An interview with the 24h Nürburgring winners Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly.

BMW:An interview with the 24h Nürburgring winners Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly.

Munich. Nick Catsburg (NED), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Nick
Yelloly (GBR) won the 24 Hours Nürburgring (GER) in the ROWE Racing
#99 BMW M6 GT3 last weekend, securing their places in the annals of
BMW Motorsport. There were two milestones to celebrate: 50 years
after the first BMW overall win at the first ever edition of the
24-hour race, a BMW team topped the podium again, and it was also
the brand’s 20th victory at the ‘Green Hell’. In an
interview, the trio talk about the turbulent race, an emotional
roller coaster ride and the importance of the win in their careers.

 

First question for you: How long did the party go on?

Nick Catsburg: “It wasn’t all that spectacular. I was
back in my room shortly after 2 a.m.”

Alexander Sims: “It wasn’t a wild party. It was just
nice to sit at the bar and have a few drinks with the team and enjoy
the success.”

Nick Yelloly: “At least we were well enough the next
morning to have breakfast together.”

Sims: “Really? I can’t remember that…” (laughs)

Hopefully you can remember the race! How important is the win
at the 24h Nürburgring in your careers?

Catsburg: “Extremely important. It is my favourite
event and my favourite track. I’d rank the win at the same level as my
win at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 2015.”

Sims: “Along with my Spa win in 2016, this is
definitely the biggest win of my career.”

Yelloly: “It was my first big win as a BMW works
driver – and the first time that I crossed the finish line at the 24
Hours Nürburgring. To then get to celebrate the huge victory at the
same time is right at the top of my list of triumphs.”

Were you aware of the historic aspect of the win for BMW – 50
years after the first win, 20th overall win and ten years
since the last win?

Yelloly (laughs): “Absolutely. After all, we saw in
the reporting often enough that this win would be very significant for
BMW which makes the honour of having brought home this important win
for BMW all the greater. I think that we will all only be aware of the
full implications in the coming days.”

Alexander, Nicky, both of you were very close to winning with
ROWE Racing in 2017, and ended up finishing second. Was that on your mind?

Catsburg: “I have actually finished second twice and
said to the lads: ‘I definitely don’t want to finish in second again.’
And to be honest, when I kept hearing how quickly our opponents were
catching up from behind on the radio in the closing stage, I thought:
‘Darn, please don’t let it happen again!’ Fortunately things went
differently this time around.”

Alexander, how nervous were you having to sit back and watch
Nicky in the extremely tense closing stage?

Sims (laughs): “As Nicky was in the car I was
extremely nervous! Seriously though, it is a strange feeling when you
are on the outside and don’t have any control over what’s happening. I
had full confidence in Nicky’s capabilities, but we saw during the
race that the BMW M6 GT3 worked well to varying degrees in different
conditions. You can’t really do a lot as a driver in that situation.”

Nicky, we have to talk about the braking mistake in turn 1,
when you passed the Audi that was in the pit…

Catsburg (laughs): “I was just so happy that I was at
the front! The truth is that the track conditions changed rapidly on
these final laps. I simply overestimated the grip slightly at that
moment and made a minor braking mistake. Fortunately it isn’t a huge
problem there.”

Honestly, how much pressure were you under having to bring
home the win as the closing driver?

Catsburg: “There is pressure in every racing
situation. The driver is also under great pressure in the top
qualifying or at the start. But I was a little bit nervous all the
same, I have to admit. Obviously, the stress increases when you keep
being told over the radio that your rivals are catching up so you need
to push. You’re already at the limit and constantly have to weigh up
how much to risk. On the other hand, it goes without saying that it is
cool to be the one to cross the finish line at the end. I had goose
bumps throughout the final lap. It was funny, because I had to keep
telling myself that I just had to finish that lap.”

In which conditions did the car perform best?

Yelloly: “I think that our rivals had a clear
advantage when it was really wet, but when it dried up, we were able
to turn the balance of power in our favour, particularly with the
‘drying wet’ tyres. On a drying track we were clearly faster than our
opponents. Fortunately, the conditions at the end suited us. I even
had a full stint on slicks. They also felt really good.”

Did you feel honoured to be given the drive in top qualifying
and at the start?

Yelloly: “It was definitely an honour. I knew fairly
early on that I would be allowed to drive in qualifying. We only
decided the starting driver shortly before the race. It’s great to
have had that trust placed in me alongside drivers like Alexander and
Nicky, who have both already enjoyed great successes for BMW.”

Alexander, you were in the car when the race was abandoned on
Saturday evening. Was the red flag the right decision?

Sims: “It was the only decision to make. I was
relatively fast compared to our rivals at that point, but it was
honestly only a matter of time before there was a serious accident.
There were sections of the track, Pflanzgarten, for example, where you
could only guess where you were driving. You couldn’t see a thing.
Race control did a really good job at that stage, because it was
really dangerous out there.”

How was the restart for you on Saturday morning?

Sims: “It was an emotional roller coaster. My first
stint in the wet was really difficult. I had the feeling that I was
throwing away our chance of winning because I was so slow. I felt
really helpless at that point. We simply didn’t have the pace and kept
dropping down the field. Then, in the second stint it was the complete
reverse. The track dried off, the tyres worked and suddenly we were
the fastest in the field. I overtook one car after another and had a
good feeling again. But I didn’t know if we would really be driving
for the win again yet at that point.”

Nick, when did you first think: ‘Okay, this is for the win?’

Yelloly: “After Alexander started moving up the field
and handed the car over to me, I knew that we were in a good position.
Then, about halfway through my double stint I had the leader in sight
and knew that if I could keep up with it, we would have a chance.”

How much help with the win was it that the BMW M6 GT3 has
already done so many race kilometres on the Nordschleife and that
you are already very familiar with it?

Catsburg: “That really helped not only us as drivers,
but also the team. The car had no issues and we as a team didn’t make
a single mistake either.”

Sims: “I think knowing the car so well helped us
particularly in the changing conditions. In situations like that, as a
driver you don’t want to be sitting in a car where you don’t quite
know how it will react. We all have so much experience in the BMW M6
GT3 that we always knew how close to the limit we could push it.”

Nicky and Nick, you’re both in action again this weekend,
aren’t you?

Catsburg: “That’s right. I’m at the airport again
already because I’m contesting the 8 Hours of Indianapolis for
Walkenhorst Motorsport in the BMW M6 GT3 at the weekend, as part of
the Intercontinental GT Challenge. So, I’m hoping for the next win –
but only for me, not for Nick!” (laughs)

Yelloly (laughs): “Obviously, because I will be in
the sister car we’ll be rivals this time, so it goes without saying
that I can’t stand Nicky one bit this coming weekend. In all
seriousness: I’m flying this afternoon and am really looking forward
to racing at Indianapolis for the first time in my life.”

Sims: “Okay. While you’ll be racing again already,
I’ll be relaxing at home and enjoying my victory at the Nürburgring.” (laughs)

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team enters final spurt of the 2020 season in France.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team enters final spurt of the 2020 season in France.

Munich. The season ends in the FIM Superbike World
Championship 2020 this weekend (2nd to 4th October), when the BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team will contest the seventh and penultimate race
event of the year at Magny-Cours (FRA). The team and riders Tom
Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) are confident that they are
well positioned for the weekend with the BMW S 1000 RR.

 

After the season opener at Phillip Island (AUS), the 2020 WorldSBK
calendar was altered as a result of the coronavirus. Since then, all
races have been held on the Iberian Peninsula, in Spain and Portugal.
Now, the WorldSBK is taking a trip to the centre of France. The
‘Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours’ is around 250 kilometres south of
Paris (FRA). The 4.411-kilometre track is a technical challenge with
various narrow turns, three slow hairpin bends and a long straight.
Stability, braking and steering are very important on this layout.
Magny-Cours proved to be a good circuit for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team last year when Sykes finished on the podium in third with his RR
in the race Saturday.

