Ahead of BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s appearance at Donington Park: Positive mid-season review in the new BMW S 1000 RR’s maiden season.

BMW:Ahead of BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s appearance at Donington Park: Positive mid-season review in the new BMW S 1000 RR’s maiden season.

Munich. This weekend (5th to 7th July)
marks the start of the second half of the new BMW S 1000 RR’s maiden
season in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). At
Donington Park in England, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will
contest the eighth race event of the year with riders Tom Sykes
(GBR) and Markus Reiterberger (GER). The project, still in its early
days, can be seen as positive so far, mid-way through the season.


The new BMW S 1000 RR was presented to the world at the EICMA Milan
Motorcycle Show (ITA) in November 2018. After less than three months
of development the racing version of the new RR took to the track in
the WorldSBK. The new superbike demonstrated its potential early on,
and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team was consistently among the top six
of the fiercely contested world championship. The highlight to date
was at the seventh round of the season at Misano (ITA), when Sykes
finished second in the race on Saturday to claim the much-celebrated
first WorldSBK podium for the new RR.

In the second half of the season about to get underway, the aim is to
build on the achievements thus far and continue the development of the
racing motorcycle step by step. The races at Donington Park are Sykes’
home races, and BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s HQ in Guisborough (GBR)
is located just 230 kilometres from the racetrack.

Quotes ahead of the races at Donington Park.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
are very pleased with the progress of this season so far. When we
travelled to Australia with the brand-new BMW S 1000 RR for the season
opener in February, we knew that we would have major challenges in
store. And we have mastered them well. For us, 2019 is a year of
development, and so far we have achieved what we set out to do:
continuously improve the racing version of the RR and gradually close
in on the top. Tom’s podium at Misano was fantastic affirmation of the
hard work put in by everyone involved. Now we want to build on this
and continue on the current path in the direction of the top spots. We
are really looking forward to the races at Donington Park. The
objective for the weekend is to continue to establish ourselves in the
top six and optimise the overall package further.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
“After a positive first half of the season, it’s now
really exciting for everyone in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team to
arrive at our local round. We come with a lot of hope and expectations
after a very positive Misano weekend for Tom and also Markus. On
Markus’ side, we ended up in a very good position after the final race
and we hope we can carry this confidence into Donington which I think
will suit his riding style so we expect to be able to maintain
progress with Markus with a good feeling with the bike. On Tom’s side,
we have a rider in Tom that’s very high in confidence and looking
forward for the first time in a long time to be racing at his home
event. We know that he is extremely fast at Donington in Superpole and
I think that we have shown that the BMW S 1000 RR has now become a
very good package in race conditions. I also think that the track
temperatures at Donington should suit the RR and I hope that both Tom
and Markus can progress and we can push in the top six – and maybe the
outside chance of a podium again is what Tom will be aiming for. With
Markus we hope to make further progress and get into the top ten.”

Tom Sykes: “I’m very much looking forward to my home
round at Donington Park. Certainly coming off the back of some form at
Misano, a strong performance and collecting the second place on the
podium I feel that the development of the BMW S 1000 RR is in a good
direction. The whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is doing some great
work and we are all making progress. With that in mind and our recent
form I’m really looking forward to Donington and hope that we can keep
that level of performance – or maybe even squeeze a little bit more
out. We’ll start to work for that on Friday morning!”

Markus Reiterberger: “I have very good memories of
Donington. I won there last year with a very good race. Overall the
track is very demanding, and it reminds me a little bit of Schleiz. I
really like it there. I hope that we continue to make good progress,
and that we will have a good feeling as we head to Laguna Seca the
following week, which is a new track for me. The weather in England is
always a little unpredictable, but we have to try to prepare the bike
well for all conditions. I am really looking forward to the weekend
and hope that there will be further progress.”

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They are back: BMW M1 Procar Revival at the Norisring – Stuck: “I just want to enjoy the ride”.

BMW:They are back: BMW M1 Procar Revival at the Norisring – Stuck: “I just want to enjoy the ride”.

Munich. As part of the DTM weekend at the
Norisring (GER), the legendary BMW M1 Procar series is making
a comeback. Numerous iconic drivers such as Hans-Joachim Stuck
(GER), Marc Surer (SUI), Harald Grohs (GER) and Jan Lammers (NED)
will be involved.


Thrilling battles for position between Formula 1 drivers and
international privateers in identical BMW M1 cars made every race in
the series, launched 40 years ago, a spectacular event. On the
Nuremberg street circuit, 14 of the 470 hp mid-engine sports cars
built according to Group 4 regulations will revive the passion of the
Procar series founded specifically for the racetrack debut of the BMW M1.

“I’m really looking forward to the revival of the BMW M1 Procar
series,” said Stuck. “The combination of the six fastest Formula 1
drivers and cool privateers hasn’t been seen since. Then there is the
unique sound of the BMW M1. That is unique to this day. I just want to
enjoy the ride. It really doesn’t matter to me whether I finish
second, third or fourth. I want to drive the car, hear it and
experience it. I’ve won enough races in my life.”

