Designworks Collaborates with The North Face to Imagine New Camper Concept.

BMW:Designworks Collaborates with The North Face to Imagine New Camper Concept.

LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2019 – In Las Vegas today, BMW
Group subsidiary Designworks unveiled a new camper concept and virtual
reality experience, in partnership with The North Face, to imagine the
future of protection from the elements.

The lightweight camper concept and virtual experience were designed
by Designworks to showcase a new fabric innovation from The North Face
called FUTURELIGHT™, which uses Nanospinning technology to create the
world’s most advanced, breathable, waterproof material.

“We combined both physical and digital worlds to showcase this
material, ensuring the holistic vision of the brand was clearly
communicated, while giving people a real ‘hands-on’ experience,” said
Laura Robin, Designworks LA Studio Director. “Thinking about extreme
performance in new and unexpected ways from our experience of working
across multiple industries, helped us to provide consumers with a
unique and never before seen insight into the very heart of the
material and its key attributes.”

The FUTURELIGHT camper was inspired by the 2008 BMW GINA Light
Visionary Model concept car.  Like the GINA Concept, the FUTURELIGHT™
Camper is made of a fabric outer shell, consisting of a flexible
material stretched over an iconic geodesic dome to demonstrate the
potential uses of FUTURELIGHT™ fabric beyond just apparel.

The revolutionary Nanospinning process used to create FUTURELIGHT™,
has allowed the The North Face designers to add air permeability into
the membrane of a fabric for the first time. The process creates
nano-sized holes, allowing for incredible porosity while still
maintaining total waterproofness, letting air move through the
material and provide more venting than ever before.

The FUTURELIGHT™ Camper, is on display during the global consumer
electronics tradeshow, by invite-only Jan. 7 – Jan. 11 in Las Vegas.
FUTURELIGHT™ will first become available to consumers in The North
Face Fall 2019 product line and will be featured across the brand’s
pinnacle performance collections.

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About Designworks, a BMW Group
Designworks, a BMW Group Company, is a global
creative consultancy offering services which foster innovation and
business growth for companies worldwide.  Using cross-industry
knowledge and experience, its culture of innovation and future-focused
approach catalyzes its passion for visionary design.

Designworks leverages the power of BMW Group’s culture of innovation
and cutting edge design to advance the goals of its external clients,
including John Deere, Virgin Hyperloop One, Siemens, Corsair, HP,
Microsoft, Embraer and Singapore Airlines, whilst bringing outside
perspectives and impulses to the BMW Group through knowledge and
experience gained with client engagements.

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BMW i Andretti Motorsport travels to Marrakesh well prepared for race two.

BMW:BMW i Andretti Motorsport travels to Marrakesh well prepared for race two.

Munich. New year, new challenge: After victory on its debut in
the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in December, the BMW i Andretti
Motorsport Team is now focussing on the second race of the season in
Marrakesh (MAR) this Saturday. António Félix da Costa (POR) leads
the Drivers’ Championship with 28 points ahead of the Marrakesh
E-Prix following his victory and pole position in Ad Diriyah (KSA).
Alexander Sims (GBR), in the second BMW iFE.18, is out to pick up
his first Formula E points in his second race in the series. The
team and drivers have used the time since the successful
season-opener to prepare meticulously for the coming races, as they
set their sights on more top results.


Quotes ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix:


Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“This is the third visit for the team to the historic city of
Marrakesh and the semi-permanent track located on the outskirts of the
city. Despite the break for the holidays, everyone has been focused on
analysing the data from the first race and working to stay as
competitive as we were in Ad Diriyah. It was a fantastic result for
the team but you cannot relax in this championship; the competition is
immensely strong in Formula E and we know everyone is working hard to
beat us next time. The track in Marrakesh is not quite the
‘traditional’ Formula E street circuit but it brings its own
challenges nevertheless. It is also a track that many drivers know
well and I expect the competition to be strong. However I am confident
that the work done by everyone within the BMW i Andretti Motorsport
team since the season-opener will pay off. The top priority is to
finish the event with both cars strongly in the points.”


Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18):

“The first race was decent in terms of preparation, so we will have
the same procedure for the second round of Season 5. I am very much
looking forward to going racing in Marrakesh. For me it will be a
learning race again where I will try to do the best job I can. The
team is already doing an amazing job, so I will try to keep up the
pace I showed in the first race and hopefully will be able to achieve
a good result.”


