Tragedy at the VLN opening race today at Nurburgring

BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshado...

BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshadowed by a serious accident with tragic consequences. A good hour into the race, a car left the track and finally came to a stop behind the safety barriers. According to the organisers, several spectators were injured. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, one person succumbed to their injuries in the medical centre at the racetrack. The remaining injured spectators were taken to hospital for further medical care. The race was red-flagged to allow the emergency services quick access to the scene of the accident, and was not restarted. The thoughts of BMW Motorsport are with all involved in this accident, as well as their families and friends.

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Top 5 Tech Cars

Many people have different opinions on the Golden Age of the automobile. Some will claim the ’50s, when cars were the size of aircraft carriers, had fins like a megaladon and enough chrome to make rappers blush. Other seem to think it was the &...

Many people have different opinions on the Golden Age of the automobile. Some will claim the ’50s, when cars were the size of aircraft carriers, had fins like a megaladon and enough chrome to make rappers blush. Other seem to think it was the ’60s and ’70s when muscle cars reigned supreme. However, one can make an argument that we’re living in the golden age of cars right now. At the moment, we have hot hatchbacks that get over 30mpg, cost under $25,000 and are faster than the muscle cars of the ’60s, all while being able to seat five comfortable and still have room for luggage, such as the VW GTI. We also have electric cars with carbon fiber monocoques for less than fifty grand, like the BMW i3. In the ’60s, the average Ferrari could do 0-60 mph in around eight seconds. Now they’re in the low threes and the LaFerrari is in the high twos. Cars are also much safer now, and more reliable with more creature comforts.

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But it’s the technology that’s changing in cars, at the moment, that makes this such a pivotal and important time in automotive history. Cars are becoming more technologically advanced than we could have ever dreamed of before, and it’s happening at an alarming rate. It was just a couple of years ago that the Toyota Prius was the future with its hybrid technology, now the Prius is yesterday’s news. But which cars are making the biggest impacts, which are the cars that push the automobile forward the most? Let’s take a look at the five most innovative automobiles currently on sale. 5. Toyota Prius

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I know I said it was yesterday’s news and it actually hurts mean, both mentally and physically, to put a Prius on any list that’s positive, but even I can’t deny how good of a showcase for hybrid technology it is. With multiple options to choose from, which include the mini Prius C, the van-like Prius V and the Prius Plug-In, the Prius is the poster child for hybrid tech. Us enthusiasts hate it because it has the charisma and driving enjoyment of a Sunbeam Toaster. But to the rest of the world, the Prius is a beacon of polar bear-saving light. It can regularly get over 50 mpg, will never die and starts at $25,000, so it’s affordable to the masses. While not a techno-fest, the Prius usually sets the bar for hybrid efficiency. 4. Chevy Volt

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Despite the harsh words I’ve said about the Volt in the past, it is quite a good little plug-in hybrid. It’s also one of the most affordable and offers fantastic mileage. Volt’s can easily get 40 mpg when the gas engine kicks in to recharge the batteries. That’s on top of the 38 mile range of pure electricity alone. That’s not bad for a plug-in that starts at $35,000 before incentives. The Volt, admittedly, is starting to show its age, but it’s still one of the better plug-in hybrids out there. The Vauxhall version, the Ampera, even one European Car Of The Year in 2012. So the Volt is a good car, just maybe a bit dull. 3. BMW i3

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The distance between 4th and 3rd place is vast. Very vast. The i3 is in a different league altogether than cars like the Volt and Prius. Given that it doesn’t cost all that much more than the Volt makes it even better. The i3 is a technological masterpiece. With it’s extensive use of CFRP and composites, the i3 is able to go further, last longer and go faster, all while being far more fun to drive, than almost any other hybrid or EV. The i3 packs an 80 mile range of pure electric power (the gasoline range extender option adds another 60-80 miles) and the ability to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 7.8 seconds. It’s simply staggering to drive. It’s one-pedal driving is truly something to experience. But what impresses the most is how the car feels. It manages to give you familiar sensations as well as new ones. It feels like the future, yet utterly accessible. The i3 is not only one of the most innovative cars on sale, but of all time. 2. Tesla Model S

