BMW M Motorsport News, 31st May 2021

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 31st May 2021

BMW M Motorsport teams are once again in action all over the world in
2021. They are challenging for race wins and titles with the BMW M6
GT3, the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M2 CS Racing, and other BMW M Motorsport
race cars. Our BMW M Motorsport News allows us to give you a regular
overview of the race action in various championships around the world
and any success enjoyed by the BMW M Motorsport teams. Throughout the
year, we also highlight certain topics in specific press releases.

Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe: Walkenhorst Motorsport’s
battle for the podium remains unrewarded.

The second endurance race of the season in the Fanatec GT World
Challenge Europe powered by AWS took place last weekend. The six-hour,
1000-kilometre race was hosted by the “Circuit Paul Ricard” in Le
Castellet (FRA). The Walkenhorst Motorsport team was battling for a
podium finish with both BMW M6 GT3s, but their strong performances
went unrewarded in the end. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), Marco
Wittmann (GER) and David Pittard (GBR) were at the wheel of the #34
BMW M6 GT3. Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock (both GER) and Thomas Neubauer
(FRA) shared driving duties in the #35 car.

Starting from fifth and 13th on the grid, Pittard and Tomczyk were
both able to put the BMW M6 GT3s on course for the podium early on as
they moved into second and third places. The #35 fell back later on,
while Wittmann and van der Linde kept the #34 in the top three until
the final hour of the race, battling for the lead after a full-course
yellow phase. However, a collision with another car around 50 minutes
before the end meant that they lost time during repairs and also
dropped down through the field. After six hours of racing, the #34 BMW
M6 GT3 crossed the line in eighth place, with the #35 car right behind
in ninth position.

The Boutsen Ginion Racing team finished seventh in the Pro-Am class
with the #10 BMW M6 GT3. The car was driven by Karim Ojjeh (KSA), Jens
Liebhauser and Jens Klingmann (both GER).

The next endurance race in the series is the 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) on 31st July/1st August.

Reactions to the race at Paul Ricard.

Sheldon van der Linde: “It was a very good weekend
for us and positive in terms of raw pace and speed from Friday
onwards. We always had a good car from the first free practice on. In
the race, David and Marco did a great job, and we were always in the
top-three. Then the car seemed to have lost some pace, but I defended
second place as long as I could. At the end of my first stint I had a
very light contact, which was just enough to lift the bonnet up. So we
had to box a bit earlier for our mandatory pit stop for tyres and
fuel, and obviously I had to wait a bit longer to repair the bonnet.
That kind of destroyed our hopes for the podium. But we were still
able to score some points and it’s a very good pace to build on for
Spa. Walkenhorst Motorsport have shown in the past that they are able
to win that race, so I think we have a strong package to go there, and
that gives me a lot of confidence.”

Marco Wittmann: “Of course, it’s a disappointing way
for it to end, when you’ve been on track for a podium finish for the
whole race and then fall back to eighth after a collision like that 50
minutes before the end. Nonetheless our pace was good for the whole
weekend, which allows us to be optimistic about the 24h hour race in
Spa. We can build on that. We will definitely not bury our heads in
the sand and will come back stronger.”

Martin Tomczyk: “Starting from 13th on the grid was
not ideal, but overall we were pretty confident about our race
performance. I did the first two stints and moved up from 13th to
second place. Unfortunately, we then started to encounter some
problems. Thomas Neubauer struggled a bit with the setup, but was able
to consistently hold on to fifth place. The door latch unfortunately
stopped working during the changeover to Timo Glock and he had to make
an extra pit stop for us to fix the door. Of course, that cost us more
time and we fell back after that. It didn’t finish as we had expected,
as our racing pace was definitely better than the result itself.
However, we are still confident that there will be a race in which our
form will be reflected in the result it deserves. But that is racing.”

Timo Glock: “As far as I’m concerned, Martin produced
the performance of the race, driving a crazy opening double stint to
move the car up from 13th to second place. He did a super job. Thomas
was also consistently in the top five. However, the door did not close
properly when I got in during the pit stop, so we had to come back
into the pits during a full-course yellow, and that cost us a bit of
time. But I had problems in my first stint with no balance and no grip
on the tyres. I don’t know what caused that. My second stint was then
a bit better. I was satisfied with my qualifying performance over one
lap, but I still have to learn about the race distance. Thanks to the
team for doing such a great job without any errors over the whole
weekend. I had a lot of fun.”

IMSA series: Another record win for Bill Auberlen in Mid-Ohio.

Tumultuous celebrations in the Turner Motorsport team: Bill Auberlen
and Robby Foley (both USA) proved unbeatable in the #96 BMW M6 GT3 at
the third race of the season in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car
Championship (IMSA series) in Mid-Ohio (USA). They celebrated victory
in the GTD class after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing. This enabled
Auberlen to improve his impressive, unique record in the IMSA series
as he recorded his 63rd win. Foley had moved up quickly to second
place from the start and then took the lead after an early pit stop.
After 69 laps he handed over to Auberlen, who claimed victory by
crossing the finishing line nearly three seconds clear after 111 laps.
“The BMW M6 GT3 is back where it belongs – in the winner’s circle,”
stated Auberlen. “We had some bad luck in the last race at Sebring,
but Robby and I are back in the points and we’re moving forward.”

One day earlier Turner Motorsport had secured fifth place in the
Mid-Ohio race in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with the #96 BMW M4
GT4, driven by Foley and Vincent Barletta (USA). Auberlen and Dillon
Machavern (USA) suffered some bad luck in the #95 car: they were
struck by a rival car and had to retire early.

ADAC GT Masters: Schubert Motorsport starts the season with a podium.

The season-opener in the ADAC GT Masters took place in Oschersleben
(GER) in mid-May – and the Schubert Motorsport team celebrated a
podium result in its home race. After just missing out on the podium
with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race, Nick Yelloly (GBR) and
Jesse Krohn (FIN) secured second place on Sunday in the #10 BMW M6
GT3. The weekend was dominated by changeable and tricky weather
conditions. Strategy became the key to success as rain alternated with
dry periods. Schubert Motorsport got it absolutely right. After second
place in Sunday’s race, Yelloly commented: “The race was very
exciting. Switching to slicks was the right decision, although it was
a bit slippery to start with. The team and I are delighted with the
good result and we hope that we can put on another good performance at
the Red Bull Ring.” The second round of the season in the ADAC GT
Masters will take place from 11th to 13th June in Spielberg, Austria.

ADAC GT4 Germany: two races, two wins for Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport.

The Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport team could not have made a more
successful start to the 2021 season in the ADAC GT4 Germany. At the
opener, held in mid-May  in Oschersleben (GER), Gabriele Piana (ITA)
and Michael Schrey (GER) claimed first place in both races in their #2
BMW M4 GT4. In race one on Saturday last season’s runners-up started
from pole position and chalked up a start to finish win under
difficult weather conditions. “Winning here is a great feeling.
There’s no better way to start a season. We realised after qualifying
that we have put a superb package together,” said Piana afterwards. In
Sunday’s race Piana and Schrey moved up from fourth on the grid. They
crossed the line in second place but were later classified as winners
after the car ahead of them was disqualified. The win for Piana/Schrey
in Sunday’s race is still a provisional result as the decision is
being appealed.

