BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car and BMW X5 M Medical Debut in Qatar

The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar marked the start of a 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” for BMW M. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official fleet of vehicles. BMW M Division’s ...

The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar marked the start of a 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” for BMW M. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official fleet of vehicles. BMW M Division’s commitment also incorporates many other activities, including the presentation of the coveted BMW M Award. As a long-term partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, BMW M Division is once again introducing a number of new features this season. These include a technical innovation: at the Qatar Grand Prix, at the “Losail International Circuit”, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car took to the track with innovative water injection for the first time. With this new technology, the engineers at BMW M Division have achieved a tangible boost in performance from the high-performance engine of the BMW M4 Coupé (431 bhp/317 kW in the production version, combined fuel consumption of 8.8-8.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 204-194 g/km). This is due to the fact that water injection makes it possible to raise the upper performance limits, which have otherwise been restricted thermally. Following intense testing within the MotoGP World Championship, the water injection system will also be employed in a BMW M production model in the near future.

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“Millions of fans around the world are captivated by MotoGP. Therefore, it provides us with an outstanding opportunity to present our brand, technology and products to an international audience that is enthusiastic about racing,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M Division. “BMW M has always been synonymous with technological innovations, and we are delighted to be able to present the innovative water injection as another new highlight this year. When it comes to leading a field of high-performance racing prototypes safely in any conditions, technology gleaned from the world of motorsport and innovative ideas are indispensable. That is precisely why BMW M is the ‘most powerful letter in the world’. The new water injection is just one example of this. The 2015 season marks the 17th year of BMW M as ‘Official Car of MotoGP’. The successful cooperation with Dorna Sports has grown consistently over the years and is set to continue in the long term. In 2019 we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of BMW M in MotoGP. We are proud of this partnership, which spans decades and is extremely rare in international high-performance sport.”

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The new water injection sees the engineers make use of the water’s physical effect during the vaporisation process to extract the energy required from the environmental medium. Water is injected into the intake module’s collector as a fine spray, thus significantly cooling the exhaust air during vaporisation. This lowers the discharge temperature in the combustion changer and thus reduces the tendency for knocking. The turbo engine can thus be operated with a higher charging pressure and an earlier ignition point. The lower process temperatures also reduce the formation of hazardous substances, in particular nitrogen oxide (NOX). This way, the innovative technology increases performance and torque, while at the same time ensuring outstanding consumption and emission figures.

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Another highlight of the MotoGP Safety Car fleet is the new BMW X5 M, which makes its debut as the Medical Car this season. With the new BMW X5 M (575 PS/423 kW; combined fuel consumption: 11.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 258 g/km), BMW M Division is once again setting benchmarks in the sector for high-performance Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupés (SAC). It combines the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and road capability – with the high-performance approach typical of M. As with all the vehicles in the Safety Car fleet, the BMW X5 M was prepared for its outings as MotoGP Medical Car in the BMW M factory. In total, the fleet of official MotoGP vehicles comprises six BMW M and M Performance models. As well as the BMW M4 Coupé, the BMW M3 and BMW M6 Gran Coupé are also employed as Safety Cars. A BMW M5 is available for the Safety Officer, while the new BMW X5 M and the BMW M550d xDrive Touring are used as Medical Cars. BMW Motorrad also provides two BMW S 1000 RRs as Safety Bikes. You can find more information on the 2015 Safety Car fleet online at: www.bmw-m-safetycar.com Among the many other activities that make up BMW M Division’s commitment to MotoGP is the BMW M Award, which will be presented for the 13th time in 2015. This award is presented at the end of each MotoGP season to the rider with the best overall result in qualifying. The winner receives an exclusive BMW M automobile. The BMW M MotoGP Experience sees guests of BMW M Division experience an unforgettable race weekend. They are given an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes by BMW M MotoGP experts Loris Capirossi and Alex Hofmann. Furthermore, BMW M Division also presents its latest high-performance automobiles and other models of car from the various brands within the BMW Group on Grand Prix weekends. The article BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car and BMW X5 M Medical Debut in Qatar appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Charging the BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW releases a video highlighting the charging process of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e. The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technolog...

BMW releases a video highlighting the charging process of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e. The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometer (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tire format specified).

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The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower. This allows the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power. According to Gerhard Thiel, Project Leader, the X5 hybrid can be recharged at a standard household outlet in less than four hours; he doesn’t specify if that’s a US outlet or European. The article Charging the BMW X5 xDrive40e appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i8 production doubled. 20 a day now being made

BMW has doubled i8 production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, to 20 cars a day, the report quoted Kruger as saying. BMW is currently weighing which type of model it will add to the “i” subbrand, r&d chief Klaus Froehlich told Autom...

