P5 for Farfus in Saturday’s qualifying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Take a look at the wheel designs:

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Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

Vorsteiner V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel

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Black Sapphire BMW M4 with Matte Black HRE Wheels

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

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

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

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

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

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

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

Matte Black HRE Wheels For A Black Sapphire BMW M4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BMW Rules Out Future LeMans Prototype

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

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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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