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  • GRIP AUTO MAGAZINE
  • Matthias Malmedie is at a secret location today.
  • We're the first TV crew ever allowed to film here.
  • We're talking about BMW's own car collection:
  • a treasure trove of the rare and expensive.
  • I feel a bit like a secret agent.
  • They told me the location 10 minutes ago.
  • I can only tell you it's in Munich.
  • These are the "holy halls" of BMW, and I can't wait to get inside.
  • Waiting behind this unremarkable door
  • is Florian Moser,
  • the expert historian at the BMW Group Classic.
  • He's going to show Matthias the legendary collection.
  • It's a very special day today, and also a first for us.
  • It's the very core of the BMW Group Classic.
  • Usually it's reserved for us,
  • but we're making an exception today and giving you a tour of the collection.
  • Let's see what we can discover.
  • An exclusive, one-shot deal.
  • Matthias is immediately flabbergasted.
  • Hello, Florian. - Hi, Matthias.
  • The sight of all these cars could really bring me to my knees!
  • But let's get down to business.
  • Is that, that, that... what I think it is?
  • It's exactly what you think it is. - Can we look at it?
  • It's a new edition to our collection.
  • Mr. Bean drove that. - Yes, Mr. Bean drove that.
  • Was the easy-chair on top of this? - Probably.
  • Rowan Atkinson's co-star on the British cult comedy series
  • is the green Mini with the black hood.
  • This Mini took part in all kinds of questionable missions,
  • and is totally cult.
  • But this is the original car? - Yes, the original. Built in '74.
  • May I? - Yes, you may.
  • Where's the steering wheel? - But you can't sit on the roof.
  • It smells a little like Mr. Bean.
  • Unbelievable. I mean...
  • Crazy! You've got the who's who of BMWs in here.
  • They're the most brilliant BMWs you've ever laid eyes on!
  • And they're all here!
  • That's right, but it gets better.
  • We've got many, many more cars up there.
  • Okay.
  • I've only been here a few minutes and I'm already totally stunned.
  • I'd take half of these cars home with me if I could.
  • But there's one car in particular I'm hoping to find here,
  • and maybe I'll get lucky.
  • When Matthias says "get lucky" he means he hopes to drive it too.
  • We'll have to see about that.
  • Time to take the elevator to the second floor.
  • Matthias is at a loss for words.
  • Holy crap!
  • So, this is the second floor.
  • Dude, this is nuts!
  • This floor is over 43,000 square feet
  • and holds around 300 cars.
  • Most of these cars are in running order,
  • and restored to new-car condition.
  • But coolant, oil and gas are another story.
  • If a car is to be moved,
  • the BMW workshop prepares it beforehand.
  • Here's something special for you. Just look at the little sign.
  • 750iL V16. - It's a slightly larger engine.
  • No way.
  • It's got 16 cylinders. It was an experiment.
  • In 1987, they expanded a 12-cylinder and put it in a 7 Series.
  • It was never meant for mass production.
  • And there wasn't any room for coolant in the front,
  • so it's back here in the fender,
  • the cooling system.
  • That's genius.
  • I mean, a 16-cylinder motor?
  • That must've cost them a fortune to develop.
  • But the guys are allowed to try it out and see how it feels,
  • and see if they want to mass produce it.
  • As you can see, the engine compartment is pretty packed.
  • And so they allocated the cooling system to the rear.
  • This is a real prototype, never intended for mass production.
  • It's got 402 hp with 6.7 liter displacement,
  • so it's quite an engine.
  • Together with BMW-specialist Florian Moser,
  • Matthias continues panning for Bavarian gold.
  • Here's something that might interest you: our M-Corner.
  • M's always interest me.
  • Here's a very nice specimen, for instance.
  • What is it? - It's a M3 GT E36.
  • GT? - Only 356 were made.
  • It's a special edition from 1995. - I've never seen one.
  • The engine performance has been boosted from 282 to 290 hp.
  • The spoiler is different too. - Exactly.
  • I'd never seen a M3 GT before.
  • I didn't even know there was a special edition.
  • I was very surprised. It looked sensational
  • with that huge thing on the back and the forest green...
