BMW Motorsport Juniors gain valuable experience.

It was the highlight of the season for the BMW Motorsport Juniors: the first race together at the 24 Hours of Zolder. Victor Bouveng, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman alternated with their head instructor Dirk Adorf at the wheel of the BMW M235i Ra...

It was the highlight of the season for the BMW Motorsport Juniors: the first race together at the 24 Hours of Zolder. Victor Bouveng, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman alternated with their head instructor Dirk Adorf at the wheel of the BMW M235i Racing, eventually coming home 15th overall after 710 laps. The quartet finished ninth in the BMW M235i Racing Cup class.

After Thursday’s qualifying was dominated by heavy rain, Zolder was at its best in summery conditions for the start of the race on Saturday. Bouveng lined up 24th on the grid for the first stint, which took place in ideal racing conditions. In the first third of the race, the team lost time in the garage due to an electrical fault and seriously worn brakes. After that, the number 246 BMW M235i Racing ran without any problems. The Juniors completed flawless stints and clocked consistent lap times as they made up many places. All 11 BMW M235i Racings that started the race finished in the top 20 overall. Far more important than the final result was the valuable experience that the BMW Motorsport Juniors gained at the iconic circuit in Flanders. This was the first endurance outing for all the Juniors except Bouveng, who contested the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring with the BMW M235i Racing media car and is a regular in the VLN Endurance Championship. As well as the unique challenges of a 24-hour race, the youngsters also experienced how to look after the car when driving it twice round the clock, how to act as a team, and how to share a car. The four-kilometre circuit in Zolder does not have a long straight and demands maximum concentration from the drivers. Given the traffic encountered during a 24-hour race, with cars of different speeds, this was another important test for the Juniors, and one which they passed with flying colours. The Juniors’ eventful week had started with a tyre workshop at Dunlop. The Official Partner of BMW Motorsport is the sole provider of racing tyres for the BMW M235i Racing, and offered the talented youngsters a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at its production facility in Hanau. The Juniors were particularly interested in the elaborate and precise manual work that goes into producing the racing tyres. Bouveng must wait no longer than next weekend for the next highlight of the BMW Motorsport Junior programme. He will contest the seventh round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the wheel of a BMW Z4 GT3 fielded by Walkenhorst Motorsport, who was also responsible for the Juniors’ BMW M235i Racing in Zolder. The young Swede will deputise for Jesse Krohn: the “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year 2014” is in action in the European Le Mans Series with BMW Sport Trophy Team Marc VDS. Dirk Adorf (Chief Instructor): "The Juniors experienced for themselves that you have to drive differently in a 24-hour race to a sprint race. You have to forget the racing driver’s natural instinct to drive as fast as possible, and drive as cleverly as possible instead – particularly here, where there is a lot of strain on the brakes. The brakes suffered a bit at the start of the race, but the guys then adapted their driving style and we were excellent after that. They learned a huge amount. More than at any test. The boys now know what the engineers want, and what driving style is better in the long term – and how to implement it. We forged a great team spirit. The week has brought us closer together. I am very proud of the guys for bringing the car home without a scratch on it and without incurring any penalty." Victor Bouveng: "It was a crazy race, and definitely not an easy one. I did the start and thought something is wrong with the brakes. But it turned out that I pushed a little bit too hard at first. Then Dirk went out with the car – and he was quick, but also saved the brakes. That got me thinking. After a while, we Juniors understood what to do, we got into a really good rhythm and everything was fine. I am happy with my performance. It has been a very challenging race, but it will be very helpful for my future career. We are here to learn, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to do so with a fantastic team. Thank you to BMW Motorsport and Team Walkenhorst for making this possible." Louis Delétraz: "This was not only my first 24-hour race, it was also my first touring car race. It was not easy, but very interesting – and I learned a lot. The most impressive experience was to drive in the night, my first double stint started around midnight. It was really important to have an experienced driver like Dirk in the car. You need a lot of experience in touring cars, and I could always rely on what Dirk said. I learned how to save brakes and fuel, as well as about strategy. I enjoyed working with my fellow Juniors, Team Walkenhorst and everyone from BMW – an amazing experience." Trent Hindman: "Early on in the race you never think about the finish, just about how to tackle the next few hours. But for us, as we got closer and closer to the end, it was becoming real that we managed to change the strategy to save fuel, tyres and brakes. We lost a lot of time in the beginning, but we sorted out everything in the last 12 hours. A huge thank you to everyone from Team Walkenhorst, they worked had to give us a great package. It was a pleasure to work with Dirk and the other guys from BMW Motorsport for the first time in a race environment. I took a huge amount of information. This is something, I will remember for the rest of my life. First 24 hours – I take it."

