BMW Team RMG & Marco Wittmann Wins the DTM Title

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1ADDICTS Tour the Italian Alps: Sella 1.0 Tour

BIMMERPOST moderator Dackelone tours the Italian Alps: Well… for the last few years, every summer – some of us Euro 1Addicts have met for an awesome driving tour experience. One that we will never forget! The last two years – we ha...

BIMMERPOST moderator Dackelone tours the Italian Alps: Well… for the last few years, every summer – some of us Euro 1Addicts have met for an awesome driving tour experience. One that we will never forget! The last two years – we have met and driven the infamous Stelvio Pass. You can see our past Stelvio 1.0 and Stelvio 2.0 tours under my signature. But for this year, we all wanted to try something different. Enter Sella 1.0 First off, I want to say I could have not pulled off this tour with the help of my other Euro 1Addicts buddies: Aremis, Swadness, Mr Kleen, and gs/e60/1m? We each had something to offer up in the planning stages of this trip. In the end some of our team could not make the trip, that made it all the more bitter sweet. The basic plan was that all of us would meet up at a central location in Italy and drive in convoy(style) to our hotel in the Sella Dolomites. We chose to meet up in Vipiteno, Italy and then continue to our hotel: Hotel Kolfuschgerhof in Corvara in Badia, Italy. But some of us can’t get enough of a good thing… and since a few guys were driving down from Belgium and the Netherlands… some of us decided to meet a few days earlier in Kaiserslautern(otherwise known to American’s as K-Town!). Five of us met in K-town and then had one heck of a nice drive thru the Black Forest(the Deutsche Hoch Alpinestrasse, then thru Switzerland and then over thru Austria and down into Italy. It would be a GREAT trip! To be honest I lost count of all the mountain passes we drove thru. All I know is we had a GREAT adventure. I am sure Luc aka Artemis will post all the mountain passes we drove. We all had a blast driving the best roads Europe has to offer. Some of the guys jokingly refer to me as: “Dackel Tours AG”. I am already thinking how I am gonna top this year’s tour! But, I already have some ideas on where to travel too. And over the winter and spring I will have to do some “hard” research, finding just the right place for us Euro 1Addicts for next year’s tour. Another nice thing is that while most of us drive a 1er… we did not limit our group to only 1er’s. Anyone with a BMW was invited to come join us. We even had a 335i, a 428i vert and a Z4M join us. Only thing we required was a good attitude and a friendly driving style.

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GS Trophy 2014: Day 7, Team CEEU Crowned Champions

After seven days and well over 1,500 miles (2,300 km) of tough riding interspersed with 20 special stages, Team Central and Eastern Europe (CEEU) were deserving winners of the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, having led the competition from...

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After seven days and well over 1,500 miles (2,300 km) of tough riding interspersed with 20 special stages, Team Central and Eastern Europe (CEEU) were deserving winners of the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, having led the competition from the first day and winning many specials, as well as both photo competitions. The team […]

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Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

The DTM has a new champion: Marco Wittmann (DE) of BMW Team RMG wrapped up the title in the Drivers’ Championship in the eighth round of the ten-race season at the Lausitzring (DE). Sixth place on Sunday was sufficient for the 24-year-old, at the w...

The DTM has a new champion: Marco Wittmann (DE) of BMW Team RMG wrapped up the title in the Drivers’ Championship in the eighth round of the ten-race season at the Lausitzring (DE). Sixth place on Sunday was sufficient for the 24-year-old, at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, to ensure he can no longer be caught by his rivals. Wittmann started from seventh place, and once again produced a flawless race in difficult conditions to pick up eight points at the end of the 52-lap race and take the final step towards the title.

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Wittmann follows in the footsteps of Volker Strycek (DE, 1984), Eric van de Poele (BE, 1987), Roberto Ravaglia (IT, 1989) and Bruno Spengler (CA, 2012), who have all triumphed in this series for BMW. Taking all manufacturers into consideration, he is the third-youngest DTM champion of all time. Wittmann’s success also marks the first time in the history of the “new” DTM – since 2000 – that a driver has been crowned champion in only his second year. Only Bernd Schneider (DE) had previously managed to secure the title three races before the end of the season back in 2001.

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

In winning the title, Wittmann continued a special tradition: whenever BMW has appeared in the DTM with a new model, the title in the Drivers’ Championship has ultimately gone to Munich (DE) at the end of the season. After Strycek’s success with the BMW 635 CSi in 1984, van de Poele repeated the feat with the BMW M3 in 1987, and Spengler continued the tradition with the BMW M3 DTM in 2012. Wittmann has now ensured that the first year of the new BMW M4 DTM will also go down as a golden debut season.

