BMWUSA Classic at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion 2015

BMWUSA Classic will once again enter the No. 2 BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 Endurance racer in Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion from August 13-16. The BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 was based on the M1 Procar but was further developed for endurance racing in the USA. T...

BMWUSA Classic will once again enter the No. 2 BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 Endurance racer in Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion from August 13-16. The BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 was based on the M1 Procar but was further developed for endurance racing in the USA. The easiest way to differentiate between the IMSA version and the Procar is the wider rear fender flares and the endurance racing quick-fill fuel receptor in the driver’s side rear quarter window. The M1 Procar uses the stock road car fuel doors (one on each side of the car).

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The No. 2 BMW M1 will be driven at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this year by Automobile Magazine editor Jason Harper for an upcoming article. The No. 25 3.0 CSL and the No. 25 Z4 GTLM along with their respective drivers Brian Redman and Bill Auberlen will also be at the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion from August 13-16.

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The BMW 3.0 CSL race cars were the first cars to be developed under the new BMW Motorsport GmbH subsidiary, established in 1972 and led by Jochen Neerpasch.  They were also the first to sport the new official colors of BMW Motorsport—red, violet and blue. This car, one of five produced is Chassis 2275985 and has been restored to its race number 25, 1975 12 Hours of Sebring specification. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America is scheduled to race the No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this year. [Source: BMWUSA Classic] The article BMWUSA Classic at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Would you buy a used car if you knew you could return it?

Buying a car can be a scary endeavor, but buying a used car is even more frightening. There’s absolutely no way of knowing that the buyer you’re buying from is worth trusting. You almost have to take a leap of faith and hope that the car is as th...

Buying a car can be a scary endeavor, but buying a used car is even more frightening. There’s absolutely no way of knowing that the buyer you’re buying from is worth trusting. You almost have to take a leap of faith and hope that the car is as the buyer says and there aren’t any underlying issues that the buyer isn’t telling you. If you’ve lived in almost any urban area, you’ve seen a shady used car lot or two or twelve. I remember looking at my first car when I turned 17. I saw the ad online for a 1996 Audi A4 1.8t Quattro with a five-speed manual. Perfect, I thought. I went to the dealer lot, which was surrounded by barbed wire and had chained-up Pitbulls barking at passersby. The ad said the car was perfect, but of course it did, and the few pictures were all of the good things about the car, like the paint closeup of the gauges and the engine bay. But when I got to the car in person, the driver’s side interior door panel was falling off, as well as the exterior driver’s side door handle. This car was clearly broken into at some point. The interior was torn apart and the engine barely ran. But the ad said it was perfect.

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These experiences happen to thousands of people every day, simply because there is no way of knowing if a used dealer is trustworthy. Sure, there are companies like eBay Motors who stand behind their business model. And they, as companies, are trustworthy. But the seller on the other end is still an unknown, and with companies like eBay, people are often buying cars sight unseen. So, while the transaction will be handled professionally by eBay, who knows what kind of condition the car might actually be in or if the seller disclosed all of the information. Well, companies like Vroom are here to help. When a seller wants to sell a car on Vroom, they simply use their mobile phone or computer to upload the VIN and a couple of pictures of their car, and Vroom will make them an offer in minutes. If the seller agrees, Vroom picks up the car and brings it to the Dallas, Texas HQ. From there, the car is inspected, checked and has many pictures taken of it. The car is then posted on Vroom’s website or mobile app for sale, with all of the vehicular information necessary. Buyers are then allows to search for these cars for sale and if they buy one, Vroom ships them the car for free. Vroom also promises that cars can be returned for a full refund within seven days and also offer a 90 day warranty on all major components, included engine and transmission. The full refund is a wonderful feature, because this allows buyers to make a full inspection of the car when the get it and if there’s anything that wasn’t disclosed in the listing on Vroom, or there’s something about the car that makes the buyer uncomfortable with their purchase, Vroom will refund the money and take the car back. It makes buying through Vroom almost completely worry-free. So companies like Vroom offer a much easier way of buying pre-owned cars than pretty much everything else. Sure, if you buy from Vroom, you’re buying a car sight unseen. But people have already been doing that with eBay for years now. And, unlike eBay, Vroom acts as the middleman, buying the cars from the sellers and selling them to the buyers itself. This makes the purchase, even sight unseen, far easier, as you’re buying from Vroom, a trustworthy seller, not a random person on the internet. This way, more people can avoid barbed wire fences and barking Pitbulls. The article Would you buy a used car if you knew you could return it? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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MINI Recalls 35,000 Cars to Bolster Side Crash Resistance

MINI is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection. This includes 15,653 examples of the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop, 14,782 units of the 2014-2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop, and 21 of the 2015 Mini Joh...

