The BMW E26 M1 is a high-performance sports car that was produced by BMW from 1978 to 1981. It was the first BMW M car and the only mid-engined BMW ever built. The E26 M1 was designed as a homologation special to meet the requirements of Group 4 racing, which required a certain number of production cars to be built before a car could be entered into racing.
The E26 M1 was powered by a 3.5-liter straight-six engine that was designed by BMW Motorsport. It produced 273 horsepower and 243 Nm of torque, which allowed the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 259 km/h.
The E26 M1 featured a unique body design that was the result of a collaboration between BMW and Italian design firm ItalDesign. The car had a wedge-shaped profile with a low-slung hood and a steeply raked windshield. The interior of the car was also designed with a focus on performance, with racing-style bucket seats and a dashboard that was oriented towards the driver.
The BMW E26 M1 is considered to be a rare and highly sought-after collectible car. Only 453 units were produced, making it one of the most exclusive BMW models ever made. Its racing heritage and unique design continue to make it a highly desirable car among enthusiasts and collectors.