Focus on production: BMW Motorsport to call time on its Formula E involvement after Season 7.

BMW:Focus on production: BMW Motorsport to call time on its Formula E involvement after Season 7.

Munich. After seven successful years, BMW Group will end its
involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the end
of the coming season. As a partner from the word go, BMW has
consistently supported the Formula E project and been instrumental
in the series’ success story. BMW has enjoyed victories and podiums
with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team. BMW Group has always used
Formula E as a tech lab for production.

The same engineers who develop the drivetrains for electric
production vehicles are also responsible for the drivetrains in the
race cars. Examples of the successful transfer of technology between
the Formula E project and production development include new findings
regarding energy management and energy efficiency, the transfer of
software for power electronics from racing to production, and an
improvement in the power density of the e-motors.  

When it comes to the development of e-drivetrains, BMW Group has
essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology
transfer in the competitive environment of Formula E.

Furthermore, the strategic focus of BMW Group is shifting within the
field of e-mobility. In the future, greater emphasis will be placed on
the comprehensive scaling of the offering and global production. BMW
Group plans to have put one million electric vehicles on the roads by
the end of 2021. The goal is to increase this figure to seven million
by 2030, of which two-thirds will be fully-electric.

Since entering a works team in Season 5, BMW i Andretti Motorsport
has claimed four victories, four pole positions and nine podiums in
its 24 races so far. In the coming season, the team will do everything
it can to achieve as much sporting success on the track as possible
with the BMW iFE.21 and drivers Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake
Dennis (GBR).

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Video explanation: What is sim racing?

BMW:Video explanation: What is sim racing?

Munich. On 5th December, BMW Motorsport SIM Racing
will introduce themselves at BMW SIM Live, which will be held
exclusively via livestream due to the pandemic. By way of
introduction, BMW Motorsport produced a video that imparts basic
info on the rapidly growing sector of sim racing. The short clip
also explains BMW Motorsport’s current involvement in digital racing.

 

“We identified sim racing as an exciting field of activity for us
early on and established it as a permanent pillar in our motorsport
programme. The rapid development this past year confirms that we were
right,” said Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “Sim
racing is becoming more and more professional and is establishing
itself as a standalone racing discipline. It also offers a new,
affordable way to get involved in racing and reaches new target
groups. We’re using the freedom in this dynamic environment for
intensive technology transfer and are creating many synergies between
digital and real-world racing.”

BMW Motorsport added sim racing to its racing programme as a
standalone, equal pillar in 2020 and, in close collaboration with the
rapidly growing sim racing community, helped raise the industry to an
even more professional level. Working closely with the simulation
platforms iRacing and rFactor 2, BMW Motorsport integrated racing cars
such as the BMW M8 GTE, the BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M2 CS Racing into
the simulations as realistically as possible. The best sim racers in
the world went head to head in these digital versions of the cars
during the course of the season, in the BMW one-brand BMW SIM 120 Cup
and BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

BMW SIM Live on 5th December 2020.

BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be broadcast from 4.00 PM CET on
5th December via a livestream on the BMW Motorsport and BMW
Esports channels, will include the final races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup
and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the season’s race winners come
together they will be competing for a total prize fund in excess of
25,000 euros.

BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will use the event framework to present its
extensive programme for the upcoming season. This will be expanded
significantly in many areas, to do justice to the momentum of the
rapidly emerging digital racing sector. Plans include the one-make cup
competitions, hardware developments and collaborations. BMW Motorsport
SIM Racing will present several spectacular world premieres in these
areas at BMW SIM Live 2020.

Link to live stream:
https://b.mw/sim_live
.

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‘Born Electric’: The fully electric BMW iX takes centre stage in the BMW winter sports commitment.

BMW:‘Born Electric’: The fully electric BMW iX takes centre stage in the BMW winter sports commitment.

Munich. With the BMW iX (combined power consumption:
< 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km), BMW Group ushers in a new age of mobility. The new
fully electric BMW model interprets the electric mobility theme
innovatively, making use of totally new technologies. The BMW iX,
currently in the final stage of development, is due to come onto the
market at the end of 2021. However, winter sports fans will get a
taste of the new technology flagship in the coming months when under
the motto ‘Born Electric’, the BMW iX takes centre stage in the
extensive BMW winter sports commitment for the 2020/21 season.

BMW Group has supported the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon, the BMW IBSF
World Cup Bob & Skeleton and the FIL Luge World Cup as a strong
partner for many years. As part of this commitment, BMW Group will now
bring the BMW iX and the motto ‘Born Electric’ into the biathlon
stadiums and to the ice channels.

Electric mobility reinterpreted.

