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We need this Lego BMW M1 to happen

Internet person designs prospective Lego kit – we want

Published: 14 Feb 2020

You’ll no doubt know the BMW M1 story by now, but let us run through the basics for a quick recap. 

The project began in the mid-to-late 1970s as BMW Motorsport wanted a purpose-built mid-engined car for use in Group 5 sports car racing of the day. An agreement was entered with Lamborghini, whereby the Italians would design the chassis and then help to assemble the 400 road-going examples needed to homologate the car. 

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With Lambo unable to fulfil its promises, though, BMW was forced to take back control (sorry) of the M1’s production and commissioned Giorgetto Giugiaro to design the now-iconic fibreglass body. It then fitted the car with a 3.5-litre straight-six and five-speed manual gearbox. Oooft.

In 1979, BMW created the M1 Procar Championship to act as a support race for F1 and to help build the required number of chassis. The series was utterly fantastic and the two titles were won by Niki Lauda in ’79 and Nelson Piquet in ’80. Check out period images or videos – it looks stunning. 

Anyway, history lesson over and down to the reason we’re all here. The images above are from the Lego Ideas section and are renders of a prospective kit. Think of it like the UK Government’s petitions website, only 10,000 signatures here means Lego will consider putting the idea into production rather than just arguing about it across a desk with an old mace on top. 

Apparently, the supremely detailed road-car kit would have 986 pieces, whereas the racing car’s aero addendums would make for 1,059 pieces in total. Lovely stuff. 

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When we first saw this kit last year it had around 2,000 supporters. Now it's got over 6,000, and more than a year left to reach the 10,000 supporter target. You know what to do TG fans…

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