To mark the occasion of the Procar Revival, BMW Group Classic has
lined up numerous acclaimed drivers to return to the BMW M1 cockpit.
In the 1980 Procar race at the Norisring Hans-Joachim Stuck won ahead
of Jan Lammers and Marc Surer – all three legends will be reunited in
Nuremberg this weekend. Also lining up will be Harald Grohs, who won
the first ever race in the DTM 35 years ago at Zolder in Belgium, with
a BMW 635 CSi.

The crowd can look forward to a total of four appearances by the
Procar races on all three event days, including right before each of
the two DTM races.

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The new BMW X6. A leader with broad shoulders.

BMW:The new BMW X6. A leader with broad shoulders.

Munich. The new BMW X6 blends the agile and versatile
driving properties of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the head-turning
looks of a coupe. The third-generation X6 employs a clean, exclusive
design language to underscore its confident and commanding appearance.
And advanced powertrain and chassis technology teams up with a wealth
of innovations to deliver a uniquely sporting yet also luxurious
driving experience. Like its predecessor, the new BMW X6 will be
produced in the US at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg. The market launch
will begin in November 2019.

Dynamically stretched proportions exude sporting
The new BMW X6 has grown by 26 millimetres in
exterior length over the outgoing model (to 4,935 mm) and by 15 mm in
width (to 2,004 mm). It now stands 6 mm lower (at 1,696 mm) and
combines dynamically stretched proportions with exceptional visual
muscularity. The car’s wheelbase has increased by 42 mm to 2,975 millimetres.

The large, single-frame BMW kidney grille is the most striking
feature of the front end, the outer edges of the kidney grille now
approaching the headlights at a clearly defined angle. The new BMW X6
is available for the first time as an option with an
illuminated BMW kidney grille, which adds an
exclusive flourish to the exterior design. The illumination is
activated by opening or closing the car, but the driver can switch it
on and off manually too. This lighting function for the kidney grille
is also available while driving.

If the optional BMW Laserlight with Adaptive LED
headlights is specified, a BMW Laserlight spotlight with
Selective Beam optimises the non-dazzling high beam function, whose
range increases to around 500 metres. BMW Laserlight can be identified
by the blue x-shaped elements inside the signature BMW twin
headlights. The flanks of the new X6 are defined by familiar BMW
proportions, a crisply drawn character line and the dynamic roofline.
19-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with other wheel
variants ranging in size from 20 to 22 inches available as an option.
The BMW X6 M50i and BMW X6 M50d come with 21-inch light-alloy wheels as standard.

The new BMW X6 is available from launch in xLine and M Sport model
variants as an alternative to standard specification. The two
equipment lines each have their own distinctive design cues.

Interior: an exclusive ambience imbued with sporting flair.

The interior of the new BMW X6 is geared squarely to delivering
an exclusive and dynamic driving experience. Clear structures lend the
cabin a modern and sporty appearance. The design of the cockpit,
complete with the new arrangement and design of the control elements,
represents a progressive re‑interpretation of the driver focus for
which BMW is renowned. The new BMW X6 comes as standard with Vernasca
leather upholstery.

The interior offers a high degree of variability, thanks to 40:20:40
split rear seat backrests that can be folded down to increase boot
capacity from 580 to 1,530 litres. Highlight equipment features from
the list of optional extras include multifunction seats with massage
function for the driver and front passenger, four-zone automatic
climate control, thermoelectric cup holders, glass
for selected controls, the Panorama glass
roof Sky Lounge, the Ambient Air interior fragrancing package and the
Bowers & Wilkins Diamond+ 3D Surround Sound System.

Four powerful engines and an M duo from launch.

The line-up of engines available for the new BMW X6 from launch
includes two petrol units and a pair of diesel variants from the
latest generation. The model line-up is spearheaded by a BMW M model
with a newly developed 390 kW/530 hp V8 petrol engine. The BMW X6 M50i
(fuel consumption combined: 10.7–10.4 l/100 km [26.4–27.2 mpg imp];
CO2 emissions combined: 243–237 g/km)* is joined in the
range by the BMW X6 M50d (fuel consumption combined: 7.2–6.9 l/100 km
[39.2‑40.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 190–181 g/km)*
with 294 kW/400 hp six-cylinder in‑line diesel engine and a quartet of
turbochargers. A straight-six petrol unit with output of 250 kW/340 hp
sees action in the BMW X6 xDrive40i (fuel consumption combined:
8.6–8.0 l/100 km [32.8–35.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 197–181 g/km)*, and the BMW X6 xDrive30d (fuel consumption
combined: 6.6–6.1 l/100 km [42.8–46.3 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 172–159 g/km)* employs a six-cylinder in-line
diesel with 195 kW/265 hp. All variants of the new BMW X6 fulfil the
requirements of the EU6d-TEMP emissions standard. The M Sport exhaust
system fitted as standard on both M models is also available as an
option for the other versions of the BMW X6 or as part of the M Sport
package, and gives the car an unmistakable and emotionally rich aural presence.

