From the Driver's Seat

From the drivers seat
Some say he's a racing driver...
Some say he's a mechanic...
Some say he doesn't register speed...


All we know, is that he is Evolution 2 Motorsport's "man of mystery". The 'Gooch' gives us his thoughts all motoring-related.

Paying homage to the 1975 Wynns 1000 Batmobile

Paying homage to the 1975 BMW BatmobileAs many will remember back in 2011, the Alec and his team at Evolution 2 Motorsport were approached to restore an existing BMW CSL Batmobile by race car collector Paolo Cavalieri (owner of Pablo Clark). To recap, the team re-shelled all the good bits from this existing race car into a better (non-rusted) Chassis, build a new Engine and use the Group 5 Bodywork. The dramatic and larger Wings and Spoilers gave our ‘Batmobile’ the look of the BMW E9 CSL’s in the North America 1975 IMSA Series.

The benefit of the larger Spoilers was to create more down-force on the oval race tracks in the USA, but created they also created more drag: which is great in the corners but slows the vehicle down on the straights.

BMW E9 CSL’s have reached iconic status, where people are willing to pay telephone numbers for genuine road and race cars. As dramatic as our ‘Bat’ looked with the large Wings and Spoilers (think back to the BMW UK Magazine March 2013, and then TopCar Article in March 2013), it was always a long-term plan of owner Paolo to give this race car the iconic Group 3 look, once we had ironed out all the reliability issues.

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The all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan

The all-new BMW 3 Series SedanThe BMW 3 Series Sedan has epitomised the concept of sporty driving pleasure in the global premium midsize class for more than 40 years. Exuding dynamic design, agile handling, exceptional efficiency and innovative equipment features, it takes the signature characteristics of a BMW and turns the volume up several notches.

  • Seventh generation of the globally successful ambassador for driving pleasure in a premium midsize car. New BMW 3 Series Sedan benefits from significantly enhanced sporting prowess, a new design language, extensive refinements to its premium ambience and trailblazing driver assistance, control & operation and connectivity technology. World premiere in October 2018 at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, market launch from 9 March 2019.
  • New powertrain technology with higher output, greater pulling power and optimised efficiency. Six engine variants available from launch: Four-cylinder petrol models, four-cylinder diesels, plus six-cylinder diesel unit – with outputs ranging from 110 kW to 195 kW(fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 4.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 132 – 112 g/km)*. Intelligent all-wheel drive available from launch in the BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 125 – 118 g/km)*. Over the course of the year, an ultra-sporty BMW M Performance version and an extremely efficient model with plug-in hybrid drive system will be added to the range.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile in Wynns 1000 Tribute

1975: Original Batmobile in the Wynns 1000 at Kyalami

A privately-owned reproduction of the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile that raced at the Wynns 1000 at Kyalami in 1975 will be back at the Midrand Circuit for the Festival of Motoring. The BMW Batmobile, built and run by Evolution 2 Motorsport, is currently being returned to the bodywork configuration as used at the 1000km race.

Period correct decals are also being prepared by Malcolm and Lindy Sampson (of M S Screen Printing) to create an authentic representation of the car as it originally raced. The BMW will be joined on track by the highly decorated Zakspeed Ford Escort, a reproduction of the 1977 Wynns 1000 winning car built by Piazza Motorsport. The sight and sound of both cars on track is sure to bring back memories of the battles between BMW and Ford in the 1970s at Kyalami.

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ITOO launches ITOO Classics, specialist insurance for classic cars

iTOO Classics
Leading South African niche underwriter - ITOO Special Risks, launches ITOO Classics, a specialist product that covers a range of risks explicitly associated with classic cars.

“Unlike conventional motor insurance, which generally deals with depreciating assets, ITOO Classics has been designed to cover assets that appreciate in value over time,” explains Gordon Massie, MD of ITOO Artinsure.

“Classic cars require specialist valuation and claims handling techniques. These methodologies vary greatly from standard motor insurance and we believe ITOO Classics is the perfect response to a growing need for this type of cover in South Africa”, explains Massie.

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