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Last year he made an impressive Kona debut, this year he tackles the challenge again. Next Saturday, 10th October, BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi will participate in the famous long-distance triathlon on Hawaii for the...
Last year he made an impressive Kona debut, this year he tackles the challenge again.
Next Saturday, 10th October, BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi will participate in the famous long-distance triathlon on Hawaii for the second time. Zanardi will compete in this ultimate endurance test over a total distance of 226.255 kilometres solely with the power of his arms. The triathlon consist of a 3.86 kilometre swim in the open ocean, a cycling section of 180.2 kilometres, which the Italian will complete with his handcycle, and a final running section over a full marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres. For this last part, the 48-year old will use an Olympic wheel chair again. On his debut last year, Zanardi completed the long-distance triathlon in a stunning time of 9:47:14 hours. He was 272nd overall of the 2,187 athletes to reach the finish. This year, he aims to do even better – as he now knows what to expect on Hawaii. “It is completely different in comparison to last year. Back then I had the dream of setting a total time under the ten-hour-mark, but on the other hand I was very concerned because it was my first ever triathlon,” said Zanardi. “You have to consider it is not normal that someone makes his triathlon debut at Kona, because this is no less than the world championship finale with the world’s best athletes competing. For me the fact that I was able to do my first triathlon there was amazing. But, due to my total lack of experience, I was concerned last year about things that I had not done before, like changing from swimming to cycling and later to the wheel chair. I did not know if something could go wrong. This year, however, I know that these changes are quite simple for me. And I know that I can do them faster than last year – even if this only gains me a bunch of seconds, not of hours. The main reason why I think I can improve my time is the preparation I have done approaching this race: I have optimised it compared to last year.” According to Zanardi, the weather conditions will be the main factor on Hawaii: “They can influence the overall performance far more than your preparation can. I believe last year we as athletes experienced really difficult weather conditions due to the strong wind. So if the wind will be a little bit more co-operative this year, then it should be quite easy to improve the time in the cycling section. If, on the other hand, it is wet for the marathon distance at the end, I could have a serious problem pushing my wheel chair, as my gloves would slide a lot on the rims. Overall I could sum up my expectations like this: If the conditions are similar to last year, I believe that I can improve my time due to my optimised preparation. If the conditions are worse, I would have to reconsider everything.” The triathlon will start on Saturday, 10th October, at 6:55 a.m. local time in Kona.
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… with BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 2, 2015… While the BMW M6 GT3 will contest race events and series with FIA GT3 regulations as of next season, BMW Motorsport is also working ...
… with BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 2, 2015… While the BMW M6 GT3 will contest race events and series with FIA GT3 regulations as of next season, BMW Motorsport is also working on a new challenger for the elite class of North American GT racing: the BMW M6 GTLM. The plan is to return for an eighth season with BMW Team RLL and field the newly developed racing car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2016. “Using the basis of our new BMW M6 GT3 to develop a car for the WeatherTech Championship was a logical step,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The BMW M6 GTLM has all the essential ingredients to thrill fans in the USA and Canada. We are keen to continue our works commitment on the other side of the Atlantic at the highest level since the WeatherTech Championship is a fantastic stage with a high quality field and legendary venues. We feel right at home there.” Ludwig Willisch, Chairman and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC, added: “Success in motor racing helped us prove The Ultimate Driving Machine claim in North America forty years ago and continues to be an important part of the BMW marketing strategy to this day. As the largest market for BMW M in the world, we are eager to delight our fans with the BMW M6 GTLM in the 2016 WeatherTech Championship.” Download the entire newsletter.
Rain causes early end to USCC season finale. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 3, 2015… The 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) came to an early end at Road Atlanta (US): At Petit Le Mans, which was called off two hours short of its scheduled ...
Rain causes early end to USCC season finale. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 3, 2015… The 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) came to an early end at Road Atlanta (US): At Petit Le Mans, which was called off two hours short of its scheduled ten hours due to bad weather conditions, John Edwards (US), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Jens Klingmann (DE) 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 (US), Dirk Werner (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR), came fourth in the GTLM category. Porsche’s Nick Tandy (GB), Patrick Pilet (FR) and Richard Lietz (AT) secured victory at Road Atlanta (US). 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 11:10 A.M. 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 7:01P.M. local time – and the season came to an early end. Download the entire newsletter.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 2, 2015… The countdown to the nail-biting finale of the 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) at Road Atlanta (US) is on. In qualifying for the final race of the season, the classic Petit Le Mans, BMW Team RLL s...
