BMW Group to expand production network in Europe

BMW:BMW Group to expand production network in Europe

Munich. The BMW Group continues to expand its
production network in Europe, with a new facility to be built in
Hungary, close to the town of Debrecen. It will come at an investment
of approximately €1 billion, offer capacity of up to 150,000 units a
year and create over 1,000 new jobs.

“The BMW Group’s decision to build this new plant reaffirms our
perspective for global growth. After significant investments in China,
Mexico and the USA, we are now strengthening our activities in Europe
to maintain a worldwide balance of production between Asia, America
and our home continent,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the BMW AG
Board of Management. “Europe is the BMW Group’s largest production
location. In 2018 alone we are investing more than €1 billion in our
German sites to upgrade and prepare them for electric mobility.”

Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Board Member for Production, added: “In the
future, every BMW Group plant in Europe will be equipped to produce
electrified as well as conventional vehicles. Our new plant in Hungary
will also be able to manufacture both combustion and electrified BMW
models – all on a single production line. It will bring greater
capacity to our worldwide production network. When production
commences, the plant will set new standards in flexibility,
digitalisation and productivity.”

Europe is the most important market for the BMW Group. In 2017 it
accounted for almost 45 percent of all vehicle sales, with 1.1 million
units sold. Up to the end of June 2018, the BMW Group grew in many
markets across the continent, with vehicle deliveries totalling more
than 560,000 units – a year-on-year rise of 1.2 percent.

The latest decision to develop the production network follows the BMW
Group’s strategic principle of balanced global growth and represents
the next logical step in the implementation of BMW Group Strategy

Competitive production site in Europe

Debrecen is the ideal place for the BMW Group to expand its
production network. It was chosen primarily for its very good
infrastructure, suitable logistics connections and proximity to the
established supplier network. The qualified personnel in the local
area were another key advantage. Besides the team at the plant itself,
numerous jobs will be created with suppliers and service providers,
both within the grounds of the new facility and across the local region.

The BMW Group has been operating a representative office in Hungary
since 2004 and enjoys long-standing, positive relations with suppliers
in the country. Last year materials and services worth €1.4 billion
were purchased in Hungary.

The plant in Debrecen will set new standards in digitalisation,
sustainability and flexibility. In addition, it will be a technology
leader, with innovative solutions for automation, state-of-the-art
assistance systems and flexible logistics applications. In keeping
with the BMW Group’s principle of the highly flexible production
system, the new facility will manufacture conventionally as well as
electrically powered vehicles, all on a single production line.


More information about the plant is available now at
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(Hungarian). The website offers details of contacts in Purchasing and
information on submitting job applications.

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Alessandro Zanardi ahead of his DTM guest appearance: “I am more agile without my prosthetic legs”.

BMW:Alessandro Zanardi ahead of his DTM guest appearance: “I am more agile without my prosthetic legs”.

A test will follow in due time. Zanardi has been successfully
racing BMW race cars since 2003, but Misano will be a premiere for
him: for the first time ever, he will race without his prosthetic
legs. The BMW M Motorsport engineers developed a system for the BMW
M4 DTM that allows Zanardi to brake by hand. In an interview, the
Italian explains why driving without prosthetic legs brings nothing
but advantages for him.


Alex, why is it more comfortable for you to drive without
prosthetic legs?

Alessandro Zanardi: “Because, technically speaking, of the way the
prosthetic sockets works. They stay in place thanks to a kind of
vacuum effect and this of course does not allow any transpiration. But
the limbs are the cooler of our body. We lose temperature with blood
circulation through our extremities – so when I wear my prosthetic
legs I am like an engine without cooling system. And this doesn’t help
while you stay in the cockpit of a race car where the temperature
often rises above a decent limit. When we started to study the Daytona
2019 project I told the engineers that this was the main change we
should had look at. And when I was offered to drive DTM in Misano, we
had already done sufficient work and progress to believe that for me
to drive without my prosthetic legs would potentially also help the
performance. The advantage I get driving this way, physically
speaking, gets bigger with every lap. You cannot imagine the
difference!  I’m therefore sure it’s this will also be a better option
for the two one hour races in Misano with the BMW M4 DTM.”

So far, you walked to the car and got in like every other
driver. How will you get in the car without prosthetic legs?

Zanardi: “Getting into the car is not a problem at all – quite the
contrary as without my legs I am much more agile than with them on to
get in and out the car. It is ten times easier for me. I can’t use my
legs for any other purpose than a leaning point. I have to drag them
in to the car using the strength of my arms with which I need to raise
the weight of my body. So without the legs I have nothing interfering
in the movement and also I have less weight to move around. So yes, I
am by far more agile. The plan is to get to the car with my wheelchair
and to then jump into the cockpit. Then the same way to get out. And
in case I would incidentally stop around the circuit and have to get
out the car in a hurry: well, it won’t be nice for the ones watching,
but I promise you I can walk faster on my arms on grass or gravel than
I would with my fake legs anyway.”