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

He now has 128 points to his name, and a 69-point lead over second-placed Christian Vietoris (DE, Mercedes). BMW Team RMG also tops the Team standings with 167 points, giving it a 75-point cushion ahead of its closest rivals. And BMW also leads the Manufacturers’ Championship with 320 points.

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Behind the new champion, Augusto Farfus (BR, Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) also finished in the points in seventh and eighth at the Lausitzring. Both drivers were rewarded for fighting back strongly from 20th and 23rd on the grid respectively. Joey Hand (US, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM), Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM) came home 11th, 14th and 15th. The two BMW Team MTEK drivers, Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM), failed to finish. Victory at the 3.478-kilometre circuit went to Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein (DE). Wittmann can now enjoy the remaining races in Zandvoort (NL) and Hockenheim (DE) as the DTM champion. The young German caught the eye in the very first race of the year, winning the season-opener at the Hockenheimring – and he went on to add a further three victories over the course of the season. At just 24 years and 294 days, Wittmann is the youngest DTM champion in BMW colours, and the youngest ever champion from Germany. Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 2014 DTM Champion): “Unbelievable. This is an absolutely awesome feeling. The constantly changing conditions made it a really difficult race today. There were a lot of battles, and I just tried to stay out of bother. A few drivers skidded off the track and it was topsy-turvy at times. After yesterday I did not really believe that it would work out today. On the whole, however, we were able to drive a clean race. I am so emotional now, it is crazy. The season has been incredible so far. I am so proud of BMW Team RMG and BMW Motorsport. Everyone has done a sensational job. The pit stop was superb again today. To already know that I am the champion is amazing. I think we will have a fantastic party today.” Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “It is difficult to find words today to describe Marco Wittmann’s performance. That goes not only for today’s race, but also the entire season. In a race that was heated at times, he always kept a cool head and showed the perfect combination of aggression and control. Marco fully deserves to be crowned champion so early in the season. The BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG and he have formed the perfect unit right from the start of the season. We have continued the tradition of winning the title in the first season with every new car we have fielded in the DTM. This is something we are very proud of. Marco is the youngest German champion of all time, and hardly anyone has ever wrapped up the title so early in a season – and all in just his second year in the DTM. An absolutely mega achievement. Congratulations to Marco, but also to Stefan Reinhold’s BMW Team RMG, who have worked hard for this success. Today we will celebrate our success here at the Lausitzring. This is a good venue for us. After claiming our first win since returning to the series and the 50th ever for BMW here in 2012, we can now celebrate the first title for the BMW M4 DTM.” Facts and figures from the Lausitzring: Circuit / Date Lausitzring / 14th September 2014 Laps / Distance 52 laps / 3.478km 2014 Pole Time Pascal Wehrlein (DE), 1:17.547 minutes 2014 Winner Pascal Wehrlein (GB), Mercedes 2014 Fastest Lap Timo Scheider (DE), 1:19.782 minutes   Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR Country BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24 Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG Practice 1st 5th 11th 23rd 3rd 15th 2nd 9th Qualifying 15th 23rd 17th 21st 9th 19th 7th 16th Race 7th 11th 15th 8th DNF DNF 6th 14th 2014 points 39 7 42 28 33 4 128 39 Current position 9th 20th 6th 16th 10th 21st 1st 8th Weights +10 kg +7.5 kg +10 kg +10 kg +10 kg +5 kg +10 kg +10 kg   DTM standings after 8 of 10 races.   Drivers’ Championship. 1. Marco Wittmann (128 points), 2. Christian Vietoris (59), 3. Mattias Ekström (56), 4. Edoardo Mortara (56), 5. Mike Rockenfeller (54), 6. Bruno Spengler (42), 7. Pascal Wehrlein (40), 8. Maxime Martin (39), 9. Augusto Farfus (39), 10. Robert Wickens (35), 11. Adrien Tambay (36), 12. Timo Scheider (34), 13. Timo Glock (33), 14. Miguel Molina (28), 15. Jamie Green (28), 16. Martin Tomczyk (28), 17. Paul di Resta (17), 18. Daniel Juncadella (22), 19. Nico Müller (10), 20. Joey Hand (7), 21. António Félix da Costa (4), 22. Gary Paffett (4).   Team Championship. 1. BMW Team RMG (167 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt (92), 3. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (88), 4. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportline (84), 5. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (83), 6. BMW Team Schnitzer (70), 7. BMW Team RBM (46), 8. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (41), 9. gooix Mercedes AMG (40), 10. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (38), 11. BMW Team MTEK (37), 12. Petronas Mercedes AMG (22). Manufacturers’ Championship. 1. BMW (320 points), 2. Audi (302), 3. Mercedes-Benz (186).   2014 calendar. 4th May – Hockenheim (DE), 18th May – Oschersleben (DE), 1st June – Budapest (HU), 29th June – Norisring (DE), 13th July – Moscow (RU), 3rd August – Spielberg (AT), 17th August – Nürburgring (DE), 14th September – Lausitzring (DE), 28th September – Zandvoort (NL), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE).