  • It's one sweet car.
  • What would this car cost?
  • It depends on the condition.
  • A really nice one like this would be about twice as expensive
  • as a normal M3.
  • That would be between 20,000 and 30,000 euros.
  • 30,000 is still a ton of money,
  • but it's cheap in this company.
  • All of this is giving Matthias an itchy gas-foot.
  • Will Florian let him take one of his treasures for a spin?
  • This is where we keep some of our pre-war cars.
  • Here's a 319/1 for instance, our first roadster.
  • It's closely related to the 328. - Okay.
  • I've never seen one before...
  • Oh, sorry!
  • I can say that for a lot of these cars.
  • What other beauties do we have. - Here's a beauty!
  • That's the Matt Malmedie. - I thought you'd like that one.
  • This is a 3.0 CSL. The "Batmobile." - Yes!
  • I'm flipping out! How sweet is that!
  • I just have one question: Where's the key?
  • You can't lead me through here and say:
  • You can't drive that, or that or that.
  • Okay, okay, you win. You can drive it.
  • Yes! It worked. Cool.
  • CSL stands for Coupe Sport Lightweight.
  • The car was developed with the E9 Coupe as a framework.
  • BMW put in a work order to Alpina to develop the car.
  • It weighs about 440 pounds less than a normal CS or CSi,
  • and it's quite a rare specimen today.
  • For example,
  • only 167 Batmobiles were ever built,
  • and one in good condition is worth over 200,000 euros.
  • And now the moment of truth.
  • Matthias is allowed to take the 3.0 CSL for a drive.
  • For about 40 years, this car was seen as the ultimate ride
  • and the height of performance.
  • But how does the lightweight Bavarian feel today?
  • Everything fits. The bucket seat doesn't look comfortable, but it is.
  • It's super comfortable. The wheel is placed just right.
  • It's nice and thin, like they used to be.
  • Leather steering wheel. You can stick your finger through it.
  • Only if you want to, of course.
  • Everything on this car fits 100% perfectly.
  • And thanks to its 203 hp, you get quite a reaction
  • when you hit the gas.
  • The CSL sprints from 0 to 60 in less than 7 seconds.
  • And the sound of the straight V6
  • makes it feel like it's even faster.
  • And it can really accelerate too.
  • So, second gear:
  • 30, 40, 45, 50, 55...
  • and now we're at 60.
  • It's really fast. The car's really fast, really agile.
  • It feels much smaller and shorter than it is.
  • And it looks really hot.
  • Matthias got some quality time with one of his favorite cars.
  • But he's got another car on his mind,
  • so it's back to the "holy halls."
  • Florian Moser has already prepared his next surprises,
  • and they're on the 3rd floor:
  • another 43,000 feet with another 300 cars.
  • It's unbelievable.
  • This takes it to a whole other level.
  • These are our slightly more exotic cars like...
  • There's something interesting!
  • That's a 2002 Turbo.
  • It's like a bat out of hell. - I'd call that badass.
  • Here's something else you might like.
  • I don't know if you're a Tom Cruise fan. - Oh!
  • That's one of the original cars from the last "Mission Impossible."
  • Okay, so Tom Cruise farted in that?
  • Yes, he farted in it,
  • while driving through the desert in Dubai.
  • During a wild car chase in a sand storm,
  • Tom Cruise fought through traffic
  • in a 650i, with little regard for casualties.
  • Did Tom put that huge dent in it too?
  • We deliver a brand new 6-Series,
  • and get lightly used car back.
  • Okay.
  • Although, "lightly used" is a bit of an understatement.
  • The damage was caused by this extreme stunt.
  • It's pretty intense that they save things like that too.
  • I mean, the car was totaled during filming.
  • They give them a new car and get a piece of junk back.
  • But that's part of history too.
  • The car was totaled in this film.
  • We'll keep it exactly the way it was when it was returned to us.
  • Someday we'll pull it out and say: Look, we were part of that.
  • This one might also interest you. - That's an X5.
  • Yes, but it's got a little secret under the hood.
  • I'll show you.
  • I can see it's got oversized ventilation openings.
  • Wait. - Is there a special latch?
  • No, it's normal.
