BMW Team RLL travels to Road America with fond memories.

BMW:BMW Team RLL travels to Road America with fond memories.

Munich
.
BMW Team RLL is ready for the eighth round of the 2019 IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season at Road America (USA). The
circuit in Elkhart Lake is always something special for the squad
around Team Principal Bobby Rahal (USA). It was the site of the
team’s very first victory with BMW – a win for Bill Auberlen and
Joey Hand (both USA) from the pole in 2009.

Over the last years, the team has scored two more poles, two more
victories and five additional podium finishes at Road America. With
the recent success at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CAN), a similar
high-speed, flowing, old school circuit, where the team qualified
one-two and finished second and fourth the team is ready for a good
weekend at Road America.

Tom Blomqvist (GBR), competing in his first race at Road America, and
Connor De Phillippi (USA) will drive the #25 BMW M8 GTE and John
Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) will pilot the #24 BMW M8 GTE. The
green flag for the two-hour-and-forty-minute race falls at 1:35 p.m.
local time on Sunday, August 4th.

Quotes ahead of the race at Road America.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “I think
most folks know that Road America is my favourite circuit in North
America. Over the years the track has been very good to us as it has
seemingly been designed for a BMW with the track’s long straights and
flowing corners – regardless if it is a BMW M3, BMW Z4, BMW M6 or BMW
M8. We were very competitive at Canadian Motorsport Park so I believe
we have to be optimistic about our chances at Road America.”

Tom Blomqvist (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “I’ve been lucky
enough to have tested already at Road America earlier in the year and
I can tell you it’s one of my favourites. It’s an epic track and one
that should suit our package. We’ve been making steady progress in the
right direction and we will be aiming for nothing less than a top
three finish.”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “Road America
is one of the ultimate tracks in North America and it fits the
strengths of our BMW M8 GTE perfectly. We came so close to pulling off
the victory last year and this coming weekend we have the chance to
redeem ourselves. The combination of high and low speed flow is second
to none.”


John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE): “We had a good test at
Road America and we had good pace there last year. The track at Road
America should suit our BMW M8 GTE well and I think we have a good
shot at winning. The atmosphere in Elkhart Lake is always awesome as
it feels like the town is centred around racing. I’m looking forward
to being back and hopefully standing on the podium again.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE): “Road America is my
favourite track in the US. Fast, long, technical and flowing corners
is everything that a driver wants from a race track. Road America also
suits our BMW M8 GTE very well.”

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New BMW entry-level model for customer racing set for its first race outing at the Nürburgring.

BMW:New BMW entry-level model for customer racing set for its first race outing at the Nürburgring.

Munich. A few weeks ago, BMW M Motorsport presented its future
plans for customer racing and announced a new entry-level model for
grassroots motorsport and clubracing based on the BMW M2 Competition

(combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 10.0–9.8*; combined
CO2 emissions in g/km: 227–224*)

. On 3rd August 2019 it will make its race debut on
the Nordschleife within the VLN Endurance Championship at the
Nürburgring (GER). At the wheel will be BMW Motorsport Junior
Beitske Visser (NED) and Jörg Weidinger (GER), test and development
engineer at BMW M GmbH and himself a very successful BMW Sports
Trophy competitor for many years.

 

The car will be run by BMW Motorsport and will sport a special
camouflage livery in the 6-hour race. The goal is to put the car
through another tough test under the extreme conditions faced during a
race on the most demanding racetrack in the world and, in doing so,
prepare it optimally for its outings in the hands of customers from
next season. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered to customers
in the second quarter of 2020.

The race on the Nordschleife is the next step in the intense test
phase. The new car has already completed successful tests at Miramas
(FRA) and Portimão (POR) in recent weeks and months. There will be a
Racing and a Clubsport variant of the new entry-level model for motor
racing, to appeal to more potential amateur racing drivers than with
its predecessor, the BMW M240i Racing. A Permit B version of the car
is planned for use on the Nordschleife within the VLN.

