BMW and the Apple iCar – Should BMW give the i3 technology?

It has been with a certain amount of humorous cynicism that I’ve watched the articles pour forth on Apple’s reported attempt to induce BMW into letting it purchase the rights to the i3. As purported in many of the articles, Apple is enamo...

It has been with a certain amount of humorous cynicism that I’ve watched the articles pour forth on Apple’s reported attempt to induce BMW into letting it purchase the rights to the i3. As purported in many of the articles, Apple is enamored with the technology of the i3 and they want it for an Apple automotive offering. Could it be done – of course it could and Apple, thanks to the way the i3 is manufactured, could have a completely different skin on their iCar than the i3 does. The exterior panels on the i3 are cosmetic, not structural. Think of all the Fiero-ghinis that have been created and you understand how an Apple car can come with a unique exterior ‘look’.

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But, in the words of Beatrice’s foil, “That’s not how it works, that’s not how any of this works!” Car companies don’t share their best technology with outsiders unless there is something very substantial in it for them. Look at how the Toyota, BMW deal works – Toyota gains access to BMW’s proprietary CFRP production processes and BMW gains access to Toyota’s proprietary hybrid technology. Both companies benefit and both companies products will benefit. The question that has to be asked is what could Apple provide BMW in exchange for the i3 that would deliver a competitive edge to BMW. While the ‘Cult of Mac’ is the envy of any branding fanatic, beyond computer hardware/software where would Apple polish a car manufacturer’s product. Yes, app integration and the rest, but that’s going to happen regardless. Autonomous driving, well BMW has been working on that for some time and as far as we know Apple is new to the field. I’m sorry, but it makes no sense for BMW to hand over the i3 to Apple so that they can fight over customers for the i3. However, what does make sense – and ties in with Apple’s great customer facing experience – is for BMW, working with Apple, to create an Apple edition i3. Selling for a premium, and with clever features heretofore unavailable, an Apple edition i3 makes a compelling case and with some clever mods to the skin you may be able to extend sales of the i3. The article BMW and the Apple iCar – Should BMW give the i3 technology? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW USA Sales rose 2.1 percent in July

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014. “July kept the momentum going that we’ve seen throughout the year, producing another strong result for BMW and clearly...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014. “July kept the momentum going that we’ve seen throughout the year, producing another strong result for BMW and clearly showing the trend toward our luxury Sports Activity Vehicles”, said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America.  “Now we’re looking forward to the new model introductions of the months ahead including the new 7 Series, the new X1, and the refreshed 3 Series.” In July, notable vehicle sales included the BMW 2 Series which increased 61.1 percent to 1,028 vehicles, the BMW X3 which increased 49.5 percent to 2,340 vehicles and the BMW X5 which increased 123.6 percent to 6,011 vehicles.

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BMW Group Sales In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 32,161 vehicles, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 32,220 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. MINI Brand Sales For July, MINI USA reports 5,191 automobiles sold, a decrease of 10.7 percent from the 5,811 sold in the same month a year ago. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In July, BMW Certified Pre-Owned sold 9,645 vehicles, up 6.6 percent over July 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 21.0 percent to 68,041 vehicles sold over the same period in 2014. Total BMW Pre-Owned sales continue to be challenged by low availability with 15,247 vehicles sold in July 2015, a 9.7 percent decrease from July 2014. The Total BMW Pre-Owned cars sold for the first seven months were 108,388, a 5.6 percent decrease from the same period in 2014. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles In July, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 1,108 vehicles, up 31.7 percent over July 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 30.2 percent to 6,791 cars over the same period in 2014.  Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,537 cars, an increase of 20.0 percent from July 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first seven months were 15,509, a 7.3 percent increase from the same period in 2014. Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, July 2015 July 2015 July 2014 % YTD July 2015 YTD July 2014 % BMW brand 26,970 26,409 2.1 195,593 183,791 6.4 BMW passenger cars 17,819 21,225 -16.0 136,904 132,029 3.7 BMW light trucks 9,151 5,184 76.5 58,689 51,762 13.4 MINI brand 5,191 5,811 -10.7 35,451 29,963 18.3 TOTAL Group 32,161 32,220 -.2 231,044 213,754 8.1 BMW Motorrad Sales With 1,445 retails BMW motorcycles posted their second best July ever. This figure was also 11.1 percent above the 1,301 motorcycles sold in July 2014. The R 1200 GS was the best-selling model in July with 210 units (+30%), and in combination with the new for 2015 R 1200 RS, grew boxer model retails by 56.3 percent to 702 units compared to 449 in July of 2014. With 196 retails (+44%) the new S 1000 RR helped post S-Series growth of 22.2 percent with sales of 336 units compared to 275 this time last year.  Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, July 2015 July 2015 July 2014 % YTD July 2015 YTD July 2014 % BMW Motorcycles 1,445 1,301 11.1 10,699 9,649 10.9 The article BMW USA Sales rose 2.1 percent in July appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: CAR Magazine reviews the BMW M3 vs C63S AMG

CAR Magazine’s video review of the BMW M3 versus the C63S AMG. ...

