How BMW’s M Division started with Ford

We all know of BMW’s M Division quite well, as it’s the division that pumps out our favorite vehicles each and every year. The BMW M3 and M5 have been the defining cars in each of their segments for decades not. In fact, they are the cars...

We all know of BMW’s M Division quite well, as it’s the division that pumps out our favorite vehicles each and every year. The BMW M3 and M5 have been the defining cars in each of their segments for decades not. In fact, they are the cars that invented their segments, so all other competitors are just playing in BMW M’s field. However, BMW’s M Division didn’t always exist and it took some people from Ford to make it happen. Back in the late 1960’s, Ford was dominating the entire field of motorsport. Whether it be at Le Mans, in Formula One or even in Rally racing, Ford was a dominant force in the late sixties. Each division of Ford, from the US, UK and German divisions, was doing its part to provide superb racecars. But it was Ford’s German division that would eventually change the shape of BMW, and in turn the auto industry, forever. A man by the name of Jochen Neerpasch was the Head of Ford’s Motorsport division and had created racing versions of the beautiful Ford Capri, the Capri RS 2600. The RS 2600 debuted in 1970 and absolutely dominated everything in its path. Neerpasch had stripped the car of anything superfluous, gave it lightweight fiberglass doors and hood and pumped up the horsepower of its 2.9 liter V6 to 280 hp. With the car only weighing 950 kg (2094 lbs), the Capri RS 2600 was virtually unstoppable. BMW, on the other hand, was not fairing so well with its 2800CS and needed a change. In 1972, BMW stole Neerpasch away from Ford and with him came the rest of his team.

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When Neerpasch got there, he turned the 2800CS into the magnificent BMW 3.0 CSL that we all know and love today. This started BMW’s M Division and with the M Division came the dominant era of BMW. The 3.0 CSL crushed everything else in its path and became famous for being the best Touring car of the time, with pro racers from all over the world of Motorsport, including Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, having been behind the wheel at some point. It was an incredible car and the beginning of a legend. From there, the rest is history. Eventually, Neerpasch would be fired over the failure of his brainchild, the BMW M1, but the M Division would live on to create the incredible cars we all love. The E28 M5 was the first genuine production M Division product and it was revolutionary, giving the world a saloon car (sedan in America) that could keep up with Porsche 911 Carreras. The original M5 created the fast luxury sedan segment. After that, BMW would go racing again in the World Touring Car Championship with the E30 BMW M3 which would later become the basis for one of the most famous sports car model lines of all time.

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The BMW M Division is one of the most widely known performance divisions in all of automotive history and it all started with a man from Ford and his team of brilliant engineers. The entire success of the M Division can almost be credited to one man, Jochen Neerpasch, as without his expertise we would have never had the brilliant M cars we have today. [Source and more details: Jalopnik] The article How BMW’s M Division started with Ford appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Fan rendering of a futuristic BMW 35 CSL

Mihnea Popovici is a rendering artist known for its retro, yet futuristic images of BMW cars. He’s previously given us some computer generated images of a BMW 6 Series GT and now he’s back with another exciting project – BMW 35 CSL....

Mihnea Popovici is a rendering artist known for its retro, yet futuristic images of BMW cars. He’s previously given us some computer generated images of a BMW 6 Series GT and now he’s back with another exciting project – BMW 35 CSL. The new project is based on the original and iconic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” with a lot of design cues closer to the 1973 car rather than the recently unveiled 3.0 CSL Hommage. The BMW 35 CSL is similar to a racecar with a stripped interior and bucket seats, somewhat a classical alternative to an M4 GTS. Under the hood, the 35 CSL could feature the same drivetrain – a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbo producting 500 horsepower which would be more than enough to let the 35 CSL go against many other race cars on the track.

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The oversized front-end stands out with an equally oversized and imposing kidney grille complemented by an aggressive front bumper with two air intakes. The lights are modern interpretation of the old school BMW lights, while the rear end is classic race car – a large wing with a massive diffuser.

