Gallery: M celebrates its 40th birthday

Forty years ago, ex-Porsche works driver and Ford's former Racing Manager Jochen Neerpasch - and 35 other wise men - joined forces with one intention: to make BMWs go fast and win races. Like Teutonic Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, they combined power and knowledge to become a singular unstoppable force in racing that would lead to some of the most exciting and accessible road cars... in the world.

We'll forgive you if you don't recognize the individual names. Neerpasch and his team were the founders BMW Motorsport GmbH, or what we now know by a single, glorious letter: ‘M'.