BMW 02 REMINISCENCE CONCEPT: A 1602 for the 21st century

The BMW 02 Reminiscence Concept pays homage to the 1602 electric – BMW’s first electric car drove up to the 1972 Olympic Games.

The BMW 02 series as the predecessor of the 3 Series BMW is considered a milestone for the Bavarian car manufacturer. The B MW 2002 Turbo, the Baur convertibles and the motorsport versions became icons; attempts to pay tribute to the model are far less legendary. At the Festival of Speed ​​in Goodwood in 2016, BMW presented the 02 Turbo Homage with round headlights and Turbo lettering based on the 2ers, and in 2019 at the Retro Classic, the Augsburg company Everytimer will at least draw a little attention with its ETA 02 Cabrio.

The BMW 02 Reminiscence Concept pays homage to the 1602 electric - BMW's first electric car drove up to the 1972 Olympic Games

Emission-free in the marathon

A year later, the BMW 02 Reminiscence Concept, which is also a homage to the 02 series, sees the light of day. However, the study cites a very special model.

BMW provided a 1602 with an electric drive at the Olympic Games in Munich. Two models accompanied the long-distance runners and were allowed to drive exhaust-free in front of the field at the events of walkers and marathon runners. The technology of the BMW 1602 Elektro: Twelve 350-kilo Varta starter lead batteries connected in series found space under the bonnet and drove an electric motor from Bosch. The battery pack could either be charged or replaced. The range was 60 kilometers at 50 km / h. The top speed was 100 km / h, the sprint from zero to 50 things the model completed in 8 seconds.

02 Reminiscence Concept as big as a 2

Back in the present day, the electrically operated BMW 02 Reminiscence Concept is again a two-door car. The front striving forwards does not flee downwards as much against the direction of travel as the original, but carries its classic round headlights and a narrow, chromed kidney grille. The elements are encased in a black radiator grille.

Reduced interior with three-spoke steering wheel and digital displays.
Reduced interior with three-spoke steering wheel and digital displays.

With its sliver, the apron looks modern and yet traditional. A slightly contoured and arched bonnet lets the view wander to the passenger compartment, which, thanks to black B-pillars, appears light and delicate. Of course there is the Hofmeister kink in the rear window and there are also exhibited wheel arches. The distinctive window lines give the study a certain dynamic.

The rear carries integrated round lights like the ancestor and looks sporty with the short trunk lid. The rear end with the lights leans forward more than the original. The dimensions of the study correspond to the current 2-series and measure 4,510 mm in length, 1,805 mm in width and 1,400 mm in height. The wheelbase is 2,730 mm.

Is the study going into series production?

The interior of the study is reduced. The driver reaches into a three-spoke leather steering wheel with a small baffle, a display informs about the driving status, another display on the wide dashboard is provided for the infotainment functions.

And, does the BMW 02 Reminiscence Concept give hope for a new series electric model with historical roots? Unfortunately, no. The study is purely virtual and was drawn by David Obendorfer, who has made a name for himself with his homage renderings. The industrial designer, who studied at the MOME Moholy Nagy University for Art and Design in Budapest, worked for the Officina Italiana Design, among others. The design office is known for its yacht designs.

“My goal was not to bring back all the characteristic design features of the 02 series at all costs , but to build a respectful reinterpretation and, above all, to keep it simple,” he concludes about his study.

Well, dear BMW design team, someone will show you how to lead a legend into modernity. With classic shapes, design quotes and above all without the absurdly large kidney. Sure, there is a long-term plan behind the current design line, which is also aimed at the current tastes of customers, but sometimes as a BMW fan you would like to have the tradition of the brand reflected in the models.