Replica BMW E9 3.0 CSL Batmobile

The original Group 3 BMW 3.0CSL Batmobile at Laguna SecaYear Manufactured: 1975

- M88/S38 Hybrid 3453cc
- 24 valve 6-Cylinder
- MoTeC Electronic Management System: M84 ECU, PDM15 and Shift Lights
Power Output:
- Power: Approximately 275kW @ 6 500rpm
-Torque: Approximately 390Nm @ 4000rpm
Weight with Driver: 1250kg

Year Built: 2011 to 2013 by Evolution 2 Motorsport
Current Owner/ Driver: Paolo Cavalieri of Pablo Clark

Interesting Facts:
- BMW Motorsport regularly visited South Africa to compete, with a variety of their racing models, in the 1970's. In the 1975 Wynns 1000, the BMW Batmobile placed 2nd after needing a new Crankshaft Damper
- Transmission: Five-speed Manual, Rear-wheel Drive, LSD
- Suspension: MacPherson Strut Front, Semi-trailing Arm Rear
- Length/ Width/ Height/ Wheelbase: 4630/ 1710/ 1370/ 2625mm
- Wheels & Tyres: BBS Rims 11Jx16 (f), 13.5Jx16 (r) Avon or Hoosier Racing Slicks
- Performance: 4 seconds 0-100kph, 280kph top speed, 25ℓ/100km (at Zwartkops)
- Featured in the March 2013 issue of TopCar Magazine
- YouTube Video: Test Session, Zwartkops December 2013

Introduced in May 1972, the 3.0 CSL was a homologation special built to make the car eligible for racing in the European Touring Car Championship. The “L” in the designation meant light, unlike in other BMW designations, where it meant long. The lightness was achieved by using thinner steel to build the unit body, deleting the trim and soundproofing, using aluminum alloy doors, bonnets, and boot lids, and using Perspex side windows. The five hundred 3.0 CSL's exported to the United Kingdom were not quite as light as the others, as the importer had insisted on retaining the soundproofing, electric windows, and stock E9 bumpers on these cars.

Initially using the same engine as the 3.0 CS, the 3.0 CSL was given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003cc (183.3 cu in) by increasing the engine bore by one quarter of a millimetre. This was done in August 1972 to allow the CSL to be raced in the “over three litre” racing category, allowing for some increase in displacement in the racing cars. In 1973 (the engine in the 3.0 CSL was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153cc (192.4 cu in) by increasing the stroke to 84mm (3.3 in). This final version of the 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing. The rear wings were not installed at the factory, but were left in the boot for installation after purchase. This was done because the wings were illegal for use on German roads. The full aero package earned the racing CSLs the nickname “Batmobile”.

In 1973, Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0 CSL and co-drove a 3.0 CSL with Dieter Quester to a class victory at Le Mans. Hezemans and Quester had driven to second place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, being beaten only by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in another 3.0 CSL. 3.0 CSLs would win the European Touring Car Championship again in every year from 1975 to 1979.

The 3.0 CSL was raced in the IMSA GT Championship in 1975, with Sam Posey, Brian Redman, and Ronnie Peterson winning races during the season.

Our replica project is taking shapeFast forward to 2011:
Pablo Clark team will have another inclusion to their already significant racing stable. Customer Racer Paolo Cavalieri is a Ferrari and BMW man through and through, already possessing a rare Ferrari F40 GTE racer and the iconic ex-Tony Viana BMW 745i. Such a collection would not be fulfilled until a real cult racer was included in it. It has therefore been a dream and ambition of Cavalieri’s to one day own and race a BMW CSL Batmobile. The Evolution 2 Motorsport team was tasked with building such a car.

“For myself and everyone at the workshop we are really excited about this project,” exclaims Alec Ceprnich. “The BMW 3.0 CSL’s were magnificent race cars, an iconic breed in the company’s racing history, I have always hoped that one day we would be tasked with building and running one. Paolo has provided us with this opportunity, he made the right choice as this car is going to be a seriously fast racer, and we are hoping to give the likes of the Sabat Nissan Skyline, owned by the Sorensen’s and the ‘Animal’, now owned by Peter Liendenberg a run for their money”.

Race debut in February 2013Brief timeline of the replica BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile:

  • 20th February 2011: Alec (of Evolution 2 Motorsport) and Paolo (of Pablo Clark) visited BMW Motorsport in Germany to gather information on the original Schnitzer BMW 635csi.
  • 17th March 2011: Car makes its pubic debut at the Top Gear Festival Expo on the Evolution 2 Motorsport and the Pablo Clark stand.
  • 1st June 2011: Rear suspension is installed.
  • 4th July 2011: Front suspension is installed.
  • 10th August 2011: All 4 wheels have been fitted to the vehicle, and lowered to stand on it's own 'feet'.
  • 15th August 2011: all bodywork is fitted to the vehicle. The chassis takes the form of the iconic Batmobile.
  • 1st October 2012: Paolo Cavalieri does the first practice/ shakedown for the car at Zwartkops Raceway.
  • 7th October 2012: Vehicle is launched to public at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City during the BMW Car Club Concours.
  • 8th October 2012: Car is run on Dyno in the morning, and then has it's second practice session at Zwartkops Raceway driven by Paolo Cavalieri and Peter Wharton-Hood. The Batmobile completed 60 hassle-free laps.
  • 2nd February 2013: A very significant day for Evolution 2 Motorsport and Paolo Cavalieri...  the debut race of the replica BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria.
  • March 2013: Our replica Batmobile is featured in the March 2013 issue of TopCar Magazine, and BMW Car Magazine

Paying homage to the 1975 Wynns 1000 Batmobile:

Our Customers replica BMW E9 3.0 CSL Race Car is transformed into a Group 3-spec 'Batmobile', honoring the #1 'works' BMW Motorsport racer that competed at Kyalami in 1975. Click here, to read about the transformation.

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