As you are more agile without the legs, also the extrication
in case of an accident will be even easier than before?

Zanardi: “Exactly. So this has never, ever been a concern. Not just
for me but also not for the people who know me from a long time.”

Let’s imagine the case you are stuck with the car in the
gravel: You just get out and walk away on your arms?

Zanardi: “Yes, as I said, it does not look super nice to see somebody
walking away somehow like this, but in reality it would be easier for
me to move away from the car – especially in gravel – out of my arms
with no legs than it would be with my legs. I already made this
experience: I was able to somehow walk on the gravel with my
prosthetic legs and no canes but it wasn’t easy. And the chance that I
maybe put a foot in a wrong way and fall is greater. This would not
represent any practical danger, I have a long experience of ‘falling’,
but of course this would slow down my process of running away from the car.”

“So overall it is a better option also from this point of view. This
does not mean that if ever I decided to drive with my prosthetic legs
again it would be unsafe. Of course we took all aspects in serious
consideration because we did not want to bump any safety issue, not
just for myself, or BMW, or more for other people, simply because is
what you have to do when you do things at this level. And we wouldn’t
start this new adventure if we didn’t think we have it covered under
this point of view.”

Note to editors:

In the coming weeks until Zanardi’s guest appearance at Misano, we
will release several features regarding technology, safety and other topics.

A social media clip about the roll-out can be found here:


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More wins and podiums for BMW riders in international and national championships.

BMW:More wins and podiums for BMW riders in international and national championships.

Munich. The FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) BMW
teams concluded the 2017/18 season with the Suzuka 8 Hours (JPN) at
the weekend. In the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC),
Danny Webb (GBR) extended his overall lead in Chimay (BEL). There
were also three one-two-threes and a top-four lock-out in the Alpe
Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) and the International German
Championship (IDM). Furthermore, the BMW S 1000 RR also enjoyed
victories and podiums in Italy and Malaysia.



FIM Endurance World Championship at Suzuka, Japan.


The BMW teams brought the curtain down on the FIM Endurance World
Championship (FIM EWC) 2017/18 season at the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance
race. This is the most important race of the year for the Japanese
manufacturers. As such, they compete with works teams bolstered by top
international riders. The strong field also featured nine BMW S 1000 RRs.

The best-placed BMW team was BMW Motorrad39 in 13th place.
The #39 RR was ridden by Daisaku Sakai (JPN), Damian Cudlin (AUS) and
Alexander Cudlin (AUS). They were followed over the finish line by a
further two BMWs. Mercury Racing and riders Karel Hanika (CZE),
Sylvain Barrier (FRA) and Ondrej Jezek (CZE) came home
14th. 15th place went to BMW Financial Services
135 with British BSB riders Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon
sharing the riding duties with Japan’s Shinya Takeishi. German team
NRT48 finished 21st with Kenny Foray (FRA), Peter Hickman
(GBR) and Julien Da Costa (FRA) alternating on the #48 RR.

The season drew to a close at Suzuka – but the break is not a long
one. The 2018/19 season kicks off in mid-September with the iconic Bol
d’Or 24-hour race at Le Castellet (FRA).

International Road Racing Championship at Chimay, Belgium.


Chimay in Belgium hosted round four of the 2018 International Road
Racing Championship 2018 (IRRC). As at all of this season’s previous
race weekends, Danny Webb (GBR) took maximum points on the BMW S 1000
RR run by the Wepol Racing by Penz13 team. In doing so, he extended
his advantage at the top of the championship table.

Webb finished runner-up in both Chimay races. However, as both
victories went to Belgian guest starter Vincent Lonbois, who was not
eligible to score points, Webb picked up the maximum points on offer
for first place both times. Didier Grams (GER / G&G Motorsport by
BMW Motorrad) came home third in both races to earn a spot on the
podium. Marek Červený (CZE / Wepol Racing by Penz13) and Erno Kostamo
(FIN / Markka Racing) both took fourth and fifth places.

Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship at Grobnik, Croatia.

The Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) was at Grobnik,
Croatia, for its fourth event of the 2018 season. Two successful BMW
riders from the Superbike class (AARR SBK) were missing from Grobnik,
as they were contesting the final round of this season’s FIM Endurance
World Championship (FIM EWC) in Suzuka (JPN) with their Mercury Racing
team: Czechs Karel Hanika and Ondrej Jezek (CZE). The best-placed BMW
rider in the Superbike races at Grobnik was Ireneusz Sikora (POL / BMW
Sikora Motorsport) in seventh and sixth.

