THE RACE TO EXCELLENCE
Tradition and an awareness of our roots, are important to us. Take a ride through time with us and delve into the ALPINA story. Discover details of ALPINA as a company, its automotive highlights and its competitive racing history.
1964 Weber Dual Carburettor
Produced in his father‘s precision components factory by the young business and engineering student, the engines produced with ALPINA dual-carburettors receive praise not only from the automotive press, but also from BMW and its legendary sales boss, Paul G. Hahnemann. BMW certify the exceptional quality of these ALPINA products by awarding BMW vehicles with the ALPINA system the full factory guarantee.
1971 Lightweight Coupé
ALPINA convinces BMW that a lightweight version of the BMW 3.0 CS is needed to continue to be successful in Touring Car racing. BMW tasks ALPINA with the project leadership for the lightweight BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé. The ALPINA CLASSIC wheels in 20-spoke design were the visual hallmarks of ALPINA’s participation in a sports machine officially offered by BMW
1973 Motorsport Victories
Derek Bell, Harald Ertl, Niki Lauda and Brian Muir win the European Touring Car Championship for ALPINA and BMW. Niki Lauda sets an absolute Touring Car record for the six-hour race on the Nurburgring, driving the BMW ALPINA Lightweight Coupé.
The oil crisis rocks the motor industry. ALPINA works through this difficult time without layoffs. Two factors have a hand in this: the good reputation of the company, as well as the flexible reaction to market needs by a team of employees who were, already then, unusually bound to their firm. ALPINA develops engines that run on regular petrol – engines that are at once frugal and powerful
1977 An Initial End to Racing
Dieter Quester is European Touring Car champion in a BMW ALPINA 3,5 CSL, after exciting battles with the heavily-favoured Jaguar-Coupés. At the end of this successful season, ALPINA steps out of Touring Car racing for a period of ten years, to dedicate all efforts to the development of fascinating road-going automobiles
1978 Computer Ignition
ALPINA presents three automobiles, each completely developed at ALPINA. The BMW ALPINA B6 2,8 is a 3 Series BMW with a six-cylinder engine, at a time when BMW only sold 3-Series with four-cylinder engines. The BMW ALPINA B7 Turbo, based on the 5 Series BMW, is the fastest saloon in the world. With 300 horsepower, the B7 Turbo Coupé establishes itself amongst the most powerful Coupés. Each of these new-generation ALPINA engines have a fully-electronic computer ignition, unique at the time in the automotive world
1979 Importer - Japan
The ALPINA Importer to Japan is established, and a successful partnership begins – in 2001 ALPINA delivered the 2000th BMW ALPINA to Japan
1985 Metal Catalytic Converters
ALPINA converts its entire automotive production to engines with catalytic converters. What’s unique about this is that instead of installing the more commonly used ceramic catalytic converters standard in the automotive industry, ALPINA are the first manufacturer to exclusively install metal catalytic converters, using EMITEC technology. Not until years later will this concept be found in other high-technology automobiles
1987 Racing the DTM
The International German Touring Car Championship enjoys great public interest, thanks in part to new rules decisively influenced by Burkard Bovensiepen. Ellen Lohr, Andy Bovensiepen, Fabien Giroix, Peter Oberndorfer and Christian Danner, driving the BMW ALPINA M3 Gruppe A, earn multiple victories, along with many good placings. ALPINA are also pioneers in terms of the environmental impact of racing cars – the metal catalyst debuts in the BMW ALPINA M3 Gruppe A and becomes standard equipment in every DTM race car
ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC opens a new, sporty automatic driving dimension. The combination of manual gear selection coupled to the traditional ease of driving an automatic convinces many died-in-the-wool stick-shift drivers to make the move to this modern automatic system. One of the merits of ALPINA's SWITCH-TRONIC is the ability to shift the gears using buttons on the back of the steering wheel, much like Formula racing drivers shift their semi-automatic gearboxes
As found standard on the BMW ALPINA B12 5.7 E-KAT, ALPINA is the first automobile manufacturer to introduce an electrically-heated, metal catalytic converter, the SUPER-CAT, into series production. This joint project with BMW and EMITEC represents the use of a completely new emissions control technology, undercutting the 1996 European emission standard by 80% with regard to HC, NOx and CO, respectively
1999 D10 Bi-Turbo
A new era begins: ALPINA present a diesel automobile for the first time in its 35-year history, the BMW ALPINA D10 BITURBO, at the Geneva Salon d'Automobile - the most powerful diesel saloon in the world. The engineering development of the super-diesel is a co-operative project between BMW and ALPINA
2007 BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo
ALPINA continues the 3-Series success story with the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder B3-Bi-Turbo: design and technology combine to form a fascinating mix. In 1978, the legendary BMW ALPINA B6 2,8 began the successful run that continues to this day, with nearly 6,000 3-Series-based automobiles built to date. In fact, each of the B6 2.8's successors have always been at the head of their respective classes
2008 New Engineering, Testing and Development Centre
With a desire to expand technical know-how, ALPINA builds a new centre for engineering, testing and development. It is the largest expansion in the company’s history. The engineering centre will allow ALPINA to bring new products to market more quickly, as well as drive the ALPINA product line-up forward.
2009 Motor Sport
After a 20 year time-out ALPINA celebrates its motor sport comeback with the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 in the FIA GT3 European Championship – a young racing series comprising renowned sports cars from twelve manufacturers, including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche.
ALPINA has developed a thoroughbred race car especially for the GT3 category based on the BMW 6 Series. The B6 GT3, which is available to customers, collectors and race teams, can be seen partaking in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters Series and other long distance endurance races. Many of the drivers piloting the B6 GT3, such as Andreas Wirth, Jens Klingmann, Claudia Hurtgen, Csaba Walter, Chris Mamerow and Maxime Martin, have had considerable success already early on in the season.
2010 First ALPINA Diesel in Japan
After more than 30 years in the Japanese market, ALPINA launches the BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo, the first diesel BMW ALPINA (and also the first BMW diesel) available in Japan. This is a noticeable achievement since the Japanese market has not seen any diesel passenger cars and because homologation requires ultra-low emissions standards.
2011 ADAC GT MASTERS Championship
The return to international motor sport culminated in 2011 with ALPINA winning the German GT series. Ex DTM pilot Alexandros Margaritis and GT ace Dino Lunardi battled to take the Driver's Championship in the fiercely competitive ADAC GT Masters with the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 Evo, which had seen continuous engine, aerodynamic, chassis and transmission development during the winter. ALPINA launches a limited edition model on the basis of the BMW ALPINA B3 S Bi-Turbo at the Tokyo Motor Show called the B3 GT3 to celebrate this successful year in motor sports.