BMW i Wallbox Pro Introduced as Second BMW Home Charging Station

With the BMW i Wallbox Pro – the second home charging station in the BMW i 360º ELECTRIC portfolio for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – zero-emission electric mobility is set to become an even more attractive option. The BMW i Wallbox Pro...

With the BMW i Wallbox Pro – the second home charging station in the BMW i 360º ELECTRIC portfolio for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – zero-emission electric mobility is set to become an even more attractive option. The BMW i Wallbox Pro offers a faster charging rate than the BMW i Wallbox Pure and even more user-friendly operation, as well as innovative options for vehicle charging with home-generated electricity and smart home integration. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is available as an Original BMW i Accessory. Optionally an installation service is also provided, which offers fitting and connection of the BMW Wallbox Pro in the customer’s home or garage by qualified experts. With a charging rate of up to 7.4 kW, the BMW i Wallbox Pro supports very fast charging of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. In this case the high-voltage battery of the BMW i3 takes less than three hours for an 80% charge. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is also compatible with other makes of vehicle equipped with the European Type 2 standard connector. The BMW i Wallbox features the familiar BMW i design and aesthetics. The front of the high-quality plastic housing has an anthracite special-effect finish with black detailing and chrome along with highlights in BMW i blue. Reflecting the sustainable ethos of the BMW i brand, the BMW i Wallbox Pro is produced from environmentally friendly materials. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is operated using a 7-inch colour touchscreen display, which offers optimised control and monitoring of the charging process and allows users to choose their own individual settings. The screen can show how much charge has been delivered to the vehicle so far, along with details of previous charging cycles. LED fibre-optic strips at the sides of the wallbox indicate the current charge status and are visible from a considerable distance. Information about the charging status can also be remotely accessed from a smartphone or tablet by using the BMW i Wallbox Remote app. The BMW i Wallbox Pro provides an administrator function that can keep a charging history for different users. Up to three user profiles can be set up, e.g. for accounting or billing purposes. For example, private and business-related electricity use can be recorded separately. Details of electricity consumption for a particular user account can also be forwarded by email if desired. A proximity sensor activates the BMW i Wallbox Pro when motion is detected. The charging plug can be picked up and connected to the vehicle socket using just one hand. Further user-friendly features include the 3.5-metre charging cable. The cable’s entry point towards the top of the wallbox protects it from contamination and makes it unnecessary to coil the cable. The BMW i Wallbox Pro’s integrated load management system delivers the maximum available current when charging. At the same time, overloading is prevented by reducing the charging rate as necessary during peaks in household power consumption. A clear readout on the touchscreen shows how much power is being drawn from the household electrical system at any given time. Assisted by its intelligent charging functions and the optional energy meter, the BMW i Wallbox Pro is unique among home charging stations in the extent to which home-generated electricity can be integrated in the charging process – for example electricity from a home solar system. This option is used whenever possible. The intelligently integrated wallbox detects the availability of solar power and immediately uses it for charging. If no home-generated energy is available, power from the grid is used instead. If the BMW i Wallbox Pro is integrated with a smart home system, the efficient charging functionality can be extended even further to reduce peak loads on the household electrical system and optimise the use of home-generated electricity. Via the touchscreen it is possible, for example, to connect the wallbox to the smart home system myGEKKO. Up to eight smart home functions can then be controlled from the wallbox display, including activation of outdoor lighting. It is also possible to display a weather report on the touchscreen, showing current temperatures, daily maximum and minimum temperatures, frost warnings and forecasts for the coming days. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is an Original BMW i Accessory and is available in all European markets. At the end of the year it will also go on sale in markets in Asia, Africa, the American continent and the Middle East. The BMW i Wallbox Pro can be installed both in closed garages and in covered outdoor areas.

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Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust for F80 M3 / F82 M4 – Weights, Dyno, Impressions, Video

Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust Systems for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 / F83 M4 – weights, dyno and impressions by EAS. ...

Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust Systems for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 / F83 M4 – weights, dyno and impressions by EAS.

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Martin: An interview with the “Rookie of the Year”.

A strong debut season in the DTM: In only his fifth race in the series, BMW Team RMG driver Maxime Martin celebrated his first DTM victory and now he is already assured of the “Rookie of the Year” title. Maxime, congratulations on the ‘Rooki...

