Podium for BMW team Penz13.com at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

BMW:Podium for BMW team Penz13.com at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Munich. The weekend featured the first endurance highlight of
the year, namely the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA). The FIM
Endurance World Championship (EWC) classic ended with a podium for
the BMW S 1000 RR. After 24 hours of racing, the #13 RR, run by the
Wepol Racing by Penz13.com team, came home third. The MOTUL FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and the FIM Superstock 1000
European Championship (STK1000) were both at Assen, Netherlands.
Loris Baz (FRA) finished in the top eight in both WorldSBK races,
while Markus Reiterberger (GER) and Roberto Tamburini (ITA) claimed
the second BMW one-two in a week in the STK1000.

 

 

FIM Endurance World Championship at Le Mans, France.

 

The 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) marked round two of the 2017/18 FIM
Endurance World Championship (EWC), which kicked off with the Bol d’Or
at Le Castellet (FRA) in September 2017 and ends at Suzuka (JPN) in
July 2018. In total, seven BMW teams took on what is one of the
toughest endurance races in the world in the EWC Superbike and
Superstock Cup classes. In the end, there was cause for celebration:
after finishing second at the Bol d’Or, the Wepol Racing by Penz13.com
team claimed another spot on the podium at Le Mans. After 24 hours of
racing, Michael Laverty (GBR) brought the #13 BMW S 1000 RR home in
third place. However, it was far from plain sailing for Laverty and
his team-mates Christian Iddon (GBR) and Danny Webb (GBR) – the trio
dropped to the back of the field following an early crash, which
resulted in a damaged handlebar and an unscheduled stop to replace it.
This was followed by another crash during the night, which saw Webb
dislocate his shoulder. Despite that, he managed to complete his
stint, and the combination of fighting spirit and perfect work in the
pits allowed the team to finish in a podium position.

Another top-ten finish came courtesy of the Mercury Racing team in
ninth. The #21 BMW S 1000 RR was ridden by Karel Hanika, Jakub Smrz
(both CZE) and Sylvain Barrier (FRA). The #56 RR, run by the GERT56 by
RS speedbikes team came home 14th overall. The result was
good enough to give riders Horst Saiger (LIE), Julian Puffe and Rico
Löwe (both GER) fifth place in the Superstock class for the Endurance
World Cup.

The Tecmas BMW (#9) team, with Julien da Costa, Camille Hedelin and
David Perret (all FRA), and the NRT48 – BMW Motorrad (#48) team, with
Kenny Foray (FRA), Peter Hickman (GBR) and Lucy Glöckner (GER), were
also in contention for places on the overall podium, but were forced
to retire before the end of the race. Two rounds into the season,
Wepol Racing by Penz13.com is currently fourth in the EWC team
standings, with BMW second in the manufacturers’ competition.

Michael Laverty:
“First of all, I am sorry for
my crash in my first stint. However, I tried as hard as I could over
the course of the race to make up for my mistake. Considering we had
far from a problem-free race, this podium tastes even sweeter. To
stand up here at Le Mans is a special feeling.”

Christian Iddon:

“We had some issues and problems, which made it harder for us all –
especially when I headed out for my first stint and the handlebar
broke after Michael’s crash. The team did a very professional job and
I am happy we could bring it home on the podium.”

Danny Webb:

“I am over the moon. It was my second 24-hour race and we have made
it onto the podium twice in two races. Not too bad for an Endurance
rookie like me, huh? I am sorry I had that little off during my night
stint, but it didn’t cost us too much. I am simply more than happy we
are on the podium again.”

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen, Netherlands.

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) was at the
iconic ‘TT Circuit’ in Assen (NED) at the weekend. Loris Baz (FRA) of
the Gulf Althea BMW team saw a significant improvement in his
fortunes. In Saturday’s race, the Frenchman finished seventh to claim
his best result of the season so far. Baz then backed this up with
eighth place in Sunday’s race.

FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship in Assen, Netherlands.

Markus Reiterberger (GER) and Roberto Tamburini (ITA) claimed a
fantastic one-two for the BMW S 1000 RR at the opening round of this
season’s FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) at
MotorLand Aragón (ESP) last week. Just seven days later, they were at
it again in round two at Assen (NED). Reiterberger dominated the field
on his RR, run by the alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW team. He first secured
pole position with an advantage of half a second on Saturday, before
winning Sunday’s race with a lead of five seconds and setting a new
lap record in the process. Behind him, the crowd was treated to an
exciting battle for second place, with Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team
SA) coming out on top. Alessandro Delbianco (ITA / Gulf Althea BMW)
and Jan Bühn (GER / alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) also finished in the
top-ten in eighth and tenth place.

Markus Reiterberger:

“We had a very good race pace and also the electronics were spot on,
so a big credit to BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s Marc Bongers for setting
the electronics up perfectly. I want to also thank the entire team
that, despite the fact that we were much faster than all the rest
already in the practice sessions, continued to work hard and came up
with another chassis solution that increased our advantage even more.
In the race, we were able to pursue our plan to pull away from the
field from pole position on the opening laps and to keep the gap over
the entire distance. Right at the beginning, I rode a new lap record,
and afterwards I was able to maintain my pace comfortably until the
finish and to further increase the gap. In the end I had an advantage
of over five seconds. Pole position, another win for us, another win
at Assen, increased the overall championship lead – I think we can
call that a perfect weekend. Everyone in the team did a 100 per cent
perfect job, we made not a single mistake and the atmosphere in the
squad is just fantastic.”

