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Not everybody knows that BMW started as a manufacturer of aircraft engines. In October 1913 Karl Friedrich Rapp establishes “Rapp-Motorenwerke” in a former bicycle factory near Munich.

Rapp was an engineer who arise through the Daimler system and “Rapp-Motorenwerke” was set up as a subsidiary of “Flugwerk”, an airplane maker. He starts manufacturing his own aircraft engines but unfortunately they suffered from problems with vibrations.

In 1917, BMW’s first aircraft engine, the Type IIIa, goes into production. It is a water-cooled six-cylinder inline engine, it features a unique “high-altitude carburetor” developed by chief engineer Max Friz that allows it to develop full power at altitude. Max Friz was a grand engineering mind who would dominate BMW’s product development culture on into the 1960’s.

BMW became an automobile manufacturer in 1929 when it purchased Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, which, at the time, built Austin Sevens under licence under the Dixi marque.

BMW’s team of engineers progressively developed their cars from small Seven-based cars into six-cylinder luxury cars and, in 1936, began production of the BMW 328 sports car. Aircraft engines, motorcycles, and automobiles would be BMW’s main products until World War II.

During the war, against the wishes of its director Franz Josef Popp, BMW concentrated on aircraft engine production, with motorcycles as a side line and automobile manufacture stopped altogether.

Towards the end of 1930, BMW attempted to introduce a new front axle with independent wheel suspension for both their models, the BMW ‘Dixi’ 3/15 DA4 and BMW ‘Wartburg’ DA3, but this resulted in accidents with the prototypes because of construction faults.

However, as the license with Austin would end in 1932, BMW decided upon the development of a completely new model and called in the help of German engineer Josef Ganz. He was hired as a consultant engineer at BMW in July 1931.bmw logo

At first, Josef Ganz negotiated with BMW about possible manufacture of his innovative rear-engined Maikäfer prototype at BMW.

However, BMW decided for a different model, more along the lines of the previous Dixi model.

Therefore, with the assistance of Ganz, work started on the development of the BMW AM1, a small car with a front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, and independent wheel suspension with swing-axles.

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What does the BMW logo mean?

BMW logo consists of 4 blue and white quadrants which are enclosed within a circle. White and blue colors used for every quadrant symbolize Bavarian Free State. Letter BMW are located at the top of the circle. They stand for Bayerische Motoren Werke.

BMW Basics

Founded: 7 March 1916
Headquarters: Munich, Germany
Founder(s): Karl Rapp, Franz Josef Popp, Camillo Castiglioni

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Controversial Looks, Excellent Performance The M3 and M4 have always embodied the best of the BMW “ultimate driving machine” ethos. Now there’s a new 2021 M3 and M4 that the company just revealed. While they may have impressive performance, they look like two big heaping piles of derivative dog crap.  BMW will get a lot …

Ahead of even BMW’s own press reveal of the BMW G20 M3 and G84 M4, Top Gear was able to get in and get an exclusive first look at the cars. Appreciably, they jump right to the most important part of the new styling, the massive kidney grilles at the front of the cars. Jack …

New Grilles and Shapes Ahead of BMW’s official launch of the new 2021 BMW M3 and M4, the car’s leaked. The Instagram page carswithoutlimits shared the images. Then BMW Blog picked them up and they spread like wildfire across the Web. The images show the M3 in a shade of green. The two-door M4 coupe …

Over the past couple of months, BMW has been teasing the new G20 M3 and G82 M4 in photos and videos distributed across several social media platforms. The latest, however, gives us a date, coming from BMW Australia’s social media page. The new M3 and M4 will be launched on September 23. Endless rumours. Endless …

Yes, the title is in a large amount of fun. But you can’t deny that a BMW M4 GTS, slightly modified for the Nurburgring Nordschleife, is a pretty quick car already. But then, plug in Robert Kubica behind the wheel, and it goes from being a pretty quick car to an absolute track missile. For …

