BMW is heading to Road America.

Road America, the venue for round seven of the 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) next weekend (7th to 9th August), has seen more BMW Team RLL success than any other circuit in North America. The venerable four-mile, 14-turn circuit in Elkh...

Road America, the venue for round seven of the 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) next weekend (7th to 9th August), has seen more BMW Team RLL success than any other circuit in North America.

The venerable four-mile, 14-turn circuit in Elkhart Lake is a personal favourite of team principal Bobby Rahal and his team has won races there for BMW three times (2009, 2010, 2012), finishing second twice (2011, 2014). This season BMW arrives at Road America with a four-point lead in the GTLM class Manufacturer points standings, by virtue of two wins and an additional four podium finishes in the first six races of the ten-race season. Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner stand second in the driver points standings. John Edwards and Lucas Luhr stand third. The number 25 BMW Z4 GTLM and the number 24 sister car are second and third in the team points standings respectively.

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Turning a 1988 BMW E30 M3 Into an Hommage to DTM Racers

An homage to a defining moment in European car history. ...

An homage to a defining moment in European car history.

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KW Coilovers for the new Mini John Cooper Works

KW Automotive launches their stainless steel KW coilovers for the new Mini John Cooper Works. Depending on the kit, the coilovers enable a lowering of 20 – 45 mm at the front and rear axle. The stainless steel suspension kits are tailored to bo...

KW Automotive launches their stainless steel KW coilovers for the new Mini John Cooper Works. Depending on the kit, the coilovers enable a lowering of 20 – 45 mm at the front and rear axle. The stainless steel suspension kits are tailored to both street driving and track racing with the KW Clubsport coilover kit and the Street Comfort suspension kit which also allows for a continuous lowering. The Mini John Cooper Works with the KW Clubsport coilover kit brings the strongest Mini series of all times to its full potential. For the KW Clubsport kit, racing springs and high performance dampers are used in order to optimally use the characteristics of sport tires and semi slicks at track days. The dampers are adjustable in rebound with 16 clicks and twelve clicks in compression damping.

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In addition, the KW Clubsport coilover kit has adjustable top mounts which allow adjusting the camber in a way, that the wheels always have an optimum contact surface when driving in curves. The aluminum Unibal top mounts are exclusively available for the KW Clubsport coilovers. Similar to the Clubsport version, rebound forces can be independently adjusted with 16 clicks and the compression forces with twelve clicks.

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While the KW Clubsport coilover kit has race sport springs and high performance dampers with a valve assembly designed for race track use and semi slicks tires, KW has developed the Variant 3 as an alternative for the sporty street use with street tires. Drivers, who desire less adjustment reserves and individual setup parameters, will find an alternative to further adjust the handling characteristics with the KW coilovers Variant 2 with adjustable rebound valve. Those who mostly look for an attractive lowering with an improved driving dynamics will find the perfect suspension kit for the Mini John Cooper Works with the proven KW coilovers Variant 1.

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If the sporty setup of the Mini-John-Cooper-Works-series suspension kit is too inharmonious after a while, or if the Mini is mainly driven on bad roads, the KW Street Comfort suspension kit is the ideal alternative. Besides a continuous lowering of 15 – 35 mm, it convinces by the comfort-oriented setup. “The spring rate and the damper setup are designed for harmonious driving, without that the handling suffers at fast load changes”, describes KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker regarding the driving behavior of the Mini John Cooper Works with a Street Comfort suspension kit. Just like the Variant 2, the Street Comfort suspension kit can also be varied in rebound damping with 16 clicks in order to setup the suspension kit to be more comfortable or stiffer.

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BMW M3 Sedan by Turner Motorsport with HRE FF15 wheels

Turner Motorsport unveils a new project based on the new 2015 BMW M3 sedan. The beautiful Silverstone F80 M3 receives a few styling updates to improve its looks, starting with the usual blacked out kidney grilles and carbon fiber mirror covers from t...

