Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-225xe-active-tourer-kicks-off-production-in-leipzig/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW launched last week the 225xe Active Tourer production at the Leipzig plant. The second plug-in hybrid model – after the BMW i8 – is produced on the same production lines as the 1 Series Hatchback and the 2 Series family. Only at a few...
BMW launched last week the 225xe Active Tourer production at the Leipzig plant. The second plug-in hybrid model – after the BMW i8 – is produced on the same production lines as the 1 Series Hatchback and the 2 Series family. Only at a few changes in the process were made, along with additional employees who are assisting with specific elements, such as the electric motor or high-voltage battery for the plug-in hybrid drive. The BMW eDrive technology is coupled with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. The maximum electric range is 41 kilometers (25 miles).
READ THIS: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Test Drive Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph).
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-uk-retail-online-will-enable-you-to-buy-a-bmw-on-the-web/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW has launched a new way of buying a new BMW in the UK. BMW customers will be able to handle all aspects of the car buying process online wherever and whenever they want to. With just a few clicks, prospective BMW owners can build their perfect car...
BMW has launched a new way of buying a new BMW in the UK. BMW customers will be able to handle all aspects of the car buying process online wherever and whenever they want to. With just a few clicks, prospective BMW owners can build their perfect car online, arrange a test drive if necessary, agree financing options and payment method, and get a trade-in value for their own car before finalizing the delivery date. BMW Retail Onlin is available via www.BMW.co.uk and the company touts the buying/researching process being around ten minutes. Every step can also be supported by a BMW Genius or a sales executive at the retailer via live chat or email from 8am to 10pm.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing, said: “We are the first car manufacturer to offer a digital sales solution for the entire product range and the full end-to-end buying or leasing process online. Now, the customer can do it all from the comfort of their home. The integration of the BMW Genius via live chat and retailer messaging functions where the customer is able to get personalized support in real time, makes this system unique and a new benchmark for the automotive industry.” The program is rolled out nationwide based on the success of a trial which included nine UK retailers who scored a 95 percent success rate. 137 of BMW’s 146 UK retailers are signed up, with the remaining nine scheduled to opt in by April 2016. Nigel Hurley, Sytner Group BMW Divisional Managing Director, whose retail outlet took part in the trial, said: “This is great news for retailers. It forms part of our ever more customer-centric focus and makes life easier for the customer. We see this becoming an increasingly important channel in the future.” There are six key features to BMW Retail Online. The online journey starts with the optional tool “Find your BMW”, leading into the vehicle configurator on bmw.co.uk. With a click on the “Buy your BMW” button the customer selects a retailer, is shown cars with a faster delivery date and selects their preferred finance method. The customer can then finalize all steps of the purchase with their chosen retailer in the Retailer Online showroom. The key elements in more detail are: Find your BMW (Optional needs analyser) Helps customers find the ideal vehicle for their needs 4 simple questions to select the right car: Where do you drive? How many people ride in your car? What needs to fit in your boot? What’s important to you? Suggests preconfigured cars with options most bought by other customers in the UK. Genius live-chat Personal support Webchat or email Opening hours from 8am-10pm, 7days a week Vehicle configuration/ Check Delivery Times Fully configure a car, or Get a proposal for a pre-built car with faster availability Finance offer Full integration of BMW Financial services Easy-to-use finance calculator All national offers are included online Retailer Online showroom Chat with a sales executive of the selected retailer Arrange a test drive Get independent car valuation of your vehicle Finalise all elements of the purchase Online credit check Full online credit check with 90 seconds feedback if auto accepted Payment of instalment, deposit or full price online or by phone The article BMW UK Retail Online will enable you to buy a BMW on the Web appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/video-auto-express-drives-the-bmw-3-series-audi-a4-and-jaguar-xe/ in News on November 27, 2015
Cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 have been battling it out for quite a long time now. It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut of the A4 and the two cars have been at each other’s throats ever since. The newcomer to this group is t...
Cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 have been battling it out for quite a long time now. It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut of the A4 and the two cars have been at each other’s throats ever since. The newcomer to this group is the Jaguar XE and it’s worth the entry into the segment and is considered by many to be the best in the segment. Well Auto Express pit these three sports sedans against each other in this latest video to find out which is best. The B9 generation Audi A4, which has yet to debut in the US, is considerably better than the car it replaces. The current B8 model is far too long in the tooth to be competitive in the segment any longer, especially with newcomers like the Jag. But the new B9 is proving to be worthy competition. It’s based on Audi’s new MLB platform and is significantly lighter and stiffer than the outgoing car. It has a 2.0 liter turbocharged TDI diesel four-cylinder engine develops 187 hp paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that powers all four wheels, via Audi’s famed Quattro system. This allows it to get from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds flat, which isn’t bad for a 2.0 TDI engine (save the diesel jokes). The A4’s real party trick is its interior, which is simply fantastic.
The BMW 3 Series has recently gotten its LCI refresh but, other than that, it’s not very new. This tested model was a BMW 320d, with the exact same 187 hp as the Audi A4 coming from a similarly sized 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The Bimmer is a touch slower to 60 mph, doing the sprint in 7.1 seconds. However, the BMW makes its power lower in the rev range, allowing it to feel a bit quicker and its gearing is better so there’s less need to downshift at high speed as there is in the Audi. The 320d’s interior is very handsome, but it isn’t as nice as the cabin on the A4. On the outside, the 320d is the winner, as Audi’s new A4 design isn’t much different from the old one. It’s not bad looking, just boring nowadays. The Bimmer is the handler of the two as well, being sharper and more agile to drive, despite the A4 being very good in its own right.
But then comes the Jaguar XE. The newcomer has the best looks by far, though the interior could use some work, and is the cheapest. However, it’s also the slowest. Though it is the most efficient. It also can handle, with many enthusiasts saying it can out-hustle the BMW 3 Series. According to Auto Express, the Jaguar XE is the best car of the bunch, due to its superior handling, lower price and added efficiency. They didn’t name a second or third place, but judging by their comments, it seemed as if the 320d came in second with the Audi A4 trailing in 3rd.
All three of these cars are excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find any real complaints with any of them. Though, Auto Express did have to pick a winner and they chose the Jaguar XE. The BMW 320d seems like the better all-rounder, thanks to its better interior, more cargo and trunk space and more power, but I guess the Jag had a home field advantage. The A4 got very little love, though. It was comfortable, had a great ride, handled really well, was the fastest of the bunch and had by far the best interior. We’ll have to see how they stack up when we can eventually get our paws on one, but for now it seems as if Auto Express got this one mostly right. [Source: AutoExpress] The article Video: Auto Express drives the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-says-more-than-80-of-the-bmw-i3-buyers-worldwide-are-new-customers-to-the-bmw-group/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW’s first electric car – the i3 – is a worldwide success and the rumored $2 billion investment in the i division is starting to slowly pay off. When BMW announced their electric and plug-in hybrid car division in 2009, many pundit...
BMW’s first electric car – the i3 – is a worldwide success and the rumored $2 billion investment in the i division is starting to slowly pay off. When BMW announced their electric and plug-in hybrid car division in 2009, many pundits were in full force dissecting the decision to deviate from BMW’s core expertise – that of creating high-performance automobiles. Fast forward to today and the ROI is starting to be obvious. In Germany, the i3 actually accounts for 4 out of every 10 electric vehicle sales. In the listings of the most popular EV models, the BMW i3 occupies third place on a world-wide basis since its market launch in November 2013. The most important single market for the all-electric five-door is the USA, where it ranks third as well. In Norway the BMW i3 has been the best-selling model across the entire BMW range in the current year.
