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The 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) came to an early end at Road Atlanta. At Petit Le Mans, which was called off two hours short of its scheduled ten hours due to bad weather conditions, John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann finishe...
The 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) came to an early end at Road Atlanta.
At Petit Le Mans, which was called off two hours short of its scheduled ten hours due to bad weather conditions, John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann finished second in the GTLM class with the number 24 BMW Z4 GTLM. It was also P2 in the overall classification for the BMW trio. Car number 25, driven by Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner and Augusto Farfus, came fourth in the GTLM category. Porsche’s Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz secured victory at Road Atlanta. For the third time this season, the number 24 BMW Z4 GTLM won the DEKRA Green Challenge Award. This meant that the BMW drivers narrowly missed out on the drivers’, team and manufacturer titles. Werner and Auberlen had been just three points behind the leaders going into the race. By winning at Petit Le Mans, Pilet won the 2015 drivers’ title, Werner/Auberlen finished second with 305 points – ten points behind the Frenchman. Edwards and Luhr concluded the season in fifth overall with 291 points. BMW Team RLL and BMW also finished second behind Porsche in the team and manufacturer classifications. The iconic Petit Le Mans turned into the predicted water fight: When the race got underway at 11:10hrs local time, the track was already extremely wet due to the heavy rain. This made for tricky conditions. Several accidents caused full-course yellows, in which the USCC field was neutralised. Despite the terrible conditions, the BMW Team RLL drivers put in great performances without any mistakes, keeping their BMW Z4 GTLMs on track even in the heaviest periods of rain. Five hours and 22 minutes into the USCC season finale, however, the red flag was brought out due to bad track conditions. Another weather system bringing even heavier rain was visible on the radar, moving straight in the direction of Road Atlanta. After a one-hour break, the race was re-started. However, with darkness setting in, it was ultimately stopped for safety reasons at 19:01hrs local time – and the season came to an early end. The season finale at Road Atlanta also marked the final race appearance of the BMW Z4 GTLM in America. In 2013 the car celebrated its debut in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and also proved to be a winner in the USCC. In total, BMW Team RLL scored eight pole positions, five wins – with three of them coming in the 2015 season at Long Beach, Laguna Seca and Austin – and 16 further podiums with this car. In 2016 the BMW Z4 GTLM is planned to be succeeded by the newly developed BMW M6 GTLM. Next year there will be a total of 11 GTLM races in the series which will now be known as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The season will kick off in Daytona on 30th/31st January 2016.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/03/should-the-next-bmw-z4-have-coupe-m-variants/ in News on October 3, 2015
Wel all know a new BMW Z4 is in the works and will be coming to us sometime in the future. We’re not sure if it will be the near future, we just know that one is coming. It’s possible that BMW will work with Toyota to create it, as well. ...
Wel all know a new BMW Z4 is in the works and will be coming to us sometime in the future. We’re not sure if it will be the near future, we just know that one is coming. It’s possible that BMW will work with Toyota to create it, as well. What we do know for certain is that it will be at least available as a convertible. It’s likely that it will only be a drop-top, as the previous Z4 lacked a coupe body style. Admittedly, it was a hard-top convertible, so with the top up it looked like a coupe, but that’s not the same. Coupes are lighter, stiffer and handle better. The Z4 that preceded that one, the E85 generation, had a coupe variant and it was wonderful. It was fast, tight, nimble and light, thanks to the lack of power-folding roof mechanism and more rigid roof structure. The Z4 coupe is actually one of the more desirable old BMWs, in the eyes of enthusiasts. It was a riot to drive. It also had a proper M variant, called the Z4 M Coupe. Not the most original of names, but it was an excellent car and one of the more fun BMWs of its time. It was also very rare, so it had a prestige factor to it. Unfortunately, its successor never had such a variant, likely due to the lack of sales of the original Z4 M Coupe.
BMW Z4 M Coupe The next Z4 is coming and will be built on some sort of scalable, lightweight platform. Whether that platform is BMW’s own or co-developed with Toyota, it will be very light and most likely have extensive uses of carbon fiber, aluminum and high-strength steel. This will make it very lightweight and very rigid, making a coupe variant off the table, most likely, as the convertible would be light enough and stiff enough. But that doesn’t rule out an M variant. If BMW does indeed build this car with Toyota, the Toyota version will most likely be a Supra successor, which would make it the higher performing car than the Z4. BMW can’t have that. BMW can’t get shown up by Toyota while using its own car. That simply cannot and would not happen. So it’s likely that BMW could bring the Z4 M Coupe back with the next iteration. This would be exciting, as the only convertible M cars we have are the M4 and M6 ‘verts and they’re a bit too heavy for proper M duty. A lightweight M roadster would be amazing and something fans would be buying for years to follow, even after it ends production, much like the Z4 M Coupe now. So what do you think, should BMW make a coupe or M variant to the upcoming Z4 successor? The article Should the next BMW Z4 have coupe, M variants? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/03/for-sale-1991-bmw-850i/ in News on October 3, 2015
BMW enthusiasts have been clamoring on for quite some time about the Bavarian brand’s need for a replacement to the wonderful 8 Series of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The 8 Series was a car that everyone seemed to love. It’s...