A strong debut season in the DTM: In only his fifth race in the series, BMW Team RMG driver Maxime Martin celebrated his first DTM victory and now he is already assured of the “Rookie of the Year” title.

Maxime, congratulations on the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title. Did you reckon on such an impressive showing in your first season in the DTM? Maxime Martin: “Honestly? Not really. I come from a GT and endurance background. The DTM was something completely different. I certainly did not reckon with this. My goal was to improve consistently over the course of the season. The win in Moscow was an absolute highlight. To win only the fifth race of my first season was awesome. It is a good feeling to be ‘Rookie of the Year’. You only have one opportunity to be the best rookie in a racing series. We won the Team Championship this weekend, Marco Wittmann secured the Drivers’ title at the Lausitzring, and I am ‘Rookie of the Year’ – that is excellent. We now want to win the Manufacturers’ Championship in Hockenheim.” You touched on the success enjoyed by BMW Team RMG. Was this team the perfect environment for your debut season in the DTM? Martin: “Yes, it was fantastic for me to have Marco as my team-mate. He was just extremely strong this season. I was able to learn a lot and saw how everything works. The cooperation with Marco and everyone in the team really helped me progress. It is always difficult to do everything right in your first year. Every circuit is new to me, and I had a lot to learn. However, I am now sixth in the championship, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and the second best-placed BMW driver – that shows that I have been consistent.” It was always a dream of yours to drive in the DTM. How did that dream feel as a reality in 2014? Martin: “It is still a dream to appear in this series. For me, it is the pinnacle of touring car racing. I have spent my entire career driving racing cars with roofs – never in single-seater cars or karts. For this reason, I never dreamed of Formula One, but always of the DTM. It was awesome to win a race. To actually race for BMW in the DTM, and to be successful, is almost even better than I ever imagined.” 

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BMW laser-light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

The Berthold Leibinger Foundation awarded Dr. Helmut Erdl and Dr. Abdelmalek Hanafi of BMW Group the second innovation prize. The award recognizes the candidates for the development and implementation of a new high-brightness white light source that ...

The Berthold Leibinger Foundation awarded Dr. Helmut Erdl and Dr. Abdelmalek Hanafi of BMW Group the second innovation prize. The award recognizes the candidates for the development and implementation of a new high-brightness white light source that enhances the visibility of vehicle drivers. On June 5th, the BMW i8 with laser-based lighting systems were delivered to customers. “We are honored to receive this prize that represents the second best laser applications worldwide during the last two years out of 32 applications according to a jury composed of top scientists and industrials. The competition was extremely hard.” said Erdl and Hanafi.

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

“Our innovation is indeed a game changer not only in the automotive lighting sector, but in the illumination sector in general.” commented Erdl and Hanafi.  “This prize is actually a tribute to the whole automotive sector as well as to the entire contributors to the advances in GaN-based solid state lighting“ added Erdl and Hanafi. Dr. Alexander A. Oraevsky of Tomo Wave Laboratories Inc. USA is the 2014 first innovation prize winner in recognition of his important work on laser opto-acoustic imaging applied to cancer diagnosis purposes. Prof. Hwa-yaw Tam, Prof. Siu Lau Ho and Dr. Shun-Yee Michael Liu of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University are the third innovation prize winners for a laser-sensor network for monitoring railway traffic.

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

The Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize has been awarded every two years since 2002 for outstanding achievement in the development of forward-looking laser-light applications. READ ALSO: BMW i8 Laser Lights Video The Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize award recognizes and promotes researchers and developers, who take new directions in the application of lasers. The foundation has been awarding the prize every two years since 2000 for excellent research and development work in the application or generation of laser light. It is one of the most prestigious international innovation awards for laser technology. The jury of 11 judges is made up of internationally acclaimed scientists and leading managers of technology corporations. BMW i8 Laser Lights Price

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

BMW laser light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation award

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Eisenmann Exhaust For F80 BMW M3 / F82 BMW M4 – First Look

Chicago-based IND gives us a first look at the Eisenmann Exhaust for the new F80 BMW M3 and F82 BMW M4. The final details will be revealed at a later date, but the company is promising an impressive audio experience coming from the high quality exhau...

