“Best Cars 2019”: MINI wins readers’ vote once again.

BMW:

“Best Cars 2019”: MINI wins readers’ vote once again.

British premium brand once again wins a title in the public vote
held by the car magazine “auto, motor und sport” – Clear success in
the import category for the original in the small car segment.

Munich. The MINI anniversary year has started with a
title win. MINI is among the winners in this year’s “Best Cars 2019”
competition. The class victory in the readers’ vote held by car
magazine “auto, motor und sport” once again demonstrates the high
level of popularity still enjoyed by the original in the premium small
car segment in its 60th year. With characteristic driving fun, clever
use of space and individual style, the current model generation
embodies the authentic values of the brand – familiar worldwide ever
since the classic Mini – in their most contemporary form.

The readers’ vote organised by “auto, motor und sport” magazine is
one of the longest-standing public surveys in the automotive sector,
having been carried out this year for the 43rd time. From a total of
385 models, participants voted for their favourites in eleven vehicle
classes. In doing so they chose the “Best Cars 2019”, both overall and
in the import category. The winners of the latest vote received their
awards today at a festive prize-giving ceremony held at the
International Congress Center Stuttgart (ICS).

MINI won the title in the import category of its class. Attracting
30.1 per cent of the votes cast, the success-crowned British model
secured a clear lead within its vehicle class. In fact the current
winner was even able to improve on the excellent results achieved by
MINI in previous years. Ever since the relaunch of the brand in 2001,
MINI has maintained a regular presence among the winners of the “auto,
motor und sport” reader survey. It was initially the serial winner in
the import category of the “Mini Cars” class, and since 2015 it has
now won the title in the “Small Cars” category five times in succession.

The success of MINI in the latest public vote also reflects the
brand’s enhanced appeal due to the latest model update. The MINI 3
door, MINI 5 door and MINI Convertible all convey their unmistakable
style by means of a precisely modified design, new LED headlamps, LED
rear lights with Union Jack graphic, a refined interior and new
customisation options. MINI also presents a particularly striking
design model to mark the 60th anniversary of the brand. The
MINI 60 Years Edition highlights the British origins and agile
character of the premium small car by means of exclusive design
features and fittings for both the exterior and interior. The special
edition will be available from March 2019 onwards as a MINI 3 door and
MINI 5 door, each with four engine variants.

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

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

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and the
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer
to the “Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions
and power consumption of new cars” available free of charge at
all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT),
Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

In case of queries, please contact:

Press and PR

Matthias Bode, Press Officer Production Communication
MINI
Telephone: +49-89-382-61742, Fax:
+49-89-382-28567
E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Telephone: +49-
89-382-23662, Fax: +49 89-382-28567
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

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BMW M Motorsport Media Guide, Bathurst 12 Hour.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport Media Guide, Bathurst 12 Hour.

BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport will each run a BMW M6
GT3 at the opening round of this season’s Intercontinental GT
Challenge in Bathurst. Augusto Farfus, who won the FIA GT World Cup in
Macau with BMW Team Schnitzer at the end of 2018, will be at the wheel
of the #42 BMW M6 GT3 in Bathurst. His team-mates are Martin Tomczyk
and local favourite Chaz Mostert.

For Walkenhorst Motorsport, victory at Spa-Francorchamps in 2018 was
the biggest success in the team’s history. Team principal Henry
Walkenhorst’s crew now faces the new challenge of the IGTC. Spa winner
Christian Krognes will share the driving duties with BMW works drivers
Nick Catsburg and Mikkel Jensen, who was promoted from the BMW
Motorsport Junior programme in 2018.

This Media Guide introduces you to the BMW M6 GT3, the teams and
drivers as well as the event in Bathurst.

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Effective and individual: the 2019 BMW Motorsport Junior programme.

BMW:Effective and individual: the 2019 BMW Motorsport Junior programme.

Munich. The promotion of young drivers enjoys a long tradition
at BMW Motorsport, dating back more than 40 years. During this time,
the junior programme has uncovered many talented youngsters who have
gone on to make a name for themselves on the motor racing scene. A
slight change to the concept means that the BMW Motorsport Junior
programme is even more efficient in 2019. In the future, the
programme will focus on fewer drivers to make the support they are
offered even more effective and tailored to their individual needs.
Beitske Visser (NED) is entering her third year on the programme and
will primarily gain experience in Formula racing. A shoot-out in a
simulator will determine a new member of the BMW Motorsport Junior
programme from the many candidates for the position. Mikkel Jensen
(DEN) has been promoted to BMW works driver and will undertake a
high-class GT programme.

