BMW has revealed a racing version of its 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car at the Pebble Beach Concours event.
Almost identical to the concept unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May, this updated version sports BMW’s racing colour scheme.
New improvements include a race suit that can display information to the driver. The driver’s helmet can display speed and engine information, while special piping in the sleeves illuminates when both the driver’s hands are on the wheel.
BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk said: "With the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R we're aiming to show how much closer the driver and car can grow in the future."
The minimalist steering wheel display provides the driver with information on the current track and race position. Other racing additions to the interior include a fire extinguisher system and an emergency shut-off.
The car revealed at Villa d'Este was described as a one-off recreation of the classic 3.0 CSL from the early 1970s, racing versions of which were nicknamed 'Batmobile' after their extreme aero packs were added.
While BMW insists the concept is a one-off creation with no production future, Autocar understands that the concept does still hold some significance for BMW’s future production models.
Senior sources have revealed that the concept is a statement of intent for BMW M division to build more extreme, lightweight models, which would be pitched as M’s answer to its great rival Mercedes-AMG’s Black Series versions.
This strategy is said to have the strong backing of new BMW M boss Frank van Meel, who joined the company from Audi’s RS division earlier this year.