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103 years of BMW Group, 100 years of annals and victories.

Munich. On 7 Mar 2019, a anniversary of the
company’s investiture was distinguished for a 103rd time. During this
period, a tiny aero-engine bureau remade itself into the
world’s heading reward manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles.
This growth reflects a impression of a association and a key
people who done a success. The association ethos is shaped on the
bravery to innovate, a willingness to go a additional mile, a expostulate to
contest with a best and a ability to overcome special challenges.
In 2019, BMW Group Classic looks behind on countless events, outstanding
achievements and innovations that are shaped on precisely these principles.

100 years ago: A high-altitude moody as a initial record for BMW.

On 17 Jun 1919, a gifted exam commander Franz Zeno Diemer set out
to assistance a fledgling association BMW grasp a initial universe record. He
took off from Munich’s Oberwiesenfeld airfield piloting his aeroplane
done by Deutsche Flugzeugwerke and powered by a BMW IV
aero-engine on a lane to a marvellous record attempt. The 230 hp
engine was designed on a basement of a element recognised especially
for drifting during good altitudes. Diemer took around one and a half hours
to fly his appurtenance adult to an altitude of 9,760 metres. In a open
cockpit, he had to contend with temperatures down to reduction 50 degrees
and breathe in atmosphere with gradually abating oxygen levels. Never
before had an aircraft flown so high.

90 years ago: The BMW 3/15 hp – launch on 4 wheels.

Ten years later, BMW had already stretched a product portfolio with
motorcycles – afterwards came a subsequent step. The Board of Management decided
to get concerned in a automobile business. The Chairman was
Franz-Josef Popp, who had hold a government position with a company
in a early stages of aero-engine production. “Our knowledge in the
area of motorcycle construction speedy us to embark on the
prolongation of tiny cars, for that there appears to be a promising
domestic market. With this finish in mind, we purchased automaker
Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach,” announced Popp in a company’s Annual
Report. On 22 Mar 1929, a initial BMW 3/15 PS left a assembly
halls in Berlin-Johannisthal. Almost 16,000 units of a new tiny car
followed in a years adult to 1932.

60 years ago: Debut for a classical Mini.

He sketched out a initial pattern drafts on a napkin. The designer
Alec Issigonis combined a insubordinate tiny automobile on a basement of the
ensuing plans. On 4 Apr 1959, a initial classical Mini rolled off
a open line during a Austin Longbridge plant in Birmingham. In
annoy of an outmost length of 3.05 metres, a tiny automobile provided
sufficient space for 4 occupants and their luggage. Issigonis
practical a totally new pattern during a time, with front-wheel drive, a
four-cylinder cross engine mounted during a front of a car, and
a gearbox configured beneath. This pattern blueprint was shortly adopted by
probably all manufacturers in mutated form. It offering a best
prerequisites for a element of artistic use of space and for
excitingly flexible pushing opening – attributes that characterise
a models of a British reward code to this day.

60 years ago: The turnaround was achieved with a compress BMW 700.

During a 1950s, a association done poignant contributions to
removing people in a immature Federal Republic of Germany on a road
with a BMW Isetta and a BMW 600 that was subsequent from it. However,
a aspirations of a business continued to arise and it was
required to emanate a new tiny automobile with a required pattern in
sequence to recompense for descending sales. The Viennese BMW importer,
automobile engineer and former racing motorist Wolfgang Denzel provided
a pivotal impetus. He presented a BMW Board of Management with the
pattern for a two-door notchback automobile that had been designed by the
Italian engineer Giovanni Michelotti. The antecedent shaped the
height for a BMW 700, that was presented for a initial time on 9
Jun 1959. By 1965, some-more than 190 000 units had been sole and BMW
succeeded in descending out of a mercantile trough.

60 years ago: Small shareholders urge a autonomy of BMW.

