BMW 3.0 CSL 12 Hours of Sebring, 1975
One of the biggest wins for BMW, both on and off the track was the BMW 3.0 CSL – piloted by Brian Redman, Allan Moffat, Hans Stuck and Sam Posey – that took the checkered flag at the 12 Hours of Sebring and a succession of other victories that led to the manufacturer’s championship in its rookie year of racing. The win served to introduce BMW to the North American market and set the path for the company’s success both Stateside and internationally.
BMW Z4 GTE
BMW tried to recapture that historic win at Sebring on its 40th anniversary with the Z4 GTE fielded by BMW Team RLL (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) in the American Le Mans Series GT class, but wasn’t quite as successful as the team in 1975. The Z4 GTE finished fourth in its class and 13th overall in one of the toughest endurance races on the circuit.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R
This year BMW brought a specially made BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R to Pebble Beach for its world premiere. A special car that celebrates the 40th anniversary of BMW in North America and the success of the 3.0 CSL in 1975. “The car also demonstrates how much closer the driver and car can grow in the future.” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
Photo credit: Norman Woo