BMW Motorsport presents 2015 racing program in Nurnberg

Smoking tires, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport program for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that th...

Smoking tires, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport program for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that the annual BMW Motorsport Car Launch had been held in Nürnberg, home of reigning DTM Champion Marco Wittmann (DE) who lives just a few kilometers away in Fürth (DE). Wittmann and his fellow BMW works drivers thrilled the fans with rides in the current BMW race cars BMW M4 DTM, BMW Z4 GT3 and BMW M235i Racing, with taxi rides in the historic BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GT2 as well as with several autograph sessions.

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“The BMW Motorsport Car Launch ahead of the DTM season has become an extremely popular tradition for us and for the fans in particular. It’s a real highlight for us to visit the home of our DTM Champion this year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “2015 will be another packed racing season for us – and once again BMW Motorsport will be represented in a variety of series. Naturally this includes the DTM, which we will contest as defending champions and will be the team everyone wants to beat. This also includes the races in the United SportsCar Championship in North America, as well as international GT racing classics such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring or the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We will also continue our talent promotion and, as part of the BMW Sports Trophy, will continue to support privateer racing drivers and teams who will compete in races across the globe in 2015. It will definitely be an incredibly exciting year.”

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One of the highlights of the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was the unveiling of all eight BMW M4 DTMs, with which Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin (BE), Martin Tomczyk (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom Blomqvist (GB), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE) will contest the 2015 DTM season. A fan assisted each of the drivers in the unveiling of their cars. “I’m delighted that the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was on my doorstep this year,” said Wittmann. “It’s another reminder of our fantastic achievement alongside BMW Team RMG in 2014. When you look at the beaming faces of the fans, you’re happy that you get to give them a little something back with this kind of show as thanks for their support. Hopefully we will be able to delight them with more sporting successes. We will definitely be giving it our all.”

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As well as the eight BMW DTM drivers, BMW works drivers Dirk Werner (DE) and Lucas Luhr (DE), who compete for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and in endurance races in 2015, were also in Nürnberg. Last weekend Werner had claimed GTLM victory in the USCC race at Long Beach (US). BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE), one of the four juniors in this year’s programme, presented himself to the fans. Another major highlight was the appearance of BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT). Together with Spengler and Glock, he will contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BE) for the first time on 25th/26th July. The BMW Motorsport engineers have modified the BMW Z4 GT3 so that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a serious accident in 2001, can share the cockpit with fully-abled drivers. “The reception in Nürnberg was fantastic. Thanks again to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to contest a 24-hour race for the first time in my life,” said Zanardi. “It will be an exciting challenge and I’m sure with my team-mates Timo and Bruno I will also get a good result.” The BMW Motorsport Car Launch started the countdown to the opening of the 2015 DTM season. The first two races will be held in Hockenheim (DE) this coming weekend.

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Shakeup At the Top of VW

Volkswagen’s board of directors has decided to part ways with their controversial Board Chairman, Ferdinand Piech. Recently, Piech has commented that the CEO Martin Winterkorn no longer had his confidence, however the remainder of the VW board ...

Volkswagen’s board of directors has decided to part ways with their controversial Board Chairman, Ferdinand Piech. Recently, Piech has commented that the CEO Martin Winterkorn no longer had his confidence, however the remainder of the VW board retained their confidence in Winterkorn. In the end, something had to give and it turned out to be Piech. Ferdinand Piech is the son of Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter, and is part of the Porsche family – who still control about 50% of VW stock. Piech was previously the CEO of VW, and it was Piech that was the impetus for the VW Phaeton, a study in luxury that carried the wrong badge on its nose. But Piech also saw the emergence of VW as a legitimate contender for top auto producer in the world (in a constant battle with General Motors and Toyota).

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The hard driving and mercurial Piech is no stranger to controversy – ask any long time Rolls-Royce manager how good they felt when Piech discovered VW did not have the rights to make and market Rolls-Royce cars. While this marks the current end of Piech’s involvement with the VW group, given the Porsche family ownership it would not be hard to think that this isn’t the end, but merely another inning in the grand game coming to a close. The article Shakeup At the Top of VW appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Mounting Accessories for GoPro Cameras

BMW take the vertical integration with GoPro cameras a step further with the launch of BMW Mounting Accessories. The official GoPro mounts from BMW were showcased this week at the launch of the new 7 Series Gran Tourer. The images below show a single...