António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18):

“I am definitely looking forward to the race in Marrakesh after the
great winning start to Season 5. It was a mixed kind of preparation as
Christmas and some holidays were in between but I stayed focused and
worked on my physical and mental strength. After winning the first
race, all I wanted to do was to go straight to Marrakesh, so I really
can’t wait to go racing again in this great car. The track layout in
Marrakesh should suit us pretty well I’d say. It will be a bit more of
a power track and with the BMW i drivetrain it will be fun to go
racing there.”


The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes are awarded a
significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a five-second
window during the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their
favourite driver in the six days prior to, and leading up to 15
minutes into, each race. There are three ways to vote: Online at,
via the official Formula E App or on Twitter using the hashtag
#FANBOOST plus the drivers first and last name as a one-word hashtag.

Hashtags of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers:




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.
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

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BMW i Motorsport Media Guide.

BMW:BMW i Motorsport Media Guide.

BMW i and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship have been partners from
day one. When the series was launched in September 2014, BMW was
already involved as Official Vehicle Partner and believed in the
concept. Since then, BMW i has not only provided the entire fleet of
safety cars, but has also actively helped to shape the development of
Formula E. Entering the series with BMW i Andretti Motorsport in
Season 5 is the next logical step in this close partnership.

The BMW iFE.18 is the first single-seater car that BMW Motorsport has
fielded in a global racing series for many years. The powerful heart
of the new car is the innovative BMW i drivetrain, which has arisen
from an unprecedented close collaboration between engineers in the
production and racing divisions.

This Media Guide offers an insight into the technology and design of
the BMW iFE.18 and also introduces the team and drivers.

After every race weekend in Season 5, the Media Guide will be
updated with the latest data, facts and results.

Original Press Release

Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 01, Lima – Pisco

BMW:Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 01, Lima – Pisco

Media Information

Dakar Rally 2019

07 January 2019

Dakar Rally 2019

Stage 01, Lima – Pisco


  • First stage of Dakar 2019 ends with three MINI cars in the
    top five.
  • All eight MINI crews arrive at Pisco – five inside the top ten.
  • Carlos Sainz in the MINI JCW Buggy sits comfortable in second.
  • Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) places MINI JCW Rally third.



Munich. Dakar 2019 is the 41st edition of the
unique Dakar Rally and today (7th January) saw the first
of ten stages finish with good news for MINI Motorsport and
motorsport partner X-raid when all eight MINI crews completed the
331 km Stage 1 without incident.


Leading the charge into tomorrow’s Stage 2 for MINI Motorsport will
be the Spanish pairing of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz of X-raid MINI
JCW Team. The defending Dakar title holders placed their MINI JCW
Buggy in second place at stage end.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) –
winners of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup – continued
their run of good form by placing their MINI JCW Rally third overall.

Fifth place was filled by the second of five MINI JCW Rally cars
competing in this year’s Dakar, crewed by Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and
long-term co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER).

The fourth MINI vehicle inside the top ten was the MINI JCW Buggy of
Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / David Castera (FRA) in seventh spot.
Three places further back in tenth spot and just 4min 25sec off the
winning time was the third MINI JCW Buggy of Frenchmen Cyril Despres
and Jean Paul Cottret.

Just outside of the top ten were the two MINI JCW Rally cars of Joan
‘Nani’ Roma (ESP) / Alex Haro (ESP) and Orlando Terranova (ARG) /
Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG). The two MINI crews finished in
11th and 12th respectively.


Boris Garafulic (CHI) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR) in the
fifth MINI John Cooper Works Rally completed Stage 1 16th
overall from a starting list of 100 competitors in the Auto category.

Carlos Sainz

“Really no major problems. We knew more or less what we were going to
find and we stuck to our plan. We didn’t want to open tomorrow so we
took it a bit easy.”

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski

“It was quite a tough special stage, only 80kms but it was really
fast and the shadows cast from the sun being up in the clouds made
visibility more difficult, so it was not so easy to see where the
dunes went up or down. But we were pushing with no risks and we were
really happy that we could keep with the rhythm of the Dakar legends.
Tomorrow is for sure a long stage and the start of the race.”

