BMW M1: the fastest gas-powered car.
New world record of 301,4 kph in 1981 on VW experimental high-speed track.
On 17th October 1981, a specially modified BMW M1 set up a world record of an unsual kind. Racing driver Harald Ertl of Mannheim reached a speed of 301,4 kph in his M1, wich became the fastest gas-powered road car in the world. Month of preparation had gone into achieving this record speed. The M1 featured a tubular space frame made of steel with a glued and riveted plastic body. The record-breaking slingshot was powered by a water-cooled six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3.453 cc, boosted to 410 bhp by two exhaust turbochargers. The gas tank was in the boot and helt a total of 45 liters.
Further information see next column “Prospectus M1-turbo”