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

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

Munich. After a six-week break, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Team this week travels to the Puebla E-Prix (MEX), where races eight
and nine herald the second half of the season in the ABB FIA Formula
E World Championship. The permanent racetrack near the capital
Mexico City is located at 2,300 metres above sea level and is new
territory for all the teams and drivers. Jake Dennis (GBR) and
Maximilian Günther (GER) compete in qualifying groups two and three
on Saturday, as they currently lie tenth and 16th in the
Drivers’ Championship. In our preview, we present the most important
facts and key factors of the Puebla 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 PUEBLA.

Circuit length

2.93 km. Anti-clockwise.

Corners

16 – 7 right-handers, 9 left-handers.

Track surface

Very undulating for a permanent racetrack.

Grip level

Medium. Moderate improvement of
grip expected between qualifying groups.

Circuit layout

Fast circuit with long straights
and many fast and medium-fast corners. Slipstream will play
an important role. T16 is part of an oval and is
consequently banked. Circuit is located at 2,300 metres
above sea level, meaning lower air pressure. In combination
with high temperatures, will be factor in battery cooling.

Tyre wear

Relatively high on the right
side, due to banking in T16.

Top speed

approx. 245 km/h.

Overtaking

Very good overtaking opportunity
coming into T1.

Key factors

Set-up for new circuit,
intelligent tyre management, energy management.

Quotes ahead of the Puebla E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“We head into the second half of the season on the back of some good
results. The points we scored last time out mean we currently lie
fifth in the Team competition. We now want to close the gap to third
and fourth place. The Puebla circuit is new to us all and is a mix of
an oval circuit and a tight infield. Slipstream will definitely play
an important role on the long start/finish straight and the home
straight. We are hoping to benefit from the efficiency of the BMW i
drivetrain at what is generally a fast circuit.”

 

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):

“We kept working hard during the six-week break. I spent almost the
entire time in Germany and did some work in the BMW Motorsport
simulator to prepare as well as possible for the second half of the
season. The fact that nobody knows the circuit in Puebla is good for
me, as it means that as a rookie I am in the same position as all the
other drivers. The last time that happened was at Valencia – and I won
there. Hopefully we can get a similarly good result in Puebla.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):

“Puebla is a special challenge. The track is very flowing, has a lot
of undulations and will produce some great Formula E racing. The long
full-throttle sections on the start/finish straight, when we head back
onto the oval, will make the race very interesting. I am really
pleased that the second half of the season is getting underway in Mexico.”

 

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/.

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad Motorsport ends Misano weekend with tenth place for Michael van der Mark.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport ends Misano weekend with tenth place for Michael van der Mark.

Misano. While BMW Motorrad Motorsport celebrated third place
at the ‘24 Heures Motos’ at Le Mans with the BMW Motorrad World
Endurance Team, Sunday did not play out as hoped for the WorldSBK
side of the BMW family at Misano (ITA). The best-placed rider in
race two was Michael van der Mark (NED) from the BMW Motorrad
WorldSBK Team in tenth place. His team-mate Tom Sykes (GBR) was
twelfth. Eugene Laverty (IRL / RC Squadra Corse), who was given the
go-ahead by doctors this morning after his crash on Saturday, came
home in 15th place to pick up a point. He was followed home in 16th
place by Jonas Folger (GER / Bonovo MGM Racing). Misano hosted round
three of the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

Sykes started Sunday morning’s Superpole race from fifth place on the
grid. He initially found himself in sixth after the start and crossed
the finish line in seventh after ten laps of racing. The second-best
BMW rider in the Superpole race was Laverty in 13th. Van der Mark
consistently worked his way forward from 13th place, but then crashed
out on the sixth lap. Folger, who was running behind him, was forced
to take evasive action and consequently fell back through the field,
eventually ending the Superpole race in 19th place.

Van der Mark started race two on Sunday afternoon from 14th place. He
made gradual progress from lap two and crossed the finish line tenth
after 21 laps. Sykes was running sixth until the sixth lap, but then
dropped back to ninth after a battle with his rivals. Shortly after
that, he found himself in twelfth, and went on to cross the finish
line in that position. Laverty also finished in the points in 15th.
Folger was 14th for long stretches of the race, before dropping back
to 16th.

