The new BMW K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL, K 1600 B and K 1600 Grand America.

BMW:The new BMW K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL, K 1600 B and K 1600 Grand America.

The new K 1600 models: Six-cylinder fascination for dynamic
and luxurious riding, touring and cruising.

Six-cylinder in-line engines have always belonged to the
showcase drives at BMW. Since 2010, BMW Motorrad offers fascinating
high-performance and luxurious six-cylinder equipment at the highest
level with the K 1600 models. The K 1600 GT
represents the particularly agile, dynamic variant of the six-cylinder
design, while the K 1600 GTL with its more
comfortable ergonomics and standard topcase is more for pleasurable

The K 1600 B is of a completely different
breed. It provides characteristic “streamlining” with a low rear
section in bagger style. Its motto is “The Spirit of the Open Road”.
It represents elegance, power and luxury on two wheels and allows the
rider to experience every road, every tour and every moment
particularly intensively. Derived from the K 1600 B, the
K 1600 Grand America finally combines the superior
performance of the six-cylinder in-line engine with exclusive
equipment features that make long-distance rides in American highway
cruising style an experience that is as comfortable as it is
fascinating, both alone or with a partner.

Revised six-cylinder in-line engine according to EU-5
regulations with new engine control, knock sensor system and revised
emission concept as well as engine drag torque
For use in the new K 1600 GT, GTL, B and Grand
America, the inspiring six-cylinder engine has been adapted to the
current EU-5 regulations. From a technical point of view, the use of
the BMS-O engine control, two knock sensors and two additional
broadband lambda probes form the centrepiece. In addition to
drastically improved emission values, there are also noticeable
benefits relating to the power and torque of the six-cylinder engine.
The nominal capacity is still 118 kW (160 hp). However, it is now
already achieved at a rotational speed of 6 750 rpm and thus 1 000 rpm
sooner than was formerly the case. In addition, the technical new
features provide an increase of the maximum torque from previously 175
Nm to now 180 Nm at a rotational speed of still 5 250 rpm. Even more
superior pulling power and even more powerful acceleration are the
noticeable positive effects for the rider.

The engine drag torque control (MSR) is another new component.
With it, unstable riding conditions, which can develop in coasting
mode or when shifting down gears due to excessive slip at the rear
wheel, can be reliably avoided.

Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” electronic suspension with fully
automatic load compensation.

The BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment) on the new K 1600 GT, GTL, B and Grand America
enables even higher dimensions in terms of riding safety, performance
and comfort, because damping is automatically adapted to the riding
conditions and manoeuvres, and there is also automatic riding position
compensation in all load states.

Highly modern LED light units and new full LED adaptive headlight.

BMW Motorrad has been a pioneer for decades in terms of safety
when biking. Accordingly, the new K 1600 GT, GTL, B and Grand America
already provide highly modern LED light units as standard. The new
full LED headlight with LED lens technology and iconic daytime riding
light (depending on the market) illuminates the road with an
unrivalled bright, clear light and underlines the prestige claim of
the new six-cylinder models. Another standard component of the
headlight is the swivelling “adaptive headlight” function. With it,
the low-beam LED headlight is turned into the curve according to the
heel angle. Curves are thus almost fully illuminated because the light
is where the motorbike is moving.

In addition, by swivelling the entire headlight unit (±2°), the
vehicle dynamic states (braking, accelerating) are automatically
controlled and optimum illumination is ensured at all times. In
addition, there are a number of new light functions such as the
“welcome light”.

New, 10.25 inch TFT colour display with integrated map
navigation, easy-to-use route planning and comprehensive
connectivity as standard.

The new K 1600 GT, GTL, B and Grand America are
standard-equipped with a new 10.25 inch TFT colour display with
integrated map navigation and connectivity. Due to excellent
readability, clear menu navigation and a highly integrated operating
concept, they are at the top of their motorbike segment. The new 10.25
inch colour display allows a navigation map to be displayed on the
instrument cluster, meaning an additional display is not required.

Audio system 2.0 – a new digital sound dimension as standard
or as optional equipment ex works.

With audio system 2.0, the new K 1600 GTL and Grand America
already provide an even more intensive sound experience as standard.
The audio system is available as optional equipment ex works for the
K 1600 GT and K 1600 B.

Superior riding capability and six-cylinder dynamics in
attractive basic colours, exclusive style and noble Option 719
variants. Option 719 “Midnight” with water transfer printing method
for K 1600 B and K 1600 Grand America
The new K 1600
GT, GTL, B and Grand America are available in three attractive colour
options each: a basic variant, a style variant and Option 719. Option
719 “Midnight” is particularly noteworthy, which is only available for
K 1600 B and K 1600 Grand America. The highlight of this equipment
variant is the paintwork in Meteoric Dust II metallic with the
“Galaxy” theme depicted using the water transfer printing method.

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MINI USA announces Limited Edition Rooftops.

BMW:MINI USA announces Limited Edition Rooftops.

Munich. Available for a limited period of time in the
United States, the individual pieces commissioned especially for this
purpose will transform the iconic MINI rooftops into works of art and
will also go on display as murals in Brooklyn, New York, New York’s
SoHo neighbourhood and Portland, Oregon.

“MINI is all about self-expression, and the rooftops convey this in
its purest form,” said Mike Peyton, Vice President, MINI of the
Americas. Now they will become true works of art. This special
collaboration is part of the MINI brand campaign BIG LOVE – two short
words with the power to inspire a world of positive action. The motto
is: “We’re all different, but pretty good together.” As part of this
project, MINI USA will be making a donation to the American
Immigration Council to support its mission.

The works of art were created by three artists specially selected by
MINI and they reflect these individuals’ diverse cultural backgrounds
and experiences growing up in the United States of America:

Rich Tu is an artist and designer based in Brooklyn.
He is a first-generation Filipino American who is particularly
interested in culture and the future. Rich hosts First Generation
Burden, a podcast focusing on the integration of immigrants in the
creative community.

Striking colours, inherent movement and images full of detail are the
prevailing features of his highly personal works. Rich Tu’s powerful
visual style is inspired by his three passions: community, social
justice, and reflection on the first-generation immigrant experience
through self-expression. His work is entitled “Hiraya”, which is
derived from an old Filipino word meaning “fruit of hopes, dreams and aspirations”.

Shane Griffin, also known as ‘Grif’, is an
award-winning, multi-disciplinary visual artist and director who is
originally from Dublin and now based in New York. Grif has worked with
many pop culture icons, including Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Wiz
Khalifa. Mainly drawing on surrealism and abstraction, Grif’s work
spans the entire spectrum of print, sculpture, animation and
live-action film. Shane’s work is entitled “ChromaFlow”.

