BMW updates 2002 Hommage to celebrate history of turbo cars

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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.

BMW updates 2002 Hommage concept to celebrate history of turbo cars

BMW updates 2002 Hommage concept to celebrate history of turbo cars


"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.