BMW Motorsport News – Issue 22/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 22/2019.

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 

 teams and drivers around the world do battle for points,
victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large 

 family around the world are also creating headlines. The “
 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.

China GT Championship: Two podiums for Yelloly.

BMW works driver Nick Yelloly (GBR) and FIST-Team AAI claimed more
podium results in the China GT Championships. The fourth race weekend
of the season in Shanghai (CHN) saw the Brit and Lin Yu (CHN) finish
runner-up at the wheel of the #90 BMW M6 GT3 in both the Saturday and
the Sunday race. In doing so, Yelloly tightened his grip on top spot
in the Drivers’ Championship. BMW was also successful in the GT4
class: Wang Hao (CHN) came home third in the #999 Master Champ BMW M4
GT4 in Saturday’s race. He then crossed the finish line eighth on
Sunday. BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson (SWE) was also in action at
“Shanghai International Circuit”. The Swede shared the cockpit of the
#91 BMW M6 GT3 with Betty Chen (TWN) and finished XY and XY. While
Yelloly is contesting the full season in the China GT Championship,
Eriksson is alternating with BMW works driver Jesse Krohn (FIN). The
former BMW Motorsport Junior will line up for FIST-Team AAI at the two
coming race weekends in Qinhuangdao (CHN, 8th to
11th August) and Tianjin (CHN, 6th to
8th September), before Eriksson returns to the cockpit for
the season finale (11th to 13th October) in Shanghai.

IMPC: Second place gives BimmerWorld Racing the championship lead.

James Clay and Devin Jones (both USA) had two reasons to celebrate
after the four-hour race in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in
Watkins Glen (USA). The two BimmerWorld Racing drivers finished
runner-up in the #82 BMW M4 GT4. This means Clay and Jones travel to
the next race as overall leaders in the GS class. The next round takes
place in Mosport (CAN). In total, three BMW M4 GT4 lined up in Watkins
Glen. Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and Vin Barletta (all USA) finished
sixth in the #96 BMW M4 GT4 run by Turner Motorsport. Greg Liefooghe
and Henry Schmitt (both USA) ended the race in 14th place
in the GS class in the #88 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4.

Pikes Peak: BimmerWorld Racing lines up with the BMW M4 GT4.

Just a few hours after success in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
in Watkins Glen, BimmerWorld Racing is back in action at the next
highlight. The team lines up at the “Pikes Peak International Hill
Climb” with the #36 BMW M4 GT4 and James Clay at the wheel. In total,
five BMW cars are registered for the legendary hill climb. The race in
Colorado (USA) is one of the most iconic motorsport events in the USA.
The 20-kilometre route climbs roughly 1,400 metres in altitude. At the
time of the editorial deadline, the race had not yet been completed.


GT4 European Series: Three podiums for BMW drivers.

The BMW M4 GT4 made three appearances on the podium at the fourth
race weekend of this season’s GT4 European Series in Misano (ITA). In
Saturday’s race, the #111 BMW M4 GT4 run by the RN Vision STS team
crossed the finish line in second place. Gabriele Piana (ITA) and
Marius Zug (GER) had shared the driving duties. They were followed
over the line in third place by Simon Knap (NED) and Alec Udell (USA)
in the #25 MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4. Ricardo van der Ende (NED) and
Euan McKay (GBR) then finished runner-up for the Ekris Motorsport in
the Sunday race. The fifth race weekend of the GT4 European Series
takes place from 12th to 14th July in Zandvoort (NED).

BTCC: Two wins for Turkington at Oulton Park.

Colin Turkington and the #1 BMW 330i M Sport are proving to be
unstoppable in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC): Having
travelled to Oulton Park (GBR) for round five of the season as the
championship leader, Turkington promptly won both of the first two
races. The reigning BTCC champion then came home ninth in the final
race on Sunday. Andrew Jordan (GBR) also had cause for celebration.
The Brit, at the wheel of the #77 BMW 330i M Sport run by the BMW
Pirtek Racing team, finished third in race one and second in race two.
He narrowly missed out on another podium in the third and final race,
finishing fifth. However, two BMW drivers did make it onto the podium
in the final race, in the form of Stephen Jelley (GBR) in second place
and Tom Oliphant (GBR) on the third step. Oliphant had earlier
finished sixth and fourth in the first two races. Jelley came home
eleventh in the BMW 125i M Sport in race one and was sixth in the
second race.

IMSA Series: BMW Team RLL starts from fourth and sixth in
Watkins Glen.

BMW Team RLL started round five of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship in Watkins Glen (USA) from fourth and sixth place. John
Edwards secured fourth place in Saturday’s qualifying in the #24 BMW
M8 GTE, two places ahead of Connor De Phillippi (USA) in sixth.
Edwards shares the cockpit with Jesse Krohn at the iconic racetrack,
while De Phillippi will alternate with Tom Blomqvist (GBR) at the
wheel. The race in Watkins Glen had not been completed by the
editorial deadline.