BMW take the vertical integration with GoPro cameras a step further with the launch of BMW Mounting Accessories. The official GoPro mounts from BMW were showcased this week at the launch of the new 7 Series Gran Tourer. The images below show a single handle mount attached to the towing hook with a corresponding mounting plate for the camera. The single handle can be used in the front or the rear, providing safe mounting even at high speed or rough terrain. The second accessory offered by BMW for GoPro cameras is an arm that can be mounted on the headrest of the driver’s or front passenger’s seat, allowing for positioning of the GoPro camera in the center of the car. The arm can be rotated so the camera can film the front or the rear of the cabin. BMW’s integration with GoPro cameras was unveiled last summer, offering BMW and MINI drivers GoPro camera control directly through either the iDrive or MINI Connected with any Wifi-enabled GoPro cameras. The in-car app allows drivers to toggle between still or video camera modes, cycle through artistic and functional presets for the video modes, set the sleep mode for battery preservation and even set up a time lapse for your carving up your favorite winding road. No official word yet when the accessories will be made available to the general public or the price.

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Demo: iDrive system with gesture control

The upcoming 2016 BMW 7 Series will also introduce a new generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. BMW’s famous iDrive will also be receiving an overhaul, with the addition of both touchscreen and gesture controls. The touchscreen contr...

The upcoming 2016 BMW 7 Series will also introduce a new generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. BMW’s famous iDrive will also be receiving an overhaul, with the addition of both touchscreen and gesture controls. The touchscreen controls will be available as well as physical buttons, so it won’t be fully controlled via touch. Touchscreens aren’t all that new, however, gesture control is. A 3D sensor will be able to detect certain, predefined hand motions, for commonly used controls, such as adjusting volume or answering phone calls.

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These predefined hand motions can be set up to control a variety of iDrive or navigation functions by the user. These gesture controls are an optional alternative to standard physical controls and do not replace them. There will also be a symbol prompted on the iDrive display to indicate whether or not gesture controls are available, depending on the situation. Here is an hands-on video showing some of the capabilities of this new iDrive: The article Demo: iDrive system with gesture control appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Spectacular show.

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg, BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in an entertaining show.     It was the first time that the annual BMW Moto...

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg, BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in an entertaining show.    

It was the first time that the annual BMW Motorsport Car Launch had been held in Nürnberg, home of reigning DTM Champion Marco Wittmann who lives just a few kilometres away in Fürth. Wittmann and his fellow BMW works drivers thrilled the fans with rides in the current BMW race cars BMW M4 DTM, BMW Z4 GT3 and BMW M235i Racing, with taxi rides in the historic BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GT2 as well as with several autograph sessions. “The BMW Motorsport Car Launch ahead of the DTM season has become an extremely popular tradition for us and for the fans in particular. It’s a real highlight for us to visit the home of our DTM Champion this year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “2015 will be another packed racing season for us – and once again BMW Motorsport will be represented in a variety of series. Naturally this includes the DTM, which we will contest as defending champions and will be the team everyone wants to beat. This also includes the races in the United SportsCar Championship in North America, as well as international GT racing classics such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring or the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We will also continue our talent promotion and, as part of the BMW Sports Trophy, will continue to support privateer racing drivers and teams who will compete in races across the globe in 2015. It will definitely be an incredibly exciting year.” One of the highlights of the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was the unveiling of all eight BMW M4 DTMs, with which Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin, Martin Tomczyk, António Félix da Costa, Augusto Farfus, Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock will contest the 2015 DTM season. A fan assisted each of the drivers in the unveiling of their cars. “I’m delighted that the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was on my doorstep this year,” said Wittmann. “It’s another reminder of our fantastic achievement alongside BMW Team RMG in 2014. When you look at the beaming faces of the fans, you’re happy that you get to give them a little something back with this kind of show as thanks for their support. Hopefully we will be able to delight them with more sporting successes. We will definitely be giving it our all.” As well as the eight BMW DTM drivers, BMW works drivers Dirk Werner and Lucas Luhr, who compete for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and in endurance races in 2015, were also in Nürnberg. Last weekend Werner had claimed GTLM victory in the USCC race at Long Beach (US). BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE), one of the four juniors in this year’s programme, presented himself to the fans. Another major highlight was the appearance of BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi. Together with Spengler and Glock, he will contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps for the first time on 25th/26th July. The BMW Motorsport engineers have modified the BMW Z4 GT3 so that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a serious accident in 2001, can share the cockpit with fully-abled drivers. “The reception in Nürnberg was fantastic. Thanks again to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to contest a 24-hour race for the first time in my life,” said Zanardi. “It will be an exciting challenge and I’m sure that with my team-mates Timo and Bruno I will also get a good result.” The BMW Motorsport Car Launch started the countdown to the opening of the 2015 DTM season. The first two races will be held in Hockenheim this coming weekend.