MotoAmerica at Austin, USA.

The Superbike class of the MotoAmerica (MA SBK) series held two races
as part of the MotoGP weekend at the “Circuit of the Americas” in
Austin (USA). Danny Eslick (USA) of the Scheibe Racing team finished
eleventh and eighth.

Australian Superbike Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park, Australia.

BMW racer Glenn Allerton (AUS) narrowly missed out on a spot on the
podium at the third event of this season’s Australian Superbike
Championship (ASBK), which took place at “The Bend Motorsport Park”
near Adelaide (AUS). He came home fourth in race two of three on his
BMW S 1000 RR, which was run by the NextGen Motorsport team. Allerton
was eighth and fifth in the other two races.

MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship at Suzuka, Japan.

Round two of the 2018 MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship
(MFJ) took place at the weekend. This time, the riders and teams were
at Suzuka (JPN). For many, the focus was once again on preparations
for the eight-hour race, which will be held at Suzuka in July. This
time, no fewer than six BMW riders took to the track. The best-placed
of them was Atsumi Cocoro (JPN) of the Tone RT Syncedge 4113 team, who
ended the two races in 19th and 18th place. The
weekend’s next-best BMW rider was Daisaku Sakai (JPN / Motorrad 39) in
21st and 19th place.

Original Press Release

The new styles from the BMW Lifestyle collections. BMW Lifestyle presents new design concepts, colours and materials for its collection lines.

BMW:The new styles from the BMW Lifestyle collections. BMW Lifestyle presents new design concepts, colours and materials for its collection lines.

The BMW Collection
 – Modern trends meet timeless design.
The
BMW Collection, which contains an array of apparel and a large
selection of accessories and luggage items, brings together modern
trends and classical design elements to create a contemporary and
elegantly sporty look.

The on-trend colour shade copper and eye-catching graphic elements
inspired by the futuristic design of the BMW Concept Car Vision Next
100 provide stylish accents. For example, the “Alive Geometry” of the
concept vehicle is reproduced in the haptic structure of the
BMW Thermal Mug in high-quality stainless steel, as
well as in the classy embossing on the BMW Notebook
and on the inner lining of the high-sheen BMW Men’s Soft Down Jacket.

The copper colour shade brings an additional, very elegant contrast
to the largely dark blue, grey and white items. The discreet shadow
print of the BMW logo on the BMW Ladies’ T-Shirt in
organic cotton and the copper-coloured zip fasteners of the sporty
BMW Ladies’ Sweatshirt Jacket lend the outfits a
distinctive style.

BMW M Collection – Sporty looks fuelled by dynamism and
power.
By contrast, the dominant shades of the BMW M
Collection are Black and Marina Bay Blue. The latter is the official
colour of the new BMW M5 and was named after the Formula One race
circuit in Singapore.

Employing high-tech materials such as carbon – which is used for the
roof, rear spoiler and exterior mirrors of BMW’s M models – and
Makrolon™ polycarbonate, the BMW M Collection reinforces its claim to
elite sporting pedigree.

This is true not only of the apparel and accessories – such as the
BMW M Women’s Sweatshirt Jacket, with carbon
structure on the hood and back section, and the
BMW M Rollerball, whose cap features the original BMW
M5 paint finish – but also for the luggage items in the collection.
The shape of the Makrolon™ polycarbonate BMW M
Boardcase
is inspired by the roofline of BMW M cars and is
complemented to attractive effect by the distinctive carbon-fibre-look
foil print in Marina Bay Blue and the four double-rollers featuring
the BMW M5 rim design.

BMW i Collection.
The BMW i Collection embodies
the fusion of sustainability, premium quality, innovation and
exceptional design, and offers intelligent products for all areas of life.

The apparel stands out not only with puristic forms and understated
colours, but above all through the use of distinctive cuts and
resource-efficient materials. For example, the BMW i Women’s
Jacket
in organic cotton has an asymmetrical cut, a
high-quality lining in an elegantly contrasting colour and a
sophisticated design detail: its buttons are made from recycled paper.

The BMW i T-Shirt for ladies and men features both
organic cotton and the eco-friendly lyocell-fibre material TENCEL®,
which is produced from sustainably forested natural Eucalyptus wood
and ensures the T-shirt is extremely soft to the touch.

The importance of conserving resources and enhancing sustainable
production has also been taken into account with the accessories in
the collection. For instance, “Appleskin” – an unusual vegan imitation
leather made from apple fibre – is used for the BMW i
Rucksack.
Meanwhile, the selvedge residue left over from
production of seats for BMW i cars is ingenuously reprocessed for use
in the BMW i Pencil Set.