Quotes ahead of the race weekend at Magny-Cours.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“We’re looking forward to, according to the currently forecast, a
typical Magny-Cours – with cold and wet weather. We’re already at the
penultimate race weekend of this unusual season. For the first time, a
limited number of fans will be allowed in, and I am confident that the
conditions won’t deter the French fans – we look forward to their
passion. In terms of our performance, we will try to keep in the same
direction for Magny-Cours after the upward trend in Barcelona. Even
though the track and conditions are totally different to those from
two weeks ago, we are confident that we will be able to do well here.
Even if it does nothing but rain, we are still well-positioned with
the BMW S 1000 RR and our two riders. Magny-Cours gave us our final
podium of the season last year; our goal is to head in this direction again.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“The team is really looking forward to Magny-Cours.
Last season, we were very competitive there on the first year for the
BMW S 1000 RR. Now we are coming from the last race at Barcelona where
we were very happy with the performance of Tom and Eugene and the
team. To finish the second race in fifth and seventh really shows what
our expectations are so we would like to continue that progress into
Magny-Cours this weekend. We are confident that we can achieve similar
positive results. The expectations could be affected by the weather;
it does not look like the weather will be very kind with rain on most
days. The temperatures will also be quite low and we will see how we
can adapt the BMW S 1000 RR to these conditions but nevertheless, we
go as a team with a lot of optimism and we aim to continue the good
form from Barcelona.”

Tom Sykes: “I am very much looking forward to the
French round of the Superbike World Championship. I like Magny-Cours;
I enjoy the layout of the track to be honest. Last year, we had a
podium there with the BMW S 1000 RR so we are certainly hoping to pick
up on the results that we had there last year. This weekend certainly
looks interesting in terms of the weather forecast. The target will be
to try and capitalise on the handling of the bike in these tricky
conditions and hopefully we can aim to get some podium finishes before
the end of the season. Apart from that all ready, prepared and looking
forward to start the race weekend. I’m also looking forward to having
fans in the grandstands again. We’ve missed them and it’s great that
they can be back.”

Eugene Laverty: “It’ll be great to have the fans back
at Magny-Cours. Phillip Island was a long time ago when we last had
fans trackside and since then we’ve only had tumbleweeds in the
grandstands! It’s still a little too early to look at the detailed
weather forecast for the weekend but we are expecting some wet weather
in any case. I had the opportunity to try the BMW S 1000 RR in wet
conditions during practice at Catalunya and my impressions were good.
Rain or shine – my aim is to continue our forward progress of recent
rounds towards that top five.”

Original Press Release

Power to Progress: BMW India Foundation formed as a non-profit company.  

BMW:Power to Progress: BMW India Foundation formed as a non-profit company.  

Power to Progress: BMW India Foundation formed as a non-profit company.

To lead BMW Group’s corporate citizenship commitment
in India.

Key projects in skill development, community development, road
safety and health and hygiene.

Implementation in urban and rural communities through
partnerships with government agencies and NGOs.

Gurgaon. Registered as a non-profit company, BMW
India Foundation has been formed to plan, implement and oversee all
corporate citizenship projects of BMW India Private Limited, BMW India
Financial Services Private Limited and BMW India Leasing Private Limited. The foundation will go beyond
the current programs to generate greater awareness and promote the
causes through various partnerships and associations.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “Responsibility
towards the society and sustainable development are important pillars
of BMW Group’s corporate philosophy. This agenda is now being
strengthened in India by the BMW India Foundation. Corporate
citizenship forms an integral part of our vision as a responsible
business enterprise and is regarded as an investment in the future.

The BMW India Foundation will dedicatedly work on several priority
areas which are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Programs successfully initiated by the Foundation have already
benefited thousands of people from underprivileged communities.
Committed towards creating a positive and measurable impact, BMW India
Foundation will keep on increasing its outreach steadily.”

BMW India Foundation’s vision is to create a world where everyone
believes they have the power to progress. Its mission is to act as a
catalyst for enabling, empowering and enriching individuals to
reimagine a better future. The foundation is working ardently towards
its objective to support, inspire and lead engagements positively
impacting individuals and society.

The Foundation’s broad focus areas include skill development,
community development, road safety and health and hygiene. It will
carry forward the ongoing engagements and constructively engage with
diverse stakeholders to scale up impact and achieve the intended
social objectives.

Ms. Kathrin Frauscher, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
of BMW India Financial Services added, “True change can be brought by
people themselves. This is why, BMW India Foundation’s programs are
based on the principle of ‘helping people help themselves’. The
underlying spirit behind the Foundation’s actions is to promote the
core principles of respect, knowledge and power of human
determination. Particular attention is given to scalability and
long-term impact of each program. BMW India Foundation is committed to
enhancing the lives of people in India through innovative and
sustainable solutions to pressing social issues, thus, creating a
better future.”

The Foundation has formed a ‘Make a Difference’ team with employees
of BMW Group India and BMW India Financial Services. This team
facilitates employee engagement in CSR activities and manages local
initiatives like tree plantation drives and blood donation camps.

Mr. Thomas Dose, Managing Director, BMW Group Plant Chennai added,
“BMW India Foundation has made a big difference in community
development around BMW Group Plant Chennai. The unique way in which
the Foundation operates is to closely work with the communities in
need analysis and robust implementation. The community engagement is
instrumental for the initial project execution and ensures its
long-term sustainability. Through BMW India Foundation, we remain
committed to ‘Make India’ in addition to ‘Make in India’!”

Corporate Citizenship Projects.

BMW India Foundation is responsible for all corporate citizenship
projects and spends of BMW India Private Limited, BMW India Financial
Services Private Limited and BMW India Leasing Private Limited. The
current projects are rooted in skill development, community
development, road safety and health & hygiene. The programs are
active in major metropolitans and rural districts across the country
in partnership with non-governmental organisations such as Magic Bus
India Foundation, Habitat for Humanity India Trust, S M Sehgal
Foundation, Social Empowerment and Economic Development Society
(SEEDS) and Waves For Water.

BMW India Foundation has partnered with Magic Bus for a skill
development
program that provides livelihood opportunities
to youth. The project focuses on training disadvantaged youngsters and
supports them in achieving their personal and professional goals by
moving into sustained employment or job-based training. Since its
inception, the program has positively impacted the lives of over 7,000
youth, majority of whom are now successfully placed in sectors like
banking, retail, FMCG, hospitality etc. The association is running
centres in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ghaziabad.

BMW India Foundation’s Community Development
Project
, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, sets out
to address one of the most basic human needs – decent living space.
The Green Housing project’s endeavour is to break the cycle of
poverty, of which living space is a major component. Till date, 58
houses have been constructed for marginalized people, mainly tribals,
providing them an identity of their own. Apart from this, various
initiatives like rainwater harvesting for groundwater recharge using
injection wells, water filter distribution, renovation of government
hospitals have also been undertaken in villages around BMW Group Plant
Chennai. The engagement of local gram panchayats and volunteers has
created strong community awareness on important issues.

BMW Group firmly believes that it’s not enough just to focus on
passive and active safety in the vehicle, but also promote
road safety in the society. The ‘Be Safe, Be Smart’
program reaches out to schools and spreads awareness about road safety
in an engaging manner that excites the young audience. Till date, more
than 33,000 students have attended sessions on traffic rules and safe
road behaviour. Children apply the learnings in a simulated real-world
traffic scenario in toy cars and bikes.

To address the key challenge of shortage of safe and potable drinking
water, BMW India Foundation has joined hands with ‘CARE4WATER’
initiative. The program provides easy to use filters that ensure
impurity free safe drinking water, giving way to good health
and hygiene
. In partnership with Waves for Water, over
8,000 filters have been distributed to underprivileged households in
Delhi NCR and Chennai.