 

“Promoting talented youngsters is, and will remain, one of the
pillars of our motorsport portfolio,” said BMW Motorsport Director
Jens Marquardt. “We are delighted that, in Mikkel Jensen, a third BMW
Motorsport Junior has made the step up into our works programme within
just a few years. This underlines the success of our youth development
and proves how effective it is and what a great springboard it can be.
In the case of Beitske Visser, we see very good prospects in Formula
racing in her third year on the programme, during which she will be
used as test and reserve driver in Formula E. She is also taking part
in the selection process for the new W Series. I am also looking
forward to being able to welcome a new Junior onto our programme in
the near future. I am excited about our first shoot-out in a race
simulator. We are forging new paths in this regard to better address
the demands of modern motor racing.”

The promotion of young drivers celebrated its 40th
anniversary in 2017. Back in 1977, BMW Motorsport GmbH launched the
BMW Junior Team, an initiative of managing director Jochen Neerpasch.
That was the first time in German car racing that a factory had
fielded a team made up solely of young drivers. Since then, the
responsibility for promoting talented youngsters has been firmly
anchored at BMW Motorsport, and the objective has not changed in over
40 years: to comprehensively prepare young drivers for the demands of
international motor racing and for a possible career as a BMW works driver.

The goal of the concept, which has been tweaked for the coming
season, is to offer each Junior an even more attractive programme of
racing and to integrate them even more closely in the works and
customer racing programmes. This will provide the best chance of
developing more Juniors into BMW works drivers and maintaining the
good success rate of recent years.

Mikkel Jensen to drive the BMW M6 GT3 at numerous classics.

Mikkel Jensen is the third former BMW Motorsport Junior to become a
permanent member of the works programme in 2019, following in the
footsteps of Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Joel Eriksson (SWE). His race
calendar features a host of major GT races. He will contest the entire
season in the Intercontinental GT Challenge in a Walkenhorst
Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, alongside BMW works driver Nick Catsburg (NED)
and Christian Krognes (NOR). Another classic on his schedule is the
Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER).

Beitske Visser completed her first test in the BMW iFE.18 at the
opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the end of
2018. She will be test and reserve driver for the entire season.
Visser is also taking part in the shoot-out for the W Series, the
first Formula series for women. This season, the races in the W Series
will share the bill with the DTM. Following her success in the BMW M4
GT4 last year, she will step up a class of GT car in 2019 and drive
the BMW M6 GT3 at selected races.

New candidates to attend simulator shoot-out.

A selection process to decide a new participant on the BMW Motorsport
Junior programme will be held in Munich (GER) from 4th to
6th February. A programme of physical and mental tests, run
by Formula Medicine, will help whittle down a group of about 20
candidates to the up to five most promising youngsters. They will then
demonstrate their skills in a shoot-out. For the first time, this
shoot-out will not be held in a BMW race car, but in the BMW
Motorsport simulator, thus better addressing the demands of modern
motor racing. One new BMW Motorsport Junior will be selected from the
finalists. As well as mental, fitness and media training, they will
also contest the full season in the Italian GT Championship in a BMW
M6 GT3 run by BMW Team Italia.

The candidates for this year’s selection procedure include many young
BMW customer racing drivers who have caught the eye with their
impressive performances at the wheel of BMW customer racing cars. In
recognition of their efforts, BMW Motorsport is offering them the
opportunity to prove themselves and possibly make it onto the BMW
Motorsport Junior programme.

Dirk Adorf has been supporting the BMW Motorsport Juniors as a mentor
since 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, the BMW works driver was partly
responsible for the BMW Talent Cup, alongside his race schedule. Adorf
also enjoys regular work as a TV presenter and race official. “The
promotion of talented youngsters in motorsport is very close to my
heart and I am proud to have been a permanent part of the BMW
Motorsport Junior programme since it was restructured,” said Adorf. “I
am extremely excited about the candidates for our new selection
procedure, as we have participants from all over the world, who are
coming to Munich to seize their opportunity to claim a place in the
class of 2019. With my own motorsport background, I am particularly
pleased that we are able to offer a few young BMW customer racing
drivers the opportunity to show what they are capable of.”