BMW The Collection.
A particular highlight of
the BMW Lifestyle portfolio is the BMW The Collection. Inspired by the
top-end BMW 7 Series Individual design elements and equipped with
“Smart Travel Features”, the collection contains an exclusive
selection of luxurious accessories and travel items, of which many
have been co-developed with two highly credible premium partners:
Montblanc and Horizn Studios.

Montblanc for BMW.
La Maison Montblanc –
ambassadors for the culture of writing and purveyors of masterful
handcraftsmanship for over 110 years – and BMW have extended their
successful partnership into 2018. The collection put together
exclusively for BMW includes large and small items made from the
finest Italian leather, notably the Montblanc for BMW Pen Pouch,
Montblanc for BMW Credit Card Holder and
Montblanc for BMW Duffle Bag, and exquisite writing
instruments, such as the Montblanc for BMW Fountain
Pen
with handcrafted 585 / 14 K gold nib and platinum-plated rings.

All the products in the collection share a unique Montblanc for BMW
design, which takes its cues from the woven-look quilting of the seats
in the BMW 7 Series Individual – in the form of either elegant leather
embossing or the weave pattern of the royal-blue Jacquard lining.

Horizn Studios for BMW.
Since luxury also means
providing thoroughly conceived solutions for our increasingly
digitalised world, BMW Lifestyle has teamed up with international
travel brand Horizn Studios to present a pair of chic travel items:
the Horizn Studios for BMW Trolley and
Horizn Studios for BMW Boardcase.

As well as the tough, hard-shell construction made from
aerospace-grade polycarbonate, the Italian leather and the low-noise
Hinomoto® 360° rollers from Japan in exclusive BMW rim design, this
luggage series also appeals with another, extremely practical feature:
an integrated, removable power bank with a 10,000 mAh battery and two
USB ports.

Two models will also be added to the BMW Bikes
Collection
in 2018. Thanks to its innovative folding
mechanism and lightweight aluminium frame, the new and compact
BMW Folding Bike makes the ideal city model for quick
spins around town.

The new BMW City Scooter, meanwhile, offers even
greater day-to-day flexibility with its folding mechanism, splash
protection and kick stand for convenient parking.

BMW Lifestyle is also appealing to the youngest road users with the
addition of the BMW Kids Scooter (in an array of
colours) to the BMW Kids Collection. The BMW Kids
Scooter can be adjusted according to age and ability, courtesy of a
seat and integrated drawer for smaller children or a removable seat
and height-adjustable handlebar as a pure scooter for bigger kids.

The line-up of BMW Miniatures will also gain a
series of new models in 2018. Historic cars like the BMW M1 and
BMW 507, and stars of the present day – such as the BMW M6 Convertible
– all ensure that every detail of a BMW Miniature will put smiles on
faces. The Miniature BMW Vision and Miniature BMW M6 GTLM John
Baldessari
add two very special models to the collection.

The BMW Lifestyle collections are available from April 2018
at shop.bmw.com and from selected BMW dealers.

Manufacturer’s recommended retail prices:
BMW
Collection Thermal Mug Design: €39.90
BMW Collection Notebook,
large: €19.90
BMW Collection Men’s Soft Down Jacket:
€190.00
BMW Collection Ladies’ T-Shirt: €39.90
BMW
Collection Sweatshirt Jacket Ladies’: €110.00
BMW M Sweatshirt
Jacket, Women’s: €130.00
BMW M Rollerball: €120.00
BMW M
Boardcase: €240.00
BMW i Women’s Jacket: €290.00
BMW i
Ladies’ T-Shirt: €59.00
BMW i Men’s T-Shirt: €59.00
BMW i
Rucksack: €269.00
BMW i Pencil Set: €29.90
BMW Iconic
Montblanc for BMW Pen Pouch: €175.00
BMW Iconic Montblanc for BMW
Credit Card Holder: €110.00
BMW Iconic Montblanc for BMW Duffle
Bag: €1,100.00
BMW Iconic Montblanc for BMW Fountain Pen:
€550.00
BMW Iconic Horizn Studios for BMW Trolley:
€375.00
BMW Iconic Horizn Studios for BMW Boardcase:
€330.00
BMW Folding Bike: €750.00
BMW City Scooter:
€200.00
BMW Kids Scooter: €120.00
BMW Miniature M1:
€99.00
BMW Miniature 507: €99.00
BMW Miniature M6
Convertible: €89.00
BMW Miniature BMW Vision: €99.00
BMW
Miniature BMW M6 GTLM John Baldessari: €200.00

Original Press Release

Qatar Cross Country Rally 2018 – Round 4, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

BMW:Qatar Cross Country Rally 2018 – Round 4, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

Media Information

Qatar Cross Country Rally

22 April 2018

Qatar Cross Country Rally 2018Round 4, FIA
Cross Country Rally World Cup

.

 

  • MINI secures win at Qatar Cross Country Rally 2018.
  • Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski / Tom Colsoul in a MINI John Cooper
    Works Rally win Qatar Cross Country Rally
  • MINI Family member Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski regains lead of
    the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

 

Munich. The MINI Family crew of
Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL)
today achieved victory at the

seventh edition of the
Qatar Cross Country Rally – Round 4 of the 2018 FIA Cross
Country Rally World Cup. The dynamic duo in their MINI John Works
Rally took two stage wins, two seconds and a third place to achieve
the top podium position.