BMW India Foundation has implemented ‘Water For
Future’
rainwater harvesting project which is focused on
creating permanent and sustainable sources of fresh water suitable for
human consumption. In 2020, the Foundation completed the project in
five government schools in underprivileged rural areas of Haryana.
This initiative will provide access to clean drinking water to over
2,000 students, positively impacting higher enrolment and retention.

BMW India Foundation has contributed INR 3 crore in the
battle against COVID-19 pandemic. In Chengalpattu,
near Plant Chennai, an isolation ward and PCR lab has been created for
patients at the Government General Hospital. Critical care equipment
and diagnostic services have been provided to Gurugram health
department. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has been provided for
frontline medical personnel and law enforcement agencies in Delhi-NCR
and Chennai. Nutrition for the economically marginalised families
around Plant Chennai and Delhi NCR has also been funded as part of the initiative.

If you have any queries, please contact:

BMW Group India
Abhay Dange, Director, Press and Corporate
Affairs
Cell: +91 9910481013; Tel: + 91 124 4566600;
Email:
Abhay.Dange@bmw.in

BMW Group Headquarters
Milena Pighi, Governmental Affairs
and External Relations
Spokesperson for Corporate Social
Responsibility
Tel: +40 89 38266563; Email: Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de


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Original Press Release

The all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible.

BMW:The all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible.

  • Premiere for the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. New benchmark for
    dynamic driving pleasure combined with the allure of exclusive
    open-air motoring in the premium midsize segment. A design conceived
    in the brand’s current styling language that radiates sporting
    elegance, a new type of roof design and performance that has stepped
    up significantly compared to its predecessor make the latest
    generation of the open-top four-seater a highly compelling
    proposition. The design, vehicle concept and driving dynamics
    provide greater differentiation from the BMW 3 Series Sedan than at
    any time in the 35 years that BMW convertibles have graced the
    midsize class. Worldwide launch will commence in March 2021.
  • The range now peaks with an extremely sporty BMW M440i xDrive
    Convertible flagship model (fuel consumption combined:
    7.4 –
    6.9 l/100 km [38.2 – 40.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
    combined:
    169 – 159 g/km) powered by a 275 kW/374 hp
    six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The launch line-up also
    comprises two four-cylinder petrol units and a four-cylinder diesel,
    with two straight-six diesel engines set to follow later in 2021.
  • Standalone body design has dynamically stretched proportions and
    a low-to-the-road silhouette. Expressive front end brings together
    tradition-rich and modern styling features. Prominent, upright
    BMW kidney grille references legendary sports cars from the brand’s
    past and signals the high cooling air requirement of the powertrain
    technology. Extremely slim LED headlights are standard, BMW
    Laserlight optional.
  • Newly developed panel bow softtop roof marries the strengths of
    a retractable hardtop and the puristic appeal of a fabric hood,
    thereby combining the best of both worlds. Its sleek surface
    gracefully arches over the passenger cell of the new
    BMW 4 Series Convertible. Roof is 40 per cent lighter than the
    predecessor car’s, acoustic and thermal comfort are far superior to
    those of a conventional design. Softtop comes in Black as standard
    and Anthracite Silver effect as an option.
  • Significantly enhanced performance capabilities resulting from an
    extremely stiff body structure with reinforced side skirts,
    additional convertible-specific bracing and a new aluminium shear
    panel in the front end. Low centre of gravity, perfectly balanced
    50 : 50 weight distribution. Optimised aerodynamics, wider tracks
    than on the outgoing model (+28 mm at the front and +18 mm at the rear).
  • Mild hybrid technology for the six-cylinder in-line petrol engine
    and all diesel units results in even sharper response and optimised
    efficiency. 48V starter-generator assists the engine with its
    additional 8 kW/11 hp of power. All model variants comply with the
    Euro 6d emissions standard.
  • Eight-speed Steptronic transmission standard on all model variants
    for the first time. Optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport
    transmission with new Sprint function for instantaneous and dynamic
    acceleration. Range-topping petrol and diesel models fitted with BMW
    xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.
  • Carefully modified chassis geometry, mounting and set-up for added
    agility, precision and dynamic prowess. Specially tuned lift-related
    dampers as standard. Even stiffer M Sport suspension including
    variable sport steering as an option. Other items on the options
    list: adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers,
    M Sport brakes with a choice of blue or red brake callipers, M Sport
    differential with electronically controlled, fully variable locking
    effect in the rear differential.
  • M Sport model offered as an alternative to standard specification.
    Also available: M Sport package Pro including 19-inch M light-alloy
    wheels and a sporty engine soundtrack in the cabin. M Carbon
    exterior package and M Performance Parts available from the launch
    of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible.
  • Modern premium ambience and characteristic blend of sporting flair
    and sophisticated elegance in the interior. Driver-centric cockpit
    design, electrically adjustable sports seats in the front with
    automatically extending and retracting belt feeders, Vernasca
    leather trim and seat heating, plus leather sports steering wheel as
    standard, knee pads on the centre console as an option. Two rear
    seats clearly styled as individual seats. Harmoniously designed
    surfaces of the instrument panel, door panel trim and rear passenger
    compartment create an enveloping environment. Continuous shoulder
    line framed by a high-class trim strip.
  • Optimised functionality for both everyday journeys and longer
    distances. Variable softtop compartment allows luggage capacity to
    be increased from 300 litres (80 l more than predecessor) with the
    roof down to 385 litres (15 l more) when closed. Storage package,
    folding rear backrest and through-loading facility all standard.
  • Top-class equipment features make open-top driving an even more
    pleasurable experience. Optional wind deflector can be stored behind
    the rear backrest, optional neck warmers are integrated into the
    front head restraints. Three-zone automatic climate control is
    standard, ambient lighting with Welcome Light Carpet, Harman Kardon
    surround sound system and auxiliary heating system controlled via
    smartphone or the BMW Display Key are available as options.
  • Far wider range of driver assistance systems than the outgoing
    model. Front collision warning with brake intervention, Lane
    Departure Warning including lane return with steering assistance and
    Speed Limit Info system now standard. Optional Driving Assistant
    Professional adds a number of features including the Steering and
    Lane Control Assistant with the new Active Navigation and Emergency
    Lane Assistant functions. Innovative 3D visualisation of surrounding
    area in the digital instrument cluster.
  • Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear as
    standard. Optional Parking Assistant now includes the Reversing
    Assistant. Latest generation of BMW Head-Up Display and BMW Drive
    Recorder also available as options.
  • BMW Operating System 7 provides the platform for individually
    configurable, personalised content in the Control Display (measuring
    up to 10.25 inches) and the optional 12.3-inch fully digital
    instrument cluster. Intuitive, multimodal operation using the
    Control Display touchscreen, iDrive Controller, steering wheel
    buttons or voice control. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with
    new graphics in the Control Display.
  • New, cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps is standard.
    Fast, precise calculation of routes and arrival times, real-time
    traffic data updated at frequent intervals, facility for entering
    any word when searching for destination.
  • Standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and now also
    Android Auto, wireless connection via WiFi, information shown in the
    Control Display, the instrument cluster and the optional Head-Up
    Display. Remote Software Upgrade allows improved vehicle functions
    and new digital services to be imported into the car over the air.



Model variants:


BMW 420i Convertible:
Four-cylinder in-line
petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity:
1,998 cc, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 8.2 seconds,
top
speed: 236 km/h (147 mph).
Fuel consumption, combined:
6.1 – 5.7 l/100 km
(46.3 – 49.6 mpg imp),
CO2
emissions, combined: 140 – 131 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.