The focus of the car’s development was on simple handling for
everyone – whilst at the same time ensuring the highest possible
technical quality and maximum safety. The race car can be used in many
different fields of motorsport.

Note to editors:

As well as the first photos attached to this press release, you can
also find a video teaser clip at the following link:

https://youtu.be/2aXSmWGeFBs

BMW M2 Competition:

C
ombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 10.0–9.8

Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 227–224

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Photo shoot celebrating a special birthday: The BMW M1 Art Car by Andy Warhol.

BMW:Photo shoot celebrating a special birthday: The BMW M1 Art Car by Andy Warhol.

Munich. “I love this car. It’s more successful than
the artwork,” was the opinion of Andy Warhol after his sweeping brush
strokes had transformed the BMW M1. It took him less than half an hour
to create the fourth exhibit in the BMW Art Car Collection. 40 years
later, enthusiasm for the mid-engined sports car remains unabated.
Already world-famous at that time, the US icon of Pop Art shared the
same passion with many automobile fans of that bygone era. And the
fascination of the unique special created by Warhol has indeed
increased. Many fans regard his Art Car as the highlight of the entire
collection. It’s therefore hardly surprising that Munich-based
automobile photographer Stephan Bauer spontaneously opted for the BMW
M1 finished in the Warhol design when he was selecting his dream
subject on four wheels. Last year, Bauer (29) emerged as the victor in
the Social Media Contest “Shootout 2018” organised by BMW Group
Classic and he was given the opportunity for an exclusive photo shoot
with BMW Art Car Number Four. A series of photos was created to mark
the 40th birthday of the BMW M1 designed by Andy Warhol. They provide
a completely new perspective on one of the most legendary vehicles
from the history of BMW.

Five photographic artists entered their best shots from the world of
BMW classic cars in the “Shootout 2018” competition held on the
Instagram social media platform. BMW Group Classic joined forces with
BMW Culture, BMW Motorsport, BMW M GmbH and BMW subsidiary companies
in several international markets for the joint project. It focused the
attention of young target groups on the numerous motor-sport successes
and record chases with vehicles and engines from BMW over the past 100
years. The prize for the winner was an enthralling photo shoot with a
vehicle of their choice from the comprehensive collection of BMW Group
Classic. The choice of the winner fell on the BMW M1 in the powerful
470 hp racing version produced in conformity with Group 4 regulations.
40 years ago, this automobile both celebrated its sporting debut in
the Procar Series and entered the annals of Pop Art history.

Against the backdrop of an old factory building in Cologne, Stephan
Butler choreographed a spectacular contrast between the brightly
coloured Art Car and the dour grey of the abandoned industrial
structure. At a subsequent outdoor session, laser search lights
shrouded the BMW M1 in a positively mystical atmosphere. In both
settings, the Art Car kept emerging from a completely new perspective
– and always to perfection. The results of the photo shoot are posted
on the Facebook page
of BMW Group Classic
and on the Instagram Account of
BMW Group Classic
.

Andy Warhol’s Art Car proved to be a dream subject for the recent
photo shoot in Cologne. The artist himself made things much more
difficult for the photographers. 40 years ago, the cameras had hardly
been set up when Warhol had already finished painting the bodywork in
all the colours of the rainbow. As the artist explained later, his
speed was a reflection of the statement made by his work of art: “I
attempted to show speed as a visual image. When an automobile is
really travelling fast, all the lines and colours are transformed into
a blur.”

Very soon after the last brush stroke had been applied, the BMW M1
styled by Warhol demonstrated just how fast an artwork can be. In June
1979, the BMW M1 emblazoned with start number 76 competed in the 24
Hour Race of Le Mans. German driver Manfred Winkelhock, and Frenchmen
Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot drove the Art Car to second place in
its class and achieved a ranking of six in the overall standings.

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Specifications of the all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan, valid from 03/2019.

BMW:Specifications of the all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan, valid from 03/2019.