 

Taking the win in Qatar after five days and just under 2000km was
Przygonski and Colsoul’s goal following their second place result in
the 2017 edition. With today’s win, Przygonski regains the lead in the
2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

 

The five stage race held no real dramas for Przygonski and Colsoul
(BEL), who drove a superb race and without falling foul of missing
vital waypoints, unlike many of their competitors. Indeed, despite the
desert heat, sand and rocky trails, the pair had nearly a faultless
race to finish just over 40 minutes ahead of the second-placed car.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski: “We are so happy to have won
this rally. It is one of the toughest races in the World Cup season.
It was a great race for us – we were really pushing from the
beginning. We did not have any big issues with navigation or the MINI
John Cooper Works Rally. I do feel for some of the other competitors
who received penalties… but this is motorsport,where anything can happen!

“Now we are leading the World Cup. After four races it is a good sign
for us – it shows we can fight for the win in the World Cup, which is
something we will definitely try to manage.”

Round 5 of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup is Rally
Kazakhstan, 27th May-2 June. For more information, click here: 2018 Rally Kazakhstan.

FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup 2018 remaining rounds

Round

Event

Date

5

Rally Kazakhstan

27 May-2 June

6

Italian Baja

21-24 June

7

Baja Spain

20-22 July

8

Hungarian Baja

9-12 August

9

Baja Poland

30 August-2 Sept

10

Rallye Oilibya du Maroc

3-9 October

11

Baja Portalegre 500

25-27 October

Original Press Release

Successful outing for the BMW iFE.18 at the Formula E test at Calafat.

BMW:Successful outing for the BMW iFE.18 at the Formula E test at Calafat.

BMW Motorsport continued its development of the new BMW iFE.18
with a test at Calafat (ESP) this week. The car is equipped with a
drivetrain developed solely by BMW and will compete in the ABB FIA
Formula E Championship in Season 5 when BMW joins the first series
for fully-electric racing cars as an official manufacturer. Bruno
Spengler (CAN) was at the wheel of the BMW iFE.18 at the
3.250-kilometre circuit, which is located on the Mediterranean
coast. The 2012 DTM champion completed a comprehensive testing programme.

Reactions to the Formula E test at Calafat.

Bruno Spengler (BMW works driver): “The test with the
BMW iFE.18 was a very positive one. We spent a lot of time on track.
When we did come across any issues, they were solved relatively
quickly. In a project as new as this one, the initial tests are
primarily about gaining experience. We did that and completed the
majority of our test programme. For me, as a driver, it is very
special to be involved here from the word go. Working on the
development of a new car is a unique task.”

The BMW i Fleet.

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA
Formula E Championship in Season 4. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is
the new BMW i8 Coupé, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*.

As well as the BMW i8 Coupé, the BMW i fleet for the ABB Formula
E Championship also includes the new BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical Car” and “Race Director
Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3
l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 15.4 to 15.3 kWh/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as “Rescue Car”.

* 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.

Original Press Release

Satellite and iFrame details Auto China Beijing 2018.

BMW:Satellite and iFrame details Auto China Beijing 2018.

Do you need help? Please contact our support team from 9 to 17 CET via support.pressclub@bmwgroup.com.

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Beijing. Satellite and iFrame details of the BMW Group Press Conference at the 15th Auto China Beijing 2018.

Munich. Here you will find the satellite details of
the BMW Group Press Conferences at the “Auto China 2018” in Beijing.

Agenda 25 April 2018.

10:20 – 11:40 CST (04:20-04:40 CEST) BMW Group Press Conference – LIVE

16:00-16:45 CST (10:00-10:45 CEST) HIGHLIGHTS BMW
Group Press Conference

Technical data TV satellite transmission 25 April 2018.
Details
for Europe. (details for Asia/China below)

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EUT 7B / Flight-Nr.: 7B

Pos.:

7,0° East

Tp:

B6

Downlink Freq.

11.162,830 MHz

Pol.:

RY (vertical)

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5-5

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FEC
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3/4

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4.2.0

Aspect Ratio
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HD 16:9

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No Encryption

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HD1080i/50

Audio Channels:

Audio: 1 Pairs (2ch)

Technical data TV satellite transmission 25 April 2018.
Details
for Asia/China.

Satellite:

ASIA5 /
Flight-Nr.: 5

Pos.:

100,5° East

Tp:

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Downlink Freq.
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3.875,500 MHz

Pol.:

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3-3

Modulation:

DVB-S2 /
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Aspect Ratio:

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Encryption:

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HD1080i/50

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Pairs (2ch)

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Contact further questions.

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Internet Live Stream.

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Footage of the BMW Group Press Conference and
the model
highlights.

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/tv-footage

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10:00 CST / 04:00 CEST.
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CO2 emission information.

The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and operating range figures were determined according to the prescribed test procedure in the version applicable at the time of type approval (Regulation No 715/2007). The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres.

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 neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de.