All new BMW X6 models come as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic
transmission, while intelligent all-wheel drive maximises traction,
agility and directional stability. The latest generation of the
BMW xDrive system once again splits drive torque
between the front and rear wheels variably and as the situation
demands – only now with even greater precision and speed.
In situations which do not require all-wheel drive, drive can be
channelled entirely to the rear wheels in the interests of efficiency.
The xDrive system also maintains a rear-wheel bias in particularly
dynamic driving situations. The car’s sporting attributes are aided by
the electronically controlled M differential lock at the rear axle
available as part of M Sport specification or in conjunction with the
optional xOffroad package.

Perfectly tuned chassis systems enhance sporting responses,
comfort levels and off-road prowess.

A double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle give the
new BMW X6 the ideal suspension tools to deliver dynamism and ride
comfort on the road, plus unshakable traction off the beaten track.
Dynamic Damper Control is included as standard, the Adaptive M
suspension Professional
with active
roll stabilisation and Integral Active
endows the car with exceptionally agile and dynamic
driving qualities, and the new BMW X6 is also available with
two-axle air suspension including automatic
self-levelling. The car’s height can be altered at the touch of a
button in the cockpit through a maximum 80 millimetres. An off-road
package is available for all model variants with the exception of the
BMW X6 M50i and BMW X6 M50d, allowing the driver to choose from four
modes that optimise progress over snow, sand, gravel or rocks
respectively. And at the press of a button, they can also activate the
ideal settings for the vehicle’s ride height, the xDrive system,
accelerator response, transmission control and the DSC system’s
corrective inputs.

Innovative driver assistance systems offering new functions.

An extensive selection of standard and optional driver
assistance systems mark out the new BMW X6 as an exceptionally
innovative Sports Activity Coupe. Fresh from the addition of myriad
new functions, the systems do an extremely effective job in enhancing
comfort and safety. Standard specification for the new BMW X6 includes
Cruise Control with braking function and the Collision and Pedestrian
Warning with City Braking function, which also alerts the driver when
a cyclist is detected. The Active Cruise Control system with Stop
& Go function is available as an option. The
Driving Assistant Professional can also be found on
the options list for the new BMW X6. This complete package of safety-
and comfort-enhancing tech includes both the steering and lane
control assistant
with Traffic jam assistant and
lane keeping assistant with active side collision
protection. The Evasion Assistant is another component of the
Driving Assistant Professional, as are the rear collision warning,
road priority warning and wrong-way driving warning systems, crossing
traffic warning, Lane Change Warning and the Emergency Stop Assistant.
The innovative reversing assistant, which helps the driver when
exiting parking spaces and manoeuvring within a confined space,
represents another step en route to automated driving.

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is on hand to help the driver.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the new BMW X6 combines a
new display and operating concept with unbeatable connectivity. It
includes a high-resolution instrument cluster and a
Control Display, both with a screen diagonal of
12.3 inches. The new BMW X6 comes with the BMW Intelligent Personal
Assistant, an intelligent digital character who responds to the prompt
“Hey BMW”. One unique feature over other digital assistants is that
drivers can choose their own name for him. The arrival of the BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant ensures there is always a genuine
BMW professional on board. He is able to explain all sorts of
different functions, provide up-to-date information and assist the
driver. The range of functions and skills available will be constantly
expanded as part of regular updates, which can be carried out
seamlessly on a smartphone and in‑car via Remote Software Upgrade.

BMW X6 M50i fuel consumption combined: 10.7–10.4
l/100 km [26.4–27.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:
243–237 g/km

BMW X6 M50d fuel consumption combined: 7.2–6.9 l/100
km [39.2‑40.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 190–181 g/km

BMW X6 xDrive40i fuel consumption combined: 8.6–8.0
l/100 km [32.8–35.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:
197–181 g/km

BMW X6 xDrive30d fuel consumption combined: 6.6–6.1
l/100 km [42.8–46.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:
172–159 g/km

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On tour with winners, record holders and anniversary legends.

BMW:On tour with winners, record holders and anniversary legends.

Munich. On the first July weekend this year, BMW
Group Classic is at several events in Germany and abroad with
victorious vehicles from the motor-sport history of BMW and BMW
Motorrad. Moreover, legends on two and four wheels will be celebrating
special anniversaries. The BMW M1 Procar will be returning to make an
appearance at the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) on the Norisring in
Nuremberg. Successes in the 24 Hour Race of Le Mans will be remembered
at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood in the United Kingdom. Models
from the /5 Series launched 50 years ago will be centre stage at the
BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At their Head Office in
Munich, BMW Group Classic is also the host for the Wheels &
Weißwürscht meet for historic vehicles and modern classics. This time
the meet is focusing entirely on the 60th anniversary of the launch of
the MINI brand.

Comeback on the Norisring: famous drivers in the BMW M1 relive
the Procar Series.

Exciting battles for places between Formula 1 drivers and
international privateer drivers in identical BMW M1 cars transformed
every race in the Procar Series launched 40 years ago into a truly
spectacular event. The weekend of the German Touring Car Masters held
at the Norisring from 5 to 7 July 2019 will feature a comeback of the
Procar Racers. 14 of the mid-engined sports cars built in conformity
with the Group 4 regulations and powered by 470 hp will relive the
fascination of the Procar Series, which was created specially for the
race-track debut of the BMW M1 on the Nuremberg city circuit. The
spectators at the Norisring can look forward to a total of five
appearances by the Procar Racers on the three event days. They will
include warm-up races directly before the two classification rounds
for the German Touring Car Masters.

