BMW Team RLL Finish 6th and 7th at the Brickyard Grand Prix

Official Release: Despite both BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM machines showing speed in practice and taking their turn leading today’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the 2.75-hour race ended with neither car reaching… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

Official Release: Despite both BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM machines showing speed in practice and taking their turn leading today’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the 2.75-hour race ended with neither car reaching… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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One-of-a-Kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition to be Auctioned at Pebble Beach

Official Release: In celebration of the US arrival of the BMW i8, the world’s most innovative sports car, a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be auctioned during the weekend… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Official Release: In celebration of the US arrival of the BMW i8, the world’s most innovative sports car, a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be auctioned during the weekend… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Zanardi wins the Para-Cycling World Cup.

Alessandro Zanardi once more successfully raced his handcycle: this weekend, the BMW Brand Ambassador and works driver claimed the overall win in the 2014 Para-Cycling World Cup, competing in the MH5 category. In addition, he was victorious with t...

Alessandro Zanardi once more successfully raced his handcycle: this weekend, the BMW Brand Ambassador and works driver claimed the overall win in the 2014 Para-Cycling World Cup, competing in the MH5 category.

In addition, he was victorious with the Italian para-cycling team by also winning the Team World Cup. The World Cup is organised by the world cycling federation UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), and the 2014 season’s finale was held in Spanish Segovia this weekend. In the MH5 category, three races were held: the time trial (22 kilometres) on Friday, the road race (60 kilometres) on Saturday and the team relay (4 x 1 kilometre) on Sunday. In the time trial on Friday, Zanardi finished third on the podium behind winner Tim de Vries and second placed Stuart Tripp. In the road race on Saturday, the 47-year old Italian returned to winning ways. The final part of the 60 kilometre course was an 800 metre uphill section. Zanardi entered this final section lying in fourth, but, with a strong finish, he took the lead and managed to build a gap to his opponents, crossing the finish line with an advantage of eight seconds. In doing so, he not only claimed victory in this race but also secured the overall World Cup win. To finish the successful weekend, Zanardi and his team-mates Vittorio Podestà and Luca Mazzone took victory in the team relay race on Sunday and celebrated the overall World Cup win in the team classification. The world cup final was the last para-cycling competition before the World Championship at the end of August, where Zanardi will try to defend his world titles in the time trial and in the road race. “It was a good weekend and I am very happy to have won the World Cup”, Zanardi said. “I was not so satisfied with the time trial, I did not feel one hundred percent right. On other days I would have been very happy with a podium, but this time I was a bit disappointed. I was however happy for the other two guys because we all are friends. In the road race, I surprised myself because it was a very hard and closely fought race, so I did not expect to finish with an advantage of eight seconds. To then also win the Team World Cup with my team-mates was the perfect rounding-up of the weekend. Now, the next step will be the World Championship which will be very tough because we could see this weekend that the level is as high as it has ever been and that everybody is very competitive. I will now return home and continue with intensive training because if I want to keep my world titles, I have work to do, no doubt about that.” The UCI Para-Cycling World Championship will be held from 28th August to 1st September in Greenville. The weekend before, Zanardi will return to the cockpit of his BMW Z4 GT3. From 22nd to 24th August, the BMW works driver will contest the fourth round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Slovakia Ring near Bratislava.

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BMW M4 – 0-291 km/h Launch Control Acceleration & Top Speed

A 2014 BMW M4 with M Drivers Pack takes us, virtually, on a ride from 0 to 291 km/h (181 mph) showing the acceleration with Launch Control. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time is showing 4.1 seconds as tested. The new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharg...

A 2014 BMW M4 with M Drivers Pack takes us, virtually, on a ride from 0 to 291 km/h (181 mph) showing the acceleration with Launch Control. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time is showing 4.1 seconds as tested. The new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 425 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs). From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmission. Here is the footage: The article BMW M4 – 0-291 km/h Launch Control Acceleration & Top Speed appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: BMW M4 Top Speed Run 0-291 km/h (180 mph) with DCT + Launch Control

Watch a top speed acceleration run up to 291 kmh (180 mph) in an F82 M4 using DCT and launch control. ...

