BMW Motorrad model revision measures for the model year 2021.

BMW:BMW Motorrad model revision measures for the model year 2021.

Munich. Model year 2021 will see a number of model
revision measures included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models can
be ordered from all BMW Motorrad partners in the new configurations
from August 2020.

BMW R 1250 RS.

  • Style Sport in Austin Yellow metallic now with new frame colour in
    matt black, Option 719 Stardust metallic is dropped.
  • Disengageable capability ABS is dropped.
  • Changeover to EU-5.
  • New optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro option now includes
    engine drag torque control.
  • Extended optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro now includes Core
    Screen Sport.
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow
    with engine housing cover front & cylinder head covers anodized
    in black/silver.
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow II
    with hand levers, rider footrests and foot lever as well as
    expansion tank covers anodized in Black/Silver.
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts packages
    Storm/Storm II with the same parts as in Option 719 milled parts
    packages Shadow/Shadow II.
  • Option 719 HP milled parts package, HP milled parts package II and
    Option 719 seat are dropped.
  • Sports silencer replaces previous HP rear silencer.

BMW R 1250 R.

  • Style Exclusive with new paint finish Mineral Grey metallic.
    Pollux metallic matt, Style Exclusive and Option 719 Stardust
    metallic are dropped.
  • Style HP renamed Style Sport.
  • Disengageable capability ABS is dropped.
  • Changeover to EU-5.
  • New optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro option now includes
    engine drag torque control.
  • Extended optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro now includes Core
    Screen Sport.
  • New optional equipment: M Lightweight battery replaces previous HP battery.
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow
    with engine housing cover front & cylinder head covers anodized
    in black/silver.
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow II
    with mirrors, hand levers, rider footrests and foot lever as well as
    expansion tank covers anodized in Black/Silver.
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts packages
    Storm/Storm II with the same parts as in option 719 milled parts
    packages Shadow/Shadow II.
  • Option 719 HP milled parts package, HP milled parts package II and
    option 719 seat are dropped.
  • Sports silencer replaces previous HP rear silencer.

BMW K 1600 GT.

  • New paint finish Option 719 Mineral White metallic. Option 719
    Stardust metallic and Option 719 Blueplanet metallic/Ivory are dropped.
  • Frame and engine in black for all colour versions.
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard.
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard.
  • New optional equipment: Engine protection bars.
  • New optional equipment: Changes to tour package content. Expanded
    to include LED auxiliary headlights and engine protection bars,
    reversing aid is dropped.
  • Safety package is dropped.

BMW K 1600 GTL.

  • New paint finishes Manhattan metallic, Style Elegance and Option
    719 Mineral White metallic. Pollux metallic, Style Elegance and
    Option 719 Stardust metallic as well as Option 719 Blueplanet
    metallic/ivory are dropped.
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard.
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard.
  • New optional equipment: Engine protection bars.
  • New optional equipment: Changes to comfort package content.
    Expanded to include engine protection bars.
  • Safety package is dropped.

BMW K 1600 B.

  • New paint finish Mars Red metallic. Imperial Blue metallic is dropped.
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard.
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard.
  • New optional equipment: Engine protection bars and LED auxiliary
    headlights. .
  • New optional equipment: Changes to touring package content. LED
    auxiliary headlights, audio system, engine protection bars, running
    board (optional lockable storage compartment instead of running board).
  • New optional equipment: Changes to comfort package content. Shift
    Assistant Pro, keyless ride, central locking, alarm system.
    Additional LED headlight dropped.
  • Safety package is dropped.

BMW K 1600 Grand America.

  • New paint finish Mars Red metallic. Imperial Blue metallic is dropped.
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard.
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard.
  • New optional equipment: Changes to comfort package content. Shift
    Assistant Pro, KR, central locking, alarm system. Additional LED
    headlight dropped.
  • Safety package is dropped.

BMW S 1000 RR.

  • New paint finish Black storm metallic. Racing Red non-metallic is dropped.
  • Changeover to EU-5.
  • New optional equipment: Sports silencer*.
  • New optional equipment: M titanium exhaust system*.
  • New optional equipment: M milled parts package**, M clutch lever
    protector, M brake lever protector, M folding brake lever, M folding
    clutch lever, M engine protectors, M rider footrest system left/right.
  • New optional equipment: Sports package***. M Endurance chain, USB
    charging port and M GPS lap trigger.
  • New optional equipment: USB charging port.
  • New optional equipment: M Endurance chain.
  • New optional equipment: M GPS Laptrigger***. Activation code to
    enable a GPS sensor to send the signal to the instrument cluster.
    This allows the data-logger to trigger the lap timer/lap counter via
    GPS instead of manually.

BMW S 1000 XR.

  • New: Style Sport with Lightwhite non-metallic/Racingblue
    met./Racingred non-metallic, titanium sports silencer, M Endurance
    chain, Windshield Sport, additional Core Screen with Laptimer.
  • Tank cover and card pocket in motorcycle colour.
  • New optional equipment: Titanium sports silencer.
  • New optional equipment: Tour package with expanded content. USB
    charging port, new luggage rack with integrated holder for 30 l and
    49 l topcase.
  • Revised optional equipment: Luggage rack with integrated holder
    for 30 l and 49 l topcase.
  • New optional equipment: M milled parts package*. M folding brake
    lever, M folding clutch lever, M engine protector left, M rider
    footrests right/left and M pillion passenger footrests right/left.
  • New optional equipment: USB charging port.
  • New optional equipment: M Endurance chain.

BMW R 18.

  • New optional equipment: Cruise control including steering damper.

BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR.

  • LED turn indicators standard for US type key.
  • New optional equipment: New activation concept for driving modes
    Pro. Coding plug is dropped.

* available from October 2020

** available from September 2020

*** available from December 2020

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Bart Mampaey: “From an emotional point of view, it is always nice to return to Spa-Francorchamps”.

BMW:Bart Mampaey: “From an emotional point of view, it is always nice to return to Spa-Francorchamps”.

Munich. Nine race weekends, three of them in Belgium: the 2020
DTM season is something of a home event for BMW Team RBM from
Belgium. This weekend’s opening round will take place at
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), a racetrack of which Team Principal Bart
Mampaey has special memories. That is followed later in the season
by October’s double-header at Zolder (BEL), where the team enjoyed
success with all three drivers last year. 

