Best Driving Shoes

As car enthusiasts, we love our driving gear. A good pair of sunglasses, cool leather jackets, a pair of driving gloves and cool driving shoes are just some of the things us car enthusiasts like to have to make driving our favorite cars that much bet...

As car enthusiasts, we love our driving gear. A good pair of sunglasses, cool leather jackets, a pair of driving gloves and cool driving shoes are just some of the things us car enthusiasts like to have to make driving our favorite cars that much better. We’ve discussed driving gloves, and the like, on here before and the general consensus with all types of driving gear is that too flashy or excessive can look foolish, while the right style can look very cool. One piece of driving gear that can actually help with driving is the driving shoe. It may sound silly, but certain shoes are better for driving in than others. Connection and feel to the pedal is important, especially when driving a car with three pedals. Too clunky of a shoe can disrupt quick shifting and heel-and-toeing, making driving quickly that much more difficult. The same problem may arise if the sole of the shoe is too thickly padded, thus numbing the feel of the pedals. Pedal grip is important, which is why high-end cars have aluminum pedals with little grips on them, and why certain similar pedal upgrades exist for most cars. But instead of buying new pedals of every car you own, a change in footwear will do the trick. There are hundreds of different driving shoes out there, some more hardcore than others. There are even some regular shoes and sneakers that are actually quite good for driving in. So let’s take a look at some good driving shoes, both specific driving shoes and just regular shoes that’ll work as well. PUMA Suede Ferrari Edition

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The PUMA Suede is a classic and has been around for ages now. It’s such a simple, yet good looking, shoe that should be a staple of every wardrobe. PUMA has also worked with Ferrari on a number of different shoes, with none of them ever looking so great. But Now PUMA has linked its famous Suede line with the famous Italian exotic maker and it’s a homerun. One of my favorite things about the Ferrari Edition Suede is the fact that it doesn’t scream Ferrari. Aside from the tiny Prancing Horse by the heel, which is in a very inconspicuous place, they just look like red Puma Suedes. And that’s a very good thing. You can find them here. Piloti Campione

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This is a classier side of the driving shoe. Piloti, meaning “driver” in Italian, is a very small manufacturer of racing-inspired clothing. The Campione is a driver’s shoe that can double as a classy dress shoe as well. So if you want to take a luxury car or sports car to dinner or fancy event, with the significant other, these Campione shoes will help while driving and look cool at the destination. You can buy them here. PUMA BMW Chrono Delta Lo

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PUMA and BMW have been partnering to make clothing and accessories for awhile now and the Chrono Delta Lo’s are the latest in sneakers from the two brands. These are a little more functional than the Ferrari Suedes, and aren’t as casual looking. But they can definitely be worn daily and not look too out of place. They do look cool, however, and I’m particularly fond of them in white, as they look like regular tennis shoes that way. Plus their rounded heel and slim rubber sole aid in fast driving and heel-and-toe action. You can buy them here. Converse Chuck Taylor

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The original, of course. Chuck Taylors have been around since 1917 and were developed as basketball sneakers. The design is largely untouched since their inception and still look excellent today. Chuck Taylors are the perfect sneaker for walking around in, dressing nice but casual, doing housework in and driving in. The slim, lightweight design is comfortable on the foot and the thin sole, while admittedly not comfortable for standing in for awhile, aids in pedal feel. Plus the grippy sole helps with slipping during aggressive heel-and-toeing. Oh, and that guy Paul Walker wore them in all the Fast and Furious movies. So there’s that. You can buy the them here. The article Best Driving Shoes appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Team RLL results from Long Beach

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 mi...