There were two one-two-threes for BMW riders in the Superstock class
(AARR STK). The dominant man remains Michal Filla (CZE / BMW Sikora
Motorsport): He once again won both races to claim win numbers seven
and eight of the season. Michal Prášek (CZE / Rohac-Fejta Motoracing
Team) finished runner-up on both occasions. Third place in both races
went to Arnaud Friedrich (GER / Team LRP Poland).

International German Championship at Schleiz, Germany.


BMW riders remain the dominant force in the International German
Championship (IDM). They dominated the race weekend at Schleiz (GER)
with a top-four lock-out and a one-two-three.

At the head of the field, Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR /
alpha-Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) and Bastien Mackels (BEL / Wilbers BMW
Racing) were embroiled in thrilling battles in both races. Mikhalchik
ultimately had his nose in front on both occasions, crossing the
finish line just ahead of Mackels in second place. In race one,
Mikhalchik’s lead was just 0.886 seconds, while his advantage in race
two was a mere 0.198 seconds.

Mikhalchik’s team-mate Julian Puffe (GER), who secured his first IDM
pole position at Schleiz, finished third in both races to claim the
final spot on the podium. Pepijn Bijsterbosch rounded off the top-four
lock-out in race one.

Italian Superbike Championship at Misano, Italy.

Misano, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, hosted the Italian Superbike
Championship (CIV) at the weekend. The event yielded three podium
finishes for BMW racers. Roberto Tamburini (ITA), regular rider with
the Berclaz Racing Team in the FIM Superstock 1000 European
Championship (STK1000), took his place on the podium after both races,
finishing second and third. Luca Vitali (ITA / DMR Racing) finished
third in race one.

Italian National Trophy 1000 at Misano, Italy.

The Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT) was also at Misano (ITA) for
its fourth race of the 2018 season. BMW rider Federico D’Annunzio
(ITA) took his third win of the season. He came home more than three
seconds ahead of the second-placed rider. Fellow BMW racer Remo
Castellarin (ITA) finished third to join him on the podium. A further
three BMW riders occupied positions four to six: Luca Salvadori (ITA),
Stefano Cruciano (ITA) and Alessandro Polita (ITA).

Malaysia Superbike Championship at Sepang, Malaysia.

The Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur (MAS) was the
venue for round two of this season’s Malaysia Superbike Championship
(MSC). BMW rider Amirul Hafig Azmi (MAS / TOC HKMTOYO Racing Team)
completed the full programme in tropical temperatures, competing in
both the Superbike (MSC SBK) and the Superstock class (MSC STK). That
meant a gruelling four races in one day for the Malaysian RR rider.

Hafig Azmi finished runner-up in race two of the Superbike class. In
the Superstock category, he came home second in race one, before
claiming his first win of the season in race two. Sharulnizam Ramli
(MAS / FTA Liqui Moly Racing) finished third in the second Superstock
race to join Hafig Azmi on the podium.

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More than 3,000 guests attend Drone Racing League event at BMW Welt.

BMW:More than 3,000 guests attend Drone Racing League event at BMW Welt.

Munich. Last Saturday, BMW Welt was closed to
visitors for a very good reason: 12 Drone Racing League (DRL) pilots
raced custom-built drones FPV (First Person View) around a competitive
course inside the building, right through the heart of the vehicle
exhibition, at well over 100 kilometers an hour. More than 3,000
enthusiastic guests watched the trend sport spectacle live. 1000 fans
took up position in the public galleries around the BMW Welt Plaza;
more than 2,000 took advantage of the perfect summer weather to view
for free in the outdoor fan zone.

“The drone races certainly provided me and the viewers at BMW Welt
with some exciting moments. This is where innovative dynamic
performance, fascinating technology and digital connectivity come
together. It is a perfect fit for the BMW brand and BMW Welt,”
explained Helmut Käs, head of BMW Welt. “By hosting the Drone Racing
League Semifinals at BMW Welt, we are introducing our visitors to this
exciting trend sport. We provide a great venue for drone racing, just
like many other events. BMW Welt is a meeting point for a wide variety
of innovative topics and events.”

“We loved hosting our ‘Level 6: BMW Welt’ event at BMW Groupe’s
iconic multisensory brand and product experience center. It was
incredible to watch elite DRL pilots fly high-speed racing drones
through an elaborate three-dimensional course, weaving around BMW
cars, darting through a BMW branded gate, and zooming past a thousand
cheering fans,” said DRL CEO and Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski.