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While the i3 is a bit more interesting, because of its genius lightweight construction, the Model S’ blend of next-gen technology and current-gen feel is quite an achievement. The Model S is able to be such an impressive technological achievement, yet have the feel, convenience and range of a normal luxury car. It also has a further range than any other EV, and it’s faster. The Model S has a range between 208 and 265 miles, depending on which battery you get, and can rocket to 60 mph in under 6 seconds (3.2 for the dual motor). That’s supercar fast. It’s still very heavy (4,647 lbs) and that needs to change in the future, but as it stands it’s one of the few cars leading the charge towards a new future. 1. BMW i8

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The BMW i8 is simply a masterpiece and there’s no two ways about it. Using the same CFRP construction as the i3, the i8 weighs only 3,394 lbs. That’s over 1,000 lbs less than the Model S. That’s the equivalent of putting a BMW motorcycle and its driver in the trunk of the i8. Not only is it light, but it’s fast. The i8 can nail 60 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds, 100 mph in 9.0 and do a standing quarter mile in 12.1, or faster than a BMW M4. It also gets a combined 76 mpg. The i8 is able to do that thanks to the mid-mounted, 1.5 liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine, mated to an electric motor which sends 228 hp to the rear wheels. It also utilizes a front-mounted electric motor which powers the front wheels with 129 hp. These two powertrains are not connected and there are no driveshafts connecting the axles to make it all-wheel drive. The i8’s many computers figure it all out on its own. It’s that sheer magnitude of technology that makes the i8 the most innovative car on sale and quite possibly the most incredible one too. The article Top 5 Tech Cars appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Mercedes-Benz to launch a pickup truck. Is BMW next?

Mercedes-Benz is known in the United States as one of the premier luxury car makers. People who buy a car with the three-pointed star on the hood want a car with sumptuous leather, powerful engines and unprecedented luxury. However, Mercedes-Benz isn...

Mercedes-Benz is known in the United States as one of the premier luxury car makers. People who buy a car with the three-pointed star on the hood want a car with sumptuous leather, powerful engines and unprecedented luxury. However, Mercedes-Benz isn’t known around the world for only luxury. The folks in Stuttgart have been making cabs, vans, trucks and even unimogs. Recently, the three-pointed star has announced that it will even make a pickup truck. By 2020, there will be pickup trucks driving around with Mercedes-Benz badges on it.

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If that sounds odd to you, that’s because it is. There has never been a pickup to come out of Stuttgart. Many vans, no pickups. This Benz pickup will combat with the likes of the new Ford Ranger and upcoming Toyota Hilux. There are no details as of yet, but expect a payload capacity of around 2205 lbs. And if you live in the States, don’t expect to see one. This unnamed pickup, to be built by Mercedes’ van department, will only go on sale in Latin America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Being a competitor of Mercedes-Benz, it’s surprising BMW never go into at least van making. It just seems that BMW is uninterested in making utility vehicles and focuses more on luxury and performance. Some BMW engineers did go a bit mad and create an E92 M3 pickup Ute, but that was a one-off vehicle not developed for sale.

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So should BMW make a pickup to combat Mercedes? In my opinion, no. Not because it would dilute the brand image or anything like that, but because of the lack of expertise. Mercedes-Benz has been making utility vehicles for decades, so it’s a trusted brand in that regard. BMW would be entering territory unknown to its people to combat a competitor with ample experience in it.