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The hood with functional air vents not only allow for great cooling but also add to the sporty look of the car. The yellow classic mesh wheels are just the final touch on an exciting project. Click below for more photos:

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F80 M3 : Grigio Telesto : Dinan : HRE : 3D

Build 2016 F80 M3 Ind. Grigio Telesto Pearl Full Sakhir Orange leather Executive Package Lighting Package DCT CCB Gloss Back Grills and Gills Mods HRE 20″ 9.5/11.5 p101, Brushed dark clear finish. Pirelli PZero Nero. 255/30/20, 305/25/20 Dinan...

Build 2016 F80 M3 Ind. Grigio Telesto Pearl Full Sakhir Orange leather Executive Package Lighting Package DCT CCB Gloss Back Grills and Gills Mods HRE 20″ 9.5/11.5 p101, Brushed dark clear finish. Pirelli PZero Nero. 255/30/20, 305/25/20 Dinan “Coilovers” Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar Kit Dinan Tension Strut Ball Joint Kit 3D Design front lip 3D Design rear deck lid spoiler IND Color matched painted side vents Lumar Clear Blue 80% windshield, 30% fronts and rears Escort Max 360 Radar with hard mount. One step pain correction and 2 layers of Cquartz Pro, all painted surfaces and wheels.

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Rainn Wilson of “The Office” loves his BMW i3

Rain Wilson aka Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is not one of the quirkiest and funniest characters on the popular TV series, but also seems to enjoy the quirkiness of the BMW i3 electric car. A caption on a selfie posted on his Instagra...

Rain Wilson aka Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is not one of the quirkiest and funniest characters on the popular TV series, but also seems to enjoy the quirkiness of the BMW i3 electric car. A caption on a selfie posted on his Instagram account reads the following: “Selfie with i3. Thank you @BMW for creating such a lovely and practical electric car.” In the show, Dwight has often reference a 1987 Pontiac Trans Am which fits his on-TV personality, but in real life, Wilson is more of a cool guy who enjoys the practicality and high-tech of the i3. His i3 features the Arravani Grey paint job paired with the typical blue accents of BMW i cars.

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In its first full year of sales in the U.S., the BMW i3 electric vehicle sold to 11,024 customers helping BMW break last year’s all time sales record. In 2016, the figure is likely to go up even more so the odds of seeing celebrities behind the wheel of an i3 are increasing every day. In the end, California is known for the Hollywood celebrities and their love for green and quirky-looking hybrids or EVs. The article Rainn Wilson of “The Office” loves his BMW i3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M3 F80 LCI gets aero upgrades by AC Schnitzer

In the last few years, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has built a name for itself by creating some unique BMW projects based on the series cars. The latest project brings to light the BMW M3 F80 facelifted version painted in Mineral Grey and featuring a series...

In the last few years, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has built a name for itself by creating some unique BMW projects based on the series cars. The latest project brings to light the BMW M3 F80 facelifted version painted in Mineral Grey and featuring a series of aero and power upgrades. The main components come from the shelf of BMW M Performance – carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber diffuser, side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps and carbon fiber air curtains. The striking rear spoiler on the decklid is from AC Schnitzer and it’s the most aggressive aero part on the car. The paint is adorned with red accents which match perfectly against the dark grey.

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Acoustically this BMW M3 F80 sounds better than the standard M3 thanks to an Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system which includes downpipes and titanium tailpipes.

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Apart from the exhaust system, the technology of the M3 remains largely unchanged, the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder sends the usual 425 hp to the rear wheels. Later this year customers will have the option to buy the Competition Package for the BMW M3 and M4 which will deliver around 450 horsepower.

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Hybrid M cars are inevitable says BMW

BMW admits that hybrid versions of M cars like the M3, M4 and M5 are inevitable and electric assistance will make them even faster The future of BMW’s high-performance M cars is hybrid, according to the brand’s vice-president for engineering, Di...