Shawna X is an independent artist and visual director
with roots in Portland who lives in New York. She is known for her
vivid, impassioned and graphic style of visual design in digital,
spatial and motion spaces. X is a reference to her Chinese name Xiayun
(Sia-yoon, the word for the shrub Ruta montana). Shawna’s
work is entitled “Roads we travel” and is a visual expression of the
paths that bring us together.

“Rich Tu, Shane Griffin, Shawna X and MINI BIG LOVE exemplify how
beauty and strength can come from talented people from diverse
backgrounds working together,” said Wendy Feliz, Director of the
American Immigration Council’s Center for Inclusion and Belonging.
“We’re proud and happy to be able to benefit from these outstanding
works of art and we look forward to celebrating them and the artists
who created them.”

Now sold in 109 countries all over the world, the MINI was designed
in 1959 by Alec Issigonis, a British engineer with Greek roots. The
car is driven with great pride by people who have made the brand their
own in a unique way.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Sarah Bauer, Product Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-94180

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad
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 places sustainability and
resource conservation at the centre of its orientation, from the
supply chain to production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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The BMW Group and Pirelli together with Birdlife International initiate project to contribute to safeguarding Indonesia’s natural ecosystem

BMW:The BMW Group and Pirelli together with Birdlife International initiate project to contribute to safeguarding Indonesia’s natural ecosystem

Munich, Milan, Cambridge. The BMW Group and Pirelli
are joining with Birdlife International in a three year project that
aims to favor the long-term production of sustainable and
deforestation-free natural rubber in Indonesia. Birdlife
International – an NGO that conserves global biodiversity, habitats
and birds – will be supported by its two new partners in actions to
benefit local communities, the conservation of the natural ecosystem
and protection of endangered animal species in the forests of
Indonesia. In Indonesia, the project is implemented by a number of
non-governmental organisations coordinated by the local consortium PT
Restorasi Ekosistem Indonesia (PT Reki). In Indonesia, the cultivation
of natural rubber is one of the traditional sources of income for the
local population.

The project is located in part of the Hutan Harapan rainforest
(island of Sumatra), which is home to around 1,350 different animal
species. It will take the form of a series of initiatives aimed at
improving the quality of life of the indigenous community
by protecting farmers’ land rights and promoting women’s
rights, conserving a deforestation-free area of 2,700
hectares and protecting several endangered species
. The
different activities will be implemented in line with the goals of the
Global Platform of Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), the
multi-stakeholder platform for the sustainable development of the
natural rubber business, of which the BMW Group, Pirelli and Birdlife
International are founder members.

The partnership between the BMW Group and Pirelli in support of
Indonesia’s Hutan Harapan forest is part of a joint pathway to
sustainable natural rubber. In this context, Pirelli developed and
produced the first tyre in the world, a Pirelli P ZERO, certified by
the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), fitted on the new BMW X5
Plug-in-Hybrid, in turn the first car in the world equipped with tyres
with this certification. 


The project presented by Pirelli, the BMW Group and Birdlife
International foresees the involvement of a number of stakeholders:
local communities, government agencies and the entire natural rubber
value chain.

The three year program entails multiple activities, including:

  • Agroforestry approach in the context of natural
    rubber, as promoted by the GPSNR, to optimize the relationship
    between production, income diversification by varying crops in the
    same area, conserve biodiversity, soil fertility, capitalization of
    resources from a circular point of view and carbon sequestration.
  • Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): training courses
    for smallholders on good cultivation and plantation management
    practices, in support of the environment, productivity and
    improvement of smallholders’ living and working conditions.
  • Local community engagement: involving farmers’
    families active in the area to identify, ensure respect for and
    protection of their habitual rights.
  • Forest protection:  a monitoring and direct checks
    of the forest area through wardens, drones and satellite control technologies.
  • Female empowerment: workshops for women to develop
    skills with a view to ultimately occupying potential new roles, with
    particular attention to activities connected to the sustainable
    management of natural rubber and the protection of biodiversity and forests.
  • Care and protection of animals: census taking and
    monitoring of animal species most at risk such as the Sumatran
    tiger, Helmeted Hornbill, Greater Green Leafbird and Agile gibbon,
    with the involvement of local communities in active forest and
    biodiversity protection roles.
  • Traceability and use of sustainable natural rubber:
    creation of a natural rubber Growers’ Cooperative to permit
    the direct supply of natural rubber from the communities to the
    processing plants in the region; introduction of documentation for
    the traceability of the rubber from plantation to processor.


Birdlife International will coordinate with Pirelli and the BMW Group
on the project’s progress and results achieved through a plan of
periodic reporting.


“As a premium manufacturer, our goal is to lead the way on
sustainability and actively take responsibility within our supply

In the fight against climate change, we are rolling out targeted
measures to support bio-diversity and tropical rainforest
conservation,” said

Dr Andreas Wendt, BMW AG Board Member for Purchasing and
Supplier Network.

“Our project in Indonesia will help people and the local economy
to work in greater harmony with nature. At the same time, it will
also support local communities by professionalising their
traditional cultivation methods for natural rubber.”

Giovanni Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s Senior Vice President
for Sustainability and Future Mobility, said:
development of this project is based on the principles of
transparency and tangibility which have always guided Pirelli’s
actions. Together with BMW Group, in support of the goals of
Birdlife we intend to be an active part of a project that aims to
have a sustainable impact all round on natural rubber, in the belief
that community, biodiversity and business must grow by supporting
each other, creating a shared socio-environmental value.”

Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International,
commented: “BirdLife works beyond species and sites to address
systemic drivers of the biodiversity and climate crisis, and promote
a nature positive and carbon neutral world. This is why we joined
the GPSNR and welcome this collaboration with Pirelli and BMW to
embed practices to safeguard nature within the rubber value chain”.


BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation
partnership, with 117 Partners. Our purpose is to conserve global
biodiversity, habitats and birds, working with people and business
in the sustainable use of natures’ resources.  To inform and advance
evidence-based business policy and practice, we offer a wealth of
proprietary data and tools, provide science-based consultation and
have boots on the ground in 115 countries. Globally, our science and
biodiversity data inform international policy dialogue, and in the
field of ‘environment & ecology’, BirdLife is ranked #1 in the
UK for high impact research. Locally, our Partners provide acute
insight at both a landscape and community level of issues and
solutions and have the legitimacy to engage and advocate at all
levels of government.


Pirelli places sustainable development at the heart of its own
growth, along the entire value chain.