 

Quotes after race two at Misano.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
were definitely not where we expected to be. As such, it was
disappointing. We did not manage to transfer the set-up from one
circuit to the next with either Tom or Michael. The opposition can
clearly do that better than us. All weekend we failed to give our
riders a bike on which they are competitive. In the case of Tom, we
reckoned on him taking eighth place. We must now find out why he fell
so far back. Michael’s poor grid position once again left him with a
mountain to climb. In the closing stages of the race, he was matching
the pace of the seventh and eighth-placed riders. He eventually
finished tenth, but on the whole it was disappointing because we
definitely arrived here with greater expectations. We must work on
being able to transfer a basic set-up from one circuit to the next.
Before the next races at Donington Park we will do some testing at
Navarra, where we will do our homework and work really hard.
Congratulations at this point to the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team
on their third place at Le Mans – respect to the guys. Their success
saved the Sunday a bit for us here at Misano.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“It was a really tough weekend for us. We came here with some
high expectations but in the very high grip levels we found it
difficult to get Tom and Michael comfortable on the bike. We had
constant front-end chatter problems. The mechanics and the team worked
all weekend trying to find a good balance; we’ve worked on the bike in
a lot of areas but unfortunately we couldn’t find a setting for them
both. Tenth and 12th doesn’t do the effort justice. We’re a long way
off where we want to be but we have a test at Navarra coming up where
we can check things over and we will see how we can come back stronger
from this. We will be ready and are looking forward to the test at
Navarra and then our home round at Donington.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “I
think we should not be really happy with this result. In this
morning’s Superpole race I made a mistake by myself. I entered T1 way
too quick and then I lost it. It was a shame because we tried
something on the bike and we didn’t know if it was better or not. In
race two, I had a not so great start. I had problems at the start and
then I gained some positions back but unfortunately we can be really
consistent but we are just too slow. It’s difficult, but it is like
this now. Soon we will be testing and hopefully we find some solutions.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “To be honest,
it was a difficult day. After the Superpole race we had quite a good
feeling actually but we were missing in some areas and only really
could finish in the top-seven, which for me is not acceptable. So we
tried something with the bike for the big race, but unfortunately that
was not working out. At least we got a lot of information out of it.
It was a difficult race for me and we learned a lot on the back of it
now, so we keep working now. After another test we are going for the
next round to Donington. I would like to think we’ve got the package
to fight for the race there. We need to get on top of the little
issues which we have got, so we hope for another step forward with the
BMW M 1000 RR. For now there will be a disappointing end of the
weekend here at Misano, but we pick ourselves up and try to move on.”

 

Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “The important
thing is to get back on the horse and that is all today was. I am a
racer and when I feel that I can ride the bike and score one point
then I feel I owe it to my team and to BMW. So to score one point
makes it worth it for me. Today, I was physically far from 100 per
cent but I am happy that I raced because this is the important thing,
to get back on and then recover next week and be ready to come back
100 per cent strong again.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “Race two was our
best result here at Misano, at least as far as our speed is concerned.
We felt the heat and the tyre really heated up nicely. After this
morning, we changed the transmission ratio a little which improved
things. I was running really well in the first half of the race and
managed to catch Tom Sykes. However, my front tyre then gave up on me
and I had three slides, which I was able to save. The fourth time,
braking into turn 4, I had a highsider that I only just managed to
save that resulted in me going through the gravel and I lost
positions. It was a shame that we missed out on the points as a result
of that. However, our speed was better and we will take the positives
with us, even though it was a tough weekend.”

Original Press Release

FIM EWC: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team makes it onto the podium after a fantastic fightback at Le Mans 24 Heures Motos.

BMW:FIM EWC: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team makes it onto the podium after a fantastic fightback at Le Mans 24 Heures Motos.

Le Mans. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team kicked off the
2021 season in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) with a
podium finish. Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and
Xavi Forés (ESP) made a stunning fightback on the new #37 BMW M 1000
RR to finish third at the ‘24 Heures Motos’ at Le Mans (FRA). 


 
Werner Daemen’s team had previously qualified third. When
the endurance classic got underway at 12:00 (CEST) on Saturday,
Reiterberger made a perfect start and immediately took the lead.
However, shortly after that the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team
suffered a major set-back. A problem with the fuel system led to
several unscheduled pit stops. The team fell back to a seemingly
forlorn 43rd place, many laps behind the leaders.
 
The team
showed fantastic fighting spirit and the three riders impressed with a
thrilling performance on the M RR. Fast lap times allowed them to
gradually work their way back towards the front of the field, one
position at a time. By the halfway point at midnight, the #37 was
already back in fifth place. Shortly after that, Mikhalchik climbed
into fourth place. On Sunday morning, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team found itself third and on course for a podium finish. They
remained in that position until Forés brought the #37 BMW M 1000 RR
home in third place after 24 hours of racing.
 
