“I am proud to be part of the BMW family.”

Four wins, three pole positions – and the champion’s trophy: a dream season for Marco Wittmann drew to a close at the DTM finale in Hockenheim last weekend.  In an interview, the driver from BMW Team RMG, with whom he also won the Team Ch...

Four wins, three pole positions – and the champion’s trophy: a dream season for Marco Wittmann drew to a close at the DTM finale in Hockenheim last weekend. 

In an interview, the driver from BMW Team RMG, with whom he also won the Team Championship, looks back on the past few months and talks about the three extraordinary gifts he received to mark his title win: the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, the “Marco Wittmann” special edition Ice-Watch, and a Formula One test with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Marco, an extraordinary season drew to a close in Hockenheim at the weekend. You are the new DTM champion and BMW Team RMG won the Team Championship. Has it all sunk in yet? Marco Wittmann: “I am sure it will take a while for me to fully comprehend what my team and I have achieved this season. The past few days and weeks have been an absolute pleasure. I have been bombarded with a lot of things to do, and that is set to continue, as I have a lot of PR appointments to keep in the near future. I don’t think I will find the time to really look back at the season until the winter break, when a little peace and order will return to my life. I won my first DTM race five months ago. Now here I am as the new champion. I could never have dreamed of that before the start of the season. However, sometimes dreams come true. I fulfilled my dream with BMW Motorsport.” You definitely gave yourself the biggest gift this year by winning the title. However, you were also given a few other surprises after the finale in Hockenheim … Wittmann: “That’s right, I have really been spoilt. BMW M GmbH honoured my achievements by designing a BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition. Only 23 versions of this model will be built. The car suits me. The colours with the Ice-Watch stripes are striking, just like the design of my championship-winning car. I think the road version of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM looks awesome. It is definitely eye-catching.” But that wasn’t the only present… Wittmann: “No. I found out at the team evening after the Hockenheim finale that BMW Motorsport has organised a Formula One test with Scuderia Toro Rosso. That is another childhood dream come true for me. The fact that BMW has made this possible for me is incredible. I cannot say how proud and happy I am to be part of the BMW family. Therefore, it was a matter of course for me to renew my contract. I am looking forward to many exciting years in the DTM.” The third surprise of the weekend came from BMW Motorsport Premium Partner Ice-Watch – a special edition watch. Do you like it? Wittmann: “Ice-Watch released a Marco Wittmann limited Ice-Watch edition in the colours of BMW Motorsport. The face has my signature on it. Only a limited number of the watches are available. Fans will be able to enter a draw for them on Facebook over the coming weeks. I have already got my hands on mine – it looks great!” How would you describe your two-year partnership with Ice-Watch? Wittmann: “I am very proud to represent such a great partner. Ice-Watch has a young image, which suits me very well. I enjoy wearing the watches. The Ice-Watch coloured stripes of the DTM car and my new Champion Edition also compliment my style well. Furthermore, there is the high esteem in which I am held by Ice-Watch. It does not go without saying that you should be given your own special edition watch.” Generally speaking, what role does time play in your life? Wittmann: “A vital role. As a racing driver, time can be my best friend – for example, when I look up at the monitor after qualifying and see that I was the fastest. However, it can also be my greatest enemy if the lap times are not what I would hope for. Fortunately, time was usually a very good friend this season. Away from the track, I have not had a lot of time in recent weeks, as I’ve had an awful lot of appointments since winning the title. However, I have enjoyed them all – that is not hard as DTM champion.” What does the Drivers’ title mean to you? Wittmann: “When you have been around motorsport for so many years, and then achieve your main goal, it is an incredible feeling. I always wanted to drive in the DTM, and now I am actually the champion. That is pure emotion. I know I will now be the man to beat in 2015, just as Bruno Spengler was after winning the title in 2012, and Mike Rockenfeller this season. However, I am looking forward to this role. It is proof I have what it takes to be up there at the top. And that is not something you can take for granted in a series as fiercely competitive as the DTM.” After you had wrapped up the title at the Lausitzring, you spontaneously flung your arms around your parents and let out your emotions. How important has the support of your family been on the way to winning the title? Wittmann: “I have been involved in motorsport since I was six years old. When I was racing karts as a young boy my family was obviously always there with me. We did everything together. My mum cooked and timed the laps, my dad worked on the kart. We have experienced so much together in motorsport. When you then achieve your goal so many memories come flooding back. However, not only was the support of my family very important for me, but also the backing of BMW Motorsport. Everyone at BMW always believed in me. I was first made test and development driver, and was then given a permanent seat in the DTM. Without this support, the success I have enjoyed this year would never have been possible.”