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari. The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the program’s inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen’s tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59). Auberlen started the race from the pole but both he and John Edwards, in the No. 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner’s departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Luhr, entering the No. 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position. With one hour complete, Werner had made up all the time lost in the pits and had passed for fourth. On lap 45 he moved into third, only 0 .6 seconds from the 24 car, still in second place. Werner passed his teammate and set his sights on the Ferrari some eight seconds ahead. On lap 63 the German BMW Motorsport driver set a new race record (1:18.009 minutes) and two laps later drove past the Ferrari for the lead and the victory. Ultimately, John Edwards and Lucas Luhr finished a disappointing fifth after a suspected brake issue slowed Luhr in the closing stages of the race. Unofficially, the win moves BMW into second place in the GTLM Manufacturers’ points standings, five points behind Chevrolet. Auberlen and Werner move to second in Drivers’ points. Edwards and Luhr stand fourth. Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “It is great to be back in victory lane. Both drivers did a great job, Bill at the beginning, while Dirk was fast at the end and able to chase the Ferrari down. I felt we could win this race even though I knew how tough the competition would be. It is gratifying to actually do it.” Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “This is a special win as it has been a long time for our team. On top of that it is my home race. Between Dirk and myself we pretty much checked off every box this weekend. We won, we had pole and the lap record in qualifying and Dirk brought it home with the win and a new lap record in the race. You can’t do much better than that. When it came to the race the extent of my lead was on the pace lap. I wanted to get a really strong jump off the hairpin but (Giancarlo) Fisichella in the Ferrari passed John Edwards in the sister car and then it went by me. I was thinking there was nothing I could do. I then just hunted him down and stayed with him and we were really close. He made no mistakes and I was waiting for one. So then we went off strategy as when he stayed out I came in and we had a little issue in the pits with a long fuelling. We saw our lead go away, but you never give up in racing and Dirk proved that with his stint.” Dirk Werner (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “For me it is a great feeling to not only win with BMW for the first time in this championship since 2013, but for me the last win was five years ago in a car race. I have been waiting for this win and today is just a great day. Everybody in the team deserves this. Last year was a tough year and this year, especially at this track now, the car is really good. Everyone can be proud.” John Edwards (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 5th place): “It was a bit of a disappointing day for the black car. I feel as we started on the front row we at least wanted the same result at the finish. The Ferrari made it interesting for my stint after dragging us down to turn one. Unfortunately Lucas had a problem at the end, but I think that is why everyone enters two cars – we had two shots. Congratulations to the 25 car! It is a great day for BMW to race the Z4 back to victory lane.” Lucas Luhr (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 5th place): “First of all it is obviously a good day for BMW. The Z4 has won a race in 2015, so that is good and well done to Bill and Dirk for that. I struggled, especially at the end, and I nearly hit the wall twice. I don’t know exactly what happened as we have to investigate it. It is too early now to say after the race what happened, but it is like this in racing sometimes and it is just not your day. For our car, or for me personally, it was not so good today, but next time things can get better. The most important thing is that a BMW is on top.” The 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stays on the West Coast for the fourth round, The Monterey Grand Prix, at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on May 3, 2015. The two-hour-and-forty-minute race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports One at 4:00 p.m. ET. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan, has been competing for over two decades. Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the team had compiled 30 victories, 47 poles, 130 podium finishes, three series championships (1992, 2010, 2011) and claimed an Indianapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. The following year, the team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category and swept all three GT titles – Manufacturer, Team and Driver – in 2011. In 2012 the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. The 2014 season brought a new challenge with the creation of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the team finished on the podium six times including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team will attempt to add to their 10 wins and 49 sports car podium finishes.

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Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept vs. BMW X4 – Photo Comparison

First official photos of the Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept have just hit the interwebs. The near-production Sports Activity Coupe will be premiered at the Shanghai Motor Show next week. The new Benz will arrive on the market in Fall 2016 to compete with...