The two
independent BMW Motorrad Motorsport teams, Team LRP Poland (#90 BMW S
1000 RR) and Team Univers Racing/AC Racing (#23 BMW S 1000 RR) failed
to finish.
 
Round two of the FIM Endurance World
Championship, the 12-hour race in Estoril (POR), will take place on
17th July.
 
Quotes after the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans.

 
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Director: 
“Congratulations to the whole BMW Motorrad World
Endurance Team on this fantastic effort. I followed the race from
Misano, where we also line up in the FIM Superbike World Championship
this weekend. However, whenever possible we had the coverage from Le
Mans on the TV and I was in constant contact with the team. After the
strong start from Markus Reiterberger, we unfortunately had an issue
with the fuel system, which saw us drop well back down the field. At
that point, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the race
was over in the first hour. However, Werner Daemen’s team and our
riders Markus, Ilya and Xavi did not stick their heads in the sand and
accepted the challenge. It was fantastic to see how they reeled in the
field from the back and consistently worked their way to the front.
They more than deserved to be stood on the podium at the end of the 24
hours. It is evidence of the team’s ability and fighting spirit. After
the early set-back, that was a good start to the season.”
 
Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team: 
“I’m very proud about the result. The race by itself
was not the best start because of Marcus’ small crash. We had some
technical problems, and we lost about eight to nine laps. Then the
riders, and the team made a good job because we were fighting back.
Fortunately we got the third place – much more than we expected after
the first laps. The team worked perfectly together for the whole week,
and we go further like this for Estoril.”
 
Markus Reiterberger: “I felt very honoured to ride at
the start. Even walking to the bike was good, and when I pulled away
it was really good. I really tried not to let the tyres cool and to
save fuel but the tyres were still not right up to temperature, which
really surprised me, as it was really hot. The front wheel ultimately
folded in on me in the penultimate corner and I skidded into the
gravel. I then did two more laps on the damaged bike, but then had to
come into the pits. I feel sorry for the whole team that I made this
mistake. In the end, the crash was not that bad. The main problem was
the technical issues. Once those had been resolved, we were basically
flawless for the rest of the 24 hours. I would like to thank the whole
team for their hard work, and my team-mates for persevering so valiantly.”
 
Ilya Mikhalchik: “I don’t need to say a lot of words.
The job is done, and our target has become real. Everyone is happy.
Hard work pays off for everyone from the team, especially for me
because I’ve been working really hard since last year. Obviously I’m
really happy to stand on the podium with my team and I hope we will
continue the same way in the next races.”
 
Xavi Forés: “It was a really tough race for us. After
the start, we had some issues and had to come to the garage a couple
of times to solve it so we were at the bottom of the timings and then
to make it to the podium felt like a victory for us. We knew that we
are fast with our BMW M 1000 RR but could not automatically expect to
be on the podium after the first hour. I am very grateful to be part
of the team. The entire crew did an amazing job, we continued pushing
and pushing until the end of the race. This third place was also very
important for the championship and now we will give our all at
Estoril. Thanks to all who made this possible.”

Original Press Release

Tough Saturday for BMW Motorrad Motorsport at Misano WorldSBK round.

BMW:Tough Saturday for BMW Motorrad Motorsport at Misano WorldSBK round.

Misano. The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) is at
Misano on the Italian Adriatic coast, this weekend for round three
of the 2021 season. Saturday proved to be a difficult day for BMW
Motorrad Motorsport. Tom Sykes (GBR) and Michael van der Mark (NED)
from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ended the opening race in eighth
and tenth place. Jonas Folger (GER / Bonovo MGM Racing) finished
16th, narrowly missing out on points. Eugene Laverty (IRL), riding
for the Italian RC Squadra Corse team, was unable to take part in
Superpole and race one following a crash in the morning’s free
practice session.

In Saturday morning’s Superpole, Sykes finished fifth on his BMW M
1000 RR to secure a spot on the second row of the grid. Van der Mark
was 13th, while Folger came home 15th in Superpole. In the race
itself, Sykes was running in the top six until the penultimate lap.
However, he then dropped two places. Right from the word go, van der
Mark set his sights on the top ten, crossing the finish line in tenth
place after 21 laps of racing. Folger was 16th, missing out on the
points by just one-tenth of a second.

Fans are permitted in the grandstands at Misano for the first time
this season. They were given a special welcome from the starting grid
by Sykes, van der Mark, Folger and BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director
Marc Bongers – with signs which said “Welcome back Fans. Bentornati.”

Following his crash, Laverty was examined in the medical centre at
the circuit and was not given the go-ahead to take his place in race
one. He will now be examined again before the warm-up on Sunday
morning when it will be decided whether or not he may take part in the
Sunday sessions.