 

In an interview, Mampaey talks about the 2020 DTM calendar with three
events in Belgium, his family and team’s association with
Spa-Francorchamps, which goes back decades, the spectacular first
impression of the BMW M4 DTM at this iconic circuit, and his
expectations ahead of the opening round and the rest of the season.

Three of the nine rounds of the 2020 DTM season are held in
Belgium. What does this mean to you?

Bart Mampaey: “That is of course a nice bonus for our team. First of
all, we have to congratulate ITR and DTM for making it possible to
race this year. And apart from the special requirements that we need
at the circuit it was also important to have a calendar which is as
compact as possible. Compact also includes that the races are not held
far away from the teams to travel. And in this respect having three
rounds in Belgium is perfect for a Belgian team like us. Added to
that, Spa is one of the best circuits in the world and Zolder proved
last year that it is a fantastic track for DTM. It’s really great to
have them on the calendar.”

Especially the venue of the season-opener, Spa-Francorchamps,
is a special place for you, your family and your team. What does Spa
mean to BMW Team RBM?

Mampaey: “Spa is a very important place in the history of my family
and the race team which was formerly Juma Racing, my father and
mother’s team. We have great memories of the 24 Hours of Spa those
days, being very successful there from 1977 to 1984 with three
victories and five second places, always with BMW and always being the
best placed BMW. That was the first part of our history there. Then
there was probably the biggest RBM victory at the race when the team
started in 1997 with a double win in the Group N class, followed by
another overall victory in 1998. And then of course Spa was also part
of the FIA ETCC and the FIA WTCC calendars and between 2002 and 2010
we were successful there with Andy Priaulx. So Spa indeed is a very
important place for the team, for the team’s history and for my family.”

Now you are going to race there with the BMW M4 DTM. You
tested there one day already, what did you learn?

Mampaey: “First of all, it is nine years since we were on track there
last time. In 2011 we did a test with the BMW Z4 GT3 there so going
back there nine years later with the DTM car was great. The track was
damp in the beginning but when it was possible to put the slicks on, I
went down to Eau Rouge and shot a couple of videos of how the car went
flat out through it, I think from as early as lap three onwards and
that was very spectacular. The car with the downforce and lots of
power as we have now in DTM, that’s fantastic around that track. I
really enjoyed it. I also had three or four other spots where I could
go to and watch the car going through the fast sequences of the
circuit. With the high mileage we did it was a successful test and we
are looking forward to racing there. It will probably not be so easy,
I think following each other, DRS and Push-to-Pass will also have a
big influence, so the test was important to prepare the event as well
as possible. And from an emotional point of view it is always nice to
be back there, having memories from a very young age and now seeing
the DTM car there.”

What do you think will be the biggest challenges for the DTM
car at Spa?

Mampaey: “We saw at the test that because the car has so much power
and downforce, which makes it a fantastic beast to drive around the
track, it also degrades the tyres very quickly. We need to find the
correct balance for this race-track and for the conditions that we
will experience at that weekend. And for sure there will be the
challenge of following each other, using what we have in the car with
DRS and Push-to-Pass in a way that we optimise the lap for qualifying
and for the race. What we learned from the test is that for sure the
tyre degradation over the distance of the race will be a challenge and
we will be focusing on that.”

Then the other Belgian circuit on the calendar is Zolder. Last
year, DTM returned to that historic track and it was an
unforgettable weekend for you…

Mampaey: “Yes, last year it was the second round of the season. On
Saturday, we celebrated the first victory with Philipp Eng. It was a
double-podium, with Joel Eriksson finishing second. Then on Sunday we
had the pole position with Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp claimed
another strong result with second on the podium. So it was indeed a
very good weekend for us. We just have to see how it will be this
year. It is much later in the season; it is a double-header event in
October, so the circumstances will be quite different, the
championship will be already in its final phase then. We have to see
where we are at that moment and hopefully we can be as successful as
last year.”

Does having three rounds in Belgium close to your team HQ at
Mechelen make logistics and everything a bit easier for you?

Mampaey: “I think the calendar will be a huge challenge by itself so
it’s good that we don’t have to travel so far, for the mechanics, for
the engineers and for the trucks. It makes the challenging calendar a
little bit easier. I think that it will help us, also with the double
headers that we have at the Lausitzring, the Nürburgring and at
Zolder, but the season is still quite exceptional and the logistics
will be quite a challenge. I expect that for the team and the team
members it will be one of the hardest seasons that we ever had, for a
long time not knowing exactly when we start and then to have nine race
weekends within three months. It will be very hard and hopefully we
can commit to the championship and hopefully we will have one or more
drivers being on the podium so we get some positive momentum with us
every time we travel back to Belgium, rebuild the car in the time we
have and go to the next race prepared as best as we can.”

So what are the team’s goals for the season?

Mampaey: “We want to win the championship, as simple as that. We will
do our best to enable our three drivers to challenge for the title
when we come to the finale at Hockenheim. That is our goal.”

 

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From raw material to recycling: BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

BMW:From raw material to recycling: BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

Munich. Sustainability plays a central role in
expanding electromobility. The BMW Group has therefore set itself the
goal of creating a closed and sustainable material cycle for battery
cells. With a new pilot plant that will produce lithium-ion battery
cells, the company is taking the next logical step in penetrating all
aspects of the battery cell value chain: from selection of materials,
to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard
production and recycling.

Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for Production: “The new pilot plant will strengthen our
expertise in production of battery cells. We will be capable of
testing new systems technology and innovative production processes.
Our goal is to optimise near-standard production of battery cells from
the perspective of quality, performance and costs. The new pilot plant
will enable us to close the final gap in the value chain from battery
cell development, to production of modules and powertrain components,
all the way to installation of fully assembled high-voltage batteries
at our vehicle plants. This makes us the first car manufacturer to
cover the entire process chain for electric driving.”

Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible
for Development: “By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified
models on the roads, as it systematically increases electrification
across all brands and model series. This continued expansion and our
comprehensive battery cell expertise will give sustainability a major
boost. At the same time, our models’ eDrive technology also ensures
brand-typical dynamic performance and driving fun.” Weber continued:
“We are not just focused on the most efficient battery cell, but on
its entire value chain. That is why we are working with our partners
to create a closed material cycle for battery cells.”

The pilot plant will be built in Parsdorf, near Munich, and is
scheduled to go into service in late 2022. The total project volume is
almost 110 million euros and about 50 employees will work at the plant.

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bavarian
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy is
supporting the project within the framework of the European funding
process IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest).