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 2, 2015… The countdown to the nail-biting finale of the 2015 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) at Road Atlanta (US) is on. In qualifying for the final race of the season, the classic Petit Le Mans, BMW Team RLL secured promising grid positions. In difficult conditions with heavy rain and a wet track, Lucas Luhr (DE) qualified fourth at the wheel of the number 24 BMW Z4 GTLM. The German clocked a personal best time of 1:31.763 minutes and was 1.689 seconds slower than Porsche’s Earl Bamber (NZ) on the GTLM pole position. In Saturday’s race Luhr will share driving duties with John Edwards (US) and Jens Klingmann (DE). The second BMW Z4 GTLM, driven by Bill Auberlen (US), recorded a lap time of 1:33.680 minutes in the 15-minute qualifying session, finishing sixth in the GTLM category. In the ten-hour race Auberlen will alternate at the wheel of car number 25 with Dirk Werner (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR). Following an accident involving Bamber, the session had to be red-flagged. The 2015 Petit Le Mans will be the deciding event in the fight for the United SportsCar Championship GTLM titles. Werner and Auberlen are trailing championship leader, Patrick Pilet (FR, Porsche), by just three points in the drivers’ standings. The same points gap separates BMW from the leaders in the team and manufacturers’ classifications. Download the entire newsletter.
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World premiere of the new inline 6 cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine. Intelligent BMW xDrive: four-wheel drive with rear-wheel-drive characteristics. A sporty chassis specifically tuned to M Performance specifications. Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: Septemb...
World premiere of the new inline 6 cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine. Intelligent BMW xDrive: four-wheel drive with rear-wheel-drive characteristics. A sporty chassis specifically tuned to M Performance specifications. Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: September 30, 2015 6:00 pm EDT /3:00 pm PDT… Today, with the introduction of the new 2016 BMW X4 M40i, the successful BMW X4 has gained a new top model. In the Sports Activity Coupe segment (SAC), the BMW X4 M40i is setting new standards with enhanced driving dynamics and best-in-segment acceleration. The new BMW X4 M40i will be available at dealers starting February 2016. Design. The exterior of the new BMW X4 M40i makes it stand out as a clear member of the BMW M Performance family. Exclusive Ferric Gray metallic accents on the front of the vehicle and side mirrors, as well as the exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels with optional Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and the sport exhaust system with valve control and Black Chrome tailpipes on both sides emphasize the unique character of the new BMW X4 M40i. The M leather wrapped steering wheel, M gear shift lever, sport seats, model-specific door sills and “X4 M40i” digital lettering on the instrument cluster decorate the interior, assuring immediate recognition as a BMW M Performance model. A world premiere – the 6 cylinder inline engine. A newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6 cylinder gasoline engine celebrates its world premiere in the new BMW X4 M40i. This engine delivers 355 hp at between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its three-liter displacement, providing a maximum torque of 343 lb-ft. With this high-performance engine and the advanced M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, the BMW X4 M40i delivers best-in-class acceleration, running the sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Download the entire newsletter.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/jay-leno-pranks-uber-passengers/ in News on October 5, 2015
Jay Leno starts a promotional campaign for Jay Leno’s Garage by disguising himself into an Uber driver and gives some passengers the ride of their lives. Leno’s car-centric show used to be hosted only on the Internet, but it’s comin...
Jay Leno starts a promotional campaign for Jay Leno’s Garage by disguising himself into an Uber driver and gives some passengers the ride of their lives. Leno’s car-centric show used to be hosted only on the Internet, but it’s coming to CNBC starting Wednesday, October 7. The new primetime show will feature eight, hour-long episodes and Leno will host them all. It will cover ‘classic cars, super cars, restoration projects, road tests, investments’ and showcase what it is like to collect classic cars, a hobby Leno is known for.
In the clip below, Leno tells unsuspecting passengers his name is Rocco and he asks whether they would prefer to be driven by Jay Leno or David Letterman. His perfect guise and make-up makes him hard to be recognized, so not surprisingly all the passengers were shocked when he revealed his identity. The article Jay Leno pranks Uber passengers appeared first on BMW BLOG
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DINAN reveals their Stage 1 kit for the new BMW F85 X5 M and F86 X6 M which outputs 700 horsepower and 682 lb-ft torque from the standard 567 hp and 553 lb-ft torque. The California-based tuning shop says the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tune is a ...
DINAN reveals their Stage 1 kit for the new BMW F85 X5 M and F86 X6 M which outputs 700 horsepower and 682 lb-ft torque from the standard 567 hp and 553 lb-ft torque. The California-based tuning shop says the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tune is a “highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems.”