First official photos of the Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept have just hit the interwebs. The near-production Sports Activity Coupe will be premiered at the Shanghai Motor Show next week. The new Benz will arrive on the market in Fall 2016 to compete with the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan. Our photo comparison shows the Mercedes GLC Coupe in golden paint as compared to the BMW X4 – which was also previewed in Shanghai two years ago – in the Long Beach Blue color. At 15.5-feet long and riding on a 111.4-inch wheelbase, the GLC Coupe is larger than its rival from Munich. The X4 is two inches shorter overall and has an extra 0.8 inches between the axles. The Benz is wider, too, at 78.7 inches, compared to 74.1.

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21-inch wheels and four tailpipes at the rear complement the dynamic presence of the off-roader with four frameless side windows. The SUV coupe from Stuttgart is powered by a V6 Biturbo engine that sends 367 horsepower to all four wheels and is combined with the nine-speed automatic 9G-Tronic. BMW plans for a counterpart this year to be sold under the X4 M40i badge.

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At the front, a short, crisp overhang with upright radiator grille and twin-blade louvre give a first indication of the sporty philosophy behind the Concept GLC Coupe. The powerdomes on the hood, the sweeping lines of the A-wing below the radiator grille, the large side air intakes and the visually dominant underbody protection, enhance its sporty looks. Like all the trim elements on the concept vehicle, this typical SUV feature radiates in silver shadow to form an attractive counterpoint to the solar-beam paintwork and the all-round claddings in matte gun metal magno paintwork.

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Reminiscent of light sculptures, striking LED headlamps decisively shape the expressive face of the Concept GLC Coupe. All functions are united in one housing: for illumination, the daytime running lamps and turn indicators use the upper strip inserts, dubbed “eyebrows” by the designers. Below them are three rotating lenses, which appear to positively float in the deep, three-dimensional space and which adapt to the situation to optimally illuminate the road or terrain. Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG, puts it in a nutshell: “With its modern and sensual design idiom, the Concept GLC Coupé gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz. At the same time, it embraces the typical values of tradition-steeped Mercedes-Benz coupés.”

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[Source: Bimmertoday] The article Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept vs. BMW X4 – Photo Comparison appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The Ghost Towns of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in a BMW (Part I)

Another great road trip write-up by Rick F., this time featuring the Ghost Towns of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. ...

Another great road trip write-up by Rick F., this time featuring the Ghost Towns of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

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6 Reasons to own an E46 M3

A common problem with being passionate about a brand like BMW is the cost. There are many people who diligently follow the brand with passion and desire but not the funds to actually buy one of its higher-end models. The BMW M3, and now M4, is one of...

A common problem with being passionate about a brand like BMW is the cost. There are many people who diligently follow the brand with passion and desire but not the funds to actually buy one of its higher-end models. The BMW M3, and now M4, is one of the most desired of all BMWs. However, with pricing that starts in the low $60,000 range and can quickly get into the $70,000’s with a couple of options, there are a great many enthusiasts who simply cannot afford a new one. That’s where the pre-owned market comes into play. All M3s are good, and each and every one of them will provide driving pleasure for years to come. So if you can’t afford a brand new one, maybe look into getting an older model. Another good thing about used M3s is the fact that there are a lot of them. There are four different generations to choose from, and because they’ve always been so popular, second-hand M3 shoppers are almost spoiled for choice. However, this can actually become quite difficult, because with so many options, which do you choose?

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The E46 M3 may be the best value M3. Due to its age, 2000-2006, they aren’t very expensive and can be found with decent mileage. But they also aren’t so old that they feel baron compared to newer cars. A decent mileage E46 M3 can be had for anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on the condition and options. This makes them very affordable for the caliber of sports car that they are. So here are some reasons why the E46 M3 is the best one to buy: Engine

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The E46 M3 came with a 3.2 liter inline-six engine developing 333 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It could hit 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and had an electronically controlled top speed of 155 mph. The I6 in the E46 M3 is one of the better one’s BMW ever made. With its Double VANOS variable valve timing and 7,900 rpm redline, the 3.2 liter screams through the rev range with smooth and linear power. It also makes a fantastic sound doing it. Transmission