CAR Magazine’s video review of the BMW M3 versus the C63S AMG.

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2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW and competition’s world premieres

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is on its way, opening September 15th. BMW will have an important showing there, as cars like the new G11/G12 7 Series and X1 will be there. The 7 Series is the big debut, though, as no one has really had the chance to s...

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is on its way, opening September 15th. BMW will have an important showing there, as cars like the new G11/G12 7 Series and X1 will be there. The 7 Series is the big debut, though, as no one has really had the chance to see it in person yet. The X1 is very new, but there have seen test drives and reviews by journalists, so we kind of get what it’s like already. But the Frankfurt Motor Show isn’t just about what BMW will be presenting. There will be several other car companies that will be presenting new cars that BMW needs to keep an eye on. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Porsche will all be presenting new models that compete with BMW. So BMW and its fans should be looking out for those models and competitors as well. Here’s a look at what we might be seeing at Frankfurt. BMW 7 Series

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We all know that the 7er will be there and it will be a good chance for journos and the public to get the first real look at it. This is BMW’s most important car right now, as Mercedes is wiping the floor with everyone else with its new S-Class. So if BMW wants even the slightest piece of that pie, the 7 Series must be a success. BMW X1

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The X1 is an important model for BMW as well, as it’s the entry level BMW into one of the world’s favorite cars — crossovers. The new UKL-based X1 should be big competition to the Audi Q3 and will be very popular amongst suburbanites. It’s set to be one of BMW’s best selling cars if it can get it right. But the Frankfurt Motor Show is where BMW will really gain the popularity of the public with the X1. Audi TT RS

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The original TT RS was one of Audi’s best cars, being a mini Audi R8 of sorts. The new one, based off of the new MQB-based TT, should be one of Audi’s best sports cars. Using a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, also shared with the RS3, it should be incredibly quick and rival BMW’s M4. Audi SQ7

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We all know about the upcoming Audi Q7. It’s been shown and test driven multiple times and has gotten rave reviews. The standard Q7 is built off of Audi’s new MLB platform and is lighter than everything else in class and is said to be better as well. So an SQ7, which will be faster, even lighter and have sharper handling, will an even more popular model. It might also put pressure on BMW’s X5 M. Audi Q6 e-tron

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This is the biggest threat to BMW from Audi. While BMW readies its X5 xDrive40e, Audi will be developing a fully electric coupe-like SUV. This is actually a smart move from Audi, as these coupe-like SUVs, like BMW’s X6 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLE Coupe are incredible popular and attractive. This will give Audi’s new e-tron technology a big popularity boost as it will be wrapped in a sexy coupe-like body and have a sportier appeal, losing the boring stigma behind EVs. It may make BMW consider an X6 xDrive40e in the future. Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

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Replacing the aging GL Class, and continuing with the SUV name changes for Mercedes, the GLS will be BMW X7 competition. We don’t know much about it, but it should put a hamper on the excitement around BMW’s X7 as it won’t be the only big SUV from the Germans at Frankfurt. Mercedes-Benz S Class Cabrio

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The S-Class is already the most popular vehicle in class, and deservedly so as it’s excellent, and the S Class Coupe is already gaining massive popularity, so the Cabriolet should be a huge hit. Those luxurious interiors combined with the killer looks of the Coupe and drop-top motoring should make the S-Class Cabrio one of the most hotly desired cars of the jet-set group. This will be a big hit, no doubt about it. Jaguar F-Pace

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BMW’s X5 is known as the sportier car in the segment, but that’s likely to change when the F-Pace debuts. With Jaguar making some outstandingly good driving cars as of late, there’s no reason why the F-Pace will be any different. It also wears its corporate Jaguar looks far better than most had expected and looks fantastic. It will be one of the most exciting SUVs on the market and the X5 had better look out. Porsche 911