BMW works driver Philipp Eng to assist with selection procedure.

Alongside Adorf, BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT) will also offer
his appraisal, following intensive discussions with the candidates.
Eng arrives in Munich as the newly-crowned winner of the 24 Hours of
Daytona (USA), where he won the GTLM class in a BMW M8 GTE alongside
Augusto Farfus (BRA), Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Colton Herta
(USA). Eng already has already won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
(BEL) twice for BMW in the BMW M6 GT3. In 2019, he enters his second
season as a BMW DTM driver, having ended the first season as the
year’s top rookie. Eng is a former BMW Motorsport Junior. He competed
in Formula BMW and won the Formula BMW World Final in Valencia (ESP)
in 2007. In 2017, he enjoyed great success in the ADAC GT Masters
alongside Ricky Collard (GBR), himself a BMW Motorsport Junior at the time.

The following BMW Motorsport Juniors have made the step up to
BMW works driver in recent years:

Jesse Krohn.

BMW Motorsport Junior from 2014 to 2016.

2018 and 2019 BMW works driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Joel Eriksson.

BMW Motorsport Junior from 2016 to 2017.

2018 and 2019 BMW works driver in the DTM.

Mikkel Jensen.

BMW Motorsport Junior from 2017 to 2018.

2019 BMW works driver in the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Selection of successful graduates from the BMW youth
development programme:

Sebastian Vettel.

1st place Formula BMW ADAC Championship 2004

Formula 1 world champion 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Nico Rosberg.

1st place Formula BMW ADAC Championship 2002

Formula 1 world champion 2016

Marco Wittmann.

2nd place Formula BMW Europa 2008

DTM champion with BMW Motorsport 2014 and 2016

Martin Tomczyk.

2nd place BMW ADAC Formula Junior Cup 1998

DTM champion 2011

Philipp Eng.

1st place Formula BMW World Final 2007

1st place 24h Spa-Francorchamps 2016 and 2018

1st place GTLM class 24h Daytona 2018

Nico Hülkenberg.

1st place Formula BMW ADAC Championship 2005

1st place 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015

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Opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge under a cloud of sadness for BMW Motorsport.

BMW:Opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge under a cloud of sadness for BMW Motorsport.

Munich. This weekend, the Intercontinental GT Challenge kicks
off the new season with the Bathurst 12 Hour (AUS). In the thick of
the action will be two BMW M6 GT3s, run by BMW Team Schnitzer and
Walkenhorst Motorsport. In addition, the RHC-Jorgensen/Strom by Marc
GT team will field the BMW M4 GT4 in Class B.

 

For BMW Team Schnitzer, this is the first race since the sudden loss
of long-time team principal Charly Lamm. He will be buried this week
in a private ceremony with close family members. The date for a
memorial service in Charly’s honour will be announced at a later time.
Under the circumstances, the sporting preview of the race at “Mount
Panorama” is of little significance. BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt will, contrary to his original plans, travel to Bathurst to
support BMW Team Schnitzer at this difficult time.

Jens Marquardt said: “After the remarkable race at Daytona, which we
won for Charly Lamm, we now move on to the next classic on the other
side the world. I want to stand at BMW Team Schnitzer’s side at
Bathurst. We will be made all the more aware of how deeply we miss
Charly this weekend. We will endeavour to honour him with a good
result again at Mount Panorama.” 

Daytona winner Augusto Farfus (BRA), Martin Tomczyk (GER) and local
favourite Chaz Mostert (AUS) will drive the #42 BMW M6 GT3 for BMW
Team Schnitzer. For Walkenhorst Motorsport, BMW works drivers Nick
Catsburg (NED) and Mikkel Jensen (DEN) will be joined at the wheel of
the #34 car by Christian Krognes (NOR).

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team continues its season preparation with a double test in Spain and Portugal.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team continues its season preparation with a double test in Spain and Portugal.

Jerez de la Frontera/Portimão. In its preparation for the 2019
season in the FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK), the BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team completed a double test. On Wednesday and
Thursday, the team took it to the track with riders Tom Sykes (GBR)
and Markus Reiterberger (GER) at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. On
Sunday and Monday, two more days of testing followed at Portimão in Portugal.

 

During the two tests, the team and BMW Motorrad Motorsport worked
through a comprehensive test programme with the brand-new BMW S 1000
RR. Numerous further development steps in the areas of electronics,
chassis and brakes were evaluated. In addition, there was more
fine-tuning of the handle-bar and seat positions to achieve optimum
ergonomics for both riders.

