Peter Gall Quintet wins BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020. The quintet prevailed against the Adam Bałdych Quartet at the philharmonic hall at Gasteig. BMW Welt Jazz Award 2022 will be following the theme “Key Position”.

BMW:Peter Gall Quintet wins BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020. The quintet prevailed against the Adam Bałdych Quartet at the philharmonic hall at Gasteig. BMW Welt Jazz Award 2022 will be following the theme “Key Position”.

Munich. At the final concert of the BMW Welt Jazz
Award 2020 held on Friday evening, the Peter Gall Quintet won over the
award’s renowned jury. Together with saxophonist Wanja Slavin, Dutch
guitarist Reinier Baas, pianist Reiner Böhm and up-and-coming bassist
Felix Henkelhausen, drummer Peter Gall prevailed against the dam
Bałdych Quartet. Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of
BMW AG, presented the prize together with Anton Biebl, Head of the
Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich.

Following the theme “The Melody at Night”, the concerts of the BMW
Welt Jazz Award 2020 were presented at BMW Welt’s double coned
structure and for the first time on Tuesday evenings. Having been
postponed for over a year due to the global pandemic, the final
concert of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020 now took place at the
philharmonic hall at Gasteig, thanks to the city of Munich.

The expert jury said: “Both finalists convincingly brought the motto
‘The Melody at Night’ of this BMW Welt Jazz Award edition to life with
a personal twist of their own. Adam Bałdych has once again proven to
be a technically and stylistically unique violinist. And the drummer
Peter Gall, who has already shown his brilliance in so many ways while
participating in the projects of others, has proven to be an
outstanding composer and great band leader with his very first work of
his own. Together with his dream team, the all-star quintet starring
Rainer Böhm, Reinier Baas, Wanja Slavin and Felix Henkelhausen, Gall
generates a veritable intoxication of sound. As complex and
interconnected the song structures are, they are simultaneously
powerful, exciting and simply created to take in and enjoy. Many
elements flow into this endeavor – and everything fits together
fantastically as well as harmoniously. A real somnambulistic
‘Dreambox’ as the album is titled. A magic box so thrilling and
inspiring that the jury would like to congratulate Peter Gall and his
quintet for winning the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.”

Peter Gall Quintet received a prize money of 10,000 Euro as well as
the trophy designed by BMW Design. The runner up Adam Bałdych Quartet
was awarded 5,000 Euro.

In addition to the award and supported by the jazz award’s partner
Bayerischer Hof, the public’s favorite was also selected. Based on
audience votes at each performance, Adam Bałdych Quartet excited the
guests and will therefore receive an exclusive performance at the
Night Club of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich.

Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
Director of Hu-man Resources and Labour Relations, praised the skills
of the finalists: “I am delighted that we were now able to hold the
final concert of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020 this year and celebrate
its winner. My fullest congratulations to the Peter Gall Quintet. I
would also like to thank our long-standing partners, especially the
state capital Munich. Together with them, the BMW Group stands for
reliability and takes its social and cultural responsibilities
seriously for already 50 years now.Therefore, it gives me great
pleasure that the BMW Welt Jazz Award will also be continued next
year. Following the theme ‘Key Position’, the BMW Welt Jazz Award will
focus on one of the characterizing instruments of jazz music: the
piano. It has been playing an important role and has been inspiring
audiences from the very beginning with ragtime and boogie woogie over
great bigband pianists and legends of modern jazz until now.”

“I cannot think of our city’s cultural life without the BMW Welt Jazz
Award anymore. The series of concerts at BMW Welt with high-ranking
jazz ensembles gives free access to thousands of music fans for many
years now. I am very grateful to our partner BMW for their great and
continuous cultural engagement over all those years. It fills me with
joy that by providing the philharmonic hall for this year’s final
concert, a large audience could be a part of it following the
necessary COVID regulations,” said Anton Biebl, Head of the Department
of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich.

Different from the previous years, there were only five instead of
six performances given by renowned ensembles from around the world in
the double coned structure of BMW Welt in January and February 2020.
Besides the two finalists, the musicians playing in the double cone
structure of BMW Welt were: Cecilie Grundt Quintet (Norway), the
Andrea Hermenau Quintet (Germany) and Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen
(Luxembourg). The sixth concert with the Giovanni Guidi Quintet
(Italy) had to be cancelled due to related measures taken to control
the corona virus. The Italian jazz pianist and his quintet will now
perform at BMW Welt Jazz Award 2022 following the theme “Key Position”.

The winner of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020 was selected by a
top-class jury of reputable jazz experts and connoisseurs. Chaired by
Oliver Hochkeppel (music and culture correspondent with Süddeutsche
Zeitung), the panel members were: Roland Spiegel (music editor and
jazz specialist with the Bavarian broadcaster BR-KLASSIK), Andreas
Kolb (editor-in-chief of JazzZeitung.de and nmz – neue musikzeitung),
Heike Lies (musicologist with the Music and Musical Theatre Division
of the City of Munich’s Department of Culture), and Christiane
Böhnke-Geisse (artistic director of the international jazz festival
Bingen swingt).

This year the BMW Welt Jazz Awards benefited from the kind support of
nmz – neue musikzeitung, the Department of Cultural Affairs of the
state capital Munich, the renowned Munich luxury hotel Bayerischer Hof
and the Munich radio station egoFM.

 

For further questions please contact:
Daria
Nikitina
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
HR,
Work Environment, Real Estate, Corporate Citizenship
Cultural
Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382 60340
Email: Daria.Nikitina@bmw.de

Prof. Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
HR, Work Environment, Real Estate, Corporate
Citizenship
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89
382 24753
Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

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Email:
presse@bmw.de

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The BMW Art Cars go digital. Acute Art and BMW are presenting the first ever BMW Art Cars exhibition in augmented reality.

BMW:The BMW Art Cars go digital. Acute Art and BMW are presenting the first ever BMW Art Cars exhibition in augmented reality.

Munich. To celebrate 50 years of cultural commitment,
BMW is joining forces with Acute Art to initiate a unique exhibition:
For the first time ever the renowned BMW Art Car Collection is shown
in augmented reality (AR). On July 21, the project is launched via the
free Acute Art app, marking the first time that the digital rolling
sculptures are available for everyone all around the world at any time.

Initiated by French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain
and conceived in collaboration with the founder of BMW Motorsport
Jochen Neerpasch, the first BMW Art Car was commissioned when both
asked Alexander Calder to design Poulain’s BMW race car in 1975. Since
then, 19 prominent artists from throughout the world have designed BMW
automobiles of their times, all making extremely different artistic
statements and reflecting the cultural and historical development of
art, design, and technology. On the occasion of 50 years of BMW Group
Cultural Engagement, the Art Cars are finally entering the digital
realm and can virtually be staged in this wholly immersive 360°
exhibition: indoors, outdoors and in any location the user desires.

