BMW Motorrad expands recall for motorcycle clothing.

BMW:BMW Motorrad expands recall for motorcycle clothing.

Munich. BMW Motorrad is extending the existing
Europe-wide recall of the Jacket Club Leather Men in size
M
to all sizes and finishes of this model.

In the interests of due diligence and in order to eliminate the
risk of increased chromium exposure for our customers, BMW Motorrad
has decided to recall the complete production of the affected jacket
throughout Europe.

Chromium VI can cause allergic reactions in some persons.

We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers.

Owners are asked to hand the affected items of clothing in at an
authorised BMW Motorrad dealership. Irrespective of their age,
affected items can be exchanged for an equivalent BMW Motorrad product.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries, please contact:

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49 151 601 53472, Gerhard.la.Lindner@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49 151 601 57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

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

Tel.: +49 151 601 35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.de

Internet: www.press.bmw.de

E-mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

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

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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Original Press Release

BMW Sports Trophy award: Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport win the driver and team standings again.

BMW:BMW Sports Trophy award: Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport win the driver and team standings again.

Munich. New event format, the same winners: At the first-ever
virtual award ceremony for the BMW Sports Trophy, last year’s
winners Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Team Hofor Racing by Bonk
Motorsport were once again crowned the overall winners of the driver
and team standings. Since the current pandemic situation this year
mean it was impossible to host an in-person ceremony, the
traditional season review of the 59th edition of the
renowned customer racing competition was broadcast on BMW
Motorsport’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


 
Like last year, Piana was once again the measure of all
things in the driver rankings in the 2019/20 classification period.
The 34-year-old racked up a total of 945 points and received a cash
prize of 30,000 euros for his second BMW Sports Trophy success. Hofor
Racing by Bonk Motorsport was also a ‘repeat offender’ this year. 874
points saw team principal Michael Bonk’s crew secure their second
overall win in a row in the team standings. A total prize fund of
350,000 euros was paid out to the 25 most successful drivers and the
top ten teams. In the 2019/20 season, 379 drivers and 71 teams
registered for the BMW Sports Trophy competitions.
 
“In
light of the specific circumstances, it was a more than challenging
season for us all,” said Jonas Krauss, Head of Sales Customer Racing,
who led the virtual award ceremony. “But the privateer BMW teams and
drivers around the world proved once again that they are at the
forefront in international motorsport. They were not only more than
worthy representatives of the BMW colours, they also provided
countless unforgettable highlights. Congratulations to this year’s
prize winners, particularly to the winners of the driver and team
standings, Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport. Winning
the BMW Sports Trophy once is a tremendous achievement. To do it twice
in a row demonstrates an unprecedented will to win, outstanding
dedication and real team spirit. For that they have my great respect
and thanks.”
 
The 2019/20 classification period was
characterised by the coronavirus pandemic in particular, which
temporarily brought all wheels to a standstill. But after the restart
and a strong season, the privateer BMW teams recorded an impressive
118 class wins in 32 series and race events, as well as twelve driver
and team titles. Particular highlights included the
20th BMW overall win in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring
(GER) and the one-two victory with the BMW M6 GT3 in the 8-hour race
in Indianapolis (USA). The BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M240i Racing also
won various titles, and the BMW M2 CS Racing made its successful race debut.
 
Successful defending champions: Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing.

Piana, who represented Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport and the
RN Vision STS Racing team this season, continued his winning streak of
2019 in the ADAC GT4 Germany, the GT4 European Series and the
Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). In addition to the title in the
driver standings in the ADAC GT4 Germany, he celebrated a total of
five class wins in the BMW M4 GT4. That saw him relegate his
team-mates Michael Schrey (GER) and America’s Robby Foley into second
and third place.
 