Near-series production of battery cells

The company just opened a separate Battery Cell Competence Centre in
Munich in November 2019, covering the entire battery cell value chain,
from research and development to battery cell composition and design,
all the way to large-scale manufacturability.

The BMW Group is taking the next logical step with the new pilot
plant and further expanding its expertise. The goal is to enhance
battery cells’ performance capabilities and demonstrate large-scale
manufacturability. To do so, the BMW Group will develop innovative
production processes and systems, which will then be installed at the
14,000 m² pilot plant. Using production processes and systems also
employed in standard production, the company will be able to
demonstrate the industrial feasibility of future battery cell
generations. The main focus will be on optimising production
efficiency, costs and quality.

Building on know-how from the Battery Cell Competence Centre and,
later, also from the pilot plant, the BMW Group will bring optimal
battery cell technology to series maturity within the shortest
implementation time possible and enable suppliers for battery cell
production to its own specifications.

A quarter of BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe should have an
electric drive train by 2021; a third in 2025 and half in 2030.

The sustainable battery cell of the future will be recyclable

To make an effective contribution to climate protection, the overall
environmental balance of all vehicle components must be improved and
partners brought into the process. This applies in particular to
energy-intensive production of battery cells for electric vehicles. Up
to 40 percent of a fully-electric vehicle’s CO2 emissions come from
battery cell production alone.

To develop innovative and sustainable battery cell technology, the
BMW Group is working as part of a technology consortium with the
Swedish battery manufacturer, Northvolt, and Umicore, a Belgian
developer of battery materials. The collaboration is focused on
creating an end-to-end sustainable value chain for battery cells in
Europe, extending from development to production to recycling.

Northvolt will produce the battery cells at its own gigafactory
currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden from
2024 on. Northvolt will obtain the energy needed to produce the
battery cells exclusively from wind and hydroelectric power generated
regionally in northern Sweden.

Umicore will contribute to development of a sustainable battery cell
in Europe. Recyclable cell design is a consistent focus from the very
beginning of battery cell development. Faced with rapidly growing
demand for battery cells, recycling of battery components at the end
of their lifecycle and extensive reuse of raw materials will be key to
closing the materials loop in the best way possible.

BMW Group battery cells to be produced with 100% green power
from fifth generation on

As a leader in sustainability, the BMW Group has already reached a
contractual agreement with its cell manufacturers that they will only
use green power to produce fifth-generation battery cells.

The fifth-generation battery cell will be on the roads later this
year in the BMW iX3* and rolled out in more products over the coming
year, like the BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4.

As volumes increase, the use of green power will save around ten
million tonnes of CO2 over the next ten years. For comparison, that is
roughly the amount of CO2 a city of over a million inhabitants, like
Munich, emits per year.

IPCEI: European support programme for innovative and
sustainable battery cells made in Europe

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is
currently working with German and European industry on two programmes
to support battery cell innovation. These are being realised as
“Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI) and include
projects from many European member states. Projects from both support
programmes cover the entire battery value chain, from raw and
functional materials to cell production and integration, all the way
to second use and recycling. The aim is to establish a value chain in
Germany and Europe that uses innovative technologies, while also
meeting the highest standards for sustainability and production carbon
intensity. For this reason, the projects are focused on research and
innovation, as well as industrialisation of new technologies. The BMWi
is contributing more than a billion euros for both support programmes.

The BMW Group has been analysing battery cells since 2008 and, thanks
to this long-standing experience, already has extensive knowledge in
the field of cell analysis. Through the research conducted by the
support programmes, the BMW Group will be able to refine chemical
composition, cell mechanics, cell design and the production process
down to the last detail. Battery cell manufacturers can build on this
know-how and use it in a targeted manner for sustainable and
successful industrialisation.

*Consumption/emission data:

BMW iX3: fuel consumption combined in the NEDC test
cycle: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined: 17.8 – 17.5
kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km; fuel consumption combined
in the WLTP test cycle: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption
combined: 19.5 – 18.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

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M feeling at international racetracks: exclusive garage seats for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.

BMW:M feeling at international racetracks: exclusive garage seats for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.

Munich. The two riders in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Tom
Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL), naturally spend a lot of time
in the saddle of their BMW S 1000 RR. However, during tests and at
race weekends in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK),
they also spend a lot of time sitting with their team in the garage
between and during sessions. These meetings play an important role
in development and set-up work. Sykes and Laverty must no longer
forego the kind of comfort of their BMW M cars they have become
accustomed to. Instead of standard chairs, they now have original
BMW M sport seats in their pit areas – 100% made in Munich (GER) for
use at racetracks in WorldSBK.

 

The two seats used by Sykes and Laverty are optional equipment for
the BMW M4 Competition, with high-class Merino leather covers. They
weigh roughly 30 kilograms each. They were converted into chairs in
the BMW Research Centre in Munich, by Alois Widbiller, Head of System
Integration Seats, and his team.  

 

“We regularly make specials like this, so we suggested that we could
also build special seats for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. We had
great fun with the project,” explained Widbiller. It took him and his
team roughly 60 working hours to convert the special model for the BMW
M4 Competition into a garage seat.

The task was to make a chair on rollers from a seat usually installed
in a car. “That is really complex, as you cannot simply mount the seat
on castors,” Widbiller explained. “For example, we had to design and
produce special connecting pieces. They included an adapter, which we
screw into the seat to form the connection with the rolling base. In
the case of the rolling base, it was important to us that it sat nice
and low to give both riders the most comfortable seating position
possible. And the two chairs have obviously also been given a plaque
with the words ‘BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’. It is located where the
inside of the seat would be in a car. We had space there, and designed
a special cover, on which we could mount the plaque.”

Sykes and Laverty were presented with their new chairs by Dr. Markus
Schramm. The Head of BMW Motorrad took the opportunity to wish them
and the team a successful restart to the 2020 WorldSBK season. The two
riders also used a trip to Munich to visit the BMW research centre,
where they gained an impression of the prototype seats workshop and
met Widbiller and his team. “It was very interesting for them to come
to the place where parts are made for the cars. They don’t usually get
to see areas like that,” said Widbiller. “It was excellent to welcome
the two guys, and we obviously have our fingers crossed for a
successful remainder of the season.”