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The newly refreshed Porsche 911 will debut at Frankfurt and be packing (gasp) turbochargers. The turbocharged 911’s are going to be a big deal because A) Porsche enthusiasts are likely to flip their lids and B) whatever Porsche does, the rest of the motoring world seems to follow. So, if it’s okay for Porsche to put turbos on its most prized sports car and it doesn’t ruin the experience, the world will finally start to be okay with turbocharging other sports cars as well, like BMW’s M4. Porsche Pajun

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Porsche’s rumored, and silly-named, 5 Series-fighter is rumored to debut at Frankfurt. We know very little about this car except for that it’s aimed at the 5 Series. If it does indeed debut, it will be tough for BMW to overcome its popularity when the new 5 Series debuts, as people always look to Porsche as the best performing cars on the market. This will hurt BMW, as long as it doesn’t have the frumpy looks of the Panamera. The article 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW and competition’s world premieres appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M2 kidney grilles and part numbers hit Ebay

As is often the case with models that have not even arrived yet, parts for the BMW M2 has already been listed on Ebay. A site member has discovered the kidney grilles for the M2 on the auction site, complete part numbers. This one looks legitimate...

As is often the case with models that have not even arrived yet, parts for the BMW M2 has already been listed on Ebay. A site member has discovered the kidney grilles for the M2 on the auction site, complete part numbers. This one looks legitimate to us.

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BMW, Audi and Daimler to jointly acquire Nokia HERE digital mapping business

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia’s mapping business HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars. The three automakers will each hold an equal stake in HERE,...

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia’s mapping business HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars. The three automakers will each hold an equal stake in HERE, which is one of the biggest vehicle-navigation suppliers, and none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. “For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving,” the companies said in a joint statement today. The deal underscores the German competitors’ push for self-driving systems independent of technology giants such as Google, which is looking at entering the auto industry. Intelligent mapping systems are the basis on which self-driving cars linked to wireless networks can perform intelligent functions such as recalculating a route if data about a traffic jam or an accident is transmitted to the car. In the future, such mapping systems will have a role to play in collision detection and other features of self-driving. While there has previously been limited cooperation on auto parts, the joint acquisition on this scale involving BMW, Volkswagen Group’s Audi division and Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is unprecedented. Supplying HERE’s technology to other carmakers would also enable the German partners to tap into a market for automotive data and connectivity that consulting company McKinsey & Co. estimates could surge sixfold from current levels to 180 billion euros by 2020. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year. Nokia said it will get net proceeds on the sale of slightly more than 2.5 billion euros. HERE supplies map data for about 80 percent of cars with in-dash navigation systems in North America and Europe. Nokia is shedding the maps business to help it focus on integrating its 15.6 billion-euro purchase of Alcatel Lucent, a deal that will create the world’s second largest network equipment maker. Suitors for HERE included Chinese web services company Baidu, private-equity firm Apax Partners in cooperation with U.S. online car-booking provider Uber Technologies and Microsoft, according to people familiar with the matter. Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report. __________________________________________ BMW Press Release August 3, 2015 - Acquisition will secure and strengthen HERE as an independent company serving customers from all industries - Real-time maps and location based services will be the basis for the mobility of tomorrow - Transaction expected to close in first quarter 2016 Ingolstadt, Munich, Stuttgart – August 3rd, 2015. AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an open, independent and value creating platform for cloud-based maps and other mobility services accessible to all customers from the automotive industry and other sectors. The three partners will each hold an equal stake in HERE; none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. Subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016. HERE is laying the foundations for the next generation of mobility and location based services. For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving. Extremely precise digital maps will be used in combination with real-time vehicle data in order to increase road safety and to facilitate innovative new products and services. On the basis of the shared raw data, all automobile manufacturers can offer their customers differentiated and brand-specific services. “Our environment is constantly changing. That’s why the information in digital maps has to be continually updated so that maximum utility can be offered,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. The high-precision cameras and sensors installed in modern cars are the digital eyes for updating mobility data and maps; in this way, information such as speed limits or critical driving situations are already recognized today. All data gained will be processed in compliance with strict data-protection rules. “HERE will play a key role in the digital revolution of mobility, combining high definition maps and data from vehicles to make travel safer and easier for everyone,” explained Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. This knowledge will be to the benefit of all carmakers and their customers. “High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of the future. With the joint acquisition of HERE, we want to secure the independence of this central service for all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and customers in other industries,” stated Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Swarm intelligence will create new information density for road maps ”HERE will be able to offer users a continuously improving product, bringing highly automated driving and location based services a step further. As the volume of anonymized data from the vehicles increases, services will become more convenient, more connected and further tailored to the users’ individual requirements,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development, and Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Research. It is the explicit intention that all HERE customers are to benefit from this continuous optimization. The social benefits of swarm intelligence are enormous: They facilitate warnings of hazards in real time, of icy roads for example, based on calculations of individual data such as ABS activations and outside temperature. Upcoming traffic jams will be identified more precisely in the future, significantly reducing the risk of accidents. In this way, the vision of accident-free driving is gradually becoming reality. In a further stage, the data could be used to learn about critical bends on the road, in order to warn drivers in good time or to activate assistance systems. Anticipation of green phases of stoplights could navigate vehicles through an urban area on a “green wave” with the appropriate engine performance and minimized fuel consumption. High-precision maps are important for autonomous driving and many other forms of assistance systems, as these technologies require an up-to-date plan of a vehicle’s surroundings exact to the nearest centimeter, in order to react in real time. While HERE already produces extremely precise static maps, they can be verified more exactly and continually updated with a constant flow of data from vehicles’ surroundings. HERE will continue to offer its services and products across industries HERE provides mapping and location intelligence for nearly 200 countries in more than 50 languages and is one of the main providers of mapping and location services. The company will continue to develop its position as a strong and independent provider of maps and location-based services, will expand its product offering and continue to make it available to all customers across industries. The management of HERE will continue to be independent – with the goal of moving the HERE business case forward as a platform, open to all customers. The consortium will not interfere into operational business.

