Maximilian Günther finishes runner-up for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Marrakesh.

BMW:Maximilian Günther finishes runner-up for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Marrakesh.

Marrakesh. Maximilian Günther (GER) gave a tactically astute
performance in the Marrakesh E-Prix (MAR) to finish runner-up and
take his place on the podium at round five of this season’s ABB FIA
Formula E Championship. It was Günther’s second top-three result
with BMW i Andretti Motorsport in the #28 BMW iFE.20, having
previously taken victory in Santiago (CHI). He climbs into fourth
place in the Drivers’ Championship, just behind team-mate Alexander
Sims (GBR) in third. Sims also drove an impressive race, but was
unfortunately forced to retire from fifth place shortly before the
finish. BMW i Andretti Motorsport is currently second in the Team
standings with 90 points.

Günther started from second place on the grid after a strong
performance in qualifying. He set the fastest time in the regular
qualifying session, earning himself a point towards the Drivers’
Championship. In the Super Pole, he was only beaten by António Félix
da Costa (POR, DS Techeetah), who was just 0.069 seconds quicker.
Günther spent much of the early stages of the race, in which
efficiency and energy management played a key role, challenging for
the lead. Eventual winner Félix da Costa pulled clear in the closing
stages, while Günther was embroiled in a spectacular battle for second
place with Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA, DS Techeetah). Günther made the
decisive overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap.

Sims started the race from eighth place and focussed on saving as
much energy as possible in the first half of the race. That paid
dividends later on in the race and, as he did in Mexico City (MEX),
Sims started to fight his way back through the field to fifth place.
Shortly before the end of the race, a scrap with Edoardo Mortara (ITA,
Venturi) resulted in contact that broke the track rod on the #27 BMW
iFE.20. Sims was forced to retire from the race on the final lap.

Reactions to the Marrakesh E-Prix:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to Maximilian Günther on the second podium of his
young career as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver. The BMW iFE.20
made a good impression all weekend in Marrakesh. It was the same story
in the race. Maximilian and the team once again gave a very tactically
mature performance, made good use of the efficiency of the BMW i
drivetrain, and more than deserved second place. The battle with
Jean-Éric Vergne in the closing laps was top class! Unfortunately,
Alexander Sims’ car suffered a mechanical issue after contact with
Edoardo Mortara shortly before the end of the race. At that point he
was running fifth after an intelligent race. It is a great shame that
he was not rewarded with some points. After five races, our record
this season is still very positive. Congratulations to António Félix
da Costa on his win.”

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport,
team standings: 2nd place):

“We came here with high expectations after our performance last year.
Maximilian and Alexander impressed in qualifying. We then had a
strategic battle with DS Techeetah in the race. We knew that they
would be very strong – and we were ultimately unable to stop António.
However, Maximilian more than earned his second place with an
outstanding performance and great overtaking manoeuvre on the final
lap. I feel sorry for Alexander: like in Mexico, he once again
produced a fantastic fightback and was set to score a lot of valuable
points in fifth place. To be forced out so close to the finish –
without, in our opinion, having done anything wrong – is a bitter blow.”

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20, starting position: 8th place,
race result: DNF, points: 46, driver standings: 3rd place):

“Unfortunately, the race once again showed what a thin line there is
between fortune and misfortune in Formula E. I lost a few positions at
the start, but was then able to save a lot of energy and win back one
place after another with the clever use of ATTACK MODE. It was all
looking good until the contact with Edoardo Mortara shortly before the
finish, in which my car was damaged. That was that – a real shame.
However, congratulations to Maximilian and the team on a deserved
podium finish.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.20, starting position: 2nd
place, race result: 2nd place, points: 44, driver standings: 4th place):

“I am really very happy with second place. Today was all about
managing the race intelligently. In the first half of the race I was
still able to challenge António for the lead. In the end, however, he
was simply a little bit too good. Congratulations to him on the win. I
then had the battle with Jean-Éric towards the end of the race, in
which I fortunately came out on top, thanks to a late overtaking manoeuvre.”

The BMW i Safety Cars.

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 6. 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 Coupé Safety Car (combined fuel consumption:
1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. The BMW i fleet also includes the BMW i3s
(combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption:
14.6-14.0 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director
Car”, the BMW 530e (combined fuel consumption: 1.8-1.6 l/100 km;
combined energy consumption: 14.5-13.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 40-36 g/km)* in its role as “Medical Car” and the BMW X5
e45 (combined fuel consumption: 2.0-1.7 l/100 km; combined energy
consumption: 23.5-21.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46-38
g/km)* as “Rescue Car”.


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BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team kicks off the 2020 WorldSBK season with a record pole at Phillip Island.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team kicks off the 2020 WorldSBK season with a record pole at Phillip Island.

Phillip Island. The 2020 FIM World Superbike Championship
(WorldSBK) started with a bang by the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. In
Saturday’s Superpole qualifying of the season opener at Phillip
Island (AUS), Tom Sykes (GBR) rode his BMW S 1000 RR to a record
pole position. Sykes was then leading half of the distance of race
one, before dropping positions and finishing ninth. His new
team-mate Eugene Laverty (IRL) was 13th in Superpole and 11th in the race.