On July 21, the first BMW Art Cars can be experienced via the App:
Alexander Calder (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1975), Michael Jagamara Nelson (BMW M3,
1989), Ken Done (BMW M3, 1989), Matazo Kayama (BMW 535i, 1990), Esther
Mahlangu (BMW 525i, 1991), Jeff Koons (BMW M3 GT2, 2010) and John
Baldessari (BMW M6 GTLM, 2016). From then on, further BMW Art Cars
will be integrated in the Acute Art App every two weeks. On time for
the Art Basel in Basel all Art Cars will be included in the App.

To fully discover and experience the interactive BMW Art Cars, the
Acute Art app is available free of charge on the App
Store
and Google Play.

1. Scan the QR code (in the PDF attached) using your smartphone and
download the Acute Art
App
via the App Store or Google Play.
2. Open the Acute Art
app and select “BMW Art Cars”, select a car and then the “place”
button.
3. Point your phone towards the floor and tap to place
the work. Drag your finger across the screen to rotate and scale it.

The Acute Art app uses cutting-edge technology that works best on
high-end phones with the latest software. The devices supported are
iPhone X or above, and Samsung Galaxy S8 or equivalent. The app
requires a phone with a minimum of 4GB of memory and Apple iOS 11 or
Android 8.0 Oreo (API 24) operating system. For more information,
please visit acuteart.com.

The BMW Group is committed to supporting and facilitating culture,
partnering with world renowned institutions and artists. Through
mutual respect and curiosity, BMW is connecting people through culture
across the globe – both physically and virtually. This is why BMW is
partnering up with Acute Art: to push the physical boundaries of art
by exploring the medium in a different dimension.

“The BMW Art Cars are an essential part of the DNA of BMW’s
50-year-long cultural engagement. Finally, they are entering the
digital realm and can be accessible everywhere and for everyone. I am
excited about the collaboration with Acute Art as we both strive for
innovation and cutting edge technology. I can‘t wait to place the Art
Cars in my living room and get behind the wheel of these exceptional
masterpieces!”, says Pieter Nota, member of the Board of
Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales

Acute Art collaborates with the world’s leading
contemporary artists, providing access to cutting-edge technologies
that allow them to translate their creative vision into new digital
mediums – including virtual, augmented and mixed realities. Today’s
immersive media give rise to new possibilities for the production and
distribution of art and the arrival of augmented reality makes
possible entirely new exhibition formats.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with BMW, a company that has
demonstrated an exceptional commitment to technological innovation and
art over decades” says Jacob De Geer, CEO of Acute
Art
. “Acute Art was founded on the vision of democratising
art and bringing it to places where it could not be before. In these
challenging times we have to find new solutions. The collaboration
with the BMW Group will intensify the exchange between technology,
design and art. Together we will explore future landscapes involving
today’s most innovative minds working in these fields.”

Acute Art’s collaboration with the BMW Group will make the Art Cars
digitally visible anywhere in the world for the very first time.
Through the app, they can be individually displayed, or users can also
display multiple vehicles together at the same time. To this end, the
real Art Cars were carefully scanned from all angles using a
photogrammetry methodology, capturing every detail of the artists’
intervention on the car’s surface. Finally, the cars were assembled
digitally to create an accurate representation of the Art Cars in AR.

During Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the BMW Group will celebrate
50 years of cultural commitment with this unique interactive
exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel on September 21. The BMW Art Car by
Alexander Calder will be on display and a specially created augmented
reality area will invite guests to experience the digital Art Cars in
the Acute Art App on-site.

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
24753
Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com
Email:
presse@bmwgroup.com

Irene Due
Acute Art
Head of Communications
Telephone:
+44 203 751 0563
Email: irene@acuteart.com

 

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WorldSBK: BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to the ‘Cathedral of Speed’.

BMW:WorldSBK: BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to the ‘Cathedral of Speed’.

Munich. BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to the ‘Cathedral of
Speed’. Having taken a year’s break due to the Coronavirus pandemic,
the FIM Superbike World Championship is returning to the TT Circuit
at Assen (NED) this coming weekend (23rd to 25th July). The fifth
event of the 2021 season will take place at the historic circuit in
north-eastern Netherlands. The first motorbike race in the region
took place as long ago as 1925 and the permanent circuit was opened
in 1955. Racers and fans are equally enthusiastic about the
challenging course, which boasts high speeds and swift changes of direction.

 

At Assen, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will be aiming to build on
the successful weekend at Donington Park (GBR), where Tom Sykes (GBR)
and Michael van der Mark (NED) recorded the first WorldSBK podiums for
the new BMW M 1000 RR. The BMW satellite team MGM Racing will again be
competing with Jonas Folger (GER) at Assen. For internal reasons, the
RC Squadra Corse team will not be attending the Assen round.

Quotes ahead of the Assen round.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Assen is a very special circuit and you can really feel the
over 100 years of motorbike tradition in every corner. Of course, the
podiums at Donington Park have given us some extra momentum for Assen,
but we know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Now we need
to back up the results from Donington. The TT Circuit has a very
special character. It’s a fast track layout with lots of leaning and
some high outside turns – these are the challenges that we face during
setup for our BMW M 1000 RR. We are looking forward to the Assen
weekend and also to the enthusiastic Dutch fans, who are sure to
generate a great atmosphere once again at the TT Circuit. We deeply
regret that RC Squadra Corse is unable to participate at Assen and we
hope to see them back on the track again soon.”  

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“The team came away from round four at Donington Park with a
very positive state of mind. Both Tom and Michael reached the level we
were hoping in a successful event with some podium success. But more
important for us is that the gap to the front is much reduced, which
is our target. We are going to Assen having had a strong performance
there the last time we were there in 2019. We aim to take over our
level of performance from Donington Park over to Assen. For sure,
Michael will have a home turf advantage similar to Tom at Donington,
but in general we believe the BMW M 1000 RR can performance strongly
at Assen. Overall, our expectations are that we can continue the good
work at Donington and continue to close the gap to the leading group.
If we succeed in doing so we would be very happy.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “Obviously I
am very much looking forward to Assen. On the back of some strong
results for the whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Donington I am
going to Assen trying to keep that momentum going. We have certainly
found some improvements with the new BMW M 1000 RR and Assen to me is
a circuit I really enjoy. It’s a very exciting track and my target
would be to get back on the podium. That’s what I am aiming for and
for my team-mate Michael, it’s his home race, so he will be pushing
for something extra. Overall I think we have all ingredients to try to
make it a successful weekend again. It will also be a pleasure to see
fans on the grandstands again after they already cheered us at
Donington so I am looking forward to that as well.”