On Monday at Portimão, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team also presented
the new livery of the WorldSBK BMW S 1000 RR based on the iconic BMW
Motorsport colours.

The next stop for the team is Australia. Two more days of testing are
scheduled for 18th and 19th February at Phillip
Island, south-east of Melbourne. The same venue will then host the
2019 WorldSBK season opener from 22nd to 24th February.

Reactions to the tests at Jerez de la Frontera and Portimão.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “In
general, we draw a positive conclusion from the tests. The weather was
good, and that helped us to work off many of the previously defined
test points. Unfortunately, Tom’s unlucky crash at Jerez set us back a
bit, but it did not restrict our programme significantly. The tests
have also shown that we are already reliable at this early stage of
the project, when many new parts are installed on the bike – even
though we only have six days of testing behind us. As for the lap
times, we can also be quite satisfied. We were able to constantly
increase and draw positive conclusions. But of course we take back a
lot of data, ideas and thus work home. Now it is time to clearly
define the final specification for the first races and to be ready by
8th February. Today the motorcycles will make their way to Australia.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“The progress and development of the new BMW S 1000 RR
has been very positive so far. From the shakedown test at Almeria we
established a good base setting which gave a clear direction to work
on. The SMR team and BMW Motorrad Motorsport engineers have done a
great job together in getting the Superbike to a good level. Overall I
am feeling positive with the way the tests went. Both riders worked
their way through the test programme.”

Tom Sykes: “I just want to say a big thank you to the
whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. At these tests, we’ve continued and
progressed in a really positive way, making a big step in the
development of the BMW S 1000 RR. We have been working on the balance
of the bike, trying out different parameters to see what feedback we
get, and also testing new components for the brakes, suspension and
electronics. So in general, a lot has been covered and it’s another
step closer to the WorldSBK opener in Phillip Island next month.”

Markus Reiterberger: “I am quite happy with the way
the test went. We tested a lot on the brakes, suspension and the
electronics and made good progress with that. We also worked on my
seat position and made a change on my rear-shock and on Sunday at
Portimão I was feeling very positive and my lap time improved from
session to session. Monday unfortunately I did not have the same
feeling, but we collected a lot of data from the test to work with. I
have a great team around me so I am confident I will get a good
feeling on the bike in Phillip Island.”

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BMW wins the 24 Hours of Daytona and dedicates victory to Charly Lamm – Alex Zanardi makes inspirational appearance in the BMW M8 GTE.

BMW:BMW wins the 24 Hours of Daytona and dedicates victory to Charly Lamm – Alex Zanardi makes inspirational appearance in the BMW M8 GTE.

Daytona. BMW Team RLL took victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA)
. When the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship was suspended due to heavy rain for the second time,
the #25 BMW M8 GTE and drivers Connor De Phillippi (USA), Augusto
Farfus (BRA), Philipp Eng (AUT) and Colton Herta (USA) were leading
the GTLM class. The race did not resume, leaving the BMW drivers to
celebrate victory. The appearance by Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) meant
the team’s #24 car was the centre of much attention at the endurance
classic in Florida. It proved to be a difficult race for the Italian
and his fellow drivers John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and
Chaz Mostert (AUS). The quartet eventually came home in ninth place.

 

This latest success was the third GTLM victory in the IMSA series for
the BMW M8 GTE. BMW celebrated its first win at Daytona back in 1976
with the BMW 3.0 CSL. This was followed in 1997 and 1998 by two class
victories with the BMW M3 GTR. Overall victory went to Daytona
prototypes with BMW Power in 2011 and 2013. BMW Team RLL finished on
the top step of the podium at Daytona for the first time.

De Phillippi, Farfus, Eng and IMSA debutant Herta enjoyed a largely
trouble-free race. Herta set the fastest GTLM lap time of 1:42.908
minutes on lap 64. Heavy rain started to fall during the night,
causing the track conditions to deteriorate from lap to lap. With
seven hours remaining, race control decided to suspend the 24 Hours of
Daytona for safety reasons for the first time. The race resumed under
yellow flags roughly two hours later. In total, the 24 Hours was
interrupted by yellow flags 17 times. When the cars were free to race
again, the BMW drivers held their nerve, avoided making any mistakes
and established themselves in the leading group. One lap before the
race was suspended for the second time, Farfus, at the wheel of the
#25 car, took the lead in the GTLM class. This ultimately proved to be
the decisive moment in the race, as the race never resumed and the BMW
drivers were left to celebrate a momentous victory.

