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BMW Motorsport and BMW of North America are celebrating a special anniversary on their return to 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21. 40 years ago, BMW Motorsport got its first Sebring victory in 1975, with the BMW 3.0 CSL.

In honour of that success, two BMW Z4 GTLMs of BMW Team RLL will sport special designs as they compete on the “Sebring International Raceway” later this month with car number 25 set to carry the colours of the winning BMW 3.0 CSL from 1975.

1975 was a significant year in the history of BMW in North America. BMW of North America was founded, and just a few days later came the historic first victory with the BMW 3.0 CSL in Sebring.

At an unveiling ceremony, which was part of the “Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance” in northern Florida, BMW of North America presented the anniversary design of the vehicles to the public for the first time.

After finishing second and fourth in the GTLM class at the season opener in Daytona (US), BMW Team RLL is hoping to add another chapter to the BMW success story at this year’s classic. For now, enjoy these images of the new BMW Z4 GTLM race car and the vintage 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL race car together.