BMW hommage

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage 'represents the heartbeat of BMW', according to the manufacturer.

Some of you will remember with great fondness one of the most astonishing touring car racers of all time — the BMW 3.0 CSL "Batmobile" from the 1970s which was pedalled to great successes worldwide by legends such as Chris Amon, Ronnie Peterson, Hans Stuck, and Brian Redman.

Well, to commemorate that remarkable beast, BMW has just unveiled what it calls the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, a car that celebrates both the 40th anniversary of BMW in North America and the heady racing success of the BMW 3.0 CSL in 1975.

That was the year the Bavarian manufacturer founded BMW of North America, its first official sales company outside Europe. It was also the year in which BMW Motorsport made its debut in motor racing stateside, in the IMSA series, with a specially made BMW 3.0 CSL.

Just a few weeks later BMW recorded its first, historic triumph at the 12 Hours of Sebring. This was followed by a succession of victories, including one at Laguna Seca. BMW’s rookie year duly culminated in the white BMW 3.0 CSL, decked out in eye-catching BMW Motorsport livery, winning the manufacturers’ championship at the first attempt.

“Motor racing is all about the ability of cars to mesmerise, about the unbridled joy of driving,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW group design. “And as such it represents the heartbeat of BMW. Back in 1975, as today, winning races came down to how man and machine could work together. Technical innovations have taken the effectiveness of this partnership to ever great heights. And with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R we’re aiming to show how much closer the driver and car can grow in the future.”

Unfortunately BMW has not yet said it will actually make a production version. We live in hope.


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