Formula E: Alexander Sims tests BMW Group “Power
BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims
(GBR) was at the first NEXTGen held in Munich (GER) this past week
from Tuesday to Thursday, where together with BMW engineers, he gave
international media representatives, influencers and dealers insights
into the latest developments in electrification and the technology of
the BMW iFE.18. He explained the technology transfer between racing
and series production, and reported on an extraordinary test drive in
a car just as extraordinary. Sims tested the BMW Group trial vehicle
“Power BEV”, a prototype built based on a current BMW 5 Series
production vehicle, which sounds out what is technically feasible in
the field of electric mobility. The vehicle is fitted with three
fifth-generation electric drive units and has a maximum system output
in excess of 530 kW/720 hp. This enables it to accelerate from 0 to
100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds – just as quickly as the Formula E
car that Sims is driving this season. The development team’s aim for
the “Power BEV” was to build an experimental vehicle which impresses
not only with its longitudinal dynamics but also in terms of lateral
dynamics. Indeed, as drivers would expect from a BMW, it has been
designed not only to be fast in a straight line but also to put a
smile on the driver’s face thorough keenly taken corners. To this end,
the chassis and powertrain engineers worked together particularly
closely to maximise the car’s performance. Which they achieved as Sims
confirmed after his test drive: “It is by far the most powerful and
dynamic electric road vehicle that I have ever driven. Congratulations
to the BMW i engineers. They have created a real beast, which proves
in an impressive manner that sheer driving pleasure is also perfectly
possible with electric drive.”

Touring Car Classics: Three members of the Wittmann family in
action at the Norisring.

Pure Wittmann power in Nuremberg (GER): The fourth DTM race weekend
will host a special kind of family reunion at the Norisring. Alongside
BMW DTM driver Marco Wittmann (GER), his father Herbert and brother
Nico will also be racing. They will both contest the Touring Car
Classics (TWC) with a BMW M3 E30 DTM, in which Dieter Quester (AUT)
once celebrated successes for BMW. Together they form Wittmann
Motorsport. “I’m super excited for the race weekend. It’s fantastic
that three Wittmanns will be lining up at the Norisring,” said Marco
Wittmann, who won in front of his home crowd at the Norisring last
year for the first time in his DTM career. “My father and my brother
have both got their racing licence. The race at the Norisring will be
their first outing. Hopefully all three of us will have reason to
celebrated at the race weekend – me in the DTM, and them in the
Touring Car Classics.” The lights go green for the TWC race on Sunday
7th July at 15:35 CEST.

International GT Open: Visser stars in the Senkyr Motorsport

BMW Motorsport Junior Beitske Visser (NED) will race for the Senkyr
Motorsport team in the next three rounds of the International GT Open.
She will share the cockpit of the BMW M6 GT3 with Richard Gonda (SVK).
Gonda drove the Senkyr Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 alongside BMW works
drivers Joel Eriksson (SWE) and Mikkel Jensen (DEN) in 2018. The first
outing for the Visser/Gonda partnership will be at the Red Bull Ring
(AUT) in two weeks. Before then, Visser will contest round four of the
W Series at the Norisring (GER). The BMW Motorsport Junior currently
lies second in the Drivers’ Championship.

Original Press Release

Future you can touch: the BMW Vision M NEXT celebrates a double world premiere – on the stage at BMW Welt and as a digital data set for 3D printing.

BMW:Future you can touch: the BMW Vision M NEXT celebrates a double world premiere – on the stage at BMW Welt and as a digital data set for 3D printing.

Munich. The latest models and the BMW Vision M NEXT
study will be the focus of BMW Group #NEXTGen at BMW Welt in Munich
from 25 to 27 June 2019. The new presentation format extends the
company’s range of possibilities as it engages in dialogue on the
subject of innovations and future mobility. Presentation of the BMW
Vision M NEXT also takes communication with the public into a whole
new dimension. On, BMW presents the sports car study not
just in the form of texts, images and sound files but also makes a
digital 3D data set of the vehicle available for the first time. The
data provided for download is suitable for transfer to a 3D printer.
In this way, the growing community of 3D printing fans have the
opportunity to create their very own model of the BMW Vision M Next
themselves on the day of the world premiere – for the first time ever
and free of charge.

With BMW Group #NEXTGen, the company has established an independent
information platform for current model premieres and future visions
for the first time. In this way, international journalists, analysts
and other stakeholders are able to gain insights into the latest
developments in the areas of design, autonomous driving, connectivity,
electrification and services (D+ACES) as defined in the BMW Group’s
corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT as future areas. At the same
time, the company is using BMW Group #NEXTGen to intensify its contact
with the BMW community. The online presentation of the
BMW Vision M NEXT complete with 3D data enables fans all over the
world to experience the vehicle in an entirely new way.