Charlie Martin (GBR) and Sandra van der Sloot (NED) in the Driverse
team’s #12 BMW M4 GT4 also secured third place in the Trophy standings
in Sunday’s race. The team is cooperating with Sorg Rennsport in the
ADAC GT4 Germany.

British GT Championship: Century Motorsport celebrates one-two
result with the BMW M4 GT4.

The Century Motorsport team enjoyed a perfect season-opener in the
British GT Championship – with pole position and a one-two result in
the GT4 class. The first event of the season took place on 22nd and
23rd May in Brands Hatch (GBR). Gus Burton and Will Burns (both GBR)
showed that they are a force to be reckoned with, recording the best
time in qualifying in the #57 BMW M4 GT4. The pair did not let
multiple safety car phases during the race put them off, celebrating
victory after 73 race laps. Their team-mates, Andrew Gordon-Colebrook
and Chris Salkled (both GBR), completed the success in the #9 BMW M4
GT4, claiming second place in the GT4 class and victory in the Pro-Am
category. “To come away with a one-two is just amazing and a true
reflection of the effort everyone has put in during the off season,”
said Nathan Freke, Century Motorsport Team Manager. “The new EVO BMW
M4 GT4s worked faultlessly and are clearly a force to be reckoned
with. I’d like to thank BMW M Motorsport for the continued support and
to congratulate the drivers on their superb performances all weekend.”

Italian GT Championship: BMW Team Italia starts the endurance
racing season.

The first sprint races of the season in the Italian GT Championship
had taken place in early May, and three weeks later BMW Team Italia
was in Pergusa (ITA) to compete in the first endurance race of the
year. The regular drivers in the #7 BMW M6 GT3, Stefano Comandini
(ITA) and Marius Zug (GER), were supported by BMW works driver Bruno
Spengler (CAN) as the team’s third driver. The trio secured pole
position in qualifying on Saturday. However, they were forced to
retire early from the race. Their team-mates, Nicola Neri, Giuseppe
Fascicolo (both ITA) and Alfred Nilsson (SWE), claimed victory in the
GT4 AM class with the #215 BMW M4 GT4.

Super Taikyu: success for BMW Team Studie in Fuji.


The Japanese Super Taikyu race series visited Fuji (JPN) from 21st to
23rd May and the 24-hour race at the circuit near Tokyo (JPN) proved
to be extremely successful for BMW Team Studie. In the ST-Z class the
#20 BMW M4 GT4 from SS/YZ Racing with Studie secured an outstanding
second place. Driving duties were shared between Tomohide Yamaguchi,
Seiji Ara, Yuya Sakamoto (all JPN) and João Paulo de Oliveira (BRA).
In the ST-1 class BMW Team Studie claimed third place with the #8 BMW
M2 CS Racing. Takayuki Kinoshita, Takayuki Oi, Tomohiko Sunako, Hiroki
Yamada and Takashi Kochi (all JPN) were at the wheel of this car. The
24-hour race also marked the racing debut for the BMW M2 CS Racing in Asia.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux: thrilling action in the first
races of the season.


The 2021 season in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux began with two
events in May, providing thrilling racing action with some intensive
duels. Three races took place on each weekend: two 30-minute races and
a 55-minute race with a mandatory pit stop. The season-opening event
took place in Zolder (BEL). Victory in the first races in the new
series went to Stienes Longin (BEL) and Sam Dejonghe (BEL), who
triumphed twice.

The second round of the season followed two weeks later in Zandvoort
(NED). Longin won race one, while Giovanni Scamardi (ITA) celebrated
his first victories of the season in the second and third races.

After the first two events of the season, Scamardi tops the overall
standings in the Pro class with 76 points. The third round in the BMW
M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux will take place on 9th and 10th July in
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL).

Original Press Release

WorldSBK Sunday in Estoril: three BMW M 1000 RRs in the top ten.

BMW:WorldSBK Sunday in Estoril: three BMW M 1000 RRs in the top ten.

Estoril. BMW Motorrad Motorsport rounded off the second race
weekend in the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in
Estoril (POR) with a solid Sunday: three BMW M 1000 RRs were among
the top nine to cross the line in the second main race. Michael van
der Mark (NED) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rode his way up
from 14th on the grid to finish sixth on his BMW M 1000 RR. His
team-mate, Tom Sykes (GBR), finished eighth. Eugene Laverty (IRL),
competing for the BMW satellite team RC Squadra Corse, wrapped up a
strong Sunday in ninth place. Jonas Folger (GER) from the BMW
satellite team Bonovo MGM Racing retired early from the second race
due to a technical problem.

Sykes was the best BMW rider in the morning’s Superpole Race,
claiming seventh place. Starting from 13th on the grid, Laverty leapt
forward from the start and crossed the line in eighth after ten laps.
Van der Mark ended the Superpole Race in 13th, while Folger claimed 18th.

In the second race, that featured incidents and falls in the leading
group, the BMW riders produced a consistent and error-free
performance. As had been the case in Saturday’s first race, van der
Mark put on another impressive chasing performance. He started from
14th after the Superpole Race and had already reached the top ten on
the second lap. It did not take long for van der Mark to move up to
seventh place and he was able to secure sixth spot on lap 15 of 21.
Sykes initially fell back from seventh on the grid, but was able to
move up again in the second half of the race. He crossed the finishing
line in eighth.

Laverty made another great start from eighth on the grid, moving up
to fifth. Laverty held third place for a short time after Garrett
Gerloff (USA) and Michael Ruben Rinaldi (ITA) retired due to a
collision. He slipped back as the race continued, but finished ninth
to secure his second top ten result of the day. Folger, however, was
forced to end his race on lap three due to a technical problem.

The third round of the WorldSBK 2021 will take place from 11th to
13th June in Misano, Italy. 

Reactions after race two at Estoril.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Three riders in the top nine – finishing off the race
weekend with this result is certainly something to be pleased about.
It was not an easy weekend. Michael produced a very solid second race
after he was unfortunately unable to improve at all in this morning’s
Superpole Race. Of course, three other riders did take a tumble, but
also under these circumstances it’s all about getting a solid result.
He put on a great chasing performance and it was good to see that all
the BMWs are pretty close to one another. It was a shame that Jonas
had to retire. In general, he had a tough weekend. There are still a
few things to work on, specifically about finding the drive out of the
corners with little grip in these conditions. But I still think that
we did really well. We are satisfied, but now we have to take the next
step towards the podium. And I am confident we can achieve that over
the next three race weekends in Misano, Donington and Assen. On behalf
of the whole of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family I would like to
express my sadness at the death of Jason Dupasquier and send his
family and friends our coldolences. This sad news has overshadowed the
race today.”


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“This morning’s warm-up was really good: at least I felt good
– I was consistent. Also for the Superpole Race I felt really good,
but in warm-up we had changed the bike a little bit. That was good,
but as soon as the temperatures went up I struggled a little bit. So
the Superpole Race was not that ideal and we even lost two places on
the grid. But anyway, in race two the temperatures were much higher
than yesterday so we gambled to go for the ‘SC X’ tyre, which was the
right choice. The start was a bit messy – I had a good start but in
all three races I was a bit unlucky and could not improve my position
in the first corner. But at the end I was able to go at quite a
consistent pace. I had the chance to follow many riders and I think
our bike has made a huge improvement, especially over a race distance
and when it comes to conserving the tyre. We just need to find a
little bit more drive out of the corners and that should be our next
big step to improve on the bike.”


Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “The bike was
much better today than yesterday. We made a small change and really
felt a big improvement on the bike. And again, just struggling, such a
shame when fighting for track position. For whatever reason, at the
moment we lose track positions to some other riders. The BMW M 1000 RR
is certainly strong in some sectors of the track and we are just
getting an understanding why. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind some
other riders and that gave us an issue today with the braking system.
Once I got a clear track, I picked up a lot more speed and found a
much better rhythm. Obviously I am not happy with the result but,
considering where we were yesterday, it’s a big, big improvement. We
definitely learnt a lot on this Sunday afternoon in Estoril and now we
need to keep improving.”


Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “It has been a
bitter-sweet day, because my speed is there and, honestly, this year
the BMW M 1000 RR is such a huge step forward. The Aragón race weekend
was my first proper ride on this new bike, so I am still understanding
how to get the most from it. This weekend, wow, the bike was
fantastic, and in the final race I felt so good to fight with these
guys in the first laps and to get up into third position. But in this
heat I had to take care of the brakes, so I had to let the other
riders’ go and ride in clear air to cool the brakes. Now we will be
100 per cent ready in Misano. These first two rounds have more been
like a test, and from Misano on we will start the season properly.”


Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “Unfortunately, also
today did not go as we had hoped. We had a difficult weekend. That
said, things did look a bit better in the final race, even if it did
only last for two laps. But we would have made it into the points if
everything had gone right. Unfortunately, we had a technical problem.
Now we have to look ahead, use the short break and then go back on the
attack in Misano.”

Original Press Release

Highs and lows for BMW Motorrad Motorsport at Saturday’s WorldSBK race in Estoril.

BMW:Highs and lows for BMW Motorrad Motorsport at Saturday’s WorldSBK race in Estoril.

Estoril. The second round of the 2021 FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) season is taking place in Estoril, Portugal.
It was a Saturday of highs and lows for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. In
race one, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s Michael van der Mark
(NED) worked his way up to seventh place with his BMW M 1000 RR. His
team-mate Tom Sykes (GBR) secured 14th position. Jonas Folger (GER)
from BMW satellite team Bonovo MGM Racing crossed the line in 16th
place. Eugene Laverty (IRL) from BMW satellite team RC Squadra Corse
finished 18th, scant reward for the convincing performance he
produced in qualifying and during the race.

In the morning, Sykes claimed fifth place on the grid in Superpole
qualification. Folger was the second-best BMW rider in 11th place,
followed by van der Mark in 12th. Laverty had finished the session in
eighth place, but was one of many riders whose lap times were annulled
due to yellow-flags. Consequently, the Irishman slipped back to 13th
on the grid.

In the race, van der Mark showed a consistent performance and was
able to make gradual progress after starting from 12th. He reached
seventh position by the halfway point of the race and was able to
maintain this until the chequered flag. Team-mate Sykes was in sixth
position right after the start of the race, but the British rider
started to fall back after the second lap. After 21 laps, he crossed
the finishing line in 14th place.

Laverty went off like a rocket from 13th on the grid, moving up to
ninth through the first turns. He managed to hold on to seventh place
between laps four and nine, before suffering a fall that put paid to
his hopes of securing a top result. Laverty did return to the track
but had to settle for 18th. Folger lost some places at the start and
was unable to make any progress thereafter, crossing the line in 16th.

Reactions after race one at Estoril.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “That
was a mixed day for us, but nonetheless I am very pleased with
Michael’s seventh place. Estoril is always a tricky circuit for us and
we had some lost track time to make up for. It was pretty difficult to
choose between the ‘X’ and ‘SC0’ tyres today. We took the safe option
with both riders. Ultimately, that proved to be the right choice and
we produced a solid race. However, seventh place is, of course, not
what we are aiming for. Tom fell back a very long way. Now we have to
analyse the reasons for this. He lost three or four seconds during the
opening laps. Of course, it is very disappointing to finish 14th, 36
seconds behind the winner. That is definitely not our objective. I was
delighted for Eugene at the start of the race, but unfortunately he
took a tumble when in seventh place. However, the track was relatively
greasy and we saw a few incidents like this. For Jonas, it just was
not his day and he would otherwise have recorded a better result. In
conclusion: It is good to have recorded a solid race and we can build
on this for tomorrow.”


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We
lost some valuable track time again this morning, so that was not how
we wanted to start the day. But anyway, in Superpole I felt good; I
improved my lap time and then in qualifying I had really good first
three sectors, but then the tyre was gone so I could not gain any time
in the last sector. That was a pity because that meant starting
initially from P14, which was then P12. I had a really good start and
the race was my first long run this weekend. I was surprised by the
pace I had and with the consistency of the bike. I am happy with this
position, but I am happier with the consistency we had and also when I
changed some electronics during the race. We took a really good step
forward. I am happy with P7 but even more about the whole pace.”


Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It was a very
strange race. I am disappointed. We got a good start and I just tried
to go with the guys in front, but every time I opened the gas I lost
rear traction. And after a few laps I was losing the rear on corner
entry. After making a good start and mixing it in T1 I thought I would
get my best rhythm of the weekend, but it wasn’t to be. We clearly
need to work on these issues tonight and see what we can do but, yes,
it was a very strange race from my side. It was not what we have been
expecting and I’m quite disappointed.”


Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “Unfortunately,
today did not go as I had imagined. It was a difficult race. I
struggled to get out of the corners; I had problems with grip. I gave
it my all, but I was just too slow. It’s a shame, as I was on the pace
in practice yesterday, but we could not reproduce that during today’s
race. Now we have to take a look at what caused that.”


Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “All weekend has
been fantastic. The feeling of the bike is so good and we had a good
feeling in every practice and in qualifying. The reality was that I
was eighth fastest but then there was this penalty. In the race, I was
very happy with my first laps. I gained positions, I was doing really
fast lap times, 1:37.8, 1:37.9 and I was really consistent. Then in
corner four, I just asked a little bit too much of the front and
crashed. It was my mistake, but I am feeling really good with this
bike on a track where last year we were not so strong. So I am
optimistic for tomorrow.”

Original Press Release

Present meets the future: Packed programme both on and off the track for BMW M Motorsport at the Nürburgring.

BMW:Present meets the future: Packed programme both on and off the track for BMW M Motorsport at the Nürburgring.

Munich. From a BMW M Motorsport perspective, the
49th staging of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) on
5th/6th June 2021 will be full of highlights,
both on and off the track. After the victory for ROWE Racing last
year, the focus from a sporting point of view is on the mission to
defend the title. Four BMW M Motorsport teams line up in the “Green
Hell” with seven BMW M6 GT3 and a host of top-class BMW works
drivers. They include the BMW Junior Team, which will be making its
24-hour debut in the GT3 class. BMW M CEO Markus Flasch will
experience the challenge posed by the Nordschleife for himself at
the wheel of the BMW M2 CS Racing. In the run-up to the race, the
focus is on the launch of the new BMW M4 GT3 and a very special lap
of honour.


