Schnitzer Motorsport

Family Business since 1963
Josef Schnitzer

Josef Schnitzer

Herbert Schnitzer sen.

Herbert Schnitzer sen.

Karl "Charly" Lamm

Karl "Charly" Lamm

Dieter Lamm

Dieter Lamm

Herbert Schnitzer jun.

Herbert Schnitzer jun.

1963

The company is founded

Two brothers, one car.

In 1963 brothers Josef and Herbert Schnitzer buy a damaged Fiat, which they restore and race themselves. This marks the birth of motorsport in the Schnitzer household.
1966

Title number one

Victory for Josef Schnitzer

Josef Schnitzer brings the first title to Freilassing, winning the German Touring Car Championship in a BMW 2000ti he has tuned himself. At this point, nobody has a clue that this will be the first of a unique collection of titles.
1966

Title number one

Victory for Josef Schnitzer

Josef Schnitzer brings the first title to Freilassing, winning the German Touring Car Championship in a BMW 2000ti he has tuned himself. At this point, nobody has a clue that this will be the first of a unique collection of titles.
1968

Schnitzer conquers
the hills of Europe

Ernst Furtmayr’s triumphal procession begins.

1968 marks the start of the Schnitzer team’s dominance in the European Hillclimb Championship. Ernst Furtmayr claims his first overall victory in the tried-and-tested BMW 2002ti. Two more titles are to follow in 1969 and 1970.
1971

Fourth title in a row

Brun takes over where Furtmayr left off.

Switzerland’s Walter Brun, who will go on to make motorsport history, presents the Freilassing-based Schnitzer team with its fourth title in a row in the European Hillclimb Championship. He wins in a BMW 2.8 CS.
1971

Fourth title in a row

Brun takes over where Furtmayr left off.

Switzerland’s Walter Brun, who will go on to make motorsport history, presents the Freilassing-based Schnitzer team with its fourth title in a row in the European Hillclimb Championship. He wins in a BMW 2.8 CS.
1975

European Formula 2 Champion

Successful foray into single-seater racing.

Frenchman Jacques Laffite wins the European Formula 2 Championship in a Martini Formula 2 powered by a Schnitzer engine, thus helping Schnitzer to its maiden title in single-seater racing.
1978

Triumph and tragedy

A huge loss.

Whilst 1978 may be successful from a sporting point of view, it is to prove a tragic year for Schnitzer. The outstanding performances of new driver Harald Ertl in the BMW 320 turbo, which ultimately result in him winning the German Racing Championship, are overshadowed by a tragic accident involving Josef Schnitzer, who dies from the injuries sustained in a crash, through no fault of his own, whilst travelling to Zolder. 

 

1978

Triumph and tragedy

A huge loss.

Whilst 1978 may be successful from a sporting point of view, it is to prove a tragic year for Schnitzer. The outstanding performances of new driver Harald Ertl in the BMW 320 turbo, which ultimately result in him winning the German Racing Championship, are overshadowed by a tragic accident involving Josef Schnitzer, who dies from the injuries sustained in a crash, through no fault of his own, whilst travelling to Zolder. 

 

1983

European Touring Car Champion

On the European throne.

Schnitzer Motorsport wins the European Touring Car Championship with driver Dieter Quester at the wheel of a BMW 635 CSi Group A. After the titles in the European Hillclimb Championship and as engine supplier in Formula 2, this is the sixth European title in the company’s history.

 

1985

Victory in the Ardennes

Marathon debut.

In 1985 the Schnitzer team claims its first ever win at a 24-hour race with the BMW 635 CSi. The trio of Roberto Ravaglia, Gerhard Berger and Marc Surer wins the classic in Spa-Francorchamps, finishing ahead of the second Schnitzer car, which is driven by Dieter Quester, Markus Oestreich and Johnny Cecotto.
1985

Victory in the Ardennes

Marathon debut.

