BMW 02-series Profile

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BMW 02-series General Information

The BMW 2002 was mainly touring car inspired and it followed on the rally stages a somewhat lacklustre effort with the 2800CS (pre 6-series) and the 1800tisa (pre 5-series). However things seemed to change with the introduction of the 02-series (pre 3-series). The car saw its first rally successes in the building up period before the WRC started. First versions were the 1502 and 1602 and later the 2002, all with engines of according size to the names (or first two digits). When the WRC was launched, the car already evolved to the 2002tii, which was the 2000cc one with a 16v option. Although on the road market the 2nd "i" in the "tii" name referred to an injection engine, the rally car most of the time had a carburator layout.

Drivers were mainly Tony Fall and Achim Warmbold and the car's biggest rally successes came in the hands of the German. He won the 1972 Portugal Rally and not long after the WRC started the Austrian Alpine Rally 1973. On the RAC 1973 Björn Waldegaard fought for the lead in the 2002tii, but he eventually came 7th after spending some time in a ditch. Looking back, the 2002 was easily BMW's most successful, if also most serious attempt at rallying.

Interestingly the BMW 2002 (in 1969 as the 1602) won the German rally championship 4 years running with drivers Helle Bein (1969 & 1970), Achim Warmbold (1971) and Zacki Zweibäumer (1972). Especially Helle Bein's successes contributed to more serious, international rallying as he was actually working in the management of BMW Motorsport at the time. By late 1973 with Fall, Warmbold & Waldegaard they had a fantastic driver line up for a WRC future.

Had it not been for the oil crisis that spoiled the entire WRC 1974, BMW's rally history would have been very, very different. The company was working on the first turbo charged rally car with the 2002turbo, a genius car hampered for being launched at the worst possible moment, right when the oil crisis started. I could tell you now with turbos using waste energy (being driven by exhaust gases), but naturally people first thought of a turbo as a means to up the power, and that was difficult to sell in the exact moment the oil crisis broke out. Even the WRC 1974 was severely shortened and delayed for just that reason. Shame! This was a full works team with a proven car now turbo charged and ready to attack the 1974 WRC with Fall, Warmbold & Waldegaard already under contract!
 

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BMW 02-series Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
BMW 02-series 2002tii (16V) (73-73) 230/7800 240/6000 4250.1590.1390 1050 (4.6) RWD (2500)
BMW 02-series 2002tii (8v) (69-73) 195/7000 210/5500 4250.1590.1390 1050 (5.4) RWD (2500)

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BMW 02-series Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
13th. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Dorche . UNKNOWN #54 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Dorche . UNKNOWN #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal G. Fischer H. Gottlieb #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:05:02
56th. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland C. Dorche . UNKNOWN #44 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland H. Enomaa . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland A. Warmbold J. Todt #4 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Chasseuil C. Baron #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Hainbach . UNKNOWN #46 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1973 WRC Swedish Rally B. Danielsson B. Sundberg #10 [UNKNOWN] 10:00:58
1st. 1973 WRC Austrian Alpine Rally A. Warmbold J. Todt #8 [UNKNOWN] 3:58:55
4th. 1973 WRC Austrian Alpine Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #16 [UNKNOWN] 4:01:10
51st. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #10 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #4 [UNKNOWN] 7:06:14
16th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Danielsson U. Sundberg #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Warmbold J. Todt #11 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

BMW 02-series Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1977 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson S. Hasselberg #33 [UNKNOWN] SS99 carburetter
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Dorche J. Vieu #52 [UNKNOWN] SS66 disqualified from 7th - engine not to homologation
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally of Finland H. Enomaa J. Ahava #23 [UNKNOWN] SS11 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally Morocco F. Wittmann . UNKNOWN #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Wittmann . UNKNOWN #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1976 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson S. Hasselberg #19 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain F. Wittmann . UNKNOWN #113 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Enomaa J. Morgan #62 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Finland F. Wittmann H. Deimel #19 [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Finland H. Enomaa J. Ahava #23 [UNKNOWN] SS20 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Warmbold J. Davenport #2 [UNKNOWN] SS99 driveshaft
Ret. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally E. Gallo . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] SS21 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Bos . UNKNOWN #34 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Enomaa . UNKNOWN #40 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Fischer . UNKNOWN #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Wittmann . UNKNOWN #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Warmbold J. Todt #3 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1973 WRC Austrian Alpine Rally W. Smolej . UNKNOWN #39 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Warmbold J. Todt #2 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1973 WRC Acropolis Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland L. Asterhaag C. Billstam #33 [UNKNOWN] SS32 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland H. Enomaa T. Alanen #57 [UNKNOWN] SS4 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Warmbold J. Davenport #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 steering
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye de Portugal L. Asterhaag A. Gullberg #42 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo W. Stiller . UNKNOWN #255 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Koob . UNKNOWN #50 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?