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 ...

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BMW Group Announces the First Integration of EnLighten App

Official Release: The BMW Group announced today that it is the first manufacturer to bring the EnLighten App, by Connected Signals, into the car…. The post BMW Group Announces the First… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website...

Official Release: The BMW Group announced today that it is the first manufacturer to bring the EnLighten App, by Connected Signals, into the car…. The post BMW Group Announces the First… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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More gold for Zanardi.

The successful streak continues: BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi defended his world-title in the para-cycling time trial in Nottwil. Zanardi continued on his winning ways at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship in Nottwil. Two days...

The successful streak continues: BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi defended his world-title in the para-cycling time trial in Nottwil.

Zanardi continued on his winning ways at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship in Nottwil. Two days after being crowned world champion with the Italian national team in the team-relay, he has now celebrated another success. The BMW Brand Ambassador and BMW works driver successfully defended his world-title in the time trial in the MH5 category (men’s hand-cycle). In Friday’s time trial the para-athletes tackled a 15.5 kilometre lap around Nottwil. The course included challenging uphill and fast downhill sections.  Zanardi once more proved to be unbeatable with his hand-cycle. He completed the distance in 28:19:12 minutes, winning the race with an advantage of around 40 seconds over second-placed Oscar Sanchez. In doing so, Zanardi secured his third-consecutive world-title in this discipline. “It probably was one of the best handcycle races of my life,” said Zanardi. “It was a tough race. At about halfway through I was behind, lying in third, and that was not encouraging, as I knew I had to save energy for the really demanding final uphill section. But it did not change my tactics, as I had just got to go for my race and give my best – as I always do. I caught up and when we entered the final climb I had the same time as the leaders. I then was so fast uphill that at the end of the climb I even managed to overtake the guy who had started in front of me. What followed was a crazy downhill run where in one corner I nearly lost it. Luckily I did not! Then on the final, flat section I was fast like a rocket, because I thought it would be really close. But it was not – in fact I won with a good margin.” “I knew that it was going to be hard, but I wanted this result so badly,” Zanardi continued. “I knew that I had it in my arms but that it would be a challenge, as over the last months I had combined two things that I really love – motor racing and handcycling. I want to thank my trainer Francesco Chiappero and everybody who helped me to successfully tackle this challenge. In less than one week I competed in the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in my BMW Z4 GT3, basically staying awake for two days, and came here to contest these races in which every bit of energy matters in order to beat exceptional opponents. So I am incredibly proud of this result.” On Sunday (2nd August) Zanardi will compete in his third and final race of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship. He will compete in the road-race. He was crowned world champion in this discipline in 2013 and finished runner-up in 2014. The results of this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship count towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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BMW 3 Series. Made for curves

BMW UK releases a video commercial featuring the new BMW 340i. The short clip highlights the driving dynamics of the improved 3 Series and it aims to reinforce the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan. BMW’s 3 Series has been under fire lately with ...

BMW UK releases a video commercial featuring the new BMW 340i. The short clip highlights the driving dynamics of the improved 3 Series and it aims to reinforce the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan. BMW’s 3 Series has been under fire lately with more competitors launching every year. The Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia are the latest two premium sedans to join an already crowded and competitive segment. The 340i will be the first BMW to use the six-cylinder engine from the EfficientDynamics engine family. Replacing the outgoing 3.0 liter turbocharged six in the 335i, the 340i’s six will produce 326 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and achieve 7.7-6.5 liters per 100km (30 mpg US). The new, all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will be both powerful and efficient, more so than the outgoing six. This new I6 engine has some mighty shoes to fill, as the outgoing six is beloved by enthusiasts everywhere for its silky-smooth power delivery, excellent powerband and lovely noise.

