BMW has created a special division to be responsible for advertising the past. And this is well-timed too, considering the popularity of the 2010 classic car shows and races.
The BMW Group Classic announced the creation of the Motorsport division, as a method that offers assistance to all those who participate in classic competitions in BMW and Mini vehicles.
Actually, the division was created last January but BMW only announced it very recently. The main role of this division is to guarantee the same services that BMW Classic offers road cars, but this time, it's for racing classic cars. Friedrich Nohl, head of the Motorsport division of BMW Group Classic, said that those who own a high-performance car "will also want to drive it."
Nohl explained that in historic motor sport, men and material are being pushed to their limits. As proof of its expertise, the new division will use a Mini Cooper S Mark 1 from 1964 and a 970s BMW 1602 Touring as demonstration vehicles.
Both will be rebuilt from the ground-up, with the MINI to be converted to a competition car. We'll all get to see the new division at work at events like Oldtimer Grand Prix, Festival of Speed, Mille Miglia, Le Mans Classic.
According to Ralf Vierlein, Head of Sales and Aftersales for BMW Group Classic, bringing a vehicle back to the original manufacturer presents a great advantage, which is the availability of complete range of services under one roof. He noted that at the Classic Center workshop, they have the theoretical knowledge of the vehicles as well as the technical know-how.
He added that they also have the original BMW parts and the infrastructure necessary to connect things up systematically. Even before Classic Center has launched the new service, it has already been receiving a number of classics, which is why introducing the workshop has been a welcome proposition.
Now, being at the Classic Center workshop gives an impression of going back to the 1960s and late 1970s, since alongside two BMW M1s – one of which road legal while the other is for the tracks – are a BMW 3.0 CSi and BMW a R 69 S. Dealing with the issues is also as tricky as the classic cars.
For instance, the owner of the 3.0 CSi wants the workshop to install an automatic gearbox installed in his vehicle in lieu of the original manual gearbox. However, since this combo was never sold, independent workshops can't work on the request.
However, the case is different with the BMW Classic Center. In February 1972, BMW had experimentally installed automatic gearboxes in two examples of the 3.0 CSi, although this version never went past the prototype phase.
Since the Classic Center has unrestricted access to the documentation in BMW archive, it was able to build a replica of the variant, using the same specs as those of the original. This process, however, is expected to take time, since Classic Center needs to fabricate several components.