Z29 supercar unveiled as part of 25th anniversary celebrations of BMW's Technik GmbH subsidiary
29 March 2010

BMW has unveiled one of its hitherto secret supercar projects as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of BMW's Technik GmbH subsidiary.

The Z29 prototype, completed in 2001, was a collaboration between Technik and BMW's M division.

See the BMW Z29 prototype pictures

The two-seater sportscar was designed to be as light as possible through the use of high-tech materials.

The centre section of the car - from the front bulkhead to the rear bulkhead was a monocoque made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastics. The front and rear subframes were made of aluminium. The final prototype weighed just 1166kgs.

The Z29 was powered by the then-current 336bhp straight-six engine used in the M3, which gave the car a 0-62mph sprint time of just 4.4 seconds.

The Z29's unusual scissor doors never made it onto a production car, but the Z29 is said to have influenced the 2006 M Roadster.

However the project had its biggest influence on the 2004 M3 CSL, which used carbon-fibre, reinforced plastics for the roof panel, as well as various other body mouldings including the front bumper.

BMW founded the Technik GmbH division in 1985, with the intention of using as a think-tank to 'develop and innovative, future-oriented and original overall vehicle concepts and sub-concepts away from the constraints of a specific series workflow schedule'. However, the board added that Technik's objective should 'always be to develop solutions that have the potential for series development.”

Technik's (which was initially run by Ulrich Bez, now boss of Aston Martin) initial aims were to run on projects under the working title “Auto 2000” and “Local Vehicle”.

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29 March 2010

odd looking thing isnt it!? still i like the idea of a 1100kg car with a 343BHP coupe! sounds like fun! (yes Autocar 343 not 336, god only knows where you got that figure from, the E36 M3 Evo was 321BHP, unless its a tuned version of that engine and not from the E46 (though i think the time scale would be all wrong for that))

29 March 2010

Looks horendous, what's the story with the odd alloys?

29 March 2010

Can't be very secret if they've unveiled it.

29 March 2010

[quote rosstopher]

Looks horendous, what's the story with the odd alloys?

[/quote]

Probably just a matter of cobbling it together from whatever parts they could get their hands on. Anyone else see a bit of Z4 M Coupé in the side?

29 March 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Probably just a matter of cobbling it together from whatever parts they could get their hands on.[/quote] I think that's a bit harsh. It's a unique carbon fibre monocoque and an M3 drivetrain. The styling is a tad unresolved, but that's because the Technik division did its own design work. If it had gone into production, the BMW design studio would have polished it up. As for the engine's power, BMW told me it was 343ps - which is 336bhp.

29 March 2010

In which case i stand corrected. Cheers Hilton.

29 March 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Anyone else see a bit of Z4 M Coupé in the side? [/quote]

Has Chrysler Crossfire written all over it:

...........yuk!

29 March 2010

Not so secret that we are discussing it on a forum!!! having seen it, they should have kept it a secret.

Are they saving up to get the front wheels to match the back or vice versa?

29 March 2010

What is secret about this car? I remember seeing it back then in an article (must be Autocar or Car magazine) as the best handling BMW ever. Anyone remembers this?

29 March 2010

The 1st April fish?

We hope it will be a FWD.

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