The BMW Group has come up with something very special for the 2015 Concours D’Elegance with the world premiere of the BMW 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.
1975 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 in the IMSA series with the BMW 3.0 CSL. Just a few weeks later BMW recorded its first, historic triumph at the 12 Hours of Sebring. BMW’s rookie year culminated in the BMW 3.0 CSL, winning the manufacturers’ championship at the first attempt.
“Motor racing is all about the ability of cars to mesmerize, about the unbridled joy of driving,” explains 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.”
Wearing the BMW Motorsports iconic M brand livery, the original 3.0 CSL Hommage’s styling has been given a hefty makeover with many race-derived components and a lot of carbon fiber. Thanks to BMW design chief Karim Habib the fascia gets a much more aggressive styling in the front splitter, while prominent side exhaust pipes highlight the lower section of the car’s profile. The side vents feed air towards that gigantic wing.
The car integrates the traditional M color scheme into its sculpted, white leather seats. Above the DTM-like steering wheel, the R’s dash features more information than one could imagine. However the most unique feature is actually the driver’s helmet paired to the Hommage R. The race helmet’s visor doubles as an augmented reality display, meaning the Hommage R’s pilot is essentially wearing a head-up display.