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Assen is a special race for me, my home race, and I missed
it last year. It definitely is one of my favourite tracks, also
because I really enjoy the fast and flowing bits. Especially the last
part of the circuit is great; it’s fast and flowing and with the last
chicane there is always really nice action there. We are making steady
progress with our BMW M 1000 RR and at Donington we had a really good
weekend with both of our BMWs with finishing on the podium in the
Superpole race and Tom also reaching the podium in race two. We now
want to continue this progress and of course it would be really nice
to even do a bit more at my home race. It is also fantastic that we
will have fans at the grandstands for my home round. I am really
looking forward to it.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “I am already
looking forward to Assen. We have analysed the data from Donington in
detail and fixed a fault that we noticed. Now that we know what was
causing the problem, we have the strength to head to Assen and make a
positive start to the weekend. I hope the weather stays fine and I am
looking forward to the circuit. It is a great circuit that suits me
very well. We are aiming to record a clear upturn in form.”

Track Facts Assen.

Circuit
length

4.542
km – clockwise

Corners

18 – 12 right-handers, 6 left-handers

Pole
position

Left

Longest
straight

300
metres (start-finish straight)

Grip level

High (new asphalt)

Track
layout

Mainly flowing, partly very fast sections;
partly slow corners

Strain on
brakes

Comparably low

Amount at full
throttle

26
% resp. 25 seconds

Top speed / lowest
speed

299
km/h / 55 km/h

Best overtaking
opportunity

T16

Key
factors

Much
confidence in the front in maximum lean angle and on the
brake; good stability

Original Press Release

BMW Group donates 1.5 million euros to rescue services to support flood disaster efforts

BMW:BMW Group donates 1.5 million euros to rescue services to support flood disaster efforts

Munich, 21 July 2021 – Thousands of people are seeing
their livelihoods in ruins due to the severe weather in North
Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Upper Bavaria. It is
essential to take rapid action.

The BMW Group is therefore making 1.5 million euros available to
various rescue organisations that are providing emergency aid in the
affected regions.

“The scale of the disaster touches us all deeply. Our sympathy
is with the people who have lost so much. We want to make a
contribution to providing those affected with the most basic
necessities,” says Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of
Management of BMW AG, Human Resources and Social Affairs, and Labour Director.

The BMW Group will contact rescue organisations in
Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Upper Bavaria to
provide targeted help where it is most needed.

In addition, the BMW Group plants in Munich, Landshut, Dingolfing,
Regensburg and Leipzig will be providing emergency resources and
manpower from their company fire brigades as soon as the legally
required request for support is received from the responsible authorities.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Milena Pighi, BMW Group Corporate Communications and Governmental
Affairs,
spokesperson Corporate Citizenship
Telephone:
+49-89-382-66563, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de

Markus Sagemann, BMW Group Corporate Communications and Governmental
Affairs
Head of Communications HR, Work Environment, Real Estate,
Corporate Citizenship
Telephone: +49-89-382-68796, Markus.Sagemann@bmw.de

The BMW Group
 

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

 In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set its course for the
future early on and is making sustainability and resource efficiency
the focus of the company’s strategic direction – from the supply
chain, through production, to the end of the use phase, for all its products.

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Where numbers count: In the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 through the banking capital Frankfurt.

BMW:Where numbers count: In the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 through the banking capital Frankfurt.

Munich. Anyone approaching the banking metropolis of
Frankfurt am Main on the Autobahn 5 from the north will see it from
afar: the skyline of skyscraper towers where, among others, the major
financial institutions have set up their headquarters. No other city
in Germany welcomes its visitors with a comparable panorama. Frankfurt
is not only the seat of the German Stock Exchange and the European
Central Bank, but also home to the four largest national financial
institutions. The city where the heart of finance beats has a long
tradition as a trading centre and trade fair location. Frankfurt has
always paid close attention to figures. So it is fitting that the MINI
Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 – 1.7 l/100
km according to WLTP, 2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km according to NEDC;
electricity consumption combined: 15.5 – 14.8 kWh/100 km according to
WLTP, 14.8 – 14.1 kWh/100 km according to NEDC, CO2 emissions
combined: 47 – 39 g/km according to WLTP, 48 – 44 g/km according to
NEDC) can score points on the test drive through the urban area and
the neighbouring regions not only with driving pleasure typical of the
brand, but also with tangible data.

Four doors, five full seats, two engines and four driven wheels –
these are the elementary figures from which both the versatility and
agile handling as well as the high efficiency of MINI’s first plug-in
hybrid model can be derived. In detail, this means: a three-cylinder
petrol engine with 92 kW/125 hp from a displacement of 1.5 litres
drives the front wheels, while a 70 kW/95 hp electric motor transmits
its power to the rear wheels. This results in a system output of 162
kW/220 hp and a hybrid-specific all-wheel drive. The precisely
controlled interaction of the two motors optimises the vehicle’s
tracking ability in the city and its sporty cornering performance on
country roads, as well as its traction on slippery roads and unpaved terrain.

In city traffic, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 can be driven
purely electrically. On the drive through the canyons of office
towers, to which the city owes its nickname “Mainhattan”, it
thus becomes a pioneer for sustainable mobility. Almost the entire
inner city area of Frankfurt is designated as an environmental zone.
Thanks to the Euro 6d emissions standard, the MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4 is likely to start its combustion engine there, but in
local emission-free driving mode it immediately sets an example for
clean driving pleasure.

An important argument for calculators who are as cool as they are
environmentally conscious: anyone who drives to their place of work in
the city every day from their home in the surrounding countryside can
easily do this too in purely electric mode with the MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4. The right figures to go with it: The electricity that
powers the electric motor is stored in a high-voltage battery with a
gross energy content of 10.0 kWh. This gives a combined electric range
of 44 to 51 kilometres. And electric commuting not only significantly
reduces energy costs. Using the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 as a
company car also comes with a rebate from the tax office. For the
plug-in hybrid model, only half of the otherwise usual imputed income
has to be taxed.

This spares the budget for shopping trips. In Frankfurt’s city
centre, visitors have a choice between luxury boutiques and the
branches of large fashion chains, especially in Goethestraße and on
the shopping mile Zeil. Those who want to eat something in between
will find something nearby on Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, which is
known to the locals as “Fressgass” for a reason.