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The 340i be available with six-speed manual transmissions and eight-speed, ZF automatics. The manual features a dual-mass flywheel with centrifugal pendulum adjusters and rev-matching to bring the engine to the correct speed for the next gear change, up or down. BMW did some revising to the chassis and suspension, as 3 Series customers were demanding more comfort with better handling, which is no small task. So BMW set out to give the customers what they wanted. To do so, BMW replaced the three-link suspension setup at each corner with a five-link setup. This stiffened up the chassis a bit, allowing for stiffer springs and dampers without any penalty to ride comfort. BMW also fitted a revised electric power-steering system, which is meant to give better feedback and response. Here is the video: The article BMW 3 Series. Made for curves appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New BMW 7 Series Featured in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The all-new BMW 7 Series, the brand’s flagship in its sixth generation, is featured in the highly-anticipated film “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, in theaters worldwide July 31. BMW is the exclusive...

The all-new BMW 7 Series, the brand’s flagship in its sixth generation, is featured in the highly-anticipated film “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, in theaters worldwide July 31. BMW is the exclusive worldwide automotive partner of this installment of the legendary action film franchise starring Tom Cruise. This is the second time BMW has lent its superior technological support to the franchise, enabling it to deliver breathtaking automotive stunt scenes shot around the globe. BMW previously partnered with Paramount on 2011’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” “We were thrilled to again have the support of BMW during the making of the film,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures. “The vehicles performed magnificently under very difficult circumstances, and we know audiences will be amazed by the action driving stunts seen in the film.”

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In addition to providing production support to the filmmaking team, BMW of North America will launch a series of “Mission to Drive” marketing initiatives around the film including television, radio and digital advertising. The automaker was the exclusive sponsor of the world premiere of the film in Vienna, Austria.

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot Production, “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION.” With the IMF disbanded and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces its most impossible mission yet. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin.

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The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce. Based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. Produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Jake Myers is an executive producer. Paramount Pictures will distribute “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” on July 31, 2015.

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BMW i3 drivers could collect $1,000 to charge on a schedule

In January at the Consumer Electronics Show, BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program.  The pilot study was undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), whose service area covers mu...

In January at the Consumer Electronics Show, BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program.  The pilot study was undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), whose service area covers much of Northern California. Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward aimed to demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. The study has two parts, a managed charge pilot program involving BMW i3 owners and a battery second life energy storage system.

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The idea behind the pilot was to delay the charge of the i3 electric cars when the power grid is under pressure. One hundred users were registered in the pilot and each received $1,000 upfront to participate in the 18-month trial. Peter Berman, a 70-year-old, semi-retired Los Altos psychologist, was selected from about 400 applicants. “My understanding is that we’ll get a text message that says ‘Hey, you’re charging your car right now, can you back off for an hour?’” said Berman to AutoNews. “This is the wave of the future. We can’t continue to be dependent on gas and oil and coal for our energy use. I’m really curious as to how this is all going to unfold.” Utilities companies are conducting those studies to determine how the grid will react if millions of electric cars will be on the street. PG&E estimates that there are 65,000 EVs in its vast northern California service territory, more than any other utility in the U.S. Utilities could also tap batteries for backup power when the grid is under strain or temporarily knocked out in an emergency, paying drivers for the electricity harvested from their parked cars. PG&E is also testing technology that will turn customers’ electric vehicles into mini power plants when there’s high demand on the grid. At the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, BMW uses a solar-powered system to store the energy in repurposed MINI E batteries. The article BMW i3 drivers could collect $1,000 to charge on a schedule appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Is the new Cadillac CTS-V enough to take down the M5?

It’s finally here. The big American beast set to take on the BMW M5 at its own game. The Cadillac CTS-V. For months, people have been speculating as to how the CTS-V might stack up against the M5, the perennial segment leader and constant target of...

It’s finally here. The big American beast set to take on the BMW M5 at its own game. The Cadillac CTS-V. For months, people have been speculating as to how the CTS-V might stack up against the M5, the perennial segment leader and constant target of all super-sedans. To take down the mighty M5, Cadillac knew that it had to pack some serious firepower into the CTS-V. So it took the 640 hp 6.2 liter supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06 and stuffed it into the CTS. And the results are quite staggering. The CTS-V, with its 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque, absolutely rockets from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. That’s faster than the 600 hp BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition’s 3.7, though not by much considering the 40 hp advantage to the Caddy. But the CTS-V will also run the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. A luxury sedan that can run the quarter mile in the 11’s is fast. Very fast.