The sustainable management of the natural rubber supply chain has
seen Pirelli committed to a roadmap of activities based on training
and the sharing of good practices in the countries where the
material originates. This is in line with the principles and values
collected in the Policy
for the Sustainable Management of Natural Rubber
that the
company launched in 2017 and updated in 2021. The Policy is the
result of consultations with key stakeholders in the natural rubber
value chain including international NGOs, Pirelli’s main suppliers
of natural rubber, intermediaries and growers of the supply chain,
automotive clients and multi-lateral international organizations. In
addition, Pirelli is one of the founder members of the Global
Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), a multi-stakeholder
platform born in 2018 with the goal of supporting the sustainable
development of the natural rubber business at the global level, to
the benefit of the whole value chain. Uniting sustainability and
innovation, Pirelli is the first company in the world to have
produced a line of tyres with natural rubber and rayon both
certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


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.

BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid:

Fuel consumption combined: 1.7-1.2 l/100km (WLTP), 2.1-1.6 l/100 km
(NEDC); Power consumption combined: 27.7-24.3 kWh/100 km (WLTP),
25.2-23.5 kWh/100 km (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined: 39-27 g/km
(WLTP), 47-37 g/km (NEDC)

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BMW M Motorsport News, 25th October 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 25th October 2021.

The real-time documentary series MBEDDED offers an exclusive look
behind the scenes of the BMW M Motorsport LMDh project and shows you
real emotions of the protagonists on the way.

Link to all MBEDDED episodes:

BMW M Motorsport teams test the BMW M4 GT3 at Valencia.

It’s only a matter of months until the BMW M4 GT3 will be doing
battle for wins and titles around the world as the new flagship in the
hands of BMW M Motorsport teams and drivers. The first confirmed
highlights will be the 24-hour races in Dubai (UAE) and Daytona (USA)
in January 2022. To give the teams and drivers the best possible
chance to prepare with the new GT car, BMW M Motorsport organised a
week of testing at Valencia (ESP) in October, which was attended by
many buyers and interested parties. BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus
(BRA) and Jens Klingmann (GER), who have both been heavily involved in
the development of the BMW M4 GT3 so are very familiar with the car,
taught the guests all about the strengths and special features of the
successor to the BMW M6 GT3. After plenty of test laps, the feedback
from the BMW M Motorsport teams and drivers was extremely positive.
Robert Ravaglia (ITA), DTM Champion and World Touring Car Champion in
the BMW M3 E30 and current team manager of the Italian team Ceccato
Racing, was impressed after his test drive, and said: “Congratulations
to BMW M Motorsport on the development of this car. It was a fantastic
experience being allowed to take it for a spin for a couple of laps.
After my first few laps in the BMW M3 E30 – the most successful
touring car of all time – back in the 1980s, I could tell it was going
to be a winning car. And I had the same feeling today. The BMW M4 GT3
is a winning car.”

ADAC GT Masters: Schubert Motorsport leave Hockenheim empty-handed.

The penultimate race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters at Hockenheim
(GER) was disappointing for Schubert Motorsport. Despite their good
pace, Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) came away empty-handed
in the BMW M6 GT3 after incidents in both races. After qualifying in
eleventh place, the duo initially moved their way up the field well on
Saturday, but a tyre puncture late on in the race saw them cross the
finish line in P22. Yelloly was outstanding in qualifying on Sunday
and finished second to secure a place on the front row of the grid.
Unfortunately, a collision early in the race forced him to retire.

ADAC GT4 Germany: Fight for the title coming to a head.

Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Michael Schrey (GER) of Team Hofor Racing by
Bonk Motorsport showed real fighting spirit at a difficult penultimate
race weekend in the ADAC GT4 Germany at the Hockenheimring (GER) and
defended their lead in the drivers’ standings. It was in qualifying
that their BMW M4 GT4 really struggled, not allowing for any better
than eleventh and 22nd on the grid for the two races. From
that position the duo made up two places on Saturday and eleven on
Sunday, which saw them pick up important points for finishing in P9
and P11. In the overall standings, Piana and Schrey have a 21-point
advantage over their closest rivals going into the season finale on
the first weekend in November at the Nürburgring (GER). The best race
result for a BMW M Motorsport team at the Hockenheim weekend was
claimed by Nicolaj Möller-Madsen (DEN) and Philipp Miemois (FIN) on
Saturday. They finished seventh in the BMW M4 GT4 of AVIA Sorg Rennsport.

BTCC: BMW wins sixth manufacturer’s title in a row.

BMW won the manufacturer’s title in the British Touring Car
Championship (BTCC) for the sixth time in a row last weekend, making
history in the process. No other brand has ever won as many successive
titles. With the BMW 330i M Sport in action in the iconic British race
series, BMW ended the season with 869 points to their name, and a lead
of 87 points over second place. In the driver’s standings, four-time
BTCC Champion Colin Turkington (GBR), who was representing Team BMW,
ended the season with 306 points and in second place overall. At the
final weekend at Brands Hatch (GBR), he finished the first two races
in P7 and P4. He retired from the final race. Team BMW finished fourth
in the team standings.

British GT Championship: Podium for the Century Motorsport
champions at the season finale.

The Century Motorsport team was under no pressure heading into the
season finale of the British GT Championship at Donington Park (GBR)
in mid-October. Gus Burton and Will Burns (both GBR) had already
secured victory in the drivers’ championship and Century Motorsport
had clinched the top spot in the team standings at the penultimate
event of the season, held at Oulton Park (GBR) in September. Burton
and Burns also secured the title in the Silver classification before
the end of the season.

At the finale at Donington Park, which was once again held in adverse
conditions after heavy rain, Burton, Burns and Century Motorsport
topped off their successful season with another podium finish. In
their #57 BMW M4 GT4, Burton and Burns finished in third place in the
race lasting just under two hours. Their team-mates Andrew
Gordon-Colebrooke and Chris Salkeld (both GBR) finished the final race
of the season in the #9 BMW M4 GT4 in twelfth place.

Intercontinental GT Challenge: One-two result for the BMW M4
GT4 at the ‘Indianapolis 8 Hour’.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge headed to the legendary ‘Brickyard’
– the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA), in mid-October. The
‘Indianapolis 8 Hour’ was the second of three races to be held in the
2021 season. There was no getting past the BMW M Motorsport teams in
the GT4 class as they celebrated a one-two result for the BMW M4 GT4.

