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In over three decades of motorsport involvement, Herbert Schnitzer and his team from Freilassing have repeatedly confirmed their leading position amongst BMW race teams and tuning houses with numerous race victories and title wins. And their know-how in "automotive engineering" has been constantly expanded: for technical advantages in racing and clear benefits on the road.

With AC Schnitzer, Schnitzer technology from motorsport is available to enthusiastic BMW drivers for everyday use. At a level which avoids compromises necessary in mass production, without any loss of unrestricted suitability for everyday use. And with maximum quality: both in function and design, and not least in the materials used. AC Schnitzer special developments systematically reflect this technology transfer.

In Aachen, AC Schnitzer employs a team of 55 in the new AC Schnitzer building, concentrating on the development and world-wide sale of AC Schnitzer tuning accessories and complete vehicles.

To offer the customer a fast track to his modified dream BMW, a world-wide sales network of exclusive importers and support point dealers has been set up. The "AC Schnitzer pits" are never far away ...

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AC Schnitzer history


1963

First motorsport involvement of brothers Josef and Herbert Schnitzer on a Fiat.

1964

Josef Schnitzer modifies the BMW cylinder heads and races the BMW 1800 Ti.

1966

German Championship won by Josef Schnitzer on BMW 2000 Ti.

BMW AC Schnitzer 2000 Ti

1968

German Championship won by Josef Schnitzer in the BMW 2000 Ti.

1969

European Championship won by Ernst Furtmayr in the Schnitzer BMW 2002 Ti.

1970

European Championship won by Ernst Furtmayr in the Schnitzer BMW 2.8 CS.

1971

European Championship won by Walter Brun in the Schnitzer BMW 2.8 CS.

1972

Victory in the Nürburgring 6-hour race for Rolf Stommelen, John Fitzpatrick and Hans Heyer.

1973

Participation in the European Touring Car Championship.

J. Schnitzer develops the Schnitzer BMW engine Type 20-4 with Schnitzer 4 valve cylinder head.

1974

Victory in the Nürburgring 6-hour race for Harald Ertl and Albert Krebs.

1975

Victory in the Formula 2 European Championship for Jacques Lafitte with the above mentioned engine.

Formula 2 Car

1976

Participation in the hardest long-distance race in the world, the races for the manufacturers' world championship in the BMW Schnitzer Coupé, where two wins and numerous podium finishes put BMW in second place in the championship.

BMW AC Schnitzer 3.0 CSL

1976

Development of the Schnitzer 1.4 litre turbo engine based on the Schnitzer BMW 20-4 engine.

1977

BMW Schnitzer 2002 turbo ran in the German Motorsport Championship. A Group 5 race car with a turbo engine is built on behalf of the second largest car manufacturer in the world, Toyota.

1978

Victory in the German Motorsport Championship for Harald Ertl in the Schnitzer BMW 320 turbo.

1979

Third place in the German Motorsport Championship for Manfred Winkelhock in the Schnitzer BMW 320 turbo.

1980

Second place in the German Motorsport Championship for Hans-Joachim Stuck in the Schnitzer BMW 320 Turbo.

BMW AC Schnitzer 320 Turbo

1981

Participation in German Motorsport Championship with the newly developed 800 HP Schnitzer BMW M1 Group 5 victories in individual races.

1982

Participation in the German Motorsport Cup with drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck and Prince Leopold of Bavaria in the BMW M1 Group 4.

BMW AC Schnitzer M1

1983

Touring Car European Champion with D. Quester.

1986

Touring Car European Champion with R. Ravaglia .

1987

Touring Car World Champion with R. Ravaglia.

BMW AC Schnitzer 635 CSi

1988

European Touring Car Champion with Roberto Ravaglia.

1989

German Touring Car Champion with R. Ravaglia Italian Touring Car Champion with J. Cecotto .

1990

Double victory in the 24-hour race at Spa/Francorchamps Italian Touring Car Champion with R. Ravaglia.

German Touring Car Championship Runner-up with Johnny Cecotto.

1991

Participation in the German Touring Car Championship with the drivers J. Cecotto, J. Winkelhock and K. Nissen in the BMW M3.

Placings: 2nd place in the team championships, 3rd place for Johnny Cecotto in the drivers' score, 7th place for J. Winkelhock in the drivers' score, 11th place for Kris Nissen in the drivers' score.

Victory in the Nürburgring 24-hour race with Kris Nissen, Joachim Winkelhock and Armin Hahne.

