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CHASING PERFECT
This street-spec BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA is road racer perfection. Go on, tell us we’re wrong…
“CAST YOUR EYE OVER THE IMAGE BEFORE YOU AND LET YOUR MIND DRIFT AWAY”
Two of the five IMSA CSLs are owned by BMW, leaving three of them, worth many millions each, in private hands

Let’s not overcomplicate this, shall we? Cast your eye over the image before you and let your mind drift away into a world of infinite possibilities. A world where this car actually exists. Unfortunately, this isn’t BMW’s latest retro homage, it’s the work of annoyingly talented vehicle artist Khyzyl Saleem. Khyzyl recently posted how the IMSA 3.0 CSL Batmobile is: “One of the most beautiful racecars ever created.” And lo, the seed was planted in his head, and this render of a road-legal interpretation was born. We’d proffer that this is one of the finest, most lustworthy BMW renders ever created. So, here it is, massive, for your viewing pleasure.

You’ll probably already know a bit about the CSL’s history, especially the IMSA version, but it’s worth a refresh. BMW’s then motorsport director Jochen Neerpasch was tasked with developing a factory team to run the CSL in the IMSA Camel GT series in the States (it had, after all, won a European Touring Car Championship and class win at Le Mans before, so it had form). Long story short, it worked, tremendously, the cherry being a heroic win at the 12hrs of Sebring in 1975. Only five were ever built, none that looked like this, and that’s a shame because it’s pretty much perfect: side-exit exhausts, BBS wheels, huge rear wing. Check, check and very check.