Provision of the BMW Vision M Next 3D data set free of charge on the
day of the world premiere is a form of communication with the
worldwide BMW community that is unique in the automotive industry to
date – once again confirming BMW as a pioneer in the use of innovative
technology, in this case in the area of marketing. Digital
communication makes it possible to bring innovations and visions in
the field of individual mobility to life in a novel way. As a
supplement to the information and impressions provided in words and
images, as well as an acoustic background in the form of a sound file,
the downloadable 3D printing files provide a detailed and
true-to-scale model of the vision vehicle on the very day of the world
premiere that BMW fans can create for themselves at home – a future
vision they can see, hear and now also touch for the first time.

The online presentation on went live at the same time
as the world premiere of the BMW Vision M NEXT at BMW Welt: since
then, texts, images, sound files, posters and wallpaper featuring the
motif of the vision vehicle have been available, along with the
digital data set for 3D printing. The website with the download links
is provided in German and English at the following URLs:

Original Press Release

BMW Team RLL heading to Watkins Glen after a long break.

BMW:BMW Team RLL heading to Watkins Glen after a long break.

The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season
resumes following the traditional Le Mans (FRA) break with BMW Team
RLL ready to compete in this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The
Glen, at Watkins Glen International (USA).


The 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona (USA) winners have been unable to reach
the GTLM class podium in subsequent rounds, but feel confident of a
stronger performance at The Glen following a Balance of Performance
change ahead of the event.

Tom Blomqvist (GBR) and Connor De Phillippi (USA) will drive the #25
BMW M8 GTE while John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) will pilot
the #24 BMW M8 GTE at Watkins Glen. Only last weekend all four
competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER). Krohn also raced at Le
Mans the weekend before. In addition, BMW Team RLL completed three
days of testing – two days at Watkins Glen and one day at Road America
(USA) – in recent weeks.

De Phillippi, in fourth place, is the top-standing BMW driver in GTLM
driver points. With four of the season’s eleven races complete, BMW
stands second in GTLM manufacturer points.

The team’s most recent win at The Glen was in 2017 with Bill Auberlen
(USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR) driving the BMW M6 GTLM. This weekend
Auberlen will co-drive the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 with Robby
Foley and Dillon Machavern (both USA). Last season, Turner Motorsport
won the GT Daytona class.

The race gets underway at 9:45 a.m. local time (3:45 p.m. CEST) on
Sunday, June 30th.

Quotes ahead of the race at Watkins Glen.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “I have
always loved going to Watkins Glen. I think it’s truly one of the
great circuits in North America. It really is a fast track and demands
commitment. We have had reasonably good qualifying performance over
the years and of course we won in 2017. Last year we struggled a
little with the new BMW M8 GTE. But we just had a very good test that
gave us some good direction as to the set-up so hopefully all of that
is going to ensure that we are in it with a chance to fight for top results.”

Tom Blomqvist (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “Of the tracks we
face this season, Watkins Glen is the only track I’ve had previous
experience at after racing there last year. It’s one of the coolest
ones as well. Obviously, I’m excited to get back. We’ve worked hard
over the break and the whole team is as motivated as ever to get a
strong result.”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “Watkins Glen
is one of my top three favourite tracks on the calendar. We come into
this weekend well prepared and it’s a high-speed circuit which should
fall right in the characteristic strengths of our BMW M8 GTE. We’ll be
aiming to get this second half of the season kicked off with a strong race.”

John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE): “It’s been a long
break from IMSA racing for us but we’re now headed to my favourite
track in North America. The fast, flowing corners and elevation change
at Watkins Glen make it a really unique track and I love coming back
every year. We had a successful test during the gap between races so
I’m optimistic we can fight for a podium.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE): “I’m looking forward to
Watkins Glen. I think we are in a lot better position than last year
based on the positive test. With all that we have now we should really
be able to get a good result this weekend.”

Original Press Release

Designworks: Mobility beyond. Stimulating ambitious visions of the future.

BMW:Designworks: Mobility beyond. Stimulating ambitious visions of the future.

Munich. With its roots in the industrial design
world, Designworks has over the course of more than forty years
established itself as a world-class independent design consultancy
that drives innovation. It is owned by BMW Group and is part of the
company’s toolbox: an inspiring, thought-provoking studio that splits
its workload between BMW Group and external clients. Here, its
president Holger Hampf reflects on the studio’s ongoing influence – as
well as its role in the future of the ever-changing industry of
transportation and mobility.

1. What would you say are the key values of Designworks today,
forty years after the studio launched?

Holger Hampf: The most important thing is that we
stayed committed to the original plan of Designworks operating as a
profit centre with a split business model to the BMW Group. Working
with external clients brings outside knowledge to the group, opens our
horizon and means we do not only orientate towards automotive design. 

