Posted by http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2015/03/vln-unfall.html in Motorsport on March 28, 2015
BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshadowed by a serious accident with tragic ...
BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshadowed by a serious accident with tragic consequences.
A good hour into the race, a car left the track and finally came to a stop behind the safety barriers. According to the organisers, several spectators were injured. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, one person succumbed to their injuries in the medical centre at the racetrack. The remaining injured spectators were taken to hospital for further medical care. The race was red-flagged to allow the emergency services quick access to the scene of the accident, and was not restarted. The thoughts of BMW Motorsport are with all involved in this accident, as well as their families and friends.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/28/restoring-old-cars/ in News on March 28, 2015
As a car enthusiast, you’ve probably spent a couple of hours sifting through eBay or Craigslist ads, looking for barn finds or old garaged cars, in bad enough shape to be had on the cheap, but with serious potential to fix up, restore or modify. We...
As a car enthusiast, you’ve probably spent a couple of hours sifting through eBay or Craigslist ads, looking for barn finds or old garaged cars, in bad enough shape to be had on the cheap, but with serious potential to fix up, restore or modify. We’ve all done it. Everyone has their specific taste, specific kinds of cars they want. Some like old muscle cars, like a Mustang or Challenger, some like making hot rods, so they’d look for an old Ford or Plymouth. But Some like old European cars, like Alfas and BMWs. I’ve recently begun restoration on my 1996 328i sedan. I didn’t find it in an old barn or anything, it happened to be my first car. But now that it’s no longer my daily, it has become my project. There’s something about working on a car that you don’t have to depend on that feels so fulfilling. When you’re working on your daily driver, and it’s giving you trouble, it can become maddening because getting it up and running is imperative. But when you can just call it a day, walk away from the car and work on it next weekend, it frees your mind to just enjoy the process.
My 328i is going to be a monumental task, one that I’d never consider taking on in its entirety if I had to drive it daily. If that was the case, I’d just fix the least amount possible to keep it running because certain projects require days and days worth of work and I could never afford to be without the car for that long. But when I can pack it up for the day, when something is giving me too much trouble, it allows me to come back to it with a fresh mind. But car restoration is a huge part of being a car enthusiast. That’s why there are so many restoration shows on television. You know the kind, where some guy with too many ridiculous tattoos and spiky hair says he only has two days to turn a rust-bucket into a show car and always gets it done with five seconds left, thanks to clever editing a weeks of actually working on it. The fact is, though, that we love those shows because those people are doing what we desire so badly. Fixing up old cars is such a rewarding thing, because it not only brings you back in time to a different era of motoring, but because it’s yours. I’d rather drive my beat up E36 than a new Lamborghini (ehh, actually maybe not) because I’ve put my own sweat and blood into it. But old BMW’s have a way of doing that to you, more so than other cars. There’s something about the way they drive. Yes, the steering is telepathic and the chassis are so perfectly balanced and everything about the car simple to the point of being elegant. But there’s something intangible about them. It’s hard to explain, but driving an old Bimmer just fizzes a part of your brain, and it’s impossible to identify just why that is. There’s just so much character there. The only car company I can think of that would have equally rewarding cars to restore would be Alfa Romeo. Alfas are very much like BMWs, in the sense that the reason they’re so desirable is not something that can be found on a spec sheet, but somewhere deep in your cerebral cortex when hooning them. So I’m currently in the process of BMW restoration, in admittedly one of the less desirable old Bimmers, and the only other kind of car I’d like to restore would be an Alfa. If you had to restore an old car, or if you have already, what would it be? The article Restoring Old Cars appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1106326 in News on March 28, 2015
The first development of BMW electric vehicles already took place in 1972 with the BMW 1602e. Have a look at the concept, that had a huge impact on the future and the present BMW i3 and i8.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/28/best-bmw-for-a-road-trip-across-america/ in News on March 27, 2015
With summer just around the corner, unless you live in Chicago, we’re starting to look at the best BMW for a road trip across America. An East Coast to West Coast trip is one of those things that should be one everyone’s bucket list, the ...
With summer just around the corner, unless you live in Chicago, we’re starting to look at the best BMW for a road trip across America. An East Coast to West Coast trip is one of those things that should be one everyone’s bucket list, the 3,000 miles trip offers great roads and sights that are hard to find anywhere in the world. From the Appalachians, Mississippi river, Great Plains to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, California Coast and Big Sur. There is a little bit of everything for everyone who enjoys nature and great roads to drive on. A similar trip was taken by Precision Sport Industries with their Sakhir Orange BMW F82 M4 that can only be described as breathtaking. From the hot desert in Nevada all the way across Utah mountains, back to Florida, this was one amazing road trip to say the least. They did it in a BMW M4, not the most comfortable cruiser, but fun nonetheless.