After eight hours of racing, BimmerWorld Racing topped the podium.
Bill Auberlen, Chandler Hull and James Clay (all USA) secured the win
in the team’s #36 BMW M4 GT4. In a thrilling race, they crossed the
finish line 20 seconds ahead of the #119 BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron
Racing. In this car, Tom Dyer, Sean Quinlan and Guy Cosmo (all USA) in
second place clinched the BMW one-two result. The #82 BMW M4 GT4 of
BimmerWorld Racing, with Devin Jones, Nick Galante and James Walker
(all USA) at the wheel, only just missed out on the GT4 class podium,
finishing in fourth place.

GT4/GT/TC America: Titles and successes for the BMW M
Motorsport teams at Indianapolis.

The GT America, GT4 America and TC America were also at the renowned
Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA) in mid-October. These race series
held their season finales at the ‘Brickyard’ – with titles and other
successes for the BMW M Motorsport teams.

In the first of the two GT America races, Sean Quinlan (USA) in the
#119 BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron Racing secured another podium
finish in third place, however he was unable to take part in the
second race after experiencing a mechanical issue during the formation
lap. Quinlan ended the season in second place in the GT4 class of the
GT America driver’s standings. In GT4 America, Stevan McAleer (GBR)
and Toby Grahovec (USA) in the #11 BMW M4 GT4 of Classic BMW finished
on the podium, in third place.

In the TCX class of TC America, it was the BMW M2 CS Racing of the
BMW M Motorsport teams that was dominant once again at Indianapolis.
The man of the weekend was champion Jacob Ruud (USA) in the #81 BMW M2
CS Racing of Team Classic BMW, who had secured the title in the TCX
class at the penultimate event of the season at Sebring (USA). With
two further overall wins, number nine and ten of the year, he enjoyed
a superb finish to the season. “It’s a fantastic feeling. We had a
terrific season. The team provided me with an incredible car
throughout the whole season,” said Ruud. Classic BMW also won the team
standings and BMW won the manufacturer’s standings in the TCX class.

In the first of the two TC America races, Steve Streimer (USA) in the
#30 BMW M2 CS Racing of Hard Motorsport rounded off the BMW one-two
result. Olivia Askew (USA) in the #3 BMW M2 CS Racing of Classic BMW
finished in fourth place overall and in third place in the TCX class.
In the second race, the trio of Ruud, Streimer and Askew went on to
clinch a one-two-three result for the BMW M2 CS Racing and Austen
Smith (USA) in the BMW M240i Racing of Auto Technic Racing finished in
second place in the TC class.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux: Hat trick for Giovanni Scamardi
at Zandvoort.

The BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux headed to Zandvoort (NED) for the
fourth and penultimate event of the season in mid-October. Three races
were the order of the day once again, two 30-minute races and one
55-minute race with a mandatory pit stop. There was one man who
refused to be beaten at the dune circuit with Giovanni Scamardi (BEL)
winning all three races to clinch a hat trick.

In the first race, Stienes Longin (BEL) and Tom Van Rompuy (BEL)
joined him on the podium in second and third place. In race two, Van
Rompuy finished third ahead of Steven Brams (BEL). In the final,
longer third race with a pit stop, some of the teams fielded driver
pairings. Winner Scamardi contested the race alone. Second place went
to Longin and his team-mate Peter Guelinckx (BEL). The third spot on
the podium was secured by Brams and his team-mate Joeri Janssens
(BEL). The final of the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux will be held at
Assen (NED) on the final weekend in October.

Original Press Release

BMW Group and Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) celebrate 10 years of partnership and extend their cooperation.

BMW:BMW Group and Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) celebrate 10 years of partnership and extend their cooperation.

Munich. The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance
of Civilizations (UNAOC) are carrying their cooperation forward on
promoting intercultural dialogue and strengthening civil societies,
which started exactly ten years ago. “We are proud of a decade of
partnership with UNAOC and the contribution we are making through
educational initiatives and intercultural dialogue worldwide. We are
therefore delighted to be continuing this successful partnership,”
said Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
Human Resources, Labour Relations Director.

“It is an honour to celebrate 10 years of partnership with the BMW
Group, particularly given the important work we are doing towards
social inclusion and diversity. We count on continuing this
ever-growing collaboration between the United Nations and the private
sector, which has shown to amplify and strengthen the work of social
innovators around the world”, said Miguel Angel Moratinos, High
Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

10 years of advancing diversity and intercultural dialogue.

The partnership between BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of
Civilizations (UNAOC) began in 2011, a time within which both partners
presented the Intercultural Innovation Award for the first time. This
award, which has been bestowed regularly since then, honours projects
around the world that promote intercultural understanding and diverse,
inclusive societies. To this day, 61 award winners have been able to
reach more than five million people worldwide with their projects
since the Intercultural Innovation Award’s inception.

Award ceremony at EXPO 2020 – the stage of cultural diversity.

This year, the award ceremony will take place on 18 November as part
of the themed week on tolerance and inclusivity at this year’s Expo
2020 in Dubai. Over 1,100 organisations from 120 countries applied to
an open call for applications which this year focused particularly on
targeting projects that promote gender equality and advocate for
women’s rights, combat violent extremism, hatred and prejudice, and
use art, culture and sport as enablers of social change.

The Intercultural Innovation Award: Commitment that lasts.

Besides the financial support of 200,000 USD to be divided equally
across the 10 selected projects, award winners will also benefit from
professional project guidance from the BMW Group, UNAOC and the
business consulting firm Accenture. Recipients will also receive
managerial and strategic project support and become part of the
“Intercultural Leaders” network, which connects professionals and
managers across the globe. “The award ceremony is a very special
moment: the successful organisations will be able to put their ideas
into action and receive valuable professional support from our project
partners. We are pleased to see that so many impressive projects
applied again this year. This shows the depth of creativity and
innovative power that surrounds cultural diversity,” said Ilka
Horstmeier in her role as the patron of the Intercultural Innovation Award.

With partnerships like this, the BMW Group pursues its goal of
shaping societal change. The company wants to contribute to
sustainable progress ecologically, economically, and socially. This
aspiration was also made apparent at the IAA Mobility 2021: A light
show projected the UNAOC logo and United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals onto the façade of the company’s headquarters in
Munich to mark the partnership’s anniversary.

For further questions please contact:

Corporate Communications

Milena Pighi, BMW Group Corporate Communications and
Governmental Affairs,

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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
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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative
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cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and
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UNAOC was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments
of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. In
January 2019, H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos assumed the position of
High Representative for UNAOC, succeeding H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz
Al-Nasser, who succeeded H.E. Mr. Jorge Sampaio.