By the first race-suspension, Zanardi and his team-mates were already
several laps behind the GTLM leaders, following a number of stops for
repairs on the #24 car. At the end of a pit-stop in the early stages
of the race, the car was dropped off the air jacks at the very moment
that Alex Zanardi, who lost both his legs in a crash in 2001, was
pushing his specially adapted steering wheel into place on the column.
As a result of the jolt, the column was damaged and Zanardi couldn’t
engage the steering wheel correctly. This coinciding of the two
actions had never occurred in testing. The necessary repair work cost
the #25 crew a lot of time. As the race continued, the BMW M8 GTE
dropped further back, as a result of several smaller incidents.
However, quitting was no option for Zanardi and his fellow drivers.
Despite having little luck in the race, the appearance of the former
ChampCar champion proved very popular at Daytona – with drivers, teams
and fans alike.

Turner Motorsport raced with the #96 BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class.
After 560 laps, the team and drivers Jens Klingmann (GER), Bill
Auberlen (USA), Dillon Machavern (USA) and Robby Foley (USA) finished tenth.

The race weekend was overshadowed by the news of the sudden death of
long-term Schnitzer team principal Charly Lamm. In memory of Charly,
BMW Team RLL competed with the words “Godspeed, Charly” on the rear of
both BMW M8 GTEs at Daytona.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “What a
race, and what an emotional win – and during such difficult days for
the entire BMW Motorsport family. To stand on the top step of the
podium here at Daytona after such an eventful and unpredictable 24
Hours is absolutely fantastic. Congratulations to Connor De Phillippi,
Augusto Farfus, Philipp Eng, Colton Herta and everyone at BMW Team
RLL. Congratulations also to our team in Munich, who have moulded the
BMW M8 GTE into a real winner. We can be very proud of this success.
Although the drivers of the #24 car had to settle for ninth place,
after enduring a lot of misfortune during the race, they made BMW
Motorsport history together. Alessandro Zanardi’s appearance sent a
buzz through the racing community at Daytona and beyond. Together with
Jesse Krohn, John Edwards and Chaz Mostert, Alex battled like a lion
and refused to be disheartened by the set-backs in the race. That is
precisely what makes him so special, and why the fans love him. Alex
and his fellow drivers can also feel like winners after this race. We
would like to dedicate this success to Charly Lamm. His loss is just
as painful today as it was on Thursday, when we received news of his
death. He would have wanted us to fight to the final lap here. We did
that – and won it for him.”

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “What a
great fight! Winning at Daytona is very special. When you consider
where we finished here last year, then you cannot rate the effort of
the entire team highly enough. Congratulations to the complete crew of
the #25 car. But compliments also go to the #24 team, which
unfortunately had a few issues in the race.”

 

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner):
 “That was a really crazy race, with dry conditions,
rain and cold. My team-mates did a fantastic job. The car still looks
new, even after 24 hours. Augusto, in particular, did an incredible
job in the rain. We were able to show that our BMW M8 GTE is very
reliable and competitive in all conditions. The whole team did a
perfect job. We are Daytona winners. Incredible!”

 

Augusto Farfus (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner): “This win is
magical and of special significance to me. A few days ago, I lost a
very important person in my life. I am sure that Charly was with me on
the way to this success, so the win is for him. Now it is time to celebrate!” 

Philipp Eng (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner): “The tension in
the final few hours was almost unbearable. We did not make any
mistakes for 24 hours – and this is the result. We were able to match
the pace of the others in the dry. But it is impossible to describe
what Augusto then did in the rain. It was a joy to watch him and I am
proud to have a team-mate like that. This victory is for Charly.”

Colton Herta (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner): “That was
spectacular! Strictly speaking, it was my first GT race ever – and
with such a fantastic outcome. The best thing about it was my stint in
the night, when the top five of the GTLM class were bunched closely
together and we were battling for position. Then Augusto was simply
incredible in the rain. He led us to the head of the field. I just
cannot believe it all.”