BMW Group Classic succeeded in attracting a number of famous drivers
back to the cockpit of the BMW M1 to celebrate the occasion of the
Procar Revival. Back in 1980, Hans-Joachim Stuck finished first in the
Procar Race at the Norisring followed by Jan Lammers and Marc Surer.
This weekend, these three legends will meet again on track in
Nuremberg. Harald Grohs will also be there. 35 years ago, he drove a
BMW 635 CSi to victory and won the first race in the history of the
German Touring Car Masters at Zolder in Belgium.

Two Le Mans winners and a record-breaking title holder are
lining up at the Festival of Speed.

Superior speed and steadfast stamina enabled them to achieve success
in the 24 Hour Race of Le Mans in the past. This makes the
BMW 328 Touring Coupé and the BMW V12 LMR ideal candidates for the
Festival of Speed. On 4 to 7 July, motor-sport fans from all over the
world will gather for the high-octane garden party on the estate of
Lord March located at Goodwood in the South of England. This is when
racing cars from all eras of vehicle history will once again have the
opportunity to show what they can do. The team from BMW Group Classic
will line up at this event with the BMW V12 LMR. This is the car that
Joachim Winkelhock (DE), Yannick Dalmas (FR) and Pierluigi Martini
(IT) drove to victory in the French endurance classic 20 years ago.
The visually striking twelve-cylinder sports car with its impressive
sound will be driven by Steve Soper at Goodwood. The British driver
took fifth place in the predecessor model to the victorious vehicle in 1999.

The history of BMW at Le Mans started right back in 1939. At the
time, Max von Schaumburg-Lippe and Hans Wencher in their BMW 328
Touring Coupé were the fastest in the vehicle class with a capacity of
up to two litres and they also came fifth in the overall placings. 80
years later, their lightweight alloy racing car continues to be an
attraction. At the Festival of Speed, it will be driven by the
longstanding touring-car racing driver and BMW brand ambassador
Leopold Prinz von Bayern. A first-generation BMW M3 will also line up
at the start of the famous “hillclimb” on the estate of Goodwood
House, in the style of the private hillclimb races that were held for
the first time there in 1936. This model launched the unique career
that transformed the BMW M3 into a record-breaking winner in
touring-car motor sport.

BMW Motorrad Days: Review of 50 years of BMW Motorrad
production in Berlin.

Once again, the BMW Motorrad Days offer optimum conditions for
riding, admiring vehicles, talking shop, celebrating and having a good
time. From 5 to 7 July, the international fan community will come
together in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in order to celebrate freedom on
two wheels. At the event marquee of BMW Group Classic, there will also
be an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane with a historical
review. 50 years ago, the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau was
opened. Production there started with the models of the BMW /5 Series.
The models BMW R 50/5, BMW R 60/5 and BMW R 75/5 were styled as sporty
touring motorcycles in a modern design.

The motorcycle racing rider Helmut Dähne was also involved in their
development. At the BMW Motorrad Days, he will talk to visitors about
the history behind the creation of the BMW / 5 Series and also tell
them about his extraordinary career in motor sport. In 1966, Dähne
rode a BMW R 90 S to victory in the Production TT in the 1000 cc class
at the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man. Experts from BMW Group
Archive will also provide fascinating insights into the history of BMW
Motorrad. The marquee of BMW Group Classic will be the meeting point
for the BMW Motorrad club scene.

Wheels & Weißwürscht – complemented by specialities.

Everyone who is not going on holiday on the first weekend of July and
would rather go on an outing with their classic vehicle through the
streets of Munich is recommended to take time out in Moosacher Straße.
At 9.00 a.m. on Saturday 6 July, BMW Group Classic will once again
host an informal meeting at its headquarters under the motto Wheels
& Weißwürscht. Historic vehicles and modern classics of all brands
are welcome. However, this time a very special invitation has been
issued to the venerable representatives of the MINI brand. The
get-together for classic vehicles is focusing particularly on the 60th
anniversary of this brand. The vehicle collection of BMW Group Classic
offers numerous rare treasures from the history of the classic Mini.
They are on view to visitors and their place in history has been
immortalised in the collection. The culinary range at the “Mo 66” café
is being expanded for just one day. Alongside the obligatory Bavarian
breakfast classic of white veal sausages – Weißwürste – specialities
from the British Isles will also be on the menu.

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Automotive and Mobility Industry Leaders Publish First-of-its-Kind Framework for Safe Automated Driving Systems.

BMW:Automotive and Mobility Industry Leaders Publish First-of-its-Kind Framework for Safe Automated Driving Systems.

DATELINE – Emphasizing safety by design, 11 industry leaders across
the automotive and automated driving technology spectrum today
published “Safety First for Automated Driving,” (SaFAD), a non-binding
organized framework for the development, testing and validation of
safe automated passenger vehicles.

These 11 leaders — Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA
US LLC, HERE, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen — comprise the broadest
representation across the industry and have published, to date, the
largest report on how to build, test and operate a safe automated vehicle.

