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BMW paid homage to one of its greatest race cars by building this gorgeous concept

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 17 Aug 2015


In 1975, BMW arrived on American shoresand immediately went racing in the ultra-competitive IMSA racing series. They didn't just compete, they won. Early and often. The car responsible for this incredible turn of performance is the BMW 3.0 CSL. In just its the first year of IMSA competition, the 3.0 CSL took home the 1975 constructors championship forthe German automaker.To commemorate its stellar rookie season and 40 years of selling cars in the US, BMW has unveiled a modern interpretation of the legendary racerthe aptly-named 3.0 CSL Hommage R."Motor racing is all about the ability of cars to mesmerize, about the unbridled joy of driving,"BMW Group Design senior vice president Adrian van Hooydonk said in a statement. "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,"van Hooydonk said. "And with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R were aiming to show how much closer the driver and car can grow in the future."SEE ALSO:25 amazing cars cheaper than the back seat of a Bentley Mulsanne SpeedThe BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R is ' you guessed it ' an homage to the original 3.0 CSL from the 1970s.The exterior design of the Hommage strikes a balance between conveying the spirit of 1970s racing royalty and modern aerodynamics."All the details from the BMW 3.0 CSL are present in the Hommage model," BMW design chief Karim Habib said in a statement. "And they are all there to be discovered in their original form. It's a bow to the 1975 car."See the rest of the story at Business Insider NOW WATCH: Here are some incredible toys hedge fund boss Steve Cohen has bought with his billions
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