It was a dream start to the season for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team. In Superpole, Sykes was the first rider to go out on the
qualifying tyre and rode to a stunning new all-time lap record by
setting a time of 1:29,230 minutes. In the remaining minutes, no one
was able to beat that and so Sykes, who is the WorldSBK pole record
holder, celebrated his 50th pole position in the series. Laverty
qualified for 13th place on the grid.

Race one of the new season also began perfectly for Sykes on his RR.
After a few position changes on the opening corners, the Englishman
regained the lead and maintained P1 until the 12th of 22 laps. In the
second half of the race, Sykes unfortunately fought with blunt weapons
and so had to settle with ninth at the chequered flag. Laverty dropped
some positions at the start but then showed great fighting spirit to
battle his way back towards the top ten, crossing the line in 11th.

Quotes after race one on Phillip Island.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
had a very nice starting position today to kick off the season.
Starting from the front row with this view here in Phillip Island is
just fantastic. Tom Sykes’ pole position is a great achievement that
we deserved. Throughout the week we showed, also in the test, that we
can be in the mix. It was of course also great to lead the first 11
laps of the race. Handling of the bike looks very good. Then
unfortunately Tom got a tyre issue and as a result the performance
dropped sharply. So we have to look at our tyre selection again. Many
competitors were on a different tire compound. Eugene Laverty’s
performance in qualifying was unfortunately not so strong, which
resulted in a relatively poor starting position. On the other hand, he
had good pace in the race and was sometimes as fast as the top riders.
He fought with Davies and Rinaldi for a long time, was then overtaken
again and again on the straight because we still lack engine power
here. But Eugene was basically satisfied with the chassis and I think
there is a lot of potential. We will attack again tomorrow.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“Firstly we are pleased on getting pole position in
Superpole with Tom, this gave him a real good chance of a result in
race one. Eugene however didn’t make the best use of his qualifying
tyre, but he will learn from that and come back stronger. The race
obviously was a little disappointing given the great start for Tom who
was riding with a lot of confidence and lead for a large proportion of
the race. We made a tyre choice which in hindsight wasn’t what most
went with, it was the ‘B’ type rear compound tyre which in the latter
stages lost grip and that cost many positions. Eugene had a different
situation and ran with a few difficulties during the race with engine
braking pushing him deep into corners, but he settled into the race
well and at one stage was the fastest rider on track. But having
starting down in P13 meant he got himself into Davies, Rinaldi and Tom
in the closing laps. We will take the information away, work hard over
night and hopefully come back stronger tomorrow.”

Tom Sykes: “The day started well and with all things
considered I have to say I am very happy with a number of things.
Certainly qualifying for me was really controlled and I felt really
comfortable. The BMW S 1000 RR was working great with the Pirelli
qualifying tyre so I was able to do what I wanted and to get a circuit
record along with my 50th pole position is some achievement. In the
race, we had a good start. It was unfortunate we had a coming together
with Jonathan Rea early on, but I settled back in and got into a good
rhythm for the first half of the race. Unfortunately, my rear tyre
drastically dropped off mid race which is something we didn’t expect
and ultimately cost us in race performance, this is something we will
work on overnight and make sure we are there or there abouts for
tomorrow two races.”

Eugene Laverty: “We had a difficult start to the
race. Obviously starting from P13 meant we had some work to do in the
early stages, but I felt it went better than expected as I was worried
we didn’t have the pace to go with the group. Having said that it was
clear that some of the riders around us didn’t have such good race
pace but for us, that was something we have been working on over the
last four days which helped regarding our pace late in the race. We
will start again from P13 tomorrow which makes it tough for me, but I
will attack and try make up some positions early on.”

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The new BMW X5 M Competition and the new BMW X6 M Competition – Additional pictures and videos.

BMW:The new BMW X5 M Competition and the new BMW X6 M Competition – Additional pictures and videos.

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Please find attached on location pictures and footage of the International Media Launch of the new BMW X5 M Competition and the new BMW X6 M Competition in Phoenix, Arizona.

Please find attached on location pictures and footage of the
International Media Launch of the new BMW X5 M Competition and the new
BMW X6 M Competition in Phoenix, Arizona.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW X5 M Competition: Fuel consumption combined: 13.0
– 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 296 –
291 g/km

BMW X6 M Competition: Fuel consumption combined: 12.7
– 12.5 l/100 km [22.2 – 22.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 242 –
238 g/km

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Virtual World Premiere of BMW Concept i4

BMW:Virtual World Premiere of BMW Concept i4

Munich. Due to the current situation, the Geneva
International Motor Show 2020 has been canceled. While we certainly
understand this decision, we also regret that the fair cannot take
place as usual.

