Racing into History: BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia Limited Edition
2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia Limited Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery
To properly celebrate the 70th anniversary of its unlikely victory back in 1940 at the Mille Miglia automobile race in Brescia, BMW has announced that it will build a new version of the Z4 sDrive35is fittingly called the Mille Miglia Limited Edition.
Each of the 99 Mille Miglia Limited Edition models will be painted matte Polaris Metallic and will feature a blacked-out front grill along with an M aero kit and 19-inch wheels finished in Dark Chrome. Driver and passenger seats will get a dash of red stitching, as will the steering wheel. Finishing it all off will be a unique set of badges both inside and out.
BMW's standard 340-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six will provide power, and a a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will send those healthy ponies to the rear wheels
BMW has also announced that it has recreated a classic 328 Kamm Coupé that will be taking part in this year's Mille Miglia race. Read more about BMW's historic racing efforts after the break.
Gallery: BMW 328 at the 1940 Mille Miglia
[Source: BMW via BMWBlog]
The same passion 70 years on. BMW at the 2010 Mille Miglia.
Munich/Brescia. 70 years ago, the BMW motor racing department had a single aim in mind: the 1st Gran Premio Brescia delle Mille Miglia. A total of five racing cars from Munich had registered for the big event. Preparations did not run entirely smoothly, and ultimately the BMW team very nearly ran out of time. But when the silver BMW racers crossed the finish line in Brescia on 28th April, they accomplished what few had dared hope for: overall victory, team victory and third, fifth and sixth places. That April day saw BMW celebrate its greatest racing triumph so far on four wheels. To this day it epitomises the essence of the brand: "Victory in the 1940 Mille Miglia remains a landmark in the history of the BMW brand. It reflects not only the extraordinary technical expertise but also the passion with which BMW approaches its work," comments Dr Klaus Draeger, member of the BMW Group Board of Management responsible for development, on the significance of the 1940 Mille Miglia. To mark the anniversary of that historic event, BMW Classic has come up with something very special: it has recreated a model that had disappeared from sight for almost 60 years – the BMW 328 Kamm Coupé. This racing car represents a harmonious synthesis of function and aesthetics while at the same time demonstrating just how far BMW had advanced in the development of aerodynamics and lightweight design. "We are very proud to be lining up for the Mille Miglia again 70 years later with this milestone of motor racing history and vehicle aerodynamics," says Karl Baumer, Director of BMW Classic, in delighted anticipation of the unique ride from Brescia to Rome and back
Teams BMW Classic
79 Enzo Ciravolo Maria Leitner BMW 328
80 Maximilian Schöberl Stefan Grundhoff BMW 328
81 Klaus Draeger Joschka Fischer BMW 328
82 Kurt Liedtke Torsten Bursch BMW 328
85 Ian Robertson Phillip Jones BMW 328
86 Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes Greg Kable BMW 328 Frazer Nash
88 Giuliano Cané Lucia Galliani BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupé
89 Ludwig Willisch Eric Neubauer BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster
90 Marcel Botterweck Reiner M. Löslein BMW 328
91 Ulrich Knieps Hans Hamer BMW 328
92 Leopold Von Bayern Adrian Van Hooydonk BMW 328
93 Karl Baumer Dennis Dremmen BMW 328 Kamm Coupé
BMW Private Teams
87 Aldo Bonomi Tarcisio Bonomi BMW 328
84 Richard Croul Massimo Raimondi BMW 328
83 Massimo Ermini Lapo Ermini BMW 328
368 Bernd Werndl Alexandra Schörghuber BMW 507