BMW Motorsport News – Issue 03/2018.

Whether in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, or countless other championships: Week after week BMW
teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories
and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW
Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The
“BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the
action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you
are always up to speed.

Social media: Farfus and Eng take fans with them via Instagram Stories.

Within the space of a week, the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) and the 12
Hours of Bathurst (AUS) mark two major events in the 2018 endurance
season. Two BMW works drivers will be in action in both races: Augusto
Farfus (BRA) and Philipp Eng (AUT) will first compete as the BMW M8
GTE makes its debut at Daytona. Then after the 24-hour marathon, they
will embark on the 16,000-kilometre flight from the USA to Mount
Panorama, Australia. BMW fans around the world can be part of this
extraordinary motorsport journey from continent to continent on
Instagram. Both Farfus and Eng will regularly use Instagram Stories to
provide exclusive insights into what goes on behind the scenes at the
24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Bathurst. It is the first time
that two drivers will take over the BMW Motorsport Instagram account
at the same time. Back in December 2017, António Félix da Costa (POR)
shared his “story” from the Hong Kong (CHN) season opener of the ABB
FIA Formula E Championship in 24 short clips in an Instagram takeover.
The BMW Motorsport Instagram account went live in 2016 live and
currently has around 406,000 followers. You can access it here: www.instagram.com/bmwmotorsport.

24h Daytona: Tomczyk to reinforce Turner Motorsport.

Turner Motorsport is set to receive VIP support for the 24 Hours of
Daytona (USA) next weekend. Martin Tomczyk (GER) will be in action for
the Amesbury (USA) team in the GTD class at the endurance classic. He
will alternate at the wheel of the number 96 BMW M6 GT3 with Jens
Klingmann (GER) and other drivers. The other Turner drivers will be
announced next week. Tomczyk contested his first race in the USA in
2017 at Daytona and went on to contest the entire season in the GTLM
class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) for BMW
Team RLL. This year, the former DTM champion will be in action in the
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the new BMW M8 GTE.

Blancpain GT Series Asia: Studie AG competes with BMW M4 GT4.

BMW Team Studie will contest the 2018 season of the Blancpain GT
Series Asia with two new BMW M4 GT4s. Previously, the crew of team
principal Bob Suzuki (JPN) contested the Japanese Super GT
Championship GT300 class with a BMW M6 GT3. They are the first
Japanese team to contest an entire season in the Blancpain GT Series
Asia. The driver line-up will be announced at a later date. The season
gets underway on 14th/15th April in Sepang (MAS).

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Dakar Rally 2018 – Finale, Cordoba

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Dakar Rally 2018

20 January 2018

Dakar Rally 2018

Finale, Cordoba

 

  • Four MINI crews complete Dakar Rally 2018.
  • Przygonski / Colsoul finish sixth to maintain fifth place overall.
  • Boris Garafulic / Filipe Palmeiro move up to 13th.

 

Munich. Dakar 2018 is over and, according to some of the MINI
competitors, the 40th edition of the world-famous race
was the toughest Dakar they have ever experienced. The past two
weeks, ending in a short Stage 14 in Argentine city Cordoba today,
has thrown many challenges at the drivers and navigators and only 43
of the 92 auto crews that started the race accomplished a Dakar
finish. Four of the seven MINI crews entered were among the 43 auto
crews who successfully completed what is, arguably, the world’s
toughest rally.

 

The greatest achievement has been that of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski
(POL) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) who secured a solid fifth place
overall in their MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#312). Przygonski’s
previous Dakar experience and the misfortune that befell some of his
fellow MINI crews in this year’s edition of the race, urged the Polish
driver to exercise some caution and take a safe and steady route to
the front of the field. His sensible approach paid off with him taking
the accolade of first MINI to complete the 2018 Dakar.

A strong Stage 13 yesterday saw Boris Garafulic (CHI) and co-driver
Filipe Palmeiro (POR) in the #317 MINI John Cooper Works Rally finish
in 7th place to move three places up the general rankings
to 13th ahead of the final stage today. A 12th
place finish in today’s final 120km special stage ensured the pairing
maintained their overall placing of 13th at the race end.

For Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Andreas Schulz (GER) in the
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy (#305) yesterday was a fun stage and left
them feeling happy ahead of the final stage, even though the end
result is not what  they hoped for.  A 15th place finish
today saw the pairing end the race in 19th overall, but in
doing so they made Dakar history as the first ever driver and
co-driver to complete the race in the new MINI JCW Buggy, which made
its debut this year. Hirvonen has been amazed by the buggy’s
performance and believes the vehicle is a strong future Dakar contender.

Close behind Hirvonen in today’s stage and final rankings were
Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo Graue (ARG) in the MINI John
Cooper Works Rally (#307). A 16th place stage finish in
Cordoba saw the pairing remain inside the top 20 at the finish line.
It was not the result that local driver Terranova had aimed for, but
he is focused now on analysing the data from the race to understand
how to improve in future Dakar.

The MINI crews, along with the other competitors, now head to the end
of race ceremony to join a huge 40th anniversary party
staged by the organisers, which is expected to be attended by
thousands of spectators.

MINI Family reports: Finale

 

Sebastian Mackensen, Head of MINI

“Congratulations to this year’s Dakar winner, Carlos Sainz. And a
huge well done and congratulations also go to Kuba Przygonski and Tom
Colsoul on a hard-fought fifth place in the MINI John Cooper Works
Rally. We are happy for the team and are proud of this performance. We
knew how difficult it would be to make it onto the podium in Cordoba
in one of the MINI John Cooper Works this year. Despite the early
retirements and setbacks in this particularly unforgiving edition of
the Dakar, the X-raid team of Sven Quandt showed great morale,
fighting spirit and the team spirit typical of MINI, and refused to be
discouraged, even in the face of bizarre racing incidents. Everyone
who made it to the finish line at the Dakar deserves the greatest
respect. We are looking forward to the next Dakar – we will be taking
on this ultimate rally challenge once again in 2019!”