BMW 430i Convertible:
Four-cylinder in-line
petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity:
1,998 cc, output: 190 kW/258 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,550 – 4,400 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 6.2 seconds,
top
speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
Fuel consumption, combined:
6.4 – 6.0 l/100 km
(44.1 – 47.1 mpg imp),
CO2
emissions, combined: 147 – 138 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.


BMW M440i xDrive Convertible:
Six-cylinder
in-line petrol engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp),
eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, BMW xDrive.
Capacity:
2,998 cc, output: 275 kW/374 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) at 1,900 – 5,000 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.9 seconds,
top
speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
Fuel consumption, combined: 7.4 – 6.9
l/100 km
(38.2 – 40.9 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions,
combined: 169 – 159 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

BMW 420d Convertible:
Four-cylinder in-line
diesel engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed
Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,995 cc, output:
140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at
1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]:
7.6 seconds,
top speed: 236 km/h (147 mph).
Fuel
consumption, combined: 4.5 – 4.2 l/100 km
(62.8 – 67.3 mpg
imp),
CO2 emissions, combined: 119 – 111 g/km, exhaust
standard: Euro 6d.

BMW 430d Convertible (est. available from July 2021):

Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, 48V mild hybrid technology
(8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity:
2,993 cc, output: 210 kW/286 hp at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque:
650 Nm (479 lb-ft) at 1,500 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100
km/h (62 mph)]: 5.9 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).

Fuel consumption, combined: 5.6 l/100 km (50.4 mpg
imp)*,
CO2 emissions, combined: 147 g/km*, exhaust
standard: Euro 6d.

BMW M440d xDrive Convertible (est. available from
November 2021):
Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, 48V mild
hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic Sport
transmission, BMW xDrive.
Capacity: 2,993 cc, output:
250 kW/340 hp at 4,400 rpm,
max. torque: 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) at
1,750 – 2,250 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]:
5.1 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
Fuel
consumption, combined: 6.3 l/100 km (44.8 mpg
imp)*,
CO2 emissions, combined: 165 g/km*, exhaust
standard: Euro 6d.

All figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption
and emissions are provisional.

All of the stated model variants, equipment features, technical data,
fuel/electric power consumption and emissions figures relate to the
offering in the German market. Dimensions and measurements refer to
vehicles with basic configuration in Germany. These may vary depending
on the wheel/tyre size and items of optional equipment selected.

The fuel consumption,
CO2 emissions, electric power consumption and
operating range figures are determined according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable.
The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in
Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of
the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional
equipment, and may vary during configuration.

The figures are based on the new WLTP test cycle and
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).

*Predicted figures based on the WLTP test cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures
and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger
cars is included in the following guideline: ‘Leitfaden über
den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und
den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide to the
fuel economy, CO2 emissions and electric power
consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained
free of charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

The all-new BMW 420i Cabrio:

Fuel consumption combined: 6.1-5.7 l/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 140-131 g/km.

The all-new BMW 430i Cabrio:

Fuel consumption combined: 6.4-6.0 l/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 147-138 g/km.

The all-new BMW M440i xDrive Cabrio: :

Fuel consumption combined: 7.4-6.9 l/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 169-159 g/km.

The all-new BMW 420d Cabrio:
Fuel consumption
combined: 4.5-4.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 119-111 g/km.

The all-new BMW 430d Cabrio:
Fuel consumption
combined: 5.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 147 g/km.*

The all-new BMW M440d xDrive Cabrio :
Fuel
consumption combined: 6.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 165 g/km.*

The figures are based on the new WLTP test cycle and 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).

*Predicted figures based on the WLTP test cycle.  

Original Press Release

The new BMW X2 M Mesh Edition.

BMW:The new BMW X2 M Mesh Edition.

The new BMW X2 xDrive20i M Mesh Edition (09/2020).

The new BMW X2 xDrive20i M Mesh Edition (09/2020).

The new BMW X2 xDrive20i M Mesh Edition (09/2020).

  • Even more attractive and even more distinctive, the
    Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) sets a new marker in BMW X2 M Mesh
    Edition form. Based on the M Sport X model, the M Mesh Edition
    uses design highlights and exclusive appointments to appeal to
    even more active and outgoing customers in a young and
    young-at-heart target group. Market launch from November 2020.
    Premium over M Sport X model in Germany: around €1,500.
  • Standalone appearance thanks to BMW M mesh kidney grille in
    High‑gloss Black with a pronounced three-dimensional mesh inspired
    by racing cars, plus the new signature colour Frozen Black-Brown
    metallic. The mocha-like shade can be found on inserts in the
    bumper trim, the prominent cladding on the side skirts and doors,
    and the wheel arch trim.
  • Eye-catching decals on the bonnet, the sides of the front
    bumpers and the front and rear doors come as standard. In bold
    Orange, they provide the perfect complement to the new Brooklyn
    Grey metallic paint finish exclusive to the M Mesh Edition, as
    well as the Sapphire Black metallic exterior shade. If Alpine
    White, Phytonic Blue metallic or Sunset Orange metallic is
    specified, the decals come in Black. They can be deleted, if desired.
  • New M aerodynamic wheels in 19- and 20-inch formats with inserts
    in the same colour as the decals.
  • The M Mesh Edition adopts the new front-end design of the other
    X2 models, including clear surfacing and LED headlights with
    integrated bad weather light. Adaptive LED Headlights with a
    four-segment matrix function for high beam and BMW Individual
    lights Shadowline are available as an option. A new feature is the
    projection of an X2 logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s
    side as part of the standard lighting package.
  • BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line with extended features,
    including the M mesh kidney grille surround and ring around the
    tailgate badge in High-gloss Black, plus tailpipe finishers in
    Black Chrome.
  • Standard bi-colour interior appointments, M sport seats with
    integral head restraints and Dakota leather covers in eye-catching
    Mocha and Anthracite-coloured Alcantara. Contrast stitching in
    Orange on the seats, instrument panel and centre console. Floor
    mats with edge binding and stitching in Orange and entry sills
    with “Edition” lettering.
  • Interior trim strips in Aluminium Hexagon Anthracite, BMW
    Individual headliner in sporty Anthracite, M stainless steel
    pedals, M driver’s footrest, M leather steering wheel and a car
    key with exclusive M identifier included as standard. Cars with a
    manual gearbox also have a gearshift lever with M badging.
  • Available with:
    • Three diesel engines from 110 kW (150 hp) to 170 kW (231
      hp):
      BMW X2 sDrive18d (fuel consumption in the statutory
      EU test cycle: 4.6-4.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions in
      the statutory EU test cycle: 122-114 g/km)
      BMW X2
      xDrive18d (fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle:
      5.2-4.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU
      test cycle: 136-128 g/km)
      BMW X2 sDrive20d
      (fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 4.7-4.4
      l/100 km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test
      cycle: 123-115 g/km)
      BMW X2 xDrive20d (fuel consumption
      in the statutory EU test cycle: 5.0-4.6 l/100 km;
      CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle:
      131-122 g/km)
      BMW X2 xDrive25d (fuel consumption in the
      statutory EU test cycle: 5.1-4.8 l/100 km; CO2
      emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 135-127 g/km)
    • Two petrols with 100 kW (136 hp) and 131 kW (178 hp):

      BMW X2 sDrive18i (fuel consumption in the statutory EU
      test cycle: 6.0-5.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions in the
      statutory EU test cycle: 137-128 g/km)
      BMW X2 sDrive20i
      (fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 6.1-5.8
      l/100 km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test
      cycle: 140-132 g/km)
      BMW X2 xDrive20i (fuel consumption
      in the statutory EU test cycle: 6.6-6.3 l/100 km;
      CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle:
      152-143 g/km)
    • One plug-in hybrid drive system:
      BMW X2 xDrive25e
      (fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 1.9 l/100 km
      (148.7 mpg imp); electric power consumption in the statutory
      EU test cycle: 13.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions in
      the statutory EU test cycle: 43 g/km*).
  • ID6 display and operating concept with three ways of controlling
    the individual vehicle and navigation functions: using the iDrive
    Controller, the Control Display’s touchscreen functionality or –
    if the BMW Navigation option is fitted – a voice control system
    capable of understanding naturally formulated sentences.
    Hands‑free facility with Bluetooth interface and DAB digital radio
    reception are standard.
  • Optional BMW Navigation system with 8.8-inch Control Display or
    BMW Navigation Plus with 10.25-inch Control Display and
    full-colour BMW Head-Up Display.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are determined
according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version
applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration
in Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of the
selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment,
and may vary during configuration.

