Alpine White BMW 5 Series with Vorsteiner Aero Parts and Wheels

European Auto Source  might have found the perfect balance between performance and elegance with this BMW 5 Series. One could say this is where function meets elegance, creating a perfect showcase of carbon fiber additions and aftermarket wheels. Th...

European Auto Source  might have found the perfect balance between performance and elegance with this BMW 5 Series. One could say this is where function meets elegance, creating a perfect showcase of carbon fiber additions and aftermarket wheels. The Alpine White BMW F10 5 Series showcased in this build comes with the M-Sport aero program. The additional aftermarket parts come from Vorsteiner, adding a perfect blend of lightweight and performance parts as well. The car features the Carbon Fiber Aero package which includes a Lip Spoiler, Trunk Spoiler, and Rear Diffuser. Featuring Vorsteiner’s Autoclaved Pre-Preg Carbon Fiber structure, these aero parts boast superior stiffness, strength, and durability when compared to traditional hand-laid carbon fiber composites.

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The wheels installed are the Vorsteiner V-FF 102 wheels. These wheels feature the Flow Forged configuration, adding a monoblock wheel with exceptional strength and low weight for world’s premiere sports and luxury models. Vorsteiner’s Flow Forged Technology is on average 25% lighter compared to a conventional cast construction, yet substantially stronger. These wheels have the performance to go along with its great styling. Wheels are sized 20×9.5 in the front and 20×10.5 in the rear, respectively. Last but not least, the F10 5 Series also gets an aftermarket exhaust system with twin double-pipes. See the gallery below for more images.

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Does BMW need an electric car below the i3?

The idea of having an all-electric counterpart to cars like the Smart, Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 or Nissan Micra certainly has its supporters, but at the same time, the electric cars aficionados often negate the need of an electric vehicle...

The idea of having an all-electric counterpart to cars like the Smart, Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 or Nissan Micra certainly has its supporters, but at the same time, the electric cars aficionados often negate the need of an electric vehicle sitting below the already fairly small i3. While BMW is likely to size up their electric vehicles range, in order to compete with the likes of Tesla and other upcoming EVs, the idea of a smaller i1 is not that far fetched. There is a niche market for those type of cars which, if sold at a good price, can become popular in large cities. So we decided to look at five reasons why a “tiny EV” would not make sense for BMW in the near future.

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1. Can a small all-electric vehicle also be luxurious and drive well? Getting the electric components and luxury materials combined with great driving dynamics can be achieved. BMW has already proven this with the new i3 and the next generation i3 is likely to improve upon that even more. But putting together a similar package in a smaller car could be a daunting task. Now you have a much smaller frame and cockpit, so less room to play your magic and reduced possibilities. You also need to fit a smaller battery, which in the end might not be a bad thing since the range could remain constant if the weight of the vehicle is lower than the i3. The second issue with a tiny EV is driving dynamics. The i3 is already light on its feet and shakes quite a bit when hit with high-winds, so a smaller EV would be even more challenging to drive on highways. But if BMW would launch on i1, then the car would certainly be targeted mostly at in-city driving which can create additional problems on its own. BMW i’s core values also stand for great driving dynamics, a phrase emphasized by BMW with every chance they get, so going the Smart route, the marketing slogan of “sheer driving pleasure” would need to be adjusted. 2. Range The electric range should provide an advantage for BMW over its competition – whether petrol, diesel or electric. The new small EV should definitely allow you to travel up to past 120 kilometers in the city which might make for a great city tax or Uber car. Add some fast charging capabilities it and you could see such a car in public car fleets. Parking would also be easier, especially on those Italian and Greek alleys. 3. Performance Certainly not the first thing that pops to mind when buying such a car, but with the lowered weight and a low center mass the car could be quite a sprinter. Floor that pedal, let the torque kick in immediately and you can run the streets like you’re in the Italian Job movie. The electric motors combined with the battery packs in the floor of the vehicle could certainty give it go-kart like performance. While its size doesn’t warranty great speeds while cornering, it could prove to be a tough pill to swallow for many of the today’s sports car models. We’re thinking under 7.0 seconds for the acceleration from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) times and even quicker on the 10-40 mph range than the i3. 4. Design Many have praised the BMW i3 and its design overall. On the other hand, this would be an even smaller package. But starting fresh with a blank piece of paper, BMW designers could certainly put together an attractive car that not only looks “cute” but also sporty. 5. Pricing This is where it gets tricky for the new model. What price should be set for the new model? While the car should definitely serve as a second or even third vehicle in the garage, it should be fairly inexpensive to purchase. We’re thinking somewhere between 15,000 – 20,000 Euros and BMW would get even younger drivers in their cars.  And your wallet won’t feel too bad for having so many cars in your garage.