Original Press Release

Strong BMW driver line-up for ROWE Racing in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

BMW:Strong BMW driver line-up for ROWE Racing in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

Munich. ROWE Racing is approaching the start of the 2018 GT
season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. The team will
compete in the season’s five races with two BMW M6 GT3s and a strong
BMW driver line-up. The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) promises
to be the highlight of the year.

 

The new Blancpain GT Series season starts with the first race this
weekend at Monza (ITA). Just as last year, ROWE Racing will compete
there again. The St. Ingbert (GER) based team is competing in the
Endurance Cup with two BMW M6 GT3s. The season consists of five races:
Monza, Silverstone (GBR), Le Castellet (FRA), Barcelona (ESP) and of
course the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, which ROWE Racing won in
2016. BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard (GBR) and the BMW works
drivers Jens Klingmann (GER) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) will be involved in
every race,in one of the BMW M6 GT3s. A number of top-class BMW
drivers will share driving duties in the second car throughout the
season. At the “Autodromo Nazionale di Monza” two-time DTM champion
Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW WEC driver Nick Catsburg (NED) and BMW IMSA
driver Alexander Sims (GBR) will be at the wheel of the second BMW M6 GT3.

“BMW Motorsport and ROWE Racing – this combination has proved to be
very successful over the last two years,” said BMW Motorsport Director
Jens Marquardt. “In 2016, ROWE Racing won the 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps with the BMW M6 GT3. We reached the podium together
at the Nürburgring in 2017 so I am really looking forward to the new
season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, where we will be
supporting the team with a great driver line-up. I am particularly
pleased that we can give our BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard the
chance to gather valuable experience in a very professional team
environment, in one of the world’s most competitive GT racing series.”

“We are looking forward to the start of the Blancpain GT Series
Endurance Cup and with our traditional strength in endurance races are
hoping to be up there fighting for the title in this series with a
top-class field,” said ROWE Team Principal Hans-Peter Naundorf. “We
are also proud of now becoming part of the legendary and successful
BMW Motorsport Juniors development programme. Ricky Collard made a
very good impression last year on his two GT4 outings for our team.
Jesse Krohn also came through the BMW development school, so is no
doubt a good role model for Collard. I am really excited that it
finally worked out getting Jens Klingmann on board. He knows the BMW
M6 GT3 better than other drivers and is very fast. With this trio, we
have three young drivers in the #98 who really enjoy GT racing and who
have the right attitude. In Monza, a two-time DTM champion in Marco
Wittmann will reinforce our team, who alongside Nick Catsburg and Alex
Sims, will no doubt form a strong trio.”

Original Press Release

ECKART 2018 for “Art of Living” goes to Suzanne Cupps and Danny Meyer. Young, urban gastronomy based on fresh regional products.

BMW:ECKART 2018 for “Art of Living” goes to Suzanne Cupps and Danny Meyer. Young, urban gastronomy based on fresh regional products.

Munich. The jury of the international Eckart
Witzigmann Award (ECKART) has announced its first selection for this
year’s award ceremony: The ECKART 2018 for “Art of Living” goes to New
York restaurateur Danny Meyer and his executive chef, Suzanne Cupps,
from the “Untitled” restaurant, located inside New York’s Whitney
Museum. The award will be presented at the ECKART gala in New York in June. 

“Suzanne Cupps and Danny Meyer represent a young urban gastronomy
that skilfully combines creative culinary art and modern hospitality,”
explained Eckart Witzigmann, announcing the jury’s decision. “Their
focus on simple natural ingredients from across the region, cultivated
in the most sustainable way possible, is 100 percent in line with the
ECKART philosophy.”

Danny Meyer is an entrepreneur with a feel for strong concepts and
quality. He heads the successful Union Square Hospitality Group, which
includes some of the most popular and successful restaurants in New
York City, including the Union Square Cafe, the Gramercy Tavern and
The Modern at the MoMA. His restaurants offer more than just good
food; he creates an exceptional experience for guests of all
generations, not just for a specific target group. His restaurants are
places where people come together to enjoy themselves. He finds spaces
and opens them up to new possibilities: It is thanks to him that
museum gastronomy has embraced a young and attractive cuisine.

A good example of this is the Whitney Museum, home to the “Untitled”
restaurant, where Suzanne Cupps has been chef since 2017. As Union
Square Hospitality Group’s only female executive chef, Cupps brings a
breath of fresh air to the museum and its cuisine. In a casual but
elegant atmosphere, she presents subtly aromatic dishes based on fresh
and sustainably-cultivated seasonal products. After graduating, the
up-and-coming chef initially wanted to be a maths teacher. Now, she
brings her sense of clarity and precision to the kitchen, where her
gentle and respectful handling of basic products has created her own
inimitable style.