One of the special features of Frankfurt’s cityscape is the
juxtaposition of the hypermodern glass and steel facades of modern
office complexes with historic buildings. No fewer than 17 buildings
reach the status of skyscraper with a height of at least 150 metres.
The old town, on the other hand, impresses with other values. The
Römer, the city’s magnificent town hall, dates from the 15th century
and, like the Kaiserdom, the Paulskirche, where the first German
parliament met in 1848, the birthplace of the poet Johann Wolfgang
Goethe, and the more than 400-year-old Haus Wertheim with its original
half-timbering, is one of the sights that survived both the Second
World War and the building and modernisation boom of the post-war era.

While sightseeing, shopping or visiting the renowned Schirn
Kunsthalle on Römerberg, time flies. Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4 can replenish its power reserves at one of the
numerous public charging stations in the city. After just two and a
half hours, the high-voltage battery has reached 80 per cent of its
total capacity again with an output of 3.7 kW.

This means the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 has enough energy for
an excursion into the green surroundings of the big city. In the west
of Frankfurt, the Taunus begins just beyond the city limits. A popular
local recreation area stretches between the Feldberg and the
Rhine-Main plain and can be reached quickly via the Frankfurt motorway
ring. In purely electric driving mode, the plug-in hybrid model
reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. If both engines are used together,
even 196 km/h are possible. In addition, 6.8 seconds are sufficient
for the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h.

On the winding country roads of the low mountain region, the MINI
Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 demonstrates its sporty talent particularly
clearly. On wet or dirty roads, the precisely coordinated power
distribution of the two engines ensures optimised driving stability.
Even when cornering at high speed, any tendency to over- or understeer
is prevented at the outset. And on the numerous inclines in the Taunus
region, the combined system torque of 385 Nm makes itself felt,
allowing the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 to tackle every uphill
passage with spirit.

If the excursion into the countryside is to be extended into a longer
journey, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is also a force to be
reckoned with. Its high-voltage battery is accommodated under the rear
seat bench to save space. This means that there are no comfort
restrictions on the three seats in the rear compared to the interior
in the conventionally powered model variants of the robust
all-rounder. The luggage compartment volume is also only slightly
smaller, ranging from 405 to 1,275 litres, so that you can be a little
more generous when packing your holiday wardrobe.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Markus Bräuer, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-30327
E-mail: marus.br.braeuer@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.:
+49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI
and
BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP
figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All figures are already calculated on the basis of the new WLTP
test cycle. NEDC values listed have been calculated back to the NEDC
measurement procedure where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basis for the definition of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at www.bmw.de/wltp can be found.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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Original Press Release

Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the London E-Prix.

BMW:Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the London E-Prix.

Munich. After Maximilian Günther’s (GER) victory in New York
City (USA), BMW i Andretti Motorsport now heads to the team’s next
home event, the London E-Prix (GBR). The team’s headquarters in
Banbury (GBR) is less than 150 kilometres from the ‘ExCel Circuit’.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to London for the
first time since 2016 with races 12 and 13 of the season on Saturday
and Sunday. One of the features of the new circuit is that it is
partly outside and partly in the halls of the ExCel London
exhibition centre. Günther and Jake Dennis (GBR), for whom the
London E-Prix (GBR) is also a home outing, lie 14th and
15th in the Drivers’ Championship – each with 54 points –
ahead of the penultimate race weekend of the season. However, they
trail the championship leader by just 27 points. BMW i Andretti
Motorsport is currently sixth in the Team competition with 108
points. In our preview, we present the most important facts and key
factors of the London E-Prix.

 

You can find detailed information in our media guide: https://b.mw/Formula_E_Media_Guide.
It provides detailed information on the technology behind the BMW i
drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, background stories on the technology
transfer between motor racing and production development, the BMW i
Andretti Motorsport Team and the drivers as well as the BMW Group
safety car fleet. It is updated with facts and figures on the
respective event after each race weekend.

TRACK FACTS LONDON.

Circuit length

2.252 km. Clockwise.

Corners

22 – 13 right, 9 left.

Track surface

Very bumpy, even a possibility of jumping.

Grip level

Low. Should it rain, the switch
from the wet track outside to a dry track inside would be unusual.

Layout

Section between T20 and T8 is
covered. Ramps between T2 and T3, and T21 and T22. Very
narrow and slow circuit with hairpins. T11 is taken at just
30 km/h. Very few overtaking opportunities. No run-off
zones, so no room for driver error.

Brakes

As energy management will barely
play a role, despite the reduction of the amount of energy
available, brakes will be put under a lot of strain.

Top speed

Approx. 195 km/h ahead of T1.

Attack Zone

On the outside of T16. Possible
loss of position. To be avoided at all costs, as overtaking
is very difficult, even in Attack Mode.

Pit lane

Entry after T22, exit on the
outside of T2.

Key factors

Good start position, good
traction and rotation of car, caution against crashing on
narrow circuit.

Quotes ahead of the London E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“Fresh from the success in the New York City race, our team heads to
the second of its ‘home race events’. It is fantastic to be back in
London after such a long absence. A new and very unique venue for all.
It’s the first time that the track will feature an indoor section as
well as the conventional outdoor surfaces. At this stage, we know
little of the track surface and how this will evolve with cars running
on it. Fortunately, we have a practice session on the Friday afternoon
which will give us overnight to review and consider how we might adapt
to the new circuit. For the first time as well, the FIA has decided to
reduce the amount of available energy to us for the race by just under
ten percent. The nature of the track with the full amount of energy
would likely have led to flat out racing but the reduced amount will
bring back an element of energy saving. Both drivers now have a win a
piece and I am sure both will be vying for more success. There is a
lot to play for in both the team’s and driver’s championships.”

 

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):

“I am extremely excited about my home race in London. Nobody knows
the circuit, which suits me as a rookie. I hope we come out of the
blocks quickly in the first practice session and qualify well. It
looks as though it is going to be difficult to overtake, which makes
it all the more important to secure a good grid position.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):

“London is an outstanding place to go racing. It’s a really cool
element to be racing indoor and outdoor. The track looks very
technical and I definitely can’t wait to drive my first proper laps
there. We are heading into the last four races of the season and
everything is possible. So as always, we just focus on a good
performance from our side.”

 

The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra
100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame
in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite
driver in the four days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into,
each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are two ways to vote:
Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/
or via the official Formula E App.

 

The BMW Group Safety Cars.

