BMW 2002 Hommage - latest reminder of a turbo past

by Linda Olson August 20, 2016, 1:50
BMW 2002 Hommage - latest reminder of a turbo past

Karim Habib, BMW's Head of Design, has explained that the team has chosen the orange and black livery because it is "synonymous" in the minds of motorsport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s.

Taking a break from autonomy and e-mobility, BMW has traveled to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California to introduce a new, heritage-laced concept called 2002 Hommage.

The concept is created to celebrate BMW's turbocharged engine history, which began with the 2002 Turbo in 1973. The modern looks of these milled, multi-spoke items recall the racing rims of bygone eras.

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The 2002 celebrates its 50 anniversary this year and is being recognized for its significant role in BMW's history and motorsports heritage as the first European production vehicle to come with a turbocharger and for re-establishing the brand as a serious competitor in racing. In its lines and form, the bonnet references the "spear" contour stretching down the center of the 02 models that swells slightly into a surround for the BMW logo as it approaches the kidney grille. Like the BMW 2002, the BMW 2002 Hommage also has two single round headlights.

One of the most famous 2002 Turbo race cars in the 1970s was sponsored by J├Ągermeister. It's also wears "Turbo" badges on both the front splitter (backwards, just like the original BMW 2002 Turbo) and on the massive rear wing. All you can see when they are dormant is an unbroken black surface. The homologated version required extended wheel arches to accommodate a wider track, providing inspiration for the Hommage Concept's pronounced curves.

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