UNAOC maintains a global network of partners, including states,
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foundations, and the private sector, to improve cross-cultural
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BMW Group Plant Munich goes fully electric

BMW:BMW Group Plant Munich goes fully electric

+++ Plant Munich launches production of the fully electric BMW i4 +++
At least half of all cars from Munich plant will be electrified by
2023 +++ Project for emission-free transport logistics in home plant
gets under way +++ Nedeljković: “BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to
electric mobility.”


Munich. The first series-produced BMW i4 has today
rolled off the production lines at BMW Group Plant Munich. The
company’s home plant now manufactures all drive variants on a single
assembly line. “For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a
milestone on the road to electric mobility,” said Milan Nedeljković,
BMW AG Board Member for Production. “By 2023 more than half of all
vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The
majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric.”

Setting up production of the fully electric BMW i4 in the confines of
the almost 100-year-old plant, the conversion and installation of
systems proved particularly challenging. “We succeeded in integrating
the new vehicle into our existing systems without halting production.
The team and our partners did an amazing job,” added Peter Weber,
Director of BMW Group Plant Munich. Space constraints notwithstanding,
existing systems were removed, and new ones installed and ramped up.
“Our bodyshop is a shining example of intelligent, efficient
integration. Most of the new production processes for the BMW i4 can
be carried out on the existing bodyshop systems,” Weber explained.

Integrating electromobility into series production

The main difference between the BMW i4 and conventional architectures
is the electric drive and high-voltage battery. About 90 percent of
the existing systems in the Munich bodyshop can still be used for the
new model. Additional ones were required only for the floor assembly
and rear end.

Another highly complex topic was the integration into assembly of the
high-voltage battery. The battery pack is now bolted onto the body by
a new, fully automated battery assembly system that works from below.
Fully automated, high-resolution camera systems scan it thoroughly
beforehand to ensure the surface is absolutely clean and there are no
impurities that could cause damage.

The BMW Group’s home plant now manufactures an extensive portfolio of
products, comprising not only the BMW i4 but also the
combustion-powered and hybrid BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring, the BMW
M3 and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The scope of production is a
testament not only to the plant’s flexibility but also to the
outstanding skills of its associates.

Digitalisation is progressing

Increasing digitalisation plays an important part in BMW Group
production. The whole of Plant Munich is currently being 3D-scanned in
minute detail to obtain a full set of basic digital data of both the
building and its systems. The scans are then processed and saved on
the cloud so the data can be accessed from anywhere using an
intuitive, browser-based tool. Several plants have already been fully
3D-scanned – Spartanburg and Regensburg among them – and Plant
Dingolfing is undergoing the process at the moment. By the end of
2022, the structure of all the major car plants in the BMW Group
production network will have been scanned, and digital data will be
available for everyone.

The BMW Group already utilises virtual planning tools to plan
buildings and systems today. Axle pre-assembly for the BMW i4, for
example, was planned with the Omniverse Nucleus platform, by NVIDIA.
This converges data from the design and planning tools of various
producers to create photorealistic real-time simulations in a single
collaborative environment. The data from the 3D scans is also fed into
the Omniverse platform.

Other digital applications are used directly in production. Radio
frequency identification (RFID), for example, allows parts to be
identified and assigned contactlessly and automatically along the
value chain, eliminating the need for manual scanning and ensuring the
right one is fitted to the right car. RFID technology is already in
use in seat production but has also made its way into various areas of
vehicle assembly at Plant Munich. The smart labels required for it are
attached to parts while they are still with suppliers or in BMW Group
component production, ready for use in assembly. They are then picked
up by line-side antennae that track every labelled component in every
car. Digitalisation of this kind makes processes faster and more
secure, and enhances efficiency and quality as a result.

Reverse osmosis system cuts water consumption by six million litres

Within the production system, the issue of sustainability is of
fundamental importance, and the BMW Group has adopted a holistic
approach to reducing CO2 emissions and minimising the use
of resources. Between 2006 and 2020, resource consumption per car
produced fell more than half, and CO2 emissions have
dropped even further, by 78 percent. The aim is to reduce
CO2 emissions per vehicle produced by another 80 percent by
2030. At Plant Munich some changes have been made and a series of new
measures implemented. That’s why the plant now uses reverse osmosis to
cut freshwater consumption. The system was integrated into production
in the spring of this year and now treats water from the cathodic dip
– where the base coat is applied to vehicles – so it can be re-used
for the same stage of the process. The new system is expected to
reduce total annual freshwater consumption by more than six million
litres. Since 1997, BMW Group Plant Munich has been using groundwater
from its own source on the plant campus. This provides enough to cover
about half of the plant’s annual needs and makes a significant
contribution towards saving valuable drinking water.

New sustainability target: zero local emissions from transport

With a particular focus on reducing CO2 emissions, the BMW
Group has also announced another goal to coincide with the production
launch of the BMW i4: over the next few years, local emissions from
transport logistics at Plant Munich will gradually fall to zero. This
will be achieved mainly by making greater use of rail transport and
battery-electric trucks. At the moment more than 750 truck deliveries
are required daily for the delivery of parts. In the future the
inner-city stretches of these journeys will be made by electric
trucks. In addition, the share of vehicles leaving plant Munich by
train will gradually increase from the current 50 percent. The
ultimate aim is to eliminate emissions completely from transport
logistics in the Munich area, but also to bring about significant cuts
within a broader radius and from intercontinental transportation.

Peter Weber, Director of BMW Group Plant Munich: “We are well aware
that, owing to the city location of our production facility, we have a
special responsibility. Our project to reduce CO2 emissions
at our home plant will have a major impact that’s positive both for
the environment and for our immediate neighbourhood.”

Since last year, all the energy sourced worldwide by the BMW Group
has been green. For production of the BMW i4, for example, the
environmental credentials of green energy were further enhanced by
sourcing it directly from regional hydro-electric power stations.
Furthermore, starting this year, the BMW Group is offsetting its
remaining (Scope 1 + 2) CO2 emissions from production.
These are caused by combined heat and power generation and are fully
offset worldwide with relevant carbon credits.

The transformation and future focus of the home plant continue

The integration of the BMW i4 into existing production structures
came at an investment of €200 million. The i4 is an important
trailblazer for the Neue Klasse, due for rollout in Munich and other
plants around the middle of this decade, and designed purely for
electric powertrains.