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Spotted: BMW i8 by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer’s tuned BMW i8 was spotted in the wild in Netherlands. The styling package designed by AC Schnitzer includes a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber side skirts and a carbon fiber rear wing. To enhance the driving dynamics, a lo...

AC Schnitzer’s tuned BMW i8 was spotted in the wild in Netherlands. The styling package designed by AC Schnitzer includes a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber side skirts and a carbon fiber rear wing. To enhance the driving dynamics, a lowering kit was applied to the i8 which reduces the ride height by 25mm front and 20mm at the rear. The original i8 by AC Schnitzer was scheduled to run on 21-inch AC1 forged alloy wheels that are approximately 30% lighter than the standard wheels. The company says they are 4kg or 9 lbs lighter than the stock wheels.

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Yet the car spotted features Asanti custom wheels painted in black and with blue accents. In the back, the i8 gets a racing wing for that extra pop. Not that the i8 needs that.

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BMW M3 vs Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

UK magazine What Car? pits the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG against the 2015 BMW M3. The two midsize sport cars have been going at each other for years now and with the new C63 AMG just around the corner, the competition will be even more exciting. Th...

UK magazine What Car? pits the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG against the 2015 BMW M3. The two midsize sport cars have been going at each other for years now and with the new C63 AMG just around the corner, the competition will be even more exciting. The two powerful sedans are the benchmark in their segment and head-to-head comparisons are inevitable. The competitor to the F80 BMW M3 comes with two power variants coming from a 4.0 liter V8 bi-turbocharged engine that delivers 470 hp and 650Nm (479 lb-ft) in the base model, and 503 hp and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) in the C63 S AMG. This is the same engine found on the Mercedes-AMG GT sports coupe. What Car? uses the entry-level C63 AMG for this test.