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On the flip side, however, a BMW pickup, without all the stigma and brand image and competition, would be something I think I would enjoy. In a vacuum, a BMW pickup would be pretty interesting. Imagine a four-door pickup with four-wheel drive, a turbocharged inline-six engine and 6-Speed manual? That would be fun, regardless of how you feel about pickups. Nevertheless, a BMW pickup simply would not succeed. It’s biggest competitors, Mercedes and Toyota, have been in the game far too long to be beat by a newcomer. While it’s a fun idea to imagine a Bavarian pickup, an idea is the only thing it should be. The article Mercedes-Benz to launch a pickup truck. Is BMW next? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW recalls certain 2015 X5 models for Head Protection System airbag issue

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35d Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) manufactured August 19, 2014, to February 16, 2015, and 2014-2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35i, X5 sDrive 35i, X5 xDrive 50i, Sports Activity Vehicles (SA...

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35d Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) manufactured August 19, 2014, to February 16, 2015, and 2014-2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35i, X5 sDrive 35i, X5 xDrive 50i, Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) manufactured August 28, 2013, to February 16, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Head Protection System (HPS) air bag may not be securely connected to the air bag inflator gas generator. Without a secure connection to the inflator, the HPS air bags may have insufficient inflation during a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury. 46 vehicles are said to be affected.

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BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Head Protection System, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 1, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. The article BMW recalls certain 2015 X5 models for Head Protection System airbag issue appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New BMW 7 Series test prototype collides with police vehicle

German media is reporting that yesterday, a BMW 7 Series prototype collided with a police vehicle in Stuttgart, Germany. The police report says that four people were slightly injured and the total damage is likely to be around 150,000 euros. A 30-yea...

German media is reporting that yesterday, a BMW 7 Series prototype collided with a police vehicle in Stuttgart, Germany. The police report says that four people were slightly injured and the total damage is likely to be around 150,000 euros. A 30-year-old police officer, who was driving his Mercedes Sprinter with blue lights and sirens, responded to an emergency callout, reached a red light at an intersection where it then collided with the 7 Series. The BMW prototype was carrying the typical black and white camouflage. From the impact, the Sprinter hurled up against the curb and came down on its left side.

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart The driver of the patrol car, his colleagues, age of 26 and 30, and the 42-year-old suffered minor injuries.

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BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

BMW-Versuchsfahrzeug stößt mit Polizeifahrzeug zusammen, Sprinter wird auf Seite geworfen, Stuttgart

[Source: 7aktuell] The article New BMW 7 Series test prototype collides with police vehicle appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Cookie Monster takes advantage of RTTI and Spotify

BMW promo spots featuring the Cookie Monster using the RTTI and Spotify. ...

BMW promo spots featuring the Cookie Monster using the RTTI and Spotify.

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Tragic accident overshadows VLN opener.

BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshadowed by a serious accident with tragic ...

BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshadowed by a serious accident with tragic consequences.

A good hour into the race, a car left the track and finally came to a stop behind the safety barriers. According to the organisers, several spectators were injured. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, one person succumbed to their injuries in the medical centre at the racetrack. The remaining injured spectators were taken to hospital for further medical care. The race was red-flagged to allow the emergency services quick access to the scene of the accident, and was not restarted. The thoughts of BMW Motorsport are with all involved in this accident, as well as their families and friends.

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Restoring Old Cars

As a car enthusiast, you’ve probably spent a couple of hours sifting through eBay or Craigslist ads, looking for barn finds or old garaged cars, in bad enough shape to be had on the cheap, but with serious potential to fix up, restore or modify. We...

As a car enthusiast, you’ve probably spent a couple of hours sifting through eBay or Craigslist ads, looking for barn finds or old garaged cars, in bad enough shape to be had on the cheap, but with serious potential to fix up, restore or modify. We’ve all done it. Everyone has their specific taste, specific kinds of cars they want. Some like old muscle cars, like a Mustang or Challenger, some like making hot rods, so they’d look for an old Ford or Plymouth. But Some like old European cars, like Alfas and BMWs. I’ve recently begun restoration on my 1996 328i sedan. I didn’t find it in an old barn or anything, it happened to be my first car. But now that it’s no longer my daily, it has become my project. There’s something about working on a car that you don’t have to depend on that feels so fulfilling. When you’re working on your daily driver, and it’s giving you trouble, it can become maddening because getting it up and running is imperative. But when you can just call it a day, walk away from the car and work on it next weekend, it frees your mind to just enjoy the process.