In 1985 the Schnitzer team claims its first ever win at a 24-hour race with the BMW 635 CSi. The trio of Roberto Ravaglia, Gerhard Berger and Marc Surer wins the classic in Spa-Francorchamps, finishing ahead of the second Schnitzer car, which is driven by Dieter Quester, Markus Oestreich and Johnny Cecotto.
1986

First title for Ravaglia

Start of an era.

Schnitzer Motorsport wins the European Championship for the second time after 1983 – and with the tried-and-tested BMW 635 CSi Group A. At the wheel this time is Italian Roberto Ravaglia. This first triumph together is to be followed by many more victories over the coming years.

 

1987

World Touring Car Champion

Debut victory.

Schnitzer’s Italian driver Roberto Ravaglia wins the inaugural World Touring Car Championship in a BMW M3. Ravaglia remains the titleholder for 18 years, until the next official World Touring Car Championship is held in 2005. 

 

1987

World Touring Car Champion

Debut victory.

Schnitzer’s Italian driver Roberto Ravaglia wins the inaugural World Touring Car Championship in a BMW M3. Ravaglia remains the titleholder for 18 years, until the next official World Touring Car Championship is held in 2005. 

 

1988

Ravaglia makes it a hat-trick

European Champion again.

After winning the European Championship in 1986 and the World Championship in 1987, Roberto Ravaglia picks up the third tile in a row for Schnitzer Motorsport in the European Touring Car Championship. The success comes at the wheel of a BMW M3 Group A.

 

1989

Maiden DTM title – and more

Two titles for Schnitzer.

1989 is a very special year for the Schnitzer team, as it wins two titles in one season for the first time. Roberto Ravaglia wins the DTM in his rookie season, while Johnny Cecotto triumphs in the Italian Touring Car Championship.

 

1989

Maiden DTM title – and more

Two titles for Schnitzer.

1989 is a very special year for the Schnitzer team, as it wins two titles in one season for the first time. Roberto Ravaglia wins the DTM in his rookie season, while Johnny Cecotto triumphs in the Italian Touring Car Championship.

 

1990

Strike five for Ravaglia

The Italian Job.

After winning a World Championship title, two European Championships and the DTM, Roberto Ravaglia picks up his fifth title in a row in the Italian Touring Car Championship. An impressive record, which makes the Italian one of the most successful touring car drivers in the world.

 

1993

British Touring Car Champion

Winkelhock conquers England.

Following BMW’s withdrawal from the DTM, Schnitzer goes in search of a new challenge – and finds it in the British Touring Car Championship. Joachim Winkelhock, known as “Smoking Joe”, wins the championship at the first attempt to present the Schnitzer team with yet another national title.

 

1993

British Touring Car Champion

Winkelhock conquers England.

Following BMW’s withdrawal from the DTM, Schnitzer goes in search of a new challenge – and finds it in the British Touring Car Championship. Joachim Winkelhock, known as “Smoking Joe”, wins the championship at the first attempt to present the Schnitzer team with yet another national title.

 

1994

FIA Asia-Pacific Touring Car Champion

A new adventure.

New season, new championship, new continent, but familiar winners. Our team wins the FIA Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship with Joachim Winkelhock.

 

1998

Johnny Cecotto is top dog in the STW

Back in Germany.

In 1998, another touring car icon wins the German ADAC Super Touring Car Championship in a Schnitzer BMW, in the form of Johnny Cecotto. With the ITC and DTM no longer in existence, the STW is the pinnacle of touring car racing in Germany in 1998.

 

1998

Johnny Cecotto is top dog in the STW

Back in Germany.

In 1998, another touring car icon wins the German ADAC Super Touring Car Championship in a Schnitzer BMW, in the form of Johnny Cecotto. With the ITC and DTM no longer in existence, the STW is the pinnacle of touring car racing in Germany in 1998.

 

1999

Victory in Le Mans

In BMW Motorsport colours.

Operating as a BMW Motorsport works team, Schnitzer wins the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours with a BMW V12 LMR driven by Joachim Winkelhock, Pier-Luigi Martini and Yannick Dalmas. This remains one of the team from Freilassing’s greatest successes.

 

2001

American Le Mans Series

Winning in America.