“It feels a little unreal, particularly
after this difficult year,” said Piana. “We gave it everything we had
and pushed ourselves to the limit throughout the whole season. We had
a few difficulties, including in the GT4 European Series. But on the
other hand, we won the ADAC GT4 Germany title. I definitely didn’t
expect that at the beginning of the year but it feels well deserved
because we worked extremely hard. There are a lot of people behind
these achievements. Without all of them and without such a reliable
car, there’s no way it would have been possible so I’m very grateful
for this and would like to thank everyone involved from the bottom of
my heart. This award is also for you. I’m over the moon and proud to
have won the title for the second time and hope that I can keep this
streak going next year.”
 
In the BMW Sports Trophy team
standings there was no beating the Swiss team Hofor Racing by Bonk
Motorsport once again. A total of 13 podiums in the ADAC GT4 Germany,
the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring
and in the 24H SERIES brought home the second overall win. Second and
third place went to the teams Avia Sorg Rennsport and BimmerWorld
Racing. Michael Bonk (GER), team principal of Bonk Motorsport, said:
“In such difficult times as the ones we are currently experiencing, it
is extremely important to have a strong team behind you. I am
incredibly lucky to have a team like that around me. We face each
challenge together and master it perfectly. I’m delighted to be
receiving this award and would like to thank everyone involved from
the bottom of my heart.” The renewed triumph saw the team receive a
cash prize of 30,000 euros in addition to the winner’s trophy.

Schubert Motorsport provides BMW Customer Racing ‘Moment of
the Year’.


The year’s award for the BMW Customer Racing ‘Moment of the
Year’ went to Schubert Motorsport. As in the past, fans were able to
choose from five highlights and vote for their personal favourites on
BMW Motorsport’s social media channels. The team from Oschersleben’s
(GER) spectacular recovery at the Sachsenring (GER) in the ADAC GT
Masters race fended off Turner Motorsport (USA) by a wafer-thin margin.
 
Overview of the final results for the 2019/20 BMW Sports Trophy.

 
BMW Sports Trophy Driver Standings:

 

Position Driver Points
1 Gabriele Piana 945
2 Michael Schrey 785
3 Robby
Foley
557
4 Björn
Simon
470
5 James
Clay
444
6 Philipp Leisen 427
7 Christopher Rink 390
8 Danny
Brink
390
9 Benjamin Lessennes 316
10 Ben
Tuck
300
11 Tobias Grahovec 296
12 Sean
Quinlan
283
13 Ricardo Van Der Ende 276
14 David Griessner 257
15 Ben
Green
256
16 Chandler Hull 236
17 Stefano Comandini 234
17 Marius Zug 234
19 Johan Schwartz 220
20 Bas
Schouten
216
21 Philipp Stahlschmidt 214
22 Yannick Fübrich 209
23 José
Manuel De Los Milagros
202
24 Francesco Guerra 194
25 Simone Riccitelli 190

 
BMW Sports Trophy Team Standings:

 

Position Team Points
1 Hofor
Racing by Bonk Motorsport
874
2 Team
Avia Sorg Rennsport
788
3 BimmerWorld Racing 729
4 Walkenhorst Motorsport 693
5 Pixum
CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport
688
6 Turner Motorsport 591
7 Classic BMW / Fast Track Racing 485
8 BMW
Team Italia
428
9 FK
Performance
380
10 ST
Racing
320

Original Press Release

For adventurers and wanderers: The new MINI Countryman Boardwalk.

BMW:For adventurers and wanderers: The new MINI Countryman Boardwalk.

Munich. The new MINI
Countryman is as equipped for the challenges of everyday life as it is
for spontaneous excursions beyond the city limits and adventures on
unpaved terrain. Its versatile character is now enhanced with a
stylish touch. An exterior finish in Deep Laguna metallic and
exclusive design features for the exterior and interior make the new
MINI Countryman Boardwalk stand-out both on the metropolitan
promenades and during trips to the beach. The model is produced as a
limited edition, is immediately available and can be ordered in three
model variants.

The Deep Laguna metallic body colour effectively showcases the
powerfully modelled surfaces of the MINI Countryman. The high-quality
shimmering blue tone was previously developed exclusively for the
MINI Convertible Sidewalk edition model, also a limited edition, and
sparked enthusiasm in the MINI community. Now the wish of many MINI
fans to make this colour available for the new MINI Countryman is
fulfilled. It is combined with a black contrast finish on the roof and
exterior mirror caps.

