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630 Days To The Top
The Story Of The World Champion BMW Turbo
Published by BMW AG, Munich 1/1984
Soft cover 118 pages
Has marks, folds, bumps, etc., but otherwise good condition.
1983 was a very special year for BMW - the "BAYERISCHE MOTORENWERKE", to give the company its full German title. It will go down in the history of international motor sport as the first year in which the driver of a car with a turbocharged engine won the FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. An engine built by BMW! This ultimate car racing category is now 34 years old in its current form, and turbocharged engines have been around for seven of those years - but NELSON PIQUET is the first driver to win the championship in a "TURBO".
In this book UWE MAHLA, the motor sport specialist in BMW's press department, describes various moments in the 630-day period which lay between the BMW 4-cylinder engine's first entry for a Grand Prix, and the 1983 Formula 1 season's triumphant conclusion. He also highlights dramatic stages in BMW's motor sport history, culminating in the development of the engine that propelled the world champion to victory. And last but not least, he portrays the people without whom that engine could not have been a success, and casts light on BMW's motives in entering the world of Formula 1 motor racing.
Contents:
A long story in brief: from BMW 1500 to Formula 1 engine
The challenge of Formula 1
The BMW Formula 1 engine and its creator
Towards the breakthrough: the 1982 season
A great start: victory in Rio, victory in Dakar
Nelson can take it: troubles faced and overcome
The competition never sleeps
The race to the finish (and Quester wins the European touring car championship)
The finale: a triumph of self-discipline
The first world champion in a turbo-charged car: Dieter Stappert portrays Nelson Piquet
The BMW Formula 1 engine's progress in figures
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