“People often underestimate how much time our riders actually spend
sitting in the garage,” confirmed BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director
Marc Bongers. “This is particularly true during practice sessions.
Before they take to the track, they prepare for their outings. Between
runs they return to the garage and, while the crew works on the bike,
the riders chat to their crew chiefs and engineers and give feedback
on the bike. After all the sessions, including qualifying and the
race, they head straight to the debrief with the team, in which all
the details of how the bike responded in individual sections of the
track are discussed and sector times are analysed. All that forms the
basis for our set-up work during a race weekend. And the riders
obviously also spend the final few minutes before they take to the
grid in their garage, where they enter their final phase of
concentration.” Thanks to their new BMW M chairs, they can now do this
in ultimate comfort.

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Wide range of BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW 5 Series, the BMW M5 and the BMW M5 Competition.

BMW:Wide range of BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW 5 Series, the BMW M5 and the BMW M5 Competition.

Munich. Concurrently with the market launch of the
new BMW 5 Series, the BMW M5 (combined fuel consumption: 10.6 – 10.5
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 242 – 239 g/km*) and the
BMW M5 Competition (combined fuel consumption: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 242 – 239 g/km*), BMW is also
offering in July 2020 an extensive range of BMW M Performance Parts
for the new models. The accessories, which were developed using the
comprehensive know-how of the BMW M GmbH, set additional sporty
accents in terms of design, driving dynamics and performance and
sharpen the particularly sporty character of both the BMW M5 and the
BMW M5 Competition high-performance sedans even further. All
components are aligned in the best tradition to the specific character
of each model and, in addition to the sporty look, also fulfil the
functional requirements as regards lightweight construction and
aerodynamics.  Most of the M Performance Parts for the BMW 5 Series
will be available directly after the market launch of the new models.

High quality exterior carbon parts.
Numerous BMW
M Performance Parts made from high-quality carbon render BMW’s
motorsport DNA permanently visible on the BMW 5 Series even off the
racetrack. The M Performance front attachment on both sides and the
M Performance front splitter made from the high-grade material provide
for a sporty look at the front.  In addition to a variant of the
kidney grille surround in high-gloss black, the M Performance front
grille is also available in a carbon version. Likewise, the M
Performance exterior mirror caps, M Performance Air Breather in the
front fenders and M Performance side sill attachments are made from
this high-quality material. The M Performance rear spoiler Carbon and
the M Performance rear spoiler Pro Carbon are both available for the
sedans, with the M Performance carbon rear diffusor providing for a
sporty looking rear end.

M Performance steering wheel and carbon parts for the
interior.
The M Performance steering wheel creates a
particularly intense bond between driver and vehicle. With
distinctively shaped Alcantara grip recesses, large thumb-rests and
special lining it guarantees maximum grip and a direct steering feel
at all times. Together with the Alcantara, silver-grey, hand-sewn
cross-stitching and the red 12 o’clock marking provide for a genuine
motor sports atmosphere. As an alternative to the standard
leather-covered steering wheel trim, M Performance carbon/leather or
carbon/Alcantara steering wheel trims are also optionally available.
The M Performance steering wheel Pro available exclusively for the BMW
M5 and the BMW M5 Competition is fitted with a high-gloss polished
carbon and Alcantara trim and the lower clasp bears the M Performance
lettering. The 12 o’clock marking is finished in Motorsport Blue, the
tricolour decorative stitching in the BMW M colours. The M Performance
carbon shift paddles are also available for all other steering wheels.
The carbon M Performance gear shift trims are exclusive to the BMW M5
and the BMW M5 Competition.

M Performance sports suspension for M5
models.
The outstanding driving dynamics of the BMW M5
and the BMW M5 Competition can be enhanced even further with the M
Performance sports suspension without a change of the damper settings.
The coilover suspension allows the vehicle to be lowered by between 5
and 20 millimetres, resulting in a lower centre of gravity, less roll
tendency and higher cornering speeds. The optional M Performance
sports brake system ensures corresponding deceleration values under
maximum load. 20-inch M Performance forged wheels with Y-spoke design
and 863 M Ferric Grey matt finish are also exclusively available for
the two M5 models. These are manufactured using a sophisticated
forging and milling process, offering a unique and patented
three-dimensional spoke geometry, milled M Performance lettering as
well as a coloured M Logo. Apertures in the spokes reduce air build-up
in the wheel, so that less power is required to cut turbulence at high
speeds. Further light alloy wheels comprising the M Performance
20-inch forged wheels in a multi-spoke 732 M bicoloured design are
available for 5 Series vehicles. Moreover, the range of M Performance
Parts includes exhaust systems for diesel engines.

M Performance also outside the vehicle.
Thanks
to special accessories, BMW 5 owners can exhibit their sporty style
outside the car as well. The M Performance key case Alcantara/Carbon
is also made of the high-quality materials known from motor racing and
serves as a daily commodity and eye-catcher. The M Performance tyre
bag in the characteristic M design is recommended for storing and
transporting an additional set of wheels. Also, the custom-fit
breathable and machine-washable M Performance Indoor Car Cover with a
soft, paint-protective interior as well as imprinted design elements
such as the BMW kidney grille and a large “M” on the roof are
available for both M 5 models.

BMW M
Performance Parts for the BMW 5 Series, the BMW M5 and the M5 Competition:

Exterior:

  • M Performance front attachment carbon left/right
  • M Performance front splitter carbon
  • M Performance decorative front grille carbon or high-gloss black
  • M Performance Air Breather carbon left/right
  • M Performance exterior mirror cap carbon left/right
  • M Performance side sill attachment carbon left/right
  • M Performance accentuation strip black/silver (not for M5/M5 Competition)
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: M Performance foiling motorsport stripes
  • M Performance side sill films left/right
  • M Performance rear bumper trim high-gloss black
  • M Performance rear diffusor carbon
  • M Performance rear diffusor black matt
  • M Performance rear spoiler Pro Carbon (for sedan only)
  • M Performance rear spoiler carbon (for sedan only)
  • M Performance rear spoiler black matt (for sedan only)
  • M Performance tailpipe finishers carbon (selected models)
  • M Performance tailpipe finishers chrome (selected models)
  • M Performance fuel filler cap carbon

Interior:

  • M Performance steering wheel
  • M Performance steering wheel trim carbon/Alcantara or carbon/leather
  • M Performance shift paddles carbon
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: M Performance steering wheel Pro
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: M Performance gear shift selector
    trim carbon
  • M Performance stainless steel pedals and footrest
  • M Performance floor mat

Drive, driving dynamics and wheels:

  • M Performance 19″ brake system
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: M Performance sport brake pads
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: M Performance sport suspension
  • M Performance exhaust system for diesel (not for M5/M5 Competition)
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: M Performance engine cover carbon
    upgrade kit
  • 19″ M Performance forged wheels double spoke 786 M Jet Black
    matt, complete summer and winter wheel set (not for M5/M5 Competition)
  • 20″ M Performance forged wheel double spoke 669 M Bicolour
    (Jet Black matt, high-gloss milled), complete summer wheel set (not
    for M5/M5 Competition)
  • 20″ M Performance forged wheels double spoke 669 M Orbit
    Grey, complete summer wheel set (not for M5/M5 Competition)
  • 20″ M Performance for wheels multi-spoke 732 M Bicolour
    (Jet Black, high-gloss milled), complete summer wheel set (not for
    M5/M5 Competition)
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusively: 20″ M Performance forged wheel
    Y‑spoke 863 M Ferric Grey matt, complete summer wheel set

Miscellaneous:

  • M Performance key case Alcantara/carbon
  • M Performance tyre bag
  • M5/M5 Competition exclusive: M Performance Indoor Car Cover

The BMW M5: combined fuel consumption: 10.6 – 10.5
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 242 – 239 g/km*

The BMW M5 Competition: combined fuel consumption:
10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 242 – 239 g/km* 

*The values are based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated
back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability
between the 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 from
the values stated here (depending on national legislation).

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The waiting is over: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ready to go racing at Jerez and Portimão.

BMW:The waiting is over: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ready to go racing at Jerez and Portimão.

Munich. For five months the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team has had
to exercise great patience. Now the action is coming thick and fast.
Since the season-opener at the end of February/start of March on
Phillip Island (AUS), the coronavirus has forced the FIM Superbike
World Championship (WorldSBK) to take a break from racing. The
Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera now hosts round two of the
season this weekend (31st July to 2nd August).
From there, the team and its riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene
Laverty (IRL) travel straight to Portimão (POR), where the third
event of the year will take place just one week later.

 

BMW Motorrad Motorsport has spent the race-free period analysing
findings from the opening round on Phillip Island and continuing to
develop the BMW S 1000 RR. The result is a number of updates for many
areas of the bike. The test at Barcelona (ESP) in the second week of
July allowed the team to start its final preparations for the
resumption of the season in similarly summery conditions as they can
expect at the next two events.

 

Quotes ahead of the events in Jerez and Portimão.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“After several months without racing, we are really looking forward to
finally testing ourselves against our rivals out on the track again,
and to offering our fans a double dose of eagerly-awaited motorsport –
on television, at least. Jerez and Portimão are both great circuits,
but are very different. We do have to work in restricted conditions,
due to COVID-19, but we have prepared for this and are ready for the
challenge. We also saw from MotoGP, which recently visited Jerez, that
the expected heat will pose an additional challenge for man and
machine. However, we are prepared, confident, and can hardly wait to
get going again! We have made good use of the break in racing, even if
not all the results of our development work are ready to be used at
the next two events.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“It is great to be back with round two of the 2020
WorldSBK. It seems so many months ago since we did the opening round
in Australia. Since then, an awful lot of things have happened in the
world and we have to respect the conditions we are working in. The
safety and health of everyone have the highest priority for us.
Regarding the racing aspects, we had two good tests at the Lausitzring
and the ‘Circuit de Catalunya’ so we are optimistic that we are better
prepared for the long race distance. Additionally, we know that the
temperatures are going to be very high both at Jerez and Portimão,
track and ambiance temperatures, so that is going to be a challenge
for everybody. But we think that the successful work we did at
Catalunya in the heat will put us in a good position for the races.
Tom and Eugene both get a lot of testing laps completed and they have
a good direction already of how they would like to start the Jerez
weekend. Hopefully, both guys can qualify well, can take this into the
races and come away with strong finishes. Both riders have a good
experience with the BMW S 1000 RR at Jerez – Tom from last season and
Eugene also from pre-season testing, so we should hit the ground
running and we are hopeful that we can take on the fight.”

Tom Sykes: “It is absolutely fantastic that finally
the time has arrived after this very difficult period. We did some
testing but racing is racing, so I am really happy to head into the
double header, straight into things, at Jerez and Portimão. The
characteristics of these tracks are really quite different, Jerez is
pretty flowing and then Portimão up and down really considered a
rollercoaster of a track, so we have certainly exciting but for sure
also hot venues approaching. The target going into the weekend is to
work on the bike set-up to ensure we have a good package on the BMW S
1000 RR for the warm conditions and go from there. The goal is always
so achieve the maximum that we can as a team during the race weekend
and to get the results that we can achieve together. I am really
looking forward to getting back to racing and a big thanks goes to the
organisers and all involved to manage to organise that calendar during
this very difficult period.”

Eugene Laverty: “Following on from a successful
two-day test with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team earlier this month,
I’m very excited about the upcoming races at Jerez and Portimão. The
air temperature is going to be above 30°C making the asphalt quite
slippery and smooth throttle control will be key. I’ve won races
previously at Jerez and Portimão so I have fond memories of them both.
The Portimão circuit is just fifteen minutes from where I live in
Portugal so that will make it that bit more special for me. The five
months’ pause from racing due to Covid-19 has given me a chance to
re-energize and I’m very eager to get going again. A few months ago I
really didn’t believe that we would return to racing at all in 2020,
so compliments to Dorna for managing to get us back on track so swiftly.”

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 08/2020.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 08/2020.

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

GT4 European Series: BMW M4 GT4 wins both races at Imola.

A perfect start to the season for the BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M
customer racing teams at the opening weekend of the GT4 European
Series at Imola (ITA). Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Bas Schouten (NED)
drove the RN Vision STS Racing Team #111 BMW M4 GT4 to victory on
Saturday and Sunday. The duo dominated both races, finishing the first
race more than 23 seconds ahead of the field and triumphing on Sunday
with an eight-second lead. Cem Bolukbasi and Yagiz Gedik (both TUR)
from the Borusan Otomotiv team claimed third place in Saturday’s race
to secure victory in the Pro-Am class. In the AM category, Paolo
Meloni and Stefano Valli (both SMR) triumphed in the W&D Racing
Team BMW M4 GT4. RN Vision STS Racing and Borusan Otomotiv were also
able to celebrate further podium finishes. Driving Piana and
Schouten’s team’s second car, Koen Bogaerts and Mark van der Aa (both
NED) finished third in the Silver class on Saturday. In the other car
from Bolukbasi and Gedik’s team, Ibrahim Okyay (TUR) claimed second
place in the AM category on Sunday.