I think it is more important than ever to understand global trends
and global changes at a greater scale while also being very familiar
with the transformations happening in the automotive industry. That is
something our external clients and partners value as well.

2. How important is this cross-section of different industries
you work with?

Holger Hampf: It’s very important. We are seeing
people leading an increasingly digital life, and connectivity is key.
What matters to people is having a seamless experience between their
professional and their personal life. The automotive industry is still
very relevant but it is becoming more of a mobility provider. In order
to do so, we have to understand the spaces and places outside of the
car too.

Designworks has delivered some very successful work to many different
industries in the past – healthcare, sports and consumer electronics –
but we are currently in the process of focusing more on
mobility-relevant topics. This is really a sweet spot of Designworks
and being part of BMW Group is greatly validating our work and point
of view. In the future we will be doing a lot more in this area.

3. So what are the next trends? What is the future of mobility
and what is Designworks’ role in it?

Holger Hampf: The world is moving from an
object-centric view to a user-centric view. In the future, the car
will connect with a much larger ecosystem of mobility and
transportation and still plays a central role in it. But this
ecosystem is growing and becoming more complex all the time: People
expect to seamlessly use the car to get from a suburban area to the
city and then take a train or a bike for the last mile. We want to
help make these connections.

4. Designworks has studios in California, Munich and Shanghai.
How important is this world-view?

Holger Hampf: Very. We opened our Los Angeles studio
in 1972, our Munich office in 2000 and set up our third space in
Shanghai in 2006. These three locations of Designworks are all
strategic picks.

California has such a strong car and innovation culture. It has
always been a very important place to gain insights on customer
desires and needs. China is becoming a very strong market for BMW, one
which is essential to understand from the inside as well.

The headquarters in Los Angeles and our studio in Shanghai both play
a vital role informing the BMW Group about trends in these markets.
The Munich studio at the same time is tapping into European design
culture and serves as a strategic bridge to BMW in our global network.
All three studios together give us a very broad perspective.

5. What is your mission as president of Designworks?

Holger Hampf: Quite simply, to be provocative in a
positive way. My goal at Designworks is to address the effects of
climate change, a growing population and urban density, and to offer a
positive outlook and new solutions.

Design is a forward-thinking and visionary discipline. At
Designworks, we have to react to some of the challenges out there and
face them with positive energy. We are operating with a
solution-oriented attitude.

Original Press Release

Designing for tomorrow.

BMW:Designing for tomorrow.

Munich. How will we be moved in the future? BMW Group
Design is already shaping how we will experience Sheer Driving
Pleasure in the future. The innovative fields of Autonomous Driving,
Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES) will open up totally
new opportunities and experiences – and, at the same time, herald a
paradigm shift in the automotive industry. The BMW Group views design
as the key to this future: It gives shape to areas of innovation and
brings technology to life. Design also has the power to think beyond
the possible and set ambitious developments in motion. The BMW Group
already showed this with the first BMW X5, which effectively invented
the SUV segment; the iDrive Controller, which is found in virtually
every vehicle in one form or another these days, or its BMW i models.
They were all the first of their kind and made a permanent impression
on the automotive world.

We design experiences.

In the future, drivers will be able to choose whether they want to be
driven autonomously (in EASE Mode) or drive themselves (in BOOST
Mode). EASE and BOOST moments form the basis for the design of every
future BMW model. In a nutshell, the concept is: “EASE your Life –
BOOST your Moment.” The EASE and BOOST experiences illustrate what BMW
Group Design aspires to and also what future products could look like:
The purpose of design goes far beyond deciding shape and form. BMW
Group Design creates experiences. The automobile is no longer just a
“vehicle”; it can be a place for relaxation, interaction,
entertainment and concentration. At the same time, it can also become
the ultimate driving machine, enabling customers to experience new
aspects of driving dynamics. The car will be transformed into a new
kind of living space dedicated to people’s needs and wants. The BMW
Group Design is applying the ACES fields of innovation in all their
different forms to create this experience space.

EASE your Life – BOOST your Moment.

What these experiences could look like in the future in concrete form
is shown by the two Vision Vehicles: the BMW Vision iNEXT, unveiled in
2018, and the brand-new BMW Vision M NEXT. Each represents a
prototypical implementation of the future BMW experience worlds of
“EASE” (BMW Vision iNEXT) and “BOOST” (BMW Vision M NEXT). EASE
encompasses all experiences that occur while the vehicle is taking
care of driving tasks itself; BOOST, on the other hand, is all about
the ultimate, active driving experience. In the upcoming product
range, BMW Group Design will realise a wide range of experiences where
these two versions meet in the near future.