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

“It was a good day, we drove well and didn’t take any risks.  We were
stuck in the dust of Harry Hunt for a long time but it was all ok and
we are fifth now, which is good.”

Stéphane Peterhansel

“The first stage is always the same story when we start the race
after a few weeks or months without racing – you feel not really
confident and especially because the dunes of Peru are not the same as
the dunes in Morocco for example. For me, I need a little bit of time
to be confident, so we decided to start not really with a full attack.”

Cyril Despres

“Dakar is always a mix of emotions; I love this race and I love this
job so day one always gives a good feeling. It was especially good
today because there was no pressure to push hard. It’s easy to enjoy
it when you are just in the rhythm – really cool!”

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma

“It’s always a little bit strange, the first day, and also the delay
for an hour is not easy when you are in your helmet ready. In the
beginning, I felt like I started really slowly but was so fast that I
caught Loeb in front of me and after that I really didn’t know if I
went fast; I really lost all of my point of reference. But anyway, it
is good to start tomorrow a little further back and that was partly
the plan. Maybe I lost a minute or two more than planned but it is ok.”

Orlando Terranova

“It was an easy first stage. We took it very easy to warm up and made
some final changes to the seat position; I achieved better speed in
the final 30 km so it was good.”

Next race is Stage 2, Pisco – San Juan de Marcona. For more
information about Dakar 2019, please visit the host’s event home page

Dakar Rally 2019
: MINI standings after Stage 1












John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI JCW Team





Tom Colsoul


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Orlen X-raid Team





Timo Gottschalk


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI JCW Rally





David Castera


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI JCW Team





Jean Paul Cottret


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI JCW Team







John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team





Bernardo Graue


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI JCW Rally





Filipe Palmeiro


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI JCW Rally




Original Press Release

Premiere in China: Alibaba voice assistant introduced into BMW vehicles.

BMW:Premiere in China: Alibaba voice assistant introduced into BMW vehicles.

Munich/Las Vegas. The BMW Group is committed to
ongoing expansion of intelligent connectivity and is constantly
enhancing the digital experience for customers worldwide. To this end,
BMW will become the first premium carmaker to launch Tmall Genie onto
the market in China in selected BMW models. The intelligent voice
assistant from Alibaba A.I. Labs will be fully and seamlessly
integrated in BMW vehicles in China. As the two companies announced at
the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 (CES) in Las Vegas, the voice
assistant will be available in-car to BMW customers in China by the
end of 2019. The integration of the intelligent cloud-based voice
control service in the Chinese market opens up a variety of in-car
entertainment and shopping options for BMW drivers while on the road.

This latest move by the BMW Group follows integration of BMW
Connected into Alibaba’s Chinese ecosystem. It allows BMW customers
who have a Tmall Genie-compatible device at home to operate vehicle
functions easily and conveniently, and to call up appointments saved
in the BMW Connected mobility agenda. BMW Connected was launched in
China in December 2016 and is currently used by 1.5 million customers.
Now the integration of Tmall Genie into BMW vehicles enables customers
to access functions on the move they are already accustomed to using
at home on the move.

BMW customers in China can use Tmall Genie to place online orders,
for example, view cinema listings, listen to their favourite playlist
or check the weather at their destination. Customers will enjoy the
benefits of hundreds of Tmall Genie skills. They can access all
information the Tmall Genie has at its fingertips via audio output.
This can also be displayed in text and image form on the BMW Display Screen.

The focus is on the customer and their expectations of modern
mobility. The digital lifestyle they are used to should continue in
their car. “With the integration of Alibabas Tmall Genie in BMW
vehicles in China we are adding a digital ecosystem, which will open
up new possibilities that customers can access quickly and safely from
the car. This development sees BMW reaching a new milestone in China
in terms of intelligent connectivity between the customer’s vehicle
and their digital touchpoints.” according to Dieter May, Senior Vice
President Digital Services and Products at the BMW Group.

Miffy Chen, VP of Alibaba Group, General Manager of Alibaba A.I.
Labs: “We launched the ‘AI+Car’ solution last year aiming at providing
more intelligent and connected experience for Chinese car users
through Tmall Genie’s AI powered voice interaction and service
capabilities for cars. Among our collaboration with premium
automakers, we are very glad that BMW will be the first premium auto
brand to bring selected car models that fully integrate Tmall Genie to
the China market. We look forward to working together with BMW to
create a personalised mobility experience for its car customers in China.”