Watch a top speed acceleration run up to 291 kmh (180 mph) in an F82 M4 using DCT and launch control.

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Second place after a dramatic finish.

Six safety car periods, a 60-minute interruption and a thrilling finish: The BMW drivers and teams have experienced a turbulent race, which was nerve-wracking at the end, at the 66th staging of the 24-hour classic at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps...

Six safety car periods, a 60-minute interruption and a thrilling finish: The BMW drivers and teams have experienced a turbulent race, which was nerve-wracking at the end, at the 66th staging of the 24-hour classic at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. 

After 527 laps, Dirk Werner, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala in the number 77 BMW Z4 GT3 finished in second place. It was the first podium success for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at its home race in the Ardennes. The track is only about 140 kilometres from the team’s HQ in Gosselies. Victory at the 24 Hours of Spa went to the Audi drivers Laurens Vanthoor, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock, who only caught the BMW Z4 GT3 15 minutes before the end of the race and won by just 7.077 seconds in one of the closest finishes at Spa ever.  As the second best BMW team, Ecurie Ecosse made it into the top ten. Alexander Sims, Oliver Bryant, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig were rewarded for their strong driving performance with an excellent seventh place overall, which saw them finish second in the Pro-Am Cup in which they were competing. Eric Clément, Benjamin Lariche, Nicolas Armindo and Olivier Pla put in an impressive chase in the BMW Z4 GT3 of Team TDS Racing. Starting the race from 46th, the French quartet worked their way up the field into 16th overall and sixth in the Pro-Am class. Stefano Comandini, Eugenio Amos, Stefano Colombo and Michela Cerruti from ROAL Motorsport crossed the finish line in 35th place.  The BMW drivers had a turbulent marathon race with numerous incidents and six safety car periods. The endurance classic had to take a 60-minute break after a particularly nasty accident. BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS kept its eye on the ball throughout the race and hardly made any mistakes. The team fronted by principal Bas Leinders was in the lead until 15 minutes before the end of the race. However, due to technical problems with the ABS, Werner, who drove the final stint, was unable to defend the leading position in the dramatic final laps.  The second BMW Z4 GT3 of BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, driven by Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller was very unlucky. After 140 laps they were forced to return car number 66 to the garage early. Nick Catsburg, Jens Klingmann, Henry Hassid and Pierre Thiriet also had to finish the race early in the number 12 BMW Z4 GT3 of Team TDS Racing. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “Congratulations to Marc van der Straten and Bas Leinders’ team on its first podium finish at its home race in Spa-Francorchamps. It was another extremely exciting race on this wonderful track – from the first to the final lap. Even though I wasn’t at the track I followed the race via a live stream throughout and was cheering them on. Dirk Werner, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala didn’t make any mistakes. Unfortunately a technical problem with the car just a few hours before the end ruined their chance of overall victory. With a bit of luck they might have managed more. After our bad luck last year at the 24 Hours of Spa we are delighted to be on the podium once again. The other BMW Sports Trophy Teams also showed a strong performance in Spa. At times we had four different BMW Z4 GT3s in the top ten. That shows just how competitive our vehicle is. I’m particularly delighted for BMW works driver Alexander Sims from the Ecurie Ecosse team, who finished second in the Pro-Am Cup. I would also like to congratulate Audi on its third victory in three major 24-hour races in this endurance season.” Bas Leinders (Team Principal BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS): “My boys put up a long and magnificent fight on the track. We lost a car early on, but we’re very happy with the second place overall for Dirk, Lucas and Markus. In the final four hours of the race, our second BMW Z4 GT3 also suffered a minor technical problem. But the drivers in car number 77 did a fantastic job, particularly Dirk on his last stint before the end of the race. We had to take some risks, we didn’t change the tyres at the final pit stop. We wanted to try and tempt Audi to take some risks. It was also a sensational race for the fans. I’m just happy to stand on the podium with BMW and my team.” Dirk Werner (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “It was very exciting to drive the closing stint. The team took a gamble in the final one and a half hours of the race and developed a great strategy for the final spurt. However, it was hard to keep up on used tyres and with the technical problems. But I tried everything possible. We had a great weekend, but we were fully aware that we would face tough competition. My team-mates Lucas and Markus also did a fantastic job and really pushed. It’s fantastic for the team and BMW to be able to celebrate a podium finish.” Lucas Luhr (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “We can be more than satisfied with the result. The race was really close throughout the entire 24 hours. We were only 7.077 seconds behind the winner at the end. This marathon could have ended up going our way. Unfortunately a technical problem got the better of us, such that we were fighting with some blunt weapons. This is why we tried to use tactics. We secretly hoped that it would be enough. Of course, the initial reaction is slight disappointment. But it is a fantastic day for Marc VDS and BMW.” Markus Palttala (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “I had mixed feelings directly after the race. Initially second place felt like a defeat. However, if someone had told me last week that we would make it onto the podium at Spa, I would have agreed to it. When all is said and done I’m happy. Probably more so tomorrow than today. But I’m proud of my team. We had an almost perfect race – both on the track and in the pit stops. We were the underdogs facing an armada of Audis. This makes the result absolutely sensational.” Alexander Sims (Ecurie Ecosse, number 79 BMW Z4 GT3, 7th place): “We had a fantastic race in a car that was just as fantastic. This is the first time I have been on the podium and I have to say that it feels great. The atmosphere and the level of skills in the race are superb. I’m proud to have been part of this major event. I’m sure we’ll celebrate properly tonight.”

