BMW Performance & Tuning
M modelsBMW produce a number of high-performance derivatives of their cars developed by their BMW M GmbH (previously BMW Motorsport GmbH) subsidiary.
The current M models are:
- M3 – F80 Sedan (2013 to present)
- M4 – F82 Coupé/F83 Convertible (2013 to present)
- M5 – F10 Saloon (2011 to present)
- M6 – F06 Gran Coupé/F12 Convertible/F13 Coupé (2012 to present)
- X5 M – F15 SAV (2014 to present)
- X6 M – F16 SAV (2014 to present)
BMW has been engaged in motorsport activities since the dawn of the first BMW motorcycle in 1923.
- Formula BMW – A Junior racing Formula category.
- Kumho BMW Championship – A BMW-exclusive championship run in the United Kingdom.
- Isle of Man TT – Georg 'Schorsch' Meier won the 1939 running of the Grand Prix and Michael Dunlop won both the 2014 Senior and Superbike races on a 2014 BMW S1000RR.
- Dakar Rally – BMW motorcycles have won the Dakar rally six times. In 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1999, and 2000.
- Superbike World Championship – BMW returned to premier road racing in 2009 with their all new superbike, the BMW S1000RR.
BMW has a history of success in Formula One. BMW powered cars have won 20 races. In 2006 BMW took over the Sauber team and became Formula One constructors. In 2007 and 2008 the team enjoyed some success. The most recent win is a lone constructor team's victory by BMW Sauber F1 Team, on 8 June 2008, at the Canadian Grand Prix with Robert Kubica driving. Achievements include:
Formula One – F1
- Driver championship: 1 (1983)
- Constructor championship: 0 (Runner-up 2002, 2003, 2007)
- Fastest laps: 33
- Grand Prix wins: 20
- Podium finishes: 76
- Pole positions: 33
BMW was an engine supplier to Williams, Benetton, Brabham, and Arrows. Notable drivers who have started their Formula One careers with BMW include Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel.
In July 2009, BMW announced that it would withdraw from Formula One at the end of the 2009 season. The team was sold back to the previous owner, Peter Sauber, who kept the BMW part of the name for the 2010 season due to issues with the Concorde Agreement. The team has since dropped BMW from their name starting in 2011.
- Le Mans 24 Hours – BMW won Le Mans in 1999 with the BMW V12 LMR designed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering. Also the Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing team won the 1995 edition with a BMW-engined McLaren F1 GTRrace car.
- Nürburgring – BMW won the 24 Hours Nürburgring 19 times and the 1000km Nürburgring twice (1976 and 1981).
- 24 Hours of Daytona – BMW won three times (1976, 2011, 2013)
- Spa 24 Hours – BMW won 21 times
- A BMW works team E36 320d was the first diesel-powered overall winner ever at the 24 Hours Nürburgring.
- McLaren F1 GTR – Successful mid-1990s GT racing car with a BMW designed engine. It won the BPR Global GT Series in 1995 and 1996 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995.
- American Le Mans Series – BMW has won three (2001, 2010, 2011) GT Team Championships and GT Automobile Manufacturer titles. Twice (2010, 2011) with Team RLL in the Crowne Plaza V8 powered M3 GT coupe and once (2001) with the BMW Motorsport team in the V8 powered M3 GTR.