The SaFAD white paper authors’ purpose is to emphasize the importance
of safety by design, along with verification and validation, as the
industry works toward creating standards for automated driving.

For the first time, SaFAD offers automated vehicle (AV) developers
and operators a system for clear traceability that proves AVs to be
“safer than the average driver” through components such as cameras or
steering systems.

It is also the first time presenting a summary of widely known safety
by design and verification and validation methods of Level 3 and Level
4 automated driving as defined by the SAE (J3016).

The foundation of the SaFAD white paper is its 12 Guiding Principles,
which are further refined into capabilities of the automated vehicle,
from which safe-by-design elements are derived to support the
capability and achieve the guiding principles. “Safety First for
Automated Driving” combines the expertise from key companies in the
automaker, supplier and technology industries to help direct
development of safe automated vehicles.

Interest and development of automated driving technology has grown at
a dramatic rate the past several years, fueled by the goal of reducing
fatalities related to vehicle crashes, improvement of traffic flow and
the introduction of new mobility concepts. This rapid growth brings a
wide range of development methodologies from established companies and
the growing roster of new enterprises.

With publication of “Safety First for Automated Driving,” authors and
experts from each of the participating partners will present the
group’s work at industry and technology conferences internationally
over the next several months.

Note: In the spirit of collaboration, the companies are issuing a
common press release. Journalists seeking more details are
encouraged to contact one or more of the listed media contacts.

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DTM home event for BMW at the Norisring: The BMW M4 DTM in action on the streets of Nuremberg.

BMW:DTM home event for BMW at the Norisring: The BMW M4 DTM in action on the streets of Nuremberg.

The fourth race weekend of the 2019 DTM season is BMW’s home
event at the legendary Norisring in Nuremberg (GER), only about 160
kilometres away from BMW’s home in Munich (GER). Race numbers seven
and eight of the season will be held on Saturday and Sunday
(6th/7th July) on the only street circuit on
the calendar.


After six races Philipp Eng (AUT) in second place overall is the
best-placed BMW driver in the DTM driver’s championship. He has 83
points to his name and trails current leader René Rast (GER, Audi) by
ten points. Norisring local hero Marco Wittmann (GER) heads to the
‘Monaco of the DTM’ in fourth place overall with 68 points. Wittmann
had plenty of reason to celebrate last year when on the Saturday he
celebrated his first home podium at the 2.3-kilometre Dutzendteich
track, then on the Sunday followed that up with his first home win.

Fans can look forward to a special highlight in the support
programme, the BMW M1 Procar Revival. The legendary BMW M1 Procars
will be completing high-speed demo laps on all three days. The 470 hp
BMW sports cars contested one-make cup races in 1979 and 1980. Legends
from back then will take the wheel of the BMW M1 Procars at the
Norisring this year, including former Formula One drivers Marc Surer
(SUI), Christian Danner (GER) and Jan Lammers (NED).

Quotes ahead of the DTM races at the Norisring.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“The race weekend in Nuremberg is always a highlight on the DTM
calendar. It is our home event and the Norisring is a unique track at
which the atmosphere is always sensational. We are already really
excited to see our new BMW M4 DTM with turbo drive in action on this
extraordinary street circuit for the first time. We have got a win at
every weekend so far this season – and naturally we want to continue
that in Nuremberg. In any case, we want to deliver exciting races once
again for the many fans at the Norisring. We are also looking forward
to the BMW M1 Procar Revival. It’s great that these legendary racing
cars are part of the Norisring weekend.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG):

“We all still remember the Norisring weekend last year with Marco’s
emotional home win. It goes without saying that our goal is to be up
there at the front again in Nuremberg with the new BMW M4 DTM with
turbo engine. We are in a very good starting position with all three
drivers, Marco, Bruno and Timo, having been convincing with their
performance already this season. And with a little less bad luck in
one or two races we could have brought home even more podiums. We are
definitely ready for the challenges that this unique street circuit
has in store for us and are looking forward to the weekend with the
very special atmosphere at Dutzendteich.”

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Drivers’
standings: 7th, 40 points):

“I have a very special relationship with the Norisring. The crowd and
the atmosphere there are always brilliant. You need to enter the few
turns there perfectly. The gaps there are always very close, so you
can’t afford to make any mistakes and you need to deliver a perfect
race. I’ve won at the Norisring four times and always really look
forward to being able to return to the Norisring, which is one of my
favourite tracks.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG,
Drivers’ standings: 4th, 68 points):

“Naturally I am really looking forward to it. The Norisring is always
special to me, particularly after the win last year. It is always a
great weekend and of course I am looking forward to having my whole
family, my fan club and so many people there supporting me. Also, this
year our new Premium Partner Schaeffler, who also come from the
region, are also widely represented. I’m looking forward to that in
particular as well, and naturally I am hoping for a successful weekend.”