On the Wednesday before the 24-hour race, BMW M Motorsport will
unveil the BMW M4 GT3 in the livery, in which it will contest its
first test races over the rest of the year. The car will replace the
BMW M6 GT3 as the top car in the BMW M Motorsport range from 2022.

On Friday, ahead of Top Qualifying, a replica of the legendary BMW M3
“Eifelblitz” from 1996, built up by BMW M Motorsport, will do an
honorary lap of the Nordschleife in memory of Sabine Schmitz, who
passed away recently. It will be driven by Johannes Scheid, who won
the 24-hour race alongside Schmitz in 1996 and 1997.

In the BMW M2 CS Racing, Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, will don
his racing helmet and start in the CUP5 class alongside Jörg
Weidinger, Matthias Malmedie and Niki Schelle (all GER). After
intensive preparations within the Nürburgring Endurance Series and the
6-hour qualification race, Flasch will be making his debut in the
endurance classic. In total, roughly 30 BMW cars are registered for
the 24-hour race in eight different classes.

Leading the way are the seven BMW M6 GT3 in the top SP9 class, which
will be going all out to defend the title and claim the
21st overall victory for BMW. ROWE Racing fields two cars
and, as last year’s winners, will sport the prestigious number 1 on
one of their cars. The BMW Junior Team, with support from BMW works
driver Augusto Farfus (BRA), will be making its 24-hour debut in the
top class in a BMW M6 GT3 run by BMW Team RMG. Schubert Motorsport
lines up with one BMW M6 GT3, while Walkenhorst Motorsport takes to
the grid with three BMW M6 GT3.

Quotes ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours:

Markus Flasch (CEO of BMW M GmbH): “What a fantastic
week we have ahead of us! BMW M Motorsport has a programme littered
with highlights, both on and off the racetrack, underlining, as ever,
how important motorsport is to the BMW brand. With an impressive
contingent here at the Nürburgring, BMW M Motorsport is showing that
it is alive and kicking in the present. That will remain the case in
the future. A symbol of that future is the official presentation of
our new GT icon, the BMW M4 GT3, which will conquer the racetracks of
this world from 2022. From a sporting perspective, we are very much
looking forward to challenging for overall victory with the BMW M6 GT3
in its farewell season, and hopefully to defending the title that ROWE
Racing won in 2020. A particular focus will be on the debut of the BMW
Junior Team in the GT3 category. Our new entry-level car, the BMW M2
CS Racing will line up in the CUP5 class at the endurance classic for
the first time, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity
myself to take part in the race alongside my fantastic team-mates.
Johannes Scheid’s lap of honour in the BMW M3 ‘Eifelblitz’, built up
by BMW M Motorsport, in memory of Sabine Schmitz, is sure to be very
emotional. We are honoured to be able to pay tribute to her with this
legendary car.”

Hans-Peter Naundorf (Team Principal ROWE Racing): “We
are very proud to come into the race as defending champion. Lining up
with the number 1 on the car is very special. The memories of our
victory in 2020 are still very fresh. We obviously have ambitions of
being out in front again this year, although we know that this is an
ambitious goal. However, we are a very well-rehearsed team with an
enormous amount of team spirit and we will take our opportunity,
should it come our way. I am particularly pleased that we will have
fans back at the circuit this year for this remarkable race.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG): “This
is a very special race for me personally and my team. During our time
in the DTM, we always tried to get involved in the 24-hour race.
Unfortunately, however, it never worked out. Now the wait is finally
over, and we are all really excited about our home race. Our approach
in the collaboration with the BMW Junior Team has always been to be
just as professional as in the DTM. As such, we had high expectations
of the boys, but they totally lived up to them. Their lap times are
all very good. It was important for us to see that, and gives us
another boost ahead of the race. With his experience and speed,
Augusto is extremely important to the whole team. He is one of the
fastest drivers on the Nordschleife, and knows the processes and the
BMW M6 GT3 extremely well. As such, he is not only a great help to the
Juniors, but to everyone in the team.”

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal Schubert
“It is nice to be back at the 24-hour race with
the BMW M6 GT3 after two years away. Unfortunately, we have not had
the good fortune you need to convert our speed into top results in our
previous outings. As such, we are really hoping we can bid farewell to
the BMW M6 GT3 with a good result this time. We have drivers who know
the Nordschleife very well and we have already worked together with
the majority of them on numerous occasions. After finishing on the
podium at the recent season-opener in the ADAC GT Masters in
Oschersleben, we arrive at the Nürburgring full of motivation and optimism.”

Niclas Königbauer (Team Manager Walkenhorst
“We are delighted to be fielding four cars in
this year’s 24-hour race. We are very happy with the drivers in our
three BMW M6 GT3 and are confident that we can really make a mark on
the race with them. We are also represented with a BMW M4 GT4. We hope
the weather gods are kinder to us than they were last year. If so, we
will certainly have a very exciting race ahead of us.”

The key driver line-ups at a glance.

ROWE Racing, #1 BMW M6 GT3:

Nick Catsburg (NED)

John Edwards (USA)

Philipp Eng (AUT)

Nick Yelloly (GBR)

ROWE Racing, #98 BMW M6 GT3:

Connor De Phillippi (USA)

Martin Tomczyk (GER)

Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)

Marco Wittmann (GER)

Schubert Motorsport, #20 BMW M6 GT3:

Jesse Krohn (FIN)

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Alexander Sims (GBR)

Stef Dusseldorp (NED)

BMW Junior Team, #77 BMW M6 GT3:

Dan Harper (GBR)

Max Hesse (GER)

Neil Verhagen (USA)

Augusto Farfus (BRA)

Walkenhorst Motorsport, #100 BMW M6 GT3:

Henry Walkenhorst (GER)

Friedrich von Bohlen (GER)

Jörg Breuer (GER)

Andreas Ziegler (GER)

Walkenhorst Motorsport, #101 BMW M6 GT3:

Christian Krognes (NOR)

David Pittard (GBR)

Ben Tuck (GBR)

Jörg Müller (GER)

Walkenhorst Motorsport, #102 BMW M6 GT3:

Mario von Bohlen (GER)

Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)

Jörg Müller (GER)

Jakub Giermaziak (POL)

Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, #241 BMW M2 CS Racing:

Markus Flasch (AUT)

Matthias Malmedie (GER)

Jörg Weidinger (GER)

Niki Schelle (GER)

Original Press Release

BMW Art & Culture will exhibit “The Pigment Change” by Almudena Romero, tenth winner of the BMW Residency, at Rencontres d’Arles.


BMW Art & Culture will exhibit “The Pigment Change” by Almudena Romero, tenth winner of the BMW Residency, at Rencontres d’Arles.

This year, BMW is celebrating 50 years of supporting cultural
projects all over the world, in the fields of modern and contemporary
art, jazz and classical music, and architecture and design. As such,
it contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and the arts. In
France, BMW Group France has been a patron of photography since 2003.

“The Pigment Change” project created during the BMW
“The Pigment Change” takes an
original experimental and scientific approach towards natural photo
production, whereby Romero’s research focuses on pigment changes, with
an ecological and societal commitment. Her work echoes BMW Group’s
vision of innovation for a more sustainable future and of production
which respects the environment and its resources.