The BMW Group first announced its plans to upgrade Plant Munich for
electromobility less than a year ago: new vehicle assembly and
bodyshop facilities were to be constructed, and engine production was
to relocate to other parts of the production network. Since then,
hundreds of associates have started working at other technologies or
other facilities. By the end of this year, four-cylinder engine
production will have relocated to Hams Hall, UK, and Steyr, Austria.
The relocation of engine production as a whole from Munich will reach
completion by 2024 at the latest.

Original Press Release

Bonovo action BMW Racing Team to line up with Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz in the 2022 WorldSBK.

BMW:Bonovo action BMW Racing Team to line up with Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz in the 2022 WorldSBK.

Munich. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team und BMW Motorrad
Motorsport have set the course for the coming season in the FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). The team will expand its
involvement in 2022 and will run two BMW M 1000 RR in the future. In
the saddle will be two well-known WorldSBK riders: Eugene Laverty
(IRL) and Loris Baz (FRA).


35-year-old BMW works rider Laverty has been racing in WorldSBK since
2011 and enters his third season with BMW Motorrad Motorsport in 2022.
Baz also comes with plenty of WorldSBK experience: The 28-year-old
Frenchman rode a BMW S 1000 RR in WorldSBK in 2018. Baz made his
Superbike World Championship debut in 2012 and started in the series
for three years, before switching to MotoGP from 2015 to 2017. He then
returned to WorldSBK. In the 2021 season, Baz has been riding in
MotoAmerica but has also impressed on a number of outings in WorldSBK.
His WorldSBK record to date: two wins and 20 podiums. Baz will now be
a BMW works rider in the 2022 season.

Jonas Folger (GER), who lined up in WorldSBK with the Bonovo MGM
Racing team in 2021, will be looking for a new challenge after what
has been a difficult season for him. The cooperation in the WorldSBK
has been terminated by mutual consent.


Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “The Bonovo
action BMW Racing Team is an important part of our WorldSBK project
and we are really looking forward to intensifying the cooperation.
Jürgen Röder’s and Michael Galinski’s team brings a lot of commitment
and passion for motor racing to the FIM Superbike World Championship.
The fact that this BMW team is now expanding and will line up with two
BMW M 1000 RR is an important step for the team and BMW Motorrad
Motorsport’s entire WorldSBK project. The team is well-positioned
coming into the new season, with two factory bikes and BMW works
riders Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz. We are looking forward to tasting
success together in the 2022 WorldSBK!”

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “The
course is set for a successful second season together for BMW Motorrad
Motorsport and the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team in the WorldSBK. The
team and we have gained a lot of experience in the first year of our
cooperation, and that now forms the basis as we continue to move
forward together. The two riders starting for the Bonovo action BMW
Racing Team also underline our ambition. We are very pleased that
Eugene Laverty remains a part of the BMW works rider family and lines
up with us in his third season. Although the 2021 season was not
always easy for him, he showed a lot of fight and was very committed
to our project. At the same time, we are pleased to have Loris Baz on
board. Having spent a season on the BMW S 1000 RR in 2018, he is now
part of the BMW works rider family. Loris has more than impressed on
his WorldSBK outings this season. We are confident that, with their
skill and experience, Eugene and Loris will help move the Bonovo
action BMW Racing Team forward. We would like to thank Jonas Folger.
It is a shame that his debut season in WorldSBK did not play out as we
were all hoping. However, he and the team never gave up and always
worked hard. We are very grateful to him for that tireless commitment.”


Jürgen Röder, Team Owner Bonovo action BMW Racing Team:
“I am overjoyed that we are heading into the next year as a
strong BMW Team and that two top riders like Eugene Laverty and Loris
Baz will be in the saddle of the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team bikes.
The goal is for the two BMW teams to cooperate even more closely. It
is great for us to have two strong riders on board. Particularly
Eugene, who has been on the BMW for a few years, is an extremely
analytical rider, and provides feedback that can be excellently
incorporated in the further development of the bike. He knows all the
structures at BMW, and who he needs to contact and when, and is
obviously a great addition to the team. I think 28-year-old Loris is a
great young rider. We have seen what he is capable of. He has done
well in MotoAmerica, has returned to World Superbike and has achieved
some very impressive results. It is a real godsend for me to have
someone like him in our team. I think we have a real chance of
consistently finishing in the top ten with both riders next season.
That is obviously a real asset for the whole BMW family. At this
point, I would like to thank Dr. Markus Schramm and Marc Bongers again
for integrating us so closely in the BMW structure. We will do
everything we can to live up to this privilege that has been bestowed
upon us. At the same time, I would like to thank Jonas Folger for his
commitment. He showed great character when came to me and said that he
would not be able to add anything to the team in 2022, and that he
would not be taking up my option of continuing together in WorldSBK. I
find that incredibly impressive. We still have a very good
relationship, and that will remain the case.”


Michael Galinski, Team Manager Bonovo action BMW Racing Team:
“We are pleased to be able to take this step together with
Jürgen Röder, and are very proud of our two riders. In Eugene Laverty
and Loris Baz we have two excellent riders. Loris has started in many
classes, such as MotoGP and Superbikes, on many different
manufacturers’ bikes, including BMW and Yamaha. He recently showed
what he is capable of at the race in Portugal: two third places as a
reserve rider is no mean feat. We are very pleased to have him on
board. Eugene has been slightly below par this year, as he was unable
to ride for a long time. He is a great development rider and will help
us to develop the bike together with BMW. All in all, we are now on
equal footing with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. They also have two
tall riders on the bike, in Michael van der Mark and Scott Redding.
Loris, as the third tall guy, will be able to contribute to the
development in this regard. Eugene is not quite as tall, but
nevertheless we are all moving in the same direction together. We are
looking forward to the coming season!”


Eugene Laverty: “I’m very happy to continue with BMW
Motorrad and join the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for the 2022 World
Superbike season. It is fantastic to remain in the BMW WorldSBK
family. The past six months have been tough for me as a rider and so
I’m very grateful for the continued support and belief from everyone
involved in this project. I’m very motivated to repay that faith in my
abilities and I feel confident that following a solid winter testing
campaign we can arrive ready and competitive at round one.”


Loris Baz: “I am really happy to be back in WorldSBK
so I want to thank BMW and the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for
giving me this opportunity. I think that I have shown during these two
rounds in Spain and Portugal that I have the pace to fight at the
front in this championship. BMW is the brand that grew the most in the
second part of the season. I have closely watched how the bike was
improving. I have been racing with BMW before so I know a lot of
people there and also, I have been competing with MGM Racing for one
race back in 2012. I am really happy and really excited about this
opportunity and am looking forward to trying the bike and to starting
to work together with the team and BMW. Thanks again to all the people
involved in this project.”