The kit is emission legal in all 50 states and has the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit. DINAN’s ECU is Bluetooth Smart meaning that you can change maps simply via a Bluetooth connection. The Plug-and-Play installation can be completed in two hours or less and it’s available through their network of 200+ Dealers. The Stage 1 kit costs $2,999.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/are-all-season-tires-the-best-for-the-rain/ in News on October 5, 2015
I love when Fall arrives as it is my favorite season! The air is crisp and not as hot, the days aren’t that short yet, and I don’t have any issues with my pollen allergies. And since Fall can bring some drastic changes in weather conditio...
I love when Fall arrives as it is my favorite season! The air is crisp and not as hot, the days aren’t that short yet, and I don’t have any issues with my pollen allergies. And since Fall can bring some drastic changes in weather conditions, let’s discuss all-season tires. First off, what are the four seasons? We all learned this in elementary school: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. And the thing to notice here is that RAIN is not a season, the major difference in the seasons is the rise and fall of the average temperature. So what makes a tire all-season?
An all-season tire is a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, designed to work in a large temperature range that contains conditions such as snow and ice, rain, and even warm dry days. On the other hand a summer tire is designed to perform best above about 40 degrees. Even in San Diego where the average LOW temperature barely dips below 50 for December and January, you will still see quite a few people on all-season tires. The reason for this is that they think all-seasons work better in the rain than a summer tire, but recall “rain is not a season”, it is a condition. New performance summer tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport (PSS) use multiple compounds of rubber to provide the best traction in multiple conditions. The PSS has a bi-compound tread that delivers excellent dry traction using a Le Mans-inspired compound on the outer shoulder and the latest generation of wet-oriented elastomers on the inner portion of the tread. As shown in many comparison tests, this combination provides amazing grip in dry weather and great grip in wet weather. I have been lucky enough to be involved in a comparison test between the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S+ and the PSS on a small wet oval track with the ambient temperature at about 70 degrees. In identically prepped 335i’s at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC, we raced around a watered-down track as fast as we could, and to most everyone’s surprise, the PSS was always the outright winner!
The Tire Rack does a plethora of tire testing, and has performed a test on ultra-high performance all-season tires and max performance summer tires in dry and wet conditions. On average, the summer tires out-performed the all-season tires in every test in both wet and dry conditions. You can see the results on the chart or the complete results at the links below:
Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tire Test Results: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=165 Max Performance Summer Tire Test Results: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=162 If you haven’t jumped to the conclusion already, here you go: If you live in an area where the average low temperature barely gets below 50 degrees, for maximum performance you’re better off staying with summer tires year round on your BMW. You will have similar to slightly better wet performance as an all-season, but with better dry performance! Wet Driving Tips: Make sure your tires have the proper amount of tread beforehand. Turn off cruise control. Slow down before turning, and maintain a consistent speed throughout the turn. While turning, don’t make any sudden steering wheel movements. Only brake in a straight line before the turn, and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn. Increase your following distance from other cars significantly. If hydroplaning, do not accelerate or brake suddenly. Keep your foot lightly on the gas and steer the car forwards until your tires regain traction. The article Are All-Season Tires The Best For The Rain? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/all-season-performance-all-season-winter-tires-the-best-tires-in-each-category/ in News on October 5, 2015
After a year of testing and analysis, Consumer Reports has released new car tire ratings on 47 all-season and performance all-season tires models and 21 snow tires. All-Season Tires All-season tires are standard on many cars today and as Consumer Rep...
After a year of testing and analysis, Consumer Reports has released new car tire ratings on 47 all-season and performance all-season tires models and 21 snow tires. All-Season Tires All-season tires are standard on many cars today and as Consumer Reports describes them, “They are designed to provide good grip on dry, wet, and snow covered roads, along with long wear and a smooth quiet ride.” The winner in this category is the Michelin Defender which stood out with its “impressive all-weather grip, crisp handling, and very long treadwear.”
Michelin Defender Continental TrueContact and the General Altimax RT43 came in second and third, followed by the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus which has a projected lifespan of 100,000 miles. Performance All-Season Tires
The Continental PureContact, Michelin Premier A/S, and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus ranked the highest in this category, but the Continental tires get a slight advantage due to their strong performance in dry and wet grip, handling, snow traction and a quiet, comfortable ride. The Pirelli and Michelin tires share many of the same qualities, along with longer tread life. Read our review of the Michelin Premier A/S. Winter Tires
The Michelin X-Ice XI3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 are top rated, but the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is a strong performer that offers excellent winter traction. We’ve also had the chance to test the Hakkapeliitta R2 on our BMW i3s (here and here). Full report can be found at Consumer Reports. The article All-Season, Performance All-Season, Winter Tires: The Best Tires in each category appeared first on BMW BLOG