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      01-08-2019, 11:37 PM   #1
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Why did BMW M choose the name Dakar Yellow? You can't exactly "Dakar" an M3

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I know it was a standard color on the E36 M3, and it has also been ordered through BMW Individual on a handful of later generation M3s.

Why did BMW M name their yellow "Dakar Yellow"? This might sound like a dumb question, but Dakar is an extremely rough off-road race that actually might be harder in terms of terrain than the Baja 1000. Why name a grip car's color after a nutty-off road race?
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Traditionally the colours that are M exclusive are named after a race or racetrack.
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Traditionally the colours that are M exclusive are named after a race or racetrack.
Yep this. These are some that come to mind in the recent years.

Laguna Seca Blue
Yas Marina Blue
San Marino Blue
Hockenheim Silver
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Dakar Yellow
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its a racetrack.

Jerez is another example
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Long Beach Blue is supposedly from the Long Beach Grand Prix?
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Avus Blue is named after a test track

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVUS
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Silverstone is a racetrack in England.
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Yep this. These are some that come to mind in the recent years.

Laguna Seca Blue
Yas Marina Blue
San Marino Blue
Hockenheim Silver
Austin Yellow
Dakar Yellow
Estoril Blue
Imola Red
Valencia Orange
Shakir Orange
Right, but they are all tracks or situations you could drive a M3 on.

I am not sure if anyone has ever Dakar'd an M3. A quick google just pulls up all yellow M3s lol
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Well, obviously you are not going to put an M3 into the Dakar off-road race..!!

But, it's still an "automotive race" and who really cares if you can't put an M3 in it..?? Big deal.
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My point is M3s, NOT BMWs.

Tundras/Tacoma's do Baja, so a Baja Color Supra this year?
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My point is M3s, NOT BMWs.

Tundras/Tacoma's do Baja, so a Baja Color Supra this year?
It’s <insert race track here> and <insert color name here>. I wouldn’t overthink it.
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It’s <insert race track here> and <insert color name here>. I wouldn’t overthink it.
Touché.

It's not like an Estoril II F30 328i automatic with M-sport was made to compete at the Autódromo do Estoril either.

In any case, race tracks & racing often serve as the inspiration for paint color names for cars originating from BMW's esteemed Motorsport division.
Sometimes these colors are later streamlined and made available to M-sport equipped models.


Ever seen a Le Mans Blue E90 320d compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
Me neither.

No big deal, it's just a paint color.
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