François Cheval, Artistic Director of the BMW Residency, commented on
the winner’s work: “Almudena Romero, like many of her peers,
believes that renewing the medium can follow the same path as the
first photographic processes, while highlighting the plastic and
physical characteristics of plants. Because plants are not only the
subject, they also take on a new status as vectors of visual
information. They are given the new role of determining the final
form of the work of art and specifying its meaning.”

Given the inevitable disappearance of the silver process, the
photographer seeks a virtuous practice using living materials. Her
main medium is natural, at the expense of chemistry, plants and her
material, as well as light specific to plants and photosynthesis.

The project is divided into four parts: Faire une photographie (take
a photo), Family album, Offspring and The act of producing, which
represent the artist’s viewpoint on production or the cause of existence.

In “Faire une photographie“, the plants
are exposed to specific amounts of light to bring about a pigment
change in the leaves, in spring and in fall.

In “Family album“, Almudena exposes the
negatives of her family archives directly onto cress cultivation
panels to “grow” photographic prints.

In “The act of producing” and
Offspring“, the photographer uses entire
plants as photographic substrates on which she records her images.

The act of producing” features various
large-scale collages (1.5 x 2 m) made up of several leaves exposed to
extraordinary quantities of UV light to bring about a pigment change.
This pigment change, based on plants’ survival mechanism, involves
replacing the chlorophyll pigments (green) with carotenoids (yellow)
to release excess energy. The artist uses the plants’ ability to
change pigments to record very detailed images of her own hands while
working with the plants.

In “Offspring“, the artist uses plants’
selective reproduction strategies as a metaphor to express her
decision not to become a mother due to the current climate and
environment crisis. This part of the project includes a 30-day
timelapse documenting the birth of a new leaf and a series of text
elements printed directly onto the leaves of this plant.

The artist was able to broaden her research thanks to the resources
available at the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts.
As such, she experimented with complex, fragile, expensive and
large-size materials within the school environment, assisted by two
students and supported by professors. 

“The Pigment Change”
created as part of the BMW Residency will be exhibited:

  • in the Saint-Trophime Cloister during the Rencontres d’Arles
    event, from July 4 to August 29, 2021.
  • In the temporary Grand Palais during the Paris Photo event, from
    November 11 to 14, 2021.

“The Pigment Change” has been
jointly published by BMW Art & Culture and Les éditions de l’air,
des livres.

This original editorial choice supports the research and
experimentation dimension of the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School
of Visual Arts.

This edition is made up of three different-sized bound booklets,
inserted into a horizontal strip. The three booklets each have a
different color – blue, red and green – as a tribute to the printing
house’s RGB and to Almudena Romero’s research. The first booklet is an
introduction with a preface written by Vincent Salimon, Chairman of
the BMW Group France Executive Board, and begins with a text by
François Cheval, Artistic Director of the BMW Residency. The second
booklet showcases the winner’s research work. The third one features
the works she created during the Residency.

The Faune typeface, created by Sandrine Nugue as part of a call for
applications by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) in
partnership with the Imprimerie Nationale group, was used for the titles.

“The Pigment Change” by Almudena Romero – BMW Residency at
the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts:

  • Éditions de l’air, des livres – BMW Art & Culture
  • Published in: May 2021
  • Price: €29
  • 3 booklets of 12, 24 and 24 pages – Format: 210 x 257, 200 x 247,
    190 x 237 cm

For further information, please contact:

Maryse Bataillard
Head of Patronage, BMW Group

Telephone: +33 (0)1 30 03 19 41

Maud Prangey
Press officer

Telephone: +33 (0)6 63 40 54 62

Original Press Release

Hydrogen as a key future technology

BMW:Hydrogen as a key future technology

Leipzig. The BMW Group has clear goals for effective
climate protection and sustainable mobility up to the year 2030 – and
products and production are affected.

“Our solution to the challenges of environmental policy is
technological innovation. Technology is where the key to the future
lies – and it’s our constructive response for climate protection,”
said Hans-Peter Kemser, Director of BMW Group Plant Leipzig. As a
green plant, Leipzig aims not only to be carbon-neutral but also to
operate carbon-free production. “Our vision is to fully decarbonise
production by replacing fossil fuels with future fuels in the shape of
green hydrogen,” he added.

And that’s why Hans-Peter Kemser was all the more delighted to host
the Central German Hydrogen Summit, which took place at BMW Group
Plant Leipzig today. In attendance were Michael Kretschmer, Minister
President of the Free State of Saxony, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister
President of the state of Sachsen-Anhalt, Henry Graichen, County
Commissioner of the Leipzig District, Kai Emanuel, County Commissioner
of Nordsachsen, Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of Leipzig, and Egbert
Geier, Mayor of Halle, along with numerous guests from business,
politics, administration and academia taking part in discussions at
the plant. The event was streamed live, with speakers exploring
application and investment plans as well as the establishment by 2030
of a full-coverage hydrogen infrastructure for the Halle and Leipzig region.

In his welcome speech, Hans-Peter Kemser listed the three main
challenges of using green hydrogen: how to ensure sufficient supplies
for the plant, which technologies exist or need developing to enable
the use of hydrogen, and how to remain profitable despite the current
high cost of green hydrogen. All three points are currently being
investigated and assessed with partners from politics and business.

In a first step, hydrogen is already being used in logistics to power
tractors and forklifts carrying required parts to the assembly
lines. The first such vehicles went into service back in 2013, and
Plant Leipzig now operates 81 in total. With a further 37 to be added
shortly, Plant Leipzig will have the largest hydrogen-powered
logistics fleet in Germany. Like conventionally powered vehicles, the
hydrogen fleet has the great advantage of being very quick to refuel –
and the filling stations take up little space.

The Hydrogen Summit also provided the backdrop for BMW Group Plant
Leipzig to inaugurate its fourth on-site hydrogen filling station. The
first went on stream in 2013 in the BMW i bodyshop and was the only
indoor H2 refuelling station in Germany at the time. Two
more followed in 2018, and a fourth is now also set to supply the
steadily rising number of hydrogen vehicles. About 50 kg of hydrogen
are put into their tanks every day – all of it certified green since
day one.

BMW Group Plant Leipzig has always been planned as a “green plant”
and has set standards in sustainability in many areas, from production
of the electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 to the site’s four wind turbines and
battery farm, and the hydrogen-powered vehicles operating in
intralogistics. A holistic approach to advancing sustainability has
been the goal throughout.

BMW i3 (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; electricity
consumption combined: 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)

Original Press Release

The Pure&Crafted Festival initiated by BMW Motorrad will return to Berlin from 17 to 18 September 2021.


The Pure&Crafted Festival initiated by BMW Motorrad will return to Berlin from 17 to 18 September 2021.

Munich/Berlin. Launched in Berlin in 2015 and
initiated by BMW Motorrad, the Pure&Crafted Festival will return
to the banks of the Spree river in 2021.
This year, BMW Motorrad
will once again be the title sponsor of the event.

For the first time, the event will be held in the Berlin trade
fair’s event-proven Summer Garden, which offers a unique setting in
the heart of City West directly under the Radio Tower. Here, fans can
experience the special mix of live music, motorbike culture and new
heritage lifestyle on 17 and 18 September 2021.

And this year, too, visitors and music fans can look forward to
some truly special live music. These acts have already confirmed: The
Hives and Jake Bugg.