MINI is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection. This includes 15,653 examples of the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop, 14,782 units of the 2014-2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop, and 21 of the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop. Those with production dates between December 2013 and March 2015 are affected. An additional 4,130 MINI hatchbacks are being recalled in Canada. The issue was discovered during a recent NHTSA-conducted side impact crash test, according to documents posted on NHTSA’s website. According to NHTSA, the agency tested a 2015 Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop on July 1 and 2, but the S didn’t meet one of the impact requirements.

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In affected vehicles, rear-seat passengers could be at a higher risk of injury after a severe side impact, NHTSA said. To remedy this issue, additional energy absorption material will be installed between the rear interior side panels and the body of the vehicle. BMW is not aware of any injuries linked to this issue. The campaign to fix them will begin on Sept. 12. The article MINI Recalls 35,000 Cars to Bolster Side Crash Resistance appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Yellow-wrapped BMW M6 by DRM Motorworx

BMW’s M6 Coupe is without a doubt one of the sportiest cars BMW currently offers. A great performer on the road and a monster on the track, the M6 Coupe has won the hearts of many die-hard BMW fans. Its looks are also often praised, yet it serv...

BMW’s M6 Coupe is without a doubt one of the sportiest cars BMW currently offers. A great performer on the road and a monster on the track, the M6 Coupe has won the hearts of many die-hard BMW fans. Its looks are also often praised, yet it served as the test bed for many aftermarket companies to build their styling products on. North Carolina-based DRM Motorworx gave the BMW M6 Coupe an unique “paint job” and some aftermarket goodies. The tuning shop applied a lemon-colored wrap from Avery Dennison which looks similar to the neon green color we’ve seen before. To match the flashy yellow, a carbon fiber splitter was installed, along with blacked out kidney grilles. Another highlight of this DRM’s M6 is a customer set of 22 inch Maglia wheels from Forgiato. The oversized matte black wheels fit perfectly with the car’s stance and sporty look.

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This slightly pimped-out BMW M6 also comes with a performance upgrade tuning kit from ECU Tuning, but the horsepower output has not been revealed at the moment.

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Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear team sign with Amazon

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and have signed up to present a new show on Amazon’s streaming video service. Clarkson was fired by the BBC earlier this year after a violent drunken altercation with his producer. Chris Evans, a...

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and have signed up to present a new show on Amazon’s streaming video service. Clarkson was fired by the BBC earlier this year after a violent drunken altercation with his producer. Chris Evans, a TV and radio presenter, will take the helm of Top Gear and it has been rumored he will be joined by former Formula 1 World Champion Jensen Button. Button currently races for McLaren. Clarkson has signed a three-series deal, which will only be available to Amazon Prime customers.

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I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with .@AmazonVideo — Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015 .@AmazonVideoUK now saying I can’t be their chief drone pilot. Apparently they want us to make a car show. — Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015 Jay Marine, vice-president of Amazon Prime Video in Europe, said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen. Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.” The article Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear team sign with Amazon appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The BMW M2 Option List Leaked

A 2addicts user has gotten hold of the full options list for the highly anticipated M2. Surprises? Not a lot. Both DCT and manual… The post The BMW M2 Option List Leaked appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi...

A 2addicts user has gotten hold of the full options list for the highly anticipated M2. Surprises? Not a lot. Both DCT and manual… The post The BMW M2 Option List Leaked appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE wheels

There’s a fine line between a tasteful and awkward looking build, as we’ve witnessed in a build a few days ago. Now, this Alpine White BMW F80 M3 showcases what a classy set of modifications should look like. Providing a fine combination ...

There’s a fine line between a tasteful and awkward looking build, as we’ve witnessed in a build a few days ago. Now, this Alpine White BMW F80 M3 showcases what a classy set of modifications should look like. Providing a fine combination of daily utility and contagious high-performance when needed, the BMW M3 is truly a remarkable vehicle and its sales figures back up that claim. The owner of this BMW M3 took the sporty sedan to Wheels Boutique for a wheel upgrade and for the installation of a lower kit. These HRE S101 wheels comes sized 20×9.5 in the front and 20×11 in the rear and are finished in a transparent brushed gold finish to produce a classy contrast.