Original Press Release

BMW Group digital services at #NEXTGen

BMW:BMW Group digital services at #NEXTGen

The digital BMW ecosystem: early insights into
The BMW Group #NEXTGen event provided exclusive
background information on what the future holds for the myBMW digital
ecosystem. All BMW Group and NOW services, along with mobility
services and products, will be pooled together under this name.
Products and services will be split into My Car, My Life and My
Journey categories, presenting customers with a single gateway into an
all-encompassing portfolio of personal mobility-enhancing offerings.
The BMW Group will reveal further details on myBMW at the IAA Cars
2019 motor show in Frankfurt on 12 – 22 September. 

“Hey BMW, what’s your favourite colour?”. Chatting away with
the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
Since March
2019 the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant has been available in a
large number of models fitted with BMW Operating System 7.0.
Responding to the prompt “Hey BMW”, the intelligent, digital character
helps the driver, learns their preferences, knows their favoured
settings and is an expert on everything to do with the vehicle. Thanks
to the regular Remote Software Upgrades supplied over the air for
seamless installation directly into the vehicle, the BMW Intelligent
Personal Assistant acquires new skills all the time, enhancing and
expanding his capabilities. The next upgrade will make it possible to
enjoy casual chats with him and engage in brief, entertaining exchanges.

Amazon Alexa in BMW and MINI models.
integration of Amazon Alexa is now available for a host of BMW and
MINI models, enabling customers to access many of the Alexa functions
they already use at home while out and about in their car. They can
ask Alexa questions, get weather forecasts and traffic information,
catch up on sporting events, listen to tracks from Amazon Music or
TuneIn, or check out audio books from Audible. Appointments and to-do
lists or shopping lists can likewise be managed simply by speaking.
Added to which, the Control Display in the BMW or MINI also provides
visual feedback for the selected content. And Alexa even makes it
possible for customers to operate compatible smart-home devices, such
as lamps, thermostats and automatic garage doors, from their car.

The BMW Digital Key turns smartphones into car keys.

The Digital Key dispenses with the need for a
conventional car key. Employing Near Field Communication (NFC)
technology, it allows the new BMW 8 Series Coupe and other models in
the BMW range to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone. Holding the
smartphone up to the door handle opens the car. Once inside, the
engine can be started as soon as the phone has been placed in the
wireless charging or smartphone tray. Accessed via BMW Connected, the
Digital Key can optionally be shared with up to five other people. The
BMW Digital Key is currently available for all NFC-capable Samsung
Galaxy devices running Android 8.0 and above.

Digital charging services for electric cars.
charging services from BMW put an end to the stress of searching for
an available charging station. Customers can check the probable
availability of a specific station along the selected route before
they begin their journey. Once they are within 20 minutes’ drive of
the intended charging station, they can also reserve a space directly
from their car. And if that car happens to be a BMW plug-in hybrid,
they will additionally earn valuable iMILES bonus points for any
sections of electric driving recorded within the BMW eDrive Zones.
These can then be exchanged for extra charging credit at all ChargeNow stations.

Original Press Release

An exciting formula for BMW i: Electrification in production and at the racetrack.

BMW:An exciting formula for BMW i: Electrification in production and at the racetrack.

Munich. Racing eDrive01 – that’s the official title of the
highly-efficient power unit at the heart of the success enjoyed by
BMW i Andretti Motorsport in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. It
propels the BMW iFE.18 race cars, with drivers António Félix da
Costa (POR) and Alexander Sims (GBR), to top performances – and top
results – in the official BMW works team’s first season in the
series for fully-electric formula cars. Félix da Costa won on the
team’s debut in Ad Diriyah (KSA) in December 2018. That win allowed
the same BMW i engineers that are otherwise responsible for the
drivetrain in production models, like the BMW i3, to feel like true
winners. Their experience of electrification proved to be crucial at
the racetrack.


BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: “At the start of
the development process for the E drive in Formula E we were faced
with the question: Do we build up our own expertise at BMW Motorsport,
or do we use the extensive BMW i experience in this area? We soon
arrived at an answer. Naturally, it made sense to make use of the
wealth of experience of our colleagues in production.”

What followed is a prime example of the interplay between production
and motorsport development. Under the umbrella of BMW i Motorsport, a
completely new development cycle was established. The goal was always
to make the most efficient use of capacities and to create as many
synergies as possible. Responsibilities were clearly allocated. The
production specialists looked after the electric motor hardware and
the inverter, meaning the entire high-voltage area. This included the
software that the inverter uses to control the E motor, as well as the
materials used, such as for the rotor and stator.

Meanwhile, the BMW Motorsport engineers primarily handled matters
such as the low-voltage control area. They devised recuperation
strategies, undertook the design and implementation of the entire rear
axle structure and developed the cooling concept. “Everything that
each area can do best was intertwined with full transparency. The
technology transfer between our BMW Motorsport engineers and BMW i
colleagues works really well,“ said Marquardt.