The BMW Group will carry out the program planned for Geneva including
the world premiere of the BMW Concept i4 at a digital press conference
with CEO Oliver Zipse in Munich at the originally scheduled time
(Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8.15 a.m. CET) and
broadcast it via live stream. Further details concerning the live
broadcast will follow as soon as possible.

In case of queries please contact:

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BMW MOTORRAD INTERNATIONAL GS TROPHY OCEANIA 2020

BMW:BMW MOTORRAD INTERNATIONAL GS TROPHY OCEANIA 2020

Munich. The seventh BMW Motorrad International GS
Trophy, the 2020 Oceania edition, came to a close on February 16.
After eight grueling days, and over 2500km travelled over both the
North and South islands of New Zealand, Team South Africa emerged
victorious in this most iconic of adventure motorcycling competitions
– for the third consecutive occasion.

Some 22 international teams, with participants from over 40
countries, took on the challenge of the latest edition of this unique
competition. Riding in the Southern Hemisphere summer, the riders
mostly enjoyed comfortable temperate conditions, but more than once
they also experienced the unique Kiwi phenomenon of ‘four seasons in
one day’ as overnight temperatures plummeted and the riders found rain
and winds as they tackled the trails. The GS riders also found
themselves everywhere from sea level – on the North Island beaches –
to thousands of feet up alpine passes in the South Island.

The days were typically long with breakfast calls at 5:30 and up to
12-hours of riding. On the occasion of crossing the Cook Strait to
reach the South Island the start was an even earlier 3:30; in all the
riders became very familiar with eating breakfast by the light of
their head torches.

Once on the trails, the riders experienced every terrain New Zealand
could offer, from sandy beaches, to gravel tracks, to rocky passes and
a good number of river crossings. Their adventure riding skills and
their endurance were most certainly tested.

This year’s Int. GS Trophy motorcycle was the new F 850 GS, which
more than proved itself as being up to the rugged task. It was also a
delight to ride, with so many of the riders expressing satisfaction in
the bike’s versatility and performance, while proving fun to ride both
on highway and on the trails.

Team South Africa’s ‘threepeat’

The Oceania 2020 edition will be recorded in Int. GS Trophy history
as one of the closest competitions (although it’s hard to go past the
one-point win the UK recorded over the South Africans in 2010). Going
into the eighth and final day there were three teams in close
contention for the win, with less than 10 points splitting them: South
Africa, Italy and France. And after the first test of the day – when
the South Africans suffered an uncharacteristic fall – the competition
hung on the outcome of the final parcour test. Only then Team South
Africa rallied impressively, putting in three almost immaculate rides,
while the need to attack saw Team France and Team Italy made some mistakes.

And so Team South Africa took their third GS Trophy win ‘on the
bounce’. That’s wins in the South East Asia, Central Asia and now
Oceania editions – which they can add to runner-up positions in the
2014 North America and 2010 South Africa editions, marking them out as
by far the most successful nation in the history of the event.

However, it must be said the South Africans did not dominate this
edition. For the first three days the hard-riding – and it has to be
said, fun loving – Team South Korea headed the leader board, only
handing over the lead to Team France on day four. The South Africans
were always in contention though, and from day five to the end they
headed the leader board, but only by the slimmest margins as Teams
France and Italy proved tenacious in their pursuit.

Team Netherlands – three tall, powerful figures – proved impressive
in their debut in the competition. Placed ninth after day one, they
improved daily and in fact were top scorers on the final day to lift
themselves to fourth overall, just five points off the podium. Other
debutants didn’t fare so well. Team North Africa were down a man after
one of their number sustained a fracture to his foot after crashing on
day two. They finished 21st. Team Middle East placed mid-pack in 11th
and Team Malaysia 18th.

Team India, debutants and last place finishers in 2018, improved by
three places this year, finishing 19th – keeping to their vow to
improve with each edition, although at this rate it may take a fair
few editions before they reach their second target of challenging Team
South Africa for the win!

The International Female Teams did not score the successes they
desired. But they rode strong and scored highly on occasional tests.
Their high point came on the marathon 440km day six, when the two
female teams, riding together, both started and finished the day at
the head of the pack. Bearing in mind this day also included an
arduous 110km technical off-road section through the Mackenzie high
country – with a fair few deep-water crossings – this was an
impressive display of both technical riding and endurance.

In the end it was Team South Africa’s year, again. Solid preparation,
excellent teamwork – paired with a great sense of international
camaraderie and a fun attitude – saw them prevail.

Brandon Grimsted: “We had a fun week, we thoroughly enjoyed it and
honestly it was some of the best off-road riding I’ve done in my life.
Holding just a five point lead into the final day was scary and we
were nervous, over-thinking everything, and that led to problems in
the penultimate test, but we got back up and for the parcour final we
set a fast time with super-clean riding and that won it for us.

“As a team we were already close, but the week of being in each
other’s company all the hours of every day has bonded us for life! And
the friends we’ve made along the way, from all these different nations
– well, it makes the experience complete.”