The winner of race will compete against the other 2018 DRL Allianz
World Championship Season winners in their final event in Saudi
Arabia. Throughout the autumn, fans and anyone else who is interested
can follow the competition on ProSieben MAXX, which will broadcast the
entire Drone Racing League series every Thursday from 13 September
until mid-December.

Trend-sport event in the heart of Munich

This year, for the first time, BMW is the official partner of the
Drone Racing League (DRL), which organizes one of the futuristic trend
sport’s biggest racing series, the “DRL Allianz World Championship
2018”. The experienced FPV (First Person View) pilots steer their
individually-built DRL drones through complex three-dimensional
courses. German drone-racing stars McStralle and UpsideDownFPV lined
up against one another at BMW Welt to attempt the challenging and
meticulously calculated course through the building’s award-winning
architecture. The Munich audience cheered the two Germans on, round
after round, with people clearly holding their breath during
particularly complex sections of the course, such as the hairpin bend
in the northern wing of the building or on a power loop through the
first gate of the course. At the end of each round, the pilots had to
steer their brightly-lit projectiles through the BMW Gate in the shape
of the iconic BMW double kidney, where they were greeted every time by
thundering applause.

The event was also an all-round success for the host: Within days of
tickets going on sale, front-row seats inside BMW Welt were sold out.
For those unable to buy tickets, the fan zone outside BMW Welt
provided a free and varied programme with food options, live music and
various opportunities to experience drone racing hands-on. The
absolute highlight of the fan zone was the VR flight simulator set up
by Allianz. High temperatures late into the night also helped create
an unforgettable summer evening. 

Additional information available at:

If you need additional information please contact:

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Julian Hetzenecker
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Telephone: +49-89-382-39229
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BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city

With more than 3 million visitors per year, BMW Welt in Munich is
Bavaria’s most visited attraction and has become a real magnet for
visitors since its opening in 2007. With its iconic architecture, BMW
Welt is the heart of all the brands in the BMW Group – BMW, the
sub-brands BMW M and BMW i, MINI, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and BMW
Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their own worlds of
experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the collection of
new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all over the
world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied events
covering culture, art and entertainment as well as a popular event
location for over 400 external events per year.
The various
restaurants of the BMW Welt offer a variety of culinary delights up to
star gastronomy. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and
youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes
of mobility and sustainability.


The BMW Group

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the
world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles
and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global
company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities
in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.463 million cars and
164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax 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.






DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the
world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines
world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone
racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global
series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast
on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Disney XD, OSN and other
leading broadcast channels in 75+ countries around the world. Founded
by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company
headquartered in NYC. For more information on the 2018 race season,

To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on
Instagram @thedroneracingleague.



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The new BMW M2 Competition.

BMW:The new BMW M2 Competition.

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With the new BMW M2 Competition (combined fuel consumption with sixspeed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 227 – 224 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 – 9,0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 209 – 206 g/km)*,BMW M GmbH is setting fresh benchmarks in the compact high-performance sports car segment and adding marked refinement to the character of the BMW M2 Coupé.

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  • New six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology,
    based on the power unit from the BMW M3/M4, three-litre cubic
    capacity, 302 kW/410 HP, peak torque of 550 Nm

    (combined fuel
    consumption with sixspeed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,8 l/100 km;
    combined CO2 emissions: 227 – 224 g/km*; combined with optional M
    Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 – 9,0 l/100 km; combined
    CO2 emissions: 209 – 206 g/km)*.

  • Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.2 s (with six-speed manual gearbox
    4.4 s), top speed: 250 km/h (limited), 280 km/h with M Driver´s
    Package (limited).

  • High-precision CFRP strut and bulkhead strut for increased front
    section rigidity.
  • New cooling system, including new front skirt and larger,
    redesigned BMW kidney in high-gloss black.
  • New dual exhaust system with two electrically-controlled flaps.
  • New, optional M Sport brakes with brake calipers painted grey.
  • New optional M Sport bucket seat with integrated headrests and
    illuminated M2 badge at shoulder height.
  • Selector switches for immediate access to various engine and
    steering characteristics, as well as DCT settings via Drivelogic.
  • Exclusive new metallic Hockenheim Silver paint.
  • The BMW M2 Competition replaces its predecessor, the BMW M2 Coupé.

* Fuel consumption figures are
based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the
tyre format specified.

The values of fuel
consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown
are 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
optional equipment and the different size of wheels and
tires available on the selected model and may vary during
the configuration.

The values of the vehicles labeled with (…) are already
based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back
into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the
comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these
vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based
(at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may
differ to the values stated here].                                                 

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according
to Directive 1999/94/EC and Pkw-EnVKV in its current version
applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel
consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to
the NEDC cycle for the classification.