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Specifications of the all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan, valid from March 2019.

Update of the technical data of all BMW series :

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.
 



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Series Sedan, valid from 03/2019.

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CO2 emission information.

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

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

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

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: BMW S 1000 RR riders dominate the IRRC, the IDM and in Malaysia.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: BMW S 1000 RR riders dominate the IRRC, the IDM and in Malaysia.

FIM Endurance World Championship: First place in the
Superstock class for the BMW S 1000 RR at the Suzuka finale.

The Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race brought the 2018/19 season of the
FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) to a close for the BMW
teams. This is the most important race of the year for the Japanese
manufacturers – accordingly, they fielded works teams strengthened by
international top riders.

The best-placed BMW team in the strong field was TONE RT SYNCEDGE
4413. The Japanese team finished in 14th place in the
overall standings and also finished first in the Superstock category.
The #80 BMW S 1000 RR was ridden by Tomoya Hoshino, Kokoro Atsumi and
Takeshi Ishizuka (all JPN). The #6 RR of ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance,
regular starters in the EWC class, crossed the finish line in
16th place. The three Frenchmen Kenny Foray, Julien Da
Costa and Mathieu Gines shared the saddle. Koji Teramoto (JPN) and
Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP) ended the race with the #52 BMW S 1000 RR of
TERAMOTO@J-TRIP Racing in 23rd place overall and third
place in the Superstock class.

International Road Racing Championship: Davey Todd extends
championship lead with double win.

BMW racers were also dominant in Chimay, Belgium at the third round
of the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC) season. They
secured top-three and top-four lockouts for the BMW S 1000 RR in the
two races. Davey Todd (GBR / WEPOL Racing) headed up the field of
successful BMW riders. He took victory in both races and this double
win saw him further extend his lead in the championship. Didier Grams
(GER / G & G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad) finished in second place
in both races. In race one, it was Marek Červený (CZE / WEPOL Racing)
who completed the podium in third, while in race two it was Erno
Kostamo (FIN / 38 Motorsport) who claimed third place, with Červený
finishing in fourth.

International German Championship: BMW racers dominant at Schleiz.

The fifth round of the International German Championship (IDM) season
was held at the iconic track near Schleiz (GER) – and BMW S 1000 RR
riders also dominated there with a top-four and a top-three lockout.
Once again it was the two alpha Racing-van-Zon-BMW riders who set the
place. Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) got the win in both races, while his
team-mate Julian Puffe (GER) finished second in the two races. In race
one, Jan Bühn (GER / EGS Moto Racing) joined them on the podium in
third place. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED) completed the top-four lockout.
In the second race, Bijsterbosch finished in third place behind
Mikhalchik and Puffe. Puffe remains in the lead in the championship,
Mikhalchik trails him by nine points in second place.

Spanish Superbike Championship: Double podium for Carmelo Morales.

The fourth round of the 2019 season of the Spanish Superbike
Championship (ESBK) was held at MotorLand Aragón (ESP) at the weekend,
with two races scheduled for the superbike riders. This time, BMW
racer Carmelo Morales (ESP) and BMW easyRace Team got a double podium
and Morales finished both races in third place on his BMW S 1000 RR.

Italian Superbike Championship: Fourth round of the season at Misano.

The fourth round of the 2019 season of the Italian Superbike
Championship (CIV) was held at Misano (ITA) at the weekend. In the
first of the two races, Luca Vitali (ITA / DMR Racing) in fourth place
was the best BMW rider. His team-mate Matteo Baiocco (ITA) finished
seventh, with Roberto Tamburini (ITA / Cherry Box 24 Guandalini
Racing) behind him in eighth place. In race two, Christiano Gamarino
(ITA / Tutapista Corse) in seventh, Vitali in eighth and Lorenzo Lanzi
(ITA / Berclaz Racing Italia) in tenth all secured top ten positions.

Italian National Trophy 1000: Podium for Michel Fabrizio.