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Second place for BMW driver Spengler in Moscow.

Bruno Spengler of BMW Team MTEK made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium after race two in Moscow.    After his third-place finish on Saturday, the Canadian went one better at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM on Sunday. Spe...

Bruno Spengler of BMW Team MTEK made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium after race two in Moscow.   

After his third-place finish on Saturday, the Canadian went one better at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM on Sunday. Spengler finished runner-up – his best result of the season. Victory in the twelfth race of the DTM season went to Mike Rockenfeller (Audi). BMW came close to repeating Saturday’s achievement and landing two drivers on the podium on Sunday. However, Maxime Martin surrendered third place to Mattias Ekström (SE, Audi) just minutes before the end of the race after a lengthy battle for the final podium spot. Last year’s winner crossed the finish line fourth in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. His team-mate at BMW Team RMG, Marco Wittmann (Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM), followed yesterday’s second place with a seventh place in race two at the “Moscow Raceway”. Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM) finished just outside the points in eleventh and twelfth. Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) came home 17th and 23rd. Martin Tomczyk failed to finish in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. Reactions to the 12th race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “We can be happy with our outing here in Moscow. After two podiums yesterday, Bruno Spengler finished a very impressive second today. Unfortunately he was not quite able to make it onto the very top step. Maxime Martin battled hard to finish fourth and score some good points. Marco Wittmann was our third car in the top ten, finishing seventh. This racetrack has been a happy stomping ground for us: since Moscow has been included in the race calendar, we have always finished on the podium here. After three race weekends in a row abroad, we are now looking forward to the final third of the season in Germany. Congratulations to Mike Rockenfeller and Audi.” Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 2nd): “After my third place yesterday, that was a fantastic result. Thank you very much to my team. The team was able to make even more significant improvements to the car, which allowed me to clock consistent lap times today. I am happy to have scored a lot of points in Russia, thanks to my two podium finishes. Unfortunately I was held up by Lucas Auer in the middle of the race – as were a few other drivers. Fortunately I was able to overtake him and then hang on to second place.”    

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Video: BMW procession exits UK BMW CC National Festival

Long procession of M cars leaving the BMW CC National Festival in the UK. ...

Long procession of M cars leaving the BMW CC National Festival in the UK.

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Bruno Spengler starts from the front row.

The BMW DTM drivers secured good starting positions in qualifying ahead of the 12th race of the season in Moscow. BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler was third fastest at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM. His time of 1:28.580 minutes was just 0.040...

The BMW DTM drivers secured good starting positions in qualifying ahead of the 12th race of the season in Moscow.

BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler was third fastest at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM. His time of 1:28.580 minutes was just 0.040 seconds slower than that of Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) who starts from pole position. As second-placed Mattias Ekström (Audi) has been relegated three places on the grid as a result of his collision with Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) on Saturday, Spengler will line up next to Rockenfeller on the front row. Last year’s winner Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) also benefitted from Ekström’s penalty: the BMW Team RMG driver set the fourth fastest time, meaning he starts the race from third on the grid. A further three BMW drivers qualified in the top ten, in the form of Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM), Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM) in places eight, nine and ten. Glock ended the session at the 3.931-kilometre “Moscow Raceway” in 14th place. António Félix da Costa (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) were 21st and 24th. The two BMW Team Schnitzer drivers will also start from one place further up the grid, however, following a grid penalty handed to one of their opponents. Quote from the best-placed BMW driver. “Qualifying was very good. I had an excellent car. I actually thought it would be tricky today, as our opponents were very strong in yesterday’s race. I am just 40 thousandths of a second behind Mike Rockenfeller. That shows how close it is here. It is a good result for us. As Mattias Ekström has been relegated, I will start the race from second place on the front row of the grid. That is always good, and I obviously hope to make the most of it.” – Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 3rd)

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BMW i3 Photoshoot in the Alps

Belgian youngster Pieter-Jan Declercq spent his last vacation in the beautiful Sölden, Austria. The ski resort near Innsbruck is a ski fans favorite in the winter with a great place to drive some sporty cars. But since he’s a millennial, he de...

Belgian youngster Pieter-Jan Declercq spent his last vacation in the beautiful Sölden, Austria. The ski resort near Innsbruck is a ski fans favorite in the winter with a great place to drive some sporty cars. But since he’s a millennial, he decided to forgo the conventional-powered sporty cars and opted for the high-tech BMW i3. While BMW built the i3 as a city car, one that could easily travel through congested traffic and narrow streets, that doesn’t stop owners for getting adventurous with their electric car, and what’s a better place to drive the i3 than through the curvy alpine roads.