BMW has doubled i8 production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, to 20 cars a day, the report quoted Kruger as saying. BMW is currently weighing which type of model it will add to the “i” subbrand, r&d chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe earlier this month, disputing reports that said the third model after the i3 and i8 would be a variant of the X5 premium large SUV. Last year, global sales of the i3 and the i8 were a combined 17,800 units.

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2015 BMW M4 Safety Car and X5 M Medical Car make debuts at Qatar MotorGP

The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar marked the start of a 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” for BMW M. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official fleet of vehicles. BMW M Division’s ...

The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar marked the start of a 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” for BMW M. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official fleet of vehicles. BMW M Division’s commitment also incorporates many other activities, including the presentation of the coveted BMW M Award. As a long-term partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, BMW M Division is once again introducing a number of new features this season. These include a technical innovation: at the Qatar Grand Prix, at the “Losail International Circuit”, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car [official thread with details on water injection system] took to the track with innovative water injection for the first time. With this new technology, the engineers at BMW M Division have achieved a tangible boost in performance from the high-performance engine of the BMW M4 Coupé (431 bhp/317 kW in the production version, combined fuel consumption of 8.8-8.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 204-194 g/km). This is due to the fact that water injection makes it possible to raise the upper performance limits, which have otherwise been restricted thermally. Following intense testing within the MotoGP World Championship, the water injection system will also be employed in a BMW M production model in the near future. “Millions of fans around the world are captivated by MotoGP. Therefore, it provides us with an outstanding opportunity to present our brand, technology and products to an international audience that is enthusiastic about racing,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M Division. “BMW M has always been synonymous with technological innovations, and we are delighted to be able to present the innovative water injection as another new highlight this year. When it comes to leading a field of high-performance racing prototypes safely in any conditions, technology gleaned from the world of motorsport and innovative ideas are indispensable. That is precisely why BMW M is the ‘most powerful letter in the world’. The new water injection is just one example of this. The 2015 season marks the 17th year of BMW M as ‘Official Car of MotoGP’. The successful cooperation with Dorna Sports has grown consistently over the years and is set to continue in the long term. In 2019 we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of BMW M in MotoGP. We are proud of this partnership, which spans decades and is extremely rare in international high-performance sport.” The new water injection sees the engineers make use of the water’s physical effect during the vaporisation process to extract the energy required from the environmental medium. Water is injected into the intake module’s collector as a fine spray, thus significantly cooling the exhaust air during vaporisation. This lowers the discharge temperature in the combustion changer and thus reduces the tendency for knocking. The turbo engine can thus be operated with a higher charging pressure and an earlier ignition point. The lower process temperatures also reduce the formation of hazardous substances, in particular nitrogen oxide (NOX). This way, the innovative technology increases performance and torque, while at the same time ensuring outstanding consumption and emission figures. Another highlight of the MotoGP Safety Car fleet is the new BMW X5 M, which makes its debut as the Medical Car this season. With the new BMW X5 M (575 PS/423 kW; combined fuel consumption: 11.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 258 g/km), BMW M Division is once again setting benchmarks in the sector for high-performance Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupés (SAC). It combines the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and road capability – with the high-performance approach typical of M. As with all the vehicles in the Safety Car fleet, the BMW X5 M was prepared for its outings as MotoGP Medical Car in the BMW M factory. In total, the fleet of official MotoGP vehicles comprises six BMW M and M Performance models. As well as the BMW M4 Coupé, the BMW M3 and BMW M6 Gran Coupé are also employed as Safety Cars. A BMW M5 is available for the Safety Officer, while the new BMW X5 M and the BMW M550d xDrive Touring are used as Medical Cars. BMW Motorrad also provides two BMW S 1000 RRs as Safety Bikes. You can find more information on the 2015 Safety Car fleet online at: www.bmw-m-safetycar.com Among the many other activities that make up BMW M Division’s commitment to MotoGP is the BMW M Award, which will be presented for the 13th time in 2015. This award is presented at the end of each MotoGP season to the rider with the best overall result in qualifying. The winner receives an exclusive BMW M automobile. The BMW M MotoGP Experience sees guests of BMW M Division experience an unforgettable race weekend. They are given an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes by BMW M MotoGP experts Loris Capirossi and Alex Hofmann. Furthermore, BMW M Division also presents its latest high-performance automobiles and other models of car from the various brands within the BMW Group on Grand Prix weekends.

