BMW ItalDesign NAZCA Celebrates 25 Years
|   Saturday, August 06, 2016
In the early 90s of the last century came a different type of super-car that made history. The Bavarians from BMW no longer wanted a super-car, in a period of decline for them, but the Italian workshop, ItalDesign, which had drawn the legendary BMW M1, tried to motivate them.

The Italians wanted the Germans to change their minds about a possible super-car in their range with the project ItalDesign Nazca, known as BMW NAZCA M12.
Revealed exactly 25 years ago in 1991, the NAZCA M12 was the first project that Fabrizio Giugiaro executed independently without the help of his father, Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The result was a work of art, an extremely impressive super-car. Also, the design of this model is topical nowadays and perhaps one of the most beautiful BMWs ever created, although it did not involve the Bavarian manufacturer.

NAZCA M12 had bodywork made of carbon fiber and a huge V12 engine with a displacement of 5.0 liters rated at 300 HP, centrally located, which was taken from the BMW 850i.

The Super-car had a weight of 1,100 kg and a drag coefficient of just 0.26. Visibility was extremely good, being fitted with panoramic glass. At the same time, because it had that type of glass and so that it did not feel like an aquarium, it was covered with a thin layer of bodywork color. The doors opened normally, the side windows opened up.

The design of the NAZCA project was perfected in a new model called the NAZCA C2, which received a more aggressive front part, new wheels, a diet of 100 kg and a new V12 engine with a displacement of 5.0 liters, on which the ALPINA engineers worked, raising its power to 350 hp. The NAZCA C2 version has become truly iconic and its destination was the racing track for super-cars that received revised aerodynamic elements, with which it stuck to the asphalt at high speeds, increasing its stability.

The project of the ItalDesign received a development called NAZCA C2 Spider. In fact, it's about the NAZCA C2 model, which was devoid of windows that covers the propeller, exposing it insight, while the side windows were removed. The latter could be put back if it starts raining. However, the NAZCA C2 Spider received the biggest change in terms of technical data.

The previous engine was replaced with V12 unit with a displacement of 5.7 liters, taken from the BMW 850CSi that develops 380 horsepower, and it received a new 6-speed manual transmission.

Although power was not comparable to super-cars ever since, the NAZCA C2 can develop a speed worthy of a super-car - 311 km / h.
Even if it was a spectacular project, the Bavarians rejected the Italians proposal with a bitter taste in their mouth since the failure of the BMW M1, which was produced in only 453 copies.

Thus, the NAZCA line was produced in just three copies, including a NAZCA M12 model, colored blue, with right hand drive dedicated for the Brunei Sultan. However, the BMW Nazca left a strong imprint in the history of BMW serving as inspiration for the most beautiful BMW 5 Series in history, the E39 model.
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