Quotes after race one at Misano.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “This
Saturday was not our day. We definitely came here with greater
expectations, but it emerged on Friday that we are not close to the
podium places with both riders. Despite this, Tom still performed
strongly. It was a shame that he was unable to hold on to sixth place
in race one. In the case of Michael, it was clear yesterday and today
that we were unable to really give him the right feeling. We will now
analyse everything, but we cannot expect to make a really big jump
forward by tomorrow. Despite this, we will try to get a top-six
result. The only good news to come out of today is that Eugene is
doing relatively well, despite his big crash this morning, and that he
has not broken anything. That is the only positive news.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“It was a very difficult day for us. I think the P6 position
Tom was holding would have been a strong result for us but in the end
he did not have enough tyre to hold off Bautista and Bassani, so it’s
a shame he dropped to P8 as P6 would have been a good result for Tom.
So, we will come back tomorrow, and we will fight again. Michael on
the other hand really struggled; he didn’t look comfortable on the
bike and hasn’t found the setting that he can attack with. And if he
can’t attack going through the fast flowing corners he loses so much
time and ends up battling with the company he was with, so he needs to
work hard with his crew overnight and see what we improve on. I think
overall a little bit disappointing but we will come back stronger
tomorrow and hopefully we can improve on these results.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We got a bad
start to the race today and it definitely didn’t help our track
position. We are very strong in some areas of the track but with our
package we still lose in the area where I normally could gain the most
on people. I saw that Alvaro Bautista was coming strong in race one
and I changed my way of riding while still maintaining a respectable
lap time and just kept the door closed as long as I could but
eventually he managed to get through and pushed me a little wide. I
tried to cut back on him which was not achievable and as a result lost
a further spot to Bassani. We didn’t get what we hoped for today, but
overall I feel we are improving our race performance and obviously we
will go back to the drawing board tonight with a slightly different
set up for tomorrow.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“I’m not really happy with the result. In this morning’s FP3,
we made a good step forward but unfortunately I did not feel as good
in qualifying. So it was P13 on the grid. I had an okay start, but I
especially struggled with the front. To be honest I was just riding
around with a too slow pace. Now we have to sort out some problems; so
we have a lot of work to do for tomorrow.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “Unfortunately, we
did not find what we were hoping for this weekend in order to have a
better feel. Our pace was not bad, but I simply don’t have the trust
in the bike to go for it in the opening laps. When I overtook Tito
Rabat in the third-from-last corner, I unfortunately went wide. I just
went for it, but unfortunately did not quite pull it off. Our times
did improve, but it is still not what we were hoping for. Our goal was
to finish in the top ten. Unfortunately, we were a long way off
achieving that. It is a difficult time for us right now, but we are
always trying to make the best of the situation.”

Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “Thank you everyone
for the kind messages and support on social media and of course a big
thank you to all the volunteers, especially the marshals who reacted
so quick and the paramedics who took care about me after my crash this
morning. Fortunately everything is okay. I have had some scans on my
back and my neck, I am pretty stiff and it’s not sure for tomorrow,
but I have a medical check tomorrow morning, so let’s wait and see
if all is clear, so I can race again tomorrow.”

Original Press Release

FIM EWC: Third place on the grid for the #37 BMW M 1000 RR and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans.

BMW:FIM EWC: Third place on the grid for the #37 BMW M 1000 RR and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans.

Le Mans. The new #37 BMW M 1000 RR for the FIM Endurance World
Championship (FIM EWC) will start its race debut in Le Mans (FRA)
from the front places of the grid. The two-part qualifying for the
“24 Heures Motos” took place on Thursday and Friday. The BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team, with regular riders Markus
Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Xavi Forés (ESP),
ended the two sessions in third place.

 

The starting positions are determined by taking the average of the
respective best times of the individual riders. At 1:36.099 minutes,
the average time for Reiterberger, Mikhalchik and Forés was just 0.297
off pole position. The famous 24-hour race gets underway at 12:00 on Saturday.

Two privateer BMW Motorrad Motorsport teams are also in action at the
“24 Heures Motos”. Team LRP Poland starts from 20th place with the #90
BMW S 1000 RR, while the Univers Racing/AC Racing team lines up in
35th place on the grid.

Quotes after the Le Mans qualifying.

 

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:
“I am quite happy with qualifying. Third place, only two
tenths of a second behind the first place. That was not too bad. All
three riders have the same speed, which is really good. As is the same
for everyone, the high temperatures are a challenge. It is very hot
here. I think that we are well prepared. It will be a very long and
tough race in these temperatures – but we are confident.”

