BMW built the M5 Touring with the McLaren F1 engine. But then hid itJuly 10, 2019
The car became part of a V12 development project for the legendary supercar.
In one of the episodes of the Collecting Cars podcast, Top Gear co-host Chris Harris spoke with David Clark, the former head of McLaren Cars, who talked about the unusual BMW M5 built to test the F1 supercar engine. The “mythical” car is still kept at BMW, but it has never been shown to the public.
The legendary McLaren F1 has become so famous thanks in part to the engine – the atmospheric V12 is still considered the best in the history of the global automotive industry. However, this unit was not developed at all by McLaren, but by the BMW M department and the talented mechanic Paul Rocher. The six-liter engine produced 627 hp (617 Nm), had individual throttle bodies and was paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.
To test the engine, BMW M engineers selected the BMW M5 Touring wagon in the back of the E34. It is believed that this car has survived to the present day, but its location is unknown. According to Clark, the M5 with the V12 from McLaren F1 is hidden in one of the BMW warehouses, and it has never been shown to the general public.
Production of the BMW M5 Touring (E34) began in 1992 and it was released 891 copies of the model. The wagon was equipped with a 3.8-liter inline “six” S38B38, which gave out 340 forces and 400 Nm of the moment, and could accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in 5.9 seconds.
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