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  In true fairness to the current model range, we already have the BMW i3, which by U.S. standards is already considered a small vehicle. The BMW i3 can fit four people and some luggage, it offers a beyond city range so it fits the needs of most electric vehicles customers. Would a two-seater electric BMW find some loyal customers? No doubt. Will the be enough to justify the high development cost? Only BMW has the answer to that question.   The article Does BMW need an electric car below the i3? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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NFL Style Draft for BMWs

If you’re a fan of the NFL, you’ll know that the 2015 NFL Draft has ended its seven rounds yesterday. 32 different teams picked up a bunch of college kids, some of them not even of legal age to drink alcohol, to play in the NFL and earn up to sev...

If you’re a fan of the NFL, you’ll know that the 2015 NFL Draft has ended its seven rounds yesterday. 32 different teams picked up a bunch of college kids, some of them not even of legal age to drink alcohol, to play in the NFL and earn up to seven, or even eight, figure salaries. As a team’s owner or general manager, the draft is an exciting time, as it allows them to get a glimpse of the potential future of their franchise. It’s also fun for fans as well, as we all sit and hope our team pics the player we want. It’s fun to make mock drafts and cherry pick your favorite players. We seem to like to do that with cars, here at BMWBLOG. It’s fun to pick a car from BMW’s lineup without having to actually fork over your own greenbacks. So let’s do that, let’s take a look at which BMW’s we’d all buy if we had an infinite number of zeros in of our bank accounts. However, this time, like the draft, we’re picking a new, young car to accompany our current garages. This way, it isn’t about just picking the most expensive car. It must be something that works for your current situation (garage size, area of residence and any other personal situational requirement). So you can pick any BMW, but it must be at a “position of need”, not just “best player available”.

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I’ll go first. Currently, my fiance and I own three cars. We have a 2006 Volvo S40, a 2012 Volkswagen Passat and an E36 BMW 328i. So which BMW would I draft for my team in the first and only round? Well, I only have a one car garage and driveway big enough for one, I’ll trade in the Passat and get an 640i xDrive Gran Coupe. The reason I chose the 640i xDrive Gran Coupe instead of the faster M6 was that in New Jersey, all-wheel drive comes in handy. The reason for the 640i over the 650i is that I simply like straight sixes better and it feels a bit lighter in the nose, which I like. Of course, I’d pick the M Sport Edition, as I’m still a performance fan. I’d also take it in Melbourne Red Metallic because I think it looks the business. Black Dakota Leather would cover the interior and would be lined in Brushed Aluminum trim. I’d also tick the Executive Package, Cold Weather Package and Bang and Olufsen surround sound boxes. This way, I’ll have a comfortable and sporty sedan with looks that kill and room in the back seat for my dog. Life would be nice. So, go ahead. Take your first round pick and make your team as best as you possibly can. The article NFL Style Draft for BMWs appeared first on BMW BLOG

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First Frozen Black M4 stateside!

Congrats to the first Frozen Black M4 owner in the U.S., BIMMERPOST member FrozenM4! Have a look at his unique ride inside. ...

Congrats to the first Frozen Black M4 owner in the U.S., BIMMERPOST member FrozenM4! Have a look at his unique ride inside.

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BMW M3 CSL still sells for a lot of dough

Certain BMWs will always appreciate and fetch a nice chunk of change for the owners who have the foresight to purchase them. Some of those cars include the very recent BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the BMW 3.0 CSL and the E30 BMW M3. These cars all are worth...

Certain BMWs will always appreciate and fetch a nice chunk of change for the owners who have the foresight to purchase them. Some of those cars include the very recent BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the BMW 3.0 CSL and the E30 BMW M3. These cars all are worth far more than they were brand new. That must be an excellent feeling, and justification of purchase, knowing that the car you bought could now actually make you money. I digress, however, because there is another car that is appreciating in value and becoming quite popular — the E46 BMW M3 CSL.