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The E46 M3 came with two transmission options. One being the SMG automated manual with paddle shifters, which is to be avoided like the plague. Not that it was a bad transmission, but it was clunky at around town speeds, overly complicated and not very reliable. The other is a proper 6-Speed manual, and that’s the one to get. While not as fast as the SMG, the manual provides a level of enjoyment and connection that the SMG simply can’t. Mating that glorious engine to a proper 6-Speed is one of the greater joys in life. Looks

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Despite being almost a decade old now, the E46 is still one of the better looking BMWs of all time. It has muscular wheel arches, the right stance and a great profile. It’s simple yet exciting and elegant yet aggressive. Easily the best looking car in the segment at the time. It’s also a timeless design and will look good for many, many years to come, even though it’s already quite old. Sound The new M3 and M4 sound very good. But they’ve got nothing on the naturally aspirated glory of the 3.2 liter in the E46 M3. It has such a classic BMW sound to it. It sounds grumbling and mean in the low revs but gets raspy and metallic and eventually wails as the revs climb. It’s intoxicating and alone worth buying the car for. Price As mentioned before, the E46 is considerably cheaper than the newer car and even far less expensive than its replacement, the E92 M3. It’s also cheaper to fix, run and insure. So it makes an excellent case for a value performance car. Driving

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So many enthusiasts bemoan newer BMWs because they aren’t as pure as the older ones. While this is a bit exaggerated, as the newer cars aren’t much less pure, many older BMWs offer a purity and clarity in the driving experience that few other cars have. It’s not so much that the new M3 is vague, but that older M3s, like the E46, are so absolutely incredible to drive. There’s tons of hubbub about the E30 M3 being the most amazing driver’s car, that I think people forget just how good the E46 was. It had telepathic steering, incredible body control and could hang its tail out all day, with smooth, easy to control drifts. All in all, the E46 is one of the best bargain performance cars money can buy. You can find one in almost any body/color/gearbox combination you can think of, they aren’t that expensive and they’re amazing to drive. Plus they look great, hold their value well, are reasonably practical and comfortable as well. So if you’re in the market for a performance car in even close to that mid-teen price range, look closely at the E46 M3. The article 6 Reasons to own an E46 M3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Team RLL results from Long Baech

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 mi...