The values are based on the new WLTP test cycle and 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).

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and
specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in
the following guideline: ‘Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch,
die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen’
(Guide to the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and electric power
consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of
charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

The new BMW X2 sDrive18d:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 4.6-4.3 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 122-114 g/km.

The new BMW X2 xDrive18d:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 5.2-4.9 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 136-128 g/km.

The new BMW X2 sDrive20d:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 4.7-4.4 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 123-115 g/km.

The new BMW X2 xDrive20d:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 5.0-4.6 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 131-122 g/km.

The new BMW X2 xDrive25d:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 5.1-4.8 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 135-127 g/km.

The new BMW X2 sDrive18i:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 6.0-5.6 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 137-128 g/km.

The new BMW X2 sDrive20i:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 6.1-5.8 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 140-132 g/km.

The new BMW X2 xDrive20i:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 6.6-6.3 l/100
km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle: 152-143 g/km.

The new BMW X2 xDrive25e:

fuel consumption in the statutory EU test cycle: 1.9 l/100 km
(148.7 mpg imp); electric power consumption in the statutory EU test
cycle: 13.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions in the statutory EU test cycle:
43 g/km*.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are determined
according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version
applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in
Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of the selected
wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment, and may
vary during configuration.
The values are based on
the new WLTP test cycle and 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).
Further information on official fuel
consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger
cars is included in the following guideline: ‘Leitfaden über den
Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer
Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide to the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and
electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be
obtained free of charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

Original Press Release

The MINI – for 20 years the original in the premium segment of small cars.

BMW:The MINI – for 20 years the original in the premium segment of small cars.

Munich. An original celebrates a landmark
anniversary. 20 years ago, the MINI was presented for the first time
ever in a public arena at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris. A
unique success story in the automobile sector commenced with the
relaunch of the traditional British heritage brand under the umbrella
of the BMW Group and the presentation of the models MINI One and MINI
Cooper. As the successor to the classic Mini, which ceased to be
produced just a few days later after 41 years, the second generation
provided all the enablers for another revolution in the small car
segment. The MINI was the first premium vehicle in this class. Its
modern concept has promoted continuous advanced development to the
present day, encompassing driving fun, efficiency, comfort, safety,
connectivity and not least model diversity.

A journey through time with an early example of the MINI Cooper
provides an ideal opportunity to get on the track of the pioneering
character exhibited by the second generation. The ambassador from the
initial phase of the British original for the 21st century rolled off
the assembly line in October 2001, six months after production had
been launched at the MINI plant in Oxford. Three previous owners
already experienced loads of driving fun as they powered along some
175,000 kilometres. And like every MINI, it was given a name. This
model was dubbed “Sunny”, inspired by the paint finish for the body in
Liquid Yellow, which transformed it into a rarity. In the first year
of sales for the modern MINI in Germany, only one in every fifteen
vehicles was supplied in this colour. The combination with a roof and
door mirror caps in Black was even rarer.

The starting signal for the development of the second generation of
the MINI was already given in July 1994. Alongside styling details
like the short overhangs, round headlamps and hexagonal radiator
grille, a top priority for the designers was to transfer the
fundamental idea from the initial years of the classic Mini to the
modern era of the automobile. The modern MINI similarly needed to be
unique, offer space for four people and their luggage, provide an
efficient travelling experience and generate enthusiasm with driving
characteristics not achieved by any other model in its class.
Contemporary aspirations for comfort and maximum safety standards were
also taken into account. Once again, a revolutionary new small car was
created – geared to the requirements of its era in all criteria, and
this time developed and manufactured to comply with all the quality
benchmarks of a premium brand into the bargain.

In autumn of 1997, selected journalists were permitted to take their
first look at the MINI 2000 study. This generated the MINI fever. The
relaunch of the brand and the imminent presentation of the series
vehicle were the subjects of intense debate particularly online. In
parallel to the world premiere in Paris, national and international
MINI websites were launched and more than 100,000 prospective
customers interested in the MINI had soon already registered.

The sale of the MINI in the United Kingdom started on 7 July 2001 and
the market launch in Germany was celebrated two months later. Already
at this point, a weekend shift was introduced at the MINI plant in
Oxford for the first time, so as to be in a position to meet the
massive demand. And yet the global triumph had only just begun. In
Japan – where the classic Mini had a huge fan community – the second
generation also encountered enormous interest. The sales launch there
was scheduled for 2 March 2002 because this date is pronounced “MI-NI”
in Japanese. At last, the turn of US fans finally came on 22 March
2002. The dealers there had already booked orders for 20,000 cars.

The MINI of the second generation enthralled drivers around the world
with its agile handling. Right up to the present day, “Sunny” leaves
absolutely no doubt that the MINI has been designed for athletic
driving and extreme cornering. The 85 kW/115 hp engine powering the
MINI Cooper also provides impressive acceleration capacity. Some 20
years ago, this also impressed John Cooper – the ingenious sports-car
designer who had previously paved the way for the classic Mini to take
race tracks by storm. “The MINI Cooper puts a smile on your face,” he
commented after his first test drive in the eponymous model once more
named after him. The elementary design principles from the first
generation had been taken over in the new edition with front-wheel
drive and the transversely mounted four-cylinder engine at the front.
However, the contemporary driving fun unrivalled in the competitive
environment was now delivered by a MacPherson front axle with axle
shafts of the same length, the multi-link rear axle that is unique in
this segment, disk brakes on all four wheels and the series antilock
braking system including cornering brake control and electronic brake
force distribution.

Right from the start, wide-ranging options were provided for
individualising a key component of the typical MINI style. Diversity
and premium look within the interior were created by a wide range of
features including seats and upholstery, interior trims and steering
wheels in many versions, alongside modern equipment options such as
automatic climate control, heated seats, panorama sunroof and
navigation. The original MINI accessories programme included auxiliary
headlamps, white taillights, an aerodynamic package, a range of roof
trims as well as additional instruments and even a car phone.

As early as 2003, a diesel engine was rolled out in the second
generation of the MINI, and the convertible MINI Cabrio followed in
the next year. The model diversity was even greater for the third
generation launched in 2006. MINI Clubman, MINI Coupé and MINI
Roadster joined the range. Not long after this, the brand succeeded in
breaking into the premium compact segment where today the MINI
Countryman and the new MINI Clubman create that go-kart feeling in a
further dimension. Additional target groups were conquered in what is
now the fourth model generation of the small car with the MINI 5-Door.

The interior also demonstrates that reinterpretation of design
features in the second generation of the MINI already formed the
platform for technological advance. Here “Sunny” expresses its
individual style most notably with the large speedometer in the centre
of the instrument panel. In the first-generation MINI, the centrally
positioned instrument had been replaced by new displays behind the
steering wheel when the type MK V Mini was introduced in 1985. And in
the latest fourth-generation MINI, speed, engine speed and other
driver-related information are shown in a modern instrument cluster on
the steering column – also in digital display depending on the model.
Nevertheless, the central instrument continues to be an important
design and control element to this day. It serves as a control display
for navigation, infotainment, telephone and vehicle functions.