Turner Motorsport unveils a new project based on the new 2015 BMW M3 sedan. The beautiful Silverstone F80 M3 receives a few styling updates to improve its looks, starting with the usual blacked out kidney grilles and carbon fiber mirror covers from the M Performance Catalog. Furthermore, the F80 M3 gets a carbon fiber front splitter and air curtains made of the same lightweight material. Turner and HRE worked together to upgrade the car’s shoes as well. The original 19 inch wheels are out and replaced by the HRE FlowForm FF15 wheels in 20 inch size and painted in black. To bring the car’s center mass closer to the ground, Turner replaced the original springs with the the usual suspects: H&R Sport Springs.

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Inside, the tuning shop installed the AWRON Integrated Performance Gauge for F8x M3/M4 into the F80 M3. This product allow you to monitor a variety of vehicle vital signs, as well as record your performance statistics such as 0-60 times, quarter-mile times, G-Force meter and much more. Perhaps the best feature of the AWRON gauge is its ability to open and close your F8x’s exhaust valves with the touch of a button!

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More upgrades are expected to be added in the upcoming weeks.

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BMW M3 vs Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG vs Cadillac ATS-V – Which one takes the win?

In wasn’t long ago that if you mentioned any other car in the same sentence as the BMW M3, it was the inferior machine. The M3 has been the king of its segment since its inception, with almost no competition. Up until recently, that is. Competition...

In wasn’t long ago that if you mentioned any other car in the same sentence as the BMW M3, it was the inferior machine. The M3 has been the king of its segment since its inception, with almost no competition. Up until recently, that is. Competition of the M3’s throne has grown stronger than ever. The Cadillac ATS-V and Mercedes-AMG C63 S are the two rivals with a shot of dethroning the mighty M3, and the matchup is closer than one might think. Well, Motor Trend had the good fortune to pit these three super sedans against each other and see which is best.

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The C63 isn’t a newcomer to the battle, as it tried to take down the king in its last generation, with little success. The previous C63 was good and very fun, but it didn’t’ have the precision and driveability that the M3 had. This new model, however, is a proper driving machine. According to Motor Trend, while the ATS-V couldn’t pass the M3 on twisty mountain roads, neither the ATS-V nor the M3 could keep up with the big Benz. With 505 hp, it’s also the most powerful by far, though it is also the heaviest of the bunch by far, weighing in at 3,936 lbs. Its 4.0 second 0-60 mph time is also tied with the M3 for second place. But the extra power on the real roads gives the Benz the advantage. As well as a more confidence-inspiring chassis.

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The BMW M3 is still the most trackable car of the bunch. It’s the most like a race car. You have to work at it to get the most out of it. So while the M3 is equally as fast as the C63, it’s a little more nervous feeling on tight roads, which causes it to fall behind the rock solid Benz. However, the M3 is still the driver’s car of the bunch. It’s fluid and fast, with an absolute rockstar of an engine. The twin-turbo I6 just pulls and pulls, also revving out further than the other two, with a 7,500 rpm redline compared to the Benz’s 7,000 and the Caddy’s quite low 6,500. The only real issue with the M3, according to Motor Trend, was the overactive traction control system, which kept intervening. Obviously, it can be turned off, but they felt that wasn’t too safe an idea on twisty mountain roads. The Cadillac ATS-V is the real surprise of the bunch. It’s far faster than both, pulling a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, is faster around the track and stops from 60-0 is less distance than the other two. It’s the performer of the bunch, which is surprising from a brand whose main clientele put their teeth in jars at night. But make no mistake, this ain’t your Grand Dad’s Cadillac. Where the ATS-V falls down is in its powertrain. While it’s sensationally fast, it doesn’t rev high enough to allow for any fun nor does it sound good doing it. So all of that fury seems rather tame in comparison with the Bimmer’s snarl and the Benz’s roar. In the end, Motor Trend declared the Mercedes-AMG C63 S the victor. It was equally as fast as the Bimmer and almost as fast as the Caddy, handled better than both apparently and has the more exciting V8 engine.The Cadillac ATS-V came in second place, being the best performer on paper than the other and actually being fun to drive, but falling down because of its powertrain. The might BMW M3 came in dead last for, well, unexplained reasons. The Bimmer seemed to tick a lot of boxes and sounded more fun to drive than the ATS-V, but came in last. We can’t really tell which is best without testing them for ourselves, but according to Motor Trend, the king has been defeated. The article BMW M3 vs Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG vs Cadillac ATS-V – Which one takes the win? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New spy pics of BMW 1 Series Sedan

Newest spy photos of the F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan, including an interior look. ...

