Thursday was the day for the 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo, one of the most iconic cars in BMW’s history. So, a celebration was held in which it was honored as part of the brand’s centennial celebration during Monterey Car Week in the BMW Living Legends Garage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 50th anniversary of the “2002” has been celebrated this year which recognizes its significant role in BMW’s history and motorsports heritage as the first European production car to have a turbocharger and for re-establishing the brand as a serious competitor in racing. Now, the stage for the 3-Series has already been set by 2002 Turbo.
At the end of the first practice and qualifying session at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion, the 2002 Hommage Turbomeister concept car was showcased by BMW.
Furthermore, BMW Design, Michael Scully 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 and black paintwork, the car has a color scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motorsport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s.”
Its “Turbomeister” status is given due to the orange and black livery, which includes Turbomeister badges and Turbo logos littered throughout the car. While a set of single, gold headlights and a carbon fiber accent which runs the length of the body, is also included in the design, having similarity in fashion to the classic 2002s chrome strip.
Moreover, its body mostly made of carbon composites, while the concept is said to be based on the M2 chassis despite the front is more squared than the M2.