 

Sven Quandt, X-raid Team Principal

“It was quite a mixed Dakar; from the drivers’ side I think there
were unfortunately some mistakes that pulled us back quite a bit, but
on the technical side we were astonished. The new MINI John Cooper
Works Buggy was really impressive and lasted without any problems.
Performance-wise it really showed that this is the right weapon for
the future but the MINI John Cooper Works Rally was also good and,
until Nani dropped out early due to a big hit in the car, we were in a
good position. From a safety side, the cars were incredible; you could
nearly make any roll and nobody was in jeopardy. Even if the car was
20 or 40kg heavier it didn’t matter because we had super-safe cars and
that’s the most important thing for this race. Kuba did an incredible
performance – driving very steady all the way through from the
beginning. Fifth place is an incredible result for him. He shadowed
the leaders throughout the race, getting closer to the front and
nobody was watching him. He and Tom made no mistakes – this is how you
do a Dakar.”

 

Jakub Przygonski

“We are so happy to be at the finish. It was a tough race and not so
easy. We checked and all of guys in front of us are very experienced
at Dakar so we are happy to be in such a good group. I am one of the
youngest, for sure, in the top five and top ten so I think we have to
get some more experience and then we will be really, really fast. It
was a good race for me and Tom, we had a good connection inside the
car and our car was really good. For sure, the car was better than
last year with less weight and better suspension and tyres. We had no
issues all race, the car was definitely faster and everything worked
really good for us.”

 

Orlando Terranova

“It was a difficult two weeks for the whole team. We never had a
clean stage this year, with different problems of navigation or
mistakes, but the only good thing was to push when we could in some
stages and feel that the car was fast and we were on the pace. It was
not a good Dakar for me but we need to analyse now and work out how to
improve. The car is amazing; the response of the engine and the new
package of suspension and tyres is very good.”

Mikko Hirvonen

“It’s been an amazing adventure again even though we didn’t get the
result we wanted. It was definitely the toughest Dakar I have done
even though I don’t have a lot of Dakar under my belt yet. This one is
how I always imagined it would be and it was a tough two weeks but
really fantastic. It’s a shame we didn’t get the result because the
mechanics and the whole team worked so hard before Christmas to get
everything ready. But, still I think everybody can be happy with the
car they built because we were really quick in some places, even
though the stage results didn’t always show it due to some mistakes. I
think we can be really proud of what the team has done in the last six
months – this Dakar has been hard work for everybody.”

Dakar Rally 2018
: MINI final standings

Pos

Driver

Co-driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

5

Jakub Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul
(BEL)

312

MINI John Cooper Works
Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

+02:45:24

13

Boris
Garafulic
(CHI)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

317

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW Rally Team

+12:49:42

19

Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN)

Andreas Schulz
(GER)

305

MINI John Cooper Works
Buggy

MINI JCW Buggy
Team

+16:20:28

20

Orlando
Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo Graue
(ARG)

307

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW  Rally Team

+18:54:01

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Regeneration, fitness training and global race appearances: What the BMW DTM drivers work on during winter.

Munich. Just six months separate the 2017 DTM season finale in
Hockenheim (GER) in October and the 2018 opener at the same track in
May. It might sound like a long break, but the six BMW DTM drivers
don’t get bored during that time. They have an extensive programme
even during the DTM break. The drivers prepare themselves mentally
and physically for the coming season. And all six BMW DTM drivers
are at the wheel of race cars – even in winter – at tracks around
the world.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER / BMW Team
RMG) was back in action on the racetrack, for the first time at the
FIA GT World Cup in Macau (CHN) just a few weeks after the DTM season
finale. In the BMW M6 GT3, he hurtled through the narrow urban canyons
of the “Guia Circuit”. In December and January, Wittmann used the DTM
break to pursue one of his great hobbies: skiing. And at home in
Fürth, he also still works regularly in his father’s body shop. This
winter, Wittmann’s major challenge is getting a truck driving license.
“I started with a first aid course, and now it’s time for the
practical driving lessons, which I’m really looking forward to,” he
said. A much pacier driving experience awaits Wittmann on the first
weekend in February, when, like last year, he will contest his first
race of the year at the 12 Hours of Bathurst (AUS) with the BMW M6
GT3. Then after he returns home, the intensive preparation for the
2018 DTM season gets underway with a fitness week for all BMW DTM drivers.

His BMW Team RMG fellow driver Timo Glock (GER)
headed straight from the DTM season finale at Hockenheim to the USA.
He was at the Formula 1 races in Austin (USA) and Mexico City (MEX) as
a TV expert for RTL – a role that he will spend more time pursuing
this year in addition to his race starts for BMW Motorsport. “Since I
will be on the road a lot in 2018 with my races for BMW and my TV
appearances, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible with my
family this winter,” said Glock. Skiing with his son was on the agenda
numerous times in December and January, after returning from the media
presentation of the new BMW M5 (combined fuel consumption: 10.5 l/100
km; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km)* at Estoril (POR) in November.
Then at the end of January, Glock will fly to Australia, where he,
like Wittmann, will once again compete in Bathurst with the BMW M6 GT3.

The third BMW Team RMG driver, Augusto Farfus (BRA),
is experiencing one of the most intensive winters of his career and
clocked up plenty of air miles in the process; he is in action in
various BMW racing cars in Asia, America and Australia. He was at the
wheel of the BMW M4 DTM once again when the DTM and Japanese Super GT
Championship met in Motegi (JPN) in November, before he had the honour
of driving the 18th BMW Art Car in Macau. That was followed
by a guest appearance in the Brazilian Stock Car championship and test
drives in the BMW M8 GTE in the USA in December. After a short break
for Christmas with the family, Farfus returned to the USA at the
beginning of January for intensive preparations for the 24 Hours of
Daytona. He will be in action for BMW Team RLL in that race next
weekend. His world tour continues right after the race: from Daytona
he will head straight to Australia, where he will contest the 12 Hours
of Bathurst. Back in Europe, Farfus will jump straight into preparing
for the start of the season in both the FIA World Endurance
Championship and the DTM. “First Daytona and Bathurst, then DTM and
WEC – it really is a very exciting programme,” said a delighted Farfus.