The result is a cycle of know-how and experience, which can only
benefit both sides in the future field of electrification. BMW i
Motorsport gains experience under extreme conditions at Formula E
racetracks – and in direct competition with many other automobile
manufacturers. This experience and any findings are then incorporated
in development. “This means that every BMW i customer benefits from
our joint progress in racing,” said Marquardt. For example, the
control software for the high-voltage area, which controls the E motor
via the inverter, is used in both the BMW iFE.18 and the BMW i3.

From a sporting perspective, this unique combination has proved to be
competitive from race one in Formula E. Away from the track too, the
BMW Group is using this ever-expanding racing series to demonstrate
its innovative expertise in key future issues within the automotive
industry. Electrification forms the basis of this, but other focus
subjects, such as autonomous driving, connectivity and services – in
combination with pioneering design, such as can be found with the BMW
i8 Roadster Safety Car – are in the spotlight at every race. As such,
Formula E is becoming a symbol for the consistent future orientation
of BMW i, BMW Motorsport and the BMW Group as a whole.

The BMW i Support Vehicle Fleet.

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 5. Spearheading the fleet are two Safety Cars:
The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100
km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km, combined
CO2 emissions: 46 g/km), which has been specially modified
for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car (combined
fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emission: 42 g/km). 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 (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
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Fully charged, two years ahead of schedule: BMW Group steps up the pace of e-mobility expansion

BMW:Fully charged, two years ahead of schedule: BMW Group steps up the pace of e-mobility expansion

·      Two years early: 25 electrified models in 2023

·      Steep growth curve: sales of electrified vehicles to climb
more than 30 percent per year up to 2025

·      Sales of electrified vehicles set to more than double between
2019 and 2021

·      World premieres at #NEXTGen: BMW Vision M NEXT and BMW
Motorrad Vision DC Roadster showcase next-generation e-mobility

·      BMW eDrive Zones function fitted as standard in BMW plug-in
hybrids from 2020

·      Krüger: “Moving sustainable mobility up a gear”

Munich. Fully charged as it accelerates along its
Future Highway 2025, the BMW Group is adjusting frequency to up the
tempo of its electromobility expansion programme. The company will now
achieve the total of 25 electrified models previously announced for
2025 two years earlier, in 2023. Thanks to flexible
vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and
combustion engine drive trains, the company is able to respond quickly
to changing conditions. More than half of the 25 models will be fully electric.

“We are moving up a gear in the transformation towards sustainable
mobility, thereby making our company fit for the future: Over the past
two years, we have consistently taken numerous decisions that we are
now bringing to the roads. By 2021, we will have doubled our sales of
electrified vehicles compared with 2019,” said Harald
, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in
Munich on Tuesday. “We will offer 25 electrified vehicles already in
2023 – two years earlier than originally planned. We expect to see a
steep growth curve towards 2025: Sales of our electrified vehicles
should increase by an average of 30 percent every year.”

As part of the new #NEXTGen communications format,
the BMW Group is showcasing the next generation of mobility and next
steps it’s taking in that direction. The BMW Vision M
provides a glimpse of the dynamic future of the BMW
brand in the form of a striking electrified sportscar. The BMW Vision
M NEXT is clearly focused on the person driving the vehicle, with
intelligent technology to transform them into the ultimate driver. The
BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster previews the future
of BMW Motorrad with alternative drive forms. This highly emotional
motorcycle preserves the identity and iconic BMW Motorrad appearance,
but also offers a new form of driving fun.

“Our vision is clear: sustainable mobility, produced in a sustainable
manner. We have set ourselves the goal of only buying electricity from
renewable energy sources for all our locations worldwide from 2020,”
said Krüger. “We fulfil our social responsibility –
in all its different facets. We are firmly committed to emission-free
driving. At the same time, we stand by our corporate responsibility
towards our employees, shareholders and investors.”

The BMW Group: a pioneer in electromobility

As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group is already a leading supplier
of electrified vehicles. By the end of 2019, the company aims to have
more than half a million vehicles with fully-electric or plug-in
hybrid drive trains on the roads. Within two years, the company will
offer five fully-electric series-production vehicles: Alongside the
BMW i3, with more than 150,000 units built to date,
this year will see the start of production of the
fully-electric MINI at Plant Oxford (UK). This will
be followed in 2020 by the fully-electric BMW iX3
from Shenyang (China) and, in 2021, by the BMW iNEXT,
which will be produced in Dingolfing (Germany), and the BMW
from Plant Munich (Germany).

Including its extensive fleet of plug-in hybrids, the BMW Group has
the widest range of electrified vehicles on the market. Updated,
extended electric-range plug-in-hybrid versions of the BMW 3 Series,
BMW 7 Series and BMW X5 were presented alongside the new BMW X3
plug-in hybrid at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. A few weeks later,
the updated plug-in hybrid variant of the BMW X1 Long Wheelbase
Version, which is produced locally for the Chinese market, was shown
at the Shanghai Auto Show. Later this summer, plug-in hybrid versions
of the BMW 5 Series and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with
next-generation technology and longer electric range will also be
released. These will be followed next year by the BMW X1 and the BMW 3
Series Touring as plug-in hybrid models. This diversity of electrified
drive concepts underlines the importance of technology openness on the
road to sustainable mobility.