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One of the best place to shoot photos near Sölden is ‘Gletscherstrasse’, the second highest paved road in Europe at an elevation of 2,830 m (9,285 ft). The photoshoot below captures the i3 in all its beauty in this gorgeous setting.

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 On ADV.1 Wheels

In a long line of aftermarket wheels, a classy set of five-spoke monoblock wheels is rare to see these days. It seems wheel makers plan to appease buyers, creating more and more intricate, directional and quirky designs lately, thus completely neglec...

In a long line of aftermarket wheels, a classy set of five-spoke monoblock wheels is rare to see these days. It seems wheel makers plan to appease buyers, creating more and more intricate, directional and quirky designs lately, thus completely neglecting the classical wheel spoke shapes. This build by ATT-TEC brings us a flavor of that classical design to the table. First off this BMW F80 M3 saw no power upgrades, therefore the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivers 425 horsepower to the rear wheels. It allows for a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. This allows for a great deal of driving dynamics and interesting road trips as well.

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The only thing changed are the aftermarket wheels created by ADV.1. The wheels are ADV05 MV.1, a monoblock wheel configuration and design. Wheels are sized 20×8.5 in the front and 20×10.5 in the rear. With a matte black finish, they look great on the Alpine White M3 and bring up the outer appearance of the sporty sedan.

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This build was shot by C-Kraft Photography and you can see more photos in the gallery below.

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How to oversteer in a BMW M3/M4

Racing-driver Randy Pobst and MotorTrend launch a new video series, “The Racing Line”. In his first episode, Pobst goes aboard the BMW M3 Sedan to teach us how to properly oversteer a car; essentially, learning how to drift. By choosing t...

Racing-driver Randy Pobst and MotorTrend launch a new video series, “The Racing Line”. In his first episode, Pobst goes aboard the BMW M3 Sedan to teach us how to properly oversteer a car; essentially, learning how to drift. By choosing the new BMW M3/M4, his job is easier than ever. The new 425 horsepower coupe is a pure drifting machine – as soon as you turn off the DTC/DSC – and makes for a fun track car. The famed racing driver also teaches us that drifting doesn’t necessarily mean being faster on the track, so following the racing line is still your best bet. According to Pobst, there are four ways to do a proper drift:

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1. The leadfoot – gas the car and spin the rear tires 2. The race technique – trail-braking, turn with a light break, put a weight on the front and make the rear light. 3. Extreme / The Scandinavian Flick – turn one way, then the other. It’s use to get around tight corners in rally racing. 4. Hooligan – use the emergency brake to lock the rear wheels. The article How to oversteer in a BMW M3/M4 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumor: Next-generation BMW 550i to be sold as M550i

The seventh generation BMW 5 Series is due in 2016 and it’s built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The engine family will also get a refresh when the G30 5 Se...

The seventh generation BMW 5 Series is due in 2016 and it’s built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The engine family will also get a refresh when the G30 5 Series hits the market. BMW is grouping 500cc cylinders together to create three-, four- and six-pot engines, with 60% common parts. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder will power the 520d and 231 hp 525d, while the leading petrol four is a 272 hp 528i. A three cylinder engine will power a 518d with around 150 horsepower.

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Engine size dictates which suspensions slot into place: smaller-engines 5-series share front axles with the next 3-series, but go for a six- or eight-cylinder 5-series and you’ll get the front axle from the next 7-series instead. But the biggest news today come from a source close to the brand who says the top model 550i will be replaced by an M550i, essentially a high-end 5 Series tuned by the M Performance Automobile division. Under the hood, the 2017 BMW M550i is said to have a revised version of the N63 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine which produces (preliminary number) 455hp. The rear-wheel drive platform is standard, but an optional all-wheel-drive xDrive is likely to be offered as well. BMW’s M Performance Automobiles are offered with a higher power output, tuned suspension, M aero parts and in some models (M235i), an optional limited slip differential. Just last week, we learned that BMW might offer an M760Li model to sit at the top of the new 7 Series family, so this could be an indication of where BMW is heading with their non-M high-powered cars. The article Rumor: Next-generation BMW 550i to be sold as M550i appeared first on BMW BLOG

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What kind of BMW do you like most?

BMW, the brand known for being the Ultimate Driving Machine, doesn’t only provide a singular driving experience. BMW has several different cars that provide different driving experiences. The M3 is a hardcore performance car with a stiff suspension...

BMW, the brand known for being the Ultimate Driving Machine, doesn’t only provide a singular driving experience. BMW has several different cars that provide different driving experiences. The M3 is a hardcore performance car with a stiff suspension and tail-happy dynamics, while the new G11 7 Series has a ride setting that would rival Lincolns of the ‘70s, in terms of comfort. So there’s actually quite a large variety of car characteristics from the Bavarian brand. It’s actually a brand characteristic that isn’t as common as you’d imagine.