The Italian National Trophy 1000 (IT 1000) was also at Misano (ITA)
for its fourth race of the season. Seasoned rider Michel Fabrizio
(ITA) claimed a spot on the podium, finishing in third place on his
BMW S 1000 RR. Remo Castellarin (ITA) finished fifth while Alessio
Velini (ITA) was tenth to also make it into the top ten.

Malaysia Superbike Championship: BMW S 1000 RR dominant at Sepang.

Like at the season opener, BMW S 1000 RR riders were also dominant at
the second round of the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) at
Sepang (MAS). In the three races in total that were held over the
weekend, they picked up two top-four and one top-three lockouts. Race
one was won by the reigning champion, Farid Badrul (MAS / Horizon
Racing Team). Second place went to Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin (MAS /
SIC Junior ZK Racing). Joe Sharul (MAS / FTA Liqui Moly Racing Team)
rounded off the podium in third place, and Amirul Hafiq Azmi (MAS /
ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team) finished in fourth place. In races two
and three, it was Khairuddin who was the winner, Badrul finished
second and Hafiq Azmi third. Sharul finished in seventh and fourth
place in these races. Sharul also finished in first place in the
special Superstock classification in all three races.

South African Superbike Championship: Lance Isaacs on the
podium twice.

The South African Superbike Championship (RSA SBK) held its fourth
race event of the season at Zwartkops, South Africa, at the weekend.
The races on Saturday went well for BMW racer Lance Isaacs (RSA) of
Team LIR / Supabets Gaming Group. He finished on the podium with his
BMW S 1000 RR in both races. In the first race he finished second,
while in the second race he finished in third place.

BMW Motorrad BoxerCup: Third round of the season at Schleiz.

The newly launched BMW Motorrad BoxerCup promoted by Wilbers entered
its third round as part of the IDM weekend at Schleiz (GER). In this
race series, the riders compete on identical BoxerCup bikes. Victory
in the first race went to Nate Kern (USA) of Team Wunderlich
Motorsport. His team-mate Chris Höfer (GER) finished second and Marvin
Jürgens (GER / Team Motorsport Burgdorf) finished in third place.
Höfer won the second race ahead of Kern, with Jürgens finishing third
once again.

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 26/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 26/2019.

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: BMW i Andretti Motorsport tests in Spain.

Preparations for the second season in the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship are in full swing at BMW i Andretti Motorsport. The next
testing session is scheduled for the coming week, at “Circuit Calafat”
in Spain. At the wheel will be BMW works driver Alexander Sims (GBR)
and Maximilian Günther (GER). Last season, 22-year-old Günther drove
for Geox Dragon in Formula E. He started his single-seater racing
career in the 2011 Formula BMW Talent Cup – the BMW talent promotion
programme at that time. Over the coming weeks and months, various
drivers will be involved in BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s preparations,
and will complete tests in the simulator and on the track. 
 
GT4 France: BMW M4 GT4 reaches the podium. 

At the fourth race weekend of the season in the GT4 France,
Ricardo van der Ende (NED) and Christopher Campbell (FRA) claimed
second place to reach the podium in Saturday’s race at
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). After 21 laps in the #17 BMW M4 GT4, the duo
from Team L’Espace Bienvenue was just 0.785 seconds away from first
place. In Friday’s race, Laurent Hurgon and Julien Piguet (both FRA)
put in a strong performance, finishing fourth in the BMW Team France
#3 BMW M4 GT4 and just missing out on the podium. They secured third
place in the Pro-Am category. Both races were part of the supporting
programme for the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
 
VLN: Comeback for legendary “Eifelblitz”. 

