Published on May 28th, 2013 | by BajaBusta2
1987: BMW Z1
In mid 1985 BMW decided to found a new internal division called Technik GmbH. It was to be an advanced design and engineering counterpart to the company’s already proven and highly successful motorsport division.
By late 1988 Technik’s engineers had launched the Z1 roadster, the first in the wave of modern roadsters. Z stood for zukuunft, the German for future. It was an appropriate name given the nature of the vehicle that was being developed. The Z1
would play an important role in shaping the future technology of other BMW vehicles. Without the technological jumps that the development of the car helped bring about, fabulous later vehicles such as the BMW Z3roadster would not have been conceivable.