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers’ Championship in the BMW M4 DTM

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Marco Wittmann wins the 2014 Drivers Championship in BMW M4 DTM

The DTM has a new champion: Marco Wittmann (DE) of BMW Team RMG wrapped up the title in the Drivers’ Championship in the eighth round of the ten-race season at the Lausitzring (DE). Sixth place on Sunday was sufficient for the 24-year-old, at the ...

The DTM has a new champion: Marco Wittmann (DE) of BMW Team RMG wrapped up the title in the Drivers’ Championship in the eighth round of the ten-race season at the Lausitzring (DE). Sixth place on Sunday was sufficient for the 24-year-old, at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, to ensure he can no longer be caught by his rivals. Wittmann started from seventh place, and once again produced a flawless race in difficult conditions to pick up eight points at the end of the 52-lap race and take the final step towards the title. Wittmann follows in the footsteps of Volker Strycek (DE, 1984), Eric van de Poele (BE, 1987), Roberto Ravaglia (IT, 1989) and Bruno Spengler (CA, 2012), who have all triumphed in this series for BMW. Taking all manufacturers into consideration, he is the third-youngest DTM champion of all time. Wittmann’s success also marks the first time in the history of the “new” DTM – since 2000 – that a driver has been crowned champion in only his second year. Only Bernd Schneider (DE) had previously managed to secure the title three races before the end of the season back in 2001. In winning the title, Wittmann continued a special tradition: whenever BMW has appeared in the DTM with a new model, the title in the Drivers’ Championship has ultimately gone to Munich (DE) at the end of the season. After Strycek’s success with the BMW 635 CSi in 1984, van de Poele repeated the feat with the BMW M3 in 1987, and Spengler continued the tradition with the BMW M3 DTM in 2012. Wittmann has now ensured that the first year of the new BMW M4 DTM will also go down as a golden debut season. He now has 128 points to his name, and a 69-point lead over second-placed Christian Vietoris (DE, Mercedes). BMW Team RMG also tops the Team standings with 167 points, giving it a 75-point cushion ahead of its closest rivals. And BMW also leads the Manufacturers’ Championship with 320 points. Behind the new champion, Augusto Farfus (BR, Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) also finished in the points in seventh and eighth at the Lausitzring. Both drivers were rewarded for fighting back strongly from 20th and 23rd on the grid respectively. Joey Hand (US, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM), Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM) came home 11th, 14th and 15th. The two BMW Team MTEK drivers, Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM), failed to finish. Victory at the 3.478-kilometre circuit went to Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein (DE). Wittmann can now enjoy the remaining races in Zandvoort (NL) and Hockenheim (DE) as the DTM champion. The young German caught the eye in the very first race of the year, winning the season-opener at the Hockenheimring – and he went on to add a further three victories over the course of the season. At just 24 years and 294 days, Wittmann is the youngest DTM champion in BMW colours, and the youngest ever champion from Germany. Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 2014 DTM Champion): “Unbelievable. This is an absolutely awesome feeling. The constantly changing conditions made it a really difficult race today. There were a lot of battles, and I just tried to stay out of bother. A few drivers skidded off the track and it was topsy-turvy at times. After yesterday I did not really believe that it would work out today. On the whole, however, we were able to drive a clean race. I am so emotional now, it is crazy. The season has been incredible so far. I am so proud of BMW Team RMG and BMW Motorsport. Everyone has done a sensational job. The pit stop was superb again today. To already know that I am the champion is amazing. I think we will have a fantastic party today.” Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “It is difficult to find words today to describe Marco Wittmann’s performance. That goes not only for today’s race, but also the entire season. In a race that was heated at times, he always kept a cool head and showed the perfect combination of aggression and control. Marco fully deserves to be crowned champion so early in the season. The BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG and he have formed the perfect unit right from the start of the season. We have continued the tradition of winning the title in the first season with every new car we have fielded in the DTM. This is something we are very proud of. Marco is the youngest German champion of all time, and hardly anyone has ever wrapped up the title so early in a season – and all in just his second year in the DTM. An absolutely mega achievement. Congratulations to Marco, but also to Stefan Reinhold’s BMW Team RMG, who have worked hard for this success. Today we will celebrate our success here at the Lausitzring. This is a good venue for us. After claiming our first win since returning to the series and the 50th ever for BMW here in 2012, we can now celebrate the first title for the BMW M4 DTM.”

