|Industry||Automobile and motorcycle manufacture|
|Founded||Circa 1945 Eisenach, German Democratic Republic (East Germany)|
Eisenacher Motorenwerk (EMW) was an East German manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles based in Eisenach. EMW also entered Formula One as a constructor in 1953, but participated in only one race, the 1953 German Grand Prix. The car retired after 12 laps with exhaust problems.
Continuing BMW production
One of the pre-World War II BMW factories was located in Eisenach, which after the war was taken over by the Soviets, since Eisenach was situated in the Soviet occupation zone. The factory continued producing cars and motorcycles under the BMW brand, but after a lawsuit in 1952 they had to change the name to EMW instead. The logotype was also similar, but instead of the blue BMW used, EMW used red.
The Kasernierte Volkspolizei (a paramilitary police branch which preceded the National People's Army) and the succeeding East German armed forces needed vehicles and expressed interest in reviving production of the BMW 325, an unsuccessful wartime off-road Einheits-PKW (standardized passenger vehicle) built by BMW in Eisenach. This was developed into the new EMW 325/3, of which 166 were built in 1952. This remilitarization, however, was in violation of the terms of the Potsdam Conference and led to protests from the West.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|Official name(s)||Eisenacher Motorenwerk|
|Base||Eisenach, East Germany|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Engines||EMW 2.0l L6|
|First entry||1953 German Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1953 German Grand Prix|
|1953||EMW R2||EMW L6||D||ARG||500||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||SUI||ITA||n/a*||n/a*|
* Constructors' Championship not awarded until 1958.
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- Kleinschmidt, Heiko (2016-08-03). "Eisenach: Horst Ihling erinnert an Kurioses und geheime Auto-Entwicklungen" [Horst Ihling reminisces about rare and secret automobile developments]. Thüringer Allgemeine (in German). Mediengruppe Thüringen. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16.
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