Victory in the Macau GuiA race with E. Pirro.

Nissan Mobil series New Zealand: Victory in the Wellington 500 km with E. Pirro and Joachim Winkelhock.

Overall winner in the Nissan Mobil series .

1992

Participation in the German Touring Car Championship with Roberto Ravaglia, Joachim Winkelhock and Altfried Heger in the BMW M3 3rd place in the DTM team championship.

2nd place in the Nürburgring 24-hour race with Joachim Winkelhock, Altfried Heger and Armin Hahne.

2nd place in the Spa/Francorchamps 24-hour race with Joachim Winkelhock, Altfried Heger and Eric van der Poele.

Triple victory at the Macau GuiA race with Emanuele Pirro, Joachim Winkelhock and Roberto Ravaglia.

Victory in the Pukenkohe 2 ½ hour race with Emanuele Pirro and Roberto Ravaglia.

BMW AC Schnitzer M3 E30

1993

Winner and runner-up in the BTCC drivers' championship for Joachim Winkelhock and Steve Soper in the BMW 318i FIA Class II.

2nd nd 3rd places at the Macau GuiA race for Joachim Winkelhock and Emanuele Pirro.

Triple victory in the touring car race at Sentul (Indonesia) for Emanuele Pirro, Joachim Winkelhock and Steve Soper.

1994

Participation in the British Touring Car Championship with Steve Soper and Joachim Winkelhock in the BMW 318i FIA Class II, and first participation in the Japanese Touring Car Championship with Steve Soper and Prince Leopold of Bavaria in the BMW 318i FIA Class II.

Victory in the Nations' Cup in the Touring Car World Final at Donington (GB).

Winners of the Asia Pacific Touring Car Championship.

Double victory in the first and second rounds of the Macau GuiA race for Joachim Winkelhock.

Win in the first round of the Wellington race (New Zealand) for Joachim Winkelhock.

1995

Victory in the Japanese Super Touring Car Championship Victory in the STW German Championship with drivers Joachim Winkelhock and Peter Kox.

1996

Participation in the BTCC with Joachim Winkelhock, Roberto Ravaglia and Peter Kox in the BMW 320i FIA Class II 2nd place in the Manufacturers' and Team Championship.

BMW AC Schnitzer 320i E36

1997

Vice World Champion in the FIA GT CUP with Steve Soper and J.J. Letho an BMW McLarren-BMW F1 GTR and Vice World Champion in the teams´ score.

BMW McLaren F1 GTR

1998

Champion in the STW (German Touring Car Championship) with Johnny Cecotto on BMW 320i FIA Class II.

Winner of the team score in the STW (German Touring Car Championship)Deutscher Supertourenwagen-Meister (STW) mit J. Cecotto auf BMW 320i FIA Class II Gewinn der Teamwertung in der Supertourenwagen-Meisterschaft (STW).

1999

Champion in the 24 h race in Le Mans with the drivers Winkelhock, Martini, Dalmas on BMW V12 LMR.

2000

Vice champion in the team score of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) on BMW V12 LMRans mit den Fahrern Winkelhock, Martini, Dalmas auf BMW V12 LMR.

2001

Double victory in the drivers score of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) with the drivers J. Mueller (1st) and J. J. Lehto (2nd) on BMW M3 GTR and winner of the team score.

BMW AC Schnitzer M3 GTR

2002

Vice champion in the drivers score in the ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) with Joerg Mueller and vice champion in the manufacturers score with Joerg Mueller and Dirk Mueller on 2 BMW 320i.

2003

Vice champion in the drivers score in the ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) with Joerg Mueller and vice champion in the team score with Joerg Mueller and Dirk Mueller on 2 BMW 320i.

BMW AC Schnitzer 320i E46

2004

Double victory in the 24h Race 2004 on the Nürburgring with the drivers: Dirk Mueller, Joerg Mueller, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Pedro Lamy (1. place) as well as Boris Said, Duncan Huisman, Hans Joachim Stuck and Pedro Lamy (2nd place) on two BMW M3 GTR.

2005

Double victory at the 24h Race at the Nuerburgring with the drivers: Pedro Lamy, Boris Said, Duncan Huisman and Andy Priaulx (1. place) and Dirk Mueller, Joerg Mueller, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Pedro Lamy (2. place).

2006

Vice world champion in the team score as well as in the drivers score of the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) on BMW 320si.

BMW AC Schnitzer 320si E90

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