  • So. - Holy crap!
  • This is the original motor that won the 1999 Le Mans.
  • Just for clarification:
  • We're talking about the engine from a real life race car.
  • The V12 has over 690 hp.
  • That engine in an X5? Talk about wolf in sheep's clothing!
  • How did that happen?
  • You don't see one of those everyday, and they cost an arm and a leg.
  • Did they just have one left over and say: "That could be fun"?
  • No, the M-GmbH
  • took the X5 and pushed it to the limit of its capabilities.
  • And it's important to do that,
  • so we know what the possibilities are.
  • Today we've got X5 M models and X6 M models.
  • That means that this car was an important catalyst,
  • and proved that a SUV can be fast.
  • I'd like to drive that one now.
  • No chance. The car isn't street legal.
  • That's a shame.
  • A real shame indeed.
  • But little does he know,
  • just two floors beneath him
  • is none other than the super-X5 motor donor itself.
  • So, here we are in our motorsports garage.
  • Here's the original winning car from the 1999 Le Mans.
  • Okay. - And this is Michi Gruber.
  • Hi. - Hi, I'm Matthias.
  • Our race car mechanic here. - Okay.
  • This is blowing my mind.
  • Just look at that 12-cylinder beast in there!
  • Tires like this!
  • Can it still drive? - It drives.
  • It drives? - Yes.
  • Could you do a donut in here?
  • I can't do that, but I could fire it up for you.
  • Fire it up? Really?
  • You wanted to fire up the X5.
  • I'd much rather have this one fired up.
  • Let's do it.
  • But it's not that easy.
  • Before he can, the master mechanic
  • has to perform a little ritual.
  • Start the oil pressure.
  • So you're rotating without ignition. - That's right. It's called cranking.
  • Cranking.
  • Build up oil pressure.
  • Now just to activate the ignition.
  • All that takes is a few adjustments by the mechanic.
  • Then Matthias is allowed to climb behind the wheel,
  • and finally start up the legendary Le Mans winner.
  • Put the wheel back in.
  • They rattle around in these things going over 185 mph? - Yes.
  • Crazy. It's unimaginable.
  • We've got the master switches: "ignition" and "start."
  • That's so crazy!
  • I've started up a lot of cars,
  • but starting a car like this is...
  • It's intergalactic.
  • Crazy! Unbelievable!
  • I don't know what to say.
  • It's just...
  • Crazy! And that motor truly is awesome.
  • It's extremely brutal. A real racing motor.
  • Thanks. Thanks, Michi.
  • No problem.
  • From a Le Mans race car to a 40-year-old vehicle
  • in a form that was never mass produced.
  • These are the only 2 models ever made.
  • This is the BMW Turbo: our first concept car, from 1972.
  • Its innovative safety features were adopted for mass production.
  • I've never seen it before.
  • The car only starts when the driver's seatbelt is fastened.
  • The buckle is connected to the ignition.
  • It doesn't have a blind spot.
  • The car has high-visibility paintwork.
  • The car has our first distance warning radar system.
  • It says here: "collision warning."
  • That's right. - And here's the speed control.
  • Awesome.
  • It measures lateral acceleration too. That's what I'm talking about.
  • Excellent.
  • I doubt that has anything to do with safety.
  • They probably just thought, "Ooh! A lateral acceleration sensor!"
  • The BMW Turbo has 276 hp, and it looks like it too.
  • But this one-of-a-kind is a real sleeper.
  • The color of the BMW Z3 might be a matter of taste,
  • but not what's under the hood.
  • Oh, come on! No way!
  • Here's another temptress with a V12 planted in it.
  • That's right. The motorsports...
  • M-GmbH built this one-off
  • with the 12-cylinder from a 750i.
  • It's the M73 engine with 5.4 liter capacity and 322 hp.
  • Nuts!
  • My first impulse was: I want to drive it.
  • Fat engine, tiny car: always a recipe for fun.
  • But that V12 is heavy, and really top-heavy in that tiny car.
  • That doesn't make much sense.
  • Probably why it didn't go to series production.
  • Walking past historical sports cars,
  • Florian leads an impressed Matthias to a car
  • that made real film history.
