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
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/pp-exclusive-bmw-m3-e92-liberty-walk-a-widebody-monster/ in News on November 27, 2015
The tuning specialists at PP Exclusive present the BMW M3 E92 “Liberty Walk”, a project based on the popular sports coupe and featuring a widebody kit. As a special feature of this widebody kit, the visibly bolted wings cause a drastic br...
The tuning specialists at PP Exclusive present the BMW M3 E92 “Liberty Walk”, a project based on the popular sports coupe and featuring a widebody kit. As a special feature of this widebody kit, the visibly bolted wings cause a drastic broadness increase. To cope with the bigger dimensions, the PP Exclusive-M3 „Liberty Walk“ was equipped with a KW Clubsport-Coilover, including multiple adjustment options. A set of custom wheels were specially designed for this project. The “Deep Concave” wheels are three-piece forged with an anodized aluminum outer rim, and – due to its five wide spokes – a pretty timeless design. Additionally, the wheel is exclusively finished with special carbon inlays.
The article PP Exclusive – BMW M3 E92 “Liberty Walk” – A widebody monster appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/noelle-motors-gives-the-bmw-650i-gran-coupe-xdrive-622-hp/ in News on November 27, 2015
German tuner Noelle Motors reveals their tuning project based on the BMW 650i Gran Coupe xDrive. The elegant and sporty four-door coupe is one of BMW’s best looking cars of the decade, yet one that doesn’t see many aftermarket touches. In...
German tuner Noelle Motors reveals their tuning project based on the BMW 650i Gran Coupe xDrive. The elegant and sporty four-door coupe is one of BMW’s best looking cars of the decade, yet one that doesn’t see many aftermarket touches. In standard form, the BMW 650i Gran Coupe delivers 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, but after going through the tuning shop now delivers 622 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the 650i Gran Coupe with all-wheel drive runs from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in as little as 3.7 seconds.
[Source: Motor1] The article Noelle Motors gives the BMW 650i Gran Coupe xDrive 622 HP appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/ac-schnitzer-bmw-150d-with-triturbo-diesel-for-2015-essen/ in News on November 26, 2015
At the 2015 Essen Motor Show, AC Schnitzer will unveil the ACS1 5.0d “BMW 150d” model with a tri-turbo. The show car is an impressive example of what you can get out of the BMW 1 Series and what powerhouses fit under the hood. The engine ...
At the 2015 Essen Motor Show, AC Schnitzer will unveil the ACS1 5.0d “BMW 150d” model with a tri-turbo. The show car is an impressive example of what you can get out of the BMW 1 Series and what powerhouses fit under the hood. The engine comes from the M550d and has been tuned to produce 400 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque (590 lb-ft). With all the power increase, the AC Schnitzer BMW 150d accelerates in 4.5 seconds to 100 km/h, and the intermediate sprint from 80 to 180 km/h is done after 7.9 seconds. We can also assume that an impressive top speed would be possible without electronic limitation, but for now, it’s up to 250 km/h.
To improve the ride quality, the Aachener-based tuning shop installed shorter sport springs. The exhaust system was upgraded with new tailpipes, while the optics of the 150d was enhanced with Schnitzer-made front apron, carbon mirror covers, a roof spoiler and design strips. Different wheel designs in 18-20 inches are available as well. This particular model runs on 20 inches wheels wrapped in 235 mm front and 300mm rear tires.
[Source: Bimmertoday] The article AC Schnitzer BMW 150d tri-turbo diesel for 2015 Essen Motor Show appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/2017-bmw-m3-crt-rendering/ in News on November 26, 2015
Ever since the launch of the BMW M4 GTS, many BMW fans were waiting for news on a comparable BMW M3 CRT, but our sources say that a super sporty version of the popular F80 M3 won’t arrive until 2017. BMW is still in the process of developing th...
Ever since the launch of the BMW M4 GTS, many BMW fans were waiting for news on a comparable BMW M3 CRT, but our sources say that a super sporty version of the popular F80 M3 won’t arrive until 2017. BMW is still in the process of developing the car and the full details have yet to be finalized. To shorten the waiting time a little, Duron Automotive Artwork created a virtual BMW F80 M3 CRT using design cues from the M4 GTS. In reality, the BMW M3 CRT is expected to follow a similar path as its predecessor – the E90 M3 CRT.
The CRT – the acronym stands for Carbon Racing Technology – is meant to be a lightweight performance version of the current M3 to successfully compete on the track. The M4 GTS will loan its track-ready, adjustable suspension, while the S55 with water injection will power the M3 CRT. The super sporty sedan will take on the Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series which develops 510 horsepower. Other design cues will include the racing wing found on the M4 GTS, specially developed wheels and a performance exhaust system.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/its-thanksgiving-what-bmw-are-you-most-thankful-for/ in News on November 26, 2015
Well, today’s Turkey Day in the ‘States. It’s a day that’s supposed to be filled with great food, family, friends and celebrations for what we’re thankful for in our lives. It’s basically to commemorate the early f...