 

Alessandro Zanardi (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th
place):
“We have an incredibly intense race behind us – won
by BMW. I am delighted. After all, I am part of the team, so I also
feel a bit like a winner. Congratulations to the guys. Augusto, in
particular, did an incredible job. From a sporting point of view, we
did not achieve our goals with the #24 car. I feel incredibly sorry
for everyone who worked so hard on this project, both in Munich and
here in the USA. We really tested countless possible scenarios in the
run-up to the race, and then something happens in the first pit-stop
which has never happened before. But that is motorsport for you. We
just have to accept it. That aside, my appearance here at Daytona,
with all the fantastic reactions from the fans, colleagues and
opponents has been like a fairy tale. I would like to say a big thank
you to BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL for one of the best experiences
of my life.”

John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th place):
“The past few months, with all the testing I did with Alex Zanardi and
the other guys, were a very special experience. It was an honour to
work with such a fantastic character as Alex, both on and off the
track. Unfortunately, the race was disappointing for us, as we had a
few incidents too many in order to achieve a positive result. However,
as a team we are obviously very pleased with the victory for the #25.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th place):
“That was a tough race, in which we simply did not have any luck. The
heavy rain did not make it any easier. It was impressive to see how
Alex was able to keep the car on the track at all in those conditions,
with the extreme aquaplaning. I am delighted that it worked out so
well for the #25 car. The team really deserved it after all the hard
work they did preparing for the race.”

Chaz Mostert (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th place):
“A number of factors were behind us not achieving the result we had
hoped for in this race. However, all in all, competing in this race
and working with a special person like Alex Zanardi, not forgetting
John Edwards and Jesse Krohn, has been fantastic for me. I will never
forget this amazing experience.”

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Alexander Sims in the points for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Santiago – António Félix da Costa forced to retire.

BMW:Alexander Sims in the points for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Santiago – António Félix da Costa forced to retire.

Munich. Alexander Sims (GBR) gave another impressive
performance in round three of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Seventh place in the Santiago E-Prix (CHI) earned him valuable
points in the Drivers’ Championship. Sims actually crossed the
finish line third in the #27 BMW iFE.18, however, was given a time
penalty for a collision with Edoardo Mortara (SUI) which saw him
relegated to seventh place in the final classification. António
Félix da Costa (POR) did not finish. BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team
wore black ribbons, in memory of Charly Lamm.

 

Sims started the third Formula E race of his career from eighth place
and, in hot conditions, gradually worked his way through the field
until he came across third-placed Mortara. During their battle for
position Mortara spun, allowing Sims to pass him and take third place.
He was subsequently given a time penalty for the incident.

Like his fellow competitors, Félix da Costa struggled with a very
slippery track in group one of qualifying. As a result, he started the
race down in 17th place. He was involved in a collision
with André Lotterer (GER) and Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA) in the packed
midfield, during which his BMW iFE.18 suffered a puncture. Félix da
Costa found himself at the back of the field with no hope of
recovering after the pit stop, and subsequently returned the severely
damaged car to the garage, bringing his race to a premature end.
Victory in Santiago de Chile went to Sam Bird (GBR).

Reactions to the Santiago E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“The track here in Santiago created some exciting racing; it was just
disappointing we couldn’t finish on the podium. We knew that the key
aspect was going to be getting a grip on the temperatures during all
sessions. To be honest, it was a disappointing qualifying result with
Alexander in eighth and António in 18th but the race is what counts
and we got off to a good start. António unfortunately had contact with
another car, resulting in a punctured tyre and a damaged car.
Alexander was making really good progress through the field, and when
the checkered flag dropped  we crossed the line in third place. It was
a great result for Alexander and the team was back up on the podium,
but post-race penalties dropped Sims back down to seventh place. We as
a team respect the decision of the stewards. We will move on to the
race in Mexico City.”

 

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, qualifying result:
9th place, race result: 7th place, FANBOOST
voting: 14th place, points: 18)

“Firstly, thank you very much to the team, who did an outstanding job
of helping me to manage the car during this very tough race. I think
everything went superbly. Unfortunately, I then had the incident with
Edoardo Mortara. To be perfectly honest, I did not feel any contact,
but I trust the investigation of the race stewards and accept the
penalty. Despite that, I will take a lot of positives from Santiago
and am now focussing on the next race.”