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Mercedes-Benz offers several different levels of performance, from cars like the AMG GT and the S-Class, but they all tend to land on the side of luxury than anything else. Porsche makes everything from hardcore track cars, like the Cayman GT4, to big SUVs, like the Cayenne, but they all provide the sporting experience one would expect from Porsche. So BMW’s wide variety of car characteristics is actually quite refreshing. So what is the BMW characteristic that you like the most?

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Cars like the 3 Series and 5 Series do a great job of blending both comfort and performance, just to different degrees. The 3 Series is a touch sportier while the 5 Series is a touch more luxurious. The 2 Series is purely about performance while the 7 Series is purely about luxury. So what kind of BMW are you all about? Do you like the BMWs that tend to fall more toward luxury, but still have the handling dynamics that BMW is known for, or would you rather have your BMW have the ability to roast tires and attack corners? I think that it speaks volumes about BMW, as there are so many different kinds of BMW fans. There are the fans who like dual-threat weapons, like the M5, that can tear most sports cars apart while remaining as luxurious as anything else on the road. But there are also BMW fans who want nothing more than a rip-roaring engine and tire smoke. However, there are also the folks who think luxury and technology when they think of the blue and white roundel. So which camp do you fine folks fall into? The article What kind of BMW do you like most? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s biggest mistake?

We’re all fans of BMW, whether it be your one and only car brand or just one of the many that you like, we’re all here for the same reason, most likely. But only the truest of BMW fans can admit its faults and be okay with it. Kind of like how on...

We’re all fans of BMW, whether it be your one and only car brand or just one of the many that you like, we’re all here for the same reason, most likely. But only the truest of BMW fans can admit its faults and be okay with it. Kind of like how only true fans of a certain sports team can admit that they aren’t very good but love them anyway (ahem, my Giants). But if you aren’t one of these fans, let me be the first to tell you that BMW isn’t perfect and has had many blunders throughout its history. Like every automaker in the history of the automobile, BMW has had its fair share of duds. Admittedly, BMW hasn’t had as many as other companies, like GM or Ford. But it also hasn’t had nearly as many vehicles as those aforementioned companies. Either way, however, BMW isn’t perfect. There have been BMW vehicles, as well as certain features, that make us all scratch our heads in wonderment as to how such an incredible company with infinitely talented people could come up with such things.

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The first that comes to mind, well my mind at least, is the 5 Series GT. I know that many people greatly enjoy that 5er GT, and I’m not saying that it’s a bad car, but it has been called the German Pontiac Aztek by many. It’s not a good looking car, it’s not a sensible car and it’s not even an easily affordable car. Yes, it drives very well, but so does the regular 5 Series. Yes it’s practical, but so is the 5 Series Touring and the X5. It just seems like a niche that didn’t need to be filled. At least niches like the X4 and X6 look cool. To me, the 5 Series GT is a Bavarian dud. Related: BMWBLOG Drive Review: 550i GT – The Practical Athlete The second thing that comes to mind is the original iDrive system.

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However, I’m going to cut BMW some slack on this one because, as the inventors of such infotainment systems, being the first to do anything always has its bumps in the road. Still, the original iDrive system was a hateful thing to use. It was slow, unresponsive, had the strangest control dial and what seemed to be an abyss of infinite confusing menu screens. My parents have an E60 5 Series with the original iDrive and it seems even worse in comparison to the latest iteration, which is the best in business at the moment. It’s just curious as to how the brilliant BMW engineers couldn’t have come up with something better, especially considering the wonderful job they do now. Lastly, I think of the E46 BMW 318ti.

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Now, I’m one of the few who likes the E36 318ti, as it’s an affordable way to get a fun BMW hatchback. It wasn’t the best BMW ever, I know, but it was plucky and didn’t look bad. The E46 iteration, however, looked like a troll. It also wasn’t bad to drive at all, in fact it was probably better than its E36 counterpart, but it was just so ungainly looking. I think it looks so bad because the E46 sedans, coupes and wagons looked so fantastic, so in comparison the 318ti looked like some strange beast. It kind of looked as if BMW designed it on a napkin during a lunch break. It’s one of the worst looking BMWs and, in my opinion, one of BMW’s biggest mistakes. Obviously, we’ll all have different opinions, as some may love these aforementioned BMWs while some may agree with my distaste for them. So, while keeping it civil, what is BMW’s biggest mistake, whether it be a car or technology or whatever else? The article BMW’s biggest mistake? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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