The BMW F 850 GS

After three editions with the boxer twin R 1200 GS, this year was a
return to the parallel twin GS, now updated to the F 850 GS as
launched a year ago. The new bike brings with it the tough build of
its predecessor, the F 800 GS, but is brought up to date with all the
latest rider aids for a thoroughly modern adventure ride. The bike
performed well with its agility both on and off-road.

Tim Mitchell, Team UK: “I normally ride an R 1200 GS, so riding the F
850 GS was a new experience for me – and a good one, I enjoyed the new
rider aids and things like the new TFT screen which packs so much
information and yet reads so naturally. And I enjoyed riding it, too,
it handles so well both on the twisty highways as well as on the trails.”

Ronnie Lundberg, Team Nordic: “I love this bike! I love the
suspension, the power, the way it is so narrow. I found it to be great
both on the gravel and the road, across everything, and that’s what GS
is all about, it’s an everything-you-want bike. So good!”

Tony Aldana, Team Mexico: “This is a beautiful bike, it does
everything. I don’t know how to say it; it is everything that I need.
I’ve been thinking about a 1200, but from this test, these eight days,
I now think I love this bike more! You can go fast, go off-road, go
through rivers, you can do anything with this bike. And the technology
it has is great, the traction control and the enduro pro mode are
amazing. You can go with this bike anywhere you want to in the world!”

The Int. GS Trophy

In their words

Diego Penagos, Team Latin America: “To be honest it feels really bad
for this adventure to be coming to an end. This community, these
friendships, we’ve met people from all over the world, made so many
friends, it’s been wonderful – but now we must go home! On one hand
we’re super-happy for the experience, but we’re going to miss all this
and these people so much. I’ll even miss my teammates as they don’t
live in Colombia. I’m going to miss everyone so much!”

Rickiey Naik, Team India: “This has been very, very exciting,
sometimes challenging. The views, the terrain, the overall experience
has been phenomenal, in fact I’m running out of words to describe it.
It’s like they say, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. The whole
bunch of people, the marshals, the organisation – it has all been amazing.”

Soufiane Ammar, Team North Africa: “I came into this event as the
media guy but I became a proper team member after we lost our leader
on the morning of day two. But we never gave up and we had a beautiful
week, enjoying beautiful landscapes, making great relationships, and
we now have so many friends from around the world. So we are happy to
have made the finish, it’s been difficult but we are here and very
happy to have made it. And next time hopefully our team will do
better. Make life a ride!”

Aurelien Szulek, Team France: “Wow, every day was amazing, the
relationships with the people were great, the roads, the landscapes…
and the bike was really good, I didn’t expect it to be so good. It
feels good on the road and trails. So we want to say a big thank you
to BMW Motorrad, for creating the GS, because with this bike they
opened the road to so many possibilities. It’s the best adventure bike
in the world and BMW Motorrad is the only brand that can give an
experience like we’ve enjoyed this week.”

Nikki van den Spek, International Female Team I: “The week has been
amazing. We had a language barrier in our team – we are Colombian,
French, Austrian and Dutch – but we overcame this and together had a
great experience, and now we know each other so well. For the girls,
sometimes it was hard, but in the end they managed the bike very well
and it wasn’t a big problem. When we rode with the male teams you
could see in the morning the men were thinking ‘hmm, we have to ride
the whole day with the female team?!’ But after a short while
everything was okay and they’d say, ‘hey, you are great riders, we’ll
have fun today!’ It’s sad the event is now over.”

Tony Aldana, Team Mexico: “This week has been everything, but more
than everything, an adventure! There has been river crossings, sandy
beaches, gravel, rocky trails – everything that I love about
motorcycling. New Zealand has everything, mountains, lakes – it’s a
beautiful country. In all this was a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime
experience, I loved it. There was not a day I would say was the best,
the perfect one – the whole event was perfect!”

Mathias Horn, Project Manager, BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy

“The 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy has been the biggest
yet. The most participants, the longest distance and, well, two
islands! So it’s been a challenge, the logistics have been immense,
particularly as we’re down here in one of the remotest locations on
the planet. But as always our team has come together and the event has
run exactly to plan.

“I’m delighted that the event has met, if not exceeded, the
expectations of the participants. The GS is not just a motorcycle,
it’s about connecting with the world, about a community, a shared
passion, and so this event has so much to live up to. The participants
have come to experience so much and for the F 850 GS to deliver on
that, to have won over their hearts – and being a new model for many
this was their first experience with it – has been a success in itself.

“In all it’s been something of a life-affirming experience for the
participants, but also for us as organisers – every day we got to
share in the joy.

Lastly, I’d like to express sincerest thanks to our sponsors, each
bring so much to the event and to have representatives from each here
with us, riding the course with the participants, seeing their
products in action, that’s special too.”

Amelie Diehl-Thiele, Project Manager, BMW Motorrad
International GS Trophy

“It’s a delight to bring the people of the world together, to see new
teams from North Africa and the Middle East as well as increased
participation from the countries of Asia. That the GS can unify people
from 40 nations, bring them together, to share the ride, the joy and
laughter, is an outcome of the event that goes far beyond corporate
talk of brand or market awareness.”