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Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission. From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), it only takes 4.1 seconds for the C63 S AMG and 4.2 seconds for the base model. Both cars are limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The F80 BMW M3 features the S55 3.0 liter inline-six TwinPower engine producing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed or an optional 7-speed M DCT transmission. For comparison, with the seven-speed DCT, the M3 and M4 need 4.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, switching to manual speed, the two cars need 4.3 seconds Top speed is governed at 155 mph for both the BMW and the Mercedes. Here is an excerpt from their review: What are they like to drive? Although both deliver a 0-60mph time in the 4.0-second region, and have similarly impressive brakes and advanced, adjustable suspension systems, they feel very different to drive. For a start, the BMW is a far keener-handling car. There’s a huge amount of grip, minimal body roll and super-fast, precise responses, albeit a shortage of genuine feedback through the steering wheel. Switch to the AMG and you’ll find it a much softer-feeling affair, with less bite at the front and far more body lean in hard cornering. It’ll still get round corners at a vast rate of knots, but it’s not as agile and grippy as the BMW. One downside to the M3’s unflappable handling is that it has to be driven hard before it really starts to excite. This is where the AMG makes up some ground, thanks in part to its 4.0-litre V8 engine. The BMW’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder can sound harsh and uncouth, whereas the Mercedes’ makes a gratifyingly baritone rumble, even at lower speeds. This lends it real theatre, so you don’t have to thrash it to enjoy the noise and sense of power. You can’t argue with the relentless nature of the BMW’s twin-turbo engine, though. With 425bhp, it’s not as powerful as the Mercedes’ 469bhp twin-turbo V8, but it revs much higher and adds to the BMW’s frenetic feel. The M3 is also the lighter car and can match the AMG’s in-gear acceleration and sprinting capability with ease, although the Mercedes’ V8 picks up more keenly and progressively from low revs. Both automatic gearboxes have modes that can alter the shifting pattern, but the M3’s changes more quickly by some margin. In the most aggressive mode the transmission can be very snatchy, though, so it’s best reserved for hard driving. The Mercedes has a more conventional seven-speed automatic, albeit with a few upgrades to give it more aggressive performance. Its shifts are slightly slower, particularly when you’re driving gently. This, in conjunction with the Mercedes’ more flexible engine and softer responses, make it more relaxed in day-to-day driving. Both cars get gearshift paddles, which make it quick and easy to command manual gear changes. The Mercedes’ launch control system is far easier to use, too, quickly granting fast and hard launches, while the BMW’s can be very fiddly to activate and is less effective at minimising wheel spin. As you’d expect, neither of these cars has a cosseting ride quality, but the Mercedes proves the most tolerable out on the road. It’s still firm, but with the dampers in their softer mode it has enough compliance not to annoy. The BMW is harsher over scruffy surfaces, and can become jarring over more severe imperfections, regardless of which damper setting you choose. Both cars are quite noisy at motorway speeds – there’s a lot of road noise and, in the Mercedes, the bass note of the engine doesn’t fade away at part throttle. And the conclusion: 1st BMW M3 DCT For Incredible performance; smart cabin; masses of grip Against Intrusive road noise; unpleasant engine note Verdict Devastatingly quick and capable, albeit hardcore in its nature 2nd Mercedes-AMG C63 For Lots of kit; muscular engine; satisfying noise; easy to drive Against Unremarkable handling; fiddly infotainment system Verdict A theatrical high-performance saloon that’s easy to live with The article BMW M3 vs Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M235i Racing Cup: Class win for TKS-Motorsport.

Michele Di Martino and Moritz Oberheim celebrated the CUP5 class win in their number 687 BMW M235i Racing at the fifth round of the VLN Endurance Championship. After four hours, the TKS-Motorsport pairing took the chequered flag with an advantage o...

Michele Di Martino and Moritz Oberheim celebrated the CUP5 class win in their number 687 BMW M235i Racing at the fifth round of the VLN Endurance Championship.

After four hours, the TKS-Motorsport pairing took the chequered flag with an advantage of 1min 16secs over Ralf Schall and Mario Merten of Team Bonk Motorsport. Third place in the BMW M235i Racing Cup class went to Dennis Wüsthoff and Benjamin Leuchter of Team racing one. In the drivers’ championship, their second place helped Schall and Merten to reduce the gap to overall leaders Jörg Weidinger, Michael Schrey and Uwe Ebertz, who finished the race on Saturday in fourth with their “Eifelblitz” of team Scheid-Honert Motorsport. They are now only two points behind.

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VLN: Podium finish for the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3.

After victory at the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, the success streak of the BMW Z4 GT3 continues. The car claimed a one-two-three in the SP9 class at the fifth round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. The class win – an...

After victory at the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, the success streak of the BMW Z4 GT3 continues.

The car claimed a one-two-three in the SP9 class at the fifth round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. The class win – and P3 in the overall classification – went to the number 36 BMW Z4 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport. In the 4-hour race, BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn, Michela Cerruti and Felipe Férnandes Laser were just beaten by the number 777 Ford GT and the number 55 Lexus, which both competed in the SPX class. Fourth overall was claimed by BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert. Dominik Baumann, Max Sandritter and Anders Buchardt crossed the finish line in their number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 22 seconds behind the winners and were second in the SP9 class. P3 of the class went to the number 35 BMW Z4 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport, which was shared by Henry Walkenhorst and Matias Henkola. Overall, BMW teams claimed seven class wins.

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