A smartphone is not required to use the intelligent voice assistant
in-car. All BMW models come with an embedded SIM card, which enables
seamless integration and permanent online availability.

Original Press Release

An interview with Alessandro Zanardi: “I can’t wait to take on the 24-hour race weekend.”

BMW:An interview with Alessandro Zanardi: “I can’t wait to take on the 24-hour race weekend.”

Daytona. The dress rehearsal is over; now it won’t be long
before Alessandro Zanardi‘s (ITA) next big challenge gets underway:
the 24-hour of Daytona (USA) race on 26th and
27th January. At the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship (IMSA series) season opener, Zanardi will share the
cockpit of the BMW Team RLL #24 BMW M8 GTE with John Edwards (USA),
Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Chaz Mostert (AUS). The car is equipped with a
special brake lever that enables Zanardi to brake by hand.


This weekend, Zanardi, BMW M Motorsport and BMW Team RLL were
involved in the final test before the race, the official pre-event
test, the ‘Roar’. This gave Zanardi another opportunity to get to know
the BMW M8 GTE, the team and his team-mates better. In an interview,
the BMW works driver and BMW brand ambassador talks about the
significance of the 24-hour race of Daytona, the reception of the
American fans, his impressions in the crucial stage of preparations
and the challenges in the actual race.

Alessandro, Daytona is not just a race, it is one of the most
important 24-hour races in the world. What do you think about Daytona?

Alessandro Zanardi: “Daytona is a race that, when I was racing in the
United States, many of my colleagues and rivals were engaged in as its
dates never clashed with any of the Indycar championship races because
it is very early in the season. I never had the opportunity for some
reason to have a taste of it myself but hearing my colleagues talking
about the event, how great it is, their excitement, what they had to
say about it, got me very curious about it and it was a really long,
long time ago when I said: down the road, sooner or later, I want to
be at Daytona. So to finally have the opportunity to go there, not
only just to be part of it but to go there with a very competitive
machine, to represent BMW to the best of my ability as a driver and as
a brand ambassador, it’s fantastic. Now I can’t wait to finally start
the 24-hour race weekend.”

At the weekend, you and BMW Team RLL completed the dress
rehearsal for the 24-hour race, the ‘Roar’. Are you well prepared?

Zanardi: “You’re never prepared enough. You never feel totally
prepared, even when the race is about to start and you are starting
from pole position. The ‘Roar’ was a very important test but you don’t
know how people are going to come back for the race where they really
show the full potential of their cars. But that is the name of the
game. You just try to do the best you can, analyse all the information
you have collected and we feel pretty confident that we have done a
good job.”

You enjoyed an overwhelming welcome in the paddock and by the
US fans. Does this make you look forward for the race weekend even more?

Zanardi: “Yes, to say the least. I of course knew that it was going
to be special but frankly I was not expecting it to be this special.
Wow! For the race it will be probably even more. The enthusiasm of the
fans for the cars running is already sky high but whenever I was going
by for some reason I could detect an even more explosive spark of
enthusiasm. People were sincerely happy and joyful to see me going
round. And all the ones who had the opportunity to come and say
something to me did not hide that at all. They were very, very warm in
their comments and encouraging at the same time and respectful. I am
very, very touched by the support I have been receiving.”

At the ‘Roar’, the entire 24-hour team came together at the
track. How do you get on with your team-mates?

Zanardi: “Great! These guys are terrific. Jesse, Chaz and John are
very, very talented drivers, very professional and it’s fantastic and
also very helpful to be in such a team, because to be in a team with
those drivers is a huge plus. It is inevitable to feel pressure
because I would really like to perform at their level and on top of my
personal problems, my age and whatever, it’s a question of their
talent knowing the car the way they do. I will try my best but so far
so good. I’m not so far behind, actually.”

And how about working with BMW Team RLL?

Zanardi:  “Every single member of the team, starting from the BMW M
Motorsport guys who came from Munich to support and the guys who live
here and are a full-time part of the BMW Team RLL organisation, is
very professional but also excited. You can tell that they are all
very, very happy to be here, they are totally dedicated and you can
see the passion for what they do. They want to do everything they can
to steer luck in our favour because at the end of the day it still is
a race, and actually it’s a 24-hour race where there are a lot of
things that could go wrong and you can only control it up to a certain point.”