 

Markus Reiterberger: “It was very hot in the first
qualifying session yesterday, and that is apparently something we
struggle with. The bike behaves differently in these temperatures to
during the test in spring. It was cooler today and I was the fastest
man in the team with a 1:35 lap on the new tyre – not the Qualifier.
We all improved and managed to secure third place on the grid. We saw
that we have a slight disadvantage in the heat, but that changes when
it gets cooler. Because of this, we must now consider how to pace the
race tactically. It is definitely going to be a challenging, long and
tough race, but we are feeling positive and excellently prepared.”

 

Ilya Mikhalchik: “I am happy about the result.
Especially today I had a good feeling. The days before I still was
struggling a bit as the temperatures were hotter than during the test
in spring and that was a challenge for us. But the team found good
solutions for the bike, even for hot conditions, and the tyres started
to work quite well. We are confident that we can do a good job. The
important thing is to have a good start and to be constant and stable
and then, when the night comes, it should be our time, because we were
really fast in the cooler temperatures. Let’s hope for a clean race
and that we can finish in a top position after 24 hours.”

 

Xavi Forés: “Qualifying went quite well for us. We
finished in third position and our pace was quite good. But the track
conditions were much hotter than when we were here for testing, so our
bike is working differently. Overall, it was not too bad. All three
riders have been riding on the same pace, which has to be the target
especially for the race. So yes, I am happy. The bike is working as we
want and we have to be clever for the race. We are looking forward to
start it.”

Original Press Release

Back in the top class: BMW M Motorsport confirms it will compete in LMDh from the 2023 season.

BMW:Back in the top class: BMW M Motorsport confirms it will compete in LMDh from the 2023 season.

Munich. BMW M Motorsport is returning to international
prototype racing. On Thursday, it was confirmed that an LMDh car is
being developed for use in the North American IMSA series. From the
2023 season, this car will allow BMW M Motorsport to compete for
overall race wins at such prestigious classics as Daytona, Sebring
and Road Atlanta (all USA).

 

“BMW is back on the big motorsport stage,” said Markus Flasch, CEO of
BMW M GmbH. “In entering the LMDh class, BMW M Motorsport is
fulfilling the prerequisites to challenge for overall victory at the
most iconic endurance races in the world from 2023. We will be fully
focussed on tackling this challenge. There is a spirit of optimism
here. BMW has a successful history in prototype racing – the Le Mans
victory in 1999 was unforgettable. Reviving this story in a modern
prototype with M Power will thrill fans of BMW M Motorsport. The LMDh
concept guarantees maximum cost control and offers a wide range of
possible applications, including the IMSA series in North America, an
extremely important market for BMW M. We are all eager to get stuck
into the LMDh category with a compact and highly-efficient team set-up.”

Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport, is responsible for the
development, testing and race outings of the new car. He added:
“Everyone in our motorsport team shares the same motivation: we want
to test ourselves against our strongest opposition at the racetrack –
and to celebrate victories for BMW. As such, the LMDh project is a
real affair of the heart for us and exactly the new challenge we were
hoping for. An extremely exciting project awaits us. To challenge for
overall victories in Daytona and Sebring is a massive motivation. We
have a lot of work ahead of us, but the anticipation is immense.”

The regulations for LMDh cars stipulate that they have both a
combustion engine and an electric motor. While each manufacturer may
develop their own combustion engine, the electric motor and battery,
as well as the transmission, are standard parts. The chassis is also
built by an external partner. A BMW M Motorsport works involvement,
with two cars, is planned from the 2023 IMSA season. The works team
and the driver line-up for the two LMDh prototypes will be announced
at a later date.

The last big win for a BMW prototype came in 1999, when the BMW V12
LMR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA). The car also won the 12 Hours
of Sebring in the USA in the same season.

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The first-ever BMW iX and the first-ever BMW i4: Joint global campaign plays to the rhythm of Coldplay’s new hit.

BMW:

The first-ever BMW iX and the first-ever BMW i4: Joint global campaign plays to the rhythm of Coldplay’s new hit.

Munich. Local emission-free driving pleasure has
never been greater than with the first-ever BMW iX and the first-ever
BMW i4. The fitting soundtrack for the debut of the latest
all-electric models is called “Higher Power” and comes from
the British band Coldplay. You can hear the quartet’s latest single in
the TV commercials filmed for launching the joint worldwide
communication campaign for the two new models. It delivers the perfect
message with the lyric line “This joy is electric”. The song
for a new era of individual mobility marks the beginning of a
long-term collaboration between BMW and Coldplay.