GT World Challenge Europe: Boutsen Ginion sixth at season-opener.

It proved to be a difficult season-opener for Boutsen Ginion Racing
in the GT World Challenge Europe. At Imola (ITA), BMW works driver
Nick Yelloly (GBR), Karim Ojjeh (KSA) and Gilles Vannelet (FRA)
crossed the finish line in sixth place in the Pro-Am class after 85
laps with their BMW M6 GT3.

ESET V4 Cup: Class win at season-opener for the BMW M4 GT4.

The ESET V4 Cup has also launched a new season after an enforced
break lasting several months. The first races took place this weekend
at Grobnik (CRO). Trevor Racing had cause to celebrate with the BMW M4
GT4. In the second sprint race on Sunday, Ferenc Ficza (HUN) crossed
the finish line first in the GT4 class. He had secured second position
in the class in Saturday’s first sprint race. He finished third with
his team-mate Gregor Zsigo (HUN) in the endurance race.

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No premium without responsibility: BMW Group makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction

BMW:No premium without responsibility: BMW Group makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction

  • Board of Management and executive management will be measured
    against new sustainability targets
  • First-ever CO2 goals for full lifecycle up to 2030
  • Science-Based Targets form basis for new goals
  • Far-reaching product strategy: Major CO2 reduction with more than
    seven million electrified vehicles
  • Carbon emissions from production and sites to be lowered by 80%
    per vehicle
  • BMW Group aims for most sustainable supply chain industry wide
  • Circular economy as vision for resource management
  • Zipse: “Sustainability and premium will be inextricably linked in
    the future”

Munich. The BMW Group is making sustainability and
resource efficiency central to the company’s strategic direction.
Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse announced initial
details of this strategic direction in Munich today and presented the
targets the company has set itself for the phase up to 2030. The BMW
Group is building on a strong foundation: Over the past years and
decades, the company has repeatedly set standards in terms of
sustainability. The principle of continuous improvement will remain at
the heart of the strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and increase
resource efficiency.

“I firmly believe the fight against climate change and how we use
resources will decide the future of our society – and of the BMW
Group. As a premium car company, it is our ambition to lead the way in
sustainability. That is why we are taking responsibility here and now
and making these issues central to our future strategic direction,”
said Oliver Zipse. “This new strategic direction will
be anchored in all divisions – from administration and purchasing to
development and production, all the way to sales. We are taking
sustainability to the next level.”

As part of this process, the BMW Group is setting itself clear
targets for CO2 reduction up to 2030. For the first time, these extend
throughout the entire lifecycle: from the supply chain through
production to the end of the use phase. The aim is to significantly
reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle by at least one
third
across the entire spectrum. For a fleet of around 2.5
million vehicles, as produced by the BMW Group in 2019, this would
correspond to a reduction of more than 40 million tonnes of CO2 over
the lifecycle in 2030.

 

Board of Management and executive management to be measured
against sustainability targets

“We have made a very clear commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
With this new strategic direction, we are therefore setting a course
that is in accordance with the well below two-degrees target. We are
not just making abstract statements – we have developed a detailed
ten-year plan with annual interim goals for the timeframe up to 2030,”
said Zipse. “We will report on our progress every year and measure
ourselves against these targets. The compensation of our Board of
Management and executive management will also be tied to this.”

Starting next year, the BMW Group will publish its financial figures
and general business development in an integrated
report
that will also include updates on its sustainability
goals. “This not only sends a clear signal that we consider our
business model and sustainability to be inseparable, but also that we
will be subjecting our sustainability activities to even broader
external and independent scrutiny than in the past – because
transparency is the best way to strengthen credibility,” said Zipse.
The BMW Group is basing its goals on the guidelines of the recognised
Science-Based Targets Initiative [https://sciencebasedtargets.org/],
which it will also join. Among other things, this means that the CO2
emissions from the production of fuels are also included
(“well-to-wheel” approach).

 

CO2 from production and sites to be lowered by 80 percent

 

The BMW Group can directly influence the CO2 emissions of its own
plants and sites, where it already sets the benchmark for the
efficient management of resources. The company is targeting the
biggest reductions industry-wide in this area by 2030 – thus following
a more ambitious path than the 1.5 degree goal.
Having already lowered emissions per vehicle produced by more than 70
percent since 2006, the BMW Group now aims to reduce its emissions
(Scope 1 + 2 – Link) by a further 80 percent from 2019 levels by 2030.
CO2 emissions will then be less than 10 percent of what they were in
2006. The main lever for this is production, which generates around 90
percent of the company’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

In addition to sourcing 100-percent green power as
of this year, the BMW Group will systematically invest in optimising
its energy efficiency and using the possibilities enabled by
digitalisation. The BMW Group is already applying methods like
data analytics to make its production more
efficient – for example, by minimising scrapped parts in the body shop
and through predictive maintenance for machinery. The company will
drive further expansion of renewable energy sources at its worldwide
locations. The use of green hydrogen can also play an
important part in energy generation at suitable BMW Group locations.

In addition to this significant reduction in substance, the BMW Group
will also fully offset its remaining CO2 emissions
(Scope 1 + 2) from 2021 on with appropriate certificates.

 

Lowering CO2 emissions on the road through millions of
electrified vehicles

The objective is to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles by 40 percent
per kilometre driven. The main lever here is a far-reaching product
strategy with massive expansion of e-mobility: In ten years, the goal
is to have a total of more than seven million
electrified
BMW Group vehicles on the roads
– around two thirds of them with a
fully-electric drive train
.

“The best vehicles in the world are sustainable. That is why premium
and sustainability will be even more inextricably linked in the
future,” said Zipse. “We are using our exceptional technological
expertise in both hardware and software not only to make these
vehicles desirable, but also to help reduce CO2 through them.”
 Accordingly, the BMW Group is also fully on track to meet its CO2
fleet targets in the EU this year.

Product strategy: fully-electric models in high-volume series

The BMW Group is already a leading provider of electrified vehicles:
By the end of 2021, the BMW Group will offer five fully-electric
production vehicles: the BMW i3*, the
MINI Cooper SE*, the BMW iX3*, the
BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4. Another
milestone will be the upcoming generation of the BMW 7
Series
. The BMW brand flagship will be available with four
different drive technologies: with a highly efficient diesel or petrol
engine with 48-volt technology, as an electrified plug-in hybrid and,
for the first time, as a fully-electric BEV model. The company will
have 25 electrified models on the roads by 2023 – half of them fully electric.