The Hives already proved that they belong in the top league of
live bands at the premiere of the festival six years ago. The Swedes
will rock the stage again this year. The Briton Jake Bugg will have
his new “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” album, which is to be
released in August, with him when he comes in September. The
singer-songwriter was already on stage at the legendary Glastonbury
Festival at the age of 16 and has been delivering one masterpiece
after another since his debut in 2012. So you can look forward to lots
of rock’n’roll, guitar riffs and drums. And it’s about time, too!

Away from the stage, of course, much will revolve around
motorcycles and the world around them: in the Wheels Area, exciting
custom bikes will once again be waiting to be discovered. But the
focus is not only on these unique art objects and their makers, but
also on everyone who shares their passion for motorbikes. Having
petrol-laced conversations and exchanging shared experiences will be
at the top of the list and motorcycle culture will once again be
celebrated at this year’s Pure&Crafted Festival.
In addition
to other highlights & specials featuring new spectacular custom
bikes that will be announced soon, the General Store completes the
unique programme of the Pure&Crafted Festival. New heritage
culture, fashion and lifestyle accessories will be the focus of
attention here.

And of course there will be no shortage of selected drinks and
varied food offerings so visitors can really experience
Pure&Crafted with all their senses.

Pure&Crafted ticket pre-sales have started and limited Early
Bird tickets can be purchsed now for €55.00 at
As everyone’s health and safety is paramount, the event will of course
be corona compliant. Further information regarding the COVID 19
hygiene concept and the resulting protection measures on site as well
as more detailed information on the programme will follow shortly.

And one thing is for sure: We simply can’t wait to finally
experience live music again with lots of visitors, to be inspired
together, to exchange ideas, to celebrate and just to have fun.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at
case of queries, please contact:

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108,


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 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.


Original Press Release

Behind the scenes of BMW Motorrad Motorsport: An interview with Eugene Laverty in Portugal in advance to first Portuguese WorldSBK round 2021 in Estoril.

BMW:Behind the scenes of BMW Motorrad Motorsport: An interview with Eugene Laverty in Portugal in advance to first Portuguese WorldSBK round 2021 in Estoril.

Estoril. Next Thursday, 3rd
June, Eugene Laverty (IRL) celebrates his 35th birthday. He
has been following a family tradition since childhood and is one of
the most experienced riders in current motorcycle racing. The
Irishman has been riding for BMW Motorrad in the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) since 2020. After his debut season in the
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Laverty is deployed for the Italian BMW
satellite team RC Squadra Corse in 2021. Furthermore, in his role as
a BMW test rider, Laverty is helping to advance the further
development in the supersport-segment bikes of BMW Motorrad.

At the end of 2019, Laverty and his wife Philippa ‘Pippa’ Laverty
moved to Portugal. Ahead of the first Portuguese round of the 2021
WorldSBK season, we took the opportunity to conduct an interview with
the ‘Portuguese by choice’ pair and visited them at their property
near Portimão. In the conversation, both give a very personal insight
into their new life in Portugal and describe the sunny and dark sides
of the dynamic motorsport world.

Living in Portugal.


After the first race in Spain, Portugal is the next country in
the WorldSBK calendar, a kind of ‘home race’ for you. How did you
come up with the idea of moving to Portugal?

Eugene: “In a way Portugal has always been like a
second home to us after my first years in World Supersport. I was with
the Parkalgar Honda Team, which is the team that was formed when the
Portimão circuit was built. So I spent a lot of time here and felt in
some way Portuguese and I always liked it here. So after seven years
in Monaco we started to search around; we wanted to move. We really
love the way of Portuguese lifestyle – so luckily we found a place and
settled in the Algarve area.”

Would you call Portugal your new home and what does home mean
for you?

Eugene: “Well, it’s difficult to tell what home is
because my family are back home in Northern Ireland so in a way that
will always be home, but for us personally, I think Portugal is our
new home. That’s where we based ourselves. We have our little dog
Bruce there now so that’s where our little family is based.”

Pippa: “I think home means to us where we are
together. Me, wherever Eugene is, I feel like home.”

Before moving to Monaco, you both travelled together with a
motorhome, right?

Pippa: “Yeah exactly! That was our home for many
years when Eugene first started racing. We were travelling around in a
small European campervan. Anywhere can make a home as long as you are together.”

And how much Ireland did you bring to Portugal?

Eugene: “The quarantine has given us the chance to
make it home as well so a lot of stuff made its way from Ireland and
we had some time in the first months during quarantine, then of course
after a few months we were getting bored but in the first months it
was good in a way.”

Pippa: “Yes, because a lot of stuff has been in
storage for many years, as in Monaco we did not have much space, we
kept it all in Ireland. But now we have the space, so we had it all
shipped over and it was boxes with Eugene’s old racing gear, all of
his trophies, everything that has been accumulating over the last
years. So it has been really nice to look back at old memories and
really appreciate the time that we had together.”

You just came back from the first round in Aragón and you are
about to leave for the next race in Estoril, which gives you the
chance to stay at your private place between the races. What do you
do between race weekends? How does your daily routine look like when
you are here in Portugal?

Eugene: “Between a double-header like this week, I am
trying to recharge my batteries after the last and prepare for the
next round. That means mainly training. During the race season I
always back it off a little bit more than in the winter time when I do
more hours. But for me at the moment I ride a bicycle for two, two and
a half hours and then return home and do some station training for 30,
40 minutes. And of course, the stretching to keep the flexibility. But
I think most important during the racing season is to get to bed
early. We walk our dog Bruce at sunset, maybe 20:30, and then try to
be in bed by ten o’clock so that I can get up at 6:30 in the morning.
And if I am not training I try to switch off and enjoy the benefits of Portugal.”

Pippa: “Even if our time at home is quite limited
between the travel to the races, it is nice to actually use the time
and go out to explore the area. In Portugal they do for example a lot
of local food produce, so once Eugene comes up from training it’s nice
to go out in the mid-afternoon, go to shops, pick up some fresh
produce and maybe have a walk along the beach, a nice lunch and then
come back in the evening and have a relaxed evening at home, and just
enjoy the sunset from the balcony. We are really lucky that we live in
a place that is so relaxed and easy-going, we have the sea and we have
so many beautiful landscapes around us. That gives us power for the
upcoming weekend.”

Do you have any favourite place? And Eugene, riding the R
nineT, where do you prefer to go?

Eugene: “I like to go up in the hills around
Monchique, I have discovered some beautiful roads there. Mainly on the
bicycle. Having the bicycle is the best way to discover, you can
really look around. Riding the motorbike or driving the car it’s not
the best idea to be looking around at the scenery. So, you can go up
above looking down on the racetrack of Portimão, where we are going to
be racing for the second Portuguese round in October.

Family and Racing.

You just mentioned your family earlier. It seems like
everybody in your family is somehow related to racing…

Eugene: “Yes, I was lucky to be born into a racing
dynasty. My father Mickey Laverty raced himself for fun. Once my
eldest sister Emma was born, then he decided it was too dangerous with
the old racing bikes then. But my brothers and I were always riding
motorbikes around home and even my elder sister Emma, but it was only
John, Michael and me that started racing motocross when we were young.
My twin brother Eamonn did not really have an interest in motorbikes,
but I always had a passion for it. So, we are such a big family, when
we were kids we always travelled together so while there was just
three boys racing there was generally always six kids in the van going
to the racetrack.”