Back in 2014, Coldplay, made up of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Will
Champion and Guy Berryman, performed before 1,500 fans at the end of
their “Ghost Stories Tour” at BMW Welt in Munich. On the
basis of the contact established at that time, a creative connection
has now been established between the premium car manufacturer and the
band, which has achieved worldwide success in the charts. This is
based in particular on a common interest in sustainability in various
areas of life.

“In the initial discussions we quickly realised: Coldplay and
BMW share many common goals that go far beyond marketing,” says
Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer and Brand BMW.
“Based on this we developed a real co-creation in which the band
actively contributed their thoughts and attitude to the design of our
campaign for the BMW iX and the BMW i4.” The shared awareness of
sustainability gave rise to an intensive creative process between BMW
and the British musicians and which will produce further co-created
elements later in the year.

For the BMW Group, the premiere of the BMW iX and the BMW i4 is an
important milestone in the current phase of its transformation towards
electric mobility. The company expects all-electric models to account
for at least 50 percent of its global vehicle sales as early as 2030.
The Coldplay musicians are looking for innovative ways to combine
their popularity and performances in front of thousands of
enthusiastic fans with a positive impact with regard to
sustainability. The band said “We are proud to partner with BMW
as part of our efforts to make everything we do as sustainable as
possible. The technology that BMW use for their electric cars can
power our live performances almost entirely from renewable energy.”

For the premiere of their new song “Higher Power”, Coldplay
already managed to overcome the usual boundaries of the music
business. Last month, Coldplay premiered “Higher Power” in space.
The song was played for the first time by French astronaut Thomas
Pesquet on the International Space Station. Shortly after, the band
played its first live set of 2021 for earthly audiences in a special
livestream from the site of Glastonbury Festival.

With the launch for the campaign film for the BMW iX and the BMW i4,
fans all over the world can now enjoy the sound of “Higher
Power”. “And that’s just the beginning,” announces
Stefan Ponikva, Vice President BMW Brand Communication and Brand
Experience. “We are already looking forward to being able to
realise exciting projects with regard to sustainability in an
intensive and substantial collaboration with Coldplay.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loYO_aNqYOI

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HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates 20 years of modern MINI production at Plant Oxford.

BMW:HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates 20 years of modern MINI production at Plant Oxford.

Munich. His Royal Highness toured the site’s assembly
hall, where he was able to meet some of the 130 apprentices, as well
as staff who were closely involved in integrating the manufacturing of
the MINI Electric onto the standard production line, making Oxford the
first BMW Group plant in the world to build fully electric and
combustion cars on the same line. The MINI Electric was launched
internationally in 2020 and has been so warmly received by customers
that production will double in 2021. The Prince of Wales drove a MINI
Electric off the production line as part of his visit. He was also
introduced to members of the MINI team whose families have worked at
the plant over a number of generations, across the decades.

Peter Weber, Managing Director, Plant Oxford said: “It was an
absolute honour and pleasure to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to the
heart of the MINI brand here in Oxford and we were delighted that he
could join us to mark this important manufacturing milestone. Over the
past twenty years, the commitment and passion of our associates,
nearly a quarter of whom were with us when the first car rolled off
the line in 2001, has helped to strengthen MINI’s reputation around
the world. It’s fantastic for this special celebration to have been be
recognised with such a memorable royal visit. It was a real highlight
to see His Royal Highness drive one of our MINI Electrics off the
production line today.”

MINI Plant Oxford has been at the heart of its community for over 108
years and employs over 3700 highly-skilled employees and apprentices,
who together build 1000 MINIs a day – one every 67 seconds.

MINI will be the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric by the
early 2030s.  Plant Oxford has played a pivotal role in making MINI
production more sustainable over the past 20 years and will continue
to do so as it plays an important part in BMW Group’s strategy to
reduce emissions from its production plants globally by 80 per cent by
2030, compared to 2019.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

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

Martina Hatzel, Communication Production Network BMW
Group
Tel.: +49-89-382-11966
E-mail: Martina.Hatzel@bmwgroup.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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BMW M Motorsport News, 9th June 2021

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 9th June 2021

BMW M Motorsport teams are once again in action all over the
world in 2021. They are challenging for race wins and titles with
the BMW M6 GT3, the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M2 CS Racing, and other BMW
M Motorsport race cars. Our BMW M Motorsport News allows us to give
you an overview of the race action in various championships around
the world and any success enjoyed by the BMW M Motorsport teams.

Nürburgring 24 Hours: BMW M Motorsport teams celebrate six
class wins.