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Marco Wittmann is the 2014 DTM champion.

Marco Wittmann won the Drivers’ Championship in what is probably the most fiercely-contested touring car series in the world with two races of the 2014 DTM season remaining. The success marks the high point of the young German’s rapid rise to g...

Marco Wittmann won the Drivers’ Championship in what is probably the most fiercely-contested touring car series in the world with two races of the 2014 DTM season remaining.

The success marks the high point of the young German’s rapid rise to glory in the DTM since making his debut in 2013. He has now established an unassailable advantage at the top of the overall standings ahead of the final two races in Zandvoort and at the Hockenheimring. One milestone en route to the title was his maiden triumph in his eleventh DTM race: he crossed the finish line first at the opening race of the season in Hockenheim to claim the first victory for the new BMW M4 DTM and his BMW Team RMG, as well as BMW’s 60th success in the DTM. At the age of 24 years and 294 days, Wittmann becomes the youngest DTM champion ever in BMW colours, following in the footsteps of Volker Strycek (1984), Eric van de Poele (1987), Roberto Ravaglia (1989) and Bruno Spengler (2012). He is also the third-youngest driver ever to win the DTM. This is the first time in the history of the new era of the DTM, since 2000, that a driver has been crowned champion in only his second year in the series.

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Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

MotoGP World Championship organiser Dorna Sports and BMW M have extended their cooperation until 2020, meaning that BMW M will remain as the “Official Car of MotoGP and BMW will continue to provide the safety car fleet for MotoGP over the coming ye...

MotoGP World Championship organiser Dorna Sports and BMW M have extended their cooperation until 2020, meaning that BMW M will remain as the “Official Car of MotoGP and BMW will continue to provide the safety car fleet for MotoGP over the coming years. BMW M has been providing the safety car fleet to the World Championship of motorcycle racing since 1999, and the partnership will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019. The provision of the safety cars and the rest of the official fleet lies at the heart of the partnership. This season, the fleet consists of five BMW M and M Performance models, spearheaded by the BMW M4 Coupe´ Safety Car. BMW M GmbH has also continuously expanded its MotoGP activities in recent years.

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Since 2003, the coveted BMW M Award has been presented to the best MotoGP qualifier at the end of each season. In the paddock, the BMW M Motorhome is a key contact point for the entire MotoGP community. Meanwhile, guests on the BMW M MotoGP Experience are given an unforgettable race weekend, during which they are granted an exclusive insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, courtesy of BMW M MotoGP experts like former World Champion Loris Capirossi. READ: BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car “BMW M GmbH has for a long time been a key partner for us, and we are happy to know that they will still be at our side for the coming years,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “When it comes to ensuring that our events run safely, we can rely totally on BMW M. The BMW M Award is a highlight of every year and is highly coveted among our riders. BMW M GmbH is an important member of the MotoGP community, and we are delighted that it will remain so until at least 2020.”

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

“We are delighted with this contract extension and are grateful to our partner Dorna Sports for the trust they have shown in us,” said Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “Since 1999, it has been of great importance to us to help guarantee the safety of the world’s top motorcyclists through the use of our cars and the latest technology. At the same time, MotoGP is also the perfect platform, on which to further raise the global awareness of BMW M GmbH and our products. Extending the contract through to 2020 means that this partnership will now run for over two decades. A partnership of this length is a rarity, and we are proud of our close and successful cooperation with Dorna Sports.”

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

Dorna Sports and BMW M extend Official Car of MotoGP agreement through to 2020

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Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

The Australia Prime Minister has ordered a fleet of bulletproof/bombproof BMWs to protect leaders during the G20 summit this year. BMW Australia says that the Government bought nine BMW 760Li Security Vehicles. As hosts of the G20, the Australian Gov...

The Australia Prime Minister has ordered a fleet of bulletproof/bombproof BMWs to protect leaders during the G20 summit this year. BMW Australia says that the Government bought nine BMW 760Li Security Vehicles. As hosts of the G20, the Australian Government has an obligation to provide armoured vehicles for visiting foreign dignitaries. The $6.2 million fleet can withstand AK47 fire, attacks with explosive devices or armour-piercing weapons.