Even on the other side of the Atlantic, Schnitzer is the team to beat: Jörg Müller wins the GT title in the American Le Mans Series in a BMW M3 GTR fielded by the Schnitzer team. His team-mate J.J. Lehto is runner-up. The Team title also returns to Upper Bavaria.

 

2001

American Le Mans Series

Winning in America.

Even on the other side of the Atlantic, Schnitzer is the team to beat: Jörg Müller wins the GT title in the American Le Mans Series in a BMW M3 GTR fielded by the Schnitzer team. His team-mate J.J. Lehto is runner-up. The Team title also returns to Upper Bavaria.

 

2004

Double Victory at the Nürburgring

Schnitzer dominates the Green Hell.

The return in 2004 ends against strong competition with a double victory for the two BMW M3 GTR with Dirk Müller, Jörg Müller, Hans-Joachim Stuck ahead of their team mates Pedro Lamy, Duncan Huisman, Boris Said – the disgrace from 2003 has finally been wiped out. In 2005, the two BMW M3 GTRs are once again winning: this time, the international combination of Pedro Lamy, Boris Said, Duncan Huisman and Andy Priaulx wins ahead of their German team-mates Dirk Müller, Jörg Müller and Hans-Joachim Stuck. The race on the Nordschleife is the last major appearance for the BMW M3 GTR before the car rolls into the museum.

 

2005 – 2009

Race for the WTCC title

Schnitzer in the World Touring Car Championship.

Between 2005 and 2009, BMW Team Schnitzer wins 25 races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with the BMW 320i and the BMW 320si WTCC. However, despite being in contention right down to the grand finale in Macau on several occasions, there is to be no further World Championship title.

 

2005 – 2009

Race for the WTCC title

Schnitzer in the World Touring Car Championship.

Between 2005 and 2009, BMW Team Schnitzer wins 25 races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with the BMW 320i and the BMW 320si WTCC. However, despite being in contention right down to the grand finale in Macau on several occasions, there is to be no further World Championship title.

 

2012

DTM Champion at first time of asking

Back with a bang.

As in 1989 with Roberto Ravaglia, BMW Team Schnitzer wins the title in its first year back in the DTM, courtesy of Bruno Spengler. The outfit from Freilassing is also victorious in the Team Championship.

 

2012 – 2016

BMW Team Schnitzer in the DTM

Strong competition for Schnitzer.

After an amazing come-back in 2012, Schnitzer continues until 2016 in the DTM.

 

2012 – 2016

BMW Team Schnitzer in the DTM

Strong competition for Schnitzer.

After an amazing come-back in 2012, Schnitzer continues until 2016 in the DTM.

 

2014

Grief in the Team

Inconceivable and unforgotten.

The team mourns the death of Dieter Lamm. He deceased in August after a serious illness at the age of only 59 years in the circle of his family.

Until the end Dieter Lamm was responsible for the technical processes and logistics in the BMW Team Schnitzer within the DTM alongside team manager Charly Lamm and played a significant role in major successes such as winning the drivers’ and team classification in the 2012 season. Servus Dieter.

2017 – 2018

Spearhead in GT-Sport

Schnitzer starts GT3-Sport.

New program for the crew from Freilassing. BMW Team Schnitzer returns to the Green Hell in 2017 with two BMW M6GT3. The team will also compete for the first time with the M6GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters. The 2017 highlight is the entry of the BMW Art Car by Cao Fei in Macau in the FIA GT World Cup. The 2018 season starts in February with the 12-hour race in Bathurst. Chaz Mostert started from pole position with the #43 BMW M6GT3. In the race, the trio Mostert, Wittmann and Farfus lost positions and after nine and a half hours, their race ended after a collision. In 2018, the BMW Team Schnitzer continues to compete in the ADAC GT Masters, this time with two BMW M6GT3s – here we happily remember the double podium in Spielberg with Timo Scheider, Mikkel Jensen and Dennis Marschall, Victor Bouveng.

