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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1976
Numbers built:2 (At least)
Predecessor:TOJ SC03 BMW
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 30, 2020
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Click here to download printer friendly versionJörg Obermoser was an accomplished racing driver, particularly with BMW touring cars in the highly competitive DRM series. He also raced sports prototypes, first using existing designs from the likes of Lola and GRD. Using the GRD as a basis, he then started making his modifications before fielding cars under the Team Obermoser Jörg (TOJ) banner. The first TOJs were two-litre cars only and proved remarkably competitive.

For the 1976 season, Obermoser decided to produce both a two-litre and three-litre car, and not just for himself to race but also offer them to customers. To distinguish the two cars, they were dubbed the SC204 and SC304; the fourth sports car design respectively in two- and three-litre form. Like before, former Porsche engineer Kurt Chabek and Dieter Baatz were in charge of designing and building the 1976 specification TOJs.

The SC204 was a development of the existing design and was built around a sheet-aluminium monocoque with a separate subframe to house the engine and gearbox. The engine used was the familiar BMW M12/7 'four' that produced around 300 bhp. It was mated to a Hewland-sourced, five-speed gearbox. Suspension was also straightforward with double wishbones at the front and links with trailing arms at the rear. The body was tightly wrapped over the chassis with high sides and a low, full-width rear-wing mounted at the trailing edge.

Racing the three-litre car himself, Obermoser mainly entrusted the SC204s to customers like Klaus Walz and Klaus Oestreich. By that time the once popular European Championship for two-litre cars had all but disappeared, leaving few international races for the cars to compete in. One was entered at Le Mans with an all-French line-up. Unfortunately, it failed to qualify but was called up to race at the very last minute. The call came too late as the engine had already been removed from the car and it could not race.

For the 1977, the TOJs evolved further and customers continued to race their existing cars as well. Both SC204s we are aware of are in fulling running order and have appeared in historic races.

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