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Taiwanese F30 taxi is back in M3 form

The Taiwanese F30 3 series taxi is back and now in F80 M3 form! ...

The Taiwanese F30 3 series taxi is back and now in F80 M3 form!

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Yet another unfortunate M4 crash

Unfortunately the new BMW M4 is a tough car to handle by many drivers out there. The torque available from low rpms and the high power, couple with a happy tail vehicle, make the new M4 a beast on the road and overjoy or spirited driving can lead to ...

Unfortunately the new BMW M4 is a tough car to handle by many drivers out there. The torque available from low rpms and the high power, couple with a happy tail vehicle, make the new M4 a beast on the road and overjoy or spirited driving can lead to crashes like this. According to AutoGespot, the car was used for test drives to women and in between refills, it was driven by a mechanic to the nearest gas station. What happened next is unclear, but the result can be seen here: the Alpine White M4 Coupe with the ///M livery on it ended up crashing into a tree. Judging by the photos, the impact was brutal and the car has sustained tens of thousands of dollars in damages, and likely would end up being written off as a total loss.

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With less than a year on the market, the new M3 and M4 seem to be involved in more crashes than we would expect, just last year we saw a California driver jumping a median and just before that a fierce crash happened in Germany where the M4 saved the life of many people.

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The BMW F82 M4 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine that delivers 425 horsepower and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque, allowing the car to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in mere 3.8 seconds with Launch Control. Pretty fast by any standards and often too fast and furious for many drivers. Maybe a BMW M Performance School would help…

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Tom Blomqvist receives his new BMW.

Tom Blomqvist will not only race in a BMW M4 DTM in the future, but can now also enjoy his very own “sheer driving pleasure” away from the track. The newcomer to the squad of DTM drivers at BMW Motorsport can now hit the roads in his native Eng...

Tom Blomqvist will not only race in a BMW M4 DTM in the future, but can now also enjoy his very own “sheer driving pleasure” away from the track.

The newcomer to the squad of DTM drivers at BMW Motorsport can now hit the roads in his native England in a BMW M4 Cabriolet. Blomqvist received the car last week at the headquarters of BMW UK in Farnborough. “It is an absolute dream car. I am really looking forward to driving the BMW M4 Cabrio with the roof down in the summer. However, I am sure I will also have a lot of fun with it before then,” said Blomqvist. He was presented with the keys to his new car by Mark Costello, Product Manager Medium Cars at BMW UK. Shortly after, Blomqvist was back behind the wheel of his BMW M4 DTM. He continued the preparations for his debut season in the DTM at the official ITR tests in Estoril.

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Dirk Müller and Maxime Martin to compete in Nogaro.

BMW works drivers Maxime Martin and Dirk Müller will make a guest appearance in the Blancpain Sprint Series in Nogaro on the Easter weekend, when they will race in the BMW Z4 GT3 fielded by BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil. Martin and Müller will sh...

BMW works drivers Maxime Martin and Dirk Müller will make a guest appearance in the Blancpain Sprint Series in Nogaro on the Easter weekend, when they will race in the BMW Z4 GT3 fielded by BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil.

Martin and Müller will share the cockpit of the number 77 car. The Brazilian team’s second BMW Z4 GT3 will be driven by brothers Rodrigo and Ricardo Sperafico. “I am looking forward to spending a weekend with the BMW Z4 GT3 in the Sprint Series,” said Martin. “I know the Nogaro circuit well. It is a real challenge. However, I think we are well placed to do well with BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil. Müller added: “The Blancpain Sprint Series features a strong field, and it will be an exciting weekend. However, we are well prepared: I know the BMW Z4 GT3 very well and BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil has a lot of experience in this series. I am looking forward to competing with Maxime and the team.”

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BMW M4 Coupe DTM Champion Edition – Spotted

The BMW M4 Coupe DTM Champion Edition is a rarity on the road. Built to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s victory in DTM, the special M4 went to only 23 customers, including the DTM champion. This particular unit was spotted in Filderstadt, Germany. T...

The BMW M4 Coupe DTM Champion Edition is a rarity on the road. Built to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s victory in DTM, the special M4 went to only 23 customers, including the DTM champion. This particular unit was spotted in Filderstadt, Germany. The model was modified at the BMW Individual factory. The matte-black bonnet and boot lid with the eye-catching stripe design display close links with the victorious BMW M4 DTM. Added to the mix are an M kidney grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards of the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors and the flag along with “WIT” and “DTM Champion 2014” lettering on the rear side windows.