  • It's no less than Mr Bond's BMW 750i.
  • In "Tomorrow Never Dies," Pierce Brosnan
  • drove the car by remote control from the back seat.
  • He's always got perfect cover throughout the chase scene.
  • Was that a film trick or is it really feasible?
  • Matthias can check the real film car to find out.
  • Is this the only car that didn't get totaled?
  • No, two of them survived.
  • There were four, and two survived.
  • One belongs to us and one is at Eon Productions.
  • The car has a lot of special features, of course.
  • Like this special roof with rocket launchers inside.
  • With rocket launchers?
  • That's right. It's got rockets in the sunroof.
  • James Bond used them to hunt down his enemies.
  • They're fake, but the gimmicks work, and the car...
  • But they raise up? - Yes, and...
  • And it's ready to drive.
  • That's the fascinating thing about the Bond car.
  • They weren't just film tricks and the car's actually normal.
  • You can really control the car
  • lying down in the back, so you can't see the driver.
  • They lengthened the pedals, and you can drive it lying down.
  • So, this is how you drive the car?
  • And you see the view out the front on the monitor?
  • It's two dimensional. There's a camera on the side and one on the front.
  • You have pretty limited view.
  • But nobody can see you.
  • And like Florian said, the car is ready to drive.
  • That means that 00-Malmedie's mission can now begin.
  • They loaded the car into the elevator for GRIP,
  • and reactivated it after a long time standing idle.
  • On the ground floor, Matthias meets somebody
  • who knows this car inside and out, including the rocket launchers.
  • It's driving. That looks so strange.
  • Yes, it's...
  • It's almost a little spooky.
  • So, here's the driver, Frank.
  • You're pretty short.
  • He's invisible, of course.
  • We can show you the gimmicks. - Then do that.
  • Let's start with the rocket launchers. - Rocket launchers...
  • What about the saw in the front?
  • Here.
  • The saw played a pivotal role.
  • Bond's enemies tried to stop the car with a wire cable.
  • No problem for 007 thanks to this gadget.
  • The best part is the saw actually works.
  • Sensational!
  • Then we've got the crow's feet in the back.
  • He popped the tires of his pursuers with so-called "crow's feet."
  • That wasn't computer generated either.
  • The Bond BMW can actually do that. Franz proves it.
  • It's opening.
  • Now all the tires are flat. - They would be.
  • That's fantastic.
  • I'd love to drive it. I mean, turning without anyone at the wheel...
  • Talk to Franz. Maybe he'll let you drive.
  • Or at least ride with him.
  • Just ask him. - Can you take me for a ride?
  • Sure. - Yeah?
  • You want to save the world with me?
  • Should I buckle up? - You'd better. I'm no expert.
  • It's extremely difficult to keep an eye on things.
  • Especially when backing up. Franz can hardly see a thing.
  • I'm sitting in a 7-Series BMW,
  • and there's no driver, at least not in the driver's seat.
  • But... The mirror! No!
  • It's okay.
  • It's fine, but wait. - Okay?
  • I clipped it back on.
  • Good, thanks. - No problem.
  • Luckily the encounter with the wall didn't leave any marks.
  • Matthias is still in awe.
  • It's got three pedals even though it's an automatic?
  • I've got a second brake body
  • back in the rear axle.
  • That lets me do some nice skids.
  • That's a good sign, even if Matthias is a bit skeptical.
  • He's wouldn't risk that on this tiny lot.
  • Or would he?
  • What are you doing now?
  • What are you doing?
  • Dude!
  • You feeling okay?
  • I'm just fine, Matthias. Thanks for asking.
  • With an extra brake on the rear axle
  • allows for stunts like this even though it's an automatic.
  • I mean, I know this car from a James Bond movie,
  • and now I'm sitting in this James Bond movie car.
  • I feel the same way. When I see the movie on TV
  • and I see the car, I think: Cool. I drive that.
  • Their Bond-car test drive slowly comes to an end,
  • but there's plenty more.
  • The ultimate surprise is waiting on the 4th floor.
  • And you've got a whole floor of vintage vehicles?
  • Yes. This is the last floor you're going to see.