For further information about the official fuel consumption
and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be
taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which
is available at all selling points and at                   .

Consumption and Emission Data.

combined fuel consumption with sixspeed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,8
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 227 –224 g/km*; combined with
optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT):9,2 – 9,0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 209 – 206 g/km*

* Fuel consumption figures are based on the EU test cycle and may
vary depending on the tyre format specified.

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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.

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One-two result for BMW at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – Walkenhorst Motorsport wins ahead of ROWE Racing.

BMW:One-two result for BMW at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – Walkenhorst Motorsport wins ahead of ROWE Racing.

Spa-Francorchamps. After a long, tough 24-hour race, there was
unbridled joy for the BMW teams. Walkenhorst Motorsport and ROWE
Racing recorded a one-two result for BMW at the 70th
edition of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). BMW works
drivers Philipp Eng (AUT) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) topped the podium
with their team-mate Christian Krognes (NOR), triumphing after 511
laps in the #34 BMW M6 GT3. This was a maiden Spa victory for the
Walkenhorst Motorsport team, which was competing in the PRO Cup for
the first time.


The ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3 crossed the line ten seconds after the
winner to claim second place. The three BMW works drivers Jens
Klingmann (GER), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Nick Catsburg (NED) rounded
off the one-two result for BMW. This success marks the 24th
overall win for BMW at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and the
first one-two result since 1997. BMW is by far the most successful
brand in the history of the legendary race. BMW has claimed three wins
in the last four races at Spa (2015, 2016 and 2018).


This year’s race was characterised by numerous yellow flag and safety
car periods, and was red-flagged for nearly two hours after a serious
night-time accident. The ROWE Racing #98 BMW M6 GT3 started from
27th position and was also involved in the battle for
victory for a considerable period. However, Marco Wittmann (GER),
Jesse Krohn (FIN) and BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard (GBR) had to
retire overnight due to a technical issue. The fourth BMW M6 GT3 to
compete, the #36 Walkenhorst Motorsport car, was in action in the AM
Cup. The driving quartet of Henry Walkenhorst (GER), Ralf Oeverhaus
(GER), Anders Buchardt (NOR) and Immanuel Vinke (GER) secured fifth
place in class and finished 38th overall.

Reactions to the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to the Walkenhorst Motorsport team on their victory
in the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. After 2016, this is now the
second time that the BMW M6 GT3 proved unbeatable at the world’s
largest GT race. We are very proud of this – once again, it underlines
the competitiveness of the GT3  – the flagship in our customer racing
range. This 24th triumph has cemented our position as the
most successful manufacturer by far at the Spa 24-hour race. I was
particularly impressed by the way in which Philipp Eng, Tom Blomqvist
and Christian Krognes secured their victory. Just like the whole crew,
this trio made no mistakes, stayed out of trouble and were in the
leading pack from the start. The strategy during the numerous yellow
flag and safety car phases was also ideal. This is just the kind of
performance required to come out on top at such a tough endurance
classic. The fact that Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims and Nick
Catsburg also reached the podium, finishing second in the ROWE Racing
BMW M6 GT3 and completing a one-two result, makes the 70th edition of
the 24-hour race at Spa just perfect. Now we can celebrate.”

Philipp Eng (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
1st place):

“That is just unbelievable. I am simply delighted to have won the
race for a second time, ahead of such a tight field with these great
drivers and cars. Our BMW M6 GT3 ran incredibly well – and my two
team-mates were legendary. There is so much going through my head
right now. I am overjoyed for the whole Walkenhorst Motorsport crew
and for the BMW Motorsport guys here at the circuit and in Munich. Now
I am looking forward to a cold drink.”

Tom Blomqvist (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
1st place):

“Words cannot describe my feelings. Who would have thought at the
beginning of the race that we could really win it? Not one single
mistake by the team, not one problem with the car over the whole week
– it’s unbelievable. What this small team has done is just fantastic.
It is one of my special moments, to enjoy such a sensation with a team
like this is just incredible.”

Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
1st place):

“This is crazy! I would never have thought this when I came here. But
I believed in the team and I had two fantastic team-mates in Tom and
Philipp that I could rely on. What Philipp pulled out of the hat in
the last two hours was just fantastic. I have been with this team for
two years, mainly on the Nordschleife. It is a young and inspired
team; they all want to win and this came to fruition here.”

Jens Klingmann (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 2nd place):

“I think that second place was the best we could have achieved. I am
particularly happy for the BMW family. First and second for BMW
Motorsport – who would have thought we would manage that before the
race? This is the toughest GT race in the world, and we can all be
proud of our achievement.”