Chicago-based IND gives us a first look at the Eisenmann Exhaust for the new F80 BMW M3 and F82 BMW M4. The final details will be revealed at a later date, but the company is promising an impressive audio experience coming from the high quality exhaust system. “Although we cannot release details on the production system just yet, I am confident in saying that just as BMW left no stone unturned in designing this new F8x M3/4, Eisenmann has left no stone unturned in designing the perfect exhaust system for the car”, says IND. “We can truly say that the new F8x exhaust is Eisenmann’s best effort to date- a big claim, considering that Eisenmann Exhaust Systems GmbH has been building exhaust systems for nearly 30 years.”

Eisenmann Exhaust For F80 BMW M3 / F82 BMW M4   First Look

The video below showcases the exhaust system mounted on IND’s F82 BMW M4 and the car is being driven in the “Sport Plus” M mode, which implies an even deeper sound. Like the rest of the F8x M car, the Eisenmann system’s behavior and sound will change to suit the driver’s mood, using the original BMW in-cabin controls. The new Eisenmann comes with full sound control. Eisenmann rear muffler system with 4x90mm tips Comfort = Comfort sound Sport mode = Sport Performance Sport+ mode = Race performance READ ALSO: BMW 1M with Eisenmann Exhaust The article Eisenmann Exhaust For F80 BMW M3 / F82 BMW M4 – First Look appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner – Look Sir, Droids!

We recently wrote about the Stormtrooper project by Vilner, a BMW M6 Convertible that comes with a heavilly modified exterior and a completely redone interior. Today we can finally show you the finished product – a Star Wars inspired M6 that yo...

We recently wrote about the Stormtrooper project by Vilner, a BMW M6 Convertible that comes with a heavilly modified exterior and a completely redone interior. Today we can finally show you the finished product – a Star Wars inspired M6 that you will definitely like in one way or another. Even though we are not sure whether the naming is completely in lie with what George Lucas had in mind. The build features an extravagant, but nicely accomplished widebody that gives a different look to the BMW M6 Convertible.

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

You will notice design cues from several new BMW models, most prominently the front fascia similar to that of a BMW i8. It also features strong and aggressive body lines, perfectly working with the elongated outer body of the M6 and making the vehicle appear even more beefy than ever. The complete makeover includes new front and rear fenders and bumpers, hood, the entire fascia, boot, side skirts and the fabric top together with a set of 20-inch wheels. These are done in a two-tone combination, utilizing black and white where the multispoke concave configuration and design does work nicely with the white exterior.

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

The tuning company also redid the entire interior, a gorgeous showcase of custom work, all done by utilizing Nappa leather and brown Alcantara along with tinted brown carbon trim elements. The lighter brown used on the interior is a simple and elegant combination, which goes hand in hand with the shiny white exterior as well.

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

As far as the performance department goes, nothing Vilner has to report on that part. It is still powered by the same 5.0 L V10 S85 engine and SMG III gearbox that and produces 373 kW (500 hp) and 520 N·m (380 lb·ft). This allows the 4,420 lb (2,000 kg) vehicle to get from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.4 seconds. Road & Track (Feb 2006) measured the 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time as 4.1 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Feel free to take a look at the build Vilner did right below in our gallery and let us know what you think of it.

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

BMW M6 Convertible By Vilner   Look Sir, Droids!

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BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

Just owning a brand new BMW M3 is sometimes not enough. Owning the first F80 BMW M3 Sedan in the U.S. will win you some “street cred” though. MORR Wheels are now surprising us with tons of photos and information on their latest build R...

Just owning a brand new BMW M3 is sometimes not enough. Owning the first F80 BMW M3 Sedan in the U.S. will win you some “street cred” though. MORR Wheels are now surprising us with tons of photos and information on their latest build – the very own first M3 of the newest generation to come to U.S. soil. The car is a Yas Marina Blue BMW M3 Sedan, matched with a black extended merino leather, and fully optioned out with carbon fiber interior trim, Executive package, Driver assistance package, Lighting Package, Harman Kardon surround sound and the new M-DCT transmission. And no, Carbon Ceramic brakes were not accidentally left out.

