Now that the ’74 BMW 2002tii is sorted out and running like a top, it seems like a perfect opportunity to share this brief history of one of BMW’s most iconic cars. Starting off with the sporty looking, but underpowered 1602 model, the 2002 came about serendipitously when it was discovered that one of BMW’s engine designers, as well as one of its director of product planning, had both installed bigger, 2.0-liter engines in their personal 1602s. After realizing they both loved the bigger engine, they teamed up to pitch the idea of a more powerful 2-door coupe, which became known as the 2002. It took a few iterations before BMW reached the point of the 2002tii, which replaced the twin Solex carbs with a mechanical fuel injection system that increased horsepower from 119 to 130. Eventually, the 2002 would go on to become one of the first turbocharged street cars, combining ample power with good looks and solid handling. Eventually, the 2002 model was phased out in favor of the more modern 3-Series. To learn more about the famous BMW 2002, check out the rest of the article over on Silodrome.
You know what’s embarrassing? Stalling your car. Even worse is stalling your car when you’re at the front of the grid for a race like this chap did during the Goodwood Revival recently. The look of shock and fear in his eyes as he scouts the rearview mirror while cars whiz by as he desperately tries to get his Porsche 356 back on the pace. Eventually, he does get it moving again but he’s well back from the rest of the field in last place. While some people would just give up, this driver had a very impressive run, hustling his way through the field, eventually getting back into 2nd place by the end of the race. It’s definitely worth a watch to see just how incredible his recovery was!
It’s been said by a number of professional race car drivers that modern race cars are too easy to drive. With ultra stiff suspension, loads of aero, and smooth, limitless power from hybrid drivetrains, not only are modern race cars ballisticly fast, but they’re also so stable that just about anyone who has turned a few laps on a track before could hop in and start turning decent lap times. So, what happens when you take a modern racer like Dario Franchitti and put him in the holy trinity of Group 5 race cars that dominated Le Mans from the 1950s? It turns out the cars are a lot more playful and fun to drive but also require a lot more from the driver in order to manhandle the cars around a race track with any amount of speed. Make sure to watch the video though for a better look inside these three impressive cars from Ferrari, Porsche, and Lola.
If you’re a sucker for a good time-lapse video like I am, maybe you’ll appreciate this video of an 11,000-hp Hemi V8 from a NHRA Top Fuel dragster. The great thing about racing engines like this seems to be that they’re designed to be moved in and out of the vehicle fairly regularly and tinkered with so everything looks like it’s a little easier to get at and work on than it might be in a normal street car. In any case, it’s fascinating to watch the process as these guys tear down an engine and rebuild it, especially considering it makes so much power!
I shared my story last month of the one that got away and how I got it back, but just recently, Jalopnik had a great compilation of stories from people who missed the opportunity to buy their dream car or had a car they loved and lost due to unforeseen circumstances. Go check out those stories and feel free to share your own story of the one that got away here in the comments.