Motorsport Championships

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Motorsport Championships

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BMW In Motorsport 

Throughout its history, BMW cars and motorcycles have been successful in a range of motorsport activities. From Formula 1, to motorcycles, BMW has seen success in every facet of motorsport, and been actively involved in incredible engineering feats since the early 1900s. in 1919, the world record for the highest altitude flown was flown to a height of 9760 meters by Franz Zemo Diemer in a BMW IV engine.  Since then BMW has continued to push the boundaries of technical innovation in different areas of motorsport. In this article we will explore some the many championships won in BMW’s illustrious motorsport history.


Formula 1

BMW has been involved in Formula 1 in a number of capacities since the inauguration of the World Drivers' Championship in 1950, achieving the pinnacle of the sport in 1983, when Nelson Piquet secured the Driver’s Championship by winning 3 Grand Prix that year in a car powered by BMW. Since then BMW has seen active competition until 2009, where it last competed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, driven by Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica.


Touring Cars

Regarded as one of the most important racing series for car manufacturers, BMW has enjoyed tremendous success, building a legacy in series around the world. Since Ernst Henne’s win in a BMW 328 in 19362, BMW has enjoyed success, underlining its expertise in creating engineering marvels. Cars built by BMW has clinched championships in different touring car series worldwide:

  1. British Touring Car Championships (BTCC): 4X Driver’s Championships
  2. Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM): 5X Driver’s Championships
  3. European Touring Car Championship (ETCC): 24X Driver’s Championships
  4. Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC): 1 Driver’s Championship
  5. SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Touring Car Series (WC): 2X Driver’s Championships
  6. World Touring Car Championship: 4X Driver’s Championships



In the Isle of Man TT, BMW has etched itself in history, claiming 25 Sidecar victories and 8 victories in the solo classes. In total BMW have recorded 72 podium places, having racking up a total of 382 finishes3. In long distance races such as the Dakar rally series, BMW motorcycles have won a total of 6 wins from 1981-20004.


Endurance Races

One of the true tests of race engineering, BMW has also seen success in 24-hour races:

  1. 24 Hours of Le Mans: 1999 Overall Winners
  2. American Le Mans Series: 5X Championships
  3. 24 Hours Nürburgring: 19X Winners
  4. 24 Hours Daytona: 4X Winners
  5. Spa 24 Hours: 21X Winners




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