 

2017 – 2018

Spearhead in GT-Sport

Schnitzer starts GT3-Sport.

New program for the crew from Freilassing. BMW Team Schnitzer returns to the Green Hell in 2017 with two BMW M6GT3. The team will also compete for the first time with the M6GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters. The 2017 highlight is the entry of the BMW Art Car by Cao Fei in Macau in the FIA GT World Cup. The 2018 season starts in February with the 12-hour race in Bathurst. Chaz Mostert started from pole position with the #43 BMW M6GT3. In the race, the trio Mostert, Wittmann and Farfus lost positions and after nine and a half hours, their race ended after a collision. In 2018, the BMW Team Schnitzer continues to compete in the ADAC GT Masters, this time with two BMW M6GT3s – here we happily remember the double podium in Spielberg with Timo Scheider, Mikkel Jensen and Dennis Marschall, Victor Bouveng.

 

2018

FIA GT World Cup Winner 2018

Special moments. Pure emotions.

The winners of the 2018 FIA GT World Cup are Augusto Farfus, BMW and BMW Team Schnitzer. After his success in the qualifying race on Saturday, the Brazilian also won the main race on Sunday in Macau. Starting from pole position, Farfus headed the BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer for the entire 18 laps. This also marked the end of a motorsport era: our long-standing team manager Charly Lamm spent his last time in this role at the pit wall in Macau. Thank you, Charly.

 

2019

Charly Lamm hands over to Herbert Schnitzer jun.

Generation changeover in the management.

Our long-standing team manager Charly Lamm hands over the leadership of Schnitzer Motorsport GmbH from first January to his nephew Herbert Schnitzer junior.

 

2019

Charly Lamm hands over to Herbert Schnitzer jun.

Generation changeover in the management.

Our long-standing team manager Charly Lamm hands over the leadership of Schnitzer Motorsport GmbH from first January to his nephew Herbert Schnitzer junior.

 

2019

Why?

Suddenly and unexpectedly.

Our Charly deceased suddenly and unexpectedly in January. And this after he had only handed over his duties at the pitwall at the end of last season and had been awarded the Honorary Christophorus by the ADAC for his motorsport life’s work. He was only 63 years old.  Charly was looking forward to his retirement and more time for mountains, skiing and family, but a life without motorsport? Unthinkable for Charly. Charly had many plans, among others he wanted to continue to support Team Schnitzer and BMW M Motorsport with his experience and expertise. Godspeed, Charly.

2019

Team Schnitzer goes round the World

IGTC – 5 Continents, 1 Car, 1 Target.

As part of the BMW M Motorsport program, the BMW M6GT3 is represented by Team Schnitzer in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. With our main drivers Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk we travelled 5 continents – Australia / Bathurst, North America / Laguna Seca, Europe / Spa, Japan / Suzuka and Africa / Kyalami. We also returned to the Green Hell for the 24-hour race. This year again Augusto Farfus started in our M6GT3 in the legendary FIA GT World Cup Macau. All these races were a logistical challenge and only by strong teamwork and team spirit successfully realizable. One Team. One Target.

2019

Team Schnitzer goes round the World

IGTC – 5 Continents, 1 Car, 1 Target.

As part of the BMW M Motorsport program, the BMW M6GT3 is represented by Team Schnitzer in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. With our main drivers Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk we travelled 5 continents – Australia / Bathurst, North America / Laguna Seca, Europe / Spa, Japan / Suzuka and Africa / Kyalami. We also returned to the Green Hell for the 24-hour race. This year again Augusto Farfus started in our M6GT3 in the legendary FIA GT World Cup Macau. All these races were a logistical challenge and only by strong teamwork and team spirit successfully realizable. One Team. One Target.

2020

Our plans for 2020

Extensive race and development program.

BMW Motorsport and BMW Team Schnitzer will, in addition to collaborating closely at race appearances, primarily work on car development together in the 2020 season. We will take on a key role in development and testing with the new BMW M4GT3 and we are very thankful for the trust of BMW M Motorsport in us. We will also contest races at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the BMW M6GT3. More details to follow…