BMW recently showcased their 3.0 CSL Hommage in Italy at the Concorso D’Eleganza which was an event that was held at the Villa d’Este. The CSL Hommage, as you might have already guessed, pays homage to the classic 3.0 CSL which was a legendary endurance race car by BMW that was also known as the Batmobile
“Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s group design head, said.
Back in 1971, a division that was separate within BMW AG which was later renamed BMW Motorsport GmbH created the 3.0 CSL. The car was produced at Karann Werkes in Rheine, Germany.
As opposed to their 3.0 CS 2-door coupe, the 3.0 CSL was the performance variant. It featured the 5-cylinder engine and belonged to the New Six CS series of BMW. It was also lighter than the 3.0 CS because of the fact that it was made of aluminium to create various parts instead of steel which was standard. This is what the “L” is for since it means “leicht” in German or “lightweight” in English.
Over five years, four versions of the 3.0 CSL were produced by BMW and all of them were following European specs regardless of their differences. There was the first version which offered only left-hand driving and the 2,985 cc M30 engine. The two variants that followed had the same engine displacement, though one was RHD while the other was LHD and both were given a Bosch fuel-injected model. In order to bring in the homologation car and make it a part of the racing category, the engine’s capacity was increased to make the engine displacement 3 liters and over.
For the final CSL variant, it was given an engine that was at 3,153 cc, which made it arguably bigger than the others. Since it had an optional racing kit that included an enlarged rear spoiler as well as huge air guides, it was hence known as the Batmobile.
In terms of dynamics and handling, the car was impressive in every way that was legal within European countries. It also produced a whopping 206 horsepower which was impressive at the time, making its stint in the racing circuit very successful.
On 1973, it won in its category during the European Touring Car Championship. After that, it kept on winning from 1975 up to 1979. During the Le Mans back in 1973 as well as 1974, it won both races. During the 1975 IMSA GT Championship, it also won.