Watch BMW M1 Procar lose control, hit the hay at Goodwood FoS

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The BMW M1 debuted as a road-legal efficiency automobile in 1978. Only a yr later, the world noticed the beginning of the BMW M1 Procar Championship, which pitted skilled pilots from completely different racing collection in opposition to one another in a one-make racing competitors. For the wants of the championship, the Munich-based automaker created the M1 Procar race automobile, which stays a central aspect within the historical past of the BMW M division. A lot with the intention to nonetheless see M1 Procar examples race in numerous occasions all over the world.

This previous weekend, the Goodwood Festival of Speed noticed a variety of very fascinating and quick vehicles go up that legendary 1.16-mile hill. There was no scarcity of cool Bimmers and one explicit instance that caught our consideration was a black-and-red M1 Procar. Sadly, it didn’t have the very best Sunday (that is when the precise uphill race occurs) after shedding traction at a nook and hitting the hay.

As you’ll be able to see from the video that’s hooked up on the high of this web page, we aren’t speaking a couple of severe crash. However what precisely occurred? The automobile’s entrance left wheel was on the grass whereas the motive force was attempting to brake earlier than the nook. That wheel didn’t have sufficient traction and the part of tarmac that adopted wasn’t sufficient for the race automobile to decelerate sufficient and keep away from hitting the fodder that’s used as a security barrier on the Goodwood FoS. Fortuitously, the influence wasn’t at excessive velocity and driver Steven Osborne was advantageous after the accident.

So far as we’re conscious, the automobile you see within the footage is a 1979 BMW M1 Procar. Below the bonnet is BMW’s M88 3.5-litre straight-six engine, which on this software is nice for round 470 bhp. The mill is mated to a five-speed guide gearbox with a brand new cooler in comparison with the road-legal automobile and new gear ratios. Much more importantly, the suspension is totally completely different on the race automobile, that includes adjustable anti-roll bars.

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