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Unique BMW Benetton B-186 from Gerhard Berger in Maastricht

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This week, the BMW Benetton B-186 was driven inside the gates of MECC Maastricht under great interest. This Formula 1 car owes its fame to the victory in the Grand Prix of Mexico 1986. Austrian driver Gerhard Berger was the first to cross the Formula 1 BMW during that race. This exclusive car was brought to the capital of Limburg by the organization especially for the 2016 version of InterClassics Maastricht started today.

The interplay between the BMW Benetton B-186 and Berger produced a double scoop thirty years ago. The highest step on the Mexican podium symbolized both Berger's and Benetton's first victory in the most prestigious car championship in the world. By the way, "Team Benetton" debuted in 1986 in Formula 1.

The Benetton BMW B186 owes its reputation to its enormous power potential. The Austrian F1 driver Gerhard Berger won his first Grand Prix with this car. The Benetton BMW B186 can be seen during InterClassics in Maastricht. Image: InterClassics Maastricht
The Benetton BMW B186 owes its reputation to its enormous power potential. The Austrian F1 driver Gerhard Berger won his first Grand Prix with this car. The Benetton BMW B186 can be seen during InterClassics in Maastricht. Image: InterClassics Maastricht

1.369 PK in qualifying trim
This BMW from Team Benetton was the first to be constructed and driven by the Benetton team debuting in 1986 in the Formula 1. He is one of the most powerful Formula 1 cars in history. For example, in 1986 there was no limit set for the engine power of the Formula 1 cars. The middle engine in the B186 was a further development of the M12 / M13 engine. The content of this 4 (!) Cylinder power source was 1.499 cc. During the official races, the mid-length engine, which was fitted with a turbo, generated the incredible power of 912PK. In qualifying trim he even developed a power of 1.369 (!) PK. The engine in combination with the manual 6 gearbox pushed the 548 kg “carbon fiber monocoque” to absurd speeds. During the qualification for the Grand Prix of Monza, Gerhard Berger achieved the highest speed of the 186 season during the second session with this B-1986. It was clocked at a speed of 351,22 kilometers per hour. Incidentally, Berger not only won a prize in Mexico with the Benetton BMW. With this super potent, but technically also vulnerable F1 car, he drove to third place in the Grand Prix of San Marino.

One of the thirty
The car is one of the 30 classic BMWs that will be exhibited in the coming days as part of '100 years of BMW', one of the themes that will be pursued during the InterClassics Maastricht, which opened today. The theme square also features a rare 328 BMW 1938 Roadster, one of the most important sports cars of all time. Another exotic is the 3.0 CSI Batmobile. A total of 30 impressive classics from Munich will be on display during this themed exhibition in Maastricht.

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