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

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014 . . . 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 the Indianapolis Mo...

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014 . . . 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 the Indianapolis Motor Speedway podium. Round Seven of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the first race of the new sports car series held at the 2.435-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, was a dramatic affair. Contact from the extremely close competition ultimately slowed both BMWs, relegating them to sixth and seventh place finishes. After beginning the season with four consecutive podium finishes, the last three races have seen a best finish of fourth (Round Six, CTMP, 4th, No. 56). Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx finished sixth in the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM. Priaulx started the race from the fifth position and quickly moved up to third, then second, but dropped to tenth after being forced to the pits for damage to the rear of the car after contact with a prototype car. Needing less fuel because of his early stop, the race’s third caution period saw him cycle to the front of the GTLM field. A difficult restart dropped him to eighth before pitting to give Auberlen the wheel. The Californian quickly regained two positions and held the position for the remainder of the race to finish sixth. Download the entire newsletter.

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Two BMWs drifting on one of the most impressive roads in the world

Z-Performance wheels and Quadcopters Drones paired up to bring us an exciting video of two exciting BMWs on an equally exciting road. Ramona Rusu and Gabriel Ifrim, two car drifters from Romania, take their modified E30 3 Series models to Transfagara...

Z-Performance wheels and Quadcopters Drones paired up to bring us an exciting video of two exciting BMWs on an equally exciting road. Ramona Rusu and Gabriel Ifrim, two car drifters from Romania, take their modified E30 3 Series models to Transfagarasan, the very same road made famous by Top Gear and considered one of the most exciting roads to drive on in the entire world. READ ALSO: 9 Stunning Roads To Drive On Before You’re 30

Two BMWs drifting on one of the most impressive roads in the world

The Transfăgărășan (trans (over, across) + Făgăraș) or DN7C is the second-highest paved road in Romania. Also known as Ceaușescu’s Folly, it was built as a strategic military route, the 90 km of twists and turns run north to south across the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Pitești. In September 2009 the cast and crew of the British television show Top Gear were seen filming along the road. The segment appeared in the first episode of Series 14 which first aired November 15, 2009. They were in the country on a grand tour with an Aston Martin DBS V12 Volante, Ferrari California and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder. Host Jeremy Clarkson went on to declare the Transfăgărășan as “the best road in the world” – a title that the presenters previously gave to the Stelvio Pass in Italy. The video below not only showcases their drifting skills and the amazing E30, but it also offers some memorable views of the mountain road. The article Two BMWs drifting on one of the most impressive roads in the world appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 Coupe ends up in a ditch

Another BMW M4 Coupe ends up in a car accident. After we’ve seen a totaled M4 in Munich, now another one goes in a ditch somewhere in France. Not many details are known about the accidents and judging by the two shots below the M4 doesn’t...

Another BMW M4 Coupe ends up in a car accident. After we’ve seen a totaled M4 in Munich, now another one goes in a ditch somewhere in France. Not many details are known about the accidents and judging by the two shots below the M4 doesn’t seem to have been completely damaged. While the M engineers describe the M3/M4 as one of the easiest M models to drift, they also mention the danger that comes from a more powerful and lighter car than its predecessor. The 2015 BMW M4 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six which makes 425 hp and 406 lb-ft. That’s barely up from the last-gen M3′s peak 414 hp, but up significantly in the torque department.

BMW M4 Coupe ends up in a ditch

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.

BMW M4 Coupe ends up in a ditch

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2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition Set for Pebble Beach Auction

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BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

If you listen to BMW marketing, they’ll have you convinced that the only place to really experience the full benefits of the i3 is to drive it in a city environment. Pretty much every description they offer for the i3 includes how it’s a ...

If you listen to BMW marketing, they’ll have you convinced that the only place to really experience the full benefits of the i3 is to drive it in a city environment. Pretty much every description they offer for the i3 includes how it’s a car made for the Megacities of the world. Take this from the BMW i website for instance: “Electric and electrifying – the BMW i3 redefines mobililty(sic): with its visionary design and innovative BMW eDrive transmission it’s the sustainably designed vehicle for everyday urban use.”

