Sunday, 6 October 2013

NEWS: Sideways BMW M1 Gr. 5 'Schnitzer'

Sideways BMW M1 Group 5
SW23, 'AC Schnitzer', Nurburgring DRM 1981, H.J. Stuck

Sideways released the all new BMW M1 at Slot Landia over the weekend and if you were lucky enough to be at the event, I'm sure you grabbed a few. :)  For the rest of us, the impressive Group 5 M1 will be on sale very soon at our local slot shop.

Racer have hit the slot car market with a big bang releasing their Sideways range.  Releasing a range of Group 5 slot cars was a master stroke on racers part, the BMW M1 is sure to be as huge a hit as the Lancia Beta, Porsche 935/78 and Ford Capri Zakspeed.

Some AC Schnitzer history from Wikipedia: 'Since the 1960s, the Schnitzer team has been mainly active with BMW and BMW M cars in Touring car racing like the European Touring Car Championship, the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). In recent years, they mainly competed as "BMW Team Germany" in the WTCC with drivers Jörg Müller, Dirk Müller, and Augusto Farfus from 2005 to 2009.

In 1977 and 1978 Schnitzer tried to take on the mighty Porsche 935 in the DRM. They developed a Group 5, 560 PS (412 kW) turbocharged silhouette version of the RA40 Toyota Celica and raced it with modest success. The best finish of the Celica LB Turbo was a fourth at Nürburgring in 1977, but with dismal reliability the next year Schnitzer withdrew and returned their focus to BMWs.

Schnitzer's BMW M3 GT2 at the 2010 1000 km of Zhuhai. Schnitzer was also active in Sports car racing and Endurance racing, e.g. the ALMS and Le Mans Series. On 26 January 2011 it was announced that Schnitzer Motorsport, under the name Team Schnitzer, would run Andy Priaulx's GT2 M3 in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.'

Some nice footage of a Group 5 M1starting up and doing a few laps, insane engine sound!

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