Bruno Spengler (CAN / BMW Team RBM) went straight
from the 2017 season finale to Spain, to spend a week playing golf
with friends. Then the Canadian returned to the wheel: in Estoril he,
like Glock, was a guest at the presentation of the new BMW M5, and
introduced the high-performance car to international media
representatives in greater detail. Then in mid-December, it was on to
Shanghai (CHN) for Spengler. “We had a special mission there: setting
a new track record for production cars with the BMW M5 on the Formula
1 track. We did it, we beat the previous record by six seconds,” said
Spengler. Over Christmas and New Year, the 2012 DTM champion treated
himself to a few peaceful days with his family. Then in mid-January he
broke new racing ground: in Marrakech (MAR) he took part in the
official rookie test for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on behalf
of the MS&AD Andretti Formula E Team. And just a few days later,
Spengler is a world away from the Moroccan desert. This weekend, he is
holding driver training courses in a BMW M5 at a BMW event in the
Swiss ski resort of Gstaad. Then at the beginning of February he will
head to Mechelen (BEL) to join his BMW Team RBM to prepare for the
season. This will be followed by the fitness week with all the BMW DTM drivers.

Philipp Eng (AUT), new to the DTM and BMW Team RBM
this season, started December with a targeted muscle-building
programme, as the perfect preparation for his new role. The aim was to
improve his fitness. “I think that there is a lot more strain in the
DTM than in the GT series since the car has a much greater downforce
and accelerates much more quickly,” he said. The Austrian spent
Christmas at home with his family in Salzburg (AUT), and celebrated
New Year in London (GBR). On 3rd January, Eng boarded a
plane to the USA – to the “Roar” ahead of the 24-hour race in Daytona.
At the endurance classic in Florida, he will also be one of the
drivers to take the wheel of the new BMW M8 GTE in its first race. He
and Farfus will then fly straight from Daytona to the other end of the
world, to the 12-hour race of Bathurst. After the race, he will
continue his preparations for his maiden DTM season.

Also new to the BMW DTM squad and BMW Team RBM is former BMW
Motorsport Junior Joel Eriksson (SWE). His winter
break after the season finale of the FIA Formula 3 European
Championship kicked off with the DTM Young Driver Test. Then he also
headed to Macau, where he secured pole position and second place in
the qualifying race at the prestigious Formula 3 race. In January he,
like Spengler, took part in the rookie test for the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Marrakech. However, Eriksson is spending most of the
winter in intensive preparation for his DTM debut. “I had the
specialists at Formula Medicine put together a training plan for me,
which gives me the perfect preparation for my first race,” said
Eriksson, who will visit BMW Team RBM in Belgium for the first time
next week. When he is not involved in race action, he sometimes still
works as a truck driver in his native Sweden and restores classic cars
in his free time.

 

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were
determined 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 the different size of the selected wheels and tires.

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to
Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification)
on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific
CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following
guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und
den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel
consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new
passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all
dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

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Dakar Rally 2018 – Stage 12, Chilecito – San Juan

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Dakar Rally 2018

19 January 2018

Dakar Rally 2018

Stage 12, Chilecito – San Juan

 

  • Stage 12 ends with three MINI crews in the top ten.
  • Orlando Terranova / Bernardo Graue finish sixth in stage.
  • MINI crew Przygonski / Colsoul maintain sixth place overall.

 

Munich. Dakar 2018 is drawing to a close. Following the action
of Stage 12, there now remains just two more stages before the Dakar
finish line in

Córdoba, Argentina.
Stage 12 started perfectly for the four crews of the MINI
Family as they made the most of stony tracks that weaved in and out
of canyons and across many small rivers.

 

Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo Graue (ARG) quickly settled into
the stage and pushed hard to take the lead and held it until near CP2,
when a puncture required attention. Despite losing time, the pair
continued pushing the now front runners. It was a happy crew of the
MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#307) that eventually finished the stage
in fourth place, just under six minutes off the finish time of the
first placed car.

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Andreas Schulz (GER) in the MINI
John Cooper Works Buggy (#305) also put their mark on Stage 12 by
quickly settling into sixth place for the greater part of the stage.
Despite tiredness from having only a few hours’ sleep, the pair
continued at a good pace to hold this position right to the finish of
the stage.

The third crew of the MINI Family to take a top ten slot in Stage 12
was that of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and co-driver Tom Colsoul
(BEL) in their MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#312). Their daily race
ended with eighth place, just over two minutes behind their fellow
MINI crew of Hirvonen / Schulz. This result saw Przygonski maintain
his sixth place in the overall race classification.

Boris Garafulic (CHI) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR) in a MINI
John Cooper Works Rally (#317) completed Stage 12 in 13th.
This result meant the pair moved up two more positions in the overall
classification to 16th.

MINI Family reports: Stage 12

Orlando Terranova

“It was a good day. We tried to push for the whole race. We felt a
good pace in the first section but towards the end of it, about 40km,
one tyre had a small puncture and I made a mistake – I decided to stop
and fill it up. But then after 10km we had to stop again for the same
tyre and we lost maybe five minutes. This was a good day for the team.
It was the first day we felt we could push beyond the pace of the
leaders and it felt good.”

Mikko Hirvonen

“We had a pretty good day considering we rolled yesterday and had a
really long day – I only slept for two hours and now we’ve just had
the longest special stage of the race! We did pretty well and it
wasn’t easy with the navigation either. Even though we were behind
another car for 130km and lost a little time, I’m happy. The car was
running perfectly. In some areas it was fantastic and I really enjoyed it.”

Jakub Przygonski

“Stage 12 was a really long special stage, 500km or so. There was a
lot of rivers and hard navigation. The early parts were like a WRC
stage, which was nice. We were really pushing, going sideways and
enjoying the time. But then, at one place, we made a really big
mistake; we couldn’t turn and we jumped downwards from the rock. We
landed in a good place, without any stones between some rocks below.
It was a risky moment for us. We were on the limit. But we are here!”

Next race is Stage 13, San Juan – Córdoba. For more information about
Dakar 2018, please visit the host’s event home page here.