Even today, you have some relatives, working in the WorldSBK paddock…

Eugene: “Yes, my previous crew chief I was with at
Aprilia, Phil Marron, he is now the crew chief of Toprak Razgatlioglu,
and he is my brother-in-law; he is married to my elder sister Emma.
And then of course with Chaz Davies – my brother Michael is married to
Chaz’ sister Jody. My brother Michael used to be racing and is now
commenting the races. My other brother John became a physiotherapist
after finishing his racing career and is now taking care of my physio
during the race weekends. So, there is a lot of racing genes in the
family so I am sure that won’t stop here and we will see the next
generation racing motorbikes once again.”

Champagne and pain.

Monaco is still one of the synonyms for motorsport. You
mentioned that you had a great time there. Could you tell us a
little bit about the racing community you have been part of and
especially how you were related to the drivers, not the riders?

Eugene: “I went to visit Monaco in 2012 to cycle with
a friend of mine, Nicolas Roche, who is a professional Irish cyclist,
and when I was on the bike I noticed that there was this little sports
community in Monaco that I didn’t know about. There were the racing
car drivers, of course, motorbike riders and cyclists, and so this was
a big part of why we moved to Monaco. A lot of people live a similar
way of life to us and, especially where we lived, there was a lot of
British-Irish community, a lot of ex-drivers like David Coulthard,
Allan McNish, and a lot of current drivers, Australians, Kiwis, with
Brendon Hartley, Daniel Ricciardo, people that speak the same first
language as us where naturally you’re going to associate yourselves
with them. So that is one thing that I am sure that we do miss about
Monaco because there was that little group there but like anywhere, I
am sure within a few years we’ll have a group of friends in Portugal
and feel similar.”

Pippa: “For me personally, the main thing I miss
about Monaco is my friends, my group of girl-friends there. Because I
had a whole group that understood exactly what it’s like to live with
an athlete because they are living with athletes also. So, they know
it’s hectic when they travel, you miss them when they are away, or
when you are travelling with them, it is nice to come back and relax.
Sometimes a lot of people live for the weekend, but in Monaco we would
normally go out on a Tuesday or Wednesday, because everyone is usually
racing on a weekend.”

Pippa, how is it for you living with an athlete, being the
rider’s wife?

Pippa: “It’s amazing, really, to be able to support
your husband in what he does. There’s a lot of highs and a lot of
lows, but you’ve just got to learn how to dance in the rain and
celebrate when things are going well. If it wasn’t for Eugene, I don’t
think I would have been able to travel as much and seeing as much of
the world as I have and share these many memories as we have together.
It has its positive sides but it also has its negative sides
especially in injuries and everything. But the important thing is to
surround yourself with people and friends who support and understand
the lifestyle that you have. Of course, you have sometimes champagne
and parties; I am not going to lie, it’s pretty fun.”

Eugene: “Yes, we had things good for let’s say 13
years and then unfortunately there was a period where I went through a
lot of injuries, so in Thailand when we had to stay two weeks with
Pippa sitting beside my bed in hospital and then when I broke both my
wrists, that was tough as well where I needed Pippa for more things
than I would like to say because I wasn’t able to do anything. There
are some plus sides but those were the tough times as well.”

Pippa: “Yes, you could go from literally drinking
champagne and party with friends one week and being by a hospital bed
the next; it’s a really up and down sort lifestyle. You need to be
prepared for that.”

Did our own podcast ‘Champain’ come out of that?

Pippa: “Yes, the idea for my podcast ‘Champain’ is
that I wanted to highlight the good and the bad times of the people
who support the athletes as well as the athletes themselves, what they
learn from it and where it has got them in their lives. Because I
don’t think you really learn how to go through hard times. The podcast
sort of highlights how throughout life you can have tough times and
how you deal with those tough times. There’s no bubbles without some
troubles, that’s my caption for ‘Champain’. And to be a champion you
have to go through some pain, you have to sacrifice a lot, you have to
dedicate a lot and you have to … you know, it’s not easy. I think
people look on social media or on the TV think oh wow, it must be so
fun to be a race car driver or this or that, I don’t think people
realise the lot of sweat and tears that people put in to get to where
they are. And that’s what the podcast is kind of about.”

Eugene: “From the riders’ side it is great and I
really get quite angry when I hear some professional riders almost
complaining how difficult the lifestyle is. It’s got tough times but I
think we are very fortunate to be in the position that we are in.
There are the tough days but things change and in the past, there have
been a lot of tough days but it’s worth it then whenever you get the
good days.”

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Munich, 12 May 2021.

Here you can see the public on-demand webcast of the 101st Annual General Meeting of BMW AG.

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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.

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E-drive train production for the fully-electric models BMW iX and BMW i4 begins

BMW:E-drive train production for the fully-electric models BMW iX and BMW i4 begins

  • BMW Group continues to expand manufacturing capacity at the
    Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing
  • E-drive trains for 500,000 electrified vehicles per year from 2022
  • Extensive in-house drive train expertise: Start of production for
    fifth-generation high-voltage batteries in Germany
  • Successful transformation to e-drive train production

Munich/Dingolfing. Production of fifth-generation
high-voltage batteries and battery modules for use in the BMW iX* and
BMW i4 is now underway at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production
in Dingolfing. At the same time, the company is also increasing
production capacity for its fifth-generation electric motor, which has
been built in Dingolfing for the BMW iX3* since 2020 and will also
power the BMW iX* and BMW i4. “We expect at least 50 percent of the
vehicles we deliver to our customers worldwide to be electrified by
2030. To achieve this, we are relying on our extensive in-house drive
train expertise: We are increasing capacity at existing drive train
production locations – like here in Dingolfing – and developing
capabilities at others – like recently in Regensburg and Leipzig,”
explained Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President, Production
Engines and E-Drives, BMW Group.

The BMW Group is investing more than 500 million euros in expanding
production capacity for e-drives at its Dingolfing location alone
between 2020 and 2022. From 2022, it will produce e-drives for more
than half a million electrified vehicles. The BMW Group will invest a
total of around 790 million euros in expanding capacity for electric
powertrain components at its Dingolfing, Leipzig, Regensburg and Steyr
locations between 2020 and 2022.

Standard production of the BMW iX* will soon get underway at BMW
Group Plant Dingolfing, followed by production of the BMW i4 at Plant
Munich in the autumn. The highly integrated e-drives and high-voltage
batteries for these vehicles will all be manufactured at the
Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing. The BMW Group
already began producing battery components at Plants Regensburg and
Leipzig in April and May 2021. In line with growing demand for
e-drives, BMW Group Plants Landshut and Steyr are also stepping up
production of e-drive housings.

Production of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology

The output and energy content of drive units and high-voltage
batteries with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology can be flexibly
scaled. This means they can be optimally adjusted to suit different
model variants.

Each vehicle uses up to two highly integrated e-drives, which combine
the electric motor, power electronics and transmission in a single
housing. Based on the design principle of a current-excited rotor, the
fifth-generation e-drive does not require any materials classified as
rare-earth metals.