The BMW Group has been represented in the ABB FIA Formula E
World Championship as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ since the very
beginning and will continue to provide the fleet of safety cars for
season 7 of the fully-electric racing series. Alongside the BMW i8
Roadster Safety Car (fuel consumption (combined): 2.0 l /100 km;
energy use (combined): 14.5 kWh /100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46
g/km)*, which has been modified specially for racing use, the MINI
Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will be appearing as a new safety
car from the Rome E-Prix onwards. The development of the car based on
the new MINI Cooper SE represents a hitherto unique collaboration
between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E. The fleet
also includes the BMW i3s (Power consumption in kWh/100: 14.6-14.0
(NEDC); 16.6-16.3 (WLTP), electric range in km: 278-283 (WLTP))* as
‘Race Director Car’ and the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in kWh/100:
17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km: 450-458
(WLTP))* in its roles as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Rescue Car’.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model. The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Motorrad and Marshall announce strategic partnership.

BMW:BMW Motorrad and Marshall announce strategic partnership.

Munich. Riding a motorcycle while listening to music
– both fit well together, as they promise deep emotional experiences
and intense pleasure on two wheels. It is not for nothing that
generations of artists have dedicated their songs to the experience of
motorcycling. “Born to be Wild” is a notable example.

To ensure that beats and basses perfectly complement the ear
while riding, BMW Motorrad has long been engaged in intensive
development work on its sound systems. With its now agreed long-term
partnership with world-renowned British company Marshall
Amplification
, the innovation and quality of BMW Motorrad
sound systems are set to reach new heights.

For 60 years, Marshall, originally from Hanwell, London, now
based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes (UK), have produced legendary guitar
amplifiers used by the world’s best musicians. Since 2012 they have
expanded their audio quality into award winning headphones and active
speakers designed for music lovers.

The legendary Marshall spirit and the development power of BMW
Motorrad will in future be reflected in new innovative products for
motorcycles and music, especially in the BMW Motorrad Heritage segment.

BMW Motorrad will present the first new products resulting from
this strategic partnership very soon. Stay tuned to find out more
about this on 29 July 2021.


You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries please contact:


Dominik Schaidnagel, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49-89-382-50181, Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49-89-382-57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49-89-382-35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.de


Internet: www.press.bmw.de

E-mail: presse@bmw.de

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad,
the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of
automobiles and motorbikes and also provides premium financial and
mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31
production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a
global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorbikes worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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The BMW Group at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 show: Open discussions on the sustainable mobility of the future – in person in Munich and digitally around the world.

BMW:The BMW Group at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 show: Open discussions on the sustainable mobility of the future – in person in Munich and digitally around the world.

Munich. After 70 years in Frankfurt am Main, the IAA
motor show will take place for the first time in the BMW Group’s home
city of Munich. Over the six days from 7 – 12 September 2021,
exhibitors will showcase their latest innovations and discuss the
mobility of the future with trade professionals and members of the
public. The main topics of the IAA MOBILITY 2021 will be circular
economy, sustainability and urban mobility.

The IAA is looking to strike up dialogue with visitors at various
locations in the Bavarian regional capital – both the traditional
exhibition halls and the Open Space made up of Munich’s most
attractive city squares. Visitors who can’t be there in person can
live-stream the IAA or catch up with events using recorded coverage.

With its Open Space stage for new mobility concepts, the IAA will
create an easily accessible format for visitors and take the personal
mobility of the future to where it will take place – in the heart of
the city. On city squares in the centre of Munich, such as
Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz or Max-Joseph-Platz, visitors will be able to
explore the latest vehicles and innovations from well-known carmakers,
and get involved in live discussions and an extensive entertainment
and cultural programme.

The BMW Group will be the largest exhibitor at the IAA and will
welcome visitors to the halls at the exhibition grounds, to BMW’s
“four-cylinder building” headquarters, BMW Welt and the BMW Museum,
and to the BMW Hubs exploring the themes of sustainability and
circular economy at Max-Josef-Platz in front of the Bavarian State Opera.

“The IAA is exploring the challenges of mobility in the future and
offers an important forum for the ideas and concepts that carmakers
are coming up with,” says Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer
and Brand BMW. “BMW wants to be part of the discussion and is keen to
actively offer solutions. To this end, we are using the IAA to give
insights into our visions of increased sustainability, a coherently
devised circular economy and urban mobility. We are inviting show
attendees to take part in an open discussion – in person at the BMW
Hubs in Munich and digitally around the world.”

“Climate protection and personal mobility are not a contradiction in
terms,” emphasises Maximilian Schöberl, General Representative of BMW
AG and Head of Group Communications and Politics at the BMW Group.
“Our company is using new technologies, innovations and our
cutting-edge vehicles to meet the demands of society for greater
sustainability – without taking personal mobility away from people.”

Open Space: a forum for information and
discussion
The new Open Space event concept sees the IAA
branching out beyond the show halls for the first time and opening up
to a wider audience. Across a network of hip, modern Labs in Munich,
exhibitors will discuss future mobility with members of the public.
The BMW Group is seeking to hold an open discussion with trade
professionals and the public at two locations in the city.

BMW Sustainability Lab
The BMW Group has set
itself the twin goals of cutting CO2 emissions from
production by 80 per cent up to 2030 and bringing a total of around
ten million fully electric vehicles onto the roads over the next ten
years or so. In addition, the aim is to reduce CO2
emissions per vehicle over the course of their lifecycle by at least a
third. The BMW Group is also committed to putting in place the most
sustainable supply chain in the whole of the automotive industry.

How these aims can be achieved is the focus of the BMW Sustainability
Lab. The spotlight here extends beyond the development of locally
emission-free vehicles; the BMW Group is taking a holistic approach to
sustainability, and that means also addressing social sustainability,
materials procurement, supply chains and social responsibility when it
comes to both the community as a whole and its employees.

“As a premium manufacturer, we want to be a leader in
sustainability,” explains Maximilian Schöberl, referencing the
integrated BMW Group Report, which makes the company’s goals
transparent to all. “With our focus on sustainability, we are helping
the environment and meeting our social responsibility. Premium will in
future be viewed in terms of sustainability and responsible action –
and these two aspects will be inextricably linked at the BMW Group.”

At the BMW Sustainability Lab on Max-Joseph-Platz, new technologies
and innovations developed to increase the sustainability of mobility
in the future will be revealed and discussed.

Overarching sustainability themes will be presented in an emotionally
engaging way with the help of robots moving up and down a runway (the
Sustainability Catwalk) and avatars in various video clips.

The robots are interactive. Visitors can feed them tokens to access
information on areas such as electric mobility and circular economy.
The robot projects its answers onto an LED screen.

The RE: BMW Circular Lab – Re:think, Re:use, Re:duce and
Re:cycle.
The IAA serves as a laboratory for future
mobility, and here the BMW Group will play a key part with its
sustainability-oriented approach across the board. The RE: BMW
Circular Lab will explore this subject area in greater depth. The
goal: to find solutions for a new era. The method: collaborative. The
direction: circular.