Dakar Rally 2018
: MINI standings after Stage 12

Pos

Driver

Co-driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

6

Jakub Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul
(BEL)

312

MINI John Cooper Works
Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

045:15:33

+02:51:02

16

Boris
Garafulic
(CHI)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

317

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW Rally Team

055:08:49

+12:44:18

20

Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN)

Andreas Schulz
(GER)

305

MINI John Cooper Works
Buggy

MINI JCW Buggy
Team

058:40:24

+16:15:53

21

Orlando
Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo Graue
(ARG)

307

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW  Rally Team

060:44:27

+18:19:56

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Dakar Rally 2018 – Stage 11, Belen – Chilecito

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Dakar Rally 2018

18 January 2018

Dakar Rally 2018

Stage 11, Belen – Chilecito

 

  • Two MINI crews complete Stage 11 inside the top ten.
  • MINI crew Przygonski / Colsoul maintain sixth place overall.
  • Hirvonen / Schulz finish Stage 11 despite race incident.

 

Munich. Stage 11 of Dakar started a little different to
normal. Instead of the cars starting the stage at timed intervals,
the fastest 25 competitors from all categories would be mixed
together. The sight of a car starting the stage alongside a
motorcycle was quite exciting to see. Then there was the addition of
the huge trucks and other categories, all fighting from the start
line for fresh, unmarked soil ahead.

 

Right from the very start of the stage, it was clear the duo of Mikko
Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Andreas Schulz (DEU) were determined to
carry out what Hirvonen had promised the day before – to complete the
remainder of Dakar with fast stage times. In the first three sections,
Hirvonen was true to his word by placing the MINI John Cooper Works
Buggy (#305) at the front of the leading pack.

At 107km, the “Flying Finn” and Schulz’s race day came to a dramatic
stop with a heavy rollover. Even though the two men were uninjured,
fellow MINI Family members Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo Graue
(ARG) stopped to give assistance. Unfortunately, a badly damaged
radiator meant the car was unable to continue. Help came later with
the arrival of a service truck. Hirvonen / Schulz eventually completed
Stage 11 and onward to the overnight stop for further repairs.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and his co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) in
their MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#312) once again played out a
consistent stage performance amongst the tall dunes and soft sand that
saw them complete in seventh. A puncture and a small navigation error,
together with a reduction in speed in the later part of the stage, to
prevent damage to the car’s steering, did not change the pair’s
overall race classification of sixth place.

The MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#307) of Orlando Terranova (ARG)
and Bernardo Graue (ARG) also secured a top ten finish with a fine
ninth place – even though they stopped to assist Hirvonen / Schulz.
Terranova also admitted he was off the pace at the start because of
stomach sickness.

Boris Garafulic (CHI) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR) continue
their fight to climb higher up the leader board after delays
encountered in the first week of Dakar 2018. Their 11th
place finish now puts the MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#317) crew
18th overall.

MINI Family reports: Stage 11

Jakub Przygonski

“The stage was difficult navigation mixed with hard dunes and soft
sand off piste. The last 50km, we slowed down a little bit because it
was too risky for the drive shafts. We had one puncture and a small
navigation mistake but otherwise we maintained a good tempo. The next
two days will see two hard stages. The goal for us is to keep our
overall standing. The guys in front of us are fighting really hard so
we have to see what happens.”

Orlando Terranova

“Today was a long day also – it’s been a nice Dakar! For us the start
was easy going; I didn’t feel good to make a push. We were driving
with Mikko when he had a crash. We tried to help by putting the car
back on its wheels. We lost maybe 20 minutes and then had a few little
problems but we are here at the end…”

Next is Stage 12, Chilecito – San Juan. For more information about
Dakar 2018, please visit the host’s event home page here.

Dakar Rally 2018
: MINI standings after Stage 11

Pos

Driver

Co-driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

6

Jakub Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul
(BEL)

312

MINI John Cooper Works
Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

039:10:45

+02:54:18

18

Boris
Garafulic
(CHI)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

317

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW  Rally Team

048:37:23

+12:20:56

20

Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN)

Andreas Schulz
(DEU)

305

MINI John Cooper Works
Buggy

MINI JCW Buggy
Team

052:38:12

+16:21:45

23

Orlando
Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo Graue
(ARG)

307

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW  Rally Team

054:48:34

+18:32:07

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“10 questions to…” Christopher Weil.

Christopher Weil is a passionate designer. Since 2013 he has been
Head of Exterior Design at MINI, i.e. the man responsible for shaping
the exterior of both current and future MINI models and the brand’s
concept and vision cars. As a new year gets underway, he answers ten
questions about design in general and the MINI design in particular.
He explains why good design is something you experience as well as
see, and predicts exciting things in store for the MINI brand.

1. Why did you become a car designer?
I’d always
dreamt of becoming a car designer, I had a sort of inner urge. For one
thing, I’ve enjoyed drawing ever since I can remember – every scrap of
clean paper got scribbled all over! And I’m also fascinated by future
themes, basically anything and everything that’s new. Being a car
designer not only lets me fulfil my passion for creativity, it gives
me a chance to help shape the future. Exterior design has particular
appeal for me. That feeling of seeing your “own” car driving on the
road is really something special. It’s my absolute dream job.

2. Where do you get your inspiration as a car designer? What
spurs you on?
I draw my inspiration from positive
future scenarios, Utopias. The future has always been a great place
for me, a sort of improved version of now. That’s also what I think
our task as designers should be: to make the future a better place.
And that includes cars and mobility. As a designer, I’m also inspired
and captivated by products where you can see that someone has worked
long and hard on the subject matter and really got to grips with
whatever the topic is. The result is often something unique. And
that’s exactly what I aspire to achieve with my design work: the
product shouldn’t just move the MINI brand forward, it should inspire
others too. In other words, the emotion I’ve put into it should also
resonate with the user and trigger something inside them.