A legend returns: The legendary 2009 version of the BMW M3 GTR S
will be returning to the Nordschleife (GER) this coming weekend, at
the fifth race of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. At the
wheel: Johannes Scheid (GER). The former champion and Scheid
Motorsport team principal will be appearing behind the wheel of the
legendary car to complete a demo lap on the Nordschleife at the ROWE 6
Hours ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race. The “Eifelblitz” will compete for the FEV
Racing team, which has owned the car with cult status since 2012.
Together with Scheid Motorsport, the team celebrated two overall wins
in the VLN, four class wins and a fifth place at the Nürburgring
24-hour race between 2003 and 2009. “It is a lovely gesture from FEV
to allow me to drive a demo lap in the car to mark my 50 years of
involvement in motorsport,” said Scheid. “I was involved in
constructing this car from scratch, every single part. The steering
and the entire front axle were adjusted to the conditions on the
Nordschleife, and we also had to modify the transmission and the
exhaust. But after all this time, I will have to check again to see
where the buttons and everything are. Of course, I won’t be driving at
race speed.”

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The all-new BMW 3 Series Touring – Additional pictures.

BMW:The all-new BMW 3 Series Touring – Additional pictures.

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Please find attached on location pictures of the International Media Launch of the all-new BMW 3 Series Touring.

Please find attached on location pictures of the International Media
Launch of the all-new BMW 3 Series Touring.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW 330d xDrive Touring Fuel consumption combined:
5.6 – 5.4 l/100 km (50.4 – 52.3 mpg imp), CO2 emissions
combined: 146 – 140 g/km

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

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Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 reaches 11th place after chasing performance in Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW:Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 reaches 11th place after chasing performance in Spa-Francorchamps.

Spa-Francorchamps. By the end of a turbulent 24-hour race in
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), defending champions Walkenhorst Motorsport
had put in an impressive chasing performance as the #34 BMW M6 GT3 –
driven by Christian Krognes (NOR) and BMW works drivers Nick
Catsburg (NED) and Mikkel Jensen (DEN) – claimed 11th
place after starting from 35th on the grid. An accident
that was not the fault of the drivers forced BMW Team Schnitzer’s
#42 BMW M6 GT3, driven by Martin Tomczyk (GER), Augusto Farfus (BRA)
and John Edwards (USA), to retire just before the halfway point
after an equally strong performance had seen them move up to third
place.

 

The 71st running of the classic endurance race in the
Ardennes was affected by extremely changeable weather conditions.
Drivers battled through soaring temperatures of around 40 degrees
Celsius during qualifying, but fog and heavy rain then interrupted the
race for six hours. After 363 laps, victory in the third race of the
Intercontinental GT Challenge was claimed by the #20 Porsche.

 

During the first 12 hours, the #42 BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer
and the #34 BMW M6 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport had battled their way
through the field thanks to some impressive overtaking manoeuvres.
Both cars struggled with the heat during qualifying but after starting
from 31st and 35th positions they had moved into
the top ten by early on Sunday morning.

Edwards was battling with poor visibility and heavy rain at the wheel
of the #42 car at around 04:30am when he was involved in an accident
through no fault of his own. Another car hit him from behind and sent
him spinning. The damage to the car was so severe that Edwards, Farfus
and Tomczyk had to retire from the race. Shortly after the accident,
the worsening weather conditions saw the red flag come out and the
race suspended.

The #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport car saw out the night without
incident, resuming the race after a near six-hour interruption in
second place. Krognes took the lead after the restart, but the BMW M6
GT3 had to head for the pits after the obligatory technical stop that
cost the team five minutes. The long interruption meant that there was
not enough time left in the race to make up that time and catch the
leaders. The winning car from last year crossed the finishing line in
11th place.

Three BMW M6 GT3s were competing in the Am category. The Boutsen
Ginion team’s #9 car completed a challenging race to secure eighth
place in the Am class. The second BMW M6 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport
and the 3Y Technology team car both retired.