The BMW M Motorsport family enjoyed success at this year’s 24-hour
race at the Nürburgring (GER) in addition to the second place for the
#98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 in the overall standings. The BMW M
Motorsport teams also celebrated six class wins.

This includes Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, who
finished first in two categories. Einar Thorsen (NOR), Charles Oakes
(LUX), Rudi Speich and Roland Waschkau (both GER) won the CUP5 class
in the #242 BMW M2 CS Racing. Their team-mates Herwarth Wartenberg,
Thomas Adelt, Simon Klemund (all GER) and David Drinkwater (GBR) won
the BMW M240i class in the #231 BMW M240i Racing.

FK Performance Motorsport took the win in the V2T class. The #159 BMW
330i had Christian Konnerth, Moritz Oberheim (both GER), Ranko
Mijatovic and Miklas Born (both SUI) at the wheel. Carsten Meurer,
Volker Schackmann and Klaus Müller (all GER) won the SP4 class in the
#325 BMW 325i. In the V4 class, Florian Quante, Jürgen Huber, Oliver
Frisse and Simon Sagmeister (all GER) secured first place in the #151
BMW E90 325. Victory in the SP6 class went to the #81 BMW M3 CSL of
Hofor Racing, with Martin Kroll, Michael Kroll, Chantal Prinz (all
SUI) and Gustav Engljähringer (AUT) at the wheel. In addition, the
Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport team finished in P2 with the BMW M4
GT4 in the hotly contested SP10 class. Michael Schrey (GER), Michael
Fischer (AUT), Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Stefan Landmann (GER) took it
in turns at the wheel of car #70.

Fanatec GT World Challenge America: Turner Motorsport BMW M6
GT3 on the podium in Virginia.

Turner Motorsport stay on the road to success with the #96 BMW M6 GT3
in North America. The team was in action in the Fanatec GT World
Challenge America powered by AWS at the VIRginia International Raceway
(USA) at the weekend. Robby Foley (USA) and Michael Dinan (USA) shared
the cockpit of the #96 car. The duo bagged another podium for the BMW
M6 GT3 with second place overall in the first race on Saturday.
Foley/Dinan crossed the finish line in P6 in the second race on
Sunday, which saw them finish third in the Pro class.

GT/GT4/TC America: BMW M Motorsport teams collect winner’s
trophies in Virginia.

The GT America, GT4 America and TC America also stopped off at the
VIRginia International Raceway at the weekend – and the BMW M
Motorsport teams added more winner’s trophies to their collections.
Sean Quinlan (USA) was unbeatable in the GT4 class of GT America. He
secured the class win with the #119 BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron
Racing in both races.

In GT4 America, Quinlan shared the cockpit of the #119 BMW M4 GT4
with Greg Liefooghe (USA). The duo finished the first of the two races
in a superb third place overall (second place in the Pro/Am class). In
the Silver class of GT4 America, Stevan McAleer (GBR) and Toby
Grahovec (USA) finished in P2 in the #11 BMW M4 GT4 of Classic BMW,
followed by Tim Barber and Cole Ciraulo (both USA) in the #22 BMW M4
GT4 of CCR Racing/Team TFB in third place. In race two, the BMW
drivers clinched all the spots on the podium for the Silver class:
McAleer/Grahovec won ahead of Barber/Ciraulo, third place went to Jon
Miller and Chandler Hull (both USA) in the #94 BMW M4 GT4 of
BimmerWorld Racing.

The BMW teams were the measure of all things in the TC America,
finishing in P1 to P7 and P1 to P8 in the overall standings of the two
races. The top positions went to the teams in the TCX class with the
BMW M2 CS Racing. Jacob Ruud (USA) was unbeatable once again in the
#81 car of Classic BMW, winning both races. Second place went to Steve
Streimer (USA) in the #30 BMW M2 CS Racing of Hard Motorsport both
times. P3 on the podium was bagged by Chris Walsh (USA) in the #104 of
AOA Racing in race one, in the second race it was Samantha Tan (CAN)
in the #438 BMW M2 CS Racing of ST Racing who finished third. In the
TC class, the Auto Technic Racing team took the win and P2 in both
races with the BMW M240i Racing. Austen Smith (USA) won both races
with the #51, team-mate Tom Capizzi (USA) finished in P2 in the #52
both times.

Italian GT: Podium for the BMW M4 GT4 at Misano.