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But Cadillac didn’t make it out to be just a straight-line bruiser. The CTS-V comes equipped with six-piston Brembo brakes up front and four-piston Brembos at the rear. It also comes with Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control and sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. From all of the drive reviews of the CTS-V, that are circling the internet at the moment, the big Caddy can really handle. It’s sharp on turn in, the chassis balance is very good, it’s controllable and it’s confidence inspiring. It’s everything you want in a super sedan. But it’s also a luxury car, as well. It’s quite in the cabin and feels safe and calm almost all of the time, even when moving at triple-digit speeds. The only real downside of all of this, is that it doesn’t feel as exciting as it is. It handles monstrous speeds with ease and that takes a bit of the fun out of it. Though, like the M5, that’s sort of the goal. These cars aren’t ragged-edge super cars, they started out life as luxury sedans.

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The Magnetic Ride Control shocks have a lot to do with that duality. With four driving modes, Snow, Touring, Sport and Race, the shocks, throttle, transmission and traction control systems all change. But the Shocks seem to be the most important, as the softening or stiffening of the Magnetic shocks can turn the CTS-V from track monster to city cruiser with the push of a button. The only downsides that seem to exist in the CTS-V belong inside of it. The CUE system, while updated and better than before, still isn’t great and can be frustrating to use, especially when traveling at the speed the CTS-V is capable of. The interior is still far under-par when compared to the Europeans in the segment, like BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar. The steering is supposedly too light and lacks feel and some interior ergonomics make things a bit uncomfortable. I had a chance to sit in the CTS-V at the NYIAS, and while it was a good interior, it didn’t come close to the quality of cars like the BMW M5 or Audi S6.

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Without having driven the CTS-V, we can’t say with confidence whether or not it’s better than the BMW M5. But we can say that it’s most definitely faster, will probably lap tracks faster, can absolutely handle extremely well and seems to be fun to drive. Will it be a better overall package than the aging M5? We don’t know but it’s most definitely up to the challenge. It seems to be the King of the Hill at the moment, but BMW and Mercedes are both prepping new cars for the segment, so who knows how long the CTS-V will remain King, if it has indeed stolen the crown.

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Pink BMW X6 M goes for a stroll in Munich

What do you do when you wanna stand out in a sea of BMWs? You put a flashy pink wrap on your bimmer and take it out for a ride around the city. This pink BMW X6 M was spotted in Munich Zentrum and the chrome pink wrap grabs the attention of everyone ...

What do you do when you wanna stand out in a sea of BMWs? You put a flashy pink wrap on your bimmer and take it out for a ride around the city. This pink BMW X6 M was spotted in Munich Zentrum and the chrome pink wrap grabs the attention of everyone immediately. Likely the car is used for marketing purposes rather than a personal vehicle an if that’s the case, the marketing strategy works. Over the years, we’ve seen some insane paint jobs, from chrome and gold X5s to purple M6s and now a pink X6 M.

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The BMW X6 M is ridiculed by many of today’s auto journalists for being completely unnecessary. And while it isn’t the most useful of SUVs, it’s still a damn fine car to drive. And customers love it. It’s got everything you could ever want, speed, power, performance, comfort, luxury and cargo space.  In the second generation, the sporty truck gets even better. Under the hood, the X6 M sports a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery.

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The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The 2015 BMW X6 M sells in the U.S. for $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling.

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Report: BMW Developing Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine for 7 Series

High-performance model could be called M750d. ...

High-performance model could be called M750d.

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F8x Blues: Atlantis Blue vs Yas Marina Blue vs Laguna Seca Blue

More looks at the F80 M3 in Atlantis Blue and how it compares to Laguna Seca Blue and Yas Marina Blue. ...

More looks at the F80 M3 in Atlantis Blue and how it compares to Laguna Seca Blue and Yas Marina Blue.

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