1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 5


1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 5

Past 1975, the FIA introduced the fourth generation Group 5 rules which allowed for much more development than Group 4 or IMSA cars. Many of the defunct 3.0 and 3.2 liter cars from the ETCC were converted and raced up until 1979. Some of these Group 5 cars are distinguished with a much longer rear wing and a more protruding front spoiler as raced at Le Mans. Furthermore they were fitted with an upright 3.5-liter 24 valve M49 engine compared to the Group 4 IMSA Spec with 30° angle engine.

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In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Germany
engine M49/2 Inline-6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Kugelfischer Fuel injection
displacement 3498 cc / 213.5 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 84 mm / 3.31 in
power 328.1 kw / 440 bhp @ 8600 rpm
specific output 125.79 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 419.05 bhp per tonne
body / frame Unit Steel w/Aluminum Panels
front tires 12.5 x 16 Dunlop
rear tires 15.75 x 16 Dunlop
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension MacPherson Struts
r suspension Semi-Trailing Arms
curb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
transmission Getrag 5-speed
key drivers Brian Redman, Sam Posey, Hans Stuck, David Hobbs, Peter Gregg
race victories 1976 Daytona 24