Reactions to the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps:

Henry Walkenhorst (Walkenhorst Motorsport Team Principal):

“Of course, the fact that we won here last year means that we aren’t
really satisfied with 11th place. You could see that the
cars with turbo engines were struggling in the heat throughout the
week and could not reach the performance levels we had hoped for,
especially in qualifying. Our race speed was then pretty good and we
were able to move up through the field until the race was stopped.
Unfortunately, the red flag phase really hurt us due to the technical
pit stop that we still had to make. Some tyre problems and a collision
during the final phase also cost us some time. We could have reached
fifth or sixth despite the race interruption. Congratulations to our
lads, who didn’t make any mistakes.”

Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
11th place):

“After the five-minute technical pit stop in the race, we just didn’t
have any more time to make any progress. But I am still very proud of
the performance from the entire team. We didn’t make any mistakes and
the car was very fast. Ultimately, luck was just not on our side. You
win some, you lose some.”

Mikkel Jensen (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
11th place):

“To start with, I am happy to have completed a 24-hour race for the
first time in my career. The race went really well during the night.
My lap times were some of the fastest out there. Unfortunately, I
couldn’t get to that speed at the end and the closing phase was very
difficult for me. But it was primarily the fact that we had to make
our five-minute stop under the green flag, and not during the yellow
flag phase like many other teams, that cost us a top finish.”

 

Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
11th place):

“Although we didn’t make any mistakes and made good progress, we
didn’t get the result we had hoped for. We came here to fight for a
podium finish and, for a while, it looked like it would be possible. I
think that the red flag benefited our competitors more than it did us,
as we still had to make the technical pit stop. It would have been
good to have a few more hours on the track to make up that time. It
was a shame that the race finished like that, but we will be back to
try again next year.”

Herbert Schnitzer jr. (BMW Team Schnitzer Team Manager):

“Of course, that is a really bitter pill to swallow for the whole
team. We were doing really well and had a realistic chance of a podium
finish. But the accident that led to our retirement was not our fault,
just like at the Nürburgring. The drivers and the whole team really
deserved to be rewarded for their great work.”

John Edwards
(#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, DNF):

“The conditions were very dangerous for racing. In fact, the fog was
more dangerous than the rain. On every lap I used the radio to say
that a ‘full course yellow’ or a red flag would have been appropriate,
as the conditions were very dangerous. Unfortunately, what happened to
me was the best example for that. That is very disappointing. We were
in third place at the time and I think that we could have recorded a
good result.”

Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, DNF):

“It is difficult to put this into words. The race was going very
promisingly. The track temperature was in our favour and we worked
really well together as a team. I think we had a good pace and we did
mount a superb chasing performance. The conditions at the end were
extremely difficult and it was a very unlucky situation for John. But
that’s motorsport.”

 

Martin Tomczyk (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, DNF):

“That result is hard to take. The weather conditions were pretty
tough. John was hit by a car that was struggling with aquaplaning. It
is a huge shame that we had to retire, as we were doing well at that
point. But those are the pitfalls of a 24-hour race. Unfortunately,
that’s not the first time I’ve experienced it this year.”

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BMW Group Plant Spartanburg doubles battery production capacity

BMW:BMW Group Plant Spartanburg doubles battery production capacity

Spartanburg/ Munich. BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in
the US state of South Carolina has doubled its capacity for production
of high-voltage batteries. The plant’s own battery facility now
produces the new fourth-generation batteries. These are intended for
the plug-in hybrid models of the new BMW X5 and the future BMW X3,
also produced in Spartanburg.

“We have invested around ten million US dollars in a new battery
assembly line and expanded the area to more than 8,000 square metres.
This means we could double the number of batteries produced if needed
to meet market demand,” explains Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice
President Engines and Electrified Drivetrains, BMW Group.

The new assembly line will be able to produce different types of
fourth-generation batteries to serve the growing range of electrified
vehicles locally. These batteries are based on a new technology
concept that further enhances their performance.

More than 120 people will be employed in battery production at Plant
Spartanburg by the end of the year, having completed a comprehensive
training programme to acquire the technological know-how needed for
battery production.