The ECKART

Partners since 2012, the BMW Group and the Witzigmann Academy jointly
present the Eckart Witzigmann Award for outstanding achievements in
the categories: “Art of Cookery”, “Innovation”, “Art of Living” and
“Creative Responsibility”. The partnership is based on the joint aim
of creating an international platform for healthy eating, sustainable
cuisine and responsible use of resources. The total endowment of
€250,000 reflects the prestige and importance of the ECKART as a top
international culinary award. In 2018, the award will take another
step towards becoming more international, with the presentation of the
ECKART 2018 at an official ceremony in New York.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications BMW Group

Julian Hetzenecker, Business and Finance Communications
julian.hetzenecker@bmw.de
, Telephone: +49 89 382-39229

Media website: www.press.bmw.de

Email: presse@bmw.de

Press contact
Witzigmann Academy
Otto Geisel

Lachner-Straße 18

80639 München

Phone: +49 89 139 260 26

office@ottogeisel.de

 

Additional information on the Eckart Witzigmann Award can be
found at:

www.eckart-witzigmann-preis.de

 

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 30 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 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

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

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Original Press Release

BMW Group Digital Day 2018.

BMW:BMW Group Digital Day 2018.

Digitalisation is the dominant element in the radical ongoing
transformation of personal mobility. It paves the way to a new driving
experience, expands the possibilities for enhancing safety and comfort
out on the road, and opens up new opportunities for efficient yet
customer-focused development and manufacture of vehicles. The BMW
Group is systematically forging ahead with digitalisation across all
areas. Thanks to its capacity for innovation, not only does it develop
cars and motorcycles for the premium segment that stir the emotions,
it also devises customer-centric services that optimise the mobility
experience as a whole. As part of the Digital Day 2018 event, the BMW
Group is offering an insight into current product developments,
technological concepts, innovations and manufacturing processes that
will enable it to shape the future of mobility.

Today, the BMW Group is already blazing a trail for intelligent
vehicle connectivity and the integration of digital mobility services.
It is exploiting the potential of digitalisation to further strengthen
its status as the leading provider of personal mobility at premium
level. The BMW Group has defined the key areas that will form the
stepping stones to digitalised and emission-free mobility in the
future with its corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT. In the
process, it is driving forward the D-ACES themes (Design, Autonomous,
Connected, Electrified and Services) with particular vigour through
considerable investment in research and development. The innovations
and initiatives presented at Digital Day 2018 exemplify the company’s
transformation into a mobility tech company.

5G mobile standard: BMW Group is ready to embrace the
high-speed information highway.

With improved transfer rates and minimised latency, the future 5G
mobile standard offers significantly improved technical possibilities
when it comes to data transfer – developments which can also be used
to enhance vehicle connectivity. The BMW Group is already working on
technologies which will help to utilise the full potential of 5G here.
The aim is to be able to offer systems and functions based on 5G as
soon as it becomes commercially available in series-produced vehicles
in several years’ time.

At Digital Day 2018, the BMW Group is showcasing the benefits of an
innovative feature of 5G mobile networks known as network slicing.
This technology involves making parts of the network infrastructure
available on demand in a way that suits specific applications and
their respective requirements. The customer has access to a virtual
network made up of individual slices, which can be used to update HD
navigation maps, for example, enable the direct exchange of data
between vehicles and allow videos to be streamed in HD quality.

Artificial intelligence enhances safety.

Artificial intelligence plays a key role in the development of
algorithms, which sort through and evaluate large quantities of data
and incorporate it into decision-making on how vehicles should behave.
The BMW Group is using artificial intelligence in the development of
systems for automated driving which can deal with even extremely
complex traffic situations in city centres. Autonomous driving in
which artificial intelligence helps to ensure safe and comfortable
mobility for all is another BMW Group development goal.

The benefits of systems equipped with artificial intelligence include
their boundless capacity for work. Unlike humans, an intelligent
system can maintain constant performance levels. It doesn’t get tired
or distracted, and maintains full concentration even in confusing situations.

Mixed reality assists the development process.

Mixed reality describes the combination of real-life prototypes and
virtual simulation that can be used to accelerate and optimise vehicle
development. The BMW Group leads the way in the use of such methods
and employs technologies from the consumer electronics and computer
gaming sectors and a new generation of data glasses which enable users
to visualise a growing number of components and vehicle functions
extremely realistically. In this way, the impressions created by
physical components can be enhanced with digitally generated experiences.

One area in which the BMW Group uses mixed reality is the development
of vehicle interiors. Here, computer-generated simulations are
combined with an interior model (a mock-up). This allows an
all-encompassing image of the driving experience inside a future
series-produced model to be created at an early stage of development.

BMW Operating System 7.0: the display and control concept of
the future.

Dubbed BMW Operating System 7.0, the next generation of BMW’s display
and control system is entirely digital and highly sophisticated in
nature, and is designed around the user’s individual requirements more
closely than ever. Thanks to its clear layout and structuring,
intuitive operation, and customisable and personalised displays, it
has been designed to always provide the driver with the right
information at the right time.

The redesigned all-digital instrument cluster has space to display a
section of the navigation map as well as further, individually
selectable content. At the same time, it forms a seamless, uniformly
designed display cluster with the Control Display in the centre
console, which has been further optimised to deliver intuitive touch
operation and visualises content in real time on up to ten freely
configurable main menu pages, each containing between two and four
pads. The flat menu structure also enables fast access to all settings
and functions. Multimodal interaction between the driver and vehicle
has likewise been further improved with BMW Operating System 7.0. The
customer has a choice of iDrive Controller, touch control, voice
control and gesture control.

