Farfus and Wittmann in the points in Spielberg.

Augusto Farfus repeated his fine qualifying display with another good performance in race nine of the DTM season in Spielberg.  The Brazilian was the best-placed BMW driver, crossing the finish line sixth in the Shell BMW M4 DTM. The BMW Team ...

Augusto Farfus repeated his fine qualifying display with another good performance in race nine of the DTM season in Spielberg. 

The Brazilian was the best-placed BMW driver, crossing the finish line sixth in the Shell BMW M4 DTM. The BMW Team RBM driver had previously qualified in fifth place. Defending DTM champion, Marco Wittmann, was also in the points in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, finishing ninth in the race, which was won by Edoardo Mortara (Audi). António Félix Da Costa followed up his maiden DTM win in Zandvoort with a 13th place finish in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) came home 14th and 15th, while Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) ended the race in 17th and 19th respectively. Martin Tomczyk (BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) retired with a damaged car following several contacts with another competitor. Reactions to the ninth race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was a tough race for us. It was clear to us that we would be starting from scratch again here after our outstanding results in Zandvoort. As a whole, we did not manage to get the most out of our package. Augusto Farfus confirmed the fine form he showed in qualifying and was the best-placed BMW driver. Unfortunately Martin Tomczyk was unlucky yet again and had to retire with a damaged car. After the block results witnessed in previous races, we saw all three manufacturers in the top six this time. That is a positive development.” Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RBM, 6th): “That is a good result, as I was able to hold onto my starting position for a long time. It is a shame that I lost a place on the final lap, but when I saw Mattias Ekström behind me I expected him to come and push me off, which is what he did. Generally speaking our car is just not as competitive as we want, so it is difficult. Nevertheless we did a good job. This was the maximum we could achieve today.”

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Best of BMW M2 sounds from the Ring

A compilation of many BMW M2 clips from the Nurburgring which showcase the sounds from its N55 engine and exhaust. ...

A compilation of many BMW M2 clips from the Nurburgring which showcase the sounds from its N55 engine and exhaust.

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BMW i3 Named Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Car of 2015

Kelley Blue Book names the BMW i3 the most fuel-efficient luxury car of 2015. BMW’s i3 tops this list for the second year in a row. According to the popular car guide, the i3’s design is modern and fresh, and truly stands out on the road....

Kelley Blue Book names the BMW i3 the most fuel-efficient luxury car of 2015. BMW’s i3 tops this list for the second year in a row. According to the popular car guide, the i3’s design is modern and fresh, and truly stands out on the road. Not only is the i3 the most fuel-efficient luxury car, it’s the most fuel-efficient car, period. Adding a cure for anxiety is an available range-extending gas engine. BMW i3 is followed by the 2015 Tesla Model S 70D and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

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BMW makes two variants of the i3 and the two cars look nearly identical from the outside and takes a trained eye to spot the differences. Just as the total ranges of the two models vary, the technical differences of the REx and the i3 BEV are rather dramatic. The i3 BEV can about 80 miles on a single charge, where as the i3 REx can travel about 150 miles on a full charge and full tank of premium gas. BMW’s i3 REx weighs more at 3064 lbs compared to just 2799 lbs for the i3 BEV. 0-60 time for the i3 Rex is slower at 7.9 seconds vs 7.2 for the i3 BEV, purely because cause of the extra weight. Related: BMW i3 One-Year Review The MPGe goes from 124 miles for the i3 BEV to 117 miles for the i3 REx, but both are still way above Tesla’s S model and its 89 miles. Even the weight distribution changes from a BMW 48/52 front/rear for the i3 BEV to 45/55 for REx. The range extender adds a 647 cc 2-cylinder motor from a BMW scooter that acts as a generator to charge the battery and extend the range of the i3. It is important to note that the i3 REx still uses an electric motor to move the car. The article BMW i3 Named Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Car of 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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P5 for Farfus in Saturday’s qualifying.

Augusto Farfus of BMW Team RBM was the fastest BMW driver in qualifying ahead of the ninth DTM race of the year in Spielberg on Saturday.  He clocked a fastest time of 1:25.018 minutes at the wheel of the Shell BMW M4 DTM, putting him about th...

Augusto Farfus of BMW Team RBM was the fastest BMW driver in qualifying ahead of the ninth DTM race of the year in Spielberg on Saturday. 

