The Flying Brick - The Meanest BMW E21 Ever Built

There was a time when the BMWs were storming the race tracks in all shapes and sizes. You’ll probably recall the 3.5 CSL or the sleek M1, but today we’re up for something different - the Flying Brick!
1977 BMW 320 IMSA 1 photo
Photo: StanceWorks
Nicknamed like that because of its body shape - it looked like an E21 on steroids actually - the Group 5 version of the BMW 320 was introduced in 1977. It was powered by a Formula Two engine tweaked by BMW Motorsport to deliver 300 bhp and ran in both DRM and IMSA.

The Flying Brick was notably used by the BMW Junior Team and driven by the likes of Manfred Winkelhock and Eddie Cheever. The 320 went on to race until the 1980s, winning the Macau Guia Race in 1981 and 1982.

While some may consider it a bit too boxy for a race car, we thing it’s quite sexy. Not to mention the engine noise that puts a lot of modern sportscars to shame... Scroll below to hear it roar.

Photo courtesy of StanceWorks

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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