BMW eDrive technology also comprises a high-voltage battery with
state-of-the-art battery cell technology. The BMW Group agreed with
its suppliers that they will only use renewable green power for
producing fifth-generation battery cells. The entire high-voltage
battery boasts outstanding qualities in the areas of performance,
charging and discharging characteristics, durability and safety. The
technically standardised production process for battery modules has
been further developed in such a way that different module variants
can be produced on the same production line – in line with the growing
range of electrified vehicle models and performance levels. The
production systems are highly flexible and scalable. Battery modules
are produced from supplied prismatic battery cells at the respective
BMW Group production location. A modular system developed in-house
allows model-specific high-voltage batteries to be manufactured from
these modules in a flexible arrangement.

The company has outstanding expertise and experience, both in the
field of battery cell technology and in production of model-specific
high-voltage batteries. The BMW Group conducts basic research in the
fields of cell chemistry and cell design at its own Battery Cell
Competence Centre. The BMW Group also produces battery cell prototypes
itself. These battery cell prototypes are used in tests to validate
the development maturity of battery cells and to demonstrate the
effectiveness of the production processes. In addition, the prototype
production of the battery cells serves the identification of process
potentials as well as the optimization of the production processes. In
this way, the BMW Group gains a thorough understanding of the entire
battery cell value chain and the decisive competitive advantages its
chemical and technical properties offer. This enables battery cells to
be manufactured to precise specifications that are geared towards each
vehicle’s individual requirements.

Competence Centre for E-Drive Production

Following extensive expansion, the Competence Centre for E-Drive
Production now provides a usable area of 125,000 sq. m. This is where
the company manufactures electric motors and the components needed for
them, as well as high-voltage batteries and battery modules. A paint
coating is also applied to the battery cells at this location. The
coating increases mechanical robustness and thermal conductivity,
thereby improving insulation and cooling of the even more powerful
fifth-generation battery cells.

Plant Dingolfing has been manufacturing standard high-voltage
batteries and battery modules since 2013, when the BMW Group’s first
all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3*, went into production. The first
production lines for electric motors and high-voltage batteries for
plug-in hybrids went on-stream there in 2014. The Competence Centre
for E-Drive Production has been steadily growing ever since. The plant
has also been producing high-voltage batteries for the fully electric
MINI Cooper SE* since 2019 and, since 2020, also the highly integrated
fifth-generation e-drive used for the first time in the BMW iX3*.
Production of the even more powerful high-voltage batteries for the
BMW iX* and BMW i4 is now getting underway. E-drives for future models
can also be produced on the flexible production lines.

Qualification for long-term, sustainable jobs

With the BMW Group systematically pursuing progress in
electromobility, the demands on employees and their areas of
responsibility are also constantly evolving. “We are growing our staff
for e-drive production almost exclusively through personnel
restructuring. We are actively shaping the transformation process and
leveraging our employees’ skills so we can develop long-term
sustainable jobs,” explains Nikolaides.

The Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing currently
has almost 1,400 employees. By the end of 2021, around 1,900 employees
are expected to work in e-drive production in Dingolfing.

Production employees receive further training at the in-house
learning centre, which uses innovative vocational training and further
education methods to provide employees with intensive preparation for
their new tasks. Employees’ knowledge and skills are being expanded
specifically to include new electromobility technologies, with a
training concept that is constantly updated. The training sessions are
held in the classroom, at practice workstations and directly on the
production lines. Digital methods and augmented reality play a bigger
role here than ever before. Thanks to these methods, the training
courses were also able to continue safely during the coronavirus
pandemic, in compliance with health and safety measures.

“The learning centre takes a holistic approach that supports
employees throughout their professional development and further
education, from their first day in production,” reports Dr Sven
Jochmann, head of Production E-Drives Dingolfing, Landshut,
Regensburg, Leipzig. “As well as trainers and managers, new colleagues
are also supported by trained mentors who help them quickly find their
way around their new working environment,” adds Jochmann.

Transformation of the Dingolfing location

The Dingolfing location is a prime example of the successful
transformation of the BMW Group plants towards e-mobility and
digitalisation. E-drive production, including electric motors and
high-voltage batteries, is located in an existing, roughly 50-year-old
building at the site, rather than using new space. The infrastructure
was adapted to the new requirements and expanded accordingly. A modern
staff restaurant seats 300 and there is also a new parking deck with
space for 800 vehicles. The structural measures are rounded out by a
25,000 sq. m. logistics hall, new office spaces and social rooms close
to the production area, as well as an additional plant gate in the
south for improved logistics flows.

On the issue of sustainability, the BMW Group takes a holistic
approach to reducing CO2 emissions and minimising resource
consumption that covers the entire value chain, including in-house
production, the supply chain and use phase. In Dingolfing, as at all
BMW Group locations, production uses only green power. In addition,
all BMW Group locations have been net carbon neutral since this year,
through corresponding offsets and certificates. The company is also
using many other levers: from building technology to energy-efficient
installations to increased use of renewable energies. Electric trucks
will be used for intra-company goods transport at the Competence
Centre for E-Drive Production from the autumn.

2030: At least 50 percent of global BMW Group sales will be
fully electric

The BMW Group continues its massive electromobility ramp-up: The
company will offer five fully-electric models by the end of this year:
the BMW i3*, the MINI Cooper SE* and the BMW iX3*, as well as the two
main innovation flagships, the BMW iX* and BMW i4.

Between now and 2025, the BMW Group will increase its sales of
fully-electric models by an average of well over 50 percent per year –
more than ten times the number of units sold in 2020. Based on its
current market forecast, the company also expects at least 50 percent
of its global sales to come from fully-electric vehicles in 2030. In
total, over the next ten years or so, the BMW Group will be releasing
about ten million fully-electric vehicles onto the roads.

Global e-drive production network with a focus in Germany

The high-voltage batteries and battery components needed for all BMW
and MINI electrified vehicles come from the company’s own battery
factories in Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg in Germany, as well as
from Spartanburg (USA) and Shenyang (China). The BMW Group has also
localised production of high-voltage batteries in Thailand, at its
Rayong plant, and is working with the Dräxlmaier Group for this.
Munich is home to the e-drive pilot plant and the Battery Cell
Competence Centre, where the BMW Group is conducting a full analysis
of battery cell value creation processes and advancing technology for
its production processes.

The company produces electric motors at the Competence Centre for
E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and at BMW Group Plant Landshut. BMW
Group Plant Steyr builds the housing for the highly integrated
fifth-generation e-drive.

BMW iX xDrive50: Power consumption combined: < 21 kWh/100 km in the WLTP test cycle; CO2 emissions combined:
0 g/km (data is provisional and based on forecasts)

BMW iX xDrive40: Power consumption combined: < 20 kWh/100 km in the WLTP test cycle; CO2 emissions combined:
0 g/km (data is provisional and based on forecasts)

BMW iX3: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
power consumption combined: 17.8-17.5 kWh/100 km WLTP, CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.

i3: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; power
consumption combined: 16.3-15.3 kWh/100 km WLTP; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.

i3s: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; power
consumption combined: 16.6-16.3 kWh/100 km WLTP; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.

MINI Cooper SE: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100
km; power consumption combined: 17.6-15.2 kWh/100 km WLTP; CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km

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