Last weekend – at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – BMW of North America unveiled a special livery for the BMW Z4 GTLM race car.
This iconic design pays homage to the 40th anniversary of the victory of the IMSA 3.0 CSL (Coupé Sport Leichtbau – Lightweight Coupé) in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975. The anniversary striping is based on the winning #25 CSL driven by Brian Redman and Allan Moffat.
1975 also bares great meaning to BMW since it was the year BMW of North America was founded and BMW Motorsport appeared in the USA. No need to say the 1975 victory of the 3.0 CSL was a huge boost for the launch of BMW in North America.
The two BMW Z4 GTLMs of BMW team RLL will sport this special design when they compete in the upcoming 12-hour race of Sebring (USA) on 21st March. Hoping to bring home another victory for BMW 40 years after the 3.0 CSL did.
Small anecdote: In 1975 many Americans assumed BMW stood for “British Motor Works”, the main reason why the 3.0 CSL featured BAVARIAN MOTOR WORKS printed across the top of the windshield. As you can see on the pictures they will also be present on the Z4 GTLMs.
Nowadays the BMW 3.0 CSL is a true iconic race car often referred to as the “Batmobile” because of its aero package.
A large front spoiler replacing the front bumper altogether, small fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler on the roof and an enormous rear wing made the CSL a true aerodynamics pioneer in the 1970s.
I must say this colour scheme makes the wide-body race Z4 stand out even more. The Z4 being a sleek car of its own even in production outfit, but the race-version really looks menacing. Not something I would like to see appear in my rear-view mirror during a race …