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BMW Junior Team concludes successful NLS season – and looks forward to another highlight this year.

BMW:BMW Junior Team concludes successful NLS season – and looks forward to another highlight this year.

Munich. At the start of October, BMW Junior Team completed its
first season with a GT3 car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) –
and although a DNF in the final race prevented them from taking the
title, it was still an extremely successful year for Dan Harper
(GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA). Two wins and four
podiums in the BMW M6 GT3 earned them second place overall in the
GT3 class and the NLS Speed Trophy. In November, BMW Junior Team
heads to the USA, where they will attend both Petit Le Mans at Road
Atlanta and the 24 Hours of Sebring. Hesse and Verhagen will even
have the opportunity to take part in the Creventic 24H Series race
in a BMW M4 GT3.


The rapid development of BMW Junior Team, which started in 2020 in
the BMW M240i Racing and BMW M4 GT4 in the Nürburgring Endurance
Series (NLS), continued seamlessly in 2021 with the BMW M6 GT3, run by
BMW Team RMG. Victories in races four and five of the season on the
Nordschleife, backed up by one second place and a third place in the
second half of the season, are definitive proof that Harper, Hesse and
Verhagen have established themselves among the top GT drivers. Within
a short time, they have gone from promising, talented youngsters to
proven winners. The next step for the BMW Junior Team in 2022 is the
BMW M4 GT3. They will set their sights on overall victory at the
Nürburgring 24 Hours with BMW Motorsport’s new GT3 flagship.

The team was given its first taste of the BMW M4 GT3 during tests.
Hesse and Verhagen will now have the opportunity to contest their
first race in this car in November. The whole BMW Junior Team first
travels to Petit Le Mans, the final round of this season’s IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta, from where they
head straight to the Creventic 24 Hours of Sebring. Bill Auberlen,
Robby Foley and James Clay (all USA) will be at the wheel of a BMW M4
GT3 there. Alongside this trio, there are still two places available
for drivers with a Silver racing licence. Hesse and Verhagen fall into
this category. As Harper already possesses a Gold licence, he must
wait for his first race outing. However, he will be involved in all
the workflows at the circuit and will also complete a number of test
laps, in order to familiarise himself with both the car and the track.

The BMW M8 GTE and BMW M6 GT3 bid farewell at Road Atlanta.

BMW Junior Team will witness the farewell appearances of the BMW M8
GTE and BMW M6 GT3 at the IMSA season finale at Road Atlanta. At the
wheel of BMW Team RLL’s two BMW M8 GTEs will be John Edwards (USA),
Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), and Connor De Phillippi
(USA), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Philipp Eng (AUT). Turner Motorsport
will also run a BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class.

Quotes from the BMW Junior Team on the 2021 season:

Jochen Neerpasch, mentor to the BMW Junior Team:

“BMW Junior Team has developed rapidly. From the BMW M240i Racing and
the BMW M4 GT4 to the BMW M6 GT3, they have only ever needed a few
races to achieve success. In my opinion, that can be traced back to
our team building. As a team, they learn a huge amount from each other
and thus develop faster than other racing drivers who are on their
own. I am sure that the three of them are now capable of winning the
24-hour race at the Nürburgring.”

Stefan Reinhold, team principal BMW Team RMG:

“For us as a team from the Eifel region, it was obviously fantastic
to finally go racing and taste success on the Nordschleife. In this
regard, the season has been great. We saw at the 24-hour race that our
young drivers can mix it with the best. After that, they have
consistently been among the front-runners, and we have claimed our
first victories. That makes us both happy and proud.”

Dan Harper on the NLS season:

“Fortunately, we have had more highs than lows this season. We could
never have dreamed that we would still be in contention to win a title
in the final race so we can take a lot of positives from the year. Our
learning curve has been very steep and we have gained valuable
experience, as drivers and a team. That will definitely make us
stronger in the future.”

Max Hesse on the NLS season:

“We gained an awful lot of experience in the NLS season and have
developed massively as racing drivers and a team. Second place in the
Speed Trophy is a good result, even if it is obviously a shame that we
lost the title due to a crash in the final race.”

Max Hesse on his start in Sebring:

“The start at Sebring is a superb opportunity for us. Personally, I
have never raced in the USA, so to do that in the new BMW M4 GT3 and
at such an iconic circuit is mega. Hopefully the weather will play
ball and we will have our first full 24-hour race, after the race at
the Nürburgring was cut short.”

Neil Verhagen on the NLS season:

“I think we can be very proud of what we achieved this season,
despite the unfortunate way it ended. A huge thank you goes to BMW
Team RMG for the fantastic work and support. We have all proved that
we are not only young trainees driving anywhere, but that we belong
among the best. It was not easy to learn everything in our first year
in a GT3 race car, but Dan, Max and I helped each other a lot. We
worked perfectly as the BMW Junior Team.”

Neil Verhagen on his start in Sebring:

“I cannot describe how excited I am about racing in my home country
in the BMW M4 GT3. I have dreamed of racing in the USA again for
years. My parents will be at Sebring to watch me drive the new BMW M4
GT3. That is going to be a very special experience for me.” 

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Harnessing wind and hydroelectric power from the Arctic Circle: BMW Group plans to source steel produced with green power and hydrogen from northern Sweden

BMW:Harnessing wind and hydroelectric power from the Arctic Circle: BMW Group plans to source steel produced with green power and hydrogen from northern Sweden

Munich. The BMW Group continues to push forward with
climate protection and is systematically pursuing its goal of
significantly reducing CO2 emissions at their source in the
supply chain. From 2025 on, the company plans to source steel produced
with up to 95% less CO2 emissions and without requiring
fossil resources such as coal. The BMW Group has now reached an
agreement to this effect with the Swedish startup H2 Green Steel,
which uses hydrogen and only green power from renewable energies for
steel production. Owing to its particularly energy-intensive
manufacturing process, steel production is considered one of the main
sources of global CO2 emissions.

“Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions in our steel supply
chain by about two million tonnes by 2030. Sourcing steel produced
using hydrogen and green power can make a vital contribution to this,”
says Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG
responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “Steel is essential
for producing cars and will be no less important for future vehicle
generations. Innovative technologies that enable virtually carbon-free
production of steel have a significant impact on our ability to reduce
CO2 emissions in our steel supply chain.”

Closed-loop material cycle
In addition to the
delivery of steel produced using green power, the BMW Group and H2
Green Steel have also agreed to create a closed-loop material cycle.
H2 Green Steel will take back sheet metal remnants, such as those
produced at press plants when doors are punched out, and will process
them in such a way that they can be shipped back to the plants as new
steel rolls, also known as steel coils. In this way, raw materials can
be used multiple times in a circular economy and natural resources
protected. Since it requires less energy to produce, secondary steel
lowers CO2 emissions by an average of 50-80%, compared to
primary material.