The BMW iX is the first BMW model to be based on an all-new
technology toolkit and was conceived from day one purely for electric
mobility. It innovatively unites the areas of sustainability and
climate protection, design, versatility and driving pleasure, and
leads the way with future technologies that will also be incorporated
into other BMW models in the foreseeable future. According to the
latest predictions, the maximum output of the BMW iX will exceed
370 kW/500 hp – with absolutely zero emissions and tremendously low
power consumption.

The BMW iX on a winter tour through Europe.

As part of BMW’s involvement in winter sports, the BMW iX is going on
a huge tour of Europe in the 2020/21 season. The BMW IBU World Cup
Biathlon will be heading to Kontiolahti, Hochfilzen, Oberhof and
Antholz. The highlight of the season is the world championships in
Pokljuka, Slovenia in February, followed by the season finale in Nove
Mesto and Oslo. The locations for the BMW IBSF World Cup Bob &
Skeleton and the FIL Luge World Cup include Sigulda, Innsbruck,
Winterberg, St. Moritz and Königssee near Berchtesgaden. The Eisarena
Königssee will also host the FIL Luge World Championships at the end
of January. The BMW IBSF Bob and Skeleton World Championships will be
held in Altenberg in the Erz Mountains in February.

* Data on driving performance, energy consumption and range are
preliminary and based on forecasts.

BMW iX:
Combined power consumption:
< 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.
* Data on driving performance,
energy consumption and range are preliminary and based on forecasts.

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MINI develops concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.

BMW:MINI develops concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.

Munich. The evolution of
the MINI model range is focused on the ongoing expansion of electric
mobility and offering new opportunities to experience the brand’s
hallmark driving enjoyment – which also opens up new possibilities for
the John Cooper Works brand. Future MINI vehicle architectures mean
that extreme performance and genuine driving enjoyment will also be
available with electric drive as well as combustion engines.

MINI is already making great strides when it comes to electric
mobility. The MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid model
(combined fuel consumption: 2.0 – 1.7 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 14.0 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 45 – 40 g/km) led to five percent of the brand’s total
sales being electrified. Following the highly successful launch of the
all-electric MINI Cooper SE (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
combined power consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), this share doubled to around ten
per cent within just a few months. Based on this experience, and
looking ahead to future technology, MINI is now preparing the next
step in the development of electric John Cooper Works models.

“With the MINI Electric, we’ve shown how well brand-typical driving
enjoyment and electric mobility can be combined,” says Bernd Körber,
Head of the MINI brand. “Now it’s time to translate the passion for
performance of the John Cooper Works brand to electromobility. That’s
why we’re working to develop concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.”

The current focus on the development of a MINI John Cooper Works
Electric demonstrates just how important electric mobility is in terms
of the brand’s future direction – the goal is a unique blend of
sustainability, performance and passion. “John Cooper Works models
with conventional combustion engines will still continue to have an
important role to play, to make sure we’re addressing the wishes and
needs of performance enthusiasts all around the world,” says Bernd
Körber. “With this new focus on electric performance, we’re also
creating the opportunity to sharpen the distinctive profile of the
John Cooper Works brand more than ever before.”


In case of queries, please contact:
Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Spokesperson Communication MINI
Tel.:
+49-89-382-61742
E-mail: matthias.bode@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

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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million automobiles and more
than 175.000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. The figures are calculated using a vehicle
fitted with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges stated take into
account differences in selected wheel and tyre sizes as well as the
optional equipment. They may change during configuration.

The figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In these
vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for
the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are
(also) based on CO2 emissions.

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/.

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Maximilian Günther ends Formula E tests at Valencia with the best time of the week in the BMW iFE.21.

BMW:Maximilian Günther ends Formula E tests at Valencia with the best time of the week in the BMW iFE.21.

Valencia. BMW i Andretti Motorsport has successfully completed
the official tests ahead of Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship at ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ at Valencia (ESP).
Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) did a total of more
than 500 laps over the course of the three test days. As he did last
year, Günther clocked the fastest time of the week. On Tuesday, he
lapped the circuit in 1:11.760 minutes in his BMW iFE.21. Dennis
ended his first official outing as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver with a fastest time of 1:12.047 minutes.

 

As well as the usual programme, the test also included a full race
simulation to practice all the processes, looking ahead to the start
of the season, which is scheduled for 16th/17th
January 2021 in Santiago de Chile.

Quotes on the Formula E test at Valencia:

Roger Griffiths (team principal BMW i Andretti
Motorsport):
“All in all we are very happy with the way
things have been running here. It’s always nice to be on top of the
timing sheets at the end, but we don’t get any points in the
championship for that. It’s all about the work that we accomplished in
the last few days and we really had no hold-ups and reliability issues
at all. Maximilian Günther has obviously carried his speed from season
six over into season seven. We are also very pleased with the way Jake
Dennis has progressed over the course of the test. He gave us very
good feedback and got up to speed very quickly.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21): “It is obviously
great to have set the fastest time of the week again, as we did last
year. Having said that, the focus of the tests was not on lap times.
We were fully focussed on completing our programme, and we did a good
job of that. We had worked very hard and well in the run-up to this
test. Here at Valencia, we took the opportunity to try some different
things with the new car. I think we did a very good job.”