BMW admits that hybrid versions of M cars like the M3, M4 and M5 are inevitable and electric assistance will make them even faster The future of BMW’s high-performance M cars is hybrid, according to the brand’s vice-president for engineering, Dirk Hacker. Rather than use plug-in and hybrid tech to simply lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, BMW will adapt these systems to make its cars faster, more responsive and even more involving. Speaking at last month’s Detroit Motor Show, Hacker told Auto Express: “We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance.” We asked him about customer desires, and whether M car buyers cared for zero-emission capability or a 25-mile EV range. “We’ve found that our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine,” he said. “They want to know if these changes will help with performance.” So this rules out a pure electric M car, plus Hacker hinted that the brand was in no rush to employ battery technology, insisting it was happy to wait until the systems could be properly integrated with no adverse effect on the car’s driving characteristics. “We’ll need to look at the weight implications of electrification,” he added. “What is the compromise? Are we ready now or do we need to take a look at some special structural solutions for the future?” Hacker believes that, ultimately, balance is the most important factor in producing an accomplished sports car, and isn’t prepared to sacrifice driver enjoyment for a performance and economy boost. “The weight of the cars is very important,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the best idea to get more and more power into these models. Our philosophy is to get the right balance between power and performance.”

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BMW M hybrid cars are coming in the future

Hybrid technology is available from nearly every automaker, nowadays and BMW is just one of the automakers heavily invested in the technology. In the next few years, nearly every BMW family of cars will have a hybrid amongst them and it only makes se...

Hybrid technology is available from nearly every automaker, nowadays and BMW is just one of the automakers heavily invested in the technology. In the next few years, nearly every BMW family of cars will have a hybrid amongst them and it only makes sense that the M division would also take a hard look at the advantages of an eDrive platform in a high-performance car. According vice-president for engineering, Dirk Hacker, the future of BMW’s high-performance M cars is hybrid. The advanced tech would not only lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, but also make cars go faster.

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“We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance,” Hacker said for AutoExpress. Related: BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid review But would M customers care for a limited all electric range? “We’ve found that our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine,” he said. “They want to know if these changes will help with performance.” The odds of a full electric M car are fairly low at the moment and Hacker also hinted that M is also in no rush to deploy an electric battery in an M car. “We’ll need to look at the weight implications of electrification,” he added. “What is the compromise? Are we ready now or do we need to take a look at some special structural solutions for the future?” Hacker also believes that weight should be kept in check through different methods and not solved by adding more horsepower. The M philosophy of the right balance between power and performance stays at the core of future M models, being an M3, M5 or M6. The article BMW M hybrid cars are coming in the future appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Autonomous features: Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

Autonomous driving has become a hotbed of discussion within the past year. Each luxury automaker seems to have their own version of autonomous driving aids and functions. Us car enthusiasts know that it’s coming, a world where the majority of p...

Autonomous driving has become a hotbed of discussion within the past year. Each luxury automaker seems to have their own version of autonomous driving aids and functions. Us car enthusiasts know that it’s coming, a world where the majority of people are basically just meat puppets inside of an autonomous tube, we just don’t know when it will happen and we most certainly don’t want it to. However, being that we know such a future is inevitable, Car and Driver decided to test four of the best autonomous driving aids against each other to see which one’s best. In this test, they gather the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-AMG S65, Infiniti Q50S and the Tesla Model S. Tesla’s Autopilot feature might be the only one that could be described as fully autonomous driving, but the others come pretty damn close. BMW’s new Active Driving Assistant Plus option on the new 7 Series will do quite a lot on its own, as will Mercedes’ tech in the S Class. The Infiniti is pretty capable as well, but had its struggles.

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The Infiniti Q50S is the car that C&D deemed worst in the test, claiming that the car failed to maintain its lane in even the best of conditions sometimes. Its camera seemed the most in over its head. It would often drift out of clearly marked lanes whenever they would turn even slightly. It’s just not a very well integrated system. Infiniti does claim an interesting parlor trick, saying that it can monitor two cars ahead to see if the second car up is braking hard so as to prepare itself for braking. Though, Car and Driver wasn’t able to test and confirm that. Another strange quirk about the Infiniti, because its steering is steer-by-wire, meaning its steering wheel isn’t actually always connected to the front wheels, the steering wheel doesn’t turn during autonomous driving, which is really spooky.