“As well, I think our course directors, Chris and Tom, plotted a
route through New Zealand that showed off this incredible environment
to its best, while ensuring we left but the lightest of footprints. We
showed that adventure motorcycling can reach the wilderness but also
respect it.

“And we’re grateful to the people of New Zealand for having welcomed
us so warmly, while I’ve been proud of our GS riders who have behaved
as the most exemplary of ambassadors for adventure motorcycling and
the GS motorcycle.

“So to all the GS riders out there around the world, we invite you to
join the GS Trophy community and, who knows, in a couple of years you
too could be participating in the international final, enjoying the
ride of your life!”

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020

Oceania.

Final standings:

1 South Africa 394

2 France 382

3 Italy 380

4 Netherlands 375

5 South Korea 361

6 Latin America 355

7 Brazil 335

8 Russia 316

9 Mexico 295

10 Argentina 278

11 Middle East 268

12 Australia 264

13 USA 254

14 Nordic 246

15 UK 238

16 Thailand 222

17 Japan 218

18 Malaysia 208

19 India 200

20 Int. Female Team I 169

21 North Africa 146

22 Int. Female Team II 118

The event’s excitement was also be relayed with much more information
of a more informal kind via BMW Motorrad’s social media sources:

BMW Motorrad Facebook www.facebook.com/bmwmotorrad

Twitter www.twitter.com/bmwmotorrad (#gstrophy)

YouTube www.youtube.com/bmwmotorrad

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BMW is Official Automotive Partner at the 36th America’s Cup.

BMW:BMW is Official Automotive Partner at the 36th America’s Cup.

New York Yacht Club American Magic, a Challenger for the 36th
America’s Cup, announced BMW of North America as an official partner.
BMW will be the exclusive premium automotive provider of the team
during its campaign to reclaim the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in
international sports and the highest prize in sailing.

“Our team maintains a clear focus on design, innovation and
performance, principles that lead to continuous improvement and
success on the racecourse,” said Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and
Executive Director of American Magic. “BMW was built on and
embodies these ideas. This is why our team of 140 sailors, designers,
engineers, composite fabricators and support crew could not be more
proud to have BMW join our mission to win the America’s Cup.”

BMW’s America’s Cup history stretches back over two decades, and
includes being part of winning efforts in 2010 and 2013. The company’s
long history of innovation and reputation for performance aligns
perfectly with the unrelenting drive of America’s Cup teams.

After focusing on design work, research and on-the-water development
from 2017-2019, American Magic will compete in multiple America’s Cup
World Series events in 2020 before participating in the Prada Cup in
early 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. The team that wins the Prada Cup
will face the current Defender of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New
Zealand, in the America’s Cup match from March 6-21, 2021.

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From press shop to validation: BMW Group Plant Munich builds on artificial intelligence and smart use of data

BMW:From press shop to validation: BMW Group Plant Munich builds on artificial intelligence and smart use of data

Munich. BMW Group Plant Munich is making increasing
use of applications with artificial intelligence (AI). AI is fast,
reliable and easy to integrate into the various production processes
and, coupled with smart data analytics and cutting-edge measurement
technologies, it opens up new opportunities for more efficient vehicle production.

Robert Engelhorn, Director of BMW Group Plant Munich, is working to
advance the application of these technologies: “At Plant Munich, it
takes about 30 hours to manufacture a vehicle. During that time, each
car we make generates massive amounts of data. With the help of
artificial intelligence and smart data analytics, we can use this data
to manage and analyse our production intelligently. AI is helping us
to streamline our manufacturing even further and ensure premium
quality for every customer. It also saves our employees from having to
do monotonous, repetitive tasks.” As with any innovation, the key
factor is effectiveness: “Our team in production are highly
experienced specialists, so they are the best judges of whether an AI
application can boost quality and efficiency at any given stage of
production,” says Robert Engelhorn.

The options for using AI and smart data analytics are currently being
tested in various areas of BMW Group Plant Munich. In some areas, the
technologies are already in use in series production, such as the
press shop and function validation.

Smart Data and AI in the press shop

The press shop at the BMW Group’s home plant in Munich turns more
than 30,000 blanks a day into vehicle body parts. Since 2019 each
blank has been given a laser code at the start of production so the
body part can be clearly identified throughout. This code is picked up
by the iQ Press system, which records material and process parameters
– such as the thickness of the metal and oil layer, and the
temperature and speed of the presses. The parameters are then related
to the quality of the parts produced.

Uploaded to the cloud in real time, the data is immediately available
in its entirety for the production team to gain a clearer picture of
the manufacturing process. iQ Press data is an important tool for
them, as it eliminates the need for each body part to be checked in
minute detail, in quality control for example, and picks out only
irregularities that require action.

Artificial intelligence also offers potential to identify recurring
patterns in a process, based on the data collected, to support
continuous optimisation. So, as well as improving the efficiency of
production systems, iQ Press helps to further increase hourly output
from the press shop.