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21): “I think we can be
happy with our performance during this test. The car seems to be
working well. Personally, I was able to adapt to the specific demands
of Formula E very quickly. I familiarised myself with the software and
all the other processes, so that I now feel far better prepared for
the first race in Santiago. I am now very much looking forward to my
first race in January.”

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BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

BMW:BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

Munich. The BMW Group has once again recognised
employees around the world for their outstanding social commitment
this year. The BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment were presented
to five employees, two of whom received special awards from the Vera
and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation. Each award is endowed with 5,000
euros, which benefits the respective service projects directly. This
year’s award-winners come from India, Germany and South Africa. Owing
to the special circumstances this year, five additional finalists will
each receive a financial award of 2,500 euros, which will also benefit
these employees’ service projects.

“Courageous commitment to society is increasingly important,
especially in unprecedented times like the current pandemic.
Encouraging every individual to take responsibility is a priority for
me. Our Employee Awards contribute to this by recognising our
associates’ commitment,” explained Ilka Horstmeier, member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and
patron of the award.

Many BMW Group employees are involved in volunteering – in their own
region or in international projects. The diversity of this commitment
is also reflected by the candidates for the award: The 111
applications submitted came from 16 different countries. Due to
current hygiene requirements, this year’s award ceremony was held as a
digital event broadcast to different locations worldwide. 

International commitment

After just six months with the BMW Group, Sankar
Sundaralingam
from Chennai, India has been recognised with
the BMW Award for his Ooruni Foundation. As a co-founder and trustee,
Sundaralingam has been involved since 2015 in providing an educational
support programme for AIDS orphans and organising a job market for
people with disabilities, as well as collecting food donations for
people in need and launching various environmental campaigns. He plans
to use the cash prize to finance the studies of 22 young people.

Ludwig Donharl has worked as an energy maintenance
engineer at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing since 1987. He has shown a
selfless dedication to helping young people in Kenya since taking a
holiday there in 2017 – building a school for 200 children and eight
teachers largely on his own initiative. Donharl realises a wide range
of different projects with the donations he collects, including
supporting a young man who had suffered an accident and needed an
operation so he could return to work. Donharl’s colleagues recognised
his outstanding personal commitment with the BMW Group Associate
Award, which was presented for the first time this year. All company
employees had the chance to choose one of the award-winners in an
online vote.

Jörg Kaufmann founded the Children’s Cancer Research
Society. As its chairman, he and the organisation’s 45 members set
themselves the goal of making childhood cancers curable – no matter
how rare the cancer may be. The association has funded research
projects worth more than one million euros over the past ten years.
The organisation’s biggest success so far was in promoting an antibody
therapy that has now become well established. The prize money from the
BMW Group Award will benefit a cancer research project at the Dr. von
Hauner Children’s Hospital in Munich. 

The Vera and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation will present not one, but
two special awards this year. One of these will go to another founder:
Solly Makgatho from South Africa. The production
employee realised there was great need for safe accommodation for
children in his community. While volunteering as a legal advisor, he
submitted his idea for a separate relief organisation to the
government – laying the foundation for the Gauteng Community
Organisation (GCO) in 2011. Since then, the organisation has provided
no fewer than 120 orphans with shelter, care and education. The
children live in so-called “Green Houses” offering safety, meals and
therapy. The financial award will be used to renovate existing accommodation.

The Doppelfeld Foundation’s second special award went to
Sipho Machaka, also from South Africa. In addition
to working in the paint shop at Plant Rosslyn, he also serves as a
mentor, advisor and trainer at the Golden Youth Club (NPO). This
dynamic initiative offers dance, art and music projects so children
and teenagers can occupy their time in a meaningful way. There are
also opportunities for the young people to educate themselves about
environmental topics and human rights. Machaka himself teaches them
how to live a sustainable lifestyle and seeks to boost their
self-esteem. It is already clear what the next project will be: He
wants to use the financial award to set up a youth centre.

Since there can be no official award ceremony this year, due to the
pandemic, the BMW Group has decided to offer all remaining finalists a
financial award. The employees will each receive 2,500 euros for their
efforts to ensure disadvantaged families in Kenya can afford health
insurance; to support people with disabilities in Tunisia; to provide
hospice care; to develop a test system to identify Covid-19
infections; and to give people with Down syndrome in South Africa the
chance of living a fulfilling life. The BMW Group Awards for Social
Commitment have been presented since 2011. Almost 1,000 projects have
been showcased and 38 award-winners honoured to date.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Angela Konert, Corporate Communications, Human Resources

Telephone: +49 89 382-50591, Angela.Konert@bmw.de 

Eckhard Wannieck, head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, Eckhard.Wannieck@bmwgroup.com 

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

BMW:Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

Munich.
The 2020 season was the first in which BMW Motorsport
established sim racing as a standalone, equal pillar in its racing
programme. The focus was on the BMW SIM 120 Cup and the BMW SIM M2
CS Racing Cup as separate digital BMW one-make cups with a top-class
field, but BMW cars and BMW works drivers also enjoyed numerous
successes at renowned sim racing events outside of these cups.

