Friday May 27th, 2011 14:17 BMW Unveils 75th Anniversary 328 Hommage


Last week, BMW unveiled its 328 Hommage concept car at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy. Built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the BMW 328 race car, the two-seater sports-car is specially crafted to mimic the ultra-lightweight design of the original.

The original 328 weighed only 780 kilograms, and in order to create a modern car just as lightweight, BMW have used carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to construct much of the BMW 328 Hommage‘s exterior and interior. BMW say that CFRP offers the best ratio between weight and stability, and is both lighter and more stable than aluminium.

Harking back to the era of the original 328, the Hommage features leather bonnet straps and distinctive two-part light alloy wheels. The two-seater sports car also tips its hat to its predecessor by employing a more traditional, vertically positioned kidney grille. With its split windscreen and its doorless nature, the BMW 328 Hommage leaves onlookers with no doubt as to where it takes its influences from.

“With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328. They created an icon, which is considered a milestone in the history of the automobile.” says Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic.

As of yet, BMW have not revealed any official specifications for the Hommage, although they have stated that it will include a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.

Although it is unlikely to make production, the BMW 328 Hommage concept car certainly managed to impress judges at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, as it managed to win the title of “best of show” in the Concept Cars and Prototypes category there.

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Wednesday January 26th, 2011 12:24 Green Hornet’s Feature Car under the Microscope

Green Hornet Chrysler Black Beauty Car

The new movie The Green Hornet features the Chrysler Imperial nicknamed Black Beauty. Originally the writers thought they would be required to find a new car for the movie. When ideas regarding new cars were pitched none of them fit. Seth Rogan, who stars in the film, stated that the original car was cooler.

The director of The Green Hornet Michel Gondry needed convincing to cast the Chrysler Imperial. Dennis McCarthy, who was the car coordinator for the movie, purchased the classic car and altered it. He lowered it and tinted the windows; he then covered the headlights with green and added custom wheels. These adjustments were approved by the director who agreed that Black Beauty should be in the movie.

With the directors approval McCarthy was given the task of locating 28 more Imperials for the movie. Two of the cars were kept in immaculate condition including the inside of the cars. These were not used for stunts and were used for filming scenes between the actors while driving Black Beauty.

The last scene is where the cars sustained the most damage according to McCarthy. The cars were damaged stage by stage and several cars were needed to shoot the scenes correctly. The search for that many classic cars was extensive, and McCarthy travelled from San Diego to Canada to find enough.

Once the creative department had access to the finished product, the stunt team for the movie added the cool effects including machine guns, a flamethrower, and missiles. McCarthy stated that they ended up completely refurbishing 15 separate cars and there may not be enough left for a sequel.

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