Predictive maintenance in the body shop

Body shop robots are fitted with a combined total of over 600 welding
tongs. If the tongs ever need replacing unexpectedly, it costs
significant time and money. Moreover, many of the robots are difficult
to access, so dismantling and replacing their tongs can take hours.

Until now, the condition of tongs has been monitored by eye, by a
member of the production team. But in recent months, the maintenance
specialists at Plant Munich have been fitting sensors to all the tongs
to measure friction levels three times per shift and report any
abnormalities. The data they produce is constantly evaluated by
software, allowing potential machine failures to be predicted. Martin
Hilt, Innovation and Digitalisation Officer at Plant Munich, explains:
“Because we have the sensors and collect their data in a cloud, we can
now monitor round-the-clock whether any maintenance work is needed.
So, we can plan any replacements better and potentially schedule them
for a production break.”

Dust particle analysis in the paint shop

Despite comprehensive cleansing systems, vehicle bodies can pick up
dust particles as they make their way to the paint line. Though
invisible to the human eye, the particles can affect the quality of
the finish. Until now, potential defects have gone undiscovered after
the painting process, revealed only by the automatic surface
inspection. They then had to be reworked, or the bodies repainted completely.

Now, however, every paint shop system incorporates sensors that
measure dust levels and allow the quality of paintwork to be
predicted. “We can now tell quickly if the environmental parameters
are not quite right at some point, either within the paint shop or in
one of the buffer areas. It takes a lot of data to do this, which we
collect throughout the process, evaluate historically and analyse in
real time,” explains Martin Hilt.

Over the last few months, a further special sensor developed by Plant
Munich has been measuring dust levels on body parts at the beginning
of the painting process, before and after the emu feather rollers. In
the future, when dust levels are too high, car bodies will pass
through the paint shop untreated and be sent for further cleansing.

AI-based image recognition in assembly

AI projects in assembly mainly focus on automated image recognition.
Here, the technology is used to evaluate images of a component and
compare them in milliseconds with hundreds of other images from the
same sequence. The system then identifies any deviations from the
norm, such as parts that are incorrectly positioned or fitted, or absent.

At Plant Munich, automated image recognition allows the production
team to identify whether the hazard warning triangle, wiper caps and
door sills have all been correctly fitted to each car. Previously,
small bubbles in the foil cover of a door sill were often enough to
prevent the conventional camera gates from seeing if the logo on the
door sill was correct. But now an associate photographs each part
concerned in turn and can even use the mobile equipment to check parts
that are more difficult to access. Distance, angle and light hardly
have any effect on AI evaluations, which reveal within fractions of a
second whether everything is in place or not.

The AI system is trained by associates. They start by photographing
the component concerned from various perspectives and marking
potential deviations on the images. This allows them to develop an
image database that can be used to build up a neural network for
evaluating the images. Evaluations are carried out fully
automatically, and the machine decides by itself whether or not a part
meets all the specifications.

RFID identifies components in the vehicle

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) allows components to be
identified automatically and contactlessly throughout the value chain.
“Our goal is to save production workers from having to scan components
manually, and simultaneously to streamline manufacturing even further
by ensuring the right components are fitted to the right vehicles,”
says Martin Hilt. RFID is currently being used in seat production at
Plant Munich but will soon be used throughout the vehicle assembly as well.

Smart RFID labels required for the system are applied before the
component leaves the supplier. They remain in place throughout
production, allowing line-side antennae to pick up every labelled
component within each car as it passes.

Function validation with the Comfort Access robot

Comfort Access was first introduced in the current BMW 3 Series. A
small team from Electrics/Electronics Validation in Munich has now
developed a special robot to validate its integration.

Vehicles with Comfort Access use three exterior antennae to generate
a three-dimensional electromagnetic field around the car. When the
driver enters the field, the system recognises the car key. At about 3
metres from the car, it switches the Welcome Light on to illuminate
the area outside the driver’s door. At about 1.5 m, the doors unlock –
and relock automatically if the driver walks away.

Until now, this special feature has been validated manually, with
parameterisation in development alone taking two days per vehicle. The
Comfort Access zones and the influence of production processes on them
are then checked manually again in the plant, before production
begins, taking into account the various country-specific requirements
and equipment features, such as trailer couplings. All in all, it is a
lengthy process and not always entirely accurate, given the multitude
of different functions.

To solve the problem, the BMW Group and the University of Applied
Sciences (HTW) in Dresden have developed a measurement robot that
autonomously circles the vehicle several times in a pre-defined
pattern to determine the strength of the magnetic field at various
required points. Attached to the robot is a box containing the car
key. The box can be set at different heights to reflect the different
ways a driver might carry it: in their hand, their sports bag or a
breast pocket, perhaps. As soon as the robot detects the vehicle
electronics locking or unlocking the doors, its inbuilt Lidar scanner
measures the distance between the key and the vehicle, and surveys the
vehicle’s surroundings. The data that is generates goes straight to a
central computer, where it is portrayed as a graphic.