 

“Top teams, top drivers, and full starting grids. The response to the
two BMW SIM cups that we set up in collaboration with iRacing and
rFactor2 in our first year was massive,” said Rudolf Dittrich, Head of
BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “The world’s best sim racers contested both
one-make cups, and made for fantastic racing action. You can see just
how seriously they took the competition by the impressive line-up for
the finals at BMW SIM Live. We, along with the community, are looking
forward to spectacular final races.”

BMW SIM 120 Cup.

In the BMW SIM 120 Cup on the simulation platform iRacing, more than
2,000 drivers from around the world contested the six races of the
season at Daytona, Sebring, the Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Road
Atlanta and Interlagos. The reward for each victory was 2,400 US
dollars, while the second-placed team received 1,200 US dollars. The
drivers in third place shared 600 US dollars. In the finals, further
cash prizes of more than 27,000 US dollars in total are at stake.

Teams that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

Maximilian Benecke / Maximilian Wenig – Team Redline

Josh Rogers / Mitchell deJong – Coanda Simsport

Laurin Heinrich / Alexander Voß – BS+COMPETITION

Agustín Canapino / Sami-Matti Trogen – Williams Esports

Tuomas Tähtelä / Valtteri Alander – KOVA Esports

Sebastian Job / Graham Carroll – Red Bull Racing Esports

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

In the second BMW one-make cup, the best sim racers went head to head
on the platform rFactor2 in the virtual BMW M2 CS Racing at the
legendary Nürburgring. Most of the races were on the Nordschleife, in
a variety of conditions. Come sunshine, rain or darkness: only the
real ‘Green Hell’ experts prevailed there. The best of them will now
contest the finals at BMW SIM Live, where they will do battle for a
total prize fund of 3,500 euros.

Drivers that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

 

Michal Smidl – Varga Sim Racing

Risto Kappet – R8G Esports

Nikodem Wisniewski – Williams Esports

Erhan Jajovski – R8G Esports

Zbigniew Siara – Buttler-Pal Motorsport

Peyo Peev – HM Engineering

Jakub Brzezinski – Williams Esports

Yuri Kastorp – R8G Esports

Hany Alsabti – R8G Esports

Joonas Ravio – Zansho Simsport

Other sim racing successes for BMW cars and drivers.

“Aside from our own BMW SIM cups, we have also seen tremendous
momentum in sim racing this year, in part due to the pandemic, which
has spawned new race series in very rapid succession,” said Dittrich.
“BMW cars and BMW drivers brought home numerous wins and titles on
various simulation platforms. It was particularly interesting to see
with just how much passion and ambition many BMW works drivers got
involved with sim racing. And some of them were rewarded with
prestigious wins. I would love for us to be able to build on that in 2021.”

One of the big winners among the ranks of the BMW works drivers was
Bruno Spengler (CAN). He won two titles on the platform iRacing.
First, in the virtual BMW M8 GTE, he won the IMSA iRacing Pro Series,
set up by the IMSA series during the enforced break from real-world
racing. In addition to Spengler, many other regular IMSA drivers
contested the series, including BMW representatives Nick Catsburg
(NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards, Connor De
Phillippi and Robby Foley (alle USA). In autumn, Spengler also won the
title in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO with
Team BMW Bank and his driver colleagues Kay Kaschube and Nils Koch
(both GER) at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. All of the races in the
series were at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Also in the virtual BMW Z4 GT3, Eng alongside Laurin Heinrich,
Alexander Voß (both GER) and Team BS+COMPETITION celebrated the
overall win at the iRacing 24h Nürburgring. BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver Maximilian Günther (GER) won the Pro title in ‘THE RACE
All-Star Cup’ on the platform rFactor 2 and also performed very well
in the ‘ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge’ with a few race wins. In
that competition, Team Redline driver Kevin Siggy (SLO) in the virtual
BMW iFE.20 won the sim racers title, which saw him also snag a
starting spot in the finals of the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup at BMW SIM
Live. The twelfth and final starting place for these finals went to
Cem Bölükbasi (TUR) for his win at the sim racing event organised by
Jochen Schweizer. Bölükbasi, Siggy and Heinrich joined forces with
Coque Lopez (ESP) to form the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team for the
V10 R-League on the Assetto Corsa platform and enjoyed several
successes against top-class competition in the inaugural season of the
team competition.