Did your new braking system with the lever prove to be a
physical benefit in the BMW M8 GTE?

Zanardi: “Physically speaking it’s incomparable. It’s like night and
day compared to what I was doing before. So yes, it helps far more
than we expected when we started to investigate solutions to follow
that direction. So yes, from that point of view it’s 100 percent a
success. Still I think for me to negotiate the things, some of the
actions that I have to do, I am still a student. And I hope I can
learn some more but I will have 24-hours of time to go through my
mental data and to try to develop the right technique.”


What will be the biggest challenge during the 24-hour race?

Zanardi: “To stay out of trouble. Because I have already seen over
the course of the ‘Roar’ that when you have a fast prototype coming up
and a slow GT in front of you, you are like ham in a sandwich. And you
don’t want to get bitten. So staying out of trouble is not so easy.”


When the chequered flag comes out on Sunday, 27th
January – what would be the outcome for you to say that you are happy?

Zanardi: “Well, I won’t be totally happy because when it’s
over, it’s over. Even if we end up winning the race, I am sure I
will regret this special and great adventure being over. So don’t
make me think about it – just let me enjoy it.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport News – Issue 01/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 01/2019.

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


Formula E: Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler to test the BMW iFE.18.

Just one day after the second race of the season in Marrakech (MAR),
BMW i Andretti Motorsport will attend next Sunday’s official rookie
test for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with two BMW works drivers
and DTM champions at the wheel of the BMW iFE.18. As well as Bruno
Spengler (CAN), who has already had several outings in the BMW iFE.18,
Marco Wittmann (GER) will make his debut in the Formula E car. “I am
very excited about taking to the track in a fully-electric race car
for the first time,” said Wittmann. “Up to now, I have only followed
Formula E from afar. I am fascinated to see how it feels to drive a
car like the BMW iFE.18. I think the new Formula E cars are very
appealing to us drivers. I am very much looking forward to it and am
excited to see how much I enjoy it. My heart beats for the DTM, but I
think it is important to keep broadening your horizon. Fortunately,
BMW Motorsport has a very diverse programme, which allows us to gain
experience in many different cars.”

24h Dubai: 13 BMW cars to contest first endurance highlight of
the season

The first major endurance race of the year is just around the corner:
the 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE), from 10th to 12th
January. BMW customer racing teams will be out in force, with a wide
range of BMW cars. Leading the charge will be the eight BMW M4 GT4s
registered for the race. British GT champions Century Motorsport and
the 3Y Technology team will each field two cars in the GT4 class.
Securtal Sorg Rennsport, Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport, MRS
GT-Racing and RHC Jorgensen/Strom will each compete with one car. 3Y
Technology will also run a BMW M6 GT3 in the A6 class. In the CUP1
class, fun-M Motorsport and DUWO Racing will both field a BMW M235i
Racing. They are joined in the race by a BMW M3 run by the G & R
motorsport team in the A3 class and a BMW M3 in the SPX category, run
by the Cor Euser Racing team. The race starts at 15:00 local time on
Friday 11th January.

Original Press Release

More than just the drivetrain: other in-house developments on the BMW iFE.18.

BMW:More than just the drivetrain: other in-house developments on the BMW iFE.18.

Munich. The BMW iFE.18, with which the BMW i Andretti
Motorsport team won the opening round of this season’s ABB FIA
Formula E Championship, consists of many features developed
internally at BMW, as well as the standard parts stipulated in the
regulations. The most obvious of these is the Racing eDrive01
drivetrain. However, the engineers at BMW i Motorsport had many
other areas, in which to apply their know-how. An overview of BMW’s
in-house developments for the BMW iFE.18:


Rear-end structure and rear suspension.

As well as the drivetrain, the rear-end and the rear suspension are
the two areas where the BMW i Motorsport engineers had the greatest
leeway for their own developments. While the chassis, battery and
tyres are standard Formula E parts, in order to keep a lid on costs,
the engineers at BMW i Motorsport designed the rear axle, including
suspension and shock absorbers, themselves and integrated the
drivetrain in the rear part of the car. As each drivetrain has its own
individual properties, each team is responsible for integrating the
drivetrain into the rear-end structure of the cars and finding a
cooling set-up that suits these properties.