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The same carbon fiber roof as used on the production model and black character lines down the side underline the relationship between the production car and the racing car.

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The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition is also fitted with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a black front splitter, a black side skirt blade, carbon front flaps, carbon mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a carbon diffuser insert from the M Performance Parts range. The Champion Edition underlines its exclusivity once again when you step inside. Anyone who bought this special edition is also entitled to a training session on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE), at which Wittmann will be on hand to offer the BMW M customers valuable advice on how to keep the car perfectly under control.

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Top 5 Cars at 2015 New York Auto Show

The 2015 New York International Auto Show is almost upon us. Starting this Wednesday, April 1st, members of the press will be allowed to take a look at all of the car debuts of this year. There are many things to be excited about, with many surprises...

The 2015 New York International Auto Show is almost upon us. Starting this Wednesday, April 1st, members of the press will be allowed to take a look at all of the car debuts of this year. There are many things to be excited about, with many surprises sure to be had. Multiple car companies are debuting cars which we don’t know about yet. Cadillac will be debuting a surprise vehicle, most likely to be the CT6, Aston Martin will be debuting a new car, probably with an engine from newly partnered AMG and Jaguar will be debuting something as well. It’s all very exciting and the unknown vehicles are the best part. However, there are plenty of vehicles we do know of, that we’ll be seeing for the first time and will be very exciting, indeed. So let’s take a look at some of the cars we’re most excited to see. 5. Mazda MX-5 Club Edition

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There really aren’t many cars that can match the level of fun per dollar that the MX-5 provides. It’s possibly one of the most fun to drive cars on the market right now and with a starting price of under $25,000, the value is unmatched. The addition to the Club, makes things even better. With stiffer suspension, wider tires and drastically lower curb weight (which is shocking, given the stock curb weight is only 2,619 lbs), the Club Edition should be an absolute riot. That kind of car at that kind of price should be exciting for any car enthusiast, regardless of preferred brand. 4. Cadillac CT6

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We don’t know exactly what Cadillac is going to debut, in regards to the CT6. Maybe it’s a concept, maybe it’s the real deal, we don’t know. All we do know is that Caddy claims that we’ll get much more info about what the CT6 will be in New York. While many BMW fans might be scoffing at the idea of a Cadillac competing with the likes of the mighty 7 Series, the fact that Caddy is making incredible claims of performance and luxury all while costing far less that the 7er, makes the CT6 an interesting debut. I’m hoping the folks from Detroit have at least an almost production-ready version on hand, but who knows. All we know is that we’re about to find a lot more out about the CT6, and it’s exciting. 3. Jaguar XE

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The last Jaguar to try and enter 3 Series territory was the X-Type, and let’s say it didn’t work out as expected. Actually that’s being too kind. The X-Type was an atrocity, built off of the Ford Escort platform and had no business playing in the big leagues with BMW and Mercedes. Now, however, Jag has an all-new car to take the 3 Series on and it looks promising. The XE is built upon an all-new, aluminum intensive chassis in which brilliant lead designer, Ian Callum, and his team worked incredibly hard on. It will also use a new type of Electric Power-Assisted Steering which is said to be superior in feel and accuracy over every other car in class. Bold claims, but if true, combined with the supercharged V6 from the F-Type, the XE will be a fantastic luxury sport sedan. It also looks the business. 2. BMW X5 xDrive40e

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BMW’s newest plug-in hybrid X5 should shake the luxury SUV market up. With an incredible combination of power, efficiency and luxury, the X5 xDrive40e should be one of, if not the, best SUV on the market. It will also be BMW’s cheapest and most accessible plug-in hybrid. Using a 241 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired with a 111 hp electric motor, the X5 xDrive40e will make a combined 309 hp. All that grunt will help the plug-in X5 hit 62 mph in 6.8 seconds. It will also go 19 miles on pure electricity alone and can reach up to 75 mph as such. This is such an interesting SUV and one that we can’t wait to take a look at up close. 1. BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

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How can we not be most excited about the fastest version of the best looking car in BMW’s stable? In fact, the B6 should be the fastest car BMW sells, period. Sporting a 4.4 liter, twin-turbo V8, the B6 makes a monstrous 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. That grunt makes the B6 good for 3.6 seconds to 60 mph and a limited(!) top speed of 200 mph. The B6 will also sport the ZF eight-speed auto and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. As per usual with Alpina tuned cars, the B6 will have both Alpina’s Myrtle wood trim, LAVALINA leather and 20” wheels. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe will be a gorgeous monster, one that I am drooling to see in person. The article Top 5 Cars at 2015 New York Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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