The BMW Group is already using between 20% and 100% secondary steel
in its vehicles and will continue to increase this percentage in the
future. BMW Group press plants in Europe process more than half a
million tonnes of steel per year.

Ideal location in northern Sweden

H2 Green Steel is building its steel production site in the province
of Norrbotten in northern Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle. The
region is best known for its reindeer and spectacular northern lights,
but also provides access to high-quality iron ore, plentiful energy
from renewable sources such as hydroelectric and wind power, a major
seaport and generations of steel production know-how.

Unlike conventional processes that rely on coke for making steel, the
company employs hydrogen produced using green power to remove the
oxygen from the iron oxide. This so-called direct reduction of iron
ore produces almost no CO2 at all, only water – thereby
avoiding 95% of the CO2 emissions normally produced. The
specially built hydrogen power plant, which uses water and green power
from across the region, will be directly integrated into the steel
production plant. The company also uses local green power for the
remainder of the manufacturing process.

BMW Group to source Northvolt battery cells from the same
region from 2024 on

Swedish company Northvolt, which develops and produces battery cells
for electric cars, is also exploiting the potential for green power in
the north of Sweden.

Last year, the BMW Group signed a long-term battery-cell supply
contract with Northvolt. The battery cells will be produced in Europe
at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under construction in
Skellefteå in northern Sweden from 2024. The company will use only
green electricity from local wind and hydroelectric power to produce
the battery cells.

Neue Klasse poised to set new standards

From 2025 onwards, the BMW Group will be realigning its product range
– which has grown successfully over decades –on the basis of the Neue
Klasse. The Neue Klasse will be characterised by three key aspects: a
completely redefined IT and software architecture, a new generation of
high-performance electric drive trains and batteries and a radically
new level of sustainability across the entire vehicle lifecycle. These
strands are interwoven within an overall vehicle architecture that has
been uncompromisingly optimised for electric drive trains, setting a
new benchmark in terms of digitisation and electrification, while at
the same time ensuring that the characteristic flair of a typical
BMW is transferred to future vehicle generations.

Active commitment to environmental and social standards in the
steel supply chain

As part of its involvement with the not-for-profit organisation
ResponsibleSteel, the BMW Group actively participated in establishing
environmental and social standards throughout the entire steel value
chain, starting at the mine. This sustainability standard for
production sites in the steel industry was published in 2019 as part
of a multi-stakeholder process and now forms the basis for
certification. ResponsibleSteel is the steel industry’s first global
multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative.

Original Press Release

Fifth and sixth places for Michael van der Mark on WorldSBK Sunday at San Juan.

BMW:Fifth and sixth places for Michael van der Mark on WorldSBK Sunday at San Juan.

San Juan. Having already claimed sixth spot in Saturday’s race
at San Juan (ARG), Michael van der Mark (NED) reached the top six
again in both races on Sunday. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider
secured fifth place in the morning’s Superpole race and then crossed
the line in sixth once again in the main race on his BMW M 1000 RR.
Eugene Laverty (IRL) completed Sunday’s races in 15th and 16th
positions. San Juan was hosting the penultimate round of the 2021
season in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).


Van der Mark began Sunday morning’s Superpole race from sixth place.
He fell back a little during the opening laps and was eighth on lap
three, wedged into a tight group. Van der Mark prevailed over his
rivals in the second half of the race, working his way up to fifth and
that was the position in which he crossed the line after ten laps.
Laverty began the Superpole race from twelfth place. He moved up to
tenth after a good start before losing two positions again as the
first lap progressed. He remained in twelfth until the penultimate lap
before slipping back down to fifteenth.

In the second main race, van der Mark made a good start and  battled
away in fifth place in the leading group. He was applying pressure on
the riders ahead as he aimed for fourth place. however he lost a place
towards the halfway point of the race and fell back to sixth.
Nonetheless, van der Mark remained in touch but the gap to the top
five stretched out a little on the closing laps. He was never in
danger of losing sixth position before crossing the line after
completing 21 laps. Laverty endured a difficult second main race. He
started from eleventh place and fell back to 17th during the opening
laps. Laverty did gain one position on the penultimate lap, crossing
the line in 16th place.

The season finale for the WorldSBK 2021 will take place from 19th to
21st November at the new Mandalika circuit in Indonesia.


Quotes after race two at San Juan.


Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“A great result today from Michael on the BMW M 1000 RR. From
where we started on Friday to where we finished today has been
fantastic hard work from him and his crew and a testament to the steps
that we have taken. We never quite got the chance for the podium today
but a fifth and two sixth-places in the three races is a great reward
for the hard work. To finish eight seconds behind the winner and just
a couple of seconds off the podium in today’s main race just shows how
much improvement we have made with the bike so it was great work by
Mickey and his team. Eugene unfortunately struggled today. In
practice, he and Michael rode together and they swapped places to see
where Eugene had issues but it seems that we could not transfer that
into comfortable settings so Eugene was struggling both in the
Superpole race and in the main race. It is a shame for him as he had
deserved much better results than these. Thanks to Eugene for stepping
in for Tom at the last three rounds. Now we are looking forward to
Tom’s return in Indonesia.”


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It
has been a good Sunday. This morning in warm-up, we tried something
different with the bike but in the end we weren’t really sure so we
went back to yesterday’s set-up. In the Superpole race, I had a good
race, I had fun and enjoyed it a lot. I had some good battles and was
pretty fast, faster than yesterday. It was nice to start from fifth on
the grid for race two. I had an okay start and was in the group
fighting for the podium. To be honest, in the beginning I was
struggling a bit with the full fuel tank. Towards the end of the race
I was alone but I was riding a good pace and it was nice to see what
we can do. I think that it has been an overall good weekend. We take
some good points home and it was nice to be able to fight with the
guys for the podium today in race two but for sure we need to be a
little bit faster.”


Eugene Laverty, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Altogether, from my side, it has been a very tough weekend.
I struggled to make progress. We changed the bike to improve my
feeling and we never made any major breakthrough. Also in the last
race to finish outside the points after giving my everything over the
entire race was a bitter pill to swallow so I am disappointed with my
performance. All the guys in the team deserved a better result but
unfortunately I wasn’t able to deliver it. Thanks for this great
opportunity to be in the team for these three rounds. I am just
disappointed with myself that I could not do more.”

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