Timo Glock (#16 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’ standings:
12th, 21 points):

“I hope that the luck that has been eluding us so far will return at
the Norisring and that we will have a weekend without issues. It goes
without saying that the track is really special – it is completely
different from every other track, with just four turns. I’m excited to
see how the weekend pans out.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“DTM at the Norisring – this is always a fantastic event. The iconic,
unique street circuit at Dutzendteich and the huge number of fans make
the race weekend in Nuremberg a real highlight. Our whole team is
looking forward to returning there once again. Naturally the highlight
was the one-two win with Philipp and Joel, as well as Sheldon’s first
pole position at our home event at Zolder. And in the other races we
showed that we are competitive with the new BMW M4 DTM with a turbo
engine. Naturally we are eager to continue this at BMW’s home event.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’
standings: 2nd, 83 points):

“The Norisring is a major highlight and I am really looking forward
to it. The layout of the Norisring with its four turns looks
relatively easy, but the track is far from easy in reality. In
qualifying in particular you need to concentrate 100 percent so that
you hit every braking point and every entry point perfectly. The gap
between the first and last place in qualifying is just a few tenths of
a second, so there is no room for error. And a lot can happen during
the course of the race – especially in the narrow hairpin bends. It
will definitely be very exciting.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Drivers’ standings: 11th, 25 points):

“I drove at the Norisring in 2016 and am really looking forward to
returning. We have been very close to finishing on the podium a few
times this season and I am a little disappointed that it hasn’t been
enough yet – particularly that it was often out of my hands. But we
know that we have a good pace and that fills me with confidence for
the upcoming race.” 


Joel Eriksson (#47 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Drivers’
standings: 9th, 28 points):

“I am really looking forward to returning to the Norisring. I love
street circuits and I really enjoy driving there. Without a doubt it
is one of the absolute highlights on the entire DTM calendar. I can
hardly wait to see all the fans and the many spectators, and soak up
the atmosphere. Last year we showed that we are very competitive. Our
pace and the results were very good.”


Media Schedule (all times CEST).

Friday, 5th July

14:30-15:00, ITR press conference with Bruno Spengler, Media Center

Saturday, 6th July

16:05-16:15, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Media Center

Sunday, 7th July

10:00-10:30, Media round table with BMW Group Motorsport Director
Jens Marquardt, BMW Hospitality

16:05-16:15, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Media Center

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BMW Team RLL finishes fifth at Watkins Glen – Turner Motorsport misses out on GTD class win by 0.6 seconds.

BMW:BMW Team RLL finishes fifth at Watkins Glen – Turner Motorsport misses out on GTD class win by 0.6 seconds.

During refueling in the pits, a fire broke out on the #25 BMW M8 GTE,
which was brought under control by BMW Team RLL and nobody was
injured. The fire may require the build of a spare chassis in the few
days remaining before the team is scheduled to arrive at ‘Canadian
Tire Motorsport Park’ for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix this coming Thursday. 

The #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 missed a second consecutive GTD
class win at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen by only 0.676 seconds
after a strong closing stint by Bill Auberlen (USA) and great opening
drives by Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern (both USA). 

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be back on track in
only a few days preparing for the July 7thMobil 1 Sportscar
Grand Prix at ‘Canadian Tire Motorsports Park’, in Bowmanville,
Ontario, Canada.

Reactions to the race at Watkins Glen.

Brandon Fry (RLL Technical Director):“Tough day. We
unfortunately had an incident with the #25 car with a fire in the
pits, so we need to understand what happened there. Ultimately, that
stopped that car short of the end of the race. The #24 car struggled a
little bit with fuel economy but not pace so we just need to figure
that out before next weekend’s race in Canada. CTMP should be a good
track for us and for our cars I think. Watkins Glen International was
as well but the race was just a little tough for us today. We have
high expectations for the 2 hour 40 minute race at CTMP.”

John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE,
“We ran at the front in the beginning of
the race. It was promising with how close everyone’s pace was but we
just lost some time at some points throughout the race. At a track
like Watkins Glen, where everyone is very fast, it can be hard to gain
that time back. So looking at the pace of the car we are definitely
disappointed to finish 5th. Things are close here and CTMP is a
similar track so we expect to be close there as well. Everyone seems
to be on pace so we just need to minimise mistakes there.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE,
“For the amount of hard work we put in
this weekend the result does not really correlate. The car felt good,
everyone was so close and the pace of the race was very fast, with no
room for mistakes. We didn’t have the cleanest race so we ended up in
P5. Last year was my first year at CTMP. I really like the flow and
the track, so I am looking forward to it. I am glad we do not have to
wait more than a week to go out there and try and redeem today’s
result because we definitely could have been in a better position
today if things worked out just a little bit differently.”

Tom Blomqvist (#25 BMW M8 GTE,
“We got ourselves into a good position
early on but it was a little bit of a strange race and everyone had to
manage a lot with the fuel and with the yellows at the beginning. We
were running our strategy and it looked like we were on for a good
result but unfortunately an incident caused some damage to the front.
The car was still okay but things started to go wrong a few laps later
and it definitely did not get better with the fire. The track for next
weekend’s race looks cool and really fun. I am really looking forward
to racing at CTMP. We have made a lot of progress this week with the
car and we’re hungry for some good results now. We just need to run a
smart race and see what that brings. I am looking forward to it!”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE,
“I think from the beginning it was
pretty clear we were going to be in the mix; the car was really,
really good. I felt like the M8 GTE was very well balanced, so I was
very optimistic about results. During a few points in the race we made
some decisions to do other strategies and those did not fully work
out. Our pace was still good and even after the contact Tom had, the
car felt very good. We had to retire the car but to think of the
positives this is the best balanced M8 I have had and we can take that
with some smiles. For me, CTMP is one of my favourites on the
calendar. It really suits our car and is similar to both Watkins Glen
and Road America. Higher tyre degradation can be an issue there and
some rain can also play in our favour. Anything is possible in Canada,
so if we have a cleaner race, I believe that we can finish in a good position.”