Alexander Sims (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 2nd place):

“I’m very pleased to be back on the podium. I won it with Maxime
Martin and Philipp two years ago. I’m very, very proud of all the ROWE
Racing guys and BMW Motorsport. They did an awesome job with this
one-two victory. It’s a shame it wasn’t the first place for us but I’m
very, very pleased with second place and proud of what we achieved.”

Nick Catsburg (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 2nd place):

“Finishing second is never that nice, honestly. But losing against
another BMW makes up for it. I’m really, really happy to be on the
podium and happy for BMW for the one-two. BMW won in 2015, in 2016 and
now again in 2018. I think we are doing something right here.“

Marco Wittmann (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, DNF):

“We started the race well and moved up from 27th place to second. The
team and the drivers were doing a great job. It’s a shame, because we
had the fastest car on the track before the problems started. But
sport is like that sometimes, even if it’s hard to accept. On the
positive side, BMW still has something to celebrate here.”

Jesse Krohn (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, DNF):

“I have mixed feelings. I am really happy for BMW for the one-two
result and for my team to finish second but on our side, we didn’t
have the luck. We had a great run and the team had a great strategy
putting us from 27th on the grid to second place before the
issues. We would have been just getting to the point of the race that
would have been strong for us so it’s really a shame that we were
denied the chance to fight for the win.”

Ricky Collard (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, DNF):

“It’s a massive shame. We had some really, really good stints and
great pace – just before the retirement, we were the fastest car on
track. The steps forward we’ve made this year have been massive. It
was my first 24-hour race in a GT3 car, and for a long time it was
going really well.” 

Overview of BMW M6 GT3 driver line-ups:

#98 BMW M6 GT3 – ROWE Racing:

Marco Wittmann (GER)

Jesse Krohn (FIN)

Ricky Collard (GBR)

#99 BMW M6 GT3 – ROWE Racing:

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Nick Catsburg (NED)

Alexander Sims (GBR)

#34 BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport:

Tom Blomqvist (GBR)

Philipp Eng (AUT)

Christian Krognes (NOR)

#36 BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport:

Henry Walkenhorst (GER)

Ralf Oeverhaus (GER)

Anders Buchardt (NOR)

Immanuel Vinke (GER)


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Walkenhorst Motorsport to start the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps from eighth on the grid.

BMW:Walkenhorst Motorsport to start the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps from eighth on the grid.

Spa-Francorchamps. The starting grid for the 70th
edition of the Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 24-hour race has been
decided. As the best-placed BMW M6 GT3, the #34 Walkenhorst
Motorsport car will start the endurance classic from eighth on the
grid. BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng (AUT) was the eighth-fastest in
Superpole qualifying on Friday evening, with a time of 2:19.517
minutes. Eng will contest the race alongside BMW works driver Tom
Blomqvist (GBR) and Christian Krognes (NOR).


BMW works driver Nick Catsburg (NED) contested the Superpole
qualification in the ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3. His time of 2:20.239
minutes sees Catsburg and his team-mates, BMW works drivers Jens
Klingmann (GER) and Alexander Sims (GBR), start from 14th
on the grid.


The 20 cars that took part in the Superpole session were determined
in qualifying on Thursday from the average of the best times for all
drivers in the car in the individual qualifying sessions. The trio in
the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 set the fastest average
time. The #99 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 in 20th place also
qualified for the Superpole.

The ROWE Racing #98 BMW M6 GT3 will tackle the race from
27th on the grid. The BMW works drivers Marco Wittmann
(GER) and Jesse Krohn (FIN), and BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard
(GBR), will take it in turns in the cockpit. In qualifying, they were
continually thwarted by traffic on track. The quartet of Henry
Walkenhorst, Ralf Oeverhaus, Immanuel Vinke (all GER) and Anders
Buchardt (NOR) in the Walkenhorst Motorsport #36 BMW M6 GT3 will
contest the AM class. They qualified fifth in their category
(50th place overall).

The 70th edition of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps gets
underway at 4:30 p.m. local time on Saturday 28th July.

Quotes from Superpole at Spa-Francorchamps:

Philipp Eng (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, starting
position 8):

“The starting position doesn’t matter too much in a 24-hour race, so
I’m satisfied we’re starting in the top ten. It was very hot, which
didn’t play into our hands. It’s incredibly close. If I’d been
one-tenth of a second faster, we’d be starting fourth, so we’re with
the pack in terms of pace.”

Nick Catsburg (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, starting position 14):

“The track conditions were really hard; it was extremely hot out
there so the car had changed a little bit since yesterday. I feel like
I under-drove the car a little on the first lap, and on the second
flying lap the tyres were gone. It’s not the best qualifying session,
but I see some cars behind me so it could be worse. Tomorrow is more important.”

