BMW – “Bayerische Motorenwerke” was founded on March 7, 1916 to manufacture aircraft engines under the name BFW- “Bayerische Flugzeugwerke”. Celebrating its 105th anniversary this year, BMW is an extraordinary brand that broke records in altitude and speed, produced its own Lamborghini and built a building in the shape of an engine. Here are some little-known facts about BMW:
The legacy of the 4-cylinder engine was such an important concept that in the 1960s the brand had its headquarters built around this engine.
BMW Headquarters was designed by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer. The fact that the administration building is built in the shape of the brand’s four-cylinder engine is both a bit strange and truly extraordinary
Even the first aircraft produced by BMW broke records.
No matter what BMW produces, perfection has always been a goal. This plane you see broke the record of the period by flying 32 thousand feet in 1919.
Where does the BMW logo come from?
If you think that the BMW logo comes from the trail of a rotating airplane propeller, you are wrong. The different logo was used until in 1929 the marketing team wanted to remember the aircraft heritage. The logo was actually a tribute to Rapp Motor and Bavaria. Blue and white are the official colors of Bavaria and look very stylish on any BMW model, but there is also a period before this logo.
The first car BMW produced was only 15 horsepower and was built for the Treaty of Versailles.
The Treaty of Versailles, signed after the First World War, prohibited German companies from producing warplanes and fighter jet engines. When BMW ceased to be an option as the main source of income, it turned to different alternatives and produced this Dixi 3/15. The vehicle became the popular model of the period in which it was produced.
The first BMW produced was actually a British Austin model
The British Austin , the American Bantam and the Japanese Datsun, which would later become Nissan , were the first vehicles produced by BMW. The chassis used in the first BMW was designed and produced by the British brand Austin, and many brands produced vehicles using this ready-made chassis.
Manufactured the world’s fastest motorcycle in 1937
This interesting tool was cleverly designed aerodynamically, and while the asphalt concept was still very new, this BMW motorcycle could reach speeds of around 280 km/h! The body of the motorcycle completely covers the rider, and this interesting helmet had to be worn for safety. In addition, because the driver used his feet by folding, he could not put his feet on the ground until the vehicle stopped.
BMW was also the pioneer of crazy motorcycle racing.
Increasing maneuverability by hanging from the sidecar is as old a concept as the sidecars themselves. The pilot in the basket almost sticks to the asphalt, strangely enough, this sport still continues even today..
By the end of the 50s, BMW was almost becoming a Mercedes!
In 1959, BMW was on the verge of bankruptcy for many reasons that were the result of the cold war. Daimler-Benz recognized the opportunity immediately and almost bought BMW, which was able to buy back its shares with the efforts of even the technicians in the BMW team and came to this day with the help of an investor family who still owns a significant part of the brand. The rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz has its roots in these days.
The first M Series car was to become the M1 legend, almost a Lamborghini!
In the 1970s, BMW and Lamborghini agreed to build a racing car. The Germans would supply the engine and some suspension parts, while the Italians would take care of the rest. When Lamborghini withdrew at the last minute due to financial disputes, BMW created this magnificent series itself.
BMW has been making electric cars for over 40 years
BMW introduced the first fully electric car at the Munich Olympics in 1972. The range of the vehicle, which used 12 batteries, was 30 km. The power of the model called “1602” was impressive because 43 hp was half as much as the regular version.
BMW wins Formula 1 races with a 20-year-old engine design
BMW’s M10 four-cylinder engine was a slightly modified version of the 75 hp engine used on the streets in 1962. In 1983 they managed to get 1400 hp from the same engine and Nelson Piquet won the World Championship with this engine.
BMW still produces spare parts for WWII era vehicles
BMW Classic Program still produces spare parts even for BMW Isettas. The subject of spare parts is so detailed that it is even possible to order parts of historical models and produce them from scratch.
BMW bought the old motorcycle factory building in Munich, where it manufactures BMW Classic Spare Parts.
The place where thousands of spare parts for BMW classics are produced is an old BMW motorcycle factory. As in many details of BMW, it is impossible not to see the poetry here.
BMW also designs interiors for both planes and trains
BMW’s signature is on Singapore Airlines’ interior designs. Also, San Francisco is preparing to replace its old trains with new BMW designed models.
BMW Z1 and these doors..
The doors of the BMW Z1 were even cooler than the upward-opening sports car doors. Unfortunately, only about 8,000 were produced.