The Italian GT Championship was at Misano with the Sprint Cup at the
weekend. Nicola Neri and Giuseppe Fascicolo (both ITA) finished on the
podium in the #215 BMW M4 GT4 of BMW Team Italia. They finished the
first of the two races in P2 in the GT4 AM class. The duo retired in
the second race. Their team-mates Stefano Comandini (ITA) and Marius
Zug (GER) finished in P7 and P4 in the GT3 Pro class with the #7 BMW
M6 GT3.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy: Thrilling races in round two of
the season at Misano.

The new BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy held its second event of the 2021
season at Misano, Italy at the weekend. The competitors staged two
exciting races once again. In race one, not even a second separated
the top three finishers. Victory went to Gustavo Sandrucci (ITA) in
the #16 BMW M2 CS Racing. Marco Pellegrini Anatralla (ITA / #67)
crossed the finish line in P2 just 0.898 seconds behind him. In P3,
trailing by not even a tenth of a second, was Filippo Maria Zanin
(ITA) in car #19. In race two, Lorenzo Marcucci (ITA / #7) took the
win, while Zanin prevailed in a hotly contested battle for second
place with Kevin Giacon (ITA / #1). Giacon, who only narrowly finished
behind the top 3 in P4 in race one, took the third spot on the podium
this time around.

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Michael Alexander Schneider appointed CEO of idealworks

BMW:Michael Alexander Schneider appointed CEO of idealworks

Munich. Michael Alexander Schneider becomes CEO of
idealworks, the BMW Group’s Logistics Innovations spinoff. He
completes the management team of the rapidly growing technology
start-up, consisting of Karin Korber (CFO), Markus Bauer (COO), and
Jimmy Nassif (CTO).

The idealworks advisory board has appointed Michael Alexander
Schneider as Chief Executive Officer of the BMW Group spinoff
effective June 1, 2021. Schneider previously worked in Corporate
Strategy, M&A and Cooperations at BMW AG.

“With Michael, the idealworks advisory board welcomes an
innovative manager with years of strategic and operational expertise.
He will accelerate both idealworks’ innovation portfolio and the
long-term course of growth we have embarked upon, exploiting the
immense potential of the market for autonomous logistics
systems,” states Dr. Rainer Feurer, Senior Vice President
Corporate Investment Management BMW Group.

Schneider looks back on many years of experience in strategy
consulting and the BMW Group. Over the past 14 years, he was initially
responsible for managing strategic projects in sales and production.
He then headed up the global business development of Rolls-Royce
Motorcars Ltd. in the UK before taking over operational responsibility
for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore. Returning to BMW
Corporate Strategy in Munich, he actively drove the establishment of
the company idealworks, together with the current management team.

“With the autonomous mobile robot iw.hub, the control unit
iw.brain, and the cloud-based fleet management software AnyFleet,
idealworks has some of the most future-oriented intralogistics
solutions on offer, and has written a remarkable story of innovation
and growth in a few short months since its launch,” adds Michael
Alexander Schneider. “I’m very excited to join such a strong and
dynamic team that is already proving to be a game changer in the
logistics industry, adding substantial value for companies worldwide.”

About idealworks:

Headquartered in Munich and founded in November 2020 as a wholly
owned subsidiary of the BMW Group, idealworks is specialized in the
development of autonomous transport robots, their control unit and
their fleet management software. As an international company dedicated
to driving innovation and accelerating the adoption of autonomous
logistics, the spin-off is changing the way intelligent robots work.
Leveraging the latest technology, and a steadfast software-first
approach, idealworks is focused on building the most intelligent,
flexible, and collaborative logistics services. With the CE certified
autonomous mobile robot iw.hub, the control unit iw.brain, and the
cloud-based control platform AnyFleet, idealworks combines
industry-leading computing power and proven hardware to autonomize
intralogistics workflows in industrial environments.

www.idealworks.com

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications BMW Group

Hanns Huber, Communications Production Network BMW Group

Phone: +49-89-382-31181

E-Mail: Hanns.HA.Huber@bmw.de
Internet:
www.press.bmwgroup.com/deutschland

presse@bmw.de

Corporate Communications IDEALworks GmbH

Sarah Kühn, Digital Marketing & Communications
Manager
Phone: +49 151 53846 316

Email: sarah.kuehn@idealworks.com

The BMW Group production network

Uniquely flexible and highly efficient, the BMW Group production
network is able to respond quickly to changing markets and regional
sales fluctuations. Expertise in manufacturing is a key contributor to
the BMW Group’s profitability.

The BMW Group production network uses a range of innovative digital
and Industry 4.0 (IoT) technologies, including virtual reality,
artificial intelligence and 3D printing applications. Standardised
processes and structures across the production system ensure
consistent premium quality and allow a high degree of customisation.

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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