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In third place came the Mercedes-AMG S65. Its Distronic Plus system is actually a pretty good system and was basically the first car in this segment to have any such features. It’s capable of full hands-off driving for up to 12 seconds before it prompts you to put your hands back on the wheel. Whereas the Infiniti uses a front-facing camera to detect lane markings, the AMG uses a stereo camera and five radar sensors, making it far more accurate. In fact, the only time it ever lost its way was during patches of broken lane markings, intersections and exit ramps. The AMG was also able to navigate stop and go traffic completely on its own without pestering the driver to put their hands on the wheel, but this only works at low speeds. BMW came in second place with its new 7 Series. We’ve sampled the 7 Series’ autonomous driving aids and they seem to work pretty well. BMW’s system is also the easiest in the test to activate and use, having dedicated buttons for it on the steering wheel, unlike the annoying stalks behind the wheel of the AMG and Tesla. However, BMW’s system doesn’t last as long as AMG’s system, giving you a warning to put your hands on the wheel at just three seconds, but will continue working for an additional seven seconds before the system turns off. Unless you touch the wheel of course, which then makes it reset its timer. BMW’s system worked the best of these three at night and in the rain and it also had the least amount of screw ups. However, it did inexplicably stop working a few times. Maybe there are just some bugs, as it is quite new.

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Tesla’s Autopilot system Car and Driver deemed Tesla’s Autopilot to be the best by far. It is in a class of its own in the sense that it’s the only car that will drive completely by itself for as long as it can and not warn the driver every ten seconds to touch the steering wheel. Though, if it recognizes a situation that it cannot handle on its own, it will prompt the driver to return their hands to the wheel. If this isn’t done in time, the Model S will come to a stop on its own and turn the hazard lights on. It’s also the only system that can change lanes on its own. It’s rather impressive actually, but sometimes scary. It does have a very useful display in the gauge cluster screen, which shows the driver exactly what it sees and what’s going on. This is helpful as you’re not just guess what it’s doing. Tesla’s Autopilot system also featured the fewest disruptions and seemed to work the best of all four cars. However, it’s notable that Car and Driver still felt that the best feature about these autonomous functions was the “off” switch. Human control is still the best control and these systems are gimmicky for the most part at the moment. They’re just not good enough to be relied upon just yet. They can be helpful, like when you’re stuck in traffic, and they have their uses, but for the most part they just aren’t a worthwhile replacement for human interaction. [Source: Car and Driver] The article Autonomous features: Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG appeared first on BMW BLOG

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VIDEO: BMW 3 Series vs Audi A3 – Tug of War in snow

Audi’s Quattro system is one of the best all-wheel drive system on the market. With a Torsen center locking differential and a rear locking limited-slip differential, Audis with Quattro are able to find an incredible amount of traction even i...

Audi’s Quattro system is one of the best all-wheel drive system on the market. With a Torsen center locking differential and a rear locking limited-slip differential, Audis with Quattro are able to find an incredible amount of traction even in the worst of weather conditions. Ever since Audi debuted its Quattro system in the late ’80s, other premium automakers have been developing their own all-wheel drive systems to try and match the four-ringed brand. Admittedly, BMW did debut its xDrive around the same time with its 325ix and it proved to be excellent as well. BMW’s current xDrive all-wheel drive system is also up there with the best systems on the market and we’ve used it in a variety of situations with it always performing excellently.