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BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf vs Volkswagen e-Golf – Comparison

German magazine Autobild compares the BMW i3 against the Nissan Leaf and VW e-Golf. Worldwide Nissan Leaf is already the best-selling electric car in history, with 110,000 sold globally since December 2011. The e-Golf is VW’s first bet for the ...

German magazine Autobild compares the BMW i3 against the Nissan Leaf and VW e-Golf. Worldwide Nissan Leaf is already the best-selling electric car in history, with 110,000 sold globally since December 2011. The e-Golf is VW’s first bet for the electric market and will launch this fall. The i3 is the only one of the three electric vehicles to be considered a premium product and has recently launched in the United States. As tested, the i3 is priced at 36.310 euros, only 1,300 euros more expensive than the Leaf. The e-Golf has a base price just below 35,000 euros.

BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf vs Volkswagen e Golf   Comparison

BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf vs Volkswagen e Golf   Comparison

The e-Golf and Leaf follow a conventional design with seating five passengers and a look and feel that resembles a “regular” vehicle. BMW gave the i3 a more futuristic look and a departure from the classic BMW design, a move that is equally loved and hated by the media and consumers. Autobild reveals that the i3 had the longest driving range in the test: 105 miles from a 22 kWh battery pack. The e-Golf followed with 102.5 miles from a 24.2 kWh battery pack. The Leaf came in last with 90 miles (24 kWh battery). In Europe, the Leaf is officially rated at 123 miles, compared to the 118-mile BMW and Volkswagen. Out of the three, the i3 also tested as being “the most green” with 12.8 kWh per 100 kilometers. CO2 output is rated at 74 g/km on a regular electricity mix. The e-Golf and Leaf followed in that order. Inside the cabin, at 130 km/h, the VW e-Golf recorded 68 decibels of cabin noise, while the i3 and Leaf reported 70 db. Interesting enough, the e-Golf comes on top at the end of this comprehensive test drive. [Source: Autobild via GreenCarReports]   The article BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf vs Volkswagen e-Golf – Comparison appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The Catskills Mountains “Borscht Belt” Journey, by Way of 335i – Part I

A man is hit by a car while crossing a Beverly Hills street. A woman rushes to him and cradles his head in her lap, asking, “Are you comfortable?” The man answers, “I make a decent living.” Milton Berle got laughs from that joke on stages th...

A man is hit by a car while crossing a Beverly Hills street. A woman rushes to him and cradles his head in her lap, asking, “Are you comfortable?” The man answers, “I make a decent living.” Milton Berle got laughs from that joke on stages throughout the Catskills Mountains in Sullivan County, New York. In 1952, the prime of the “Borscht Belt” Golden Era, Sullivan County had 538 resort hotels, 1,000 rooming houses, and 50,000 vacation bungalows. By the late 1960s, the great majority of these buildings were abandoned, burned, and/or bankrupt. A few struggled on, but even the world-famous Grossingers and Concord Resorts closed in the late 1980s and 1990s, respectively. Kutshers folded in the recent Great Recession. But the land, the walls, and their stories remain—making for an extraordinary modern-day tour. Accordingly, I fired up my ever-willing 2013 BMW 335i hardtop convertible and motored briskly to the Catskills. New York greeted me with dark skies and a steady light rain, but the 335i shrugged it off and never complained when I clambered back in with wet clothes and muddy shoes.

