litre motorcycle engine
The BMW Just 4/2 was a lightweight sports car design which
was the winner of an internal BMW corporate competition.
The designer was Robert Powell, a graduate of the Royal
College of Art. Over the space of 12 months, and with
the help of over 100 BMW engineers, the design was taken
from the drawing board and made into a operational prototype.
The Just 4/2 concept was powered by a mid-rear mounted
1.1 litre engine borrowed from a BMW K1100 motorcycle.
With its light (550 kg / 1212 lb) overall weight and this
engine the BMW Just 4/2 could sprint to 60 mph in just
Not the most luxurious of vehicles, the BMW Just 4/2 lacked
almost any protection from the elements. Instead of a
normal windscreen the Just 4/2 was fitted with a low level
wind deflector. The detachable door panels meant that
the car could be transformed from a conventional roadster
into an exoskeleton sports car.
The interior of the BMW Just 4/2 featured 2 lightweight
sports seats, a leather clad steering wheel, and a simple dash layout. A small, very small,
amount of cargo could be carried in a detachable compartment
fitted above the engine bay.
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