Real-time hazard warning system prevents accidents.

By sending out local hazard warnings to its intelligently connected
vehicles, the BMW Group is increasing safety out on the road. To do
this, the data registered by the vehicle sensors is collected in
anonymised form and processed centrally so information indicating
hazard situations can be derived from it. This allows warnings of
accident sites or extreme local weather conditions to be relayed
specifically to vehicles in the vicinity of those situations.

Warnings of both weather-related hazards, such as fog, black ice,
heavy rain and aquaplaning, and broken-down vehicles have been
transmitted to BMW vehicles with the requisite connectivity technology
since November 2016. This technology still offers a great deal of
untapped potential, though. Over the course of 2018, real-time traffic
jam reports are set to become even more specific by using instances of
emergency braking, while requests from the police to keep a corridor
free for emergency vehicles will also be transmitted. The swift and
accurate relaying of information on road conditions and traffic
situations also provides an important basis for optimising the
operation of automated driving systems.

The BMW Group’s secure IT backend provides connected vehicles
with live information and digital services.

Connected vehicles are now able to receive live information and
transmit data to the BMW Group’s permanently available IT backend via
a secure mobile connection in a total of 46 markets. Besides real-time
hazard warnings, navigation map updates can also be delivered over the
air in this way.

In future, the secure IT backend will provide the platform for other
data-based applications. The BMW Group employs technologies from the
fields of cloud computing and artificial intelligence to both optimise
existing functions and develop new services. Data protection and data
security take top priority here. Security and availability are
guaranteed thanks to the coordinated interaction between specialised
systems controlled by the BMW Group. This approach also enables
regulated opening of the backend to integrate services from external
partners, allowing the internet’s rapid pace of innovation to be used
to the benefit of customers. Specialised systems include the Open
Mobility Cloud, which is used for providing personalised services from
BMW Connected, and the Location Platform for transmitting hazard
warnings in real time. 

Digital processes speed up development and manufacturing.

Digitalisation is opening up new opportunities on the production side
as well. The additive manufacturing techniques collectively known as
3D printing stand out in particular for their success in delivering
fast, flexible und customisable processes. Classic examples of
additive manufacturing applications can be found in areas where
custom-made and sometimes highly complex components are needed in
small numbers. This is the case especially in prototype development,
vehicle validation and vehicle road testing.

An additively manufactured water pump wheel was fitted in DTM racing
cars for the first time back in 2010. And the new BMW i8 Roadster
features a soft-top cover with an aluminium bracket made using metal
powder laser melting, a cutting-edge technique that has never been
used before in car manufacture. Meanwhile, the new MINI Yours
Customised product line enables customers to personalise the design of
selected components and then have them produced via 3D printing. On
top of all this, the Additive Manufacturing Center at the BMW Group
Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) in Munich now supplies around
140,000 prototype parts a year to the company’s various development departments.

Original Press Release

MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018.

BMW:MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018.

Munich/Beijing: A unique combination of driving fun,
premium quality and individual style, characterise the models with
which MINI continues to increase its popularity on the Chinese
automotive market. The model update for the MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door
and the MINI Convertible set fresh impulses for the success of the
brand. The Asian premiere of the new models will take place at the
Auto China 2018 in Beijing. Furthermore, MINI will be presenting its
range of models in the premium compact segment.

More than 1600 exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting
current models, technological innovations and services at the Auto
China 2018. The international automotive meeting, which began in 1990,
takes place every two years and is spread over 220 000 square metres
at the China International Exhibition Center. The 15th
exhibition will take place between 25 April and 4 May 2018 with more
than 800 000 visitors expected.

Fresh Update for the Original in the Premium Small Car Segment.

The three originals in the premium small car segment are now
sportier, more advanced and more attractive than ever before, thanks
to the model update. The new MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and MINI
Convertible boast specific design modifications, additional equipment
features and individualisation possibilities as well as new digital
services from MINI Connected.

The British brand’s new MINI 5 door will take centre stage at the
Auto China 2018. The model, the first of the current MINI generation
to be introduced, embodies the principle of creative use of space –
used ever since the classic Mini – in a fascinating, modern form.
Brand typical proportions are combined with the advantage of
additional leg and head room in the rear as well as luggage space.
Functionality, comfort and long distance suitability are improved
thanks to the 161 millimeters extended body length, the two additional
doors and the three seats in the rear. The mature character of the
compact car model from MINI is, therefore, accompanied by an increase
in product substance.

Distinct design accents and new equipment features.

The new MINI 5 door as well as the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI
Convertible boast a distinct black trim as standard in its headlights
as part of its precise design details. In combination with the LED
headlights, the taillights also boast a new design. As a clear nod to
the brand’s British heritage, the LED taillights feature a Union Jack
motif. The MINI 5 door, on display at the Auto China 2018, will
feature a new body colour, Emerald Grey metallic. There are three new
colours available in total. The MINI 3 door, also at Beijing, is
finished in Solaris Orange metallic and the MINI Convertible in
Starlight Blue metallic.