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

The BMW 760i/760Li High Security and the BMW 750i High Security are the first models in the world to be certified to BRV 2009 and both vehicles meet the requirements of the new ballistic protection level VR7. Due to their highly effective protective armor, the non-transparent body areas of the BMW 760Li High Security and the BMW 750Li High Security meet the requirements of the ballistic protection level VR9.

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

BMW 760Li has an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. The V12 unit of the BMW 760i High Security outputs 544 hp at an engine speed of 5,250 rpm. Peak torque of 750 Nm comes at 1,500 rpm. The 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is matted to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, taking the BMW 760i High Security from zero to 100 km/h in as little as 6.2 seconds. READ: BMW X5 Security Vehicle Specific chassis components are perfectly adapted to the increase in weight due to the sedans’ armor plating. Hence, reinforced suspension, dampers and suspension strut top mountings are part of the model-specific component range. This approach ensures finely-tuned vehicle performance characteristics that cannot be achieved by retrofitted armor plating.

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Reinforced vehicle-specific armour plating made from special steel as well as newly developed safety glazing protect the passenger compartment in particular from attacks of all kinds. The passenger compartment is protected by armour plating of the doors, the roof, the pillars, the front footwell and the separation wall between passenger and luggage compartments. The steel panels, which were manufactured by means of a special technique, fit the body contours perfectly. The model-specific gap sealing ensures that critical areas such as door cut and body joint lines are safely sealed. The sedans’ undercarriage is armored by special plating which was developed with a particular focus on maximum explosion protection. Another new development is the sedans’ 2.4” (6 cm) safety glazing. Due to its innovative structure, the multi-layer laminated glass cover provides a unique level of resistance. The window panes are covered with a polycarbonate layer on the inside in order to prevent shattered glass particles from penetrating the interior.

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office confirmed the contract had been won by BMW, replacing the older fleet of Holden vehicles. A government spokesperson attributed the BMW Group’s success in the tender process to the high levels of security, performance, economy and service the company was able to provide. The sale of the vehicles was completed through an official tender process conducted between BMW AG and the Australian government. Each car retails for $525,000 each, will be used at the G20 summit in Brisbane in November to transport leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. “The new vehicles will be used first during the G20 summit. After the G20, they will be placed around Australia and used as security transport for federal ministers, visiting foreign heads of state and senior foreign dignitaries,” a government spokesman said.

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

Australia Government Buys Bulletproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

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BMW Exec gets the Infiniti CEO job

Nissan said Wednesday that it had named Roland Krüger, a BMW executive, as head of its Infiniti luxury car division. The position was recently left vacant by the pending departure of Andy Palmer, a top Nissan manager who was temporarily substituting...

Nissan said Wednesday that it had named Roland Krüger, a BMW executive, as head of its Infiniti luxury car division. The position was recently left vacant by the pending departure of Andy Palmer, a top Nissan manager who was temporarily substituting for the division’s chief, Johan de Nysschen, who left this summer. Krüger, an engineer and designer at heart, has held various positions within BMW, from product manager, to head of regional marketing, to managing director Asia and President of BMW Group Germany.

BMW Exec gets the Infiniti CEO job

“He brings unique leadership skills that will accelerate Infiniti’s progress in the global premium market,” said Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan, in a statement. Mr. Krüger, a German national, has also worked for Mitsubishi Motors Europe and Daimler Group. Nissan has been trying to turn around Infiniti, which has struggled in the global market against German luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, and the Japan-based Lexus. Infiniti has been subject to considerable turnover in the executive suite. Mr. Palmer was overseeing Infiniti on an interim basis, after the departure of the division’s chief, Johan de Nysschen, this summer. The appointment of Mr. Krüger adds another name to the auto maker’s list of multinational executives. [Source: WSJ] The article BMW Exec gets the Infiniti CEO job appeared first on BMW BLOG

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GS Trophy 2014: Day 6, Long Day Won by Team CEEU

The penultimate day of the 2014 International GS Trophy was a long one, taking the competitors 25 miles (400 km) through the province of British Columbia, crossing time zones and including three special stages between the starting point at Balfour an...

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The penultimate day of the 2014 International GS Trophy was a long one, taking the competitors 25 miles (400 km) through the province of British Columbia, crossing time zones and including three special stages between the starting point at Balfour and the day’s end in Fort Steele. Each special stage had been designed by chief […]

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