The RE: BMW Circular Lab is a hybrid experience and communications
platform focusing on circular design and circular economy. Its mission
is to create awareness, understanding and engagement, and to take the
public with us on the journey to a circular economy. Innovative ideas
and new visions take centre stage here.

“The aim of BMW is to reconcile economic interests with the natural
ecosystem,” says Jens Thiemer. “We will achieve this through a new way
of thinking, through reuse and by using fewer and more recyclable
materials.” A circular economy will help BMW to achieve an even
greater degree of sustainability in the future.”

At the RE: BMW Circular Lab, the BMW Group is inviting visitors to
the IAA to join the company on a journey to explore and shape the
future together according to the basic principles of circular design –
“Re:think, Re:use, Re:duce and Re:cycle”. A series of workshops will
give participants the chance to experience circular economy and
circular design at close quarters: how can parts and materials be
selected and combined to good effect according to the principles of
circular design? Here, “circular heroes” will give users the
opportunity to familiarise themselves with the principles of circular
design in a light-hearted, creative but still content-centric way.

Summit
The area of the Munich exhibition
grounds set aside for carmakers to unveil new vehicles and innovations
is called the Summit. The BMW Group is represented here by a number of
different Hubs.

BMW Hub
Here, visitors can experience the two
new BMW electric vehicles – the i4 and iX – in person for the first
time. The i4 is a fully electric gran coupé. Equipped with BMW eDrive
technology, the four-door model has a range of up to 590 kilometres
(BMW i4 eDrive40*: electric power consumption: 20-16 kWh/100 km
(WLTP); CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. *Estimated figures, not yet
officially confirmed.)

The new BMW iX is the product of a vision. It is purpose-built for
electric mobility and can achieve a range of up to 630 kilometres with
its efficient all-wheel drive system (BMW iX xDrive50*: electric power
consumption: 23.0-19.8 kWh/100 km (WLTP); CO2 emissions: 0
g/km. *Estimated figures, not yet officially confirmed.)

Like the i4, the iX is also due to come onto the market in November
this year. The IAA gives visitors their first chance to explore the
two electric vehicles in person.

The BMW Hub also focuses on the further development of vehicles
powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell drive system. The BMW Group is
piloting the second generation of this drive system type with the BMW
i Hydrogen NEXT. This all-electric vehicle – which is currently
undergoing testing in everyday conditions – uses hydrogen as an energy
source, converting it into power in a fuel cell. At the IAA, the
vehicle (based on the BMW X5) will be on show at the BMW Hub and BMW
Welt, and in action as a shuttle in the Blue Lane connecting the show locations.

BMW Motorrad: an established component of the urban mobility
concept.
As well as the two new electric BMW models,
visitors to the company’s stand will also find the latest highlights
from BMW Motorrad. These play an established role in the BMW Group’s
approach to developing innovative mobility solutions in the future.

BMW Motorrad will have a total of three pioneering models on display
at this year’s IAA. These include the BMW CE 04 electric scooter with
its completely re-thought design. The CE 04 celebrated its world
premiere on 7 July 2021, and the IAA will now give the wider public
the chance to view and come into contact with it.

In addition to the emission-free BMW CE 04 scooter, BMW Motorrad is
also unveiling two other exciting concept studies at the IAA. These
fully electric mobility concepts for the future have been developed
specifically for use in urban spaces and to meet the preferences and
requirements of the people who live there.

MINI HUB
The main attraction of the MINI HUB at
the IAA is the MINI Urbanaut, an innovative vision of space for future
mobility. First presented at #NEXTGen 2020, the Urbanaut will appear
at the MINI HUB in the Open Space in model form and so give visitors
their first physical experience of the car. The signature MINI
characteristics are transported into the future of mobility in
distinctively re-interpreted form. The MINI Vision Urbanaut epitomises
the “Clever Use of Space” and provides an answer to the needs of
future cities and lifestyles.

The electrically powered MINI Vision Urbanaut offers the user a host
of MINI moments: “Chill” gives them a kind of retreat and urban oasis;
“Wanderlust” provides a road-trip companion; and “Vibe” creates a
meeting place for friends and family.

To this end, the interior has been completely reimagined and given an
extremely warm and cosy ambience through the use of sustainable
materials such as cork for the flooring and steering wheel and
recycled textiles for the seats. The reduction in the number of
component parts included and the lack of leather and chrome underscore
the Vision’s focus on sustainability.

Visitors to the Open Space can sample the highlights of the MINI
Vision Urbanaut at close quarters. Among them are the rotating
driver’s seat, a dashboard that lowers and can turn into a daybed, and
a steering wheel that extends when the relevant MINI moment is
initiated. Another impressive feature is the opening/closing
functionality of the windscreen, which combines with the daybed to
create a “Street Balcony”.

BMW Startup Garage Hub
Visitors can get up to
speed on the BMW Startup Garage at the BMW Startup Garage Hub. An
exhibition showcases a selection of innovative startups which are now
part of the BMW Startup Garage scheme and already play a major role in
increasing sustainability.

A live pitch event – one of the highlights of the programme – will
take place on 9 September. This one-hour show will see innovative
young companies from around the world presenting their standout
technologies in the area of sustainability.

The startups were selected and assessed as part of the Open Call 360°
Sustainability Challenge. The finalists are given access to the BMW
Startup Garage’s venture client programme, opening up the opportunity
for a long-term supplier relationship.

The BMW Group launched the BMW Startup Garage as a venture client
unit in 2015. Since then, more than 100 young technology companies
have passed through the programme, with investment volumes exceeding
2.8 billion US dollars.

The aim of the BMW Startup Garage is to provide early access to new
technologies and innovations focusing on future mobility. Recently
founded companies worldwide can sign up to take part in the programme
at the BMW Startup Garage site www.bmwstartupgarage.com.

BMW “four-cylinder” building and BMW Welt
Other
go-to locations for IAA visitors this year include the illuminated BMW
“four-cylinder” building and nearby BMW Welt and BMW Museum.

The futuristic exhibition, experience, and event space of BMW Welt
will provide the largest showroom at the IAA. Here at the BMW Group’s
experience world, visitors can admire most of the current models from
the BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands.

A new exhibition on sustainability at the BMW Museum is opening for
the IAA. Covering a 1,000-square-metre area, it will give visitors the
chance to learn more about electric vehicles and how a coherent
circular economy approach can reduce CO2 emissions from
production. The exhibition will stay open beyond the IAA and run for
17 months in total.