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

I’m definitely not saying the i3 isn’t perfectly capable of negotiating the urban jungle on a daily basis. In fact, city driving is where the i3 is most efficient. Driving streetlight to streetlight, using the regenerative braking to recapture much of the energy used, since you rarely drive for long without needing to slow down, is the type of driving that will allow for better overall range.  Aside from this efficiency advantage and the fact that you usually don’t need drive so far (making the limited range less of a concern) and perhaps the ease of parking the i3′s tiny frame on city streets, there isn’t any other advantage to driving it in the city. I’ve now been driving electric for over five years and have piled up about 150,000 electric miles on my MINI-E, ActiveE and i3. The crazy thing is, I live in a very rural part of New Jersey where cows and horses are part of everyday life and the bright lights of New York City are over 50 miles away. Like my previous EVs, my i3 has adjusted well to life in the country, even if this isn’t the life BMW had envisioned for its carbon fiber halo car.

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

However I’m not satisfied just saying it can do fine in the country and suburbs. I believe it is indeed better suited for a life outside the city limits, so please allow me to defend that statement. For starters, the vast majority of people who live in the suburbs and in rural areas live in private residences and the exact opposite is true for those who live in cities. Living in a private residence gives you control over your electrical supply and parking arrangements, which as you know is pretty important if you drive an electric car. You simply hang a 240v EVSE in your garage or carport and your refueling issues are mostly solved. The vast majority of electric vehicle charging occurs at home, and having the ability to install a home based EVSE where you live really simplifies things. Conversely if you live in an apartment or condo in the city, establishing a location to park and charge your car can be an enormous challenge. I have had dozens of people who live in New York City reach out to me through this blog asking for help in securing a charging location because they wanted to buy an EV. It’s not impossible, but it requires a lot of work and in many cases a lot of money and persistence. Some parking garages have allowed customers to install a private EVSE and separate meter so they can pay for the electric it uses. This usually costs a couple thousand dollars and requires a lot of legwork. Other garages have allowed the person to plug into an existing 120v outlet and pay a small monthly fee for the energy which is the best solution if 120v charging will offer enough energy for the persons driving needs. In any case, it’s a lot harder to recharge your car if you live in the city.

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

Then there is the driving experience. Of course the car drives the same in any environment, however I contend you simply cannot possibly enjoy the full benefits of an electric car while driving it in the city. I can still remember a few years ago when I was driving my MINI-E home from work one night. I own a restaurant so some nights I drive home late at night after closing and the roads by my house are desolate. This particular summer night I had the windows open and the radio was not turned up too loud. I remember hearing a squeaking sound and thinking there was a problem with the radio so I lowered it a bit but when I did the noise got louder. It was then that I realized the noise was crickets. The car was so quiet, I could hear crickets as I drove along at night as clearly as if they were sitting inside the car with me. I promptly turned the radio completely off and finished my drive home to the chorus of crickets. Five years later I still roll down the windows and turn off the radio on some summer nights, and allow the crickets to serenade me on my way home. It’s about as peaceful and relaxing as anything I can imagine, and I arrive home calm, relaxed and ready for bed. Open the windows of your car in New York City at any time, day or night and you’ll hear horns beeping, people yelling, sirens blaring and car engines racing. You simply cannot appreciate the quietness of an electric car in the city as much as you can in the country because there are so many other loud noises occurring constantly around you that are overwhelming your peaceful retreat to silence. In the country, crickets are about as loud as it gets.

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

Finally there’s the energy savings. City dwellers don’t drive much because everything is close so they won’t realize the fuel savings as much as those who need to drive farther. I said above that I have driven 150,000 miles in the past five years with my EVs. If I had done that with a car that averaged 30 miles per gallon (which is much more efficient than the average car), I would have spent around $18,500 for gasoline. Instead my electric cars used only about $8,000 in electricity so I’ve pocketed about $10,500 in fuel savings. A typical person who lives in the city would have driven much less than I have and their energy savings would also be much less accordingly. In fact, most people I know who live in the city don’t even own a car, as it is too expensive and just not necessary because of the extensive public transportation system. [Source: bmwi3blogspot] The article BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 Ford F-150 Starts at $26,615

2.7-liter Ecoboost V-6 costs only $495 extra over base V-6. ...

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