Chris Harris Learns to Ride a Motorbike with BMW

We’re big fans of Chris Harris and his ongoing automotive adventures. Yet the Harris Monkey has recently taken on a motoring challenge of a completely different type: learning to ride a motorcycle.</p [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

We’re big fans of Chris Harris and his ongoing automotive adventures. Yet the Harris Monkey has recently taken on a motoring challenge of a completely different type: learning to ride a motorcycle.</p [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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2014 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy About to Kick Off in the Canadian Rockies

With barely a month to the start of the fourth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, the North America 2014 edition, the preparations of the organizers and the competitors are nearing completion.</p [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs...

With barely a month to the start of the fourth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, the North America 2014 edition, the preparations of the organizers and the competitors are nearing completion.</p [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Sixth and seventh at Indianapolis.

Despite both BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLMs showing speed in practice and qualifying and taking their turns leading Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the race ended with neither car reaching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway podium. Round seven of the 201...

Despite both BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLMs showing speed in practice and qualifying and taking their turns leading Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the race ended with neither car reaching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway podium.

Round seven of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC), 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 Andy Priaulx and Bill Auberlen to sixth and John Edwards and Dirk Müller to seventh at the end of the 105 lap, 2hr 45 min race. In the GTD class, the Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GTD, driven by Dane Cameron and Paul Dalla Lana, experienced bad luck and finished 15th. Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “We got caught up in some incidents at re-starts and damaged the front of the number 56 car. I think we probably lost some downforce, and we were very slow on the straights. We were missing half the front bodywork and you can’t do that and expect to win. Our pace in the beginning of the race was good until that point. The 55 car had a physical race as well. All things considered, it was a very frustrating day.” Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): “We were pretty much quickest in every practice session and qualified P2 and P5. I thought we had a chance here, but the problem was too much carnage on the track. Both cars got damaged and didn’t handle properly in the race. But the team was flawless and, along with Michelin, provided us with every tool we needed. The damage to the car ultimately slowed us. I feel bad for the team. We were lucky to have finished.” Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): “It was a tough race. We had a good first stint and were looking quite racy. Unfortunately, a prototype car hit me from behind, turned me round and damaged the car. At the re-start I was shuffled back from P1 to P6. The car was strong all weekend in terms of single lap pace, so I think there are some positives from our performance.” John Edwards (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM): “I am trying to be optimistic, but unfortunately this was another race to forget. We were looking good at the start. The Ferrari made a mistake and we got in the lead with the 55 car in P2. With yellows bunching up the field it just became mayhem again. I lost some time in traffic, had some damage from traffic and slower PC cars.” Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM): “I had a blunt instrument for my fight today. Because of the damage at the front of the car I was down probably ten kilometers in top speed on the long straight. I found a way to drive around it and my lap times were actually quite good. At the start of the race when we were leading I thought this was our shot here, but then we got hit…”

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One of a Kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition to be Auctioned

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014… 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 of the 2014 Pebble Beac...

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014… 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 of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, ahead of the official fall sale date. The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be distinguished by a unique paint scheme and interior treatment as well as other features that will make it unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be sold by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, during the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at Pebble Beach on Saturday, August 16. Proceeds of the sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will feature BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint. The unique interior will boast Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts. The upholstery is accented with stitching in BMW i Blue. The Pure Impulse Tera World interior includes other trim accents in BMW i Blue, including the seat belts, as well as having “BMW i8” embossed into the front headrests. A number of US firsts will be included with this special edition including laser headlights, pending government approval, a BMW i8 Display key as well as the first BMW Charging Station, professional edition. The words “Concours d’Elegance Edition” i8 will be laser etched in the interior, further marking this as truly one of a kind. The car will be sold at the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company on Saturday, August 16, at the Pebble Beach Special Events area. Download the entire newsletter.

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iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

Chicago-based iND releases a new exciting BMW project. Dubbed Ear To Ear M3, the new tuning project is based off the E93 M3 Convertible which features cosmetic and mechanical work that was a culmination of nearly 5 months of work. From the custom bum...

Chicago-based iND releases a new exciting BMW project. Dubbed Ear To Ear M3, the new tuning project is based off the E93 M3 Convertible which features cosmetic and mechanical work that was a culmination of nearly 5 months of work. From the custom bumper and rocker panels to the paintwork, every surface of this vehicle was addressed with some form of individuality. Here is the impressive list of upgrades along with a video:

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project

Exterior: Vorsteiner GTS5 front bumper with Melbourne Red CRT accent Vorsteiner Type II rear diffuser IND custom built rocker panels and rear bumper Gintani carbon fiber side skirts and rear bumper canards Front bumper, rocker, and rear bumper mesh painted gloss black OSS Designs custom headlights custom painted E93 M3 trunk spoiler custom painted mirror base IND M5 mirror scheme with hand pin-striped accent, custom alpine white gradient custom painted door handles with hand pin-stripe accent custom painted side marker with hand pin-striped accent gloss black hood vents with gloss black mesh OEM European mirror gloss OEM European taillights with light tint. Custom painted M3 trunk emblem Gloss black front grill set with gloss black slats. Light tinted LED Painted gloss black window trim Alekshop front and rear camera Interior: Black leather dash with fox red stitching Custom alpine white floor mat piping with fox red stitching Upholstered passenger door pull with tri-stitch Embroidered head rest with tri-stitch surround Black leather front and rear seat accents upholstered center arm partition with black leather and fox red stitching Modified OEM GTS carbon center console for E93 convertible switch Custom carbon fiber Nexon steering wheel OEM GTS Y-plate with hand pin striped accent. Painted BMW Frozen Black Painted DCT knob with hand pin-stripe accent BMW Performance interior trim with hand pin-striped accent OEM European sun visor set OEM European fog light switch OEM M-power e-brake handle Custom illuminated door sills Wheels and Suspension: Vorsteiner VS-110 in satin charcoal Hand pin-striped Melbourne red center caps and logos Macht Schnell 75mm stud kit Project Kics black chrome R40 locking lug nut set KW H.A.S kit Ground Control camber plates Brakes: Brembo GT 380mm drilled rotor brake kit Custom painted Melbourne red with black chrome logo Engine, exhaust, misc. performance, and coding: Akrapovic slip-on with carbon fiber exhaust tips Dinan intake kit BPM tune powder coated valve covers painted gloss black ignition coil covers painted S65 plenum with hand pin-striped accent. Custom painted M3 badge. Hand pin-striped under hood logos gloss black intake cover gloss black front intake snorkel partition Custom coding by ModMyNav Smarttop module The article iND | Ear to Ear M3 Project appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The DTM visits Austria.

Three weeks after the first one-two for the BMW M4 DTM and Maxime Martin’s debut victory at the Moscow Raceway, the DTM is leaving Germany once again. On 3rd August in Spielberg the four BMW teams will contest the sixth race of the year – t...

Three weeks after the first one-two for the BMW M4 DTM and Maxime Martin’s debut victory at the Moscow Raceway, the DTM is leaving Germany once again.

On 3rd August in Spielberg the four BMW teams will contest the sixth race of the year – thereby getting the second half of the season underway. Last year BMW Motorsport celebrated a historic one-two-three on the Red Bull Ring, which is steeped in tradition, and picked up 70 points, more than on any other race weekend since the brand returned to the DTM in 2012. After three victories and three pole positions in five races in the current season, BMW Motorsport wants to build on the BMW M4 DTM’s track record in Austria. The Red Bull Ring is in the heart of Styria, surrounded by a picturesque mountain backdrop. Last season saw 44,000 spectators follow the action on the 4.326-kilometre race track over the course of the weekend. After 47 laps in the BMW Bank M3 DTM, Bruno Spengler, who started from pole position, was the first to cross the finish line. Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock in second and third clinched the historic result for BMW. For the 11th time in the history of the DTM the podium was full with BMW drivers. In his third ever DTM race, Wittmann also drove the fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1:25.505 minutes. Going into the sixth race of the 2014 season in Spielberg, BMW Team RMG leads the team standings with 103 points. Wittmann has been at the top of the drivers’ standings since the first race. The BMW Team RMG driver currently has 70 points to his name. In third place in the standings is Spengler, who has 41 points. Thanks to his victory in Moscow, Martin is also in the top ten. The Belgian is in sixth place with 33 points. In the manufacturers’ standings BMW is in second place with 196 points.

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BMW teams are lying in wait.

The BMW teams are ready for the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. In qualifying and the subsequent Superpole, the six BMW Z4 GT3s secured promising starting positions for the classic in the Ardennes. In the individual time trials for the top 20 o...

The BMW teams are ready for the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. In qualifying and the subsequent Superpole, the six BMW Z4 GT3s secured promising starting positions for the classic in the Ardennes.