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The current generation BMW M3 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant, shared with its M4 coupe sibling. It produces 420 horsepower which can propel the car from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. With an electronically limited speed of 155 mph (250km/h), the super sporty M3 sedan can deliver the thrills requested by its owners. Take a look at more photos below.

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

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BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of...

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of drivers swapping cars mid-race remains. “An issue that needs to be addressed is the change of car,” said Marquardt, who stated that the end of two-car races “would be a condition for our potential direct involvement”.

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“If you look at public discussions of electric mobility, the issue of reach is very important.” Formula E has a road map laid out to retire the mid-race change of car in 2018/2019, but there is no assurance the championship leaders will follow through. FIA president Jean Todt has expressed the view that the shift away from car swapping should be brought forward. Renault and Citroen are so far the only major carmakers with a direct involvement in Formula E. [Source: Autosport] The article BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship appeared first on BMW BLOG

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From the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GT3 to the handcycle.

BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi wins relay gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015. Perfect start for BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015 in Nottwil...

BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi wins relay gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015.

Perfect start for BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015 in Nottwil: the 48-year-old and the Italian relay team successfully defended their world championship title in the team relay. Zanardi travelled to Switzerland directly from Spa-Francorchamps, where last weekend he contested his first ever 24-hour race in the BMW Z4 GT3. On their way to the gold medal, Zanardi and his team-mates Vittorio Podestà and Luca Mazzone completed six laps of the 2.9-kilometre circuit in 31 Minutes and 13 seconds, covering a total distance of 17.4 kilometres in the process. They crossed the finish line with a clear advantage of 1:11 minutes ahead of the USA team in second place. The bronze medal went to the Swiss relay team.  “I have to admit one part of my heart is still in the BMW Z4 GT3, as the 24-hour race was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. But the rest of my heart was soon focused on Nottwil,” said Zanardi. “Over the past three days I have managed to recover in a brilliant way, and I am delighted that I was able to help my team-mates claim our world championship title in the team relay. The conditions were very difficult today with rain and cold temperatures, but we managed to stay out of trouble, which was not easy. So I am very proud of the result and very encouraged for the coming days. I feel really good and I think I can do well in the next races.”  Over the coming days, the individual races in the MH5 (men’s handcycle) category are scheduled for Zanardi. On Friday, his mission will be to defend his world title in the individual time trial. He won this race in both 2013 and 2014. On Sunday, Zanardi will compete in the MH5 road race. He has been crowned World Champion in the road race in 2013 and finished runner-up last year. The results of this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship count towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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BMW to launch the M6 GT3 at 24H Dubai or Daytona

BMW’s new racing car won’t debut until 2016. The M6 GT3 is aiming for a debut at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai and/or Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking to reporters during last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marqu...

BMW’s new racing car won’t debut until 2016. The M6 GT3 is aiming for a debut at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai and/or Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking to reporters during last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt admitted Dubai and Daytona are on the radar screen. “That’s obviously what I think customers would like to run and that’s what we’re clearly aiming at,” Marquardt told SportCar365.

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“That’s the focus of our development program is that we hand over a car to the customers that’s already developed, that not necessarily has raced in the hands of a works effort from our side.” BMW’s Motorsport chief also emphasized that the company’s focus is on customer racing, while rivals like Audi and Mercedes are rolling out new-generation cars with their factory or work-supported teams. “It’s competition. But as we’ve said before and I would like to stress again, this is really customer racing,” he said. “Therefore, for us, it’s not an option to enter a prototype on a works level and compete against our customers or potential customers. This is customer racing and nothing but.” In the development of the M6 GT3, BMW worked with Marc VDS Racing and MTEK.

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“Development program wise, we’re definitely on track,” Marquardt said. “We’ve split it in terms of performance-related testing and endurance testing. We’ve done both types quite intensively. “I’m definitely very much looking forward to the next weeks as we get more and more done.” While Marquardt wouldn’t confirm new car sales projections, he indicated a strong level of customer interest for 2016. Both Marc VDS and Turner Motorsport are among the teams likely to campaign the M6 GT3 next year, as well as BMW Team Brasil, which recently put its two Z4 GT3s up for sale.

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“I’m really happy with the M6 that we have a successor to the Z4, that is a M car again. That’s also what was important to us, to really showcase M as a brand. “With the M235 and next year the M6 and some space in-between, I think we’re well set for the future regarding customer racing,” Marquardt concluded.

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