BMW is racing the past into the present with a fully-winged new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este. The bright yellow sportster pays tribute to the classic 1970s lightweight sports coupe.
“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. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage represents a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. With intelligent lightweight construction and modern materials, the 3.0 CSL Hommage brings the character of that earlier model into the 21st century, showing it in a new and exciting guise,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design.
The original Hommage used aluminum and plexiglass to cut weight. The re-imagined version uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic parts throughout the body to do that. It also has an aluminium bonnet, boot and wings. This focus on weight pays off with it weighing in around 441 pounds lighter than its sister car the BMW 3.0 CS.
Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, explains, “For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeep, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off.”
What can be seen is that aerodynamics are key. It features deflectors, strong wheel arches, spoilers on the roof and tail – not just one but two of them – as well as wings over the rear wheels.
Can it fly? No, while the wings do contribute to optimum airflow, the large rear spoiler keeps in grounded by increasing downforce for improved power transmission. It just might feel like flying to drive it though with a six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost and 21-inch wheels though.
Inside, the cockpit is all about minimalism. It features bucket seats with fancy stitching and a black with yellow accents color scheme. The seats have six-point belts and it has red anodized safety features like two switches on the center console for emergency shut-off and a fire extinguishing mechanism. Also, if that’s not enough it comes prepared with an actual fire extinguisher itself.
Right now, the CSL Hommage is just yellow eye candy. It’s not slated for production.