Overview of BMW M6 GT3 driver line-ups:

#98 BMW M6 GT3 – ROWE Racing:

Marco Wittmann (GER)

Jesse Krohn (FIN)

Ricky Collard (GBR)

#99 BMW M6 GT3 – ROWE Racing:

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Nick Catsburg (NED)

Alexander Sims (GBR)

#34 BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport:

Tom Blomqvist (GBR)

Philipp Eng (AUT)

Christian Krognes (NOR)

#36 BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport:

Henry Walkenhorst (GER)

Ralf Oeverhaus (GER)

Anders Buchardt (NOR)

Immanuel Vinke (GER)


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Silk Way Rally 2018, First Edition – MINI TAKES THE WIN

BMW:Silk Way Rally 2018, First Edition – MINI TAKES THE WIN

Media Information

Silk Way Rally 2018

27 July 2018

Silk Way Rally 2018, First Edition – MINI TAKES THE WIN


  • MINI wins Silk Way Rally 2018 (First Edition).
  • Yazeed Al Rajhi and co-driver Timo Gottschalk in a MINI John
    Cooper Works Rally take top podium position at Silk Way Rally
    2018, Russia.
  • Joan ‘Nani’ Roma and co-driver Alex Haro in a MINI John
    Cooper Works Rally complete final stage of Silk Way Rally in
    Russia in second place.



Munich. MINI Motorsport and motorsport partner X-raid have won

Silk Way Rally 2018 (First Edition). The MINI Family crew of

Al Rajhi
(KSA) and co-driver
Timo Gottschalk (GER) in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally,
finished the final stage (Stage 7) in fifth place and in a time that
saw their overall time advantage extend to secure first place overall.


Al Rajhi and Gottschalk started Stage 7 with a significant time
advantage over their nearest rivals and could afford to set a
consistent and safe pace. This strategy paid off and they finally
completed the Silk Way Rally with a 1hr 8min lead over the second
placed car.

Al Rajhi and Gottschalk along with MINI Motorsport and its motorsport
partner X-raid have even greater reason to celebrate their win with
the knowledge that the two MINI John Cooper Works Rally entries
completed the Russia edition of Silk Way Rally 2018 without any major
technical complications.

The second MINI John Cooper Works Rally crew of Joan ‘Nani’ Roma
(ESP) and co-driver Alex Haro (ESP) completed today’s Stage 7 in
second place, just 2min 24secs behind the eventual stage winner. This
result, when added with the crew’s other top five stage finishes,
would surely have seen them fighting for the lead if it had not been
for an injury to Roma in Stage 1, which forced him to retire from
stage; and was awarded a large time penalty for his troubles. For Roma
and Haro to complete this edition of Silk Way Rally in 19th
place overall can be considered a major achievement.


Al Rajhi: “We are delighted with having won the Silk
Way Rally although it was somewhat shorter than originally scheduled.
The event was perfectly organised and the special stages represented
true challenges, while the weather certainly could have been better.
We demonstrated that you needn’t to try to win special stages to win a
rally – concentration and consistency also are crucial factors. We
found a good rhythm and knew which stages offered us the opportunity
to push and gain time and where we should opt for a more conservative approach.”

Roma: “It’s great to be here in Moscow. We drove the
last stage very well – again we started from near the front so there
were not many lines to cross and we could drive fast. About the
result: it was not the one we expected. We expected to fight for the
win from start to end – this is always our goal. On the positive side
we covered many kilometres and I feel well after that first day and
the accident. I must say a big thank you to Alex and the team for all
their efforts throughout the race.”


Silk Way Rally 2018 (First Edition): MINI final standings







Yazeed Al

Gottschalk (GER)

MINI John Cooper Works Rally #103

X-raid Team


Joan ‘ Nani’ Roma


John Cooper Works Rally #104

X-raid Team

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Record circumnavigators Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi present their Vendée Globe campaign in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Elbphilharmonie.

BMW:Record circumnavigators Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi present their Vendée Globe campaign in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg/Munich. Successful yacht “Malizia” in front of the
Hanseatic city’s iconic symbol, the Elbphilharmonie: One week after
the victory at the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, skipper Boris
Herrmann presented Team Malizia’s Vendée Globe campaign to the media
in his home city today. It was the first time that the IMOCA 60
racing yacht was on display in Hamburg, the “gateway to the world”.
In 2020, Herrmann will become the first German to take on one of the
greatest and toughest challenges in yachting: 25,000 nautical miles
around the globe, solo, nonstop, and without external support. BMW
is on board as team partner with their automotive construction
expertise and experience of transferring technology to competitive
sailing. The “Malizia” sails under the standard of the Yacht Club de
Monaco (YCM). The vice president of the YSM, Pierre Casiraghi, is
the youngest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, regularly sails
with Herrmann and was also present in Hamburg.