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Marc VDS is fighting for first place.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, things are looking promising for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. With eight hours to go in the endurance classic, Dirk Werne, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala in the number ...

In the early hours of Sunday morning, things are looking promising for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

With eight hours to go in the endurance classic, Dirk Werne, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala in the number 77 BMW Z4 GT3 are in second place and staging an exciting duel with the leading Audi. Alexander Sims, Oliver Bryant, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig in the BMW Z4 GT3 of Ecurie Ecosse are currently in a good twelfth place, which sees them in fourth in the Pro-Am Cup, in which they are competing. After six hours the quartet was even in the lead, which means they will pick up valuable points in the interim standings. After six and twelve hours, points are awarded for the rankings in the Blancpain Endurance Series. Nick Catsburg, Jens Klingmann, Henry Hassid and Pierre Thiriet have been close to the top of the Pro-Am Cup for some time in the #12 BMW Z4 GT3 of Team TDS Racing. However, Hassid had to retire after about 15 hours. The endurance classic on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps got off to an extremely turbulent start. In the first four and a half hours after the race got underway, the safety car was on the track five times. The 24-hour marathon even had to take a 60-minute break after a particularly nasty accident. Things were much calmer on the track after the restart. There were no major incidents in the race throughout the night or before dawn. Eric Clément, Benjamin Lariche, Nicolas Armindo and Olivier Pla staged an impressive chase in the second car for Team TDS Racing. After starting the race from position 46, the French quartet has worked its way up into 17th place. The BMW Z4 GT3 of BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS with Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller taking turns at the wheel, was less fortunate. After an incident early on in the race, the car was forced to pit for repairs and lost a lot of time. After 140 laps, Müller had to return the number 66 car to the garage early. The radiator suffered irreparable damage after a collision with a hare. Stefano Comandini, Eugenio Amos, Stefano Colombo and Michela Cerruti from ROAL Motorsport are currently in 39th place. Dirk Werner (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, #77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “We’ve managed to stay out of all the skirmishes on the track so far. There’s no doubt that this is one of the reasons we are currently fighting for P1. An awful lot can happen in an endurance race. This has also been evident in Spa. It was important for us to make it through the night without damaging the car. That isn’t easy. You have your hands full. You need to drive while looking ahead. You have to try to correctly second guess the other drivers, since they all have very different styles. The car is running well so far, we are in with a chance of a podium finish. But there is still a long way to go, anything can happen.” Jörg Müller (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, #66 BMW Z4 GT3, DNF): “It was a very disappointing race. I feel sorry for the boys in the team that we had to retire. They did a great job. I drove into the back of a slower vehicle while I was battling with a Nissan. The race had just been restarted and I tried to overtake on the finishing straight. I looked to the right quickly to see where my opponent was. Then the cars in front of me suddenly braked hard because the yellow flags were out again. I didn’t have any advance warning that the Safety Car was returning to the track. Sorry to my boys and to the crew of the car that I hit. Later on in the race I then had to retire after my collision with a hare. Very disappointing.” Alexander Sims (Ecurie Ecosse, #79 BMW Z4 GT3, 12th place): “The pace of our vehicle was particularly fantastic at night. It was very stable and gave me a good, safe feeling. We were leading the Pro-Am Cup after six hours and were in second place after twelve hours. That means our team will pick up valuable points.”

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BMW i8 in London – Video

BMW UK releases a video of the BMW i8 in London. A series of people talk about their fascination with the hybrid sportscar and what it means for them. BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo...

BMW UK releases a video of the BMW i8 in London. A series of people talk about their fascination with the hybrid sportscar and what it means for them. 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). In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700. Post by BMW UK. The article BMW i8 in London – Video appeared first on BMW BLOG

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