Sales problems in a automobile and motorcycle business had caused
BMW critical financial problems during a 1950s. At a Annual
General Meeting hold on 9 Dec 1959, a takeover of a company
by Daimler-Benz AG was therefore an object on a agenda. However, the
restructuring devise compared with a takeover was against by many of
a tiny shareholders. During a march of a violent discussion,
a counsel Friedrich Mathern managed to etch inconsistences about
a central figures. He objected that all a growth costs for
a BMW 700 had unjustifiably been enclosed in a change piece for
1958. He also criticised a fact that a value of a BMW code and
a employees had been valued many too low. The assembly was then
shelved – with a outcome that a time-limited offer from Stuttgart
expired. BMW remained eccentric though a financial predicament had not
been resolved. The increasing joining of vital shareholder Herbert
Quandt eventually supposing a declaration indispensable to pierce forward. In
a following year, he submitted a new restructuring devise that also
took comment of a interests voiced by a tiny shareholders.

50 years ago: A new epoch of motorcycle prolongation begins.

Aero-engines had already been done in Berlin-Spandau under
a instruction of BMW given a 1930s and after World War II motorcycle
and automobile compnents as well. In 1969, a whole prolongation of
motorcycles was relocated from Munich to Berlin. The start of
prolongation for a BMW /5 Series went palm in palm with a move. The
technical executive during a time, Helmut Werner Bönsch, presented it
with confident words: “There is no doubt that BMW has been building
a best and many modernized motorcycle in a universe for many years. Our
aspiration is to say this repute into a future.” This was
indeed a case. The BMW 50/5, BMW R 60/5 and BMW R 75/5 models had
been grown as sporty furloughed motorcycles in a complicated design, and
they had a totally new framework with telescopic flare for a front
circle and non-static rear-wheel suspension. And for a initial time,
business were means to select between versions with opposite colours.

40 years ago: The BMW M1 lined adult on a grid in a Procar Series.

The BMW M1 mid-engined sports automobile was already overwhelming when it
was station still. But it grown a loyal mindfulness on the
racing track. This emerged above all in a Procar Series instituted by
a Managing Director of BMW Motorsport GmbH during a time, Jochen
Neerpasch. The races were staged in 1979 and 1980 as partial of the
warm-up for a Formula 1 World Championship races in Europe and they
grown into a exile success with a public. The protagonists
themselves were also perplexed by Neerpasch’s thought of entertainment races
between Formula 1 drivers and furloughed automobile drivers piloting vehicles
with matching engineering and generating 470 hp. On 12 May 1979, the
initial competition in a Procar Series started in Zolder, Belgium, and 16
some-more races were to follow.

20 years ago: World premiere for a BMW X5.

An all-rounder with all-wheel expostulate that was not usually able of
considerable pushing on off-road turf though also demonstrated excellent
opening on a highway – this was how a BMW X5 was presented in
autumn of 1999, as a world’s initial Sports Activity Vehicle. A few
months later, a BMW X5 Le Mans demonstrated a outrageous intensity for
energetic driving. This was an initial automobile with a V12 engine
generating some-more than 700 hp. Racing motorist Hans-Joachim Stuck achieved
a tip speed of 309 km/h in this automobile on a Nürburgring. 20 years after
a entrance of a initial SAV, a family of BMW X models has grown to
7 indication series. In 2018, 37.3 percent of a brand’s sum sales
were generated by BMW X models.

20 years ago: The BMW Z8 exerts fascinating interest with
classical aesthetics.

In 1999, BMW also presented a miracle in a roadster history,
that was positively not lacking in highlights. The BMW Z8 styled by
Danish engineer Henrik Fisker combined a prodigy during a world
premiere on a arise of a International Frankfurt Motor Show
(IAA). The superb lines removed a mythological BMW 507 and the
lush cockpit make it an eye-catcher to this day. The classic
forms dressed innovative engineering: a confident aluminium
support with a outmost skin bolted on, powered by a 400 hp V8 engine.
A sum of 5,703 units of a BMW Z8 were done between 2000
and 2003 during a dedicated prolongation trickery determined generally for
this automobile during a BMW plant in Munich.

BMW Group Classic will be saluting these anniversaries in a variety
of events and publications during a march of 2019. In a meantime,
a Press Department of BMW Group Classic is providing some-more detailed
information on a topics summarized above.