BMW CONCEPT 1-SERIES Tii
On the same day as eurotuner magazine drives the new 135i for the first time, BMW's designers have given an insight into what an out-and-out motorsport-focused derivative might look like.
The BMW Concept 1-Series tii took centre stage at the recent Tokyo Motorshow. It uses lightweight materials, optimized aerodynamics and a race-inspired interior to deliver an uncompromising car.
The tii is the fifth concept presented by BMW in 2007. It showcases innovative technologies but also reflects the traditions of BMW's compact, lightweight, sporting Coups. The tii badging harks back to the BMW 2002tii from the 1960s - a car that set the mould for successful and dynamic two-door BMW models of recent times.
On first inspection, the most noticeable element is the car's striking color scheme. Alpine white body panels combine with a carbon fiber hood, while black and white decals run the length of the car and blue trim gives a dynamic appearance. But the tii has sporting substance to back up its bold appearance.
The front bumper and spoiler have been redesigned to deliver even more air to the engine and braking system. Airflow is also enhanced through BMW's trademark kidney grilles, where the usual vertical slats have been replaced by wire mesh.
The hood is constructed from carbon fiber, as are the mirror caps and inserts in the front air intakes to reduce weight, lowering the centre of gravity. The fins running along the hood help airflow over the hood and are reminiscent of the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL from the '70s.The profile of the tii features remodelled side sills and a unique 18" five-spoke alloy wheel finished in dark chrome. From the rear, the aerodynamic enhancements continue with a carbon trunk-mounted Gurney-flap rear spoiler to improve rear downforce. Weight is further reduced with the rear bumper insert, also made from lightweight carbon.
The car's exterior colors and motorsport theme continue inside the car, where supportive bucket seats give the highest levels of lateral support. The three-spoke steering wheel is covered in alcantara with body-color white inserts. The headliner, door cards and instrument panel are also covered in alcantara. Ahead of the steering wheel, the instrument binnacle reflects the motorsport intentions with a white rev counter and red needles.
We understand the car is mechanically stock at present, and with BMW unlikely to produce an M version of the 1-Series, we can expect this tii, or even a CSL version to top the 1-Series range, which will soon be joined by a Convertible model.