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My 328i is going to be a monumental task, one that I’d never consider taking on in its entirety if I had to drive it daily. If that was the case, I’d just fix the least amount possible to keep it running because certain projects require days and days worth of work and I could never afford to be without the car for that long. But when I can pack it up for the day, when something is giving me too much trouble, it allows me to come back to it with a fresh mind. But car restoration is a huge part of being a car enthusiast. That’s why there are so many restoration shows on television. You know the kind, where some guy with too many ridiculous tattoos and spiky hair says he only has two days to turn a rust-bucket into a show car and always gets it done with five seconds left, thanks to clever editing a weeks of actually working on it. The fact is, though, that we love those shows because those people are doing what we desire so badly. Fixing up old cars is such a rewarding thing, because it not only brings you back in time to a different era of motoring, but because it’s yours. I’d rather drive my beat up E36 than a new Lamborghini (ehh, actually maybe not) because I’ve put my own sweat and blood into it. But old BMW’s have a way of doing that to you, more so than other cars. There’s something about the way they drive. Yes, the steering is telepathic and the chassis are so perfectly balanced and everything about the car simple to the point of being elegant. But there’s something intangible about them. It’s hard to explain, but driving an old Bimmer just fizzes a part of your brain, and it’s impossible to identify just why that is. There’s just so much character there. The only car company I can think of that would have equally rewarding cars to restore would be Alfa Romeo. Alfas are very much like BMWs, in the sense that the reason they’re so desirable is not something that can be found on a spec sheet, but somewhere deep in your cerebral cortex when hooning them. So I’m currently in the process of BMW restoration, in admittedly one of the less desirable old Bimmers, and the only other kind of car I’d like to restore would be an Alfa. If you had to restore an old car, or if you have already, what would it be? The article Restoring Old Cars appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 1602e – first electric vehicle from BMW

The first development of BMW electric vehicles already took place in 1972 with the BMW 1602e. Have a look at the concept, that had a huge impact on the future and the present BMW i3 and i8. ...

The first development of BMW electric vehicles already took place in 1972 with the BMW 1602e. Have a look at the concept, that had a huge impact on the future and the present BMW i3 and i8.

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Best BMW For A Road Trip Across America

With summer just around the corner, unless you live in Chicago, we’re starting to look at the best BMW for a road trip across America. An East Coast to West Coast trip is one of those things that should be one everyone’s bucket list, the ...

With summer just around the corner, unless you live in Chicago, we’re starting to look at the best BMW for a road trip across America. An East Coast to West Coast trip is one of those things that should be one everyone’s bucket list, the 3,000 miles trip offers great roads and sights that are hard to find anywhere in the world. From the Appalachians, Mississippi river, Great Plains to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, California Coast and Big Sur. There is a little bit of everything for everyone who enjoys nature and great roads to drive on. A similar trip was taken by Precision Sport Industries with their Sakhir Orange BMW F82 M4 that can only be described as breathtaking. From the hot desert in Nevada all the way across Utah mountains, back to Florida, this was one amazing road trip to say the least. They did it in a BMW M4, not the most comfortable cruiser, but fun nonetheless.

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While there are many other potential road trip scenarios, the idea of coming from one ocean to the other is something completely over the top. So what’s the best BMW to use for this road trip? For me, there is simply only one option, the E30 M3; its allure and heritage, combined with the raw power and old school mechanics, make it a suitable car for a trip across US.

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No real luxury inside the car, no fancy gadgets, sans a tape player, but a pure M3 that will connect you with the road and its surroundings. This is what I’d go with. What’s your favorite road trip car? Let us know in the comments below. The article Best BMW For A Road Trip Across America appeared first on BMW BLOG

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