The DTM also held a digital championship this year. The team title in
the DTM Esports Championship on the platform RaceRoom went to the crew
of team captain and BMW DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). Timo
Glock (GER) and Lucas Auer (AUT) were also in action in the virtual
BMW M4 DTM as pro racing driver representatives. The sim racer
driver’s title went to Moritz Löhner (GER), who, as a member of
Sheldon van der Linde’s team, was also racing in a BMW M4 DTM.

BMW SIM Live on 5th December 2020.

BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be broadcast from 4.00 PM CET on
5th December via a livestream on the BMW Motorsport and BMW
Esports channels, will include the final races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup
and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the season’s race winners come
together they will be competing for a total prize fund in excess of
25,000 euros.

BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will use the event framework to present its
extensive programme for the upcoming season. This will be expanded
significantly in many areas, to do justice to the momentum of the
rapidly emerging digital racing sector. Plans include the one-make cup
competitions, hardware developments and collaborations. BMW Motorsport
SIM Racing will present several spectacular world premieres in these
areas at BMW SIM Live 2020.

Link to YouTube stream:
https://b.mw/sim_live
.

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An interview with Jake Dennis: “At the level we are racing at, you have to be sensible and work together”.

BMW:An interview with Jake Dennis: “At the level we are racing at, you have to be sensible and work together”.

Munich. Jake Dennis (GBR) is set to make his debut in Season 7
of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with BMW i Andretti
Motorsport. He and Maximilian Günther (GER) are currently attending
the official Formula E tests at Valencia (ESP)

with the BMW iFE.21. In recent years, Dennis has shown his
versatility in the DTM, GT and Formula racing, and as a simulator
and development driver for the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula
1 Team. In an interview, he discusses his expectations ahead of his
first Formula E season, the advantages of his racing simulator
experience, and his general viewpoint on the subject of electromobility.

Welcome to BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Jake!
How and when were you approached by the team?

Jake Dennis: “It all started just through having one connection to
BMW i Andretti Motorsport, which allowed me to do a simulator test,
just to see how the performance was. That test went well. That then
progressed on to a test session on the real racetrack, which went also
really well and we had a bit more of an understanding after that, that
we have kind of a chance to get a seat. When things aligned, what the
team needed and what I wanted, we’ve put together the contract.”

You are currently doing test laps at Valencia in the BMW
iFE.21. How does it feel to be part of Formula E?

 

Dennis: “It feels great! I wanted to progress over the past couple of
years into Formula E as the series has really taken off in the past
years. Gaining the FIA World Championship status now is obviously
massive. It’s nice to call myself a Formula E driver and to finally
put some laps in the car with BMW is a real pleasure. Can’t wait for
the first races in Santiago.”

What are you looking forward to most?

Dennis: “To race in the locations we drive at. Getting to race in
Santiago de Chile, in New York, in Rome and in all the other great
cities is just sensational. The tracks are cool as they are all street
circuits but at the same time this will also be the biggest challenge
for me. Not knowing the circuits is definitely a challenge being a
rookie. I think you can learn the car to a certain level pretty
quickly but learning the tracks against drivers, who have even up to
seven years experience will be tough. I think it’s an advantage to
have driven there before, but at one point obviously everybody has to
be a rookie, so this year it’s my go.”

Will Maximilian Günther be more of a partner or more of an opponent?

Dennis: “Maximilian and I are both competitive guys and there is no
question that we want to beat each other, but I think at the level we
are racing at now, you have to be sensible and you have to work
together to make the programme work. We both want the best for the
team and we both want the fastest car underneath at the end of the
day. That means working together and developing the programme as
quickly as possible is the aim and that’s for sure what we do. It
makes no sense to be rivals, that is more when you are 16 or 17 years
old and your aim is Formula 1 and you think everybody is your enemy,
but now obviously we are older and more matured and you see the bigger picture.”

What’s you first impression of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team?

Dennis: “I like the team a lot. The combination of BMW and Andretti
is very strong. The team is highly professional and it has a good mix
of nationalities, which is a great benefit as you get different views
and different opinions.”

How does your wealth of experience in simulator driving help
in Formula E?

Dennis: “My experience in simulator driving helped me most likely to
get the Formula E seat I’d say, because if I had been slow in the
simulator during the evaluation I think I would not be sitting here
today for sure. But in terms of driving the actual car it doesn’t make
a big difference. Some drivers are really fast on simulators and some
drivers are rather slow, but on track they are just as fast as you. I
think in reality it doesn’t really help me to deliver any more
performance on track but it helps just having more experience on
simulators to help to develop the BMW simulator at the factory.”

Do you have much experience on street circuits?