The team can configure typical set-up parameters on the chassis of
the BMW iFE.18, such as spring rates, anti-roll bars, ride height, toe
and camber. The chassis set-up plays an important role in achieving
maximum mechanical grip on the tarmac surfaces of the street circuits,
some of which are very uneven compared to permanent racetracks. It is
also important that both the chassis and the rear-end structure are
robust enough to cope with driving over aggressive kerbs and light
contact with the barriers on the street circuits used in Formula E.

The so-called Generative Design process was used when developing
various components. This made it possible to directly derive the
design of the components from the load cases, with the assistance of
computers, to incorporate the experience and expertise of the BMW i
Motorsport engineers, and then to produce the components from
aluminium using a 3D printing procedure. In the case of other
components, this combination of know-how and technology has made it
possible to very efficiently integrate various functions, such as in
the cooling circuits, in very few parts.

The many years of experience possessed by BMW i Motorsport engineers
in the development and production of fibre-reinforced plastics really
came into its own in the design of the rear-end structure. The
structure is not only very light, but a wide range of functions have
also been integrated directly into the structure. The crash load
requirements of the sporting authorities were also met in full and
without any problems at the first attempt.

The topic of sustainability also plays a major role in the
development of the BMW iFE.18. BMW i Motorsport engineers are working
very closely with their colleagues in production to increasingly
integrate renewable resources in suitable components.

Brake-by-wire system.

Another major in-house BMW development is the electronic,
brake-by-wire braking system. The introduction of this system
represents a big technological step for Formula E and, in this regard,
takes it to the same level as Formula 1 and the LMP1 category in the
FIA World Endurance Championship. As of Season 5, brake-by-wire
controls the relationship between mechanical braking force, when the
driver pushes the brake pedal, and the braking effect generated by
energy harvested during deceleration and braking. When the motor
recovers energy from the braking process during the race, it basically
functions as an additional brake on the rear axle of the car.
Previously, drivers had to manually adjust the brake balance to
balance the additional braking effect. The electronics on the BMW
iFE.18 now perform this balance.

The integration of the brake-by-wire system and, above all, the
software logic developed by the BMW i Motorsport engineers,
significantly increases the regeneration potential – the maximum
amount of energy that can be fed back into the battery when braking.
Finding the best possible configuration of this software is crucial to
be able to contest the entire race distance with maximum power from
the battery, whilst complying with the amount of energy permitted by
the regulations. In practice, overcoming this challenge requires the
engineers to achieve the best possible relationship between speed and
energy management. Their task is to calculate a race time optimisation
with the limited amount of energy. It is important to keep sight of
all the race action – to read the data and to anticipate what may be
coming – to then decide, together with the driver, in which phases of
the race it is better to save energy and when to attack, to make up
positions or open a gap to the cars behind.

An overview of standard parts and in-house BMW developments on
the BMW iFE.18:

Standard parts:

  • Chassis (Spark Racing Technology)
  • Battery (McLaren)
  • Tyres (Michelin)

BMW developments:

  • Racing eDrive01 drivetrain
  • Gearbox, differential and drive shafts
  • Drivetrain cooling
  • Rear-end structure
  • Rear suspension
  • Springs, shock absorbers und anti-roll bars
  • 12V electrics / electronics
  • Brake-by-wire system
  • Software (on-car / off-car)
  • Oil development (together with Shell)

Note to editors:

You can find a detailed description of the drivetrain on the BMW
iFE.18 in the BMW Group Pressclub:

Original Press Release

Out of this world: the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky.

BMW:Out of this world: the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky.

. For over 25 years now, the BMW Individual
Manufaktur customisation facility in Garching near Munich has been
producing exceptionally high-quality equipment features, extraordinary
special-edition models and spectacular one-offs – all sporting a
highly distinctive design and further enriched by the world’s finest,
most precious materials. And the bespoke styling specialists have now
opened up a new dimension in exclusivity by looking beyond our planet
and bringing the night sky into the car. In the BMW Individual M850i
Night Sky (fuel consumption combined: 9.8 – 9.7 l/100 km [28.8 – 29.1
mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 224 – 221 g/km),
applications made from meteoritic material grace selected controls.
Human fascination with the infinite vastness of the universe is also
mirrored in the illuminated constellations of stars on the centre
console and in the surface design of the luxury sports car’s trim
finishers, seat backrests, brake discs and exterior add-on parts,
which draws inspiration from celestial bodies.