The BMW Group has always promoted emission-free mobility and
advocated for its effective support. However, the demands of future
mobility will be multifaceted. There will not be just one single
solution that meets the mobility needs of all customers around the
world. People living in rural areas, for instance, need different
technological solutions for mobility than those in cities.

BMW eDrive Zones standard in plug-in hybrids from 2020

The effective role plug-in hybrids can play in achieving
emission-free mobility in cities is demonstrated by the BMW
eDrive Zones
function, which will be standard in BMW
plug-in hybrids from 2020: In cities that establish “green zones”
solely for emission-free driving, geofencing technology will be able
to recognise these automatically. When the vehicle enters one of these
zones, it will automatically switch to pure electric driving mode. In
this way, BMW is paving the way for plug-in hybrids to receive the
same access rights to green zones as fully-electric vehicles, since
they behave the same in these areas.

This new type of operating strategy significantly
the potential of plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce
emissions. Increasing the use of electric driving not only optimises
efficiency, but also helps reduce operating costs for customers –
especially in city traffic. After the idea was born, the first
real-life test for the BMW eDrive Zones function is the BMW Group’s
“Electric City Drive” pilot project, in conjunction with the
City of Rotterdam and the local Erasmus University.

New #NEXTGen communications format

With the “BMW Group #NEXTGen” format, the company is taking a new
approach to presenting its future technologies, services and products.
The BMW Group invited international journalists, analysts and other
stakeholders to the BMW Welt in Munich to experience six world
premieres and two highly emotional vision vehicles. The programme will
be rounded off with a Global Influencer Day on 26 June.

In this way, the company is building on its existing global
commitment to international auto shows and tech and future fairs with
a regular independent format for individual mobility “made by the BMW
Group”. In addition to world premieres of new models, a particular
focus will be on experiencing the latest technological developments
from all D+ACES areas of the company: Design, Autonomous Driving,
Connectivity, Electrification, Services.

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The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 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 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 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.






BMW i3 (120 Ah): power consumption
combined 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km

BMW i3s (120 Ah): power consumption
combined 14.6-14.0 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km

BMW 330e Sedan: fuel consumption combined:
1.9-1.6 l/100 km; power consumption combined: 15.4-14.8 kWh/100 km;
CO2 emissions combined: 43-37 g/km

BMW 745e Sedan: fuel consumption combined:
2.3-2.1 l/100 km; power consumption combined: 15.6-15.1 kWh/100 km,
CO2 emissions combined: 52-48 g/km

BMW X5 xDrive45e: fuel consumption combined:
2.1 l/100 km; power consumption combined: 23.0 kWh/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 49 g/km (provisional figures)

BMW X3 xDrive30e: fuel consumption combined: from
2.4 l/100 km; power consumption combined: from 22.7 kWh/100 km, CO2
emissions combined: from 56 g/km (provisional figures)

BMW X1 xDrive25Le: fuel consumption combined:
1.3 l/100 km; power consumption combined: 15.6 kWh/100 km, CO2
emissions combined: 31 g/km

BMW 530e iPerformance Sedan: fuel consumption
combined: 1.8-1.6 l/100 km; power consumption combined:
14.5-13.6 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 41-36 g/km

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer: fuel
consumption combined: 2.5-2.3 l/100 km; power consumption combined:
13.7-13.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 57-52 g/km

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BMW Group trial vehicle “Power BEV”: #NEXTGen19.

BMW:BMW Group trial vehicle “Power BEV”: #NEXTGen19.

Munich. The BMW Group trial vehicle “Power BEV”
presented during #NEXTGen explores what is technically possible. The
vehicle is fitted with three fifth-generation electric drive units and
has a maximum system output in excess of 530 kW/720 hp. This enables
it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in comfortably under
three seconds.

The development team’s aim here was to build an experimental vehicle
which impresses not only with its longitudinal dynamics but also in
terms of lateral dynamics. Indeed, as drivers would expect from a BMW,
it has been designed not only to be fast in a straight line but also
to put a smile on the driver’s face thorough keenly taken corners. 

To this end, the chassis and powertrain engineers worked together
particularly closely to maximise the car’s performance. Key to its
dynamic attributes is that the two electric motors at the rear axle
are controlled separately. This brings e-torque vectoring into play,
which enables maximum drive power to be translated into forward
propulsion even in extremely dynamic driving manoeuvres.

The result is more effective and precise than with a limited slip
differential, because actively targeted inputs are possible in any
driving situation. By contrast, a limited slip differential always
reacts to a difference in rotation speed between the driven wheels.