In addition to the BMW 7 Series, comprehensive electrification will
be rolled out throughout the model line-up: Further examples of the
“Power of Choice” will be the high-volume
BMW X1 and BMW 5 Series, which
will also be available in the future with all four drive train
variants – fully-electric, plug-in hybrid, diesel and petrol with
48-volt technology.

The BMW Group also began utilising its vehicles’ extensive
connectivity to increase the amount of electric
driving by plug-in hybrids this year. Models with eDrive
Zones
technology automatically switch to pure electric mode
as soon as they enter a pre-defined green zone in about 80 European
cities already. As availability expands to more countries and cities,
it will be possible to increase the amount of electric driving by
plug-in hybrids in a growing number of city areas.

As part of its Efficient Dynamics strategy, the BMW
Group will also continue its work on reducing the fuel consumption of
conventional drive trains and making them more efficient. The ongoing
rollout of 48-volt technology is another element of CO2 reduction.

CO2 in the supply chain: significant reduction instead of big increase

With growth in e-mobility, much more attention will need to be paid
to upstream added value in order to reduce CO2 – for example, looking
at energy-intensive production of high-voltage batteries. Because,
without corrective measures, the growing share of
electrified vehicles would mean CO2 emissions per vehicle from the BMW
Group supply chain would increase by more than a third by 2030.

The company not only wants to avoid this increase, but also lower CO2
emissions per vehicle by 20 percent from 2019 levels. One of the ways
the BMW Group is doing this is by defining a supplier’s carbon
footprint
as a decision criterion in its
contract award processes. The company leads
the way as the first automobile manufacturer
to establish
concrete CO2 targets for its supply chain, which comprises around
12,000 tier 1 partners worldwide who supply material and components
for vehicles, as well as additional suppliers providing production
equipment or tools. The BMW Group has a total purchasing volume of
more than 60 billion euros per year; around two thirds of this amount
is for direct vehicle production.

“CO2 must be reduced in partnership between manufacturers and
suppliers. If you want to convince partners, you must act as a role
model. As a leader in sustainability, what we say counts a great deal
with our suppliers – so we leverage our reputation in this respect,”
said Zipse. “Our aim is to ensure the most sustainable supply
chain in the entire industry
.” To achieve this, the BMW
Group is not just focusing on the top level of its tier 1 suppliers,
but also seeking to anchor the topic of sustainability throughout its
entire supply chain.

The BMW Group has already reached a contractual agreement with its
cell manufacturers that they will only use green
power to produce fifth-generation battery cells. This
will save a total of around ten million tonnes of CO2 over the next
ten years. That is roughly the amount of CO2 a city of over a million
inhabitants, like Munich, emits per year. The company will
significantly expand its own use of green power and, in the coming
years, work with its component and raw material suppliers to do the
same throughout the entire supply chain. In this way, the BMW Group
aims to ensure its partners fight climate change with the same
determination and impact as it does itself.

Circular economy for responsible resource management

Alongside lowering CO2 emissions, resource management also plays a
central role in the BMW Group’s business model: For instance,
electromobility cannot rely solely on primary materials in the long
term. The underlying flow of resources needs to
change
. By making the recycling chain more transparent, the
BMW Group aims to create high-quality secondary material and enable
itself to track actual further use of raw materials in the cycle. “Our
goal is clear: We want to further close the material cycles to protect
nature’s finite resources and use them even more efficiently,” said Zipse.

Vehicles already have to be 95 percent recyclable – but the
percentage of secondary material in new vehicles is still relatively
low. That is why the BMW Group plans to increase the share of
secondary material in its vehicles significantly by
2030 – and is also exploring very far-reaching scenarios. Secondary
material reduces CO2 emissions substantially compared to primary
materials: by roughly factor 3-4 for aluminium and factor 2-3 for
cobalt, nickel and lithium. Minimising the amount of new extraction
needed is also essential to conserve resources and reduce the
potential for conflict – especially for critical raw materials.

The circular economy plays a particularly crucial role when it comes
to high-voltage batteries for electrified vehicles,
which use a number of critical raw materials. Although the European
Union currently requires a recycling rate of only 50 percent for
high-voltage batteries, the BMW Group has partnered with German
recycling specialist Duesenfeld to develop a method that can achieve a
recycling rate of up to 96 percent – including
graphite and electrolytes. The BMW Group already takes back all used
BMW high-voltage batteries worldwide – even though there is no legal
requirement to do so. Before recycling comes
second-life usage at battery storage farms like the
one at BMW Group Plant Leipzig.

The BMW Group is also piloting digital tools all the way to
blockchain technology to track and verify global
flows of goods. The PartChain project, for instance, enables
tamper-proof and consistently verifiable collection of data in the
supply chain. Going forward, critical raw materials, in particular,
could be tracked all the way from mine to smelter.

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Max-Morten Borgmann, Corporate Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24118, Max-Morten.Borgmann@bmwgroup.com

Kai Zöbelein, Sustainability Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-21170, Kai.Zoebelein@bmwgroup.com

Eckhard Wannieck, head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, Eckhard.Wannieck@bmwgroup.com 

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 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 M Motorsport – DTM – 2020 Media Guide.

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CO2 emission information.

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

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

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

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Ready for Eau Rouge: BMW DTM Teams looking forward to the start of the 2020 season at Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW:Ready for Eau Rouge: BMW DTM Teams looking forward to the start of the 2020 season at Spa-Francorchamps.

Munich. Anticipation is rising among the BMW DTM teams as this
weekend (1st/2nd August), after months of
waiting, they will finally get the 2020 DTM season underway. The
venue for the season-opener is the iconic Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) in
the Ardennes.  BMW Team RMG and BMW Team RBM will field six BMW M4
DTMs between them. At the wheel will be Marco Wittmann (GER), Timo
Glock (GER), Philipp Eng (AUT), Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), and the
newcomers in the BMW DTM squad, Lucas Auer (AUT) and Jonathan
Aberdein (RSA).

 

Spa-Francorchamps hosts the opening round of a compact calendar, with
a total of nine events spread over just three months. The other venues
are the Lausitzring (GER / double-header), Assen (NED), the
Nürburgring (GER / double-header), Zolder (BEL / double-header) and
Hockenheim (GER).

