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

typeRacing Car
built atGermany
engineM49/2 Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedKugelfischer Fuel injection
displacement3498 cc / 213.5 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke84 mm / 3.31 in
power328.1 kw / 440 bhp @ 8600 rpm
specific output125.79 bhp per litre
bhp/weight419.05 bhp per tonne
body / frameUnit Steel w/Aluminum Panels
front tires12.5 x 16 Dunlop
rear tires15.75 x 16 Dunlop
front brakesDiscs
rear brakesDiscs
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionMacPherson Struts
r suspensionSemi-Trailing Arms
curb weight1050 kg / 2315 lbs
transmissionGetrag 5-speed
key driversBrian Redman, Sam Posey, Hans Stuck, David Hobbs, Peter Gregg
race victories1976 Daytona 24