While there are many other potential road trip scenarios, the idea of coming from one ocean to the other is something completely over the top. So what’s the best BMW to use for this road trip? For me, there is simply only one option, the E30 M3; its allure and heritage, combined with the raw power and old school mechanics, make it a suitable car for a trip across US.
No real luxury inside the car, no fancy gadgets, sans a tape player, but a pure M3 that will connect you with the road and its surroundings. This is what I’d go with. What’s your favorite road trip car? Let us know in the comments below. The article Best BMW For A Road Trip Across America appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/bmw-toyota-partnership-to-spawn-new-supra/ in News on March 27, 2015
Back in 2012, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to work on a next generation sports car to replace the aging Z4 for BMW and to become the next Supra for Toyota. Further details have been trickling in at a glacial pace since then, but things have...
Back in 2012, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to work on a next generation sports car to replace the aging Z4 for BMW and to become the next Supra for Toyota. Further details have been trickling in at a glacial pace since then, but things have been heating up a bit as of late. News has broke, from sources at both companies, that there will be a joint platform used to create both cars. The platform will be scalable and will be able to create two different sports cars in two different segments. “The one thing we’re clear on now is that a platform for both companies can work,” says BMW Board Member, Ian Robertson. He also goes on to say “The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings.” It’s also said that BMW will provide its expertise in carbon fiber architecture to this development, similar to what has been done on the i3 and i8 as well as the upcoming 7 Series.
The car in question for BMW would be a Z4 replacement, and will most likely use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, no details have been given about actual development or specs. However, the engine in the Supra successor is said to be a turbocharged inline-six developed by BMW. If the idea of a BMW powered Supra is getting you excited, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to Robertson, there has been no determination as to where the development of these two vehicles will occur or who will develop them. However, he did suggest that one plant will develop both vehicles. It’s just unknown whether BMW or Toyota will head development and if the plant will be in either Europe, the United States or Japan. Both companies will look at the biggest markets to determine the best location for development. Another interesting aspect of this joint venture is Lexus. Being a part of the Toyota group, Lexus has access to Toyota platforms and parts. As is stands now, Lexus does not have access to this joint venture program, but Lexus’s European boss, Alain Uyttenhoven seems to think it may be a possibility in the future. “We are one company and our head is Akio Toyoda, and we could do it. Right now, we are not going to have a common platform between BMW and Lexus. Purely speaking, though, we have access to everything which is Toyota,” he said.
This must be something BMW has already accounted for, as I’m sure the folks in Bavaria aren’t willing to hand over a carbon fiber intensive platform of theirs directly to a competitor. With the IS and RC F, Lexus is closer than ever to becoming a threat to BMW, so it’s not likely that BMW is unaware of the possibility of Lexus using one of its platforms. The idea of BMW and Toyota joining together in creating a sports car platform is an interesting one. Both companies have excelled over the years in making rear-wheel drive platforms, and more recently, Toyota developed one in joint with Subaru. BMW also has experience supplying engines for other high-performance cars, like the McLaren F1. The idea of a BMW powered Supra is an incredible one, and if Toyota can help BMW bring the cost down on its hybrid technologies, then cars like the i3 and i8 will be even more affordable. This seems like a win-win, for BMW, Toyota and car enthusiasts everywhere. [Source: Autocar] The article BMW-Toyota partnership to spawn new Supra appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/2016-bmw-x1-latest-rendering/ in News on March 27, 2015
In June, BMW will unveil the second generation F48 X1 and today, we have an updated rendering based on the recent spy photos. Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Act...
In June, BMW will unveil the second generation F48 X1 and today, we have an updated rendering based on the recent spy photos. Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The hood is also more sculpted while the front fascia gets more aggressive in looks. On the side of the car, we will see the Air Breathers that are now part of the BMW’s DNA. The character line is also more prominent running across the entire car separating the shapes and creating a 3D look. The large kidney grille is surrounded by new, elongated and more attractive headlights with the usual eyebrow. The large air intakes dominate the front bumper which also includes chrome inserts for an increased sporty look. In the back, the 2016 BMW X1 sports the typical BMW L-shaped taillights, now with LED strips.