Well, today’s Turkey Day in the ‘States. It’s a day that’s supposed to be filled with great food, family, friends and celebrations for what we’re thankful for in our lives. It’s basically to commemorate the early feasts between Pilgrims and Native Americans. However, it’s usually actually spent watching Football while many family members have too much to drink, and argue over nonsense and then people going out shopping at midnight to trample one another for five percent off of Kuerig coffee maker. Ahh, isn’t America grand? But it’s really a day to look back at all of the thinks we’re thankful for and that’s what we’re going to do here today. Except we’re going to do it with cars, because why not? Us journalists might do a lot of bitching and moaning about our favorite car brands, like BMW, over producing cars that we deem unfit for the brand. But in actuality, our complaints are based off of nonsense and we’re living in the golden age of the automobile so we should appreciate it. Don’t believe we are? Just take a look at the fact that we have nearly 600 horsepower luxury SUVs, hybrid supercars that are faster than we ever imagined while also returning excellent fuel economy, sports cars that are faster than the supercars of yesterday but also aren’t rock hard and even small affordable cars that are able to put massive grins on your face. The automobile truly has never seen a more exciting time.
BMW, despite everyone complaining about it not being the pure, connected brand it used to be, is making some truly phenomenal cars. Let’s put it this way, the current BMW M4 with the DCT transmission is faster to 60 mph than the Lamborghini Gallardo was when it first debuted around 10 years go. That’s amazing. So there’s plenty we should be thankful for from our favorite Bavarian brand. BMW is offering performance we may never have though possible at prices that are actually reachable. But the question remains, which BMW are you most grateful for? I can tell you which one I’m most grateful for, the BMW M2.
That might seem like an obvious answer, as it’s the hottest Bavarian steed in the stable at the moment, but hear me out. The BMW M2 is a car that, by all logical accounts, shouldn’t be made. It’s not that much faster than the already very enjoyable M235i, it will cost almost as much as the BMW M3, which will be quite a bit faster and bigger and more practical and have more equipment, and BMW will likely make little to no money on it. It’s the kind of car that’s hated by bean counters. But BMW is going to give us one anyway simply because it would be awesome. The BMW M2 will be the kind of car for people who just want one over all else. Logic states that it’s a bad deal, because of how much more car for the money the M3 is over it and that if you want something smaller, get an M235i. But the M2 is for people who want an M2 and dammit they’re going to have one. It’s also going to be a freaking sensational car, with its 370 hp, Active M limited-slip differential and available manual gearbox. The M2 is going to bring back all of the memories we have of BMW’s greats and BMW’s making it despite the fact that it makes very little business sense. So thank you, BMW, I appreciate you for that. The article It’s Thanksgiving: What BMW are you most thankful for? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/limited-bmw-e92-m3-carbon-edition-debuts-is-a-beauty/ in News on November 26, 2015
From 2007 to 2013, BMW built one of the best M3 models every to come out of the Garching gates – E92 M3. During the period, BMW sold up to 40.000 copies of the popular sports coupe before it was replaced by the first ever M4 Coupe. Throughout t...
From 2007 to 2013, BMW built one of the best M3 models every to come out of the Garching gates – E92 M3. During the period, BMW sold up to 40.000 copies of the popular sports coupe before it was replaced by the first ever M4 Coupe. Throughout the years, the M Division came out with several limited M3 Coupes, one of them being the BMW E92 M3 Carbon Edition. In 2011, 111 copies of the M3 Coupe Carbon Edition were built. All these copies were sold in China in no-time during the BMW M Legendary Experience.
The Carbon Edition was unveiled together with the M3 Matte Edition and M3 Tiger Edition. All 111 units feature carbon fiber roofs, carbon fiber front lip splitters and trunk spoiler, carbon finer side mirror caps, hood inlets and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Gloss black 19″ Style 220 M3 wheels finish off the exclusive look.
With all of them were destined for the Chinese market, customers from around the world had to resort to building their own replicas. This Fire Orange BMW E92 M3 Carbon Edition hails from Australia were it was spotted in daylight with the sun shinning down the beautiful Fire Orange paint job.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/bmw-i8-with-adv15-m-v2-sl-series-wheels/ in News on November 26, 2015
This BMW i8 comes courtesy of ATT-TEC and features a set of custom ADV.1 Wheels. The German tuning company is well-known for their high-performance and luxury builds. The addition of a set of aftermarket custom forged wheels to a vehicle like BMW i8 ...
This BMW i8 comes courtesy of ATT-TEC and features a set of custom ADV.1 Wheels. The German tuning company is well-known for their high-performance and luxury builds. The addition of a set of aftermarket custom forged wheels to a vehicle like BMW i8 is a great way to improve the visual appeal of BMW’s most progressive car. Even though the BMW i8 comes with an extravagant and futuristic design, there are still ways to improve upon it and custom wheels are the most effective way to do so.
The i8 comes with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.
BMW’s most advanced car built-to-date produces 362 horsepower and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) for a 0 to 100 km/h of 4.4 seconds. Good enough for most owners who love to push their cars closer to the limit. With these ADV15 MV.2 Super Light wheels, the BMW i8 will stand out in the limited crowd of hybrid sportscars. The wheels are sized 22×9 in the front and 22×10.5 in the rear, respectively. The wheels come with a Titanium finish for the wheels spokes, while a Matte Gunmetal finish is applied to the lips, adding a nice contrasting effect to this setup. More detail is available in the media gallery below.