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Much like the 3.0 CSL, the M3 CSL is a lightweight, stripped out, hardcore version of the standard car. It also gets a power bump to its 3.2 liter straight-six engine, to the tune of 360 hp. That horsepower figure may not sound like a lot by today’s standards, but considering the CSL weighs in at around 3,053 lbs (240 lbs less than the standard M3), it’s more than enough to turn the CSL into a rocket. The CSL is also fitted with BMW’s SMG (sequential manual gearbox) of the time, and while it isn’t the smoothest unit ever made, it allows for lightning quick shifts. This allows the M3 CSL to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The M3 CSL isn’t just about straight-line speed, however. In fact, the CSL is more about handling and purity of drive than anything else. The car is completely stripped out, with alcantara, single-piece racing seats, an alcantara steering wheel, no radio, no air-conditioning, no sound deadening material underneath the hood and even a cardboard trunk liner. All of this is combined with some high-tech weight savings, such as a carbon fiber roof. Mechanically, the car is lowered on stiffer suspension, fitted with better brakes and has a limited-slip differential. It’s driving dynamics are still raved over today with some people claiming it to be the best driving BMW of all time.

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This particular 2004 model is painted in Black Sapphire Metallic, has black leather and alcantara interior and only has 40,154 km (24,950 miles) on the odometer. It’s absolutely gorgeous and easily the cleanest example of a CSL I’ve ever seen. Being that CSLs are built solely to be driven hard, it’s rare to find one so seemingly untouched. Which is probably why it’s fetching a 109,500 Euro ($122,645 US Dollars) price tag. That’s a lot of dough for a 11 year old M3.

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However, this M3 CSL is a very special car. It’s a car built for the sole purpose of putting a smile on the driver’s face. The CSL may be uncomfortable to drive in on public roads, due to its absurdly stiff suspension, but it’s well worth it once a bit of smooth twisty road presents itself. Sure, on a hot day you’ll sweat like a hooker in church while sitting in alcantara seats with no air-con, but once some road opens up, roll the windows down and drive fast. Very fast. If the lack of radio seems like an issue for you, just listen to the metallic wail of that straight-six and you’ll forget all about radio. The M3 CSL is a compromised car in the name of performance. But the performance trade off is well worth the compromise. So, if you’ve got the scratch for this gorgeous example of the M3 CSL, buy it and never look back. Plus, who knows, maybe it’ll be worth even more someday.

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Tomczyk top BMW in the Hockenheim rain.

Martin Tomczyk came home fourth in the second race of the 2015 DTM season in Hockenheim, making him the best-placed BMW driver. The 2011 DTM champion produced a flawless display in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM, first in dry conditions and then...

Martin Tomczyk came home fourth in the second race of the 2015 DTM season in Hockenheim, making him the best-placed BMW driver. The 2011 DTM champion produced a flawless display in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM, first in dry conditions and then in the rain, and narrowly missed out on the podium.

The rain started to fall a third of the way into the 60-minute race and resulted in plenty of action on the wet track. Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann finished fifth in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. BMW Team MTEK team-mates Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock also picked up valuable points in ninth and tenth. Victory in Sunday’s race went to Audi’s Mattias Ekström. Reactions to the second race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was an exciting race today, in really difficult conditions. The fans were treated to spectacular manoeuvres every minute throughout the entire race. We made good use of our options today. Martin Tomczyk, in particular, drove a flawless race and fully deserved to be the top BMW driver in fourth place.” Martin Tomczyk (BMW Team Schnitzer, 4th): “That was one of my most exhausting races. I had a few problems with the tyre pressure in the rain. That is why I was unable to hang on to a podium position and had to let Gary Paffett through. We had a good, fair fight. Congratulations to him and the winner Mattias Ekström. They were simply faster than me today. Despite that, I am very happy with fourth place.” Facts and figures. Circuit/length/duration: Hockenheimring, 4.574 kilometres, 60 minutes plus one lap Conditions: Rain, 20 degrees Celsius BMW Motorsport results: #77 Martin Tomczyk, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – 4th #1 Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 5th #7 Bruno Spengler, BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 9th #16 Timo Glock, BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – 10th #36 Maxime Martin, BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 14th #31 Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – 17th #13 António Félix da Costa, BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – 20th #18 Augusto Farfus, BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 21st Information: Martin Tomczyk was the best-placed BMW driver in the field for the first time since the 2012 race at the Norisring. Bruno Spengler scored his first points for BMW Team MTEK. Maxime Martin was given a drive-through penalty for “unsafe release” during the pit stop. Four BMW M4 DTMs finished in the points in both races in Hockenheim.

