Throughout its history, BMW cars and motorcycles have been successful in a range of motorsport activities. Before World War II BMW motorcycles dominated the Isle of Man TT and apart from the factory efforts, many privateer teams entered BMW road cars in Touring Car racing. BMW also entered cars or provided engines in Formula One, Formula Two and sports car racing.
The 2002 is one of the most distinguished of modern BMWs. While the 1500 had been the foundation of BMW’s post-war revival as a maker of sports saloons, the 2002 is considered by many to be it’s the model most superior form. Introduced in 1968, the 2002 was powered by a 1,990cc, 100bhp version of BMW’s classic M10 single-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine. The model today however is a high performance version known as the 2002 Ti. Using two, twin-choke Solex 40PHH carburettors, the 2002Ti engine produced 120bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of over 110mph. Brakes and suspension were up-rated accordingly and a five-speed gearbox offered as an extra-cost option.
This particular model, based on the 2002 Ti, was prepared by Ian Macdonald as a Group 1 Touring Car, obtaining HTP papers (GB8553) in the 2011/2012 season before being put up for sale with Cheshire Classics and finding a new home in the King’s Langley area of Hertfordshire shortly after.
The car was subsequently raced in the Group 1 category by its new father-and-son owner partnership who were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their first three races respectively. A decision was then made to commence a ground-up build to meet full Group 2 specification. Using both their own expertise, as well as a wealth of professional contacts in motorsport, they aimed to produce the fastest 2 litre racer in period.
Fitted with a brand new, zero miles, Lester Owen 2-Litre engine producing 240bhp with dyno sheet. Restoration costs in excess of £80,000.