But what the most interesting tidbit is that “More than 80% of the BMW i3 buyers worldwide are new customers to the BMW Group” – a figure that BMW can only be proud of. The idea behind creating a new line of automobiles is to attract a new clientele to the brand, one that will not only increase the sales, but also become advocates of the brand. And that’s exactly what most of the BMW i3 and i8 owners are. They all swear by their electric or plug-in hybrids and they often bring family and friends to the brand. It is not uncommon – especially in the U.S. – for a household to own two i3s and with a diversified “i” portfolio down the road, we expect that to become the norm.
In a statement issued last month, BMW said the following: Crucial element within the success story of the BMW i3 has been that it is the only EV worldwide with an optional Range Extender. In many cases – especially among customers who still had their reservations about buying an electric car – the choice of the additional small combustion engine tipped the balance in favour of the BMW i3. …The BMW i3 meets the needs of demanding target groups who combine an appreciation for sustainable mobility with a desire for a driving experience that is both sophisticated and rich in emotional appeal. Its progressive design, intelligent lightweight construction, groundbreaking drive system technology and innovative connectivity turn locally emission-free mobility into a fascinating experience, opening up whole new groups of buyers to the BMW Group. More than 80% of the BMW i3 buyers worldwide are new customers to the BMW Group. Yet, BMW doesn’t rest on their laurels and it’s marching ahead with refreshed and new products which are expected to hit the market in the next five years. First, we will have an updated BMW i3 with a new battery pack which is rumored to deliver over 125 miles of driving range, followed – likely – by a larger “i” model to take on the successful Tesla S models. The article BMW says “More than 80% of the BMW i3 buyers worldwide are new customers to the BMW Group” appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/the-2017-bmw-i3-94-ah-cells-and-a-125-mile-epa-range-rating/ in News on November 27, 2015
About a month ago BMW CEO Harold Krueger surprised the EV world by casually mentioning in an interview with Die Zeit that in 2016 the i3 would have increased range. That of course sparked a lot of online speculation as to how would BMW accomplish thi...
About a month ago BMW CEO Harold Krueger surprised the EV world by casually mentioning in an interview with Die Zeit that in 2016 the i3 would have increased range. That of course sparked a lot of online speculation as to how would BMW accomplish this. Did they figure out a way to squeeze in more of the same 60 Ah Samsung battery cells that the i3 currently uses? Might they have sourced higher energy density battery cells from another supplier? Could Samsung have made the new 94 Ah cells available to BMW now? According to Samsung’s Battery Technology Roadmap it didn’t look like they would have those cells available for at least another year.
According to some well connected insiders, it is beginning to look like BMW will indeed use Samsung’s now 94 Ah battery cells in the 2017 i3 which will begin production in July of 2016. Furthermore, one insider even believes BMW will offer a battery upgrade option for current i3 owners that want the new, higher energy dense battery cells. Personally I just don’t see how BMW can accomplish this without charging more money for the upgrade than most i3 owners would be willing to pay. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to get the battery upgrade myself. However, even if BMW discounted the new battery pack by giving owners a credit on the battery pack they returned, what would the upgrade price have to be for current i3 owners to bite?
Personally, I think I would go for it if BMW could do the upgrade for under $5,000. That would also be contingent on the rumors being correct, and the new battery pack would be the same physical size – 96 battery cells packaged in 8 modules, containing 12 cells each. Using the new 94 Ah cells, BMW would increase the i3’s total battery pack size from 21.6 kWh to 33.4 kWh without increasing weight significantly, if at all. Assuming BMW continued allowing approximately 90% of the total pack as usable energy, that would mean that the new i3 will have approximately 30kWh accessible to use. 30kWh usable would increase the i3 BEV’s range to approximately 125 miles per charge and the i3 REx to about 115 mpc. With 115 EPA rated miles of range, my i3 REx would almost never fire up the range extender, which is fine by me. I’d still need it for the 240-mile trips to Vermont I take every couple months, but not for much more than that. If the i3 had 125 miles of range when it initially launched, I definitely wouldn’t have ordered mine with the REx.