The new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option as well. To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space. READ ALSO: BMW X1 – The best BMW for your money The 2016 BMW X1 will dip into the range of engines, all turbocharged, from the new MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer. Logically, we should find the new three-cylinder 1.5 liter with 136 hp and four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 231 hp. A 2.0 liter four-cylinder 150 hp diesel will be offered as well and most likely another more powerful diesel model will join the X1 lineup too. A six-speed manual and a ZF 8-speed automatic will send power to the wheels. A plug-in hybrid based on the recently unveiled eDrive platform will be included in the offering also. We expect to see a three-cylinder 1.5 liter engine assisted by an electric motor with a total power output of around 190 hp. An X1 M35i is also schedule to be unveiled in 2016 producing around 320 hp from the B48 engine. Production will begin in July 2015 with sales beginning in October. [Photo: TopSpeed] The article 2016 BMW X1 – Latest Rendering appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/jet-black-bmw-m4-photoshoot-by-c-kraft-photography/ in News on March 27, 2015
Recently wrapped up, this Jet Black BMW F82 M4 by ATT-Tec features some lightweight wheels and a series of aero upgrades. The wheels installed are made by OZ Ultraleggera, a lightweight solution which also enhances the looks of the M4.The Darth Vader...
Recently wrapped up, this Jet Black BMW F82 M4 by ATT-Tec features some lightweight wheels and a series of aero upgrades. The wheels installed are made by OZ Ultraleggera, a lightweight solution which also enhances the looks of the M4.The Darth Vader blacked out look of this M4 is further improved by the lower stance, thanks to a set of Bilstein lowering springs. The M4 also gets a carbon fiber front lip and a trunk lid, along with carbon ceramic brakes. In its factory form, the BMW M4 is powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine developing 425 horsepower. The car can thus accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in approximately 3.8 seconds with Launch Control.
Here are more photos of this “dark” M4, courtesy of C-Kraft Photography.
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Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1069924 in News on March 27, 2015
F80 M3 in Violet Blue II Individual color.
From Abu Dhabi comes a new custom model put together by the local dealership: a BMW i8 in Sophisto Grey with yellow accents. The special i8 resembles the one displayed by Manhart Racing at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. The standard i8 model combines the...
From Abu Dhabi comes a new custom model put together by the local dealership: a BMW i8 in Sophisto Grey with yellow accents. The special i8 resembles the one displayed by Manhart Racing at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. The standard i8 model combines the exterior color of the hybrid sportscar with blue accents, a staple color for the new i sub-brand. The new color combination is quite unique and makes the i8 stand out even more on the road. BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four colors, three of which have been created exclusively for BMW i. All the paint finishes provide a striking contrast to the black belt: Ionic Silver, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey.
BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.
The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Thanks to the all-wheel drive, the acceleration to 62 mph (100 km/h) comes in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/bmw-m-has-always-made-special-colors/ in News on March 27, 2015
I once read that any car that looks good in white is a truly good looking car. Because white is the absence of color. It doesn’t aid the shapes and lines at all. While black tends to hide many of the body lines and not allow any shadows to form on ...
I once read that any car that looks good in white is a truly good looking car. Because white is the absence of color. It doesn’t aid the shapes and lines at all. While black tends to hide many of the body lines and not allow any shadows to form on the body, so most cars tend to look better in black. However, it’s fun and interesting colors, to me, that tend to show off a car’s design best. BMW’s M Division has always made some truly fantastic colors. Dakar Yellow, Laguna Seca Blue and Imola Red, are just a few classic color options. Another thing I love about M Division colors is that they’re almost all named after racetracks. That give the color an extra dimension of cool. It’s not just red, it’s Imola Red, named after the race track in Italy where Formula One legend, Ayrton Senna, sadly died.
When buying an M car, these colors are always an important choice. To real M enthusiasts, it isn’t just enough to have an M3. A Yas Marina Blue M3 is far more likeable than just a black one. Currently, BMW has some pretty fantastic colors, for its M Division cars. The M3 and M4 have Yas Marina Blue, Austin Yellow and Silverstone Metallic, all named after race tracks around the world. Sadly missing on those two is Sakhir Orange, but is still available on the M5 and M6. That’s my personal favorite for this generation.
It’s a rich tradition, BMW M has, with its colors. It tends to give them a bit more character, having a great looking color that always happens to be named after a race track. That lends it a bit more of a motorsport pedigree to an already sporting car.
While Sakhir Orange is my favorite M color of this current generation, Laguna Seca Blue might be my all time favorite. So, what is your favorite M color of all time, and if you had to pick a current M model, which color would you pick? The article BMW M has always made special colors appeared first on BMW BLOG