BMW 3.0 CSL
European Touring Car Championship.
In the early 1970s, the BMW 3.0 CSL caused a sensation, first on the streets and then on the racetrack. The new touring car was prepared by the BMW Motorsport GmbH, founded in 1972. The acronym CSL stands for Coupe Sport Lightweight. With a mere 1,062 kilograms in weight but boasting 365 horsepower under the hood, the BMW 3.0 CSL made its debut in March 1973. Success was quick to follow, even in its inaugural season. BMW won the manufacturer's championship in the Touring Car European Championship, and the Dutch driver Toine Hezemans secured the driver's title.