3. What is the function of exterior design in your view?

Good exterior design is like a promise, showing what
the vehicle is capable of – and more besides. Good exterior design
reveals the car’s character too. This can be every bit as challenging
as it is powerful. For me, good exterior design means creating an
emotional tie with the beholder solely by means of the vehicle’s form.
To achieve this, designers have to enrich the expanse of surfaces with
emotional appeal and inject a sense of motion by adding the right
lines to suit the character of the vehicle at hand. The product itself
has to communicate and strike a chord, without the customer needing to
read an explanatory brochure first.

4. Why have you chosen to work at MINI?
MINI is
an automotive icon. Everyone, big or small, knows what a MINI looks
like and could probably even draw one too. More crucially, however,
MINI is much more than just a product. It is a companion through daily
life, it symbolises an open-minded outlook on the world, full of
optimism for the future. Our customers form a very special bond with
their cars. Very few other manufacturers can say the same. The task of
transporting this unique quality into the future intrigues me. And the
brand has enormous untapped potential. The current MINI LIVING and
MINI FASHION collaborations, for example, provide an indication of
what the future might hold.

5. What makes a MINI so special for you
personally?
It’s difficult to put into words. At its
essence a MINI is something very special – it’s approachable, nearly
human. Rather than the emotions that can be stirred by the workings of
a high-tech machine, a MINI is more about the relationship with the
driver. MINI conveys some of its driver’s personality, while also
having a character of its own. MINI owners identify with the product
to a far greater degree than customers of other brands. MINI is an
extraordinary experience, one I enjoy myself – when I get into my MINI
and drive off, it simply makes me happy. So you really can call it a
close relationship. MINI does all of that. And it’s something we want
to take to a whole new level in the future.

6. What is it that makes the MINI design
special?
The MINI DNA – in other words, what Sir Alec
Issigonis sought to achieve with the classic Mini – has a special
formula. It’s about a product whose every detail is well thought out
and fulfils a purpose. The surfaces of the brand’s cars have always
had a very clean-cut, almost pared down feel. It’s “pure car” – i.e.
purity of form (rather than dispensing with non-essentials). This has
had the additional effect of creating a strong, iconic design. The
challenge lies in refining such an icon without blurring the identity
of MINI in the process. The friendly appearance of its cars is another
special MINI trait. For years now, MINI has resisted the temptation to
give its design a more aggressive tone – despite all the sporting
prowess on offer. There is, after all, no denying the go-kart
qualities, as I was able to experience first-hand on an Alpine rally I
took part in a while back. There was some strong competition from
supercars, yet the MINI still ran rings round everyone. It was a
highly impressive display, and tremendous fun too.

7. What would you say are important issues for the future?

For me, digitisation is one of the key issues. MINI is
going digital, but I imagine it will do so in a somewhat warmer, more
personal and human way than other brands of car. People will continue
to come first at MINI, not technology. Our technology will, of course,
still be state-of-the-art. And in some areas we will even lead the
way, such as with customisation using 3D printing, which will allow
MINI customers to design and fit parts themselves. But it won’t be all
about the technology, rather the experience will be king. Car design
is also set to become increasingly connected and its scope will extend
far beyond what we see now. Today, we basically still just design the
shape of a car, but in future we will be working on far more. A wealth
of possibilities are opening up, which makes the whole thing very exciting.

8. So, what role will exterior design have to play in
future?
Exterior design will still be important. Even
if, at some point in the distant future, MINI is nothing more than a
mobile box (to exaggerate things slightly), no matter how ultra-modern
and pared down the box looks, it will still transmit the brand’s core
values. Design is essentially communication. The emotional bond that
is formed with vehicles starts with their exterior, as it’s the first
touchpoint of any car. Nurturing this relationship – indeed, ensuring
there is a relationship in the first place – is what we seek to do at
Exterior Design. It will still be our job as designers to make a MINI
instantly recognisable as a MINI.

9. What will be the identifying features of a MINI in
future?
I think that there will continue to be design
elements that create identity and therefore make MINI as recognisable
as ever. The contrasting roof is without doubt a fundamental MINI
characteristic, as is the MINI “face” with its hexagonal radiator
grille. I see these two elements as the core visual features of MINI,
clear identity creators. Everything else is variable and offers scope
for further development. But I think there will still be a need for
iconic design elements in future.

10. You have overseen the new facelift for the MINI Hatch
(3-door and 5-door). Don’t you think it’s a bit subtle, when
compared to the previously stated vision for the future of
MINI?
Model updates – or Life Cycle Impulses, as they
are also known – always involve treading a fine line between
innovating and preserving. I’m personally of the opinion that design
thrives on this contrast. The modifications and impulses of the
current model update can be found in the smaller details, and they are
both right for the car and in touch with the times. Features that were
soft before have a more contrasting effect on the updated models.
There is more definition in the MINI logo, for instance, while the
wheels and lights have likewise been given a much sharper look. The
contrast with the surrounding soft surfaces creates a far more modern
appearance. New exterior colours, rear lights with a Union Jack design
and the option of customising the side scuttles and trim strips
through MINI Yours offer our customers some very intriguing new
features, and sees us taking a big step into the future.

CV:

Christopher Weil has been Head of Exterior Design at
MINI since 2013. This means he has overall responsibility for the
entire exterior styling of both current and future MINI models, and
concept cars. Weil’s previous work for the BMW Group included
designing the exterior of both the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 328
Hommage, which was unveiled in 2011 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa
d’Este classic car and motorcycle event.

Thank you very much!

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Seven in a row. BMW Motorrad achieves seventh all-time sales high in succession in 2017.

Munich. BMW Motorrad sold more motorcycles and maxi
scooters in 2017 than ever before. Compared to the previous year,
deliveries increased by 13.2 %. As of December 2017 a total of 164,153
vehicles (previous year: 145,032 units) were supplied to customers.

Stephan Schaller, General Director of BMW Motorrad: “2017 was another
very successful year for BMW Motorrad. We achieved a sales record for
the seventh time in succession. I would like to thank our customers
most sincerely for the enormous trust they have placed in us.

With this next sales record, BMW Motorrad takes another great step
towards reaching its planned 200.000 units sales target in the year 2020.