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BMW i8 – Amazing Photo Gallery

Alex Bellus Photography  brings us an exciting photo gallery of the BMW i8. For the photoshoot, Bellus used a Crystal White BMW i8 with the typical blue accents and 20 inch wheels. BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four colors, three of which h...

Alex Bellus Photography  brings us an exciting photo gallery of the BMW i8. For the photoshoot, Bellus used a Crystal White BMW i8 with the typical blue accents and 20 inch wheels. 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, Protonic Blue, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey. The BMW i blue accents accompany all the colors.

BMW i8   Amazing Photo Gallery

BMW i8   Amazing Photo Gallery

BMW i8   Amazing Photo Gallery

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). READ ALSO: Getting picked up from school in a BMW i8

BMW i8   Amazing Photo Gallery

BMW i8   Amazing Photo Gallery

In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it costs £ 99,125. The U.S. market received the i8 this summer with a base price of $135,700. But some reports indicate that premium prices are being paid for the i8 here. The article BMW i8 – Amazing Photo Gallery appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

Applying a matte wrap to a BMW has been popular lately. The matte color gives the vehicle a subtle and understated finish that looks rather clean and accentuates the body shapes and lines. But at the same time, frozen/matte colors can be controversia...

Applying a matte wrap to a BMW has been popular lately. The matte color gives the vehicle a subtle and understated finish that looks rather clean and accentuates the body shapes and lines. But at the same time, frozen/matte colors can be controversial. People either love it or simply dislike it! This BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe has been treated with a Matte Blue vinyl wrap. Just a few steps below the highly touted M6, the BMW 640i Gran Coupe is a perfect blend of performance, fuel economy, appearance and price, all in one vehicle. Powered by a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine delivering 315 horsepower, it has the power to handle performance conditions rather well. The engine combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection, accounting for smooth power delivery and a bland of performance and unbridled fuel economy levels.

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

A 2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe starts at $76,100 MSRP with a ton of options to play when ordering.

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

After the car is ordered,  some owners are more adventurous than others and they try to differentiate their car from every other one parked in a busy shopping mall. Going with a matte blue wrap surely helps a lot, but adding a set of aftermarket wheels cancel the deal. These VMR Wheels are the V710 wheels model finished in Hyper Silver that work well with the matte blue exterior. Sized 22×9″ in the front and with rear wheels sized 22×10.5″, they are somewhat larger than usual stock sizes. Furthermore, this BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes with a complete Arkym Aero Kit further advancing the visual aspects of the car. Several images of this build were added to our gallery below:

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

BMW F06 640i Gran Coupe Wrapped In Matte Blue

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eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

It is very rare that you would find an eleven year old BMW with low miles. And 8,000 miles is what someone would call like-new car. From eBay, we bring you a 2003 BMW E46 M3 with one owner in pristine condition. The E46 M3 is one of the most iconic M...

It is very rare that you would find an eleven year old BMW with low miles. And 8,000 miles is what someone would call like-new car. From eBay, we bring you a 2003 BMW E46 M3 with one owner in pristine condition. The E46 M3 is one of the most iconic M cars ever built and one of the most fun to drive. The owner says in the ad the M3 comes with new tires, oil change completed, immaculate interior and no track days with the vehicle. Even more, he says that the proper 1200 miles break-in was done as well, proven by kept records.

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

The wheels are in perfect condition as well, no curb damages. The E46 M3 chassis made its debut in 2001. It is powered by the 3.2 liter S54 M-tuned engine. At the time of the car’s introduction, this engine had the highest specific output naturally aspirated of any engine ever made by BMW (except in the McLaren F1), producing 343 horsepower (256 kW) and 365 N·m (269 lb-ft).

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

The E46 M3 is offered with a standard 6-speed Getrag transmission, but the M3 listed here comes with the SMG drivelogic transmission. The current bid as of October 24 is at $20,600 and reserved price has not been met.

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

Take a look at the photo gallery below for additional images and at the eBay listing here.

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

eBay Find: 2003 BMW E46 M3 with only 8,000 miles

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BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

An Oklahoma City resident and owner of a BMW i3 was involved in a car crash during the 3 Day Extended Drive program offered by dealerships. The customer was driving with their child in the passenger rear seat when they were were hit broadside at abou...

An Oklahoma City resident and owner of a BMW i3 was involved in a car crash during the 3 Day Extended Drive program offered by dealerships. The customer was driving with their child in the passenger rear seat when they were were hit broadside at about 45 mph without injuries. The i3 looks to have fared well and needed new doors and the right side carbon panel. There is also some front suspension damage.

