Looking forward to Spielberg.

The BMW DTM Teams are heading to Austria: On 3rd August, the “Red Bull Ring” at Spielberg will host the sixth round of the 2014 DTM season. Everyone is looking forward to the race in the Styrian Alps. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): ...

The BMW DTM Teams are heading to Austria: On 3rd August, the “Red Bull Ring” at Spielberg will host the sixth round of the 2014 DTM season. Everyone is looking forward to the race in the Styrian Alps.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “The first half of the 2014 DTM season is over and things couldn’t have gone much better for BMW Motorsport, with three victories in five races. The BMW M4 DTM got off to a dream start: From the word go our new challenger was victorious as it crossed the finish line with Marco Wittmann at the wheel in Hockenheim. In Budapest Marco followed this up with his second victory and leads the drivers’ standings. And Maxime Martin, one of our rookies this year, celebrated his first pole position and first victory at the last race in Moscow. We have been strong in the first half of the season. Now we will give it our all to stay on track. The fans can definitely look forward to an exciting second half of the season. As of this week, we now know we will return to Zandvoort at the end of September. Naturally we would have loved to visit China. However, in order for a DTM race to be held successfully, it is important that the general conditions are right, from a safety point of view, but also from a sporting and commercial perspective. It wasn’t possible to meet the required standards for this race. But for now we are looking forward to the next race in Spielberg. It won’t be easy for us: The performance weights that we have to carry in our cars as a result of our good results to date will definitely play a role from this point on.” Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM): “In Moscow the two safety car periods put a spoke in our wheels, so if it wasn’t for that we would have been in with a chance of a good result. We want to make up for that in Spielberg. The one thing missing from this year is a great result. I hope our luck will change in Austria and that we will pick up some points. Everyone in the team is working very hard towards this.” Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer): “After Bruno Spengler’s second place in Moscow, we head to Spielberg full of confidence. No other track on the DTM calendar is closer to our team HQ in Freilassing than the Red Bull Ring. That makes the race a bit like our home race. Last season in BMW’s one-two-three result we had a perfect race weekend with pole position and Bruno’s victory. That’s why we’re really looking forward to returning to Spielberg.” Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): “The return to Spielberg brings back a lot of positive memories for our team. Last season we finished second and third in BMW’s historic one-two-three, making it the first race where we showed just how much potential our team has. I am confident we will do well at the Red Bull Ring once again this year. At the last race in Moscow Timo Glock would have been in with a chance of securing a spot on the podium. He had the right pace. And there’s no doubt that António Félix da Costa in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM is highly motivated as well.” Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “Overall we have definitely had a positive first half of the season. With three victories and three pole positions we have had a dream start. Our drivers and the whole team are doing a fantastic job. We will do our best to continue our success story in the upcoming races. Finishing second last season, Marco Wittmann showed that he can cope with the Red Bull Ring. It will be Maxime Martin’s first DTM race in Spielberg, but the same was true for Moscow. This is why we are optimistic heading into the sixth race weekend of the year.” Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM): “Spielberg is a great track. I love the landscape there. It’s one of the most beautiful backdrops in the DTM. The track itself has extremely fast bends, which should suit our car. I like this type of corners. It’s very important to have a car with a good high-speed balance, but that can also decelerate well. Last year we qualified well and had a good race. I hope that we can repeat that.” Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM): “Spielberg is one of the tracks on which I have already had good results and I really like the track. The surroundings are beautiful too. The atmosphere is just fantastic. It has everything: a great race track, fabulous scenery and excellent fans. All this is why the event is a real highlight of the season for me.” Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer): “Spielberg is a great track. There are uphill and downhill sections and the track has a little bit of everything: long straights, hard braking zones, slow and fast corners. The final two corners are extremely demanding. The final corner, with a bump in the middle, is particularly fun. Last year went very well for us. I won the race and there were three BMW drivers on the podium. Of course each year is different, but we will do our best to be successful again.” Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer): “I have high expectations. I love Spielberg and the Red Bull Ring. It’s a great race track and I’m happy we are returning there with the DTM. It’s a sensational track with a great layout, which you don’t see all that often. I have been successful there in the past and hope that will be the case this year.” Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK): “I’m already looking forward to Spielberg. I’ve had some successful races there. The best memories are, of course, those from last year when we had three BMW drivers on the podium. I hope that we will be just as strong again this year. It’s a very fluid track with many fast corners. But there is also a long straight. We should be well positioned once again.” António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK): “We’re looking forward to Spielberg. I think the track will suit our car, particularly in the second and third sectors, where there are lots of high-speed corners. I like this type of fast corner. It’s like a home race for me and the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM and I always love representing the brand’s colours. We need to remain focussed and do our homework so that we are competitive in qualifying and in the race.” Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG): “I’m really looking forward to Spielberg. The track is great, as is the landscape. It makes for a fantastic atmosphere. I achieved my best DTM result up to that point there last year, which is why I am really excited. I’m hoping for another strong result this year. Particularly after last year’s success when I finished second in qualifying and in the race, I’m optimistic about the weekend.” Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG): “I’ve already raced in Spielberg and tested there last year in the BMW M3 DTM. The landscape there is just fantastic, and the track is interesting. That’s why I’m looking forward to the weekend. The track is really fast and demanding for us drivers. I like it. I’m already excited to see what we will be able to achieve there. BMW was really strong there last year and finished first, second and third. We will all be trying to repeat that success this year.”