Blue Lane: low-emission link between the IAA
venues
Visitors can reach the exhibitors’ various event
locations via the Blue Lane. Just under 12 kilometres in length, this
route through the centre of Munich links all the BMW locations, from
the IAA show halls with the various BMW Hubs, to BMW Welt and the Open
Space areas including BMW’s Sustainability Lab and RE: BMW Circular
Lab located at the Bavarian State Opera.

In the test area for electric, hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicles,
visitors can experience for themselves trailblazing innovations
focusing on mobility and emission-free driving. The Blue Lane links
car traffic and local public transport.

The BMW Group digital world at the IAA
Mobility
fans unable to attend the IAA in person can follow the world’s largest
motor show live via IAA Mobility Virtual or stream the recorded
coverage later on. The BMW Group has set up a dedicated digital
channel for this service which will allow it to guide online visitors
around all the BMW locations and themes.

People attending BMW’s Summit events digitally will witness the
presentation of the latest vehicles, can find out more about
sustainability and circular economy in the Hubs and Labs, attend
presentations and discussions on the future of mobility and learn more
about innovations. The BMW Group will have an online presence across
the IAA and invite attendees to participate interactively. Visitors
can log on as an avatar and explore the BMW Group’s digital world with
total freedom.

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Third place on the podium for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in dramatic 12-hour race at Estoril.

BMW:Third place on the podium for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in dramatic 12-hour race at Estoril.

Estoril. Second race and a second podium finish for the BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team and the new #37 BMW M 1000 RR in the
FIM Endurance World Championship 2021 (FIM EWC). In the, at times,
dramatic 12-hour race at Estoril (POR), Xavi Forés (ESP), Markus
Reiterberger (GER) and Kenny Foray (FRA) secured third place on the
podium as at the Le Mans (FRA) season opener. Once again they
battled their way back up the field impressively after a fall in the
opening stage forced the team right down the field to start with.
The podium finish was a fitting present for Team Manager Werner
Daemen’s 50th birthday.

 

Everything was going perfectly for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team to begin with. Starting from second on the grid, Forés took the
lead after just a few minutes. The #37 M RR dropped back into second
place briefly after about 50 minutes, but was soon back in front.
Reiterberger then extended the lead but after almost two and a half
hours of racing Foray skidded while in the lead and fell. He returned
the #37 M RR to the pits and after a repair break lasting four and a
half minutes it was back to the race. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team was temporarily in 20th place and trailing by four laps, but from
there the only way was up.

The rest of the race was turbulent at times, with various race
leaders dropping right down the field after falls or issues, but went
without a hitch for Forés, Reiterberger and Foray and they made up
place after place with fast lap times. Forés held the fastest lap time
of the whole field for quite some time. After five hours of racing
they had worked their way into the top ten. The trio was in sixth
place after seven hours, and moved up into fourth place soon after,
when two motorbikes in the leading pack collided. That was when the
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team set about reducing the margin to the
top three.

In the final stage the race became something of a real sprint
thriller. Ninety minutes before the end the team leading at that time
developed a problem which put the podium within realistic reach of the
#37 M RR. When all the teams had completed their final pit stops 30
minutes before the chequered flag, Reiterberger, the closing rider,
was just ten seconds off the podium. He really went for it and set the
team’s fastest race lap in the final stint (just six-thousandths of a
second behind the fastest lap overall). Reiterberger closed the gap to
two seconds – and just a few minutes before the end of the race, the
rider in third place ended up in the gravel. That cleared the path to
third place and the second podium finish in a row. After 416 laps,
Reiterberger crossed the finish line in third place with the #37 M RR,
just 0.976 seconds behind second place.

The privateer BMW squad Team LRP Poland finished in 16th place. The
riders of the #90 BMW S 1000 RR were Nigel Walraven (NED), Stefan
Kerschbaumer (AUT) and Thomas Gradinger (AUT).

Quotes after the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Congratulations to the whole team on another fantastic
performance. It was a real thriller and history repeated itself. It
was similar to Le Mans: leading shortly after the start, then a
setback, then moving up the field to finish on the podium. We weren’t
quite able to race at our pace in the first stint with the cool track
temperatures. Things went really well from the second stint and our
pace was definitely good enough to win. Unfortunately, Kenny fell and
we dropped down to P20. Everyone did a magnificent job in the ensuing
race to catch up. Our pace was really good down to the wire, but
realistically we wouldn’t have done better than P4 or P5. But the
other teams also experienced a few dramas, so the battle for P2 to P4
was really close in the end. We had to change the brakes, which was
planned, but the final two stints from Xavi and Markus were incredibly
strong so we really piled the pressure on the rider in third place. To
end up finishing in P3 less than one second behind second place –
after the fall at the beginning – we have to be pleased with that
result. We saw that we had the pace required to win. Now we are in a
very good starting position for the rest of the season, and our motto
for the Bol d’Or in September is ‘full attack’. After all, we are
still in with a chance of winning the world championship. We still
have some work to do, but have a very good team, a very good bike, and
the potential to become even better. I’d like to thank the team, they
did a fantastic job, were great in the pit stops, and I’m happy that
we could mark Werner Daemen’s 50th birthday by gifting him this podium.”

 

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:
“What a big day. It was a very exciting day, to be honest.
I’m really enjoying my present now. It also was a very difficult day
with the crash and some small issues but in the end we got the podium
and I am really, really happy. I think the team again did a great job
and except for the crash, everything was perfect and we showed again
that we are among the top runners in the World Championship. I am sure
that soon we can reach the highest step of the podium.”

 

Markus Reiterberger: “Xavi did a great opening stint.
I took over being in the lead, was able to extend the gap again and
hand over the bike in the lead, too. Unfortunately, Kenny then fell.
Initially, that was a setback for us all but we kept our focus and
always said that we try to get the best out of it. 12 hours is not as
long as 24 hours but we still can achieve something. Xavi did really
strong lap times and I then was able, especially in my last stint, to
give my everything. The bike worked perfectly for me in cooler
conditions. I really pushed and if the race had lasted one lap more,
even second place would have been possible. But we made it to the
podium and that is the main thing. We are still in the mix in the
World Championship.”

 

Xavi Forés: “It was a very tough race. Honestly,
after the crash we could not expect to finish on the podium. But we
had a really good pace, the bike was working really well, so credit to
all the team that worked amazingly to fix the bike in a way that I
could get 1:39 times in all my stints. I am really happy with the
performance we had all weekend. We have shown that we are really
strong and as soon as we can complete the race with no mistakes or
issues we will be on the top step. Thank you to the entire team and to
Markus and Kenny; they did an amazing job. Now roll on Le Castellet in September.”