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

The high voltage deactivated as designed by the engineers when the pyrotechnic 12 bolt battery separated upon impact. According to the dealership, the customer was impressed with the safety of the BMW i3 and he ordered their very own i3.

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

The images below give us a closer look at the damages and also the repair needed, reminding us of the BMW i3 we’ve seen at the BMW Repair Center earlier this year.

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

BMW i3 fares well in a side crash

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BMW ConnectedDynamics – A Thesis Project

Lukas Haag, a student in Transportation Design at the Pforzheim University in Germany worked together with BMW design team on his final thesis. Working with the talented designers in Munich, Haag designed the BMW ConnectedDynamics Concept, a futurist...

Lukas Haag, a student in Transportation Design at the Pforzheim University in Germany worked together with BMW design team on his final thesis. Working with the talented designers in Munich, Haag designed the BMW ConnectedDynamics Concept, a futuristic supercar. The goal of this project was to create an ambassador for the upcoming “Informatised Age”, or in better words, the Connected World of Cars. Haag says that his project proves that a connected or autonomous car does not have to limit the driving pleasure, on the contrary, it can enhance it.

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

Some of the traits of this exciting project are the unexpected proportions, iconic silhouette, safety and comfort. Also, some of BMW’s iconic design features have been reinvented, like the simplified kidney grille and L-shaped taillights. The layering approach to design also helped Haag create some exciting and complex surfaces.

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics, as seen in these sketches, measure 4450 mm in length, 1990 mm in width, 1250 mm height and has a wheelbase of 2.8 meters. Some of the features born from the evolution of digital information in and around the car are: Variable seating position – Tail mounted seats can be moved within the cabin, depending on the driving mode – Active self-driving in the sporty setting and a relaxed, upright rear seating position for the fully autonomous mode. Tilting technology – Seamlessly integrated, this technology could be used to enhance G-forces in corners and hereby intensify quick weight transfers. Full four-wheel-steering – The technical complexity of this feature could be “tamed” by the digital watchdog, therefore enabling the driver to conduct maneuvers never seen before The car as driving coach – With the huge flow of collected, the car could truly supervise the driver and give detailed feedback in order to improve driving skills

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

The student went even further by building a quarter scale clay model was built from scratch which got scanned, then the details were built digitally and adapted to the scan. The see through hard model was first exhibited at the 2014 Pforzheim University summer degree show. Two of the well-known BMW designers that helped with the project are Michael de Bono and Hussein Al-Attar. Please take the time to look at the photo gallery below that showcases this project in all its beauty:

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

BMW ConnectedDynamics   A Thesis Project

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BMW Teases New X5M and X6M in “Paparazzi Challenge” Video

BMW teases the F85 X5 M and F86 X6 M in this new video. Not much can be made of the styling, but we hear some great sounds. We will reveal the new X5M and X6M to you in just a few weeks. ...

BMW teases the F85 X5 M and F86 X6 M in this new video. Not much can be made of the styling, but we hear some great sounds. We will reveal the new X5M and X6M to you in just a few weeks.

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Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV Caught Testing in Germany

The GLK becomes the GLC, and it’s getting an AMG version. ...

The GLK becomes the GLC, and it’s getting an AMG version.

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Ford Introduces Pedestrian Detection System

System rolls out on Euro-market Mondeo, should come to U.S. next year. ...

System rolls out on Euro-market Mondeo, should come to U.S. next year.

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Large recall for airbags issues – Is your BMW on the list?

NHTSA issues an airbag warning to 7.8 million cars impacted by the Takata airbags recall which affects certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles. Takata informed the companies earlier th...

NHTSA issues an airbag warning to 7.8 million cars impacted by the Takata airbags recall which affects certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles. Takata informed the companies earlier this month that faulty inflators may have slipped through the cracks and been delivered to manufacturers because of faulty record-keeping. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday, adding there should be particular urgency in areas of high humidity such as Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

Large recall for airbags issues   Is your BMW on the list?

BMW and NHTSA say 627,615 vehicles are affected by this recall. The list of models can be seen below: 2000-05 3-series sedan 2000-06 3-series coupe 2000-05 3-series sports wagon 2000-06 3-series convertible 2001-06 M3 coupe 2001-06 M3 convertible This is the same recall that was issued in July 2014 and BMW has already began to notify owners and dealers, and will replace the airbag where necessary. Owner can check by their vehicle identification number (VIN) here: http://www.safercar.gov/vinlookup   The article Large recall for airbags issues – Is your BMW on the list? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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