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Reactions to the first weekend of the season.

Read here what the BMW drivers and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt had to say after Sunday’s race. As on Saturday, four BMW M4 DTMs finished in the top ten in race two of the DTM season. On a wet track, Martin Tomczyk just missed out on a ...

Read here what the BMW drivers and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt had to say after Sunday’s race.

As on Saturday, four BMW M4 DTMs finished in the top ten in race two of the DTM season. On a wet track, Martin Tomczyk just missed out on a place on the podium, coming home in fourth. He was followed over the finish line by DTM champion Marco Wittmann in fifth. Race one had previously seen BMW drivers finish seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth. With 12 points to their names, Wittmann and Tomczyk were the most successful BMW drivers of the opening weekend. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was an exciting race, in really difficult conditions. The fans were treated to spectacular manoeuvres every minute throughout the entire race. We made good use of our options today. Martin Tomczyk, in particular, drove a flawless race and fully deserved to be the top BMW driver in fourth place. Once again, four of our drivers made it into the top ten. To sum up the weekend, we must focus more on our performance in qualifying. We were not good enough in that regard on Saturday. It was better on Sunday. We will work on that. The new format is a positive. I hope the spectators enjoyed it as much as we did.” Martin Tomczyk (BMW Team Schnitzer, Sunday: 4th, Saturday: DNF): “It was a mixed race weekend for me personally. I had obviously hoped for more from the first race. We were not where we needed to be in qualifying. The second race had a bit of everything: dry conditions, rain, but above all a good grid position. And that paid off in the end, despite it being a difficult race. Unfortunately fourth was as good as I could hope for today. It was quite a tough race for me, but it was also great fun.” Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, Sun.: 5th, Sat.: 9th): “I think we got as much as possible out of the first two races of the season. I finished in the points on Saturday and Sunday. We were just lacking a bit of pace in the dry in both races. At the moment, the opposition is simply quicker than us. Generally speaking, Sunday’s race was obviously much better for me. Having started from third, I actually led for a brief moment after a great lap. Unfortunately our tyre pressures were a little too low in the wet when the rain set in. At this point we were unable to match the speed of the cars in front. It goes without saying that we had hoped for more than this from the opening weekend. However, we are confident ahead of the next races at the Lausitzring.” Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, Sun.: 9th, Sat.: 11th): “The new race format in the DTM is superb. Two lots of qualifying and two races – that is fun, particularly for the fans. The atmosphere at the Hockenheimring was awesome again. I did not have a great result in Saturday’s race. However, I was able to score valuable points on Sunday. Today’s race was a hard battle. I got off to a great start and made up a few places. Our pit stop also came at exactly the right moment. Compliments to the team. We had a great strategy, which got me up to sixth. Unfortunately the car was not so good in the rain. I had hardly any grip. However, I did have some really good, fair battles and came home ninth. We now move on to the Lausitzring, a circuit I have particularly fond memories of.” Timo Glock (BMW Team MTEK, Sun.: 10th, Sat.: 8th): “We have a problem with qualifying. However, I had very good pace in both races and was able to make up a lot of places. Given my grid positions, coming away with points from both races is very positive. We did a very good job as a team. Our task for the coming weeks is to improve our qualifying performance.” Maxime Martin (BMW Team RMG, Sun.: 14th, Sat.: 7th): “That wasn’t actually such a bad weekend for me. On Saturday I was the best-placed BMW driver in seventh. Today I started from eighth, so I was actually right in the thick of it. Unfortunately I did not make such a great start. My car was hit a few times and sustained damage. That made it difficult to keep pace with the others in the dry. Unfortunately I then picked up a drive-through penalty after my pit stop. My race was as good as over after that, but that is racing. The overall result was not ideal, but I am confident going into the next two races at the Lausitzring.” Tom Blomqvist (BMW Team RBM, Sun.: 17th, Sat.: DNF): “That was not an easy weekend. This was the first time I have driven a DTM car in wet conditions, and it was tough. However, my pace in the dry was actually really good all weekend. Unfortunately I did not make a good start in race one. As a result, I found myself stuck in all the turmoil on the opening lap and had to retire after a number of contacts. The second race started really well, but we were not able to match the pace of the others in the rain and I had a few problems. I also lost time in the pit stop when Maxime was released unsafely. Despite this, I am optimistic, as we were quick – particularly in dry conditions. However, we still have some work ahead of us.” António Félix da Costa (BMW Team Schnitzer, Sun.: 20th, Sat.: 13th): “In my opinion, the new DTM format, with two qualifying sessions and two races, is a success. Even if you don’t do so well on Saturday, you can really make amends on Sunday. Despite this, I am disappointed with the way I started the new season. Sunday, in particular, was not particularly good in the rain. We made the most of the situation in qualifying. I started the race from seventh on the grid and tried to stay in touch with the leading group. However, I lost quite a lot of time in the rain. We just didn’t have any pace in the wet. We will have to improve that, as there are sure to be a few more wet races this season. I am still learning a lot, and becoming a better DTM driver with every race. We will have to analyse both races to ensure we are stronger at the Lausitzring.” Augusto Farfus  (BMW Team RBM, Sun.: 21st, Sat.: 10th): “It was not our weekend. Our result definitely does not reflect our speed. We had a very good car all weekend. That showed in the fact I qualified third yesterday. We had good pace again in this morning’s qualifying, and I was really quick in the wet. However, we were unable to maintain that pace. We must now analyse why we had difficulties in the rain. The season is still a long one: we have another 16 races ahead of us and a lot can happen. However, we must put our foot down and make up ground on the leaders. I like the new format. We had two races full of action, and I think the fans will have enjoyed it too.”