Newest spy photos of the F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan, including an interior look.

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BMW USA July 2015 sales report

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014. ...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014.

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2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan testing in China

BMW’s first 1 Series Sedan continues testing in China, the primary market for the luxury sedan. Built under the codename F52, the 1 Series Sedan will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan, which are also front-wheel-d...

BMW’s first 1 Series Sedan continues testing in China, the primary market for the luxury sedan. Built under the codename F52, the 1 Series Sedan will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan, which are also front-wheel-drive-based. The sub-3-series model is underpinned by BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which also drives the wheels of the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and the new X1. BMW previously sold a 1 Series here in the States, but it was a rear-drive two-door coupe or convertible and it was replaced by the 2 Series family.

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Similar to the larger 3 Series, the front suspension is a strut design, while the rear consists of a multilink arrangement, giving the car good driving dynamics and a quiet ride. The new 1er Sedan model has been developed to support front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. BMW aims to bring the 1 Series Sedan to the same proportions as the E46 3 Series, therefore filling a gap between the 1 Series Hatch and the F30 3 Series Sedan. BMW will separate the F52 from the F20 1 Series hatch by giving it a unique appearance that does not look so closely based on the hatchback itself. The base of the A-pillar is aft of the front wheel, keeping a rear-drive-like dash-to-axle profile and maintaining maximum visual length for the hood, and the front and rear overhangs mimics the ones in the 3 Series. The spy photos reveal an interior design similar to the new X1 and 2 Series tourers, so no big surprises are expected.

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Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic gearboxes will be offered. BMW has yet to decide if the 1 Series will be sold in the U.S. as well.

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BMW i ChargeForward Pilot Launches in Bay Area

The BMW i ChargeForward Program has begun as an 18-month pilot. The program is now issuing calls to participating BMW i3 drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area to request the interruption of the charging of their EVs for one hour. The pilot study is b...

The BMW i ChargeForward Program has begun as an 18-month pilot. The program is now issuing calls to participating BMW i3 drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area to request the interruption of the charging of their EVs for one hour. The pilot study is being undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), whose service area covers Northern and Central California. Working with a group of nearly 100 BMW i3 drivers, selected from approximately 400 applicants, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to optimizing 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. In the managed charge pilot program, these 100 BMW i3 owners will allow BMW to delay in the charging of their vehicles by up to an hour, based on requests received from PG&E when grid loads are at their peak. The program also includes a “second life” for used MINI E batteries, by repurposing these batteries into a stationary solar-powered electric storage system located at the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, California.