As Schaller says: “The 2017 sales figures once again show that our
motorcycle strategy is taking effect. And we have a great deal planned
for the coming years. We will continue to consistently pursue our
current model initiative in the premium segment. We will expand our
product range with emotional and innovative new products in 2018, too.
The new middle class GS models are already underway and further great
products will follow. BMW Motorrad is looking into the future with
great confidence. 

Strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.

The strongest growth was recorded above all in Europe in 2017. Here
an all-time high was achieved. The engines of growth were once again
France (16,607 units / +24.3 %), Italy (14,430 units / +17.3 %), Spain
(11,193 units / +17.6 %) and the UK / IE (9,550 units / +8.7 %) where
all sales figures increased considerably. Overall around 15.0 % more
vehicles were delivered in Europe including Germany than in the
previous year. The Asian market is also continuing to grow. China and
Japan are among the Asian markets with the strongest double-digit
growth. In India the BMW Group’s own sales subsidiary has begun
successfully selling BMW motorcycles.

Germany is once again the largest single market for BMW Motorrad.
With 26,664 units sold, BMW Motorrad boosted sales by another 7.1 %.
BMW Motorrad defends its position as the most successful motorcycle
manufacturer on the German market in 2017, too. 

GS models gaining ever more ground.

For the first time in BMW Motorrad’s history, more than 50,000 units
of the two R 1200 GS and GS Adventure travel enduros alone were sold.
Sales of the traditionally strong R Series increased significantly
overall. Thanks to the new R nineT model variants “Pure”, “Racer” and
“Urban G/S”, sales in the flat twin boxer segment increased strongly
by 9.6% to a total of 86,090 motorcycles.

The sports-oriented BMW S Series with the S 1000 RR Supersports Bike,
the S 1000 R Power Roadster and the S 1000 XR Adventure Bike were sold
21,752 times worldwide. With a share of 13.3%, these three models
continue to be an important pillar in the wide BMW Motorrad range. 

New capacity segment below 500 cc is moving ahead under full steam.

11,595 units of the G 310 R and G 310 GS models introduced in 2017,
were already delivered to customers by the end of the year. The two
new displacement newcomers from BMW Motorrad are not only very popular
in the intended growth markets such as South America or Asia. In
Europe too, there is a great deal of interest among newcomers and
re-starters for the agile all-rounders.

Luxury tourers in the fast lane.

Sales of the 6-cylinder models are also developing very positively.
Already in its first year of sales, the K 1600 Bagger, which is aimed
especially at the US market, is proof of the unbroken trend towards
large-capacity, emotional touring bikes. Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head
of Sales and Marketing: “With 6,719 units sold and a 50% increase in
sales, our 6-cylinder models are among the big winners of 2017. After
Germany, the USA will remain an important market for BMW Motorrad in
the coming years, too. We will continue to increase our involvement in
this important market in order to strengthen BMW Motorrad’s position
there.” Resch continues: “We are also responding to the special US
market requirements with the K 1600 Grand America recently presented
at the Milan motorcycle show. By also consistently expanding our sales
structure, we are generating a sound basis for strong growth.

BMW Motorrad as the innovative trailblazer.

In 2017 too, BMW Motorrad proved itself to be the innovative leader
in many areas. The exclusive HP4 RACE with its lightweight carbon
fibre frame and wheels attracted great attention. We also responded to
the need for increasing digitalisation expressed by customers. The
multifunctional instrument cluster with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT
display featuring a wide range of navigation and communication
functions was already launched in 2017. This feature is being expanded
to further models now, too.

 

Outlook at 2018.

BMW Motorrad gets started in 2018 with a powerful product portfolio
and is in excellent shape all round. Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head of
Sales and Marketing: “We expect to see further growth in sales for our
vehicles in 2018, too. We are looking forward to the positive impulses
generated by the launch of the completely new F models F 750 GS and F
850 GS as well as the much anticipated C 400 X midsize scooter.
Expanding our urban mobility product range is a key topic for the
future of BMW Motorrad.”

 

 

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 14 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide.  The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 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

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Dakar Rally 2018 – Stage 10: Salta – Belén

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Dakar Rally 2018

17 January 2018

Dakar Rally 2018

Stage 10: Salta – Belén

 

  • Three MINI crews inside top ten to finish Stage 10.
  • MINI crew Przygonski / Colsoul maintain sixth place overall..
  • Al Rajhi officially out of Dakar 2018.

 

Munich. The cancellation of Monday’s Stage 9 meant an enforced
rest day for the competitors of Dakar 2018. Severe storms meant that
terrain conditions were particular bad, not just for the
competitors, who can race in challenging weather, but also for the
support and service teams.

 

The area around the previous bivouac had flooded to the point where
assistance teams could not move their much needed support trucks and,
in the interests of safety, the Dakar organisers cancelled Stage 9 to
allow time for the large support group to make it to Stage 10’s
starting point in Salta.

 

Tuesday’s Stage 10 started with some good news for the MINI Family.
Following the Dakar organisers’ decision to remove Yazeed Al Rajhi
(KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (DEU) from Stage 7’s results, the
crew was reinstated and could compete, starting from the back of the
auto pack, while the organisers further reviewed the events of Stage
7. Unfortunately, the good news did not last…

Although Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (DEU)
started Stage 10 and completed, their finish position within this
stage did not count. This was because the review of Stage 7 by the
Dakar organisers led them to announce the crew had officially been
disqualified from Dakar 2018 due to missing too many waypoints during
Stage 7.

Stage 10 proved to be a long day for the remaining competitors. Total
race distance was given as 797km, of which 373km was off-road for the
Special Stage. Although heavy rains and wet conditions were not
present in this stage, the replacement was extreme heat – around 40° C
in the shade. Add to this sand and dunes, many Rios (dry or wet river
beds) and the harsh effects of stones, bumps and camel grass, it
turned out to be an exhausting day for all Dakar competitors.

The tiring racing conditions of Stage 10 were not made any easier
from the combination of racing at altitude and difficult navigation,
which meant co-drivers had to use every piece of their experience to
keep on track. At the end of the stage, only four crews of the MINI
family were recorded as completing the day’s course – three of which
were inside the top ten finishing positions.