Dennis: “I don’t really have a lot experience on street circuits
genuinely. I did the ones at Macau and Pau and places like Norisring,
but it’s nothing like Formula E. You just try to build up as much
knowledge as you can but Formula E is so unique with the tracks
they’ve developed, that you probably never really build up enough
knowledge before you go into Formula E. I like it that the circuits
are so tight and twisty and for the fans it’s great to see the cars so
close. All the street races I’ve done so far I really enjoyed so I
think there’s no reason to not enjoy the ones where you race in
Formula E.”

Are you an early bird in normal life? Because you’ll have to
be on Formula E race days…

Dennis: “I’m kind of getting used to the early starts of the day, due
to the early starts in Munich during the simulator days. I’m quite
good at waking up early, I think I don’t need a lot of sleep in
general. But if it’s a possibility, I’m happy to sleep a bit longer
than on race days in Formula E.”

What’s your general opinion on e-mobility?

Dennis: “My general opinion about e-mobility is that it will only
become bigger and bigger. I still love a big engine and super-fast,
loud cars but I am realistic and I know how big the electric world is
going to be and I’m super excited to be now part of the programme and
to get more of an understanding the way the world and the way the
project is going. Just from season one until now – the amount of
technology and development which has happened in Formula E is sensational.”

Original Press Release

BMW announces collaboration with Acute Art to realize a project with BMW Art Journey awardee Lu Yang. Lu Yang presents latest artworks in Art Basel’s “OVR: Miami Beach”.

BMW:

BMW announces collaboration with Acute Art to realize a project with BMW Art Journey awardee Lu Yang. Lu Yang presents latest artworks in Art Basel’s “OVR: Miami Beach”.

Munich/London/Miami Beach. In cooperation with Acute
Art and as long-term global partner of Art Basel, BMW will showcase
the latest artworks of Lu Yang, BMW Art Journey awardee of 2019. The
Shanghai-based artist is represented by Société, Berlin. From December
2 to 6, 2020, Art Basel will present “OVR: Miami Beach”, the latest
edition of the show’s Online Viewing Rooms. The digital platform will
feature galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of Art Basel Miami
Beach and will be accompanied by a program of online events, including
talks and gallery walk-throughs.

In collaboration with Acute Art, leading producer of
visionary virtual and augmented reality (AR) artworks, and Lu Yang,
BMW will present a new AR work where “DOKU”, the artist’s digital
avatar, takes over the physical world in the form of a giant dancing
superhero. The installation, titled “Gigant DOKU”, is
developed by a game engine and incorporates motion capture image data
from Tokyo and Bali gathered during the artist’s BMW Art Journey. The
Augmented Reality Experience is available on Acute Art App. Please
find the instructions for the app at the end of this text.

„For me as an artist who has been working on digital art projects for
many years now, it is a great honor to gain the possibility of working
with Acute Art. They are the leading producer of visionary AR artworks
and have been working with so many successful artists in the field of
AR before. During my BMW Art Journey, I had the chance to cooperate
with different artists from several backgrounds and to deepen my
research in motion capture technologies – knowledge and material that
I can now use for my artworks. Even though I had to pause my travels
due to the coronavirus, I am thankful that I am now able to proceed
digitally, with the full support and creative freedom provided by the
BMW Group,” says Lu Yang.

“We are so excited to work with Lu Yang, one of China’s most
prominent young artists, who explores new immersive media to create
poetic works that bridge the disciplines. The BMW Art Journey ‘Human
Machine Reverse Motion Capture Project’ demonstrates his keen interest
in the anthropology of dance into the virtual sphere employing
cutting-edge motion-capture technology and robotics. Due to the global
pandemic, his physical voyage to Indonesia, India, and Japan had to be
adjusted but through a collaboration with Acute Art his dancing
avatars can travel across the world digitally. AR makes interactive
versions of his dancing figures possible, the first of which will be
launched on the Acute Art app in conjunction with ‘OVR: Miami Beach’.
Anyone who has downloaded the free app can interact with this
dematerialized dancer and place him anywhere, film him and share his
performance with friends globally. For an artist concerned with how
the human body can overcome its physical limitations, this AR project
represents an important step into the era of virtual art and
curation,” says Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director,
Acute Art.

The hard-edged, kinetic animations and paintings of Lu Yang (b. 1984)
deploy the latest digital tools to fuse Chinese cultural and spiritual
influences with distinctive imagery inspired by manga comics,
contemporary youth and gaming subcultures. Trained at the China
Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and continuing to undertake studies in
robotics, the artist is equally at home with traditional dance and
performance practices as with futuristic notions about an emerging
post-gender and post-human society in which the lines between the
objective and metaphysical world are completely blurred. His
distinctive body of work is an example of strikingly new visions
emerging from a young generation of artists in today’s technologically
advanced China.

