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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1974
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Achim Storz
Successor:TOJ SC03 BMW
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 30, 2020
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Click here to download printer friendly versionGerman gentleman racer Jörg Obermoser was an accomplished touring car driver and then stepped up to the European 2-Litre Championship in 1973 with a BMW-engined GRD S73. He was remarkably successful in the highly competitive series and also scored a class win in the Nürburgring 300 km race. For the 1974 season, he stepped up to two-car effort with backing from German brewer Warsteiner.

While Obermoser once again turned to GRD for his new cars, he also employed the services of designer Achim Storz. He created bespoke bodywork for the GRD underpinnings. It was instantly recognisable by the twin-boom rear wing mounts. Just like the year before, the engine of choice was the hugely powerful BMW M12 'four', which was good for 285 bhp. This was mated to a five-speed Hewland gearbox. Finished in the gold of sponsor Warsteiner, the new machine was dubbed the TOJ SS02. TOJ was short for Team Obermoser Jörg.

The SS02 debuted during the opening round of the 2-Litre Championship at Paul Ricard. Obermoser drove the first car while the second was entrusted to Dave Walker. Sadly the latter did not even make the grid following an accident in practice, while Obermoser started eighth only to retire with accident damage during the race. The cars were then fielded in several local German events with Obermoser winning his class at Neubiberg and Mainz-Finthen. The best result in a European Championship round was a third for Walker at the Hockenheimring.

Following a final appearance at the season ending Kyalami 6 Hours, the SS02 were retired from works service. In 1975, it was superseded by the SC03, which represented a further deviation from the original GRD design. One of the SS02s was pressed back into services for the Hockenheim 2-Litre race. At the end of the year both cars were sold to privateers and today only one is believed to have survived.

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