It was whilst attending the Fuelled Society Show at Nostell Priory back in 2014 that we stumbled across a car something rather different from the norm, it was bright orange and had huge box arches but yet looked incredibly cool.

We were soon chatting away with the cars owners, father and son, Chris and Ashley Scutt from Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Chris, having retired two years previous, had spent the last 18 months lovingly restoring and modifying the 2002Tii that stood before us to become a Group 2 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) tribute.

A self confessed BMW anorak Ashley said that the 2002 is of huge significance in BMW history, as without the success of the 2002 the company would have had to cease car manufacturing.

Chris went on to say that after viewing numerous cars to start the project they decided to purchase an Inka orange Tii, (which was the colour that BMW launched the car in). Although the car looked rather sorry for itself Chris tells us that it was largely solid and original.

With the 2002 back home in the garage the restoration commenced, helped on an evening and weekend by Ash. Chris tackled the body first, and once stripped to a shell he started with welding to the thin steel monocoque. “The passenger footwell wasn’t too bad, but the drivers side was pretty far gone, and the wheelarches all needed a decent transplant of fresh metal along with modification to take the planned 10 x 17 inch rear rims”.

Thankfully, and rather surprisingly, the bodykit was available off the shelf and ordered from a supplier in Portugal. Like the front spoiler, the rear arches were fitted carefully, then screwed and bonded into place before being blended in with glass fibre to suit. Chris did all the work here up to the final smoothing of the fibre edges, this being left to the body shop to finish when painting – the only task not completed by the two family members.

The front arches were slightly more troublesome, as although being the correct shape and profile, there were no returns on the rearmost edges, and Chris had to attach and blend the sides of the original metal wings so that the panels would not only fit securely but also meet the high standards set by the duo.

The two had tried lowering the 2002 on regular sports springs, but with the wheels the correct size mocked up and body extensions in position it wouldn’t sit low enough at the front. The solution, Chris tells us, was a weld-on coilover conversion kit for the 2002 MacPherson struts allowing a choice of aftermarket springs and the ability to wind them down to suit. With the arms, struts and subframes sandblasted, a set of Koni dampers completed the setup.

Chris refurbished the front brakes and added new new discs and pads, however they decided that the standard rear drum setup required an update. Previously owning a MK2 Golf GTI 16 valve Chris was au-fait with the brake setup and used a set of rear calipers from a Mk2 with a custom spacer made up “it was a simple and cost effective solution to add rear discs”.

Engine work was next on the agenda, and after stripping and inspecting the 2-litre four-pot, Chris discovered that the 90,000 mile unit was actually in remarkably good condition. The crank didn’t need any regrinding, and the assembly was simply to build back up with new shells, piston rings, gaskets consumables and oil pump. Although ahead of its time in 1972 the mechanical fuel injection was removed and was duly replaced with a pair of Weber 45DCOE carbs. Up top Chris stripped the head and replaced the standard cam with a Schrick 292 fast road item, before reassembling the lot with new rockers and bronze valve guides.

The engine was finished off with a genuine and rare Alpina rocker cover along with a lightened flywheel. The final modification comes in the form of a Prodrive backbox from an Impreza STI which somehow looks completely correct.

A pair of E30 generation side repeaters were fitted to the front wings in addition to extremely rare front orange/clear indicators which were only available on 2002’s sold to the Italian market.

In the boot you might expect to see air tanks but not on this build, rear strut brace, which despite having an OMP sticker on it was again made by Chris along with a battery box which was relocated from the front of the car.

The wheels are also an art of deception: Ashley knew that BBS split rims were the key to the look they were trying to achieve, yet a set of period parts in the correct size and fitment would have been hard to source and prohibitively expensive. The solution therefore was to buy a set of new set of rims from Image and replace the Image logo with the period correct BBS centre stickers.

The interior is from a modern day 6 series which despite needing quite a lot of work to fit really looks the part, even the front electric seats work! A full roll cage install and a dvd screen, purely to annoy the purists. A full hydraulic handbrake system also take centre stage, Ashley jokes that his dad must watch too much Ken Block.’’

Images by Chris Wallbank Photography