BMW M1 ProCar Spits Flames While Lapping F1 Circuits

Many enthusiasts have been begging for BMW to bring back the iconic M1 supercar for years, but it seems very unlikely the German marque will do so. Fortunately, the world can still enjoy the wonder of the original, especially the racing ProCar variant.

Created in 1979 for a one-make series that served as a support series for many European F1 races, the M1 ProCar was vastly different from the road car and only shared a handful of components.

Complementing the aerodynamic modifications that come with a car of this kind was a modified BMW straight-six engine delivering 470 hp at 9,000 rpm and mated to a 5-speed transmission from ZF. With almost 200 hp more than the standard M1, the ProCar was certainly no slouch and, as this video shows, sounds particularly impressive when driven to its limits.

Filmed at various circuits, including Spa Francorchamps and Monza, the clip shows the M1 ProCar not only emitting a lovely howl but also spitting flames like a dragon straight out Game of Thrones.


  • Six_Tymes

    love this car. I forgot it’s engine is capable of 9000 rpm, wow.

  • Infinite1

    Always liked this car since I’ve first saw it

  • Wandering_Spirit

    One of the most fascinating BMWs, ever.