In the seventies BMW had risen into the premium segment. The Bavarian
brand dreamed of its own sports car that could take on competition with the big
names in the super sports car segment. BMW was already highly successful in
touring car races, so it also had to be possible to deploy that newcomer on the
track. For homologation purposes at least 400 units of the street version had
to be manufactured.
Known as a lorry manufacturer (‘El camion Espanol’), but also the only post-war Spanish sports car manufacturer. The engineer Wilfredo Ricart accepted the proposal of the Spanish Government to lead the company -ENESA - who would built the Spanish lorry. Ricart previously worked for Alfa Romeo and was returning to Spain after the war. He specialised in diesel engines but had also gained extensive experience with r...