New individualisation possibilities are offered through the option
Piano Black Exterior, the additional alloy wheels and the Chester
leather trim and Colour Line now also available in Malt Brown for the
MINI 5 door and MINI 3 door. There is also the option MINI Yours
Interior Style Piano Black illuminated which bears a Union Jack motif
rear-lit strip on the passenger’s instrument panel. Furthermore, the
enhanced compact car model boasts the new MINI logo. The control
system now contains a Touch screen function for the display in the
central instrument. There is also an expansion of the digital services
as part of MINI Connected.

Three engine variants are available for the MINI 3 door (for the
Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 6,2 – 5,4 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 148 – 129 g/km) as well as the MINI 5 door
(for the Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 5,6 – 5,6 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 134 – 133 g/km) on the Chinese
market. For the MINI Convertible (for the Chinese market combined fuel
consumption: 6,2 – 5,8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions :
147 – 137 g/km) two engine variants are available. Available here are
the MINI One 5 door, the MINI Cooper 5 door and the MINI Cooper S 5
door as well as the MINI One 3 door, the MINI Cooper 3 door und the
MINI Cooper S 3 door. For open-air driving fun the MINI Cooper
Convertible and the MINI Cooper S Convertible are also available.

More space, more versatility: MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman.

Both models in the premium compact segment are characterised by

MINI typical style, driving fun and extended possibilities thus
enabling the brand to appeal to additional customer groups within the
Chinese automotive market. The MINI Clubman owes its exceptional
position to its unconventional body concept with four side doors und
two split doors at the rear as well as its flexible interior. The MINI
Countryman is more spacious and versatile than ever before. Its robust
exterior and its all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 ensure genuine
driving fun and that it remains an absolute All-rounder within MINI’s
model programme.

Ensuring a race track feeling during daily driving, the ultra-sporty
John Cooper Works models are also enjoying a constantly growing fan
base in China.

The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will also be exhibited at the Auto
China 2018. The power of its turbo engine is brought to the streets
thanks to its all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (for the Chinese market
combined fuel consumption: 7,0 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions:167 g/km) as standard.

For further details on official fuel consumption figures, official
specific CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars, please refer
to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power
consumption of new cars”, available at all sales outlets, from
Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.
Manual CO2 (PDF – 2.7 MB)

In case of queries please contact:

MINI Communications:
 

Matthias Bode, Communications MINI

Telefon: +49-89-382-61742,

E-Mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI

Telefon: +49- 89-382-23662

E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com


Markus Sagemann, Head of Communications MINI, BMW Motorrad

Telefon: +49 89-382- 68796

E-Mail: markus.sagemann@bmw.de

Original Press Release

Strong partners at home outing: BMW i presents the FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-PRIX.

BMW:Strong partners at home outing: BMW i presents the FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-PRIX.

Munich. BMW i and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship are
stepping up their close cooperation: In addition to the commitment
as “Official Vehicle Partner”, which has been in place since the
inaugural Formula E season, BMW i will also present the race in
Berlin (GER) as title sponsor in the coming years. The new
involvement kicks off with the 2018 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin
E-PRIX on 19th May. 

 

BMW’s home event will not only offer German Formula E fans the
opportunity to check out the official safety car fleet – spearheaded
by the Qualcomm BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car – but also to witness the
MS&AD Andretti Formula E Team in action, as they go in search of
top results with BMW works drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and
Tom Blomqvist (GBR).

“The title partnership for the German round of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Berlin is a key component of our extensive commitment
to this series,” said Jörg Reimann, Vice President BMW Brand
Experience. “For BMW, the opportunity to actively shape the event and
offer visitors a unique BMW brand experience is always at the heart of
this kind of cooperation. That is precisely what we will be doing at
the FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-PRIX, alongside Formula E.”

Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, said: “The race in
Berlin has featured on the calendar every season and we’ve been
working closely alongside BMW i for equally as long, so it’s pleasing
to see their growing commitment to the series. BMW i has always been
supportive of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since the very
beginning – both as official vehicle partner and now as the race title
partner of the BMW i Berlin E-PRIX. I’m looking forward to seeing the
fans showing up in force for what I’m sure will be another
scintillating spectacle at Tempelhof Airport.”

The next round, before the FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-PRIX, is in
Paris (FRA) on 28th April. Following the German race, the
first championship for fully-electric racing cars enters the finishing
straight with events in Zürich (SUI) and New York (USA).

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula
E Championship in Season 4. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the new
BMW i8 Coupé, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*.

As well as the BMW i8 Coupé, the BMW i fleet for the ABB Formula E
Championship also includes the new BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption:
0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2
emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical Car” and “Race Director Car”, and the
BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km;
combined energy consumption: 15.4 to 15.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as “Rescue Car”. 

* 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.

BMW i8 Coupé: combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined
energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km

BMW i3s: combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy
consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

BMW X5 xDrive40e: combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km;
combined energy consumption: 15.4 to 15.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 78 – 77 g/km

Original Press Release