However, I’m still not convinced BMW will offer an option for current i3 owners to upgrade, and I’m even less convinced that they could offer it at a price point which would make it a reasonable purchase for someone who has only owned their car for a couple years or less. If they had 100,000 miles on the car, and the battery had already degraded to 75% or 80% or so of what it was when it was new, then the owner might be able to justify the cost of a new replacement pack. Of course, this is all speculation at this point. Nonetheless, we’ll be talking a lot about these questions until BMW finally releases the details. Which, by the way, I don’t expect them to do for at least 4 or 5 months. Rumors of an upgrade to an EV’s battery pack can really hurt sales of the current vehicle. The only thing that will hurts sales even more is when the manufacturer admits it, gives the specifications and the expected launch date for the new model. If anyone out there is i3 bargain hunting, and can live with the i3’s current range, you can expect some killer deals this spring as BMW clears out the remaining 2016 inventory to make room for the 2017s with the new battery. A battery upgrade would seemingly solve another issue that has bothered some i3 REx owners, that being the size of the gas tank – or really how much of it they have access to. All i3’s come with a 2.4 gallon gas tank. However, for the US market, BMW had to restrict the amount of gas available to use to 1.9 gallons. The reason was to satisfy the California Air Resource Board’s criteria for a BEVx vehicle. One of the criteria for an extended range electric vehicle to be classified as a BEVx is that the range of the car while being driven on battery needs to exceed the range it can drive on gasoline. If BMW allowed the full 2.4 gallons to be available for use, the gas range would be slightly greater than the electric range, and the i3 REx wouldn’t qualify as a BEVx. BMW would lose some of the highly valuable ZEV credits they get for every i3 REx sold in “CARB states“.
If the i3’s electric range is increased more than 20 additional miles, then the full 2.4 gallon tank could be accessed without a BEVx violation. Therefore, I fully expect the 2017 i3 REx to have use of the entire 2.4 gallon gas tank as it does with the European i3s. Actually, if the new batteries do extend the i3 REx’s battery range to the possible 115 MPC, then BMW could increase the gas tank to a little over 3 gallons if they wanted to. The i3 REx would then offer over 200 miles of driving range without needing to plug in or fill up. Whether or not BMW will indeed use the new 94 Ah cells from Samsung is yet to be known. According to CEO Krueger, we do know BMW will be upgrading the i3’s battery pack, and the most obvious and easiest way to do so would be with higher density battery cells. Samsung’s new 94 Ah cells are the same physical size as the 60 Ah cells used in the current i3, so upgrading to the new cells couldn’t be any easier – as along as they are indeed ready and available. As for the battery upgrade for existing i3 owners, it’s a tempting proposition, and one that I hope BMW fully explores to see if there is a way that they can do it at a reasonable cost (I say that’s under $5,000). However I’m just not convinced that they can offer an upgrade without losing a lot of money on every pack they sell. Time will tell, and I’m sure there will be a lot of discussions about his before we actually get all the facts from BMW. The article The 2017 BMW i3: 94 Ah Cells and a 125 Mile EPA Range Rating? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1199286 in News on November 27, 2015
Best photos yet of Alpine White M2 with M Performance Parts and Exhaust.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/are-bmw-drivers-the-worst-drivers/ in News on November 27, 2015
According to the Detroit News, a recent study by the folks at the University of California Berkeley has shown that drivers of luxury cars, BMWs in particular, have shown to be among the worst drivers on the road. This isn’t a particularly new d...