Over the period of 20 years, the MINI has become noticeably more
mature but its character still remains inimitable. And the fresh
colour shade that suits “Sunny” so perfectly is now acting as a very
special beacon for the future. Yellow colour accents characterise the
MINI Cooper SE (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined
electricity consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), which marks the next evolutionary
stage of the original as the first all-electric powered model of the brand.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Press Officer Product Communication MINI

Telephone: +49-89-382-61742

E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com


Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI

Telephone: +49 89-382-23662

E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW Motorrad

Telephone: +49-89-382-35108

E-Mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. The figures are calculated using a vehicle
fitted with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges stated take into
account differences in selected wheel and tyre sizes as well as the
optional equipment. They may change during configuration.

The figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In these
vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for
the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are
(also) based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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.

www.bmwgroup.com

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Original Press Release

Programming artificial intelligence for object recognition made easy – by the BMW Group

BMW:Programming artificial intelligence for object recognition made easy – by the BMW Group

Munich. The BMW Group is releasing another software
package that makes light work of creating artificial intelligence (AI)
applications for object recognition. The core of the latest release
(github.com/BMW-InnovationLab)
is the so-called BMW Labeling Tool Lite. This tool allows for users to
easily label objects in photos, an offline solution used in production
to quickly create AI apps that reliably identify objects in photos.

The new release is influenced by important practical experience from
the BMW Group’s production network: “Smart AI solutions make the
day-to-day work of our associates noticeably easier. Users need no
longer worry about the underlying technology. The logic is the same as
with a good smartphone app: easy to install, quick to understand, use
it of your own accord. That’s the only way a solution will quickly
attract widespread use and become more effective,” says Michele
Melchiorre, Head of Production System, Planning.

Programming artificial intelligence for object recognition made easy – by the BMW Group.

Building an object-recognition app, even with no AI expertise, can be
quick and straightforward to do, without having to programme any
software. To train an app that suits their needs, production
associates start with taking and labelling
photos. The software then optimises itself independently and can
distinguish between “right” and “wrong” after just a few hours, having
worked through the labels. By comparing live images from Production,
the app can recognise quickly and reliably whether the right parts
have been used, for instance: as proven by an AI app for accurate
recognition of up to 10 different BMW 3 Series Sedan door sill strips
at BMW Group Plant Munich.

An associate labels photos from door sill strips of the BMW 3 series, creating an AI object-recognition app.(09/2020)

“As well as supporting quality work in Production, this self-service
for AI apps also offers particular benefits for the numerous Smart
Transport Robots in Logistics at the BMW Group,” emphasises Dirk
Dreher, Head of Logistics Planning.  

Jimmy Nassif, Head of IT Planning Systems in Logistics, agrees: “With
our software package, it takes just a few hours to build apps for
comparing actual and target statuses.”  Matthias Schindler, Cluster
Supervisor for Smart Data Analytics in the production system, adds:
“And there are countless possible uses for these apps.”

The published algorithms are freely available for software developers
worldwide to use, view, modify and develop the source code further.
These developments will also benefit the BMW Group. What’s notable
about this now freely accessible software package is its simple,
straightforward use based on plug & play. Users require neither
programming skills, specific hardware or additional software; a
standard powerful PC is enough.

The BMW Group already published selected algorithms from this area of
AI back in autumn 2019. “The wealth of feedback on the algorithms we
released in 2019 was overwhelming. Our BMW AI community is delighted
with the appreciation we got from around the world. We are seeing
useful enhancements based on our source code. That prompted us to
publish more algorithms, to help open up AI for mainstream users,”
says Kai Demtroeder, Head of Data Transformation, Artificial
Intelligence in BMW Group IT.

With this latest release, the BMW Group is offering a complete
solution for AI-based object recognition. Users who value high system
stability will appreciate the additional functions such as failover
and load balancing, which have now been added to the
object-recognition interfaces (API).

The BMW Group employs a whole host of AI apps in Production and
Logistics, as they make life easier for associates by taking over
especially monotonous or tiring monitoring tasks.

Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport News – Issue 16/2020.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 16/2020.

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.

Nürburgring 24 Hours: More BMW winners on the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
BMW not only took a
highly-acclaimed 20th overall victory in the 24-hour race
on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER), but many BMW customer teams
also enjoyed success in their individual classes. The highest-placed
non-GT3 car in the overall classification was the #73 BMW M4 GT4
driven by the BMW Junior Team. Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and
Neil Verhagen (USA) finished 19th overall and won the SP8T
class. The BMW M4 GT4 was run by Walkenhorst Motorsport. A BMW M4 GT4
was also victorious in the SP10 class which was won by Michael Schrey,
Claudia Hürtgen, Sebastian von Gartzen (all GER) and Michael Fischer
(AUT) in the #70 Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport car.

Pixum CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport took not one, but two class
victories, with the #240 BMW M240i Racing, driven by Oskar Sandberg
(GER), David Griessner (AUT), Francesco Merlini (ITA) and Roland
Froese (GER), in the CUP5 class, and with the #330 BMW 330 in the V2T
class. Philipp Stahlschmidt, Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp
Leisen (all GER) alternated at the wheel of the #330 car. In addition,
Jürgen Huber, Simon Sagmeister, Florian Quante and Oliver Frisse (all
GER) won the V4 class in the #149 BMW 325i. Klaus Faßbender, Kevin
Wolters and Guido Wirtz (all GER) came home first for MSC Wahlscheid
e.V./Keeevin Sports & Racing in the BMW M2 CS class. The quartet
of Sebastian Schemmann, Hans Joachim Legermann, Marc Riebel and Philip
Ade (all GER) triumphed in the SP4 class in the Scuderia Solagon
team’s BMW 325i. 

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Podium for Spengler
and De Phillippi in Mid-Ohio.
BMW Team RLL continued
its run of podium finishes in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship. In Mid-Ohio (USA), Connor De Phillippi (USA)
and Bruno Spengler (CAN) finished third on Sunday in the #25 BMW M8
GTE. Their team-mates John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN)
followed them home in fourth place in the #24 car. The result saw BMW
Team RLL on the podium at its home race in Mid-Ohio for the sixth time.

The GTD class race proved to be a disappointing one for Turner
Motorsport and its drivers Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley (both USA).
With Foley at the wheel for the opening stages, the #96 BMW M6 GT3 was
hit by a prototype and had to return to the garage for lengthy
repairs. Auberlen returned to the track, but was unable to make up any
ground. The next round of the IMSA series takes place on
10th October at ‘Charlotte Motor Speedway’, where only the
GT cars in the championship will race on the so-called ‘Roval’.

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: Top-ten finishes for Turner
Motorsport.
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge was also
in Mid-Ohio at the weekend, where it hosted two races at the ‘Mid-Ohio
Sports Car Course’. In both races, the #95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4
GT4 was the best-placed BMW in the field. Bill Auberlen and Robby
Foley finished sixth in the opening race, and followed that with
eighth place in race two. In total, five BMW M4 GT4s were in action in Mid-Ohio.

GT4 European Series: Success for Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport
at Zandvoort.
Zandvoort, in the Netherlands, hosted
round four of the GT4 European Series at the weekend. Drivers from the
Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport team claimed multiple podiums. Cem
Bölükbasi and Yagiz Gedik (both TUR), at the wheel of the #12 BMW M4
GT4, came home third in the Pro-Am class in race two. The duo had
previously finished fourth in the opening race. Their team-mate
Ibrahim Okyay (TUR) was third in the Amateur class in both races.
Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Bas Schouten (NED) from the RN Vision STS
Racing Team twice finished fifth in the Silver class.

