As a tribute to mark the 30th Anniversary of BMW's first, last, and only mid-engined sports car, BMW has showcased a modern interpretation of the iconic M1 at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este.

BMW M1 30th Anniversary Concept

Despite its deceptively artificial hues and proportions, the M1 concept actually exists as a

rolling shell, purely as a design exercise to pay homage to the original M1.

The original M1 served as the platform with which BMW launched its iconic M-Series, which today remain as arguably the world's greatest race-bred saloons.

BMW M1 30th Anniversary Concept

Built to compete against the Porsche 911 which dominated racing at the time, the M1 itself was a complete disaster as James May explains.