He clocked a fastest time of 1:25.018 minutes at the wheel of the Shell BMW M4 DTM, putting him about three tenths of a second behind Edoardo Mortara (Audi), who will start the race from pole position. The second-best BMW driver was Marco Wittmann (Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM) in 12th place, followed by António Félix da Costa (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) in 13th. Bruno Spengler was 15th fastest in the BMW Bank M4 DTM, while Martin Tomczyk (BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) and Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) qualified 18th and 19th. Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) had to settle for 21st and 23rd. Quote from the best-placed BMW driver. “I put together a good lap, which rescued the situation for us. We are having a few problems here at the Red Bull Ring. The other BMW cars are spread out across the entire field, which is not a good sign. My team managed to continuously improve the balance of the Shell BMW M4 DTM. I am relatively happy, but it will be a difficult race.” – Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RBM, 5th) Facts and Figures. Circuit/length: Red Bull Ring, 4.326 kilometres Conditions: Light cloud, 25 degrees Celsius Pole time: Edoardo Mortara (Audi), 1:24.714 minutes BMW Motorsport results*: #18 Augusto Farfus, BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM 1:25.018 minutes – 5th #1 Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM 1:25.295 minutes – 12th #13 António Félix da Costa, BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM 1:25.313 minutes – 13th #7 Bruno Spengler, BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM 1:25.341 minutes – 15th #77 Martin Tomczyk, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM 1:25.446 minutes – 18th #36 Maxime Martin, BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM 1:25.476 minutes – 19th #31 Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM 1:25.485 minutes – 21st #16 Timo Glock, BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM 1:25.599 minutes – 23rd *The official starting grid may differ from the provisional qualifying results published in this release. Useful information: Augusto Farfus’s fastest lap of 1:25.018 minutes was 0.157 seconds faster than last year’s pole time, set by Mercedes driver Robert Wickens. Less than one second separated pole from 24th place. Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver in both free practice sessions. He was eighth fastest in the opening session on Friday, then ninth on Saturday morning. Qualifying was suspended after just 12 minutes when Miguel Molina (Audi) rolled to a stop on the track. The ninth of this year’s 18 DTM races begins at 18:10 hrs local time.

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Vorsteiner’s All New V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Vorsteiner has unveiled an anniversary vehicle, the GTRS4 wide body, at the SEMA tuning show in 2014. To complement this very exciting project, the California-based aftermarket parts company are releasing new desi...

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Vorsteiner has unveiled an anniversary vehicle, the GTRS4 wide body, at the SEMA tuning show in 2014. To complement this very exciting project, the California-based aftermarket parts company are releasing new designs for their lightweight wheels lineup. Their brand new Vorsteiner Flow Forged Series brings four designs with three unique finishes. Today, we will take a look at the V-FF 104 wheels, a lightweight monoblock design that will certainly find their way on many BMWs.

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Strength in Design Spoke design can’t only be attractive, it also must serve a purpose. Vorsteiner believes the wheels design is the main reason why customers purchase aftermarket wheels. A wheel can be attractive and lightweight, while design strength is another goal. Vorsteiner thoroughly studies each individual shape and arrangement to ensure the unique architecture has the longevity to outlast the most severe conditions. By offering three concavities per design, they have also maximized the wheel depth for many European applications. Vorsteiner’s Lightweight Fascination to Increase Performance The wheel is one of the most important areas to reduce weight of any vehicle; it’s rotational mass as well as unsprung weight. Removing unsprung weight as the suspension compresses and decompresses is key to improving steering response and vehicle traction. In addition, reducing rotational mass also improves the acceleration and deceleration providing a significant advantage to performance and fuel economy.

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Less is More Vorsteiner’s Flow Forged Technology is on average 25% lighter compared to a conventional cast construction, yet substantially stronger. The majority of surplus weight can be shaved by the use of less but stronger aluminum. High-pressure rollers heat, stretch and fortifies the barrel to the specified width and density, the molecular compound of the metal significantly hardens in a streamline direction.

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Design Language & Balance Vorsteiner believes the wheel is the single most significant improvement to a vehicle in terms of appearance and performance. Studying the design language of each vehicle allows them to determine which wheel styles can enhance or weaken the symmetry of the vehicle’s character. Not all wheel designs work with certain makes and models, so they created specific designs tailored bring out the balance and beauty to each individual.

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Take a look at the wheel designs:

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

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Black Sapphire BMW M4 with Matte Black HRE Wheels

Perfecting the BMW F82 M4 is a tough task! BMW has done a wonderful job with the exterior design giving the coupe a sporty look and great stance. Yet aftermarket companies are constantly doing R&D to further improve these high-performance vehicle...

Perfecting the BMW F82 M4 is a tough task! BMW has done a wonderful job with the exterior design giving the coupe a sporty look and great stance. Yet aftermarket companies are constantly doing R&D to further improve these high-performance vehicles and to to create more unique M4s. This is the case with the owner of this Black Sapphire BMW M4 who decided to take his M4 to European Auto Source for some modifications.

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

This BMW M4 is painted in the classy Black Sapphire color paired with blacked out kidney grilles and a set of HRE P101 wheels in matte black. Behind the wheels we can see an M Performance Brakes Kit with blue calipers. The result is a Batmobile with a lower stance and unique looks, without a doubt one of the best M4 modding project we’ve seen so far.

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

The current generation BMW M4 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant, shared with its M3 coupe sibling. It produces 420 horsepower which can propel the car from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. With an electronically limited speed of 155 mph (250km/h), the super sporty M4 sedan can deliver the thrills requested by its owners.

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

For more details of this build, check the media gallery right below.