Lu Yang’s BMW Art Journey entitled “Human Machine Reverse
Motion Capture Projec”
examines how the human body can
be trained to overcome its physical limitations and explores its
deployment in historical and present-day cultures. His research looks
into how humans negotiate their evolving relationship with machines
that may ultimately surpass human limitations. During his trip to
Bali, Indonesia, in January 2020, Lu Yang employed sophisticated
motion-capture devices to record dancer’s gestures, including facial,
finger- and eye-capture techniques. These latest technological devices
collected and analyzed the subtlest body movements and can mimic them
using robotic technologies.

All works on view in “OVR: Miami Beach” relate to and are inspired
by Lu Yang’s BMW Art Journey, which has continued in the digital realm
after the novel coronavirus made it difficult to visit some of the
originally planned destinations. More broadly, the selected works
highlight the artist’s creative evolution in recent years, leading up
to a current body of work in which Lu Yang’s digital avatar has become
the subject of his continuing digital journey. Together, the works
transport viewers into a fictional universe like no other, in which
centuries-old philosophical concerns about what it means to be human
are investigated in a hypnotic, cohesive and often disquieting visual language.

All digital artworks of Lu Yang will be accessible for VIPs and
public in “OVR: Miami Beach” from December 2, 10am ET, to December 6,
midnight ET, via the following link: https://www.artbasel.com/events/detail/17306

To fully discover and experience the interactive artwork of Lu Yang
“Gigant DOKU” (from December 2, 10am ET), the Acute Art app is
available free of charge on the App Store or Google Play. To start the
experience, please see the instructions below:

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
“Lu Yang”.
3. Select “Gigant DOKU” and then the “place”
button.
4. Point your phone towards the floor and tap to place
the work. Drag your finger across the screen to rotate 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 further information about the artist and his BMW Art Journey,
please visit:
www.bmw-art-journey.com
and @bmwgroupculture.

For further questions please contact:

BMW Group Cultural Engagement
Prof. Dr Thomas
Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs
Head
of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382 24753
www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmw.de

SUTTON on behalf of Acute Art
Daria
Darmaniyan
SUTTON
Senior Account Manager
Telephone: +44
77 156 68402
Email: daria@suttoncomms.com

Art Basel
Sarah Norton
Senior Media
Relations Manager, Art Basel
Telephone: +41 58 206
2706
Email: press@artbasel.com

About Lu Yang and the BMW Art Journey
Lu Yang
(b. 1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist, who graduated from
the New Media Art Department of the China Academy of Art. Deeply
immersed in the subcultures of anime, video games, and
Science-Fiction, the output of his artistic practice spans 3D-animated
films, video game installations, holograms, neon, VR and software
manipulation, often with overt Japanese manga and anime references.
His work was displayed in exhibitions at Kulturforum, Berlin; Centre
Pompidou, Paris; M Woods, Beijing; Shanghai Biennale; and Athens Biennale.

Lu Yang was announced as BMW Art Journey awardee during Art Basel in
Basel in 2019. The international jury of experts included: Claire Hsu,
Director Asia Art Archive, Hong
Kong, Matthias Mühling, Director Städtische Galerie im
Lenbachhaus
, Munich, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President
Fondazione Sandretto Re
Rebaudengo
, Turin, Philip Tinari, Director UCCA Center for Contemporary Art,
Beijing, Samson Young, artist and winner of the
first BMW Art Journey.

Launched in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art
Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide.

About Acute Art

Acute Art is unique in the way it fosters close working relationships
with the world’s leading artists, such as KAWS, Marina Abramović,
Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, Jeff Koons, in addition some of the most
exciting emerging practitioners, by providing access to cutting-edge
technologies. Acute Art’s highly skilled production team allows
artists to translate their creative vision into digital mediums,
including virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. The Acute Art app
enables users to access and own digital artworks created in AR, that
lets people see, interact and collect art in an entirely new way. It
is the latest development in the art, technology, and commerce space.
The Acute Art app is freely available to download here. Please visit
www.acuteart.com.

About Art Basel

Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages
the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited
in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and
region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating
galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming
produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.
Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through new
digital platforms such as Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms and new
initiatives such as The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report and
The BMW Art Journey. For further information, please visit artbasel.com.

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For 50
years, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural
cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of its
long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical music
and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. For years, the BMW Group and its partners have been
initiating and establishing their own formats such as BMW Tate Live,
BMW Welt Jazz Award, BMW Open Work, the BMW Art Journey and the
“Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London. The company also partners with leading museums, art fairs and
orchestras as well as jazz festivals and opera houses around the
world. With BMW OPERA NEXT, the new partnership with the Staatsoper
Unter den Linden, the opportunities presented by digitalisation are
used to open up new ways of accessing the world of opera for young
audiences. As part of its art programme “Muse”, Rolls-Royce partners
for the initiative “The Dream Commission” with two internationally
esteemed art institutions. Together with Fondation Beyeler and
Serpentine Galleries, emerging and established artists are invited to
submit a moving-image work that delivers an immersive sensory
experience. The artists are nominated and chosen by renowned
personalities of the art world like Daniel Birnbaum, Suhanya Raffel,
and Theodora Vischer. The BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in
all its cultural activities for granted – as this initiative is as
essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for
major innovations in a successful business.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMW-Group-Culture
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroupculture/
@bmwgroupculture
#BMWGroupCulture

