The BMW M1 Hommage concept was unveiled at the Concorso
d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Italy. The 2008 BMW M1 Hommage
concept is a contemporary take on the mid-engine BMW
M1 supercar from 1978 - 1981.
The original M1 is the only mid-engined
BMW has ever made.
The design of the M1 Hommage concept, like all current
BMW vehicles, relies heavily on the design idiom 'flame
surfacing'. This design style uses a complex arrangement
of shadows and highlights to define the visible surfaces.
The overall shape of the M1 Hommage concept is very similar
to the original car, and retro touches are liberally sprayed
all over the car. These include slatted alloy wheels,
twin BMW badges at the rear above the taillights, and
a louvered bonnet and rear window.
Currently the BMW M1 Hommage is only intended as a styling
exercise and a celebration of 30 years since the original
M1. However the return of a mid-engine supercar into BMW's
lineup would be a welcome addition, especially now Audi
has the fabulous R8.
Similar and related vehicles:
BMW Concept CS
BMW Z4 Coupe
BMW Z9 Gran Turismo
BMW Mille Miglia