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari. The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the program’s inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen’s tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59). Auberlen started the race from the pole but both he and John Edwards, in the No. 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner’s departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Luhr, entering the No. 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position. With one hour complete, Werner had made up all the time lost in the pits and had passed for fourth. On lap 45 he moved into third, only 0 .6 seconds from the 24 car, still in second place. Werner passed his teammate and set his sights on the Ferrari some eight seconds ahead. On lap 63 the German BMW Motorsport driver set a new race record (1:18.009 minutes) and two laps later drove past the Ferrari for the lead and the victory. Ultimately, John Edwards and Lucas Luhr finished a disappointing fifth after a suspected brake issue slowed Luhr in the closing stages of the race. Unofficially, the win moves BMW into second place in the GTLM Manufacturers’ points standings, five points behind Chevrolet. Auberlen and Werner move to second in Drivers’ points. Edwards and Luhr stand fourth. Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “It is great to be back in victory lane. Both drivers did a great job, Bill at the beginning, while Dirk was fast at the end and able to chase the Ferrari down. I felt we could win this race even though I knew how tough the competition would be. It is gratifying to actually do it.” Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “This is a special win as it has been a long time for our team. On top of that it is my home race. Between Dirk and myself we pretty much checked off every box this weekend. We won, we had pole and the lap record in qualifying and Dirk brought it home with the win and a new lap record in the race. You can’t do much better than that. When it came to the race the extent of my lead was on the pace lap. I wanted to get a really strong jump off the hairpin but (Giancarlo) Fisichella in the Ferrari passed John Edwards in the sister car and then it went by me. I was thinking there was nothing I could do. I then just hunted him down and stayed with him and we were really close. He made no mistakes and I was waiting for one. So then we went off strategy as when he stayed out I came in and we had a little issue in the pits with a long fuelling. We saw our lead go away, but you never give up in racing and Dirk proved that with his stint.” Dirk Werner (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “For me it is a great feeling to not only win with BMW for the first time in this championship since 2013, but for me the last win was five years ago in a car race. I have been waiting for this win and today is just a great day. Everybody in the team deserves this. Last year was a tough year and this year, especially at this track now, the car is really good. Everyone can be proud.” John Edwards (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 5th place): “It was a bit of a disappointing day for the black car. I feel as we started on the front row we at least wanted the same result at the finish. The Ferrari made it interesting for my stint after dragging us down to turn one. Unfortunately Lucas had a problem at the end, but I think that is why everyone enters two cars – we had two shots. Congratulations to the 25 car! It is a great day for BMW to race the Z4 back to victory lane.” Lucas Luhr (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 5th place): “First of all it is obviously a good day for BMW. The Z4 has won a race in 2015, so that is good and well done to Bill and Dirk for that. I struggled, especially at the end, and I nearly hit the wall twice. I don’t know exactly what happened as we have to investigate it. It is too early now to say after the race what happened, but it is like this in racing sometimes and it is just not your day. For our car, or for me personally, it was not so good today, but next time things can get better. The most important thing is that a BMW is on top.” The 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stays on the West Coast for the fourth round, The Monterey Grand Prix, at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on May 3, 2015. The two-hour-and-forty-minute race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports One at 4:00 p.m. ET. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan, has been competing for over two decades. Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the team had compiled 30 victories, 47 poles, 130 podium finishes, three series championships (1992, 2010, 2011) and claimed an Indianapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. The following year, the team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category and swept all three GT titles – Manufacturer, Team and Driver – in 2011. In 2012 the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. The 2014 season brought a new challenge with the creation of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the team finished on the podium six times including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team will attempt to add to their 10 wins and 49 sports car podium finishes.

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BMW Team RLL claims victory at Long Beach.

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the number 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLM, claimed a dramatic class victory in the third round of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temp...

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the number 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLM, claimed a dramatic class victory in the third round of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) at Long Beach.

The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the number 62 Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer.   The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the programme’s inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen’s tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59).   Auberlen started the race from the pole, but both he and John Edwards, in the number 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner’s departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Lucas Luhr, entering the number 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position.   With one hour complete, Werner had made up all the time lost in the pits and had passed for fourth. On lap 45 he moved into third, only 0.6 seconds from the 24 car, still in second place. Werner passed his teammate and set his sights on the Ferrari some eight seconds ahead. On lap 63 the BMW works driver set a new race record (1:18.009 minutes) and two laps later drove past the Ferrari for the lead and the victory.   Ultimately, Edwards and Luhr finished a disappointing fifth after a suspected brake issue slowed Luhr in the closing stages of the race.   The win moves BMW into second place in the GTLM Manufacturers’ points standings, five points behind Chevrolet. Auberlen and Werner move to second in Drivers’ points. Edwards and Luhr stand fourth.   Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “It is great to be back in victory lane. Both drivers did a great job, Bill at the beginning, while Dirk was fast at the end and able to chase the Ferrari down. I felt we could win this race even though I knew how tough the competition would be. It is gratifying to actually do it.”   Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “This is a special win as it has been a long time for our team. On top of that it is my home race. Between Dirk and myself we pretty much checked off every box this weekend. We won, we had pole and the lap record in qualifying and Dirk brought it home with the win and a new lap record in the race. You can’t do much better than that. When it came to the race the extent of my lead was on the pace lap. I wanted to get a really strong jump off the hairpin but (Giancarlo) Fisichella in the Ferrari passed John Edwards in the sister car and then it went by me. I was thinking there was nothing I could do. I then just hunted him down and stayed with him and we were really close. He made no mistakes and I was waiting for one. So then we went off strategy as when he stayed out I came in and we had a little issue in the pits with a long fuelling. We saw our lead go away, but you never give up in racing and Dirk proved that with his stint.”   Dirk Werner (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “For me it is a great feeling to not only win with BMW for the first time in this championship since 2013, but for me the last win was five years ago in a car race. I have been waiting for this win and today is just a great day. Everybody in the team deserves this. Last year was a tough year and this year, especially at this track now, the car is really good. Everyone can be proud.”