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

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Ares Design Rolls-Royce Wraith: Luxury tuning with 700 hp

While the Rolls Royce Wraith is one of the most exclusive luxury cars in the world, there are still parts of this globe where the car is the usual norm rather than the exception. To give its Dubai customers a highly customized and extremely luxurious...

While the Rolls Royce Wraith is one of the most exclusive luxury cars in the world, there are still parts of this globe where the car is the usual norm rather than the exception. To give its Dubai customers a highly customized and extremely luxurious Wraith, Vienna-based tuning shop Ares Design is introducing their exclusive program for the Rolls Royce Wraith. The program kicks off with the restyling of the exterior design, starting with a new massive grille with horizontal slats made of carbon fiber. The front fascia also gets larger front air curtains which leave no doubt about the performance coming from under the hood. For even more engine cooling, the hood has been customized to include vents, something you usually see in high-performance track-oriented cars.

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At the rear, Ares Design ensures a completely new look shaped up by the new rear apron. The original tailpipes are out and replaced by two uniquely shaped pipes made of titanium surrounding the carbon fiber diffuser. Wheel choices of 22 or 23 inches round up the exterior design. Inside, same carbon fiber treatment is applied, paired with a custom steering wheel with flat top and bottom. Two-tone leather with white stitching takes the interior to a new level of customization.

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Those looking for more power, Ares Design has the answer for you. While the standard V12 632 hp TwinTurbo doesn’t lack power, the heavy luxury Wraith could always use a bit more oomph. Through some ECU coding, the performance was raised to 700 horsepower and likely a a 0 to 60 mph time below 4 seconds.

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[Source: Bimmertoday] The article Ares Design Rolls-Royce Wraith: Luxury tuning with 700 hp appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Racing Update: Wins in Brazil and Ireland. Podium in South Africa

Matthieu Lussiana (FR) claimed his third win of the season in the Moto 1000 GP in Brazil last weekend and retook the lead in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. At the second round of the FIM Endurance World Championship, the prestigious “Suzuka 8 H...

Suzuka (JP) - 8 Hours Endurance race 25th July 2015. Team BMW Motorrad France - Penz.13 - Rider M. Reiterberger (GER) - T. Bridewell (UK) - B. Meckles (BEL) #13-2

Matthieu Lussiana (FR) claimed his third win of the season in the Moto 1000 GP in Brazil last weekend and retook the lead in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. At the second round of the FIM Endurance World Championship, the prestigious “Suzuka 8 Hours,” the BMW teams impressed with strong outings. In the South […]

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Can the BMW M2 be the player that the 1M was?

The upcoming BMW M2 is probably the most hotly anticipated BMW at the moment. The launching of the 7 Series, X1, 3 Series LCI and the M4 GTS combined won’t gather the sort of attention that the M2 will. It’s a downright exciting car. But it won...

The upcoming BMW M2 is probably the most hotly anticipated BMW at the moment. The launching of the 7 Series, X1, 3 Series LCI and the M4 GTS combined won’t gather the sort of attention that the M2 will. It’s a downright exciting car. But it won’t be debuting anytime soon, as BMW currently has its hands full with the launches of several other cars. There are a lot of players on the BMW roster that need the playing time at the moment. But when the time is right, BMW will let the M2 off the bench and onto the field to prove what it can do. But while we wait, we speculate, it’s what car enthusiasts do. What will it be like? What kind of power will be make? Will it be the E46 M3 reincarnate?

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We know none of these things for certain. What we do know is that this will be the replacement for the ever so missed BMW 1 Series M. So hopefully it will be a successor in spirit as well as in the lineup. And, according to a member of BMW 2 Series forum, 2Addicts, the M2 actually might be just the 1 Series M successor we’ve been waiting for.

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The BMW M2 shares many similarities with the, gone but never forgotten, 1 Series M. They both use M tuned versions of standard BMW engines and not bespoke M engines, like the M3 and M4. The M2 engine will use an updated version of the N55 engine, the same engine previously used in the 335i and currently used in the M235i. However, the M2 will have power boosted to around 360 hp. The M2 will also only be available in four colors, much like the 1 Series M. These colors will most likely include some M2 specific colors, like the Valencia Orange color of the 1 Series M. The interior will also have contrast stitching of said color on the interior, with limited interior color scheme options. So while the M2 will be a bit bigger than the 1 Series M and probably a bit heavier, too, it will still be the closes thing to it. Plus, with it’s extra horsepower, newer chassis, possible DCT gearbox and new BMW knowhow built in, it will probably be faster. Will it be more fun to drive? We won’t know until we can get our paws on it. But the 1 Series M was a transcendent car, so the M2 better have its game face on if it wants to replace one of the best players in BMW’s history. The article Can the BMW M2 be the player that the 1M was? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Rules Out Future LeMans Prototype

Despite speculation BMW has ruled out entering LeMans and sports car racing with an LMP1 entry. Last month there appeared to be some hope… The post BMW Rules Out Future LeMans Prototype appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

Despite speculation BMW has ruled out entering LeMans and sports car racing with an LMP1 entry. Last month there appeared to be some hope… The post BMW Rules Out Future LeMans Prototype appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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