The BMW Individual M850i Night Sky will be presented in the run-up to
an exceptionally intense meteor shower expected to take place
overnight from 3 – 4 January 2019. The show of shooting stars will
begin when the Earth briefly passes through the orbit of the asteroid
2003 EH, during which time fragments from the asteroid will enter our
planet’s atmosphere and burn up. On rare occasions, smaller rocks in
space penetrate our planet’s protective shield and fall to Earth as
meteorites. Some of these extra-terrestrial fragments have now been
incorporated into the cabin of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky.

By employing materials that are literally out of this world, BMW
Individual Manufaktur has succeeded in giving the car unique and
highly original aesthetic appeal and, in the process, pushed back the
boundaries once again of what can be achieved when designing a car
interior. The meteoritic rock adorns the whole of the centre console’s
trim plate, the start/stop button for the V8 engine, the selector
lever for the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and the Touch
Controller for the iDrive system, creating a visual and tactile effect
unparalleled in the automotive sector. Inlays made from meteorite
material have also been incorporated into the door sill finishers,
together with an illuminated model badge. All of which ensures the BMW
Individual M850i Night Sky embodies luxury and exclusivity at an
unprecedented level.

BMW Individual Manufaktur: birthplace of one-off specimens
with a character of their own.

The BMW Individual Manufaktur customisation facility has always
specialised in the production of one-off creations that lend
expression to BMW drivers’ personal sense of style. Its mission is to
turn individual customer requests into reality. The specialists from
BMW Individual work together with the customer to produce bespoke
solutions that range from extraordinary exterior paint finishes to
exotic materials for the interior, special equipment features,
accessories, stitching patterns, engravings and inlays. During the
design and manufacturing process, creativity, attention to detail,
craftsmanship, an uncompromising commitment to quality and a flair for
the exceptional merge together to create truly unique cars.

In its quest for new creative possibilities, new combinations of
materials and new processing techniques, BMW Individual frequently
collaborates with big design names and famous luxury firms from other
sectors. Input from artists and scientists helps to build the know-how
needed to develop new products and exclusive one-offs. In designing
the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky, BMW Individual called on the
expertise of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for
Extraterrestrial Physics, which is also located in Garching.

One of a kind: Widmanstätten-patterned surfaces.

Expanding on the use of meteoritic material for the controls
inside the sports car, the design of many other interior and exterior
elements takes its cues from a structure that only occurs in natural
form on extra-terrestrial objects: the distinctive Widmanstätten
surface pattern of meteorites. The strictly geometric structure, with
its straight lines, has the appearance of ice crystals and becomes
visible when certain types of iron meteorite are polished or brought
into contact with acidic compounds. The structure is the result of the
metal alloy cooling down in an extremely slow process that cannot be
reproduced on Earth, making it an unmistakable signature of
extra-terrestrial material. The unique pattern was first observed back
in the early 19th century by a number of people, including the
Austrian scientist Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten, after whom it is

The singularity of the Widmanstätten structure is symbolic of BMW
Individual’s ongoing pursuit of innovative design solutions never seen
before. Visible in the hand-stitched headliner and on the centre
console’s trim finishers, it has also been milled into the brake discs
of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky. This distinctive meteorite
pattern can also be found on the exterior mirror caps, the front
splitters for the side air intakes at the front of the car, the centre
mesh plate and the surrounds for the Air Breathers on the front side
panels. These exterior components were all specially developed for the
BMW Individual M850i Night Sky and individually manufactured using a
3D printing process.

The result of motor sport and manufacturing know-how:
innovative, ultralight brake callipers with bionic design, made
using 3D printing methods.

The same innovative additive manufacturing process is employed
for making the brake callipers. Here, 3D printing techniques take
intelligent lightweight design to a new level. The aluminium brake
callipers with bionic design fitted on the BMW Individual M850i Night
Sky were developed by BMW Motorsport and are up to 30 per cent lighter
than components produced using conventional methods. The substantial
reduction in unsprung mass produces a noticeable improvement in
driving dynamics and ride comfort.