The drive system comprises three fifth-generation drive units, each
of which brings together an electric motor and the associated power
electronics and power take-off within a single housing. One is mounted
at the front axle and two (a double drive unit) at the rear axle.
Another notable aspect of this generation alongside its eye-catching
power is that it is entirely free of rare earths. An electric motor of
this type will make its series production debut in the BMW iX3. The
iX3 will only have one motor, though, rather than three.

A current BMW 5 Series production model serves as the donor car for
the Power BEV. Integrating a drive system of this type into a
production car represents a serious technical undertaking, but it has
been achieved here with absolutely no restriction in passenger
compartment space. This makes it far easier to assess this drive
concept alongside alternatives.

It has also allowed the engineers to look even more effectively into
the possibilities opened up by two separately controllable electric
motors at the rear axle with e-torque vectoring.

And that means, in future series-production vehicle projects, the
right technology can be selected for the model at hand. Customers will
therefore be provided with the most appropriate technology for their
choice of vehicle concept.

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Autonomous driving at the BMW Group: #NEXTGen 19.

BMW:Autonomous driving at the BMW Group: #NEXTGen 19.

Technologies for an on-demand mobility
How about taking the BMW 7 Series out for a
spin – and watching a film or even closing your eyes for a while? The
BMW Group makes all this possible – and is providing a glimpse of
autonomous driving at #NEXTGen.

In an urban on-demand mobility scenario, a BMW 7 Series impressively
demonstrates how high automation (Level 4) can transform the
individual mobility of the future.
An empty car, summoned by a
smartphone app, drives up to collect its owner. The vehicle can be
directed to any preferred pick-up point, with access authentication
via smartphone upon arrival.

In Level 4, since occupants no longer have to be directly involved in
the driving process, the drive is initiated via an ODM tablet. The
destination address is transmitted to the vehicle via the smartphone
app in advance and the driving seat remains unoccupied.

Due to safety mechanisms implemented in the vehicle, the drive can
only begin once all occupants have fastened their seatbelts.
Passengers can spend their time in the car however they wish. One
option is simply to enjoy the entertainment system. Vehicle functions
can also be controlled this way: Horn, headlight flasher and locking
and unlocking doors are typical functions that have been implemented
for demonstration purposes. Once the vehicle reaches its destination,
the passenger gets out and lets the car park itself.

To ensure safe driving in urban settings, the BMW Group is investing
heavily in development of environment recognition technology with
machine learning capabilities. Both high-performance sensor
technologies such as computer vision and innovative sensor fusion
methods are used. These technologies maximize the benefits of driver
assistance systems for our customers.

Next-level driver assistance: a glimpse of Level 2 functions.

In addition to self-driving technology, the BMW Group also offers the
latest generation of Level 2 driver assistance systems. Today’s driver
assistance functions use powerful radar sensors to safely and
conveniently control the distance to the vehicle ahead. GPS sensors
and map data are used to proactively adjust the speed for cornering
and driving through built-up areas.

The next level of driver assistance is on show at #NEXTGen: Camera
sensors, machine learning and a powerful backend are used not only to
detect speed limit signs, but also to interpret traffic lights,
allowing speed to be regulated even more proactively and conveniently.

History and milestones: automated driving since 2006.

In recent years, the BMW Group has repeatedly demonstrated its
mastery of key requirements for partially to fully-automated driving,
all the way to autonomous driving.  

Back in 2006, a BMW 3 Series drove the ideal racing line around the
Hockenheim Ring all by itself. Test vehicles with Level 3 have been
driving on the A9 Autobahn in Germany since mid-2011.

In 2014, an automated BMW prototype drifted down the Las Vegas
Speedway for the first time – demonstrating how highly-automated
driving can be pushed to the limits.

At the CES show in Las Vegas in 2017, the BMW Group presented
conditionally-automated, connected and personalised Level 3 driving on
a demo drive in a BMW 5 Series Sedan. In the same year, a
conditionally and highly-automated test fleet of 40 BMW 7 Series test
vehicles was also launched in Germany, the US and Israel.

In 2018, the BMW Group opened its Autonomous Driving Campus in
Unterschleissheim outside of Munich and, in March of this year, the
BMW Group D3 high-performance platform went on-stream. This Centre for
Data-Driven Development combines a storage capacity of 230 petabytes
with the computing power of more than 100,000 cores and 200 GPUs.

By acquiring a stake in HERE in 2014 and through collaborations with
Intel, Mobileye (since 2016) and other partners, the BMW Group fired
the starting signal for series development of the BMW iNEXT.

In 2021, the BMW iNEXT will feature the BMW Group’s first secure
Level 3 function for motorways. The BMW Group and its partners, now
mostly working at the new BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus, are
joining forces to create a scalable technology platform for
realisation of safe and stable highly and fully-automated driving. 

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