Back in June I took a look at the roadgoing version of the CSL ‘Batmobile’ – well, at least a replica of one:
1971 BMW 2800CS ‘Batmobile’ Replica
I talked about the race exploits of the FIA and Touring racing cars, and today we’re looking at a replica version of one of those.
Though ultimately not as well known as Alpina, AC Schnitzer replaced the more famous brand a the defacto factory race team in the late 1970s and 1980s. To capitalize on their success at the race track (including the successful campaigns in the DTM), in 1987 AC Schnitzer launched their first brand-specific model based upon the new E32. That was followed by a more sporty E30-based model, dubbed the ACS3 Sport in 1989. It was available based upon either a normal 3-series, or those with a bunch of dough could opt to allow Schnitzer to modify their prized M3. And modify it did; subtle changes outside included revised mirrors, a light change to the rear end and a single-wiper conversion to really channel the DTM spirit. Wheels were either 17″ multi-piece Schnitzer design, or the ever-popular BBS RS model in 16″x8 or 9. As Alpina did, Schnitzer included their own steering wheel (4 options available), a numbered plaque, bespoke suspension 20mm lower than the standard ride height, and a unique rectangular-tipped exhaust. However, the real treat was the full 2.5 conversion, which really packed some extra power in the S14. Schnitzer brought the total displacement to 2,431 cc – just shy of the 2,467 BMW themselves would produce in the 1990 Sport Evolution. Coupled with a revised DME, the S3 Sport 2.5 produced an impressive 245 horsepower. They are exceedingly rare to come across, but our reader Daniel spotted this fully converted 1988 example for sale:
The “Batmobile” is a legendary car that helped to both define BMW’s place in global motorsports and to solidy its presence in the sports sedan realm. Sure, they had competed successfully for years in touring car and sports car races, not to mention substantial involvement in motorcycle racing. But the bread and butter of BMW’s 1980s reputation was built on their sporting nature, and that legacy was born in the 1970s touring cars. The CSL was a message to the world, much like the Porsche 911RS was – BMW was a major player, and here to stay. They’ve since built upon that racing legend, but enthusiasts look back upon these models as the ones that spawned the dreams of countless children – the lucky ones of which would go on to buy new BMWs in the 1980s. It’s not often that you see a well presented CSL with racing pedigree come up for sale, but there’s a stunning example available today:
Some of the coolest 2002s were the Schnitzer wide body race cars run in the 1960s and 1970s. Schnitzer started as a small race team but ultimately won the German touring car championship in a 2002ti. The widebody 2002 has been the signature of Schnitzer and they look perfect hunkered down low over gold BBS magnesium wheels. If you’re looking to build a crazy 2002, look no further:
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Hi I am selling a new Korman Fiberglass Schnitzer Widebody Kit. I never used it and it has never been molded to a car. All I did was clamp it up to see how it looked and it looked good.It is not bolt on product. You can find details at Korman Autoworks. This is a big package, 23x28x69 inches. Its a good deal, half price. I paid 800 for this kit. IF YOU WOULD LIKE IT SHIPPED YOU CAN ARRANGE SHIPPING.
With a few days to go, bidding is low on this new set of fiberglass flares. Anyone who has done any fiberglass work will tell you that buying the flares is just the tip of the iceberg, but none-the-less this is a neat setup for a cool ’02 build on a budget.