The BMW Group harnessed both its motor sport know-how and its
expertise in the application of 3D printing for aluminium components
to help it develop and manufacture the pioneering, bionic-design
brakes. When creating the brake callipers, it was possible to reduce
their mass to the minimum required to meet technical requirements,
meaning that only the material needed for the brakes to work is used.
The resulting form, whose construction mimics that of bones – with an
optimum balance between component rigidity and weight – can only be
produced using an additive manufacturing method and not with
conventional casting techniques. What is more, it was possible to
incorporate the brake fluid channels into the structure of the brake
callipers. Additive manufacturing was again key to producing this
integral design, which has additional benefits for the installation
and rigidity of the lightweight braking system.

Innovations for individuality: leather trim in tri-colour
design and LED-illuminated star constellations on the centre console.

BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather trim in tri-colour
design and the Opal White/Midnight Blue/Silver colour scheme
constitute another first for interior styling. The Widmanstätten
structure – a defining feature of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky
interior – is repeated in the stitching pattern for the seat centre sections.

The centre console armrests add another touch of brilliance, their
special design inspired by the glittering heavens at night. LED units
are used to illuminate their surfaces, producing the effect of a
star-studded sky and giving the luxury sports car’s cabin a richly
atmospheric feel. Deep-pile carpeting in Midnight Blue puts the
finishing touches to the stylish interior ambience.

The exterior paintwork of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky adds to
its captivating aura. The BMW Individual special paint finish deftly
combines two colour tones to achieve a high-impact effect. Black
non-metallic was used as the base colour for the body. A second coat
in San Marino Blue metallic was then painted over it in a graduated
effect from the bottom edge of the body up to the top of the wheel
arches. Finally, three layers of clear coat with varying pigment
particle sizes were applied to give the paint finish a remarkable
sense of depth.

The perfect platform for a mesmerising one-off: the BMW M850i
xDrive Coupe luxury sports car.

The new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe provided the ideal basis for this
sensational one-off model from BMW Individual Manufaktur. With its 390
kW/530 hp V8 engine, track-tuned chassis technology and BMW xDrive
intelligent all-wheel-drive system, the four-seater brings a new brand
of sporting flair, emotional appeal and hallmark BMW driving pleasure
to the luxury segment. Developed alongside both the BMW M8 and the BMW
M8 GTE endurance racing car, the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is built
around a flawlessly honed overall concept that translates into
captivating performance on the road. Sophisticated chassis systems
enable the coupe to cover an exceptionally broad spectrum between
sportiness and comfort, complementing the car’s dynamic prowess with
outstanding everyday usability and long-distance capability.

The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe’s emotionally engaging body design is a
product of the brand’s new design language, which conveys sporting
appeal, sensual allure and exclusiveness through a core focus on
precision and clarity. Like the optional carbon-fibre roof, a
selection of special details elsewhere on the car serve to optimise
its aerodynamic properties and lower its weight. Together with its low
centre of gravity, long wheelbase and wide tracks, this helps the BMW
M850i xDrive Coupe to blend sports performance and luxurious ride
comfort more cohesively than any other car in its segment.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power
consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated
in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. 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 details marked * have 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
official specific CO2emissions of new cars, please refer to
the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and
power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from
Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at

Original Press Release

MINI 2019 Dakar media guides

BMW:MINI 2019 Dakar media guides

Media Information

2019 Dakar Rally

03 January 2019


Munich. This year’s (6-17th January) edition of the
Dakar will see MINI Motorsport and its motorsport partner X-raid
represented by two vehicle types: MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and
MINI John Cooper Works Rally.


Dakar Rally 2019 is almost upon the eight MINI Motorsport vehicles
set to compete in what is recognised as the most demanding
long-distance cross-country rally in the motorsport calendar. For
2019, Peru has been selected as the Dakar hosting country; its desert
landscape and mountain tracks to provide 5,000 km of off-road racing
action that will not only test the competing teams’ vehicles but the
racing crews and riders.

Full information on the MINI Dakar challengers, the teams and crews,
and racing heritage of MINI, plus much more can be found within two
MINI Dakar Media Guides released today.



Media Contact.


MINI Motorsport Communications

Matthias Schepke

Telephone: +49 (0)151 – 601 90450


Head of BMW Group Design, Innovations & Motorsports Communications

Benjamin Titz

Telephone: +49 (0)179 – 743 8088


Media Website.

MINI Motorsport on the web.


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