With this colour combination, the new MINI Countryman Boardwalk is
eye-catching from every angle. The name of the edition refers to the
promenades of traditional seaside resorts in the British home of the
MINI brand. The often mile-long walkways, which connect spas and serve
as access to the typical English piers, were originally the preferred
stage for large social performances. The characteristic pattern of the
wooden beams laid longitudinally and diagonally on the promenades now
serve as the inspiration for the emblem of the new edition. A stripe
pattern in Deep Laguna metallic and black metallic with the lettering
“BOARDWALK” adorns the frame of the side trims known as Side Scuttles.
Patterns and inscriptions can also be found on the entry bars. In
addition, the side flanks of the roof at the rear side windows and the
interior bar on the passenger side each bear a logo with the name of
the edition model.

The new MINI Countryman Boardwalk is available in three model
variants. In the MINI Cooper Countryman Boardwalk (fuel consumption
combined: 5.9 – 5.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined:
135 – 129 g/km) a three-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower
Turbo technology produces a maximum output of 100 kW/136 hp. A
four-cylinder petrol engine with 131 kW/178 hp drives the MINI Cooper
S Countryman Boardwalk (fuel consumption combined: 6.5 – 6.3 l/100 km;
CO2 emissions combined: 148 – 144 g/km) and MINI Cooper S
Countryman ALL4 Boardwalk (fuel consumption combined:
6.5 – 6.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined:
149 – 142 g/km). As an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual
transmission, a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with dual clutch is
available for both the MINI Cooper Countryman Boardwalk and the MINI
Cooper S Countryman Boardwalk. The all-wheel-drive edition model is
equipped with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. With
numerous other options, the exclusive appearance of the edition
vehicles can be personalised for added driving pleasure and comfort.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Press Spokesperson Product Communication MINI

Tel.: +49-89-382-61742, Fax: +49-89-382-28567

E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI

Tel.: +49- 89-382-23662, Fax: +49 89-382-28567

E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com


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

Tel.: +49-89-382-35108, Fax: +49-89-70-35108

E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million automobiles and more
than 175.000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore
established ecological and social sustainability throughout the
value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear
commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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

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

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

Original Press Release

AWS and BMW Group Team Up to Accelerate Data-Driven Innovation.

BMW:AWS and BMW Group Team Up to Accelerate Data-Driven Innovation.

Munich. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the BMW
Group announced a comprehensive strategic collaboration. The goal of
the collaboration is to further accelerate the BMW Group’s pace of
innovation by placing data and analytics at the center of its
decision-making. The companies will combine their strengths as
industry leaders to jointly develop cloud-based IT and software
solutions that increase efficiency, performance, and sustainability
across all company processes, from vehicle development to after-sales services.

“The BMW Group is driving digitalization and innovation in the
automotive industry,” said Alexander Buresch, CIO and Senior Vice
President, BMW Group IT. “We are making data central to the way we
work and we look forward to collaborating with AWS to merge our
talents, continuing to raise the bar for innovation among automakers
and delivering exciting new experiences for our customers around the world.” 

As part of the wide-ranging collaboration, the BMW Group will
migrate data from across its business units and operations in over a
hundred countries to AWS. The move will encompass a number of the BMW
Group’s central IT systems and databases for functions such as sales,
manufacturing, and maintenance, and will help increase agility,
achieve new insights from data analysis and more quickly innovate new
customer experiences. In addition, the companies will invest in
enabling and training up to 5,000 software-engineers in the latest AWS
technologies to empower the BMW Group’s global workforce to make
better use of data.

“AWS provides the most comprehensive suite of cloud offerings to
enable automakers to build applications that touch every point in the
customer journey. By combining the domain expertise of the BMW Group
with AWS’s demonstrated leadership in the cloud, we’re expanding our
impact across the automotive industry so that stakeholders, from parts
manufacturers to mechanics, can benefit from