While the new shape of the G20 series of cars from BMW continues to divide opinion, it doesn’t stop news and press events from happening. Earlier today, BMW held a press event with a subsequent press release showing the first version of the 2021 BMW M4 GT3 race car and the nearly final form of …

It’s been 34 years, to be exact, since BMW offered an M3 Touring. The last car to have that specification was in the E30 M3 family, which started in 1986. Now, according to EVO Magazine, it has been “leaked” that there will, in fact, be a new M3 Touring for the G20 generation. There have …

The BMW 3.0 CSL was one of those spectacular cars that came from Germany in the first real push of German performance engineering. Porsche had the 911. Mercedes had the 450 SEL. And BMW had the 3.0 CSL. A recent listing on BringATrailer.com has a 1972 model, which was sold branded as a 1973 model …

BMW M snuck a small, 5 minute video onto YouTube the other day about the upcoming 2020 G82 M4. Okay, maybe not snuck so much as hammered it home. While the featured car is a final design prototype, one thing that makes it a very, very special car. Note, please, that the driver moves his …

While BMW’s recently revealed new 4 Series update has met with a mix of people who love it and people who hate it, it can be agreed that the 5 Series is where some sense of normality resides. Until today. As reported just moments ago on AutoBlog, the new 2021 BMW M5 has been revealed. …

Today, BMW issued a press release unveiling the new 2021 BMW 4 series, including a top-spec M440i xDrive coupe flagship model. The high spec versions of the 4 Series coupes will be powered by inline-six engines, a hallmark of BMW’s most successful models. The M440i will have a 374 HP twin-turbocharged engine with a mild …

This is news that should have BMW enthusiasts jumping around excited. While the current generation BMW 4 series has the Coupe, Gran Coupe, and Cabriolet, only the Coupe and Cabriolet had an M4 version made. An M4 Gran Coupe was rumored to be coming in the next generation of the 4 series. Today, Autocar Magazine …

BMW, earlier this week, premiered via livestream their newest EV car, the BMW Concept i4. Alongside the already released BMW i3 and BMW i8, which both use a gas powered engine either as a backup generator (i3) or part of the primary drivetrain (i8), the Concept i4 is the first totally electric car without a …

Top Gear has just released a video on YouTube where they go through the best of the James Bond movie cars, one per actor. There is also a quick preview at the end of the Aston Martin Valhalla, in its movie stunt car form, which should be releasing sometime in 2022 or 2023 as a …

Don’t Hold Your Breath The automotive publication Autocar has a talent for making news when interviewing executives from various automakers. In a recent interview with Adrian von Hooydonk, BMW’s design boss, Autocar asked him about a Porsche 911 competitor in the form of a new BMW 6-Series and he seemed to like the idea. “It’s …

With a Manual and Improved Suspension The BMW M2 CS is a step above the M2 Competition. It offers more power and improved performance. Oh, and a manual transmission. Automotive purists, rejoice! The M2 CS comes with tweaked looks, too, and is the smallest super-fast sports car from BMW right now.  The car features a …

The First Unofficial M Car BMW South Africa has restored a 1976 BMW 530 MLE. The car is known as the first unofficial BMW M car. It actually came to the market two years before the M1 supercar. The folks who restored it took two years to do so, and the hard work looks to …

This Completes the M8 Line We just recently discussed the verdict of the M8 Competition Coupe. The car gets high marks from the folks who were on the press drive, and now BMW has some more M8 news. The company just revealed the M8 Gran Coupe. This is the four-door coupe-like cousin of the regular …

This Car Hasn’t Been Officially Unveiled Yet The BMW M2 CS has not broken cover yet. It’s been spotted with camo wraps testing, but BMW has yet to officially showcase the upcoming car. With that said, there is a video of the car lapping the Hockenheim Formula 1 circuit. This video is shot behind the …

No Specifics, But It Will Come There have been many rumors of a standalone BMW M car. However, BMW never said whether or not there was any validity to those rumors. Now BMW M CEO Marku Flasch has given the world confirmation that the company is working on a car.  In an interview with Top …

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