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Four BMW M4 DTMs in the points at DTM season opener

Hockenheim (DE), 2nd May 2015. The 2015 DTM is up and running: BMW drivers Maxime Martin (BE), Timo Glock (DE), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) ended the first of two races in Hockenheim (DE) in the top ten to score their first DTM point...

Hockenheim (DE), 2nd May 2015. The 2015 DTM is up and running: BMW drivers Maxime Martin (BE), Timo Glock (DE), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) ended the first of two races in Hockenheim (DE) in the top ten to score their first DTM points of the year. Martin finished seventh in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, making him the best-placed BMW driver. Farfus worked his way from 23rd on the grid to complete the race in tenth place. Sandwiched between Martin and Farfus were Glock and DTM champion Wittmann in eighth and ninth. Victory went to Jamie Green (GB) in an Audi. Reactions to the opening race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “After a tough qualifying, we made the most of our situation in the race. We had a decent race pace and finished with four cars in the top ten to pick up a few points at least. An exciting race saw fantastic fightbacks from Maxime Martin, Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann and Augusto Farfus. Augusto made up 13 positions after his misfortune in qualifying, while Timo climbed from 20th to eighth. The format produced exactly what it promised: an intense qualifying and an exciting race with plenty of overtaking manoeuvres and a lot of fans. Looking ahead to tomorrow’s race day, we must learn from today’s qualifying, in particular, and analyse what happened very carefully. In this regard, we must make better use of the existing potential, in order to be better positioned going into the race.” Maxime Martin (BMW Team RBM, 7th): “The race was very intense from the first corner to the last. The safety car phases made for a lot of action, and the fans will undoubtedly have enjoyed a great show. Seventh place is a good result for us, and earns us some valuable points. It is also a nice feeling to be the best-placed BMW driver. However, our opponents were better than us today. We have to acknowledge that. We will work hard to change that for the coming races.” Facts and figures. Circuit/length/duration: Hockenheimring, 4.574 kilometres, 40 minutes plus one lap Conditions: Slightly overcast, 18 degrees Celsius BMW Motorsport results: #36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 7th #16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – 8th #1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 9th #18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 10th #7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 11th #13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM –13th #77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – DNF #31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – DNF Information: Augusto Farfus made up 13 positions from 23rd on the grid. Timo Glock’s fightback from 20th to eighth was equally impressive. Maxime Martin was the best-placed BMW driver for the first time since his victory in Moscow in 2014. The BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car was in action twice during the race following crashes. Tom Blomqvist and Martin Tomczyk were forced to retire from the race following collisions. The second qualifying session begins at 10:35 on Sunday. Before that, the 15-minute warm-up is scheduled for 09:00.

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DTM champion Wittmann starts race two of the season from third on the grid.

Marco Wittmann of BMW Team RMG was the best-placed BMW driver in the second qualifying session in Hockenheim. On a drying track, the reigning DTM champion qualified third in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, with a personal best of 1:34.968 minutes. Martin...