“We have produced batteries on site at Plant Spartanburg since 2015 –
making the BMW Group a pioneer for electromobility in the US,” says
Knudt Flor, President and CEO, BMW Manufacturing, Co., LLC. In the
past four years, the plant’s battery assembly team has produced a
total of more than 45,000 batteries.

Further investment in production of BMW X5 and BMW X3 plug-in hybrids

Between 2015 and 2018, BMW Group Plant Spartanburg built the first
series produced plug-in hybrid vehicle, the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined
fuel consumption: 3,3 l/100km; combined power consumption: 15,3
kWh/100km ; combined CO2-emission: 77 g/km), for the core BMW brand.
The start of production for the new BMW X5 xDrive45e (combined fuel
consumption: 2,0-1,7 l/100km*; combined power consumption: 23,5-20,3
kWh/100km*; combined CO2-emission: 47-39 g/km*) will be in August
2019; production of the BMW X3 xDrive30e (combined fuel consumption:
from 2,4 l/100 km*; combined power consumption: from 22,7 kWh/100 km*;
combined CO2-emission: from 56 g/km*; provisional figures) will get
underway in December.

“The BMW X5 and BMW X3 are currently among the top-selling BMW models
in the US. We expect their plug-in hybrid variants to be just as
popular with customers,” adds Flor.

Since the start of the year, the BMW Group has invested a further ten
million US dollars in production of plug-in hybrid models. An
additional 225 vehicle assembly workers received training in the
production of electrified vehicles, adding to the Plant’s already
skilled staff.

International production network for batteries

The BMW Group currently has three battery facilities: at the
Competence Centre for E-drive Production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing
in Germany, at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the US and at Plant
Powertrain of its joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA). The
BMW Group also produces batteries for local car production in
cooperation with a partner in Thailand. The BMW Group’s battery
research and pilot plant are located in Munich.

BMW X3 xDrive30e: combined fuel consumption: from 2,4
l/100 km*; combined power consumption: from 22,7 kWh/100 km*; combined
CO2-emission: from 56 g/km*

Expected to be available from 12/2019, provisional figures

BMW X5 xDrive40e: combined fuel consumption: 3,3
l/100km; combined power consumption: 15,3 kWh/100km ; combined
CO2-emission: 77 g/km

BMW X5 xDrive45e: combined fuel consumption: 2,0-1,7
l/100km*; combined power consumption: 23,5-20,3 kWh/100km*; combined
CO2-emission: 47-39 g/km*

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BMW Summer School 2019 shines the spotlight on “Artificial Intelligence and Urban Living”.

BMW:BMW Summer School 2019 shines the spotlight on “Artificial Intelligence and Urban Living”.

Munich. As an initiative from the BMW Group Research
division, the BMW Summer School provides junior scientists from all
over the world with a regular opportunity to discuss their research
with top-class experts from both theoretical and practical
backgrounds. This year’s get-together took place in Lenggries-Fall,
Bavaria on 15 – 20 July 2019 under the auspices of the French consul
general, and was staged in collaboration with EURECOM,
the Technical University of Munich
(TUM)
and BayFrance with the
support of the Franco-German
University
, the Digitalist
Group
and the German-French Academy for the Industry of the
Future. The platform the BMW Summer School provides for dialogue with
established professionals from academia and industry combines with the
participants’ multidisciplinary backgrounds to give the event its
distinct identity. This year, young researchers from the fields of
computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering,
civil engineering, psychology, law and industrial design got together.
“We see the BMW Summer School as a benchmark for cooperation between
industry and universities“, said Hannemor Keidel, TUM representative
for scientific relations with France.

Artificial intelligence is transforming mobility and urban living.

“Advances in the field of artificial intelligence have a major role
to play in shaping the future of mobility,” commented Michael
Würtenberger, Head of the Excellence Cluster for AI at the BMW Group.
“The BMW Group identified AI as a vital research area at an early
stage and set up the requisite development expertise.” The influence
of AI extends far beyond mobility into day-to-day life, future
production methods and business processes; AI therefore affects
society as a whole. The interdisciplinary nature of the BMW Summer
School 2019 made it the ideal forum for highlighting to participants
the social relevance of their research topics.

