BMW updates 2002 Hommage to celebrate history of turbo cars
BMW has revealed an updated version of its 2002 Hommage concept car for display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The manufacturer says that the design study is a celebration of its successful history with turbocharged engines. In 1973, it was the first car maker to release a mass-produced forced induction car with the release of the sporty 2002 model.
It was the beginning of a long history of motorsport success with the technology – BMW built the first turbocharged car to ever win the Formula One World Championship, driven by Nelson Piquet in 1983.
Karim Habib, head of design at BMW, said: "The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering on which BMW turbo technology is based and re-interprets them in the form of a design study.
"With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s."
Aside from the paint job, the Hommage has a number of exterior styling touches inspired by the classic race cars. Aerodynamic parts such as large spoilers at the front and rear and a number of air intakes point to a serious attitude to track driving.
The wide arches are a nod to the 2002 Turbo, a homologation special built by BMW specifically to go racing. That car had box-like arches bolted to the corners of the car to accommodate the significantly wider track.