The design of the 2002 Hommage Concept combines elements inspired by the original 2002 turbo with a bold, distinctive surface treatment that blends the current design DNA with some new elements.
While some of the exterior elements recall details present on the i8, the bold cutlines defining the air openings, and some of the angular edges – especially in the front and rear fender area – bring something new to BMW’s current styling and could anticipate some trends for the company’s next sporty models.
Below – after the video – we report a selection of details on the design, from the official release.
“The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a very dynamic, striking use of forms for its own take on what is, for me, one of the most iconic vehicles in BMW history,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles.
“At the same time, it encapsulates BMW’s major motor sport triumphs, which were made possible by turbo technology. As such, the Hommage car brings together the past and future of BMW into a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.”
Among the features shared with the original 2002 are the compact three-box proportions, with short overhangs and the prominent shark nose.
The horizontal carbon band that wraps itself around the shoulder-line of the concept and splits the body visually into separate sections takes inspiration from the signature chrome strip featured in the 2002 turbo.
The upper area of roof, hood and trunk lid have matt paintwork to prevent reflection of the sun’s rays another reference to the motorsport heritage.
The bod’s lines here are minimalist, with the lower section creating a contrast, with its high-gloss paintwork, very bold, sculptural surfaces, and distinctive lines that infuse the flanks with a contemporary flavor and draw the eye to the driven rear wheels.
Aerodynamic details like the large spoilers at the front and rear team up with the profusion of air intakes to optimize airflow around the car and maximize downforce in every driving situation.
The Space Race Metal paintwork drapes itself over the BMW 2002 Hommage like liquid metal.Â In both its matt and gloss form, the light metallic blue finish changes in appearance from a brightly fluorescent blue to grey, depending on the incidence of light, and lends the surfacing a dynamic sense of depth. As a result, the car’s whole body brims with power and energy.
A particularly striking feature of the car’s flanks are the voluminously moulded wheel arches, which frame the body like four brackets and add stature.
In the process, they recall the homologated version of the BMW 2002 turbo, which needed broad extensions bolted onto its body to accommodate a significantly wider track. The Hommage car integrates this detail neatly into flanks designed with clear dedication to the job at hand. Slick surfacing and precisely chiselled lines envelop the powerful wheel arches and hand them a starring role. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in bi-colour design round off the styling as the car meets the road. The modern looks of these lavishly milled, multi-spoke items recall the racing rims of bygone eras, while gold-coloured brake callipers bearing the M logo add an extra stamp of class.
The front end of the BMW 2002 Hommage is a confident and extravagantly dynamic affair; its styling bridges a gap of 50 years in combining the characteristic, horizontal graphic of the 02 range with modern elements of BMW design.
The front end is framed visually by the prominent wheel arches. And the wide track and low-slung body provide an ample canvas for generously-sized surfaces. In its lines and form, the bonnet references the “spear” contour stretching down the centre of the 02 models that swells slightly into a surround for the BMW logo as it approaches the kidney grille. Further precise lines lend structure and definition to the matt surface.
Occupying centre stage at the front end is the familiar BMW kidney grille.Â Here, it takes the form of a low-standing, connected unit, offering a flesh slant on the kidneys’ historical rendering as a cohesive design element. Sculpted, black double-bars add finesse to the details of the broad-set grille. Like the BMW 2002, the BMW 2002 Hommage also has two single headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits.
The headlights are bordered by reflectors, whose gold colouring is a pointer to the â€œgoldenâ€ 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch. The reflectors also reprise the yellow hue commonly found in the headlights of racing cars back in the day. An unbroken black strip creates a fitting visual platform for the kidneys and headlights, brings together the stylistic elements of the front end and, in so doing, underlines the car’s wide and athletic stance. Those with a keen eye will also pick out the turn signal repeaters, which “ like those of the car’s forebear“ are located separately from the headlights and embedded into a full-width strip (in carbon on the Hommage car) above them.
The large front apron, a stylistic nod to those models of the 1970s, shortens the visual distance between the BMW 2002 Hommage and the road and shines a bright spotlight on its driver focus.
Together with the ca’s wide, sporting stance, this technically innovative, forward-thinking design sends out a message of top-class roadholding and handling flair through fast corners. Now, as in the heyday of the BMW 2002, design excellence and turbo technology bring unsurpassed levels of fun to twisty race tracks, country roads and mountain passes alike.
The BMW Motorsport livery of the front apron and its “turbo” lettering in mirror writing casts the mind back to the original decals of the 2002 turbo, as does the exterior mirror cap on the driver’s side. Accent surfaces in exposed carbon mark the point where the front apron and side skirts hand over to the road, and also provide a technically alluring contrast to the body-coloured surfaces.
The rear-end design of the BMW 2002 Hommage also includes several reminiscences of the 2002 turbo. For example, the horizontal sub-division of the car’s generous surfaces and its clear lines make a width-emphasising and thus suitably dynamic statement, laced with modern feel.
The form of the rear lights is inspired by the same historical blueprint. The almost rectangular lights provide a stylistic border for the rear end.
The glass covers have a contemporary black-panel look and only offer a view of the inner workings when the lights illuminate.
When they are dormant is an unbroken black surface. As at the front of the car, this strengthens the impression of a strip wrapped around the car. The BMW logo to the right of the license plate between the two rear lights is likewise a characteristic element of 02 rear styling.
The muscular wheel arches bookend the rear section and accentuate the wide track, while precise spoiler lips bring a modern edge to the car’s detailing. A carbon diffuser integrates the now familiar two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes and wraps up the rear styling with a sporting flourish.