The BMW brand has joined forces for the 10th consecutive year of one of the most renowned classic car competitions: the Tour Auto Optic 2000.
From August 31 to September 5 (after a postponement due to the current health crisis), on a route linking Paris to the Circuit Paul Ricard, BMW will be present at the event both as a competitor and as an official partner.
Frank-Emanuel Schlöder, Marketing Director of BMW France: “BMW has a rich 104-year history, our products have fascinated so many generations until today! And sporting successes have made us a renowned engine manufacturer, focused on the pleasure of driving. So it was only natural to join forces with the Tour Auto Optic 2000, with which we have in common obvious values of pleasure, performance, passion and sharing. And a certain art of living. "
A skilful mix of tourist discovery and sporting competition, the Tour Auto Optic 2000, a retrospective of the Tour de France Automobile, crisscrosses French secondary roads on a route that is renewed each year. The route is interspersed with timed stages on closed roads and on circuits which determine the final classification. To participate in the event, which has become one of the most recognized historic motorsport events in the world, you must present an eligible car that has already raced the Tour de France Automobile between 1951 and 1973. Two classification categories are offered to the participants. competitors: "Competition" or "Regularity".
This year, more than 210 classic sports cars will cross France from September 1 to 5, with the stopover cities of Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Toulouse, Le Pont du Gard and Le Castellet.
For this 29th edition, the propeller brand wanted to enter two BMW 3.0 CSLs. Emblematic models developing 200hp for 1250kg, they will be driven by crews Patrick Lucas / Dominique Chapatte and Jérôme Fombelle / Christian Martin.
To support the 210 or so crews, BMW will provide organizer Peter Auto with 41 vehicles from its range for logistics, rapid assistance and connections, as well as 4 openers.
During the launch party for this 29th edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2000, which will be held on August 31 under the glass roof of the Grand Palais, the BMW area will host the BMW M2 CS, an edition limited to 2,200 units, which will be driven by to Ari Vatanen, Special Stages opener and BMW brand ambassador. Another big surprise: the new BMW M8 Gran Coupé First Edition, limited to 8 units in this version. François Chatriot, French Rally Champion in 1989 and 1990 on a BMW M3, will be awarded a BMW M4 for his third participation as an opener.