Marco Wittmann of BMW Team RMG was the best-placed BMW driver in the second qualifying session in Hockenheim.

On a drying track, the reigning DTM champion qualified third in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, with a personal best of 1:34.968 minutes. Martin Tomczyk, António Félix da Costa and Maxime Martin line up in sixth, seventh and ninth positions. Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist are relegated five grid positions due to a breach of the rules during the warm-up. They will start race two of the weekend from 18th and 24th. The second pole position of the season went to Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller with a fastest lap of 1:34.516 minutes. Quote from the best-placed BMW driver: “I said after yesterday’s disappointing opening race that today would be a new day with a new chance to attack. I did a very good job of proving that in qualifying. We are now very well placed for the race. We will have to wait and see what the weather does. It is forecast to rain. Whatever happens, we will do our best to get the maximum out of the race.” – Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 3rd)   Facts and figures. Circuit/length: Hockenheimring, 4.574 kilometres Conditions: Very overcast, 14 degrees Celsius Pole time: Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), 1:34.516 minutes   BMW Motorsport starting positions: #1 Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM 1:34.968 minutes – 3rd #77 Martin Tomczyk, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM 1:35.112 minutes – 6th #13 António Félix da Costa, BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM 1:35.113 minutes – 7th #36 Maxime Martin, BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM 1:35.304 minutes – 9th #7 Bruno Spengler, BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM 1:35.514 minutes – 14th #16 Timo Glock, BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM 1:35.557 minutes – 16th #18 Augusto Farfus, BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM 1:35.446 minutes – 18th #31 Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM 1:36.101 minutes – 24th   Information: Both BMW Team RBM drivers, Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist, were relegated five grid positions for breaching a rule during the warm-up. The last time Martin Tomczyk qualified higher than sixth place was at the Nürburgring in 2012, when he qualified fifth. Seventh place was António Félix da Costa’s best qualifying result since the Hungaroring in 2012, where he qualified fifth. The second of this year’s 18 DTM races begins at 13:40.

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All BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM Front Row at Laguna Seca

The West Coast swing of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues to be a good one for BMW Team RLL as the team swept the front row of the highly competitive GTLM class in today’s qualifying session for Sunday’s two-hour-and-...

The West Coast swing of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues to be a good one for BMW Team RLL as the team swept the front row of the highly competitive GTLM class in today’s qualifying session for Sunday’s two-hour-and-forty-minute race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, Calif. Two weeks ago the team captured its first TUDOR victory with a win from the pole for the No. 25 Z4 GTLM of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner at the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend. Where Auberlen scored the pole at Long Beach, today it was teammate Werner posting a 1:22.362 minute lap of the classic 2.238-mile road course to best the GTLM class. The pole was Werner’s second (Baltimore, 2011) and the 20th for the team since 2009.

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Lucas Luhr drove the No. 24 BMW Z4 to the outside of the front row with a lap of 1:22.610 minutes. He will co-drive with John Edwards in tomorrow’s race. BMW currently stands in second place in the GTLM Manufacturers’ points standings, five points behind Chevrolet. Auberlen and Werner stand second in Drivers’ points. Edwards and Luhr stand fourth.

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Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):  “Frankly, I didn’t think we would be as competitive as we were. It was a nice job by the team, Dirk and Lucas. There is no guarantee you are going to win from where we are, but it is a nice place to start the race from.”

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Dirk Werner (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, pole): “I am very happy. It was a lot of work in practice. We had to do quite a few set-up changes, and if you read through the notes it is amazing how much we changed the car. But it paid off, because in qualifying we had a good car and we came up with the right strategy. Thanks to everybody in the team, because that was a lot of fun to drive this car today. We can have a good evening, but tomorrow the race comes and that is a completely different story.” Lucas Luhr (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 2nd ): “I had it going, but then I pushed a little bit too much in turn six and lost the rear a little bit on the entry. I didn’t do a full spin. It was like a three quarters spin. After that I tried a slow lap to clean up the tires and try again but it didn’t work. The car feels good. Tomorrow is the big day.” The Continental Tires Monterey Grand Prix takes the green flag at 1:05 p.m. PDT Sunday, May 3rd and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. EDT. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. The article All BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM Front Row at Laguna Seca appeared first on BMW BLOG

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