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BMW RLL Team Results At Long Beach *Spoiler Alert*

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 min...

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100 minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari. The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the program’s inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen’s tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59).

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Auberlen started the race from the pole but both he and John Edwards, in the No. 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner’s departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Luhr, entering the No. 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position.

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With one hour complete, Werner had made up all the time lost in the pits and had passed for fourth. On lap 45 he moved into third, only 0 .6 seconds from the 24 car, still in second place. Werner passed his teammate and set his sights on the Ferrari some eight seconds ahead. On lap 63 the German BMW Motorsport driver set a new race record (1:18.009 minutes) and two laps later drove past the Ferrari for the lead and the victory.

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Ultimately, John Edwards and Lucas Luhr finished a disappointing fifth after a suspected brake issue slowed Luhr in the closing stages of the race. Unofficially, the win moves BMW into second place in the GTLM Manufacturers’ points standings, five points behind Chevrolet. Auberlen and Werner move to second in Drivers’ points. Edwards and Luhr stand fourth.

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Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “It is great to be back in victory lane. Both drivers did a great job, Bill at the beginning, while Dirk was fast at the end and able to chase the Ferrari down. I felt we could win this race even though I knew how tough the competition would be. It is gratifying to actually do it.” Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “This is a special win as it has been a long time for our team. On top of that it is my home race. Between Dirk and myself we pretty much checked off every box this weekend. We won, we had pole and the lap record in qualifying and Dirk brought it home with the win and a new lap record in the race. You can’t do much better than that. When it came to the race the extent of my lead was on the pace lap. I wanted to get a really strong jump off the hairpin but (Giancarlo) Fisichella in the Ferrari passed John Edwards in the sister car and then it went by me. I was thinking there was nothing I could do. I then just hunted him down and stayed with him and we were really close. He made no mistakes and I was waiting for one. So then we went off strategy as when he stayed out I came in and we had a little issue in the pits with a long fuelling. We saw our lead go away, but you never give up in racing and Dirk proved that with his stint.” Dirk Werner (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 1st place): “For me it is a great feeling to not only win with BMW for the first time in this championship since 2013, but for me the last win was five years ago in a car race. I have been waiting for this win and today is just a great day. Everybody in the team deserves this. Last year was a tough year and this year, especially at this track now, the car is really good. Everyone can be proud.” John Edwards (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 5th place): “It was a bit of a disappointing day for the black car. I feel as we started on the front row we at least wanted the same result at the finish. The Ferrari made it interesting for my stint after dragging us down to turn one. Unfortunately Lucas had a problem at the end, but I think that is why everyone enters two cars – we had two shots. Congratulations to the 25 car! It is a great day for BMW to race the Z4 back to victory lane.” Lucas Luhr (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 5th place): “First of all it is obviously a good day for BMW. The Z4 has won a race in 2015, so that is good and well done to Bill and Dirk for that. I struggled, especially at the end, and I nearly hit the wall twice. I don’t know exactly what happened as we have to investigate it. It is too early now to say after the race what happened, but it is like this in racing sometimes and it is just not your day. For our car, or for me personally, it was not so good today, but next time things can get better. The most important thing is that a BMW is on top.” The 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stays on the West Coast for the fourth round, The Monterey Grand Prix, at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on May 3, 2015. The two-hour-and-forty-minute race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports One at 4:00 p.m. ET. The article BMW RLL Team Results At Long Beach *Spoiler Alert* appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Does the new M3/M4 need more power?

The new BMW M3 and M4 from BMW M saw the return to a six-inline engine configuration, as used on the second and third generations of this iconic sports car. The new engine sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 425 hp, whil...

The new BMW M3 and M4 from BMW M saw the return to a six-inline engine configuration, as used on the second and third generations of this iconic sports car. The new engine sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 425 hp, while peak torque has been increased by well over 30 percent to substantially more than 500 Newton meters (406 lb-ft), and is maintained over a very wide rev band. The engine also has a redline above 7,500 rpm. BMW owners praise their new Ms for the power delivery, performance on the track and fuel efficiency, yet some wonder whether more power would have made the M3/M4 an even better performer. It’s well known that BMW underrates their engines’ output, so when put on the dynojet, the new Ms tend to show significant more power.

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Some of us are sentimental about the previous generation M3 and its amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine. While it delivered less power (414 hp), the amazing sound note and performance on the track has turned it into an icon. But overall, the new generation M3/M4 are better machines all-around, despite losing “in the horsepower war” with its competitors.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG delivers 469 horsepower while the Audi RS5 outputs 450 horsepower. Bragging rights might not be important to BMW, but car owners are often caught in the horsepower debate. Future M3/M4 models, like the M4 CSL, are rumored to deliver around 500 horsepower so we know there is room for more in the standard cars. But will higher-rated engines be too much too handle? We’ve already seen quite a few M3/M4 crashes where the enthusiastic drivers stepped too much on the pedal and the cars spun out of control. By any standards, 425 hp is still a high number in a street car, so maybe BMW engineers found this to be the perfect balance. We turn this to you and ask: Should have BMW tuned their new engines a bit higher?       The article Does the new M3/M4 need more power? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

There are several options available for owners interested in upgrading the exhaust system of the BMW F82 M4.  The aftermarket exhaust systems are one of the most popular upgrades on BMWs, especially on newer M cars that have turbocharged engines. Th...

There are several options available for owners interested in upgrading the exhaust system of the BMW F82 M4.  The aftermarket exhaust systems are one of the most popular upgrades on BMWs, especially on newer M cars that have turbocharged engines. The BMW F82 M4 has a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant, developing 425 horsepower and propelling the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100KM/h) in just 3.8 seconds with Launch Control. Despite the explosive power, some owners feel that the M3/M4 lack in the sound department. So here is where aftermarket exhaust systems come in play.

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

The folks over at PSI actually resorted o the M Performance Exhaust System designed by BMW. Developed especially for the BMW M3 and M4, this sound system is featuring some technical advancements compared to the stock system. In visual terms, the four 80mm tailpipes made from titanium with the M logo create an unmistakable appearance – together with 93mm tailpipe made out of carbon fiber that you can order as well. BMW M logo is included on those as well. Even the exhaust silencer features an M Performance logo, further accentuating the entire appearance.

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

With this package you receive the Motordynamic button, allowing you to switch through multiple modes, which influence the exhaust system’s performance and sound as well. Modes are Sport and Sport+ mode (maximum emotional sound, very sporty, very loud, maximum performance) and Efficient mode (sporty sound, significantly sportier and more emotional than the standard system, but with residual comfort for uncompromising everyday use). In a way, you are getting both possible driving modes in one exhaust system making this product an unique opportunity to keep the noise levels down when needed and having a sweet performance oriented sound also. The silencer system comprises of a high-quality materials mix, in which the pre-pies are made from lightweight stainless steel and the rear silencer is made entirely from titanium. This reduces the weight significantly compared to the stock exhaust system, providing additional performance gains through lower overall car weight too. The silencer system is 32% (8kg) lighter than the standard component for this car. Installation is simple, no welding is required, a perfect choice for a great and easy performance and visual upgrade in one single product. Please take a look at the installation of this exhaust system!

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

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