 

António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, qualifying result:
18th place, race result: DNF, FANBOOST voting:
5th place, points: 28):

“All the drivers in the first qualifying group had to start from the
very back as the track was far slower at that point than it was for
the later groups. Despite that, I was still optimistic about the race
and was able to climb a few positions after a good start.
Unfortunately, I then had the collision. I was hit from behind and
suffered a puncture as a result. We tried to continue after the pit
stop but the damage to the car was ultimately so severe that we had to
retire, which is obviously disappointing.”

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 5. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the BMW i8
Coupé Safety Car, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.8 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 also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and
the BMW 530e iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100
km; combined energy consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in its role as “Medical Car”.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model.
The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and fromDeutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm.

BMW:BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm.

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BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm. The long-standing team principal of BMW Team Schnitzer passed away on 24th January 2019 unexpectedly after a very short and grave illness at 63 years of age.

Munich. BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm. The
long-standing team principal of BMW Team Schnitzer passed away on
24th January 2019 unexpectedly after

a very short and grave illness at 63 years of age.

 

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt:

“Totally unexpectedly we received the news from the Lamm family that
Charly Lamm died on Thursday. Our sincere condolences go to the Lamm
family and the Schnitzer family. It is incredibly difficult to accept
that Charly is no longer with us. He had a significant impact on
racing at BMW for decades, celebrated major successes with his team,
and wowed fans around the world with his unique passion for racing.
Losing him so suddenly is a shock and a tragedy – particularly because
Charly was just about to start a brand new chapter of his life. We
mourn the loss of a character who was both valued and loved
internationally, who will always be closely linked with BMW
Motorsport. Thank you for everything Charly. We will miss you forever.”

At both the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) and the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship race in Santiago (CHL), the BMW teams will compete in
memory of Charly Lamm.

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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New direction in BMW Group sales regions

BMW:New direction in BMW Group sales regions

Munich. A core element of the BMW Group’s corporate
Strategy Number ONE > NEXT is to increase customer orientation and
to focus on future technologies and growth opportunities in global
markets. In line with this, the BMW Group is reorganising its sales
regions across numerous growth markets.

Sales and marketing operations in Asia Pacific (excluding China),
Eastern Europe (outside EU), the Middle East and Africa will be
integrated into a single sales region. Hendrik von
Kuenheim
will take responsibility for this new region on
1st February 2019 and further leverage the opportunities
for growth in this dynamic set of countries. Mr. von Kuenheim is
currently responsible for the sales and marketing in Eastern Europe,
the Middle East and Africa.

Commenting on this new structure, Pieter Nota, member of the BMW AG
Board of Management responsible for Sales and Brand BMW, said, “What
these markets have in common is great growth potential. This
reorganization will enhance collective market strength and ensure
that, together with our partners in the region, we can fully
capitalize on our exciting line-up of new products. Hendrik has
extensive sales experience from various management roles with the BMW
Group across all regions worldwide. He brings in-depth knowledge of
the individual market dynamics, the customer requirements and
capabilities of the respective teams in this region. A smooth
transition and fast start are guaranteed.”

If you have any queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Jochen Frey, Corporate and Culture Communications, HR

jochen.frey@bmw.de

Telephone: +49 89 382 41125

Emma Begley, Corporate and Culture Communications, Sales

emma.begley@bmwgroup.com

Telephone: +49 89 382 72200

Mathias Schmidt, Head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Mathias.M.Schmidt@bmw.de

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

 

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 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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BMW M Motorsport Media Guide: Daytona 24 Hours.

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Thu Jan 24 17:24:16 CET 2019 Press Kit

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship combines magnificent cars, iconic racetracks, quality drivers and passionate fans. 2019 starts with an absolute highlight: at the Daytona 24 Hours, BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi will be at the wheel of the #24 BMW M8 GTE.

Thanks to the great work of the BMW Motorsport engineers in adapting
the cockpit to Zanardi’s special needs, he is able to share the
cockpit with the regular BMW Team RLL drivers John Edwards, Jesse
Krohn as well as Australian Chaz Mostert.

Connor De Phillippi and Tom Blomqvist will compete the IMSA season in
the #25 BMW M8 GTE. In Daytona, Blomqvist will be replaced by Augusto
Farfus. Further drivers for the 24-hour classic are Philipp Eng and
Colton Herta.

This Media Guide introduces you to the BMW M8 GTE, BMW Team RLL and
the driver squad for the race in Daytona. Furthermore it offers a look
behind the scenes of all the technical challenges and details behind
Alex Zanardi’s “Road to Daytona”.

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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