1. BMW and Lamborghini had an agreement in the late 1970s to jointly build a sports car, but the collaboration was not smooth to say the least, which ended with BMW deciding to build the racer on its own without the help of the Italians, and the BMW M1 was born. The German sports car was powered by BMW's M88 3.5-litre in-line six-cylinder DOHC petrol engine, which was produced between 1978 and 1989. This engine was based on the DOHC version of the BMW M49 engine used in the BMW 3.0CSi racing cars.
Over the course of the 24 hours of the 1983 race, more than half the field bled to death, and that was the fate of our star trio, who completed 160 laps before being forced to retire from the race, which was won, it goes without saying, by a Porsche. This time again Spark has released a lesser known car in the history of endurance in 1/43rd scale. BMW enthusiasts and connoisseurs first!
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