Original Press Release

A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

BMW:A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

Munich. Spring comes earlier, summer stays longer,
and autumn also has its special charm in the South Tyrol region.
Italian lifestyle meets Austrian-German culture before a spectacular
mountain backdrop. Active holidaymakers will find ideal conditions for
cycling and hiking tours between Mediterranean vegetation and
spectacular rock formations, especially in the area around the
traditional spa town of Merano. And after the fruit and wine harvest,
numerous regional folk festivals and culinary specialities turn the
trip to South Tyrol into an journey of culinary delights.

Even Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria took on the rather
arduous journey at the time across the Alps to seek relaxation in
Merano and enjoy a breath of the South. Today, visitors can reach the
Etsch Valley quite quickly and comfortably via the Brenner motorway
and an express road called “MeBo”, which connects Merano
with Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. But the fastest route is
rarely the most beautiful route to reach your destination. When
driving in a car which has been designed for versatile driving fun,
such as the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined:
4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 121 g/km)
the desire to take a more scenic route arises almost automatically.

Delivering a top output of 140 kW/190 hp and a maximum torque of 400
Nm generated by its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI
TwinPower Turbo technology, the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 takes
on steep mountain passes in spirited style. Dirty or wet road
conditions don’t stand in its way since the electronically controlled
ALL4 all-wheel drive system responds to changes in traction conditions
within a few milliseconds. It distributes the power precisely between
the front and rear wheels and always directs it to where it can be
most effectively converted into driving fun. This also applies to
sporty cornering on the hairpin bends, where the ALL4 system is backed
by Performance Control and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC).

There are a number of high alpine roads which cross the border from
Austria to Italy. At a maximum altitude of around 1,500 metres, the
Reschen Pass, which is passable in all seasons, is the lowest Alpine
crossing in this region. From Landeck, the road leads across the Inn
valley and the Nauders plateau to the Reschensee lake. The church
tower of Alt-Graun, which juts out of the water, still reminds us of
the villages that sank into the waters of the dammed lake after the
construction of a storage power station 70 years ago. Anyone leaving
the Brenner motorway near Sterzing can reach Merano via the Jaufen
Pass, which is located at almost 2.100 metres above sea level. This
connection is comparatively short, but with around 20 narrow bends it
offers plenty of opportunity to experience hallmark MINI go-kart
feeling. Even higher up is the Timmelsjoch, which connects the Ötztal
region in Austria with the Italian Passaier valley. Along the route,
at up to 2,500 metres, there are magnificent views of snow-capped
peaks and a landscape of alpine meadows, forests and barren rock.

Once in Merano, visitors immediately become aware of the
Mediterranean climate. This is due to the city’s location in a basin
into which mainly warm air from the south flows. And this is also why
palm trees and other Mediterranean plants thrive, as do the colourful
flowers and plants in the public parks in the city centre. Historical
buildings such as the municipal theatre and the Kurhaus (spa house)
remind us of Merano’s boom as a tourist resort in the late19th and
early 20th century. The extensive spa promenade on the banks of the
river Passer was also built at that time. The centre of the city,
which is closed to car traffic, is characterised by its picturesque
arcades (Lauben). Beneath magnificent arches, it is home to
old-established shops, cafés and restaurants that attract locals and
visitors alike.

You can enjoy plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures until well
into the autumn in South Tyrol. Not long afterwards, the action shifts
from the valley to the mountains. As soon as the first slopes are
covered with snow, numerous ski areas attract winter sports
enthusiasts. The youngest attraction for skiing enthusiasts is located
about 50 kilometres south-east of Merano. In the Carezza ski area, a
new cable car is currently being built featuring a mountain station
which is integrated into the rocky landscape almost invisibly. The
arrival hall is designed in the style of an atmospherically
illuminated cave and is thus reminiscent of the crystal palace from
the legend of the dwarf king Laurin, which is widespread in South
Tyrol. The Carezza ski area covers around 40 km of slopes and is a
popular destination for excursions and holidays, not only in winter.
The tourist area stretches from the high altitudes of the Dolomites to
Lake Carezza, where Empress “Sisi” spent the early summer
days more than 120 years ago.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Spokesperson Communication MINI
Telephone:
+49-89-382-61742
E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

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

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

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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power
consumption and range are measured using the methods required
according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. The information is
based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, ranges take into
account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as
optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information has already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. For these
vehicles, values other than those stated here may apply for
calculating taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

More information about the official fuel consumption figures and
the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be
obtained from the “Guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions
and power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of
charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at
https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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