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Success for the BMW S 1000 RR in numerous championships.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Success for the BMW S 1000 RR in numerous championships.

British Superbike Championship: Another Superstock win for
Taylor Mackenzie.

Knockhill (GBR) hosted round five of this season’s British Superbike
Championship (BSB) at the weekend. In the first Superbike race (BSB
SBK), BMW S 1000 RR rider Christian Iddon (GBR / Tyco BMW Motorrad)
finished fourth, missing out on the podium by just 0.369 seconds.
Peter Hickman (GBR / Smiths Racing) came home eleventh; his team-mate
James Ellison (GBR) was twelfth. In race two, Hickman was the best of
the BMW riders in seventh place. Ellison was tenth; Iddon crashed out.

In the Superstock class (BSB STK), BMW rider Taylor Mackenzie (GBR /
Bathams Racing) claimed his second victory of the season. He won the
second of the two Superstock races on his RR, having previously
finished runner-up to earn a spot on the podium in race one. He was
joined on the podium in race two by Andrew Reid (GBR / Tyco BMW), who
finished third. Reid had previously crossed the finish line sixth in
race one. Alex Olsen (GBR / Team IMR) finished eighth and seventh.

Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship: Two podiums
at the Pannonia-Ring.

The Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship (AA) was at the
Pannonia-Ring in Hungary for the third round of the season. The
Superbike races yielded two podium finishes for the BMW S 1000 RR.
Karel Hanika (CZE / Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad) came home third in the
opening race. He was followed over the finish line in fourth place by
Nico Thoni (AUT / Racing4fun). Ondřej Ježek (CZE / Fany Gastro BMW
Motorrad) was fifth. Bartlomiej Moranski (POL / Moranski Racing) also
claimed a top-ten finish in eighth place. In race two, it was Thoni
who landed his RR on the podium in third place. Ježek finished fifth,
ahead of Ireneusz Sikora (POL / BMW Sikora Motorsport) in sixth.
Hanika failed to finish this race.

FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup: A brace of podiums for
Michal Prášek.

The Pannonia-Ring (HUN) also played host to round three of the new
FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup (EU STK), and there was a double
podium for BMW racer Michal Prášek (CZE / Rohac-Fejta Moto Racing). He
finished third in both races on his BMW S 1000 RR. He was followed
over the finish line in race one by Michal Šembera (CZE / TME Racing)
in fourth place and Arnaud Friedrich (GER / Team LRP Poland) in fifth.
In race two, Friedrich came home in fourth place with Šembera in sixth.

Spanish Superbike Championship: First podium of the season for
Carmelo Morales.

The Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) held its third event of the
2019 season at Valencia (ESP) at the weekend. BMW racer Carmelo
Morales (ESP / BMW easyRace Team) claimed his first podium of the
year, finishing runner-up on his BMW S 1000 RR.

Italian Superbike Championship: Third round of the season at Imola.

The Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) returned to action at the
weekend after a break of roughly two months. The third event of the
year was held at Imola (ITA). In the first of the two races, Matteo
Baiocco (ITA / DMR Racing) was the best-placed BMW rider in fourth.
Team-mate Luca Vitali (ITA) followed him home in fifth place. Vitali
then finished fourth in race two, ahead of Baiocco in fifth.
Christiano Gamarino (ITA / Tutapista Corse) was seventh in race two.

Italian National Trophy 1000: BMW racers in action at Imola.

The Italian National Trophy 1000 (IT 1000) was also at Imola (ITA)
for its third race of the season. The best-placed BMW rider was Fabio
Massei (ITA) in seventh. He was followed over the finish line by
Francesco Cocco (ITA) and Federico Napoli (ITA / SB Corse) in eighth
and ninth.

Asia Road Racing Championship: Podium for the RR at Suzuka.

Suzuka in Japan hosted round four of the 2019 Asia Road Race
Championship (ARRC). Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) claimed another
podium on his BMW S 1000 RR, run by the Onexox TKKR SAG team. He came
home third in the first of the two races, before finishing seventh in
race two.

Original Press Release

Start of production for three new BMW 8 Series models

BMW:Start of production for three new BMW 8 Series models

Dingolfing. Today, no fewer than three new models
from the BMW 8 Series family will all go into production at BMW Group
Plant Dingolfing: the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé, the new M8
Competition Coupé  (fuel consumption combined: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km
(26.6 – 26.9 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 242 – 238 g/km*) and
the new M8 Competition Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.8 –
10.6 l/100 km (26.2 – 26.6 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined:
246 – 241 g/km*). This brings the total number of luxurious sports
coupé variants built at the plant in Lower Bavaria to five, with the
sixth family member already on the horizon: The BMW M8 Gran Coupé will
also celebrate its world premiere later this year, as the Dingolfing
plant expands its position as the BMW brand’s primary plant for luxury
cars and continues its product offensive in this segment.