BTCC: Turkington wins in Silverstone, Oliphant on the
podium.
Successful weekend for BMW in the British
Touring Car Championship (BTCC): Victory in race two at the iconic
‘Silverstone Circuit’ saw Colin Turkington (GBR) close the gap on
leader Ash Sutton (GBR) in the Drivers’ Championship. The reigning
champion finished fourth in race one and came home tenth in the third
and final race of the weekend. Turkington’s victory saw him become
only the third driver ever to achieve 150 podium finishes in BTCC. The
second driver in Team BMW, Tom Oliphant (GBR), finished second in the
BMW 330i M Sport in race three. While Turkington now has 233 points
and trails Sutton by just four points in the Drivers’ Championship,
Team BMW (408 points) and BMW (540 points) lead both the team and
manufacturer competitions.

Original Press Release

BMW claims 20th overall victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours – Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly triumph in the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.

BMW:BMW claims 20th overall victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours – Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly triumph in the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.

Nürburg. Anniversary win for BMW in the ‘Green Hell’: the ROWE
Racing team won the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) to present the
Bavarian manufacturer with its 20th overall victory at
the endurance classic. 50 years after the inaugural Eifel marathon,
the #99 BMW M6 GT3 crossed the finish line in first place after 85
laps of racing. Nick Catsburg (NED), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Nick
Yelloly (GBR) alternated at the wheel in an eventful and wet race,
which was interrupted for roughly nine hours in the night due to
heavy rain. The trio fought back strongly on Sunday to earn BMW’s
first overall victory since 2010. At the end of a nerve-racking
climax, Catsburg crossed the finish line 15.452 seconds ahead of the
second-placed Audi. BMW Team Schnitzer completed the podium in third
place, with drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA), Jens Klingmann (GER),
Martin Tomczyk (GER) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA).

 

The race was a rollercoaster of emotions. On Saturday, the BMW M6
GT3s were unable to match the pace at the front of the field in the
rain, and consequently lost ground. When the track became too wet and
visibility too poor, race control suspended the race late on Saturday
evening. The action only resumed at 08:00 on Sunday morning. As the
track started to dry out, the BMW teams became faster and faster and
closed in on the leaders. In an extremely exciting final stage of the
race, the ROWE Racing team was spot on with its tyre choices and took
the lead, with Catsburg going on to seal the win in style. The BMW
Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3 was followed over the finish line in
fourth place by the #98 ROWE Racing car, with Lucas Auer (AUT), Tom
Blomqvist (GBR), Philipp Eng (AUT), and Marco Wittmann (GER) at the
wheel. The #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 came home twelfth.
The #100 car in the AM class was not classified after multiple
incidents and a long break for repairs.

BMW Junior Team ended its debut at a 24-hour race in style. Despite
the tricky conditions, Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil
Verhagen (USA), in the #73 BMW M4 GT4, drove a virtually flawless race
to win the SP8T class and finish 19th overall. That made
them the best non-GT3 team in the entire field.

The BMW M2 CS Racing media car, sporting a special anniversary
livery, fell back through the field after a collision with a faster
car roughly four hours from the end of the race. However, the Pixum
CFN Adrenalin Motorsport was able to carry out the necessary repairs
to allow the car to finish the race. Alternating at the wheel were
professional racing drivers Dirk Adorf (GER) and Tom Coronel (NED), as
well as journalists Christian Gebhardt and Niki Schelle (both GER).

Quotes on the BMW victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “What
a fantastic win! 50 years after the first overall victory for BMW at
the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have come full circle with our
20th triumph. Congratulations to the whole ROWE Racing
team, as well as drivers Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick
Yelloly. They stuck to the plan, despite all the difficulties we
mainly had in the wet, and then made a magnificent comeback in the
final few hours when the track first started to dry out before the
rain returned. Thanks to a perfect team effort, everyone responsible
made all the right decisions at the right time. The closing stages,
when every second counted, were incredibly nerve-racking. We have
tried many times with the BMW M6 GT3 to win this iconic race, which is
extremely important to BMW Motorsport. Now we have done it, and the
joy at this achievement is huge. The crews in cars #42 and #98 also
fought their way back into the race superbly, and achieved very strong
results with third and fourth place. Congratulations to BMW Team
Schnitzer on their podium. I am also very pleased with the class win
for the BMW Junior Team and their BMW M4 GT4. The guys passed the test
in extremely difficult conditions and can be proud of themselves. They
did a great job. So did the many BMW M Customer Racing teams, who
competed here despite the extraordinary circumstances resulting from
the pandemic. Although this year’s 24-hour race took place in
extraordinary conditions due to the current situation, and we missed
the many fans around the circuit, this race is an incredibly emotional
highlight of what has been a difficult motorsport year so far. Thank
you to everyone whose hard work has made this success possible.”

Hans-Peter Naundorf (Team Principal ROWE Racing): “It
is fantastic that BMW rocked the race here. Together, we showed what
the BMW M6 GT3 is really capable of. The key to the success was the
team spirit and our great squad of drivers, who did not make any
mistakes. All the drivers did a magnificent job and were at the limit,
even in difficult conditions. There was obviously an awful lot of
tension in the final laps, because it was extremely close. However,
Nicky Catsburg did a really good job of closing it out. It was one of
the toughest races we have ever been involved in. A big thank you goes
to the organisers, the other teams and manufacturers, and everybody
who made it through the event. It doesn’t get any better. We are overjoyed.”

Nick Catsburg (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing): “I am
incredibly happy. I have wanted to win this race for so long. The
Nordschleife is my favourite circuit. We have tried so often, and have
now finally done it. A big thank you to my team-mates Alexander Sims,
Nick Yelloly and the whole team. Our brief was to keep the car on the
track and not make any mistakes. That is exactly what we did.”

Alexander Sims (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing): “It is
simply fantastic to have won this race. It almost feels a bit strange
to be relatively refreshed at the end of such a tough race, because we
had the break in the night. It is a fantastic feeling. We have been
trying for a long time – first with the BMW Z4 GT3, then with the BMW
M6 GT3. That makes today’s success special.”

Nick Yelloly (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing): “That was
my first 24-hour race, as I did not get to drive here last year. The
pressure was on, as we really wanted to get that 20th win, 50 years
after the first BMW victory. My team-mates and the car were mega and
we made the right decisions at the right time. In the end, we made it
through the race without a single mistake. This is definitely the
biggest success of my career so far.”

Herbert Schnitzer (Team Principal BMW Team
Schnitzer):
“That was a superb success for BMW –
congratulations on the long-awaited 20th overall victory in
the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife. Ten years ago, we at Schnitzer
Motorsport claimed the last victory. Our colleagues at ROWE Racing
have now repeated the feat. They deserved to win today, and we are
pleased to have contributed to today’s success with third place. We
definitely could have done even better. Our drivers did a top job in
miserable conditions, and the BMW M6 GT3 was also excellently
prepared. It was just not meant to be. However, the main thing is that
it is a great day for BMW.”

Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“That is a fantastic success, to see two BMW crews on the
podium. We drove a squeaky clean race. We did not quite have the pace
of the winning car in drying conditions. Despite that, it is super to
be back on the podium ten years after our last win which I was
involved in.”

 

Jens Klingmann (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“In the extremely difficult conditions in the opening stages
of the race, the challenge was simply to stay on the track. On the
whole, we are happy with third place. ROWE Racing was a little faster
than us in the race, so they deserved the win. We did not make any
mistakes and the car does not have a single scratch on it. As such, we
can be proud of ourselves. I am very pleased for BMW Motorpsort that
the trophy is finally returning to Munich after ten years.”  