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Hitting The Palms To Pines Highway In A 2014 Audi RS7

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN 0001 Bound for Auction

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BMW F80 M3 / F82 M4 Complete Technical Docs (With S55 Engine Guide)

We have posted the full technical docs to the F80 M3 and F82 M4, as well as the complete technical documents guide to the S55 engine. ...

We have posted the full technical docs to the F80 M3 and F82 M4, as well as the complete technical documents guide to the S55 engine.

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

Official Release: Despite both BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM machines showing speed in practice and taking their turn leading today’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the 2.75-hour race ended with neither car reaching… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

Official Release: Despite both BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM machines showing speed in practice and taking their turn leading today’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the 2.75-hour race ended with neither car reaching… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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

Official Release: 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… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Official Release: 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… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Zanardi wins the Para-Cycling World Cup.

Alessandro Zanardi once more successfully raced his handcycle: this weekend, the BMW Brand Ambassador and works driver claimed the overall win in the 2014 Para-Cycling World Cup, competing in the MH5 category. In addition, he was victorious with t...

Alessandro Zanardi once more successfully raced his handcycle: this weekend, the BMW Brand Ambassador and works driver claimed the overall win in the 2014 Para-Cycling World Cup, competing in the MH5 category.

In addition, he was victorious with the Italian para-cycling team by also winning the Team World Cup. The World Cup is organised by the world cycling federation UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), and the 2014 season’s finale was held in Spanish Segovia this weekend. In the MH5 category, three races were held: the time trial (22 kilometres) on Friday, the road race (60 kilometres) on Saturday and the team relay (4 x 1 kilometre) on Sunday. In the time trial on Friday, Zanardi finished third on the podium behind winner Tim de Vries and second placed Stuart Tripp. In the road race on Saturday, the 47-year old Italian returned to winning ways. The final part of the 60 kilometre course was an 800 metre uphill section. Zanardi entered this final section lying in fourth, but, with a strong finish, he took the lead and managed to build a gap to his opponents, crossing the finish line with an advantage of eight seconds. In doing so, he not only claimed victory in this race but also secured the overall World Cup win. To finish the successful weekend, Zanardi and his team-mates Vittorio Podestà and Luca Mazzone took victory in the team relay race on Sunday and celebrated the overall World Cup win in the team classification. The world cup final was the last para-cycling competition before the World Championship at the end of August, where Zanardi will try to defend his world titles in the time trial and in the road race. “It was a good weekend and I am very happy to have won the World Cup”, Zanardi said. “I was not so satisfied with the time trial, I did not feel one hundred percent right. On other days I would have been very happy with a podium, but this time I was a bit disappointed. I was however happy for the other two guys because we all are friends. In the road race, I surprised myself because it was a very hard and closely fought race, so I did not expect to finish with an advantage of eight seconds. To then also win the Team World Cup with my team-mates was the perfect rounding-up of the weekend. Now, the next step will be the World Championship which will be very tough because we could see this weekend that the level is as high as it has ever been and that everybody is very competitive. I will now return home and continue with intensive training because if I want to keep my world titles, I have work to do, no doubt about that.” The UCI Para-Cycling World Championship will be held from 28th August to 1st September in Greenville. The weekend before, Zanardi will return to the cockpit of his BMW Z4 GT3. From 22nd to 24th August, the BMW works driver will contest the fourth round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Slovakia Ring near Bratislava.

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BMW M4 – 0-291 km/h Launch Control Acceleration & Top Speed

A 2014 BMW M4 with M Drivers Pack takes us, virtually, on a ride from 0 to 291 km/h (181 mph) showing the acceleration with Launch Control. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time is showing 4.1 seconds as tested. The new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharg...

A 2014 BMW M4 with M Drivers Pack takes us, virtually, on a ride from 0 to 291 km/h (181 mph) showing the acceleration with Launch Control. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time is showing 4.1 seconds as tested. The new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 425 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs). From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmission. Here is the footage: The article BMW M4 – 0-291 km/h Launch Control Acceleration & Top Speed appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: BMW M4 Top Speed Run 0-291 km/h (180 mph) with DCT + Launch Control

Watch a top speed acceleration run up to 291 kmh (180 mph) in an F82 M4 using DCT and launch control. ...

Watch a top speed acceleration run up to 291 kmh (180 mph) in an F82 M4 using DCT and launch control.

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Second place after a dramatic finish.

Six safety car periods, a 60-minute interruption and a thrilling finish: The BMW drivers and teams have experienced a turbulent race, which was nerve-wracking at the end, at the 66th staging of the 24-hour classic at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps...

Six safety car periods, a 60-minute interruption and a thrilling finish: The BMW drivers and teams have experienced a turbulent race, which was nerve-wracking at the end, at the 66th staging of the 24-hour classic at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. 