 

Kenny Foray: “First of all I want to apologise for my
crash. It was a small mistake but it what it is. I am very
disappointed about it because I think today it was possible to easily
win. The bike was perfect, the tyre, too, and the riders were strong.
Especially my team-mates were incredible. I love endurance for that;
you never give up and that we could make it to the podium was
fantastic. A big thank you to the team, thank you to Xavi and Markus,
because it was an incredible effort today.”

Original Press Release

With traditional sporting spirit in the name of John Cooper: The MINI Anniversary Edition.

BMW:With traditional sporting spirit in the name of John Cooper: The MINI Anniversary Edition.

Munich. The name John Cooper, born 98 years ago
today, stands not only for great successes in Formula 1, but also for
the traditional sporting spirit of the MINI brand. 60 years ago, John
Cooper laid the foundations for a legendary racing victory in the
classic Mini. It was the beginning of the collaboration between MINI
and the Cooper Family that continues today.  The shared tradition
stretches from the very first Mini Cooper, launched in September 1961,
to the sporty John Cooper Works models in the current model range.

To mark the anniversary, the British premium brand is presenting a
special edition of the MINI 3-door that combines a return to history
with state-of-the-art technology. The MINI Anniversary Edition is a
tribute to John Cooper, who passed away in 2000, and a testament to
how maximum driving pleasure is enjoyed in his name today, in the
premium small car segment.

Exclusive design and equipment features make the Anniversary Edition
 an attractive proposition for MINI fans around the world who are
passionate about the brand’s sporting history, closely associated with
the John Cooper name. The special edition will be available as MINI
Cooper 3-door (fuel consumption combined: 6.1 – 5.5 l/100 km according
to WLTP, 5.5 – 5.3 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined:
138 – 124 g/km according to WLTP, 127 – 120 g/km according to NEDC),
MINI Cooper S 3-door (fuel consumption combined: 6.7 – 6.2 l/100 km
according to WLTP, 6.5 – 6.2 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions
combined: 151 – 140 g/km according to WLTP, 149 – 142 g/km according
to NEDC) and MINI John Cooper Works (fuel consumption combined: 7.1 –
6.8 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.1 – 6.9 l/100 km according to NEDC;
CO2 emissions combined: 161 – 155 g/km according to WLTP, 163 – 158
g/km according to NEDC). Production is limited globally to just 740
units. The number of units available in this edition refers to the
starting number 74, which the classic Mini Cooper wore on its first
successful race track appearance.

John Cooper earned his status as a racing pioneer as early as the
1950s and with his mid-engine sports cars, he revolutionised Formula
1. His idea, which is still used today, of placing the engine behind
the driver instead of in front of him, helped Jack Brabham to secure
two world championship titles in 1959 and 1960 in Formula 1 Cooper
racing cars. With his penchant for unorthodox solutions, Cooper was
similar to his friend and fellow designer Alec Issigonis, who in turn
had caused a revolution in the small car segment with the classic
Mini. John Cooper immediately recognised the sporting potential of the
compact four-seater and initiated the construction of a small series
of vehicles with larger brakes and an increased engine output from 34
to 55 hp. The Mini Cooper was born and became an instant success. The
Cooper brand and the name lettering surrounded by a red ring now
became famous. Two years later, the even more powerful Mini Cooper S
followed, which laid the foundation for three overall victories at the
Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967.

From then on, Cooper tuning kits for the brand’s production vehicles
enjoyed growing popularity. And even before the market launch of the
modern MINI in 2001, the John Cooper Works brand was created. With
this brand, John Michael “Mike” Cooper, the son of the
Formula 1 team boss, continued the cooperation with MINI.

Since 2008, John Cooper Works models have been at the top of the MINI
range as top athletes – now with up to 225 kW/306 hp and suspension
technology developed with racing know-how. The joint sporting career
of MINI and John Cooper Works has been obvious in recent times by six
overall successes in the Dakar Rally. In the latest generation,
Charlie Cooper contributes, as a racing driver and brand ambassador,
to continue the collaboration between his family and MINI.

Nuances of the shared history of MINI and the Cooper Family can be
found both on the exterior and in the interior of the new edition
vehicles. As early racing cars designed by John Cooper were
recognisable by their green paintwork with white accents, the MINI
Anniversary Editions are offered in British Racing Green metallic.
Alternatively, Midnight Black metallic variant is available, and for
MINI John Cooper Works the Rebel Green body colour is also offered.
All paint finishes are combined with a roof, exterior mirror caps,
door handles and surrounds for the headlights and rear lights in
white. Other exterior trim elements are offered in Piano Black high gloss.

These exterior features are complemented by white bonnet stripes and
a red accent line, a number 74 on the bonnet and doors of the edition
vehicles, is reminiscent of the start of a sporting career, as the
classic Mini Cooper once wore the starting number 74 when it won its
first class on the racetrack.

The MINI Anniversary Edition combines the contents of the John Cooper
Works Trim with model exclusive features that emphasise the sporty
character and the awareness of the historical roots. For example, the
suspension with frequency-selective damping is supplemented by 18-inch
John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Circuit Spoke 2-tone design.
The “COOPER” name logo can be found on the door sill trims,
on the side scuttles, on the C-pillars and on the center spoke of the
Nappa sports leather steering wheel.

The interior equipment of the edition includes John Cooper Works
sports seats in Dinamica/leather Carbon Black finish, an
anthracite-coloured headliner, stainless steel pedal set and interior
trim in  Piano Black high-gloss. The red ring from the original John
Cooper logo adorns the luggage compartment lid and the interior
surface on the passenger side. On the driver’s side, the interior
surface features the signatures of John, Mike and Charlie Cooper. As a
further indication of the exclusive character of the edition, the
inside of the driver’s door frame features an emblem with John
Cooper’s signature, the handwritten note “1 of 740” and the
words “60 YEARS OF MINI COOPER – THE UNEXPECTED UNDERDOG”.

The exclusive and sporty look of the edition vehicles can be rounded
off with selected retrofit options from the Original MINI Accessories
range. The MINI Waistline Finisher in Piano Black completes the
attractive contrast between black and white trim elements on the
exterior. Other options include a MINI Sport aerial and tailpipe trims
in carbon finish. Punched and slotted John Cooper Works brake discs
are also available for the MINI John Cooper Works in the Anniversary Edition.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.:
+49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP
figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All figures are already calculated on the basis of the new WLTP
test cycle. NEDC values listed have been calculated back to the NEDC
measurement procedure where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basis for the definition of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at www.bmw.de/wltp can be found.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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