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“One thing that we’ll be investigating with this pilot is understanding how people charge, how flexible they are with respect to when they charge, and how best to design future products in way that benefits both customers and utilities,” noted Julia Sohnen, Advanced Technology Engineer – Sustainable Mobility at the BMW Group Technology Office USA. Grid efficiency through managed charging, combined with a used EV battery “second life” system. The goal of the pilot is to provide PG&E with up to 100 kilowatts of capacity at any given time, regardless of how many BMW electric vehicles are charging, as part of a voluntary load-reduction program known as “Demand Response.” The benefit to PG&E of more efficient use of existing power grid resources through EV charging management is passed on in the form of monetary incentives to program participants. Improved grid utilization, resulting from EV charging management combined with a solar-powered “second life” battery system, is expected to reduce stresses on the grid and reduce the need for additional peaker plants, thus reducing consumer costs while supporting the integration of renewable energy. Throughout the 18 month pilot, BMW will manage the charging of participating BMW i3 vehicles, while prioritizing the e-mobility needs of participants based on timing by which vehicles should be fully charged, as communicated through a smartphone app. For each program “event,” when PG&E experiences peak load conditions, participants whose vehicles are selected for delayed charging will receive a text message notifying them that their vehicle charging will be halted for up to one hour, thereby temporarily reducing the load on the power grid. Using the BMW i ChargeForward smartphone app, participants can choose to opt out of any request based on their driving needs, however, and their vehicle charging will continue uninterrupted – for example, if they need to depart for a trip during peak load times and need a full charge sooner. As an incentive for participating, selected drivers will receive $1,000 initially, and an additional reward of up to $540 at the conclusion of the program, based on their level of participation in charging Demand Response “events,” as well as participation in occasional BMW or PG&E sponsored surveys or questionnaires. EV battery “second life” system using MINI E vehicle batteries. The battery second life portion of the project involves a full-scale stationary energy system built from eight used MINI E batteries to store energy and return it to the power grid. This 240 kilowatt-hour system, located at the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, California, is one of the largest second life systems in the world. At the end of a vehicle’s life, these batteries still have at least 70% of their original storage capacity available, making them suitable for re-use. By removing them from the vehicle and installing them in a stationary storage system with integrated solar power generation, new renewable capacity can be added to the grid—supported by resources that once took energy from it. This additional power will supplement the energy load reduction by intelligent management of BMW i3 charging, to ensure PG&E grid needs are met, based on signals sent to BMW by PG&E as part of Demand Response. BMW i ChargeForward pilot goals. The goal of the pilot is to make electric vehicles even more attractive to our customers by ultimately reducing the total cost of EV ownership while demonstrating the ability to integrate renewable energy into the grid, extending the BMW Group’s commitment to sustainability as demonstrated by BMW i. Total cost-of-ownership could be reduced, for example, as utility companies provide drivers with incentives to manage their electric vehicle charge times; these incentives could offset the cost of installing a charging station at home. The article BMW i ChargeForward Pilot Launches in Bay Area appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and the Apple iCar – Should BMW give the i3 technology?

It has been with a certain amount of humorous cynicism that I’ve watched the articles pour forth on Apple’s reported attempt to induce BMW into letting it purchase the rights to the i3. As purported in many of the articles, Apple is enamo...

It has been with a certain amount of humorous cynicism that I’ve watched the articles pour forth on Apple’s reported attempt to induce BMW into letting it purchase the rights to the i3. As purported in many of the articles, Apple is enamored with the technology of the i3 and they want it for an Apple automotive offering. Could it be done – of course it could and Apple, thanks to the way the i3 is manufactured, could have a completely different skin on their iCar than the i3 does. The exterior panels on the i3 are cosmetic, not structural. Think of all the Fiero-ghinis that have been created and you understand how an Apple car can come with a unique exterior ‘look’.

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But, in the words of Beatrice’s foil, “That’s not how it works, that’s not how any of this works!” Car companies don’t share their best technology with outsiders unless there is something very substantial in it for them. Look at how the Toyota, BMW deal works – Toyota gains access to BMW’s proprietary CFRP production processes and BMW gains access to Toyota’s proprietary hybrid technology. Both companies benefit and both companies products will benefit. The question that has to be asked is what could Apple provide BMW in exchange for the i3 that would deliver a competitive edge to BMW. While the ‘Cult of Mac’ is the envy of any branding fanatic, beyond computer hardware/software where would Apple polish a car manufacturer’s product. Yes, app integration and the rest, but that’s going to happen regardless. Autonomous driving, well BMW has been working on that for some time and as far as we know Apple is new to the field. I’m sorry, but it makes no sense for BMW to hand over the i3 to Apple so that they can fight over customers for the i3. However, what does make sense – and ties in with Apple’s great customer facing experience – is for BMW, working with Apple, to create an Apple edition i3. Selling for a premium, and with clever features heretofore unavailable, an Apple edition i3 makes a compelling case and with some clever mods to the skin you may be able to extend sales of the i3. The article BMW and the Apple iCar – Should BMW give the i3 technology? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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