The carbon fiber specialists at SpeedKore are not new to the restomod scene, with a resume that consists of rebodied common and modern-day muscle mass automobiles from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Plymouth. See a pattern on that listing? They’re all American. That’ll improve as soon as the entire world receives wind of this SpeedKore-modified 1974 BMW three. CS, constructed specifically for Robert Downey, Jr.
It’s not the very first time the speed store has carried out do the job for RDJ – SpeedKore collaborated with the actor on his 1970 Ford Mustang Manager 302, as perfectly as on a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that the actor gave to his coworker Chris Evans. But it is the very first time the enterprise has had its way with a German car or truck, and employing the swish BMW E9 coupe (in this case a 1974 three. CS) shows that SpeedKore is really serious about Eurosport.
Unusually for the enterprise, Downey’s car or truck is really metal-bodied, with SpeedKore executing the in depth metallic restoration in-property. Its carbon fiber roots clearly show by means of by way of a custom made front air dam, rocker moldings, and rear bumper, contributing to the car’s modern-day-common physical appearance. The brick crimson exterior paint pairs with the unique BMW grille and window surrounds carried out in Cerakote titanium grey, with a set of gunmetal HRE a few-piece forged wheels echoing the brightwork. Hanging out behind the wheels are Bilstein shocks and a set of six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes.
There are a number of shocking exterior touches, like the unique beltline molding carried out in hydro-dipped woodgrain – ditto the custom made machined rear spoiler. Downey asked for people alterations to match the inside. That grey wooden tone seems on the Nardi steering wheel and dashboard fascia, pairing fantastically with coffee-colored upholstery that features woven seat centers and doorway panels. We do marvel how a lot authentic wooden trim would have charge, while.
While it seems to be somewhat stock, SpeedKore really remolded each single piece of the BMW E9’s dashboard to make place for a gauge cluster by Typical Instruments and a hidden touchscreen infotainment show. Absent is the rear seat, replaced with an upholstered luggage deck, and the trunk properties an integrated, leather-based-lined Yeti cooler. We can imagine of worse methods to get to the beach front than in this factor with all four home windows down, the sunroof open, and the boot-mounted icebox packed with treats and delicate drinks.
Reportedly, Downey’s 1974 three. CS can kick some ass, also. While the unique car or truck arrived with a carbureted M30 three.-liter inline-six, the SpeedKore Bimmer receives a gas-injected S38 (originally uncovered in the E34-generation M5). In that car or truck, the three.6-liter six-cylinder can make 311 horsepower (232 kilowatts), a significant enhancement from the CS’ a hundred and eighty hp (134 kW). If we have a functionality criticism, while, it is that the previous BMW can make use of a ZF four-speed automated transmission, not the substantial-functionality manual gearbox it warrants.
Other than that niggle, Robert Downey, Jr. and SpeedKore have as soon as once more produced an outstanding restomod – only this time they’ve traded Detroit for Deutschland. We hope this is not the past time SpeedKore does its magic on automobiles from the Continent. How about a carbon-bodied Jaguar E-Variety future?