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Riley, Dinan to Build BMW 2002 Reboot

Riley Technologies, Steve Dinan to build reboot of BMW 2002…

Image: Gruppe5 Motorsport

Riley Technologies and Steve Dinan have teamed up for a new venture with Gruppe5 Motorsport to produce a series of street legal race cars based on the legendary BMW 2002.

The Gruppe5 2002, built by Bill and Bob Riley and featuring Dinan-tuned engined, is intended for both street and track day use, and will be produced to FIA standards, including a roll cage and certified fuel cell, fire suppression system and racing seats.

“We designed the Gruppe5 2002 to deliver unparalleled performance in all respects,” said Bill Riley.

“Riley Technologies has been building winning race cars for 60 years and is excited for our first street car venture. We’re proud to call the Gruppe5 2002 a Riley car.”

The inspiration for the Gruppe5 2002 is the 1972 BMW 2002tii owned by Gruppe5 Motorsport Founder, Tom Zajac.

It served as his daily driver and weekend warrior for Showroom Stock racing in the early 80s.

“Collaborating with motorsport legends, Bill and Bob Riley and Steve Dinan to make my vision a reality is the privilege of a lifetime,” said Zajac.

Dinan, founder of the largest BMW tuner in North America and BMW NA designated factory race engine builder added: “Combined, we’re a team of talented engineers that all want to build something truly amazing to drive.”

A total of 300 cars will be produced, 200 of them with a Dinan-built 744 hp 5.8L V10 engine and 100 models with an 803 hp 5.9L V10 engine.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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