According to the Detroit News, a recent study by the folks at the University of California Berkeley has shown that drivers of luxury cars, BMWs in particular, have shown to be among the worst drivers on the road. This isn’t a particularly new discovery, as BMW drivers have a sort of stereotype for being bad drivers, whether true or not. But does this theory actually have merit? The study done by researchers at Berkeley was conducted by observing how drivers acted at stop-and-go intersections. During their observations, luxury car drivers, more so BMW and Mercedes-Benz drivers, consistently ignored the stop signs, only slowing instead of stopping and disregarded crossing pedestrians. These are all of the typical stereotypes of bad BMW drivers. It’s surprising they didn’t go searching shopping mall parking lots for BMWs parked in two spots at once. But calling BMW drivers bad drivers because they drive BMWs is simply mistaken. There are so many variables that go into determining a good or bad driver. How does one even judge a good driver? Is it someone that drives perfectly within the rules or someone who can handle a car better than most or is it someone who is consistently courteous to other drivers and pedestrians? It’s most likely someone that is a decent combination of all three, but what about drivers who are maybe a combination of only two of those aforementioned attributes? Or what if you just caught someone on a bad day? So what would make BMW drivers bad?
Are BMW drivers bad because they break the rules or are they bad at handling the car or do they just not care about fellow drivers and pedestrians, feeling as if they rule the road? And depending on which one, why would it BMW drivers, or luxury car drivers in general, that are consistently poor drivers? I think the stereotype is to bust on rich, pompous and arrogant people, the kinds of people who are usually seen driving expensive European cars. But what about used BMW drivers? They still drive BMWs but are often not very rich at all, as there are zillions of BMWs that can be had for only a couple thousand dollars. You’re looking at a used BMW owner who isn’t even close to rich. Are we bad drivers, despite the fact that we aren’t rich, just because we have a blue and white roundel on our steering wheel? I think it’s a stupid stereotype and one that has absolutely zero merit, regardless of what researchers may say. It’s a skewed study anyway, most likely with predetermined bias, as the metric for which to measure a good driver cannot absolutely be determined. Having had commuted two hours a day on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, which is notorious for being basically the automotive equivalent of the Hunger Games, I’ve seen my share of horrendous drivers. In my three years of a daily commute filled with psychotic NJ drivers, I don’t think you can honestly point at one brand in particular as a brand of bad drivers. I’ve been nearly killed by people in BMWs, Honda Odysseys and Chevy Aveos. So I honestly think that any study showing any brand to be owned by bad drivers in general is completely ridiculous. Though, what do I know, I’m just a mindless BMW driver.
So what do you think? Do you feel as if there’s any merit to this claim, or any bad driver claim toward any other brand? What are your experiences with bad drivers? The article Are BMW drivers the worst drivers? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2015/11/bmw-motorsport-junior-programme-2015.html in Motorsport on November 27, 2015
The winner of the 2015 BMW Motorsport Junior programme will be announced on 4th December at the BMW Sports Trophy Award Ceremony in Munich. Under the guidance of chief instructor Dirk Adorf, Victor Bouveng, Nick Cassidy, Louis Delétraz and Trent H...
The winner of the 2015 BMW Motorsport Junior programme will be announced on 4th December at the BMW Sports Trophy Award Ceremony in Munich.
Under the guidance of chief instructor Dirk Adorf, Victor Bouveng, Nick Cassidy, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman have undergone an intense training programme, during which they have demonstrated and improved their skills as racing drivers on numerous occasions. Back in April, a welcome event offered the young drivers in the class of 2015 a first opportunity to get to know each other. Right at the start of their comprehensive training programme a climbing session with BMW Outdoor Ambassador Stefan Glowacz showed the young racing drivers just what it means to work as a team – an important lesson for the individual athletes, and one that prepared them perfectly for their subsequent race outings on the endurance circuit. After eight months together, a jury consisting of BMW Motorsport management and engineers must now decide who will be named “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year 2015” and succeed Jesse Krohn, who was the top participant in the first class to go through the new BMW Motorsport Junior programme in 2014. Krohn stepped up into GT racing in his second year as a BMW Motorsport Junior, and has achieved a number of successes of note. He contested the entire series in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) for the Marc VDS Racing team, sharing the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GTE with the likes of BMW works driver Andy Priaulx. Krohn and his team-mates claimed victory in the LMGTE class at the season finale in Estoril. He finished runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship. In addition, Krohn