BMW is looking to give its classic race vehicles, and their owners, a big leg up with the Classic Motorsport division. The new works group will support former competition vehicles from the 700 Sport to the 3.0 CSL to the E30 M3 DTM.
The Classic Motorsport group is led by Friedrich Nohl, the former head of sports and touring car technology at BMW Motorsport, and offers a range of support from rare parts acquisition to servicing to complete restoration. Classic service is being extended to both BMW and Mini vehicles, and technicians will go as far as replicating unique, short-run components, if necessary. Core customer vehicles are expected to hail from the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, and with its assistance, BMW hopes its storied competition racers will stay out of the garage longer, whether it’s at the track or at a rally stage.
To celebrate the freshly launched Classic M division, two demonstration vehicles will be built this year. The first is a 1964 Mini Cooper S Mark 1, which will be converted to full competition spec for circuit races. The second is a 1970s 1602 Touring, the two-door version of the 1600 series. Both cars are being fully rebuilt, “starting from the bodyshell,” according to Nohl.