The advantages of the system are obvious: “This robot is not only
much faster, it’s also more precise. The results we obtain are highly
detailed and, most importantly, objective. So we can even start
validating the function before the car has its first test-drive,”
explains Martin Hilt.

Vehicle location in the production system

The specialists responsible for product integration at Plant Munich
ensure stable processes to deliver defect-free vehicles throughout.
They are also responsible for integrating pre-series vehicles into
production to allow a smooth official production launch with series
quality right from the start.

“Since the start of this year, our specialists have been using a new
app that notifies them as soon as the pre-series vehicle they are
tracking reaches a specified point in assembly. It allows them to
locate any car they want – so they can check, say, a particular
combination of equipment features,” says Martin Hilt.

The new app not only replaces the manual process but also improves
validation. In the future, it can also be used on series vehicles.

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The BMW iNEXT in the hottest phase of its series development.

BMW:The BMW iNEXT in the hottest phase of its series development.

Munich. On its way to series maturity, the BMW iNEXT
is completing a further chapter of its overall vehicle testing under
particularly demanding conditions. Intensive test runs in the freezing
cold at the polar circle are now being followed by a contrasting
program in the Kalahari in Southern Africa, where in addition to
extreme heat and solar radiation, permanent dust formation and
off-road terrain with its sand, pebble and gravel tracks pose
exceptional challenges for the BMW Group’s technology flagship. In
this literally hot phase of the series development process, not only
do the drive and suspension components of the BMW iNEXT, a car
designed for all-electric mobility, provide proof of their functional
safety, durability and reliability, but
also the car’s bodywork, interior, driver assistance systems and
digitalisation technology.

The so-called hot climate tests are an integral part of a both
extensive and varied development and test program within the framework
of the series maturity process, which entails BMW iNEXT prototypes
being subjected virtually in time lapse to the stress of an entire
vehicle service life. Like every new BMW model, the vehicle’s way to
serial maturity leads to the BMW Group proving ground at Miramas in
Southern France, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and other racetracks and
to the Winter Center in Arjeplog, Sweden, as well as to desert regions
with an extremely high level of heat and dryness.   

Ice track, racetrack, desert passage: A variety of tests
ensures long-term driving pleasure.

With high-speed operation, in stop & go traffic, extreme
temperatures below and above zero, testing on ice and snow as well as
desert sand and gravel, the pre-series vehicles master in a
concentrated form all of the challenges an automobile may face in
everyday traffic over a period of many years. In the process,
experienced designers and efficient onboard measuring technology
record the vehicle’s reactions to various weather and road surface
conditions as well as other influences.  This ensures that the
characteristic BMW driving pleasure experienced in future production
models is not impaired in any way by exceptional circumstances.
Production of the series version of the BMW iNEXT will commence at the
BMW Dingolfing plant in 2021. Designed as a modern Sports Activity
Vehicle, the new model combines the latest innovations defined by the
BMW Group in its corporate NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy for the
future fields D-ACES (Design, Autonomous, Connected, Electrified und
Services). Featuring fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the
BMW iNEXT sets new benchmarks in sportiness, efficiency and range in a
battery-powered automobile. The car’s suspension control and driver
assistance systems pave the way for a further step towards autonomous
driving. And current innovations in the field of operation and
digitalisation also underscore the future-oriented character of the
BMW iNEXT.

The BMW iNEXT masters extreme stress from heat, sunlight and dust.

The test drives through the desert and Savanna regions in the North
West of South Africa offer development engineers the ideal
prerequisites for testing and harmonising all drive and suspension
components under extreme conditions. Surfaces alternating between sand
dunes, gravel tracks and off-road passages pose an exceptional
challenge even to the intelligent four-wheel drive system of the BMW
iNEXT. In temperatures that would drain any mobile phone battery in no
time at all, the integrated cooling concept for the high-voltage
battery, the electric motor and the vehicle electronics of the BMW
iNEXT stands the test. Moreover, the interior air conditioning, which
operates by means of thermal pump technology, its control system and
all further components of the vehicle electronics are subjected to the
extreme conditions of the desert climate in order to prove their
series maturity.   

During extensive heat tests, the vehicle is repeatedly exposed to the
heat of the sun for hours and later cooled down. In this way, the
developers test not only the operability of the electrical systems,
but also the temperature stability of the materials used in the
interior, because the test engineers do not accept any creaking or
crackling noises even in the event of sudden and intense temperature
fluctuations. Furthermore, the Kalahari offers the ideal conditions
for testing the dust-tightness of flaps, doors and bonnets. During
test drives over thousands of kilometres on unpaved roads, through
dune landscapes and across sandy scrublands, the BMW iNEXT is stirring
up a lot of dust but without letting any of it get inside.

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2020 BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK Media Guide.

BMW:2020 BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK Media Guide.