BMW Summer School: the sharing of scientific knowledge between
the worlds of theory and practice across three main areas.

To facilitate an intense exchange between the junior researchers and
the experts from science and industry, the programme for the BMW
Summer School 2019 was organised into three main areas.

Highlights from the keynote track, for example,
included a talk by Carlo Ratti, who heads the Senseable City Lab at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ratti: “Large cities
worldwide are facing enormous challenges. Big Data and AI can give us
better knowledge of the urban environment, and thus their potential
beneficial applications are countless.  This requires a new generation
of researchers to think and collaborate across disciplines and it is
great to see this kind of thinking fostered by the BMW Summer School”.
There were also breakout sessions that gave the participants the
chance to discuss specialised topics in small groups with academics
and industry representatives. The issues up for debate included the
use of AI for mobility services, design thinking methodology, quantum
computer technology and ethical considerations relating to the
interaction between human and artificial intelligence. “The successful
development of smart cities relies on the harmonization between
people, mobility solutions and infrastructure and their mutual
cooperation. We are expecting artificial intelligence and 5G to be
catalysts for smart cities”, said Weiyun Jiao from the Chinese
National Center for Intelligent Transport Systems in one of the sessions.

The poster track centred on the fields of research
pursued by the up-and-coming scientists. The participants presented
the ideas behind their current research and its objective to the
multidisciplinary audience in a competition format. This year’s awards
for the best research posters and most engaging presentations went to
Matthias Zöhrer (Graz
University of Technology
), Dantong Ge (Beijing Institute of
Technology
) and Felix Batsch (Coventry University).

The third key element was the lean startup machine.
The participants were split into mixed groups, asked to develop
innovative product and service ideas based on their research topics
under the guidance of agile design coaches and eventually present them
to the audience in a short pitch. This competition gave the young
researchers a realistic impression of what putting technological
innovations into practice entails, be it in the form of a business
idea or company startup. This year’s winning team of the startup pitch
award created the concept for „APPetite“ – an AI empowered meal
planner that helps its users to reduce the ecological impact of food waste.

In addition to the three main elements of the BMW Summer School 2019
programme, the PhD students also seized the opportunity to share ideas
informally among themselves and with the assembled science and
business experts. This allowed them to gain some inspirational
insights into the research work carried out in various disciplines and
its practical application in the industrial sector. A pair of evening
events involving Prof. Jörg Ott and Prof. Constantinos Antoniou from
TUM and Dr. Markus Grüneisl, Head of Production Systems,
Digitalisation and Operative Excellence at the BMW Group, helped
maximise this exchange of knowledge.

Experts at the BMW Summer School 2019.

Industry and business:
Pang Heng Soon, SGInnovate,
Singapore
Markus Grueneisl, BMW Group
Toni Cheng,
Alibaba
Ulrich Fastenrath, BMW Group
Jane Vita, Digitalist
Group
Oliver Oberst, IBM
Jakub Marecek, IBM
Tom
Hubregtsen, BMW Group
Irina Benkert, BMW Group
Kyle
Hounslow, Digitalist Group

Research:
Prof. Carlo Ratti, MIT
Weiyun Jiao, ITSC,
Ministry of Transport, People’s Republic of China
Prof. Arnaud de
la Fortelle, Mine ParisTech
Prof. Jean-François Bruneau,
IVADO
Prof. Jörg Ott, TUM
Prof. Constantinos Antoniou,
TUM
Susanne Müller, Munich School of Philosophy

Research committee at the BMW Summer School 2019.

Committee chairpersons:
Prof. Ulrich Finger, Director of
EURECOM
Prof. Andreas Herkersdorf, Head of the Chair for
Integrated Systems, TUM
Michael Würtenberger, Head of Research
E/E Architecture and Technologies, BMW Group

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