While the BMW DTM works drivers are familiar with the Ardennes
rollercoaster that is Spa-Francorchamps from racing in other series,
it is new territory for the BMW M4 DTM. The Belgian circuit last
hosted a DTM race in 2005. An additional challenge is the schedule for
the opening weekend. The two-day event kicks off on Saturday morning
with free practice, before the first qualifying of the year gets
underway at 10:55 local time. Race one starts at 13:33 on Saturday.
Sunday features the second qualifying session at 10:45 and race two at
13:33. BMW M Motorsport was able to gain initial data for its set-up
work with the BMW M4 DTM during a one-day test at the start of July.

Spa-Francorchamps is closely associated with the history of BMW in
motorsport. With 24 victories to its name, BMW is the record winner of
the famous 24-hour race at the Belgian circuit. The opening event is
also more than just the first home race of the season for BMW Team
RBM, which is based in Mechelen (BEL). Since the 1970s, the circuit
has been the scene of great success for team principal Bart Mampaey
and his family in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, as well as in the
FIA European Touring Car Championship and the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Quotes ahead of the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “We
have waited a long time, but we can now finally get the 2020 DTM
started at Spa-Francorchamps. We would like to thank Gerhard Berger
and the ITR for their tireless efforts in these difficult times. The
events will be different to what we are used to, but the health and
safety of all involved continues to take top priority for us all. The
iconic circuit at Spa-Francorchamps is a worthy setting for the
opening round of the 2020 season. It has played a major role in the
history of BMW Motorsport, and we have enjoyed great success there in
the past. It is fantastic that we will now get to see the BMW M4 DTM
in world-famous corners like Eau Rouge and Blanchimont. We have
prepared as well as possible for the new season, given the options
that have been available to us in recent months. We have made further
improvements to the BMW M4 DTM, in order to convert its potential into
good race results. With four proven drivers and two strong newcomers,
we are also excellently positioned in terms of our driver line-up.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM): “The
season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps is very special, for several
reasons. On one hand, because we can finally go racing again after the
long break. On the other hand, because my family, I and the team have
had a very close association with this iconic circuit for decades. It
is fantastic to be able to add a DTM chapter to our Spa-Francorchamps
story. We gained our first impressions at the test at the start of
July, and it was spectacular to see the BMW M4 DTM hurtling through
Eau Rouge at full speed. I think we will witness some fantastic racing
with the powerful DTM cars and their mighty downforce on this fast and
flowing ‘rollercoaster’ of a track. Starting with a two-day event will
be a challenge, but we have done everything we can to ensure we are as
well prepared as possible going into the first races and the compact season.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG): “The
whole team cannot wait for the start of the season. We are racers and
are looking forward to battling for success on the racetrack again.
2020 is obviously going to be tough, especially with the races coming
so thick and fast, but we have prepared for it and are looking forward
to the challenge. It is great that the DTM is returning to
Spa-Francorchamps after 15 years. It is a fantastic circuit with a
unique character. We are excited about getting out on the track with
the BMW M4 DTM. On the race weekend itself, the one free practice on
the Saturday morning does not give us much time to do our final
preparations for qualifying and the race. However, we are ready for
that. For the past few months, we have been working towards that
moment when the start lights go out for the first time this year. We
can hardly wait to get started on Saturday.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG):
“I am obviously very excited to finally go racing again
after the long wait caused by the coronavirus. I think it is
definitely going to be a great start to the season. Spa-Francorchamps
is a unique and very special racetrack. Furthermore, it is the first
time that any of us will have driven there with the DTM. I am looking
forward to it, although I am obviously a bit sad that we will not have
any fans there to support us. I hope that many of them will be
watching on television and will have their fingers crossed for us. I
will try to put on a really good show for the viewers and am hoping
for a successful start to the season at Spa.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG):
“After the break for coronavirus, I am delighted that we can finally
get back to doing what we all enjoy – racing. It is obviously a shame
that it must be behind closed doors, but I am still particularly
looking forward to Spa. Driving a DTM car at Spa is going to be a
highlight and I am very intrigued to see how the first race weekend
plays out. The goal is relatively simple: to do as well as possible in
both races. I hope we can challenge for the podium.”

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG / team
championship BMW Team RMR):
“There is great anticipation
about getting the season underway – particularly at Spa-Francorchamps.
It is going to be one of the highlights of the year. The Spa track is
very special, with its changes in elevation and high-speed corners. A
fast lap there is fantastic, particularly on fresh tyres, and I am
really looking forward to it. As far as my goal for the first races is
concerned, I think the most important thing for me at first will be to
find my rhythm in the DTM again and to work well with the team. We saw
and learned a lot during the official test at the Nürburgring, and we
will now put that into practice at Spa.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM): “I am
really happy that we can go racing again. I am also very much looking
forward to seeing my team again and to getting back behind the wheel
of the BMW M4 DTM. And all this will happen at Spa – which is a
fantastic highlight. I have very fond memories of Spa with my two
victories in the 24-hour race with the BMW M6 GT3. And of course I
hope that I can maintain my victory and success rate.”

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM / team
championship BMW Team RMR):
“I am very much looking forward
to going back racing as it has been so many months now since our last
DTM race so I think it’s quite overdue. I am also excited to see the
development that we have achieved with the BMW M4 DTM. The guys have
been working really, really hard over the winter and the pre-season
tests and I think that it will be a very good season in that we will
be very competitive. So we all have high expectations and high hopes
going into the season and are excited to see where we are.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team
RBM):
“I am really looking forward to my first DTM races in
nine or ten months as the last time was Hockenheim last year. It has
been a long time but I think it is like cycling; you’ll be back in
your rhythm soon. Spa-Francorchamps is an amazing track. It is one of
my personal top-three circuits I have driven on so I am really looking
forward to that. I think that we will have a lot of overtaking
opportunities at Spa with the long straights and the DRS activations
so that will definitively bring some close racing. I think it is still
important to qualify well because you really need to run with the guys
upfront if you want to have a good result at the end. I think we have
a really strong car, we have made a lot of progress over the winter
and we had a very good test with Augusto Farfus at Spa earlier this
month so we are optimistic for a good result.”

Note to editors.

 

In the 2020 DTM season, our drivers will be available to talk to by
means of virtual interviews during race weekends. If you are
interested in a virtual interview, please send us an E-mail,
specifying your medium, at: weddige@bs-plus.de

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