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Member attend BMW Zambesi Auto Dealer Tour

BIMMERPOST members in South Africa take a visit to the Zambesi Auto BMW dealership in Pretoria South Africa. ...

BIMMERPOST members in South Africa take a visit to the Zambesi Auto BMW dealership in Pretoria South Africa.

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Impressive fightback.

BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS finished fifth and sixth in the final race ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hour. The second round of the VLN Endurance Championship was dominated by the typically unsettled Eifel weather. The rain started to fall in qu...

BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS finished fifth and sixth in the final race ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hour.

The second round of the VLN Endurance Championship was dominated by the typically unsettled Eifel weather. The rain started to fall in qualifying, making the battle for grid positions something of a lottery. BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS was unlucky with the timing of its fastest laps and started the four-hour race from down in 26th place with the number 26 BMW Z4 GT3. The number 25 car was hampered by a puncture, and was consequently forced to start the race from the back of the initial 63-car field. The race commenced on a dry track, with Lucas Luhr, Maxime Martin, Markus Palttala and Richard Westbrook in the number 25 car, and Dirk Adorf, Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller in the number 26 car wasting no time in working their way up the field. A heavy shower shortly before the halfway point mixed the field up again, but BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS defied the extremely difficult conditions to finish strongly. The number 25 car came home fifth, while car number 26 ended the race in sixth place. The Walkenhorst Motorsport team also fielded two BMW Z4 GT3s. John Edwards shared the driving duties in the number 36 car with Michela Cerruti and Felipe Fernándes Laser. The trio were running in a strong sixth place until just a few laps from the end, but were then forced to retire from the race with a technical problem. The number 35 car failed to finish after being involved in a crash through no fault of its own. Victory in the first race of the BMW M235i Racing Cup class went to Scheid Motorsport’s  “Eifelblitz” car. Drivers Uwe Ebertz, Michael Schrey and Jörg Weidinger in the number 666 car came home ahead of the Adrenalin Motorsport and MPB Racing teams in second and third respectively. The field comprised 21 BMW M235i Racings. In total, BMW drivers claimed six class wins at the 40th DMV 4-Hour Race.

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2016 BMW 1 Series Renderings Look Great

New renderings of the BMW 1 Series Sedan surface on the interwebs. The new four-door compact sedan will join the BMW fleet in 2017 as a response to the popular Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan. BMW’s 1 Series Sedan has been developed to support ...

New renderings of the BMW 1 Series Sedan surface on the interwebs. The new four-door compact sedan will join the BMW fleet in 2017 as a response to the popular Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan. BMW’s 1 Series Sedan has been developed to support front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and it is built internally under the name NES (New Entry-Level Sedan). It uses the front-wheel drive architecture which will be used in many models by BMW, including the new 2 Series Active Tourer and second generation X1.

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Front-wheel drive will be standard, but select variants will be available at an additional cost with an xDrive system. 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic gearboxes willbe offered. BMW aims to bring the 1 Series Sedan to the same proportions as the E46 3 Series with a design featuring the angular and sleek headlights seen on recent BMW cars, which extend into the kidney grille. The nose sits more upright whole the front bumper sports the usual air intakes. In the back, the F52 sedan gets the L-shaped taillights.

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BMW hints at the Chinese market being the recipient of the 1 Series Sedan. [Renderings: Autobild] The article 2016 BMW 1 Series Renderings Look Great appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New Jersey Pine Barrens in a BMW – Part II: The Jersey Devil, World Wars, Racetracks Old and New

Tour of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in a BMW – Part II: The Jersey Devil, World Wars, Racetracks Old and New, by Rick F. ...

Tour of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in a BMW – Part II: The Jersey Devil, World Wars, Racetracks Old and New, by Rick F.

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Ignite Straight Six Project, Radical K1600 Customs from Japan

BMW Motorrad has followed last year’s  “Project Japan,” which had four well-known Japanese customizers try their hands at creating something unique and personal from BMW’s new R nineT, with project “Ignite Straight Six...

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BMW Motorrad has followed last year’s  “Project Japan,” which had four well-known Japanese customizers try their hands at creating something unique and personal from BMW’s new R nineT, with project “Ignite Straight Six.” This time, two Japanese customizers would radically modify BMW K1600GTL motorcycles. The people selected to create 1649cc straight six powered rolling works of […]

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