Restored Alpina BMW 2002TI to Race at Monterey
Alpina has been a staple of BMW performance since the mid-1960s, and celebrating this incredibly fruitful and long-standing relationship will be this 1970 2002ti race car, a welcome addition to this year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Sold new to importer and dealer Vasek Polack, it had some racing exploits earlier in the decade in SCCA competition and has since been restored by BMW just in time for the festivities in Monterey. There, it will join other mouthwatering BMW racers such as a 1999 V-12 LMR, 1975 3.0 CSL and 1981 M1 Group 4 racer. RELATED: See Photos of the 1974 BMW 2002tii
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The dual carb, high compression ti version of the 2002 was already a hot little car and quite capable in competition, but the things that make this Alpina example special are its side draft Weber carburetors, flared fenders, special wheels and that distinctive orange and black color scheme. The 1990 cc motor reportedly makes around 200 horsepower in a car that weighs less than a ton, and at Monterey it will be ably driven by Road & Track editor Sam Smith.
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Of course, BMW isn't just bringing this vintage racer out for fun and games. They are certainly hoping to emphasize the history and prestige of Alpina-tuned BMWs in order to promote the new Alpina B6 x-Drive Grand Coupe. Regardless of the reason, though, any excuse to get old racers like this Alpina BMW 2002 ti back on the track where they belong is more than welcome.