After 527 laps, Dirk Werner, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala in the number 77 BMW Z4 GT3 finished in second place. It was the first podium success for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at its home race in the Ardennes. The track is only about 140 kilometres from the team’s HQ in Gosselies. Victory at the 24 Hours of Spa went to the Audi drivers Laurens Vanthoor, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock, who only caught the BMW Z4 GT3 15 minutes before the end of the race and won by just 7.077 seconds in one of the closest finishes at Spa ever.  As the second best BMW team, Ecurie Ecosse made it into the top ten. Alexander Sims, Oliver Bryant, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig were rewarded for their strong driving performance with an excellent seventh place overall, which saw them finish second in the Pro-Am Cup in which they were competing. Eric Clément, Benjamin Lariche, Nicolas Armindo and Olivier Pla put in an impressive chase in the BMW Z4 GT3 of Team TDS Racing. Starting the race from 46th, the French quartet worked their way up the field into 16th overall and sixth in the Pro-Am class. Stefano Comandini, Eugenio Amos, Stefano Colombo and Michela Cerruti from ROAL Motorsport crossed the finish line in 35th place.  The BMW drivers had a turbulent marathon race with numerous incidents and six safety car periods. The endurance classic had to take a 60-minute break after a particularly nasty accident. BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS kept its eye on the ball throughout the race and hardly made any mistakes. The team fronted by principal Bas Leinders was in the lead until 15 minutes before the end of the race. However, due to technical problems with the ABS, Werner, who drove the final stint, was unable to defend the leading position in the dramatic final laps.  The second BMW Z4 GT3 of BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, driven by Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller was very unlucky. After 140 laps they were forced to return car number 66 to the garage early. Nick Catsburg, Jens Klingmann, Henry Hassid and Pierre Thiriet also had to finish the race early in the number 12 BMW Z4 GT3 of Team TDS Racing. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “Congratulations to Marc van der Straten and Bas Leinders’ team on its first podium finish at its home race in Spa-Francorchamps. It was another extremely exciting race on this wonderful track – from the first to the final lap. Even though I wasn’t at the track I followed the race via a live stream throughout and was cheering them on. Dirk Werner, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala didn’t make any mistakes. Unfortunately a technical problem with the car just a few hours before the end ruined their chance of overall victory. With a bit of luck they might have managed more. After our bad luck last year at the 24 Hours of Spa we are delighted to be on the podium once again. The other BMW Sports Trophy Teams also showed a strong performance in Spa. At times we had four different BMW Z4 GT3s in the top ten. That shows just how competitive our vehicle is. I’m particularly delighted for BMW works driver Alexander Sims from the Ecurie Ecosse team, who finished second in the Pro-Am Cup. I would also like to congratulate Audi on its third victory in three major 24-hour races in this endurance season.” Bas Leinders (Team Principal BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS): “My boys put up a long and magnificent fight on the track. We lost a car early on, but we’re very happy with the second place overall for Dirk, Lucas and Markus. In the final four hours of the race, our second BMW Z4 GT3 also suffered a minor technical problem. But the drivers in car number 77 did a fantastic job, particularly Dirk on his last stint before the end of the race. We had to take some risks, we didn’t change the tyres at the final pit stop. We wanted to try and tempt Audi to take some risks. It was also a sensational race for the fans. I’m just happy to stand on the podium with BMW and my team.” Dirk Werner (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “It was very exciting to drive the closing stint. The team took a gamble in the final one and a half hours of the race and developed a great strategy for the final spurt. However, it was hard to keep up on used tyres and with the technical problems. But I tried everything possible. We had a great weekend, but we were fully aware that we would face tough competition. My team-mates Lucas and Markus also did a fantastic job and really pushed. It’s fantastic for the team and BMW to be able to celebrate a podium finish.” Lucas Luhr (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “We can be more than satisfied with the result. The race was really close throughout the entire 24 hours. We were only 7.077 seconds behind the winner at the end. This marathon could have ended up going our way. Unfortunately a technical problem got the better of us, such that we were fighting with some blunt weapons. This is why we tried to use tactics. We secretly hoped that it would be enough. Of course, the initial reaction is slight disappointment. But it is a fantastic day for Marc VDS and BMW.” Markus Palttala (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, number 77 BMW Z4 GT3, 2nd place): “I had mixed feelings directly after the race. Initially second place felt like a defeat. However, if someone had told me last week that we would make it onto the podium at Spa, I would have agreed to it. When all is said and done I’m happy. Probably more so tomorrow than today. But I’m proud of my team. We had an almost perfect race – both on the track and in the pit stops. We were the underdogs facing an armada of Audis. This makes the result absolutely sensational.” Alexander Sims (Ecurie Ecosse, number 79 BMW Z4 GT3, 7th place): “We had a fantastic race in a car that was just as fantastic. This is the first time I have been on the podium and I have to say that it feels great. The atmosphere and the level of skills in the race are superb. I’m proud to have been part of this major event. I’m sure we’ll celebrate properly tonight.”

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