Also called Batmobile because it looked like one, the BMW 3.0 CSL is actually turning 50-years-old this year. Essentially, a souped-up BMW E9, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a legend on the track, having dominated races in the 1970s. But just when people think the BMW Batmobile can’t get modern, Electric Classic Cars has just transformed one into a Tesla-powered electric vehicle.

A BMW 3.0 CSi Found Rotting In A Garage

This BMW 3.0 CSL from Electric Classic Cars isn’t really the genuine article. Indeed, the car is a 1970s BMW E9, but it is not one of the legendary coupé sport lightweight cars – it’s a 3.0 CSi. As Electric Classic Cars' founder Richard Morgan reveals, they acquired the E9 around two years. In a polite way of saying it, he described the condition of the car back then as “a little bit of a basket case.”

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Prior to Electric Classic Cars’ discovery of the BMW E9, the car was sitting in a garage in the past few decades. The garage had a water leak, going straight onto the open sunroof of the E9. No thanks to this situation, the E9’s interior suffered a wrecking fate. Furthermore, the E9 had also developed bubble paint all over. As Richard said, the car was in a sorry state.

A Two-Year BMW E9 Restoration Project

silver BMW E9 3.0 CSL replica Tesla wheels
Via Electric Classic Cars on YouTube

For the past two years, though, Richard and Electric Classic Cars worked hard to lovingly restore the BMW E9 to a great condition. Not only that, they transformed the E9 from a 3.0 CSi to a 3.0 CSL replica. The base was already there, and Electric Classic Cars just had to install or fabricate various elements exclusive to the 3.0 CSL to create a replica.

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Among the 3.0 CSL-exclusive elements that Electric Classic Cars added to the 3.0 CSi are the front air dam, shark fins beside the hood and the staggered-width Alpina wheels. They also added a rear roof spoiler and massive rear wing. The company finished the replica in silver, restored the interior, upgraded the suspension system and installed Wilwood four-piston brakes with vented rotors.

BMW 3.0-Liter Engine Out, Tesla Drive Unit In

silver BMW E9 3.0 CSL replica Tesla cabin
Via Electric Classic Cars on YouTube

Gone is the E9’s 3.0-liter straight six engine, transmission prop shaft and rear differential. Instead, Electric Classic Cars installed a Tesla large drive unit (LDU) providing 450 hp of max output and 331 lb-ft of instant torque. Thanks to an 85 kWh battery pack from a Tesla Model S P85, the 3.0 CSL replica can travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.

Source: Electric Classic Cars

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