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Original BMW 325ix In this YouTube video, an Audi A3 owner plays tug of war with a BMW 3 Series xDrive to see which all-wheel drive system has the best traction in the snow. Admittedly, the Audi A3 uses a Haldex all-wheel drive system, which is considerably different and frankly not as good as the typical Torsen system. However, it seems to do very well anyway. Right off the bat, the A3 seems to pull away harder while the 3 Series starts to slide sideways quite a bit. This has a lot to do with how Audi’s Quattro and BMW’s xDrive work. The Quattro system typically splits the torque relatively evenly between the front and rear axle, while BMW’s xDrive system sends 90 percent to the rear wheels until slippage is detected, then it sends power to the front. So there’s going to be that initial slip of the rear wheels for the BMW at first. After that, the two cars pull pretty evenly. However, the 3 Series has considerably more power than the A3, so it’s impressive how well the little Audi hangs on. If we’re being completely honest, tires play a huge role in this tug of war. The BMW 3 Series was said to be wearing Pirelli P7 tires, which aren’t the best tires to have in snow, while the tire on the Audi A3 is unknown, so it could have had high-performance winter tires on it to help out. Either way, it’s interesting to see the difference between the way the two all-wheel drive systems act in snow. Check it out. [Source: QuattroDaily] The article VIDEO: BMW 3 Series vs Audi A3 – Tug of War in snow appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rolls-Royce debuts Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ model for China

Rolls-Royce debuts Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ this week at the Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing. Embodying the theme of love, the new Bespoke collection is exclusively designed for the China market, coupling modern design elements inspired by the white s...

Rolls-Royce debuts Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ this week at the Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing. Embodying the theme of love, the new Bespoke collection is exclusively designed for the China market, coupling modern design elements inspired by the white swan with remarkable Rolls-Royce craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. Leon Li, Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars China, explained the significance of the latest design, “The Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ demonstrates to our customers the unparalleled creativity of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke team while it meets the needs of our customers for exclusive personalization. Embodied in this latest masterpiece is the emotional inheritance of the Rolls-Royce brand, a representation of our undying passion for creating the best cars in the world. More than this, it symbolizes the Chinese New Year gift to customers from Rolls-Royce.”

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The swan design, incorporated throughout the new collection, is a tribute to love. In both Eastern and Western culture, the swan’s gracefulness and fidelity make it a symbol of purity and loyalty. Unions between swans are sustained for years, even entire lifetimes, creating a bond so deep that a partner has been known to take its own life when its lover dies. Thus in traditional Chinese culture, swans are known as ‘love birds’ for their genuine commitment to everlasting love.

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Inspired by the romance, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has embraced the artistic image of the swan and styled it with exquisite craftsmanship. An image of two swans forming a perfect heart is depicted on the Eternal Love’s signature coachline and leather seatbacks. It is worth mentioning that the delicate swans in the interior are elaborately adorned with a hand-embroidered embellishment. The impeccable luxury and first-class engineering of the car interior elevate the artistry to a new height.

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All Rolls-Royce car models are adorned with the Spirit of Ecstasy, a figurine for the marque created by British sculptor Charles Sykes. The artist, a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, is believed to have drawn inspiration from the close relationship of John Montagu and Eleanor Thornton, the woman thought to have been the model for the emblem. To this day, the iconic figurine still stands serenely on the bonnet of each Rolls-Royce and continues to facilitate its owner in creating beautiful relationships. Echoing the theme of a swan’s elegant, pure and loyal approach to love, the Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ features a two-tone exterior of English White and Silver Satin. The interior leather is Seashell, whilst the headrest embroidery, seat stitching and interior car roof are Hotspur Red. A Bespoke clock, painted to match the Bespoke Tudor Oak wood panel, and illuminated treadplates both bear the words ‘Love is Eternity’. A final touch of sophistication is lent to the car by a two-tone steering wheel to achieve this level of added perfection.

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Fully polished 20” forged alloy wheels and the addition of Satellite Aided Transmission ensure the ‘Eternal Love’ remains a perfectly executed expression of consummate Rolls-Royce luxury. Powered by the beloved 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 powertrain and an eight-speed ZF gearbox, the ‘Eternal Love’ offers its discerning customers an exceptional and effortless driving experience under any road conditions. To ensure exclusivity, Rolls-Royce Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ will be produced in a series of only sixteen. The article Rolls-Royce debuts Ghost ‘Eternal Love’ model for China appeared first on BMW BLOG

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