BMW’s iconic 2002 made waves in the automotive industry when it was released in the 1970s, and years later, the classic car has garnered copious amounts of respect and adoration as one of the most moddable platforms around. Gruppe5 Motorsport, a team of dedicated customizers (and 13-time Rolex 24 Daytona champion racecar designers) from North America, has recently released some exciting news surrounding the BMW — looking to reinvigorate interest in the car’s high-end performance potential.
If you’re one of the lucky few who still has access to the European wonder, your life is about to get a bit more interesting. In an attempt to bring the 2002 into the modern era, the skilled tuner is asking current owners who are interested in a bespoke restoration to submit a donor car for the upcoming project — one that will boast over 800 horsepower, once realized. To start, Gruppe5 will seemingly rebuild the car from the ground up, implementing new steel and carbon fiber components, while still adhering to the FIA’s street-legal (and track-compliant) standards. A large, angular widebody will then be implemented, giving the BMW ample clearance for wider, beefier tires to be used on the blacktop. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the build is the dismissal of the platform’s original 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead, Gruppe5 has enlisted the help of BMWNA race engine builder Steve Dinan and his company, Carbahn Autoworks, for the implementation of a large displacement, 5.8- or 5.9-liter variant, which will produce 744- and 803-horsepower, respectively. That much power might seem like overkill, especially if the car can’t apply it to the blacktop — but Gruppe5 assures that, with 2,400 pounds of downforce, owners will have peace of mind when compressing the throttle. The company is now accepting orders, with production slated to begin in the summer.