BMW OF NORTH AMERICA 40TH ANNIVERSARY
hree years, two cars, one initial aim
and major collateral success. That’s how
BMW’s return to a werks effort in U.S.
sports car racing should be remembered.
First came the mighty 580hp BMW
V12 LMR which, built by the Williams F1
team, operated by the legendary
Schnitzer Motorsport squad, and driven
“It’s fair to say that the V12 LM of
1998 had not been a success at Le Mans,”
says Schnitzer’s team manager since 1978,
Charly Lamm, “but it’s also true to say
that it was done in a big rush. So Gerhard
Berger, who had become competitions
director with BMW, made an agreement
with Frank Williams and Patrick Head to
build the V12 LMR car as a precursor for
their Formula 1 program together.