 

Martin Tomczyk (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“That was a really difficult 24-hour race – with a lot of
rain and many incidents. However, we are actually pretty used to that
on the Nordschleife. The important thing is that a BMW won today. That
was the goal for all of us. Victory number 20 in 2020. I am delighted
for Nicky, Alex and Nick. As a racing driver, you obviously always
want to win yourself. Today, however, the greater good took priority –
and third place in a 24-hour race is fantastic for us. For that
reason, I would like to say a big thank you to BMW Team Schnitzer and
my team-mates Augusto, Sheldon and Jens.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“I am delighted with our podium and obviously the win for
BMW. ROWE Racing had great pace in the race and deserved to win. We
did the best we could. Our car was really good, particularly at the
re-start this morning. It is nice to have BMW back on top after ten
years. We would like to dedicate our third place to Charly Lamm. I am
sure he would have been delighted to finish on the podium here with
the BMW M6 GT3.“

Philipp Eng (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing): “I am
delighted for BMW Motorsport. That was incredibly important. After ten
years without a win, the stars were finally shining on us again in the
50th anniversary race, and BMW can finally celebrate its
20th overall victory in this race. Congratulations to my
team-mates. Unfortunately, we missed out on the podium with the #98
BMW M6 GT3, but today is all about the overall victory for the team
and BMW Motorsport.”

Henry Walkenhorst (Team Principal Walkenhorst
Motorsport):
“That was one of the most spectacular,
interesting and demanding races of recent years here. Luck was not
necessarily on our side. Despite that, the BMW family has cause to
celebrate. Congratulations to ROWE Racing on the overall victory. I am
really pleased for them. First place for the BMW Junior Team in the
SP8T class was also sensational. The lads did a top job.”

Dan Harper (#73 BMW M4 GT4, BMW Junior Team):
“Finishing our first 24-hour race as class winners and the best
non-GT3 car is a fantastic feeling. Thank you very much to the
Walkenhorst Motorsport Team and BMW Motorsport for giving us the
opportunity to take part in this race. I would also like to say a huge
thank you to my team-mates and Jochen Neerpasch, together with BMW
Motorsport, for selecting us for the BMW Junior Team. Hopefully, we
are now well-equipped to go for it in a GT3 car next season.”

Original Press Release

Early lead, but no luck for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’.

BMW:Early lead, but no luck for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’.

Estoril. One year ago, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team
started its debut season in the FIM Endurance World Championship
(FIM EWC) at the Bol d’Or at Le Castellet (FRA). This weekend, the
team’s first season drew to a close with the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’
in Portugal. The #37 BMW S 1000 RR, with riders Markus Reiterberger
(GER), Kenny Foray (FRA) and Peter Hickman (GBR) in the saddle, was
once again one of the fastest bikes in the world championship at the
fourth and final round of the season. However, luck was not on the
team’s side in the race, and the #37 had to settle for seventh place
after twelve hours of racing.

 

The BMW S 1000 RR demonstrated its speed already in qualifying.
Reiterberger set the fastest time across all the qualifying sessions
with a new lap record. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team lined up
in third place on the grid for the 12-hour race, with grid positions
determined by the average time of each of the three riders’ fastest
laps. The race started at 08:00 local time on Saturday morning. Sunny
weather meant track conditions were dry and good.

Start rider Reiterberger had climbed into second place soon, and it
was not long before the #37 BMW S 1000 RR was leading the race. He
then set about pulling clear of the chasing pack. The BMW Motorrad
World Endurance Team spent over an hour at the head of the field,
before things took a turn for the worse. Hickman skidded and crashed
in a left-hander. He was able to continue, but the relatively minor
crash caused such severe damage to the bike that it required a long
stop for repairs. That saw the #37 bike drop back to 19th
place, eight laps behind the leaders. As the race progressed, the trio
of Reiterberger, Foray and Hickman set about gradually working their
way back through the field. After 12 hours, the #37 crossed the finish
line in seventh place. The second BMW S 1000 RR, Team LRP Poland’s #90
bike, finished ninth.

The 2019/20 season, which started one year ago at Le Castellet, was
reduced to four races as a result of the coronavirus. The BMW Motorrad
World Endurance Team claimed its first podium against the top-class
world championship field with third place at the opening round. The
next podium came in the second race in mid-December at Sepang (MAS),
courtesy of another third place. After a break, the season resumed at
Le Mans (FRA) at the end of August. Shortly before the finish, the
team crashed out whilst running fifth. Seventh place at the finale in
Estoril means the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team ends its debut
season in sixth place overall.

Quotes after the ’12 Hours of Estoril’.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It
is obviously disappointing at first, when you suffer such a set-back
whilst leading the race. We had our sights set on a top finish and saw
that we had the potential to achieve that. However, these things
happen in racing. Neither the team nor the riders buried their heads
in the sand after that incident. Instead, they battled and gave it
their all right through to the finish. Although we did not get the
result we were after at the finale, you have to look at the big
picture. It was our first season in FIM EWC, with its very strong
field, and we had little preparation time before our first outing at
the Bol d’Or one year ago. We have twice finished on the podium in
this season’s four races, and were extremely competitive at the other
two events. In addition, we were able to prove the reliability of our
RR at the Le Mans 24-hour race as well as at the 12-hour race at
Estoril, even if we lost strong positions there due to riding
mistakes. That is overall not a bad record for us as ‘rookies’. The
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team and the BMW S 1000 RR have
established themselves among the best in the world at the first
attempt. I would like to say a big thank you to Werner Daemen, Steven
Casaer and the entire team for the hard and highly-professional work
they have put in this season. We achieved a very high standard in our
first year, which gives us an outstanding basis for our second season
in FIM EWC. Congratulations to our tyre partner Dunlop who won the
title with SERT. We will start a new attempt to fight for the title in
the coming season.”

 

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team:
“In the end it was seventh place and we are not really
happy because I think that we could have won the race without the
problems we had. ‘Hicky’s crash was of course a big problem and we
lost many laps as we had to repair the bike including a change of the
swing arm. When you see the gap we had at the chequered flag I think
that the win would have been possible. Markus did a tremendous job, as
did all riders and the entire team over the whole week. Only the crash
was a pity. After Le Mans, it was the second time we lost many points
due to a crash. But it was our first year in the FIM EWC and we have
seen that without crashes we can fight for the world championship –
this is really not bad for the first year. So overall I am a happy
person but a little bit disappointed from the result today.”

 

Markus Reiterberger: “I had the honour to do the
start and it went very well – I was a fast runner and then I came off
pretty fast. Other than the two guys in front of me, I had decent grip
pretty early and I passed them. I then built a gap over my stint which
was very good and important. ‘Hicky’ initially stepped up on this but
then unfortunately crashed. I feel sorry for him as he just made a
small riding mistake. It was a pity for the entire team but you can
hardly reproach him for that. It was a normal racing crash that can
happen to everyone. The team did a superb job and repaired the bike
extremely quick. After that, we rode super stints, at top-three level,
even though we still had the one or two issues related to the crash.
We worked our way up to finish seventh. Of course we had hoped for a
podium or the win and that definitely would have been possible. But
this is Endurance. It was a great event on a fantastic track and I
only can say ‘thank you’ to the team and to my team-mates. All gave
their very best and the day will come for us to be rewarded again for
our work.”

 

Kenny Foray: “The race is over and the championship
season is over and for sure it is not the result that we had expected.
But this is racing and I think that we can learn a lot from the last
two races. For me personally, the final race at Estoril was not easy
because after the crash the bike was not easy to ride so we needed to
adapt our riding style. But that is endurance; you need to be able to
adapt to everything. And we were able to push and to work our way back
to seventh place. This result is not so bad but I think that we were
able to make a podium today. But it’s like it is. We learn and come
back next season.”

Peter Hickman: “I really want to say sorry to the
team because we had the pace to actually win this race and my mistake
was what caused all the problems which is a big shame. But it was good
to show that we had the pace and the team worked really, really well
in getting the bike back on track. I think that overall, we have shown
the potential of the bike and the riders but it is just disappointing
not to have won the race. Sorry again to the entire team.”

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