  • On the right, we've got all the motorcycles.
  • On the left are all our Minis.
  • The most interesting thing on this floor
  • is that, on the right.
  • It's the so-called climatic chamber.
  • That's where we keep our most delicate, valuable cars.
  • Normally it's completely closed.
  • But you're allowed to take a peek. - And so are you.
  • The whole building is a safe.
  • And within that safe is an extra safe,
  • for the very, very special vehicles.
  • It's amazing that they let us see it.
  • This must be paradise.
  • Holy crap! What's that?
  • Is that the entire history of Formula One?
  • No, not all of it. We saw some already,
  • but most of our Formula cars are here.
  • There are Formula One cars, and Formula Two.
  • At 69.8 degrees with 50% humidity,
  • this is where BMW keeps its holy relics.
  • It's also home to cars
  • that don't look too special at first glance.
  • What's something like this doing in the holiest of the "holy halls"?
  • It's not all that spectacular.
  • This is a BMW E1, a 100% electric car.
  • It seats four, weighs less than a ton.
  • And only six were produced,
  • so it's an important part of our BMW history.
  • It's home to prototypes and development cars,
  • but also real works of art.
  • I feel like my eyes are going to pop out of my head.
  • Look at that! That's mine! - Yeah, yeah.
  • But wait a second. Before we go over there,
  • I have something else to show you first.
  • You don't see these every day: the BMW Art Cars.
  • Can I uncover it? - Yes, but be very careful, please.
  • Famous artists like Andy Warhol took a break from painting on canvas
  • and used these cars instead.
  • These rolling works of art are priceless.
  • They're value is in the middle double-digit million range.
  • Per car, mind you.
  • That's nice art, but behind me is even nicer art.
  • This brings us back to the Malmedie theme.
  • The M1? - What do you say? I have to drive it.
  • It's my childhood dream.
  • As a kid I thought, "You need to drive that car someday."
  • But it's safe here in the chamber.
  • It's climatized, as you can hear.
  • Yeah, but it needs to be driven once in a while, right?
  • I had a bit of a plan when I came here to BMW.
  • I had a favorite car in mind, and then there it was.
  • Of course I had to ask right away: Please, Florian! Let me drive it!
  • Okay, you win. - May I? Right away?
  • How could we stand in the way of a childhood dream?
  • Matthias's favorite: the BMW M1, valued at around 300,000 euro.
  • Only 460 were ever built.
  • It's got a strong straight V6 engine under the hood.
  • It's really fast. And the sound! It's getting louder!
  • It was designed strictly as a sports car,
  • but the M1 surprises Matthias with its drivabililty.
  • When you see this car you think:
  • It must be totally stressful to drive.
  • It probably throws you all around. But no, it's totally relaxed.
  • A 3-Series with a standard chassis would be much harder
  • than this M1.
  • Even though the M1 is already 35 years old,
  • it's thrust is still a real thrill.
  • It's fast! Dude!
  • The 273 hp feels more like 373, to be honest.
  • It's no wonder. It's got a curb weight of 2,870.
  • We're not talking about 3,530 or 3,970 pounds.
  • No, this is a M1. It weighs 2,870 naked.
  • That means you can feel the power.
  • An eventful day in BMW's holy halls come to a close.
  • Matthias found his favorite.
  • Satisfied, Mr Malmedie?
  • I saw cars I've never seen before.
  • I drove cars I've always wanted to drive.
  • That's just amazing.
  • It was an awesome day. I hope you enjoyed it too.
  • We did it all for you.
  • I'm going to gun it... and start saving my money.
  • Listen to that!

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Ein Blick in die heiligen Hallen von BMW. Filmautos, Prototypen, Rennwagen. Dort steht alles, was in der Geschichte des Autobauers Rang und Namen hat. Unter anderem: James Bonds 7er aus "Der Morgen stirbt nie" mit Special-Gadgets, der Mini von Mr. Bean oder Tom Cruise' BMW 650i aus "Mission Impossible". Zudem sind auch Experimentierfahrzeuge wie der BMW 750iL V16 zu sehen oder echte Gewinner, wie das Le Mans Siegerfahrzeug von 1999.

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