First home was the crew of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and his
co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) in their MINI John Cooper Works Rally
(#312). Yet another strong performance saw the pair cross the finish
point in sixth place – the same position they now hold in the overall
race standings.

Not far behind in eighth place was the MINI John Cooper Works Rally
(#307) of Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo Graue (ARG). Directly
behind them with less than a minute in time difference was the pairing
of Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Andreas Schulz (DEU) in their MINI John
Cooper Works Buggy (#305). Completing just outside of the top ten in
12th place was fellow MINI crew Boris Garafulic (CHI) and
co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR).

MINI Family reports: Stage 10

Jakub Przygonski

“It was really hard navigation but Tom made a good job because we
didn’t have any issues and no problems. This was good because some
guys were lost for a long time. It was a bumpy stage but the car was
ok although it was very hot inside. With the bumps it was not so nice
and now we are feeling very tired after this stage.”

Orlando Terranova

“The idea was to push but the very first part of the stage was very
difficult navigation for us. We lost the track several times. In the
second part I pushed and the car was very good with this. But when you
get lost the guys in front are faster and it is very difficult to get
inside the top five.”

Mikko Hirvonen

“The car was working really well today even though we couldn’t
automatically deflate the tyres. Then we missed a waypoint and lost
maybe 10-15 minutes. Without this it would have been a really good
time. We are after those good stage times now, so we try again tomorrow.”

Stage 11, Belen-Chilecito, is the next stage and consists of 747km
total distance. For more information about Dakar 2018, please visit
the host’s event home page here.

Dakar Rally 2018
: MINI standings after Stage 10

Pos

Driver

Co-driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

6

Jakub Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul
(BEL)

312

MINI John Cooper Works
Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

034:40:04

+02:29:11

14

Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN)

Andreas Schulz
(DEU)

305

MINI John Cooper Works
Buggy

MINI JCW Buggy
Team

041:38:19

+09:27:26

20

Boris
Garafulic
(CHI)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

317

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW  Rally Team

043:37:10

+11:26:17

24

Orlando
Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo Graue
(ARG)

307

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

MINI JCW  Rally Team

050:05:28

+17:54:35

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BMW model update measures for the spring of 2018*.

Munich. As from the spring of 2018, extensive
additions and improvements to the drive portfolio will enhance the
pleasure of driving in numerous BMW model series. BMW BluePerformance
technology including an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection
for diesel engines will come as standard in all series in future. 
Moreover, emission-reducing petrol engine particulate filters will be
fitted to further models as from March 2018. An exceptionally powerful
four-cylinder diesel engine will be added to the range of engines for
the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle. Furthermore, engine power of
additional models of the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 4 Series will be
transferred to the road by an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

As from March 2018, an extended range of standard equipment will
underscore the premium character of the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the BMW
5 Series Touring. Also, the highly dynamic handling characteristics of
the M Performance model BMW X3 M40i (combined fuel consumption:
8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 193 – 188 g/km) will be
additionally enhanced by the M Sport differential, which will be
available as a standard option as from April 2018. Furthermore, the
range of options from BMW ConnectedDrive will become more diverse and
attractive thanks to the remote services now available as standard on
all models and an extended range of functions for the Concierge Service.

SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection now standard for
all diesel model series.  

BMW ensures maximum effective reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions
produced by diesel engines through the upgrade of the NOX storage
catalyst to include an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system. As
from the spring of 2018, BMW BluePerformance technology with AdBlue
injection will also become available as standard on all diesel models
of the BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 Series and
BMW 4 Series. Furthermore, following the BMW X1 xDrive20d (combined
fuel consumption: 4.8 – 4.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
127 – 123 g/km), the BMW xDrive18d (combined fuel consumption:
4.9 – 4.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 129 – 124 g/km) and the
BMW X1 sDrive18d (combined fuel consumption: 4.3 – 4.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 114 – 109 g/km) will be fitted with the SCR
system. In the case of the BMW X1 xDrive18d and the BMW X1 sDrive 18d,
the optimised reduction of emissions is linked to the introduction of
a new, now dual fed exhaust system.

Optimised emission behaviour thanks to petrol engine
particulate filter.

As from March 2018, additional BMW petrol-driven models will feature
a petrol engine particulate filter for optimum emission performance.
After the introduction of this exhaust gas purification technology in
July 2017 on the BMW 220i Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 127 g/km), the BMW
230i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 5.7 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 134 – 131 g/km), the BMW 220i Convertible (combined
fuel consumption: 6.2 – 5.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
141 – 133 g/km), the BMW 230i Convertible (combined fuel consumption:
6.8 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 143 – 138 g/km), the BMW
X3 xDrive20i (combined fuel consumption: 7.3 – 7.1 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 168 – 163 g/km) and the BMW X3 xDrive30i (combined
fuel  consumption: 7.3 – 7.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
168 – 164 g/km), additional series are now to follow. From March 2018,
exhaust gas purification systems featured by the BMW 420i Coupe/BMW
420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.9 – 5.8 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 161 – 134 g/km), the BMW 430i Coupe/BMW
430i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 – 5.9 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 138 g/km), the BMW X1 sDrive18i
(combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.3 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 124 – 121 g/km) and the plug-in hybrid sports car
BMW i8 Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined power
consumption:14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km) will be
additionally fitted with a particulate filter.

BMW X3: New diesel engine and M Sport differential.

Following its successful market launch only a few months ago, there
will be an addition to the engine portfolio of the new BMW X3. In the
new BMW X3 xDrive25d, a particularly powerful four-cylinder diesel
engine will transfer its output of 170 kW/231 hp to the tarmac or
off-road terrain via the standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission and
intelligent four-wheel drive technology. The BMW TwinPower Turbo
technology featured on the 2-litre power unit comprises a two-stage
charging system and extremely precise Common Rail direct injection,
operating at a maximum pressure of 2,500 bar. The engine delivers a
maximum torque of 500 Nm and accelerates the BMW X3 xDrive25d from 0
to 100/km in 6.8 seconds. The car’s high efficiency is reflected in a
combined fuel consumption of 6.1 to 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and
CO2 emissions of 160 to 154 grams per kilometre (provisional figures
as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

The BMW X3 M40i plays the leading role within the model range of
Sports Activity Vehicles. Starting in April 2018, the 265 kW/360 hp
M Performance automobile will be fitted as standard with the new
M Sport differential. Through a targeted locking effect on the rear
axle, the electronically controlled system, which is linked to the DSC
stability programme, creates the optimum prerequisites for even more
dynamic acceleration out of bends. In addition, the BMW X3 M40i will
feature in future a Sensatec instrument panel.