In the individual time trials for the top 20 on Friday, four BMW Z4 GT3s finished in ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th. Laurens Vanthoor (Audi) secured pole position with a time of 2:18.710 minutes. The best BMW driver was Nick Catsburg of Team TDS Racing. He lapped the 7004-kilometre track in 2:19.334 minutes on his fastest of two qualifying laps and, with his team-mates Jens Klingmann, Henry Hassid and Pierre Thiriet, will start the race from the fifth row of the grid. The second-best BMW driver was Maxime Martin of BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS in the number 66 BMW Z4 GT3. The Belgian achieved a time of 2:19.497 minutes at his home race on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, a track steeped in tradition. This sees Martin, who recently celebrated his first DTM victory in Moscow, along with team-mates Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller, start from row six of the grid in the endurance classic. The other BMW drivers also rose to the first challenge of the weekend. Dirk Werner, Lucas Luhr and Markus Paltalla finished 14th in the number 77 BMW Z4 GT3 of BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS. They were followed by Alexander Sims, Oliver Bryant, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig in the BMW Z4 GT3 of Ecurie Ecosse. The quartet from Great Britain secured 15th on the grid in the Superpole. A few places behind came the BMW Z4 GT3 of ROAL Motorsport, whose team manager is Roberto Ravaglia. Car number 43, shared by Stefano Comandini, Eugenio Amos, Stefano Colombo and Michela Cerruti, will start the race from 35th. The French quartet of Eric Clément, Benjamin Lariche, Nicolas Armindo and Olivier Pla in the second Team TDS Racing car finished qualifying 46th. While BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS is in the Pro Cup category, the BMW Z3 GT3s of TDS Racing, Ecurie Ecosse and ROAL Motorsport are all in the Pro-Am Cup. The marathon in the Ardennes, which is part of the Blancpain Endurance Series, gets underway on Saturday at 16:30 CEST. Nick Catsburg (TDS Racing, Number 12 BMW Z4 GT3, 9th): “It’s great to have made it into the top ten and to be the best BMW. In our Pro-Am class we are even starting in second place. I didn’t think this would be possible after we had a few problems in practice. But our engineers made a few great improvements that paid off. The car felt good in qualifying. Many thanks to the entire team. Now we go into the race with the aim of winning the Pro-Am class.” Maxime Martin (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Number 66 BMW Z4 GT3, 11th): “Overall my qualifying lap was ok. The car felt good. On a quick lap we are beatable, but over the whole distance we are definitely in with a chance. In the second sector, with its many bends, we are the fastest in the field, which is very reassuring, and that’s where we can attack. Eleventh is a good grid position for tomorrow. The grid position isn’t decisive in a 24-hour race. What’s important is moving up through the field, and if we manage that we can aim for a top result. I’m very confident about the race on Saturday.” Dirk Werner (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 14th): “That definitely wasn’t the result I was hoping for. I couldn’t quite manage the same time as yesterday, so that’s why I’m a little bit disappointed. We need to work out the reason for this. Nevertheless we are well prepared for the race. Starting from 14th, Lucas Luhr, as our first driver, will have to keep out of the many duels that will take place at the start and make it safely through the fray. If we drive a clean race we are in with a good chance. This grid position for the 24 Hours of Spa is ok. We’ll have to wait and see what the weather has in store. After the first stints tomorrow we will see how good our chances are.” Alexander Sims (Ecurie Ecosse, Number 79 BMW Z4 GT3, 15th): “We will have to battle with a slightly nervous rear throughout the weekend. However, 15th on the starting grid is a very good result. We might have been able to be a bit quicker, but this grid position for such a long race is ok. In the tightly packed midfield it will be important to make it through the first laps without any incidents.”

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Report: Former Ford Engineer Investigated For Espionage

Suspected of secretly recording meetings. ...

Suspected of secretly recording meetings.

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

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 of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, ahead of the offi...

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 of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, ahead of the official fall sale date.  The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be distinguished by a unique paint scheme and interior treatment as well as other features that will make it unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be sold by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, during the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at Pebble Beach on Saturday, August 16. Proceeds of the sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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

The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will feature BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint. The unique interior will boast Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts. The upholstery is accented with stitching in BMW i Blue. The Pure Impulse Tera World interior includes other trim accents in BMW i Blue, including the seat belts, as well as having “BMW i8” embossed into the front headrests. A number of US firsts will be included with this special edition including laser headlights, pending government approval, a BMW i8 Display key as well as the first BMW Charging Station, professional edition. The words “Concours d’Elegance Edition” i8 will be laser etched in the interior, further marking this as truly one-of-a-kind. The car will be sold at the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company on Saturday, August 16 at the Pebble Beach Special Events area. For information about bidding or to watch a live stream of the auction, please visit www.goodingco.com.

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

The BMW i8 is arguably the most innovative sports car on the road today. The plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain combines an electric motor to drive the front wheels and a powerful and efficient 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear wheels. The BMW i8 is capable of driving on pure electric power at speeds up to 75 mph for approximately 20 miles, producing zero tailpipe emissions. When the gasoline engine joins forces with the electric motor, together they are capacity of propelling the i8 for 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Thanks in part to its passenger cell constructed out of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic, The BMW i8 will deliver fuel efficiency normally associated with the stingiest subcompact. The lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor can be charged from any 240-volt level 2 charging station as well as a conventional 110-volt outlet. The BMW i8 is the world’s first series-produced vehicle to be made available with innovative laser headlights as an option. These generate a pure-white, extremely bright light that is pleasant to the eye by carefully converting the beams emitted by tiny laser diodes using a fluorescent phosphorous material inside the headlight. The laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light-emitting diodes, helping to save space in the headlight unit and also to reduce weight.  The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be the first car in the US to have this technology, pending government approval. If necessary these headlights will be retrofit subsequent to delivery. It will also be the first BMW in the US to offer an innovative display key which features an integrated LCD touch screen. The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will not only offer the winning bidder the chance to own one of the first BMW i8s in the US, but also to own a truly one-of-a-kind example of the world’s most innovative sports car. The article One-of-a-Kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition to be Auctioned During Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Weekend appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Is the Hellcat V-8 About to Sink Its Teeth into the Dodge Charger?

There’s a cat fight shaping up at Dodge. ...

There’s a cat fight shaping up at Dodge.

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