Herrmann and Casiraghi presented the “Malizia”, an almost 20-metre
Open 60 class racing yacht, to children, sailing fans, journalist and
sponsors in detail, spoke about the great challenge of the “Vendée
Globe” and presented the climate research and educational project
“Malizia Ocean Challenge”.

“Today is a very special day in my sailing career, because this very
special yacht is in my home city for the first time. The fact that our
yacht is in front of this iconic backdrop makes us very proud,” said
Herrmann. “Hamburg is no world metropolis like Berlin, for example,
but it is the gateway to the world and very cosmopolitan. Which is an
excellent match for the Vendée Globe.”

In the evening, the “Malizia” was hoisted out by crane and placed in
front of the spectacular Elbphilharmonie building in the “Platz der
Deutschen Einheit” (German unity square). BMW and the Elbphilharmonie
have enjoyed a cooperative, long-term collaboration for many years.

Original Press Release

Competitive sailing for climate research: BMW supports Team Malizia in the “Ocean Challenge” environmental initiative.

BMW:Competitive sailing for climate research: BMW supports Team Malizia in the “Ocean Challenge” environmental initiative.

  • Pierre Casiraghi’s sailing race team Malizia will gather
    valuable data on the global circulation of CO2 in the
    Vendée Globe race, which Boris Herrmann will contest in November 2020.
  • The toughest regatta in the world will take Herrmann to the
    Antarctic Ocean, which is difficult to access and of particular
    interest in the field of science.
  • BMW contributes to on-board electronic measuring equipment.
  • Protection of the oceans is becoming of increasing
    importance in education materials in schools.
  • Sustainability is an integral component of the corporate
    strategy of the BMW Group.


Hamburg/Munich. When Boris Herrmann becomes the first German
to contest the toughest regatta in the world, the Vendée Globe, in
2020, he not only wants to sail around the globe producing zero
emissions. Team Malizia will also use the action to gather important
data for climate research, while also making school children more
aware of the need to protect the oceans of the world. This objective
is cumulated in the initiative “Ocean Challenge”, which is supported
by team partner BMW. BMW is involved in the electronic measuring
equipment, which will be integrated on board the IMOCA 60.
Sustainability is an integral part of the corporate strategy of the
BMW Group. Moreover, BMW and the Team Malizia engineers are working
on the development of a zero emissions alternative to the 380kg
diesel engine (including fuel), which is also on board for safety
reasons. An electric engine with BMW i battery technology is one
potential option for crossing the oceans without fossil fuels.

Throughout the campaign, Herrmann will sail a total of 70,000
nautical miles, in part with Pierre Casiraghi, the Malizia team
founder and youngest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco. In
collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in
Hamburg, and the Kiel GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, the
racing yacht “Malizia” as a sensor unit on board, which measures the
C02 and salt content, as well as the temperature of the
water. Team Malizia will be packing an extra 35 kilograms of weight on
board and using an extra 24 watts of electricity to collect the
valuable data.

Scientists believe that at least 30 percent of the carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans, three quarters of which is
in the Antarctic Ocean. This affects the living organisms in the
underwater world. Investigating and counteracting the consequences is
a crucial task for the future of the next generation. At the same
time, there is only reliable data for around five percent of the
oceans – which is true of the Antarctic Ocean in particular, where
there is no commercial seafaring. In the Vendée Globe, Herrmann will
sail in precisely this region, and provide the rare data that climate
research so badly needs in order to better understand and model the
global circulation of CO2.

Sustainability, innovations and intensive research is also the path
that the BMW Group is taking with the BMW i, a comprehensive concept
for sustainable and visionary mobility. Which is why BMW is not only
collaborating with Team Malizia to develop a zero emissions solution
for the on-board electronics, but is also whole-heartedly supporting
Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi in the “Ocean Challenge”.

The second aspect of the project is to get children interested in the
campaign, but primarily in protecting the oceans. The aim is to get
the younger generation on board and to make them more aware of a key
issue for the future. At many of the starting and finishing locations,
there will be children’s press conferences and sailing trips with the
younger generation. Additionally, traditional and digital learning and
experiential resources will be developed under the honorary leadership
of educationalist Birte Lorenzen. The Ocean Challenge is aspiring to
close collaboration with at least ten schools in six countries
(Germany, France, Monaco, Italy, Great Britain, USA).

For Boris Herrmann, the mission is on the same level as sporting
success: “It’s not enough to simply sail fast. We need to take care of
our element and ensure that the younger generation understands and
internalises the importance of clean seas.”

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