8-speed Steptronic transmission now standard on additional
models. 

As from March 2018, the number of BMW models equipped as standard
with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission will increase even further.
The automatic transmission enhances not only comfort, but also the
acceleration and efficiency of each respective vehicle. In future, the
BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 137 – 133 g/km), the BMW 320d xDrive Touring
(combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 141 – 136 g/km) and the BMW 320d xDrive Gran Turismo
(combined fuel consumption: 5.3 – 5.2 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 141 – 138 g/km) will also reap the benefits of this technology.

Moreover, as from March 2018, the 8-speed Steptronic transmission
will also come as standard on additional BMW 4 Series models. With
rapid gearshift and excellent gearshift comfort, this technology
convinces in the BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
6.6 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 148 g/km) and the
BMW 430i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 140 – 137 g/km) as well as the BMW
420d xDrive Gran Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 134 g/km).

Additional standard equipment for the BMW 5 Series.

From March 2018, comfort, functionality and the premium ambience of
the BMW 5 Series will be additionally underlined by an extended range
of standard equipment.  In future, all versions of the BMW 5 Sedan and
the BMW 5 Series Touring will roll off the assembly line with Park
Distance Control comprising front and rear sensors, and with LED fog
lamps. Also, an alarm system and a wheel bolt securing system are now
standard. Furthermore, the BMW 5 Series Sedan will also feature a
40 : 20 : 40 split folding rear seat backrest.

Remote Services now standard on all model series.

From March 2018, intelligent networking will facilitate use of remote
services in all current BMW models. This is made possible by an
upgrade of the functions provided by the standard BMW ConnectedDrive
services. This means that the driver is not only able to have the
position of the vehicle as well as information on fuel consumption and
further vehicle status details displayed on a Smartphone, but also to
activate headlight flasher, remote flasher, ventilation and locking
and unlocking of doors.

Moreover, the range of functions for the BMW ConnectedDrive Concierge
Service has also been extended. As from March 2018, the personal
assistant, which offers help with information and support during the
journey at the press of a button, will even be able to reserve
admissionn tickets for selected cinemas.

I* all models available at the start of production in March and/or
April (BMW X3)

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific
CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new
passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden
über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch
neuerPersonenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which
can be obtained from all dealerships, from the Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.
LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB))

BMW X3 M40i (combined fuel consumption: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 193 – 188 g/km)

BMW X1 xDrive20d (combined fuel consumption: 4.8 – 4.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 123 g/km)

BMW xDrive18d (combined fuel consumption: 4.9 – 4.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 129 – 124 g/km)

BMW X1 sDrive18d (combined fuel consumption: 4.3 – 4.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 114 – 109 g/km)

BMW 220i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 127 g/km)

BMW 230i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 5.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 134 – 131 g/km)

BMW 220i Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.2 – 5.8 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 133 g/km)

BMW 230i Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.8 – 6.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 143 – 138 g/km)

BMW X3 xDrive20i (combined fuel consumption: 7.3 – 7.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 168 – 163 g/km)

BMW X3 xDrive30i (combined fuel  consumption: 7.3 – 7.2 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 168 – 164 g/km)

BMW 420i Coupe/BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
6.9 – 5.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 161 – 134 g/km)

BMW 430i Coupe/BMW 430i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
6.5 – 5.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 138 g/km)

BMW X1 sDrive18i (combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.3 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 124 – 121 g/km)

BMW i8 Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined power
consumption:14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)

BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 137 – 133 g/km)

BMW 320d xDrive Touring (combined fuel consumption:
5.4 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 136 g/km)

BMW 320d xDrive Gran Turismo (combined fuel consumption:
5.3 – 5.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 138 g/km)

BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.6 – 6.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 148 g/km)

BMW 430i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 140 – 137 g/km) 

BMW 420d xDrive Gran Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 134 g/km)

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A true reflection of twenty one: Nomination period for the creme 21 youngtimer rally starts on 21 January 2018.

Munich/Oldenburg. The wait has come to an end for
long-standing fans and new enthusiasts. Online application for the
creme 21 youngtimer rally in 2018 will open on 21 January 2018.

Alongside the vehicles traditionally authorised, primarily from the
1970s and 1980s, an important innovation is being introduced in 2018:

This year, the “Wild Card” rule gives older and more recent
classics an opportunity to take part. Precisely 21 starting places
have been reserved for applicants whose vehicle does not meet the
requirements under the regulations but embodies the spirit of the
event. There must be good reasons underpinning the nomination for
these entries. The key attributes for acceptance have been left to the
imagination of individual entrants.
This innovation means that
the “creme 21” will once again live up to its reputation as a rather
different classic event. The 17th edition of the rally runs from 12 to
16 September 2018 and the organisers want to provide an even “more
varied” field of entrants.

The “creme 21” rally was named after the cosmetic products that
attained cult status in the 1970s. It has the reputation of being
Germany’s biggest classic rally, and once again 2018 will see the
event taking drivers through some 1000 kilometres of particularly
beautiful countryside right across Germany. As usual, the exact route
will only be revealed shortly before the start of the tour.

The inimitable character of the rally includes imaginatively designed
special trials in which the participants have to demonstrate all kinds
of ingenuity and creativity aside from the skills necessary behind the
steering wheel. BMW Group Classic has been involved as the main
sponsor of the “Creme 21” Rally since 2015. Last year, some 250
historic vehicles completed the tour, which ended with winners
crossing the finishing line in the grounds of the BMW Motorrad plant
in Berlin. 

Link to registration for the crème 21 youngtimer rally in 2018:
www.creme21-rallye.de

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