The BMW 328, considered one of the most successful and best-looking sports cars of the 1930s, features systematic lightweight construction, aerodynamic lines, optimum engine types and outstanding suspension technology. The new BMW 328 Hommage is no different in principle.
This year, the dream sports car celebrates its 75th birthday as well as the lightweight construction principle that was implemented on a BMW automobile for the very first time. The gross vehicle weight is just 780 kilograms and powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, it surely gives the driver an astounding driving experience.
The translated idea of lightweight construction into this day and age meant major parts of the exterior and interior of the BMW 328 Hommage are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) accompanied by other materials used on the inside and outside of the vehicle including fine leather and matt and high-gloss black polished aluminium.
Like the first BMW 328 test vehicles the BMW 328 Hommage has no doors with deep recesses allow access to the inside of the car. Due to the almost vertical, low-reaching sidewalls, it simultaneously emphasises its excellent stability on the road and as a result, the vehicle appears to be even flatter and more dynamic as a whole.
The interior design of the BMW 328 Hommage comprises a number of details like the slightly asymmetrically designed windscreen which has a recess in the middle, similar to the windscreen design of earlier racing cars. Four wide leather straps run across the bonnet, which appear to dive under the side shoulder surfaces to be continued on the side. The high-gloss aluminium safety buckles and the leather straps provide a touch of class in contrast to the very technical-looking carbon fibre.
Viewed from above, a slightly asymmetrical design of the bonnet and windscreen underscores the driver-orientated construction of the BMW 328 Hommage. The windscreen is larger within the driver’s area, so the lines of the powerdome are of different length. Behind the windscreen they continue in the inside of the car, so that at this point both the interior and the exterior appear to be intertwined.
The entire interior structure is made of CFRP, conveying the lightweight construction concept, and due to the special application of materials, openings and freely suspended elements, the surfaces and different levels create an all-embracing feeling of lightness.
The sparse instrument panel is dominated by the only round instrument – the prominently designed rev counter. The instrument cluster indicates in addition to engine speed only the oil temperature, oil pressure and water temperature. In addition this puristic instrument cluster is complemented by the so-called tripmaster; two iPhones located in special holders which assume additional display functions for the driver and co-driver. The iPhones function as stopwatches for measuring lap times and secondly as a GPS.
This amazing car clearly pays tribute to a classic BMW and it’s a true materspice, both visually and technically.