Phillip Island. The 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship
(WorldSBK) gets underway on Phillip Island, Australia, this weekend.
For the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, this will be their second season
in the elite class of near-production motorcycle racing. The team’s
BMW S 1000 RRs will be ridden by Tom Sykes (GBR) and his new
team-mate Eugene Laverty (IRL) this year. Packed full of
information, the 2020 BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK Media Guide
sets the tone for the season. 

In videos, interviews and statements, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Director Marc Bongers, team principal Shaun Muir and the two riders
Sykes and Laverty look ahead to the season. Among other things, the
technical section explains how the BMW S 1000 RR was modified for the
WorldSBK 2020. The Media Guide also provides information on the other
racing activities in which BMW Motorrad are involved, such as the
works entry in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) and the
successful international customer racing programme.

Note to editors:

Studio photos of the modified BMW S 1000 RR for the WorldSBK, of Tom
Sykes, Eugene Laverty, Marc Bongers and Shaun Muir, as well as the
video statements on the upcoming season are available to download for
free here in the BMW Group PressClub.

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Track facts and key factors: the BMW i Andretti Motorsport preview for the Marrakesh E-Prix.

BMW:Track facts and key factors: the BMW i Andretti Motorsport preview for the Marrakesh E-Prix.

Munich. The Marrakesh E-Prix (MAR) this coming weekend sees
the fifth race of the season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport will travel to the only race in Africa as
leader of the team standings. In the driver standings, Alexander
Sims (GBR) is in second place after his recovery race saw him finish
fifth in Mexico City (MEX). Maximilian Günther (GER) is in eighth.
At the rookie test on Sunday, BMW DTM driver Lucas Auer (AUT) and
Andretti Autosport driver Kyle Kirkwood (USA) will take the wheel of
the BMW iFE.20. Our preview provides you with the most important
facts about the circuit and the key factors for a successful
Marrakesh E-Prix.

You can find the BMW i Motorsport Media Guide for Season 6 here: https://b.mw/Media_Guide_E. It
contains detailed information on the technology of the BMW i
drivetrain and the BMW iFE.20, as well as background on the technology
transfer between motorsport and production development, on the BMW i
Andretti Motorsport team and the drivers.

TRACK FACTS MARRAKESH.

Circuit length

2.971 km. Anti-clockwise driving direction.

Corners

12 corners,
of which 7 are left turns and 5 are right turns.

Track surface

Very
level, no bumps. 13 metre elevation difference.

Grip level

Very
high. No disadvantage for qualifying Group 1 expected.

Track layout

No
changes compared to season 5. Very good overtaking
opportunities before T1, T7 and T11. Fast layout and long
straights require a careful energy use.

Tyre wear

High,
especially for the right rear tyre.

Attack zone

ATTACK
MODE is activated at the outside of T3. So a car running
directly behind can pass on the inside.

Key factors

Energy
management, mechanical grip and rear axle stability.

Quotes ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix:

Roger Griffiths (BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team Principal):

“Marrakesh is an event we remember well for many reasons. Some
memories are good and others we would rather forget.  Last season the
team was highly competitive in both qualifying and the race but
unfortunately we weren’t able to make the most of it. But we did learn
a lot from what happened there with António Félix da Costa and
Alexander Sims, and I think it was a defining moment for the team in
terms of coming together as a group and building relationships. Coming
back to Marrakesh in Season 6 we find ourselves not only in a much
stronger position as an operation but also as the team leading the
championship. We are determined to focus on getting a strong result
for both drivers. We expect the track to suit the BMW iFE.20 race car
and the BMW i drivetrain. It was a short turn-around from Mexico, but
everyone is ready and eager for the next event to take place.”

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20):

“I’m looking forward to returning to Marrakesh. That’s where I had my
first competitive Formula E race weekend last season. I would like to
repeat that – but without a similar incident to the one with António
last time. I think energy management will play a big role once again.
We will be trying to understand why we had problems in qualifying in
Mexico. If we manage to start at the front again in Marrakesh we will
have better conditions for the race.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.20):

“I’m really looking forward to the race weekend in Marrakesh. The
track is special to me because it’s where I drove my very first metres
in a Formula E car. The track has a very diverse character with great
overtaking opportunities, a few fast bends and a twisting final sector.”

The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra
100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame
in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite
driver in the six days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into,
each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are three ways to
vote: Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/,
via the official Formula E App or on Twitter using the hashtag
#FANBOOST plus the drivers first and last name as a one-word hashtag.

Hashtags of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers:

#AlexanderSims

#MaximilianGuenther

The BMW i Safety Cars.

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 6. 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 Coupé Safety Car (combined fuel consumption:
1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. The BMW i fleet also includes the BMW i3s
(combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption:
14.6-14.0 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director
Car”, the BMW 530e (combined fuel consumption: 1.8-1.6 l/100 km;
combined energy consumption: 14.5-13.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 40-36 g/km)* in its role as “Medical Car” and the BMW X5
e45 (combined fuel consumption: 2.0-1.7 l/100 km; combined energy
consumption: 23.5-21.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46-38
g/km)* as “Rescue Car”.

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

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