also appeared regularly at the wheel of a BMW Z4 GT3 in the second half of the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. He won one race with the Walkenhorst Motorsport team and claimed pole position at the final round of the season. “That was the best year of my motorsport career so far,” said Krohn. “I did not expect BMW Motorsport to arrange such a fantastic programme for me. In the ELMS, I learned an incredible amount from Andy Priaulx and the Marc VDS Racing team. Every time I climbed into a GT car I learned something new. On top of that, I had the VLN races on the best racetrack in the world – I could not be happier with the way this season has panned out.” Bouveng raced alongside Krohn in the BMW Z4 GT3 in the final VLN race of the season. After regular outings on the Nordschleife at the wheel of the BMW M235i Racing in the first half of the season – including a start in the BMW M235i Racing Media Car run by BMW Motorsport at the Nürburgring 24 Hours – the Swede was given his first opportunity to gain experience in the BMW Z4 GT3 at the final races of the year. Together with the other 2015 BMW Motorsport Juniors, Bouveng raced at the 24 Hours of Zolder and the 12 Hours of Brno, where the BMW M235i Racing won its class. “My goal for this year was to get as much driving in on the Nordschleife as possible, and to learn as much as possible about the BMW M235i Racing,” said Bouveng. “I never expected it to work out so well, or to be given the chance to drive the BMW Z4 GT3 in the second half of the season. It has been a very steep learning curve this year. I gained an awful lot from the races and our mental training in Silverstone.” Like Bouveng, Cassidy was also a member of the team that took its place on the podium in Brno. The highlight of the New Zealander’s year as a BMW Motorsport Junior came when he was offered the chance to test drive the new BMW M6 GT3. He also gained his first race experience on the Nordschleife in a BMW M235i Racing at the finale of the VLN season. Cassidy also dominated proceedings in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, where he won seven races en route to the Drivers’ title. “I really enjoyed the year,” said Cassidy. “BMW Motorsport put together a great programme for me, and I was also very successful in Formula 3 in Japan. My highlight with BMW was obviously the test in the BMW M6 GT3. I am new to GT racing, but was still given the opportunity to drive such a fantastic car. This experience will certainly help me on the way to becoming a professional racing driver. On top of all that, I also made my debut on the Nordschleife and competed in the Formula 3 race in Macau in the very same month – it doesn’t get any better than that.” Delétraz, like Cassidy, enjoyed success in single-seater racing in 2015, as well as participating in the BMW Motorsport Junior programme. He comfortably won the Drivers’ title in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup and finished runner-up overall in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Delétraz was in action for BMW Motorsport at the wheel of the BMW M235i Racing at the 24 Hours of Zolder. “It has been a fantastic year with BMW Motorsport. I have learned an awful lot, both on and off the track. I also had a successful year in the single-seater series I raced in – fantastic,” said Delétraz. Hindman focussed on his outings in the BMW M235i Racing and the BMW M3 in 2015. Within the BMW Motorsport Junior programme, he started at both the 24 Hours of Zolder and the 12 Hours of Brno, and also gained valuable race experience in the BMW M235i Racing throughout Europe. In addition, he also contested the entire season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in North America, where he shared the cockpit of his BMW M3 with Ashley Freiberg. The duo won the season finale in Road Atlanta. Hindman, who won the Drivers’ title in the series in 2014, finished eighth overall this time around. “Thank you very much to BMW Motorsport for the opportunity to be a part of this programme,” said Hindman. “I have really learned a lot about racing in Europe. After all, pretty much everything was new to me here. I head back to America with a lot of valuable experience, which will definitely make me a better racing driver.” As well as the intense race schedule, the BMW Motorsport Juniors also benefitted from much more training. They twice visited the iZone Driver Performance Centre in Silverstone, where they underwent intense mental and simulator training under the guidance of renowned sports psychiatrist Prof. Dr. Dieter Hackfort. Dunlop, exclusive tyre partner for the BMW M235i Racing, gave the Juniors a glimpse behind the scenes of its production site in Hanau. Having seen the youngsters share many valuable experiences together, Adorf can look back positively on the second year of the BMW Motorsport Junior programme: “The BMW Motorsport Juniors in the class of 2015 were extremely strong. They all knew how to be quick in a racing car before they came to us. As such, our main task was, through their outings in the BMW M235i Racing and GT cars, to make them into more rounded racing drivers who are at home in any kind of racing car, whether in sprint or endurance races. We also had the goal of forming the Juniors into a team, which would work well together at an endurance race and set the car up as well as possible together. That is often what makes the difference in GT racing. I am proud of the huge progress they have made over the course of the year.”