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

The owner, Josh Shokri, founder of Speed District, a California-based Car Club that organizes monthly track days for European car enthusiasts had some other ideas on his mind as well. This includes an array of aftemarket performance parts and yes, a set of high-performance aftermarket brakes are part of the list of mods this car has and will receive. In a situation like this, it’s no wonder this particular car became the lab rat to test out the many different mods that we will see on M3’s in the future. The car is equipped with the first ever Brembo Big Brake Kit on a 2015 BMW M3. The kit consists of 380mm front and rear slotted rotors with eye-catching 6-pot and 4-pot Brembo yellow calipers. The car is also running a beta tune bumping power to an astonishing 580hp and 625lb-tq to the crank. This is a nice increase over the stock power levels and it thus provides a healthy increase in performance, making the rumors that the F80 M3 has more to show – proven to be entirely true.

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

To match the new performance upgrades, Josh opted for a set of MORR MonoForged™ VS52 Competition wheels in a 20×9.5” and 20×11” fitment. With MORR Wheels and their Competition Series you get a set of their lightest series of wheels. These are weighing in as little as 20 lbs for this application. The car is also temporarily equipped with a set of H&R Super Sport springs until a proper set of track-oriented coilover system becomes available.

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

Want to see more? Check the gallery below and take a good look at this build.

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

BMW F80 M3 On MORR VS52 Wheels and full tuning

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BMW 1M And Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1 – Photoshoot

Sometimes comparing two things that are probably miles apart from each other in style, form and function can provide so much insight into the works of the automotive industry. A BMW 1M and a Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG fulfill two completely seperate rol...

Sometimes comparing two things that are probably miles apart from each other in style, form and function can provide so much insight into the works of the automotive industry. A BMW 1M and a Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG fulfill two completely seperate roles in the car performance market, but they are certainly viable candidates to fulfill our boring Mondays. Both of these cars pack one nice punch when performance is in question and both will exhilirate you in similar, but completely different ways. A Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG is powered by a AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine rated at 525 PS (386 kW; 518 hp) at 5250rpm and 700 N·m (516 lb·ft) at 1750-5250rpm. It also comes with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission making the approx. 2000lbs car accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.4 seconds. It’s a luxury laden vehicle. Fully comfort oriented interior, abundance of technological additions together with performance aspects. It’s a great way to travel no doubt. But with that weight, an interesting suspension system that’s more oriented to comfort than performance driving, it’s not exactly a drivers car in every area.

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

On the other hand, a BMW 1M is clearly what you would imagine. A pure drivers car ensuring driving performance, speed and handling are what you get when performance driving is considered. The BMW 1M Coupé uses a re-tuned version of the twin-turbocharged N54 engine. In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 PS (250 kW) at 5900 rpm and 332 lb·ft (450 N·m) torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb·ft (500 N·m) overboost). The only available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential. This allows the 3,296 lb (1,495 kg) heavy car to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.8 seconds. BMW was originally going to release the 1M Coupé as a limited production model of 2,700 units. Then due to overwhelming demand, the company lifted the cap and produced a total of 6,309 cars until production ended in June 2012. When roduction of the 1M Coupé stopped in June 2012, it was done with 740 units sold in the US and other 220 units sold in Canada. Total 6,309 cars sold worldwide making it a reasonably good collectors car based on the production numbers, power and performance combined with aggressive appearance of this small and nimble racer.

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

Both of these cars come equipped with ADV.1 Wheels as you can see from the photoshoot added. The images are done by C-Kraft Photography and provide us an insight into the overall design and appearance of these two cars joined together in one place. BMW 1M has a set of ADV15 MV.2 wheels installed. The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG comes equipped with a set of ADV10 Track Spec wheels installed. Take a look how these two look together in the gallery down below.

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

BMW 1M And Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG ADV.1   Photoshoot

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BMW Laser Light technology receives a 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovation Award

Official Release: The Berthold Leibinger Foundation awarded Dr. Helmut Erdl and Dr. Abdelmalek Hanafi of BMW Group the second innovation prize. The award recognizes… The post BMW Laser Light… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

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BMW Double Podiums in DTM at Zandvoort While Winning the Team Title

Official Release: In the first race since Marco Wittmann (DE) was crowned DTM Drivers’ champion, BMW Team RMG sealed the Team title in Zandvoort… The post BMW Double Podiums in DTM at Zandvoort… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

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