The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé

The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé from BMW Group Plant Dingolfing
offers the best of both worlds. This four-door model is a genuine
sports car that combines spaciousness in the rear with all the
benefits of a luxury sedan. The Gran Coupé is 231 mm longer and 61 mm
taller than the regular Coupé. The 28 mm wider rear axle sets a new
production record: No other BMW brand vehicle has a wider rear axle.

The panoramic glass roof option, available exclusively in the new BMW
8 Series Gran Coupé, creates a continuous transparent area from the
windscreen to the rear window. To ensure seamless integration into the
vehicle roof, this is already fitted in the paint shop. The additional
weight of this four-door variant, at around 70 kilograms more than the
BMW 8 Series Coupé, is moderate, however – thanks to an intelligent
material mix, with doors and flaps made of aluminium and the boot lid
formed from SMC plastic.

The exceptional balance between performance and supreme long-distance
comfort is best experienced in the rear seats of the new BMW 8 Series
Gran Coupé. The rear seat bench, which is styled as individual seats,
features two integral head rests.

The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé will roll off the production line at
BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, along with the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and
remaining 8 Series variants. The Gran Coupé is expected to make up
over half BMW 8 Series volumes, making it the most-produced variant of
the BMW 8 Series family. The luxury sports coupé is proving especially
popular with customers in the United States, which is expected to
account for almost a third of sales, followed by the Middle East
region and the UK market.

The three engine variants available for the new BMW 8 Series Gran
Coupé from market launch in autumn 2019 reflect the four-door luxury
coupé’s breadth of character. In addition to the range-topping 530 hp
4.4 litre eight-cylinder petrol engine and a 320 hp six-cylinder inline diesel unit with
impressive traction, a high-revving 3.0 litre six-cylinder inline
petrol engine with a maximum output of 340 hp is now also available
for the first time.


New BMW M8 Competition Coupé and Convertible

The upper end of the BMW 8 Series family’s performance range is
clearly defined by the new BMW M8 Competition Coupé and the new BMW M8
Competition Convertible. With these high-performance sportscars, Plant
Dingolfing is venturing into a new performance range in the luxury
segment. The most powerful engine in the BMW Group’s model line-up
delivers 625 hp. The 4.4 l V8 engine takes the BMW M8 Competition
Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. In combination with the M
Driver’s Package offered as an option, the top speed is not
electronically limited until 305 km/h.

The interior of the BMW M sportscar from Dingolfing pairs the sporty
character of a high-performance vehicle with the luxurious ambience
created by stylish details and meticulous workmanship. The
character-defining features of the new BMW M8 Coupé include the
double-bubble contour of its carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof
(CFRP), which is manufactured in an innovative wet compression process
at Plant Dingolfing.

Around 60 BMW M8s leave the Dingolfing facility every day. Each
vehicle undergoes a final quality inspection on the plant’s own
break-in course prior to delivery. The luxury sports coupé’s biggest
sales are expected to come from the US, with well over a third of all
units likely to be sold there. No other market comes close. Both Coupé
and Convertible body variants are equally popular with BMW M8 customers.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Bernd Eckstein, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Head of Communications

Telefon: +49 8731 76 22020, E-Mail: Bernd.Eckstein@bmw.de

Benedikt Fischer, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Communications

Telefon: +49 8731 76 25449, E-Mail: Benedikt.Fischer@bmw.de

Website: www.press.bmwgroup.com, www.bmw-plant-dingolfing.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroupwerkdingolfing/

E-mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group Plant Dingolfing

Plant Dingolfing is one of the BMW Group’s 31 global production
sites. At Plant 02.40, about 1,500 cars of the BMW 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Series roll off the assembly lines every day. In total, the plant
manufactured nearly 330,000 cars in 2017. At present, a total of
approx. 18,000 people and 800 apprentices work at the BMW Group’s site
in Dingolfing.

In addition to the automotive core production, BMW Group Plant
Dingolfing is also home to production facilities for vehicle
components such as pressed parts, seats as well as chassis and drive
components. Due to the plant’s aluminium expertise in vehicle
construction and longstanding experience in producing alternative
drives, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing furthermore provides crucial
components for the BMW i models – such as high-voltage battery,
e-transmission and the drive structure – to the production site in
Leipzig. In addition, Dingolfing produces both high voltage batteries
and electric engines for the BMW Group’s plug-in hybrid models.

The car bodies for all Rolls-Royce models are also manufactured at
the site. The Dynamics Centre, a large storage and transshipment
facility, provides the global BMW and MINI dealership organization
with original parts and equipment.

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.


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BMW M8 Competition Coupé Kraftstoffverbrauch
kombiniert: 10,6 – 10,5 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 242 – 238 g/km

BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet Kraftstoffverbrauch
kombiniert: 10,8 – 10,6 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 246 – 241 g/km

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