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/essen-2015-bmw-x6-f16-with-falcon-bodykit/ in News on November 27, 2015
“Form follows function“ – This guiding principle is systematically applied BMW and often by German tuning shops. AC Schnitzer just unveiled their BMW X6 F16 with a Falcon bodykit which is heading for the 2015 Essen Motor Show. The aero pack...
“Form follows function“ – This guiding principle is systematically applied BMW and often by German tuning shops. AC Schnitzer just unveiled their BMW X6 F16 with a Falcon bodykit which is heading for the 2015 Essen Motor Show. The aero package includes a front skirt, rear diffuser, AC Schnitzer bonnet vents in export version with optional chrome elements, a rear wing, new carbon mirror covers and rear skirt protective film. These not only make the X6 stand out visually, but also provide more power thanks to the perfect airflow.
The interior of the BMW X6 by AC Schnitzer reflects style and design rather than power. Aluminum pedal set and foot rests, keyholder and velours foot mats are available to enhance the interior further.
Suspension work has been completed as well. The AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit lowers the car by 30 mm, offering a lowering center of gravity to improve driving dynamics and cornering abilities. Up to 22-inch wheels are offered in various colors to perfectly fill the flared fenders. With performance upgrades to 309 hp on the X6 30d, 360 hp on the X6 40d and 35i, and a legendary 525 hp on the X6 50i, AC Schnitzer offers a wide range of power outputs to their demanding customers.
The X6 will be displayed at the AC Schnitzer booth in Essen along with the BMW 150d ACS1 5.0d which produces 400 hp from its tri-turbo diesel.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-i8-widebody-virtual-tuning-i8-by-rain-prisk-designs/ in News on November 27, 2015
With a virtual wide bodykit for the BMW i8, the folks over at Rain Prisk Designs shows once again how versatile the design of the plug-in hybrid sports car is and how it can be interpreted and modified – if needed. Just a few weeks ago, Rain Pr...
With a virtual wide bodykit for the BMW i8, the folks over at Rain Prisk Designs shows once again how versatile the design of the plug-in hybrid sports car is and how it can be interpreted and modified – if needed. Just a few weeks ago, Rain Prisk Designs shared with us an exciting rendering of a BMW i8 Shooting Brake which takes its design cues from the Z3 M Coupe with the futuristic lines of the i8 progressive hybrid.
This wide body version of the BMW i8 highlights a super athlete who strives to impress with an extremely wide track and sophisticated aerodynamics for maximum performance. The powerfully designed wheel arches at the front and rear axle are thereby creating the necessary space for wide tires – a contrast to the “regular” i8. In the perfect world, the BMW i8 Widebody would be paired with an equally impressive powertrain and stiffer suspensions. BMW’s i8 Safety Car duty is a more powerful, lighter and stiffer version of the standard car. The FIA Safety Car BMW i8 makes a combined 380 hp and has an overall range of 373 miles. But, even the standard BMW i8 is a worthy competitor on the track. Sport Auto Test took the i8 to Hockenheim and recorded a lap time of 1:15.0 minutes. Thus, the i8 is on par with the Porsche Boxster (1:14.9) and Jaguar F-Type (1:15.2), but slower than the F82 M4 (1:12.8). For now, this tuned-up i8 is a just dream, one unlikely to ever come to fruition. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW i8 Widebody: Virtual tuning i8 by Rain Prisk Designs appeared first on BMW BLOG