As well as the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) on 21st/22nd June, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS is also preparing for the second highlight of the 2014 endurance season: the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). The Belgian team will field two BMW Z4 GT3s at its home race in the Ardennes on 26th/27th July, and is putting its faith in a strong driver line-up bolstered by BMW works drivers: Jörg Müller (DE) and the two BMW DTM drivers Maxime Martin (BE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) will share one cockpit. In the second car, Team Principal Bas Leinders (BE) will share the driving duties with BMW works driver Dirk Werner (DE) and Markus Palttala (FI). (more…)
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The new MINI remains on course for growth. After its successful market launch, the engine range for the new original in the small car premium segment continues to expand as of July 2014. In future, the selection will include the new MINI Cooper SD as the most powerful diesel variant and the new entry-level petrol engine model MINI One First. Both newcomers offer an impressively favourable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. In total there are now seven power units available for the model produced at the British MINI plant in Oxford, including four petrol and three diesel engines – all of which were completely newly developed. (more…)
Club sport – This term is music to the ears of ambitious athletic drivers. The aim of Club sport Racing is to achieve sound racing times with its private vehicle while driving on a race course such as the Nürburgring Nordschleife or the Bilster Berg and in the process, travel there and back on its own axle.
The BMW specialists of Manhart Performance from Wuppertal henceforth offer such a coveted track tool for Club sport. The brand new BMW M235i Coupé, which stands out for a 326 horse power-strong serial six-cylinder turbo engine that is tightly bound to the accelerator ex-works, a maximum torque of 450 Nm as well as the typically firm BMW driving behavior serves as a basis. The Manhart MH2 Clubsport was developed in Wuppertal from the depth of the company’s own bag of tricks. (more…)
The world’s first BMW i8s (fuel consumption combined: 2.1–0.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 49–0 g/km) were handed over to customers today at BMW Welt in Munich: The first eight customers from Germany received their BMW i8s as part of an official ceremony in which Roland Krüger, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, and Dr. Helmut Schramm, Head of Production Electric Vehicles at Plant Leipzig, presented them with the keys to their new cars.
The first BMW i8 cars also feature the ground-breaking BMW laser light.
An exclusive evening reception to mark the BMW i8 market launch, with celebrity guests, such as TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk and actor Thomas Kretschmann, rounded off the official vehicle presentation. (more…)
ALPINA automobiles are defined by their finely balanced mix of driving dynamics, comfort and everyday luxury. Add to that exceptional functionality and the result is the BMW ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo. In Touring form, the B5 Bi-Turbo smartly combines the exclusive sophistication of the Saloon with pronounced functionality and versatility. (more…)
Armed with an even more potent design presence and outstanding performance, the new BMW X6 strengthens its position as a leading exponent of exclusive driving pleasure. The second generation of the Sports Activity Coupe, which has already posted global sales of almost 250,000, enjoys a special status among BMW X model rivals thanks to its irresistible allure, intoxicating performance attributes and innovative luxury.
The extrovert design of the new BMW X6 blends the robustness and versatility of a BMW X model with the sporting elegance typical of the brand’s Coupes. The interior combines generous space with model-specific sports features and a luxurious ambience, while attractive design and equipment packages further highlight the exclusive style of the new BMW X6. The Design Pure Extravagance equipment package adds striking, high-quality accents to both the interior and the exterior. The M Sport package, meanwhile, includes specially selected features that enhance the vehicle’s dynamic character to immediately eye-catching effect. Also available from launch are model-specific features from BMW Individual. (more…)
Just a few months after the market launch of the new MINI, the British premium brand has expanded its model range with the addition of an entirely new body variant – the MINI 5-door – for the first time in its history. It combines MINI’s hallmark driving fun, the distinctive character and refinement of the third model generation and the enhanced practicality which comes with extra space. The characteristic exterior design of the original premium small car is authentically transferred to the specific proportions of the new body, with the addition of two rear doors. (more…)
The BMW Group celebrates the meeting of the time-honoured and the contemporary at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 with a very special concept: the MINI Superleggera™ Vision. This exclusive interpretation of an open-top two-seater was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, the tradition-steeped design and coach building house based in Milan. The MINI Superleggera™ Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster, a compact and agile two-seater, expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. In collaboration with MINI, Touring Superleggera™ has designed and built an elaborately crafted, unique model which blends the tradition of classic coachwork construction with the MINI’s authentic British styling to create timeless aesthetic appeal. (more…)
It was streets ahead of its time at launch and maintains an ageless glow to this day, yet a glance at the calendar reveals the disarming truth: 25 years have passed since the BMW 8 Series was presented to the world at large for the first time. The car’s international fan community duly came together last weekend at its Bavarian birthplace to celebrate the anniversary, with events including a spectacular parade of 120 cars at the BMW Group headquarters highlighting their collective adoration of the brand’s exclusive luxury Coupe. (more…)
The Continental Tire Sports Car Championship headlined the racing at Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn., on May 24 with BMW teams racing to two top-five finishes in the Street Tuner class and two top-10 finishes in the Grand Sport class. In a departure from the season’s opening three rounds the results marked the first time a BMW did not finish on either class podium.
The starting grids for each of Saturday’s 150-minute races were determined by points standings because heavy rain forced an end to Friday’s qualifying sessions. That meant three BMWs in the top-10 Street Tuner and two in the top-five Grand Sport starting positions, including the pole for GS points leaders John Edwards and Trent Hindman. (more…)
On the 7th of June 2014 at 10.00 clock SuperCarClub 500 will broadcast their motorsport event „Rolling50“ via LIVE-Stream on the Internet. For the 2nd time this event will take place at airfield D-Meinerzhagen (NRW). 4-5 events a year are planned.
Rolling50 is a drag race from 50 km/h. Over a distance of 400 meter ( 1/4 mile) the cars will reach a speed of over 200 km/h. Porsche Turbo, BMW M, AMG, Audi R8, Ferrari and Lamborghini as well as Nissan GTR with 1000 hp and many other car-models take part to this powerful event. A colorful program with show acts of racing driver David Schiwietz ( Kremer Racing Team ) and Trackforce.de with their Porsche race car of the current VLN series will complete the event. Because at this event spectators are not allowed at the Airfield, the organizer Peter Klein ( 1st Chairman of the SCC500 ) committed Reelive TV in order to manage the technical implementation of the LIVE stream. In this way, the SCC500 wants to give all motor sports enthusiasts the opportunity to take part to this adrenaline-filled event from everywhere in the world. Whether on Smart TV, smartphone, tablet or PC – everyone is able to enjoy this LIVE Stream. (more…)
The last one drives the all-new BMW M4, which has a 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine with 430HP (317 kW) and 550Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds with 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and 4.4 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
It is joined by the specially-prepared Ford Fiesta of Ken Block, Audi R8 driven by Audi Sport DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller and Adrian Zaugg behind the steering wheel of (more…)