BMW enthusiasts have been clamoring on for quite some time about the Bavarian brand’s need for a replacement to the wonderful 8 Series of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The 8 Series was a car that everyone seemed to love. It’s hard not to, really. That wedge shape is still one of the best to come out of Bavaria and the interior has ruched leather seats (C’mon, that’s awesome). Plus, if you had the wallet to spring for the 850i, you got a mighty V12 engine under the long sharp bonnet. Who doesn’t want a V12, seriously? Well, if you couldn’t get an 850i brand new, which many couldn’t due to its equally mighty price tag, you can get one now for pennies by comparison. This particular model is a 1991 model with 113,000 miles, which is nothing for a car that’s over 20 years old. Plus, a BMW V12 will never die. It looks fantastic in black, which gives it a mean and menacing look. The tan interior isn’t as aggressive, but it’s a nice place to spend some time while smashing the autobahn to pieces with your mighty V12. It’s four-speed automatic is antiquated, but it’ll do. Plus those long gear ratios will allow you to just ride the V12’s tidal wave of silky-smooth torque.
This really is a fine example of the 850i, as it’s in excellent condition with very little wear and tear. The good thing is that it isn’t absolutely perfect, so you can drive it everyday if you want without fear of every pebble in the road. It’s a driver’s car, not a show car. Those are the best kinds of classics. Though, being that this thing drinks gasoline like we drink water, it’s probably not the best daily driver. However, it would make a great second car or weekend car. Maybe something to take the wife out to dinner in on a special occasion. It has that “night out” kind of feel to it, as it’s sleek, seductive and powerful, especially in black. This particular model is $15,900 and I think that’s pretty good for a V12 BMW supercar/grand tourer with heated ruched leather seats. The mileage is even pretty good considering its age and it’s in awesome condition. This BMW 850i is one helluva cool classic car and one to drive regularly.
Bonus video: One of the best Top Gear episodes featured Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson being forced to by V12 sports cars for the price of a Nissan Micra. Clarkson chose a Mercedes CLS 500 while Hammond sprung for a BMW 850i. It’s very cool to see how comfortable and powerful these cars are, even when compared to today’s sports cars. Though both cars did lose a bit of power over the years, but we’ll just skip past that part. The article For Sale: 1991 BMW 850i appeared first on BMW BLOG
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Official Release: While the BMW M6 GT3 will contest race events and series with FIA GT3 regulations as of next season, BMW Motorsport is… The post BMW Motorsport Announces Plans for the BMW M6… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/03/the-wake-of-magellan-bmw-f10-m5-by-psi/ in News on October 3, 2015
When ordinary is not enough, we reach for the extraordinary. More often than not, that pursuit becomes a voyage, one filled with landmark events and above-average memories to savor for a lifetime. Florida-based tuning shop PSI worked with a customer ...
When ordinary is not enough, we reach for the extraordinary. More often than not, that pursuit becomes a voyage, one filled with landmark events and above-average memories to savor for a lifetime. Florida-based tuning shop PSI worked with a customer to create the ideal M5 sedan. Their client is a family man, but wanted his family car, a new BMW F10 M5, to be unlike any other. During several conversations, PSI realized that it was time to look beyond the usual wheel styles and sail into unknown waters. Enter HRE Wheels, with their RS-series Street Collection.
Well aware that a misstep can sink an otherwise fantastic build, PSI settled on the striking RS102M model, with their unmistakable 5-spoke design. The directional design resembles a ship’s propellers, and is impossible to ignore out on the street, while the Satin Charcoal Gray finish offsets the Sapphire Black body paint. They had the inner barrels custom painted to match the centers and lips for a seamless match.
With the perfect set of wheels in place, acquiring the perfect drop was necessary, and a set of KW Variant 3 coilovers fit the bill perfectly. Their build quality and adjustment levels enable a comfortable, smooth ride on virtually any surface. Having the stance sorted, the shop installed an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system to add some crackling thunder and reduce weight.
To complete the look, PSI added a carbon fiber Vorsteiner front spoiler and rear diffuser, which enhance the elegantly aggressive appearance, while inside a complete BMW M Performance carbon fiber trim set was carefully installed. IND supplied the finishing touches in the form of gloss black front and side grilles. Mod List HRE RS102M 21×9.5 / 21 x 11 in Satin Charcoal Gray finish with custom painted matching barrels KW Variant 3 Coilovers Akrapovic Titanium Exhaust Vorsteiner carbon fiber front spoiler Vorsteiner carbon fiber rear diffuser BMW M Performance interior trim IND gloss black front/side grilles
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/03/mercedes-could-make-ev-batteries-with-bmw/ in News on October 3, 2015
The head of Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler said recently that he sees the three larger German automakers, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, working together on battery packs for electric vehicles. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche talked about “commonalities...
The head of Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler said recently that he sees the three larger German automakers, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, working together on battery packs for electric vehicles. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche talked about “commonalities” between automakers; all three have launched several plug-in vehicles go with more electric vehicles to follow. The big three currently share the Nokia Here mapping service. “Nokia here led to a common approach… and there might be other areas,” Zetsche told a news conference at the Frankfurt auto show, adding that any such cooperation would most likely start with the next generation of batteries.
Samsung SDI currently supplies the BMW Group with battery cells for the BMW i3, BMW i8 and additional hybrid models over the coming years. The two companies extended their collaboration in 2014. [Source: Reuters] The article Mercedes could make EV batteries with BMW appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/03/video-a-ford-mustang-takes-on-a-bmw-m5-in-a-drag-race/ in News on October 3, 2015
A BMW F10 M5 goes against a Ford Mustang GT in another interesting drag race. Both vehicles posses quite a lot of horsepower and torque available to their drivers and they each have their own way of creating immense loads of power. The BMW F10 M5 is ...
A BMW F10 M5 goes against a Ford Mustang GT in another interesting drag race. Both vehicles posses quite a lot of horsepower and torque available to their drivers and they each have their own way of creating immense loads of power. The BMW F10 M5 is a performance-oriented sedan with a 4.4 L V8 turbo petrol engine delivering 560 horsepower (412 kW) at 6000 – 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 502 lb-ft (680 Newton meters) from 1500 – 5750 rpm. It can get from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.2 seconds. The Ford Mustang GT is also powered by a V8 engine which delivers 412 hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque. It can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.7 seconds. The previous generation Mustang took a few design cues from the historical Mustang models, adding a bit of old school looks and flavor, albeit with modern high-performance. Which one takes the win? Press play and find out below! The article Video: A Ford Mustang Takes On A BMW M5 In A Drag Race appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1180069 in News on October 3, 2015
The only decision to be made on the next 2er is to go forward with a four door Gran Coupe as expected in the segment? Or offer further practicality with a five dr Gran Coupe?
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/03/bmw-m2-spotted-with-m-mirrors/ in News on October 3, 2015
With less than two weeks before its official unveil, a BMW M2 was spotted wearing the production-ready M mirrors. The test mule continues to sport the black and white tape which masks the latest design details. The prototype runs with the production-...
With less than two weeks before its official unveil, a BMW M2 was spotted wearing the production-ready M mirrors. The test mule continues to sport the black and white tape which masks the latest design details. The prototype runs with the production-ready body kit and the black wheels which we know will be available at market launch. The launch color palette will be limited: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire. New colors are likely to be offered in the future as a replacement to the first ones.
BMW unveiled yesterday the X4 M40i, the M Performance Automobile also powered by a revised N55 unit. Looking at the specs, the engine of the BMW X4 M40i is a close relative of the engine for the BMW M2 F87, with the M2 Coupe getting an even sharper power stage with a power rating of 370 hp and improved response. READ THIS: Why would the BMW M2 have only four colors? The basic N55 engine is used in both vehicles with a 3.0 liters of displacement and a twin scroll turbocharger, however, some components from the S55 are included for more stability and to allow an increase of boost pressure and injection quantity. An optimized air intake and an optimized exhaust system are also included. The torque and power diagram shows the 360-hp N55 variant for the BMW X4 M40i with a rated output between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm/min. We currently estimate that the 365-370 hp version of the N55 will not provide its rated output in such a wide area, as well as can be expected with a little more torque. The forged steel crankshaft, the crankshaft bearings and the special pistons and high-power spark plugs will allow an increase in the peak power combined with optimum durability in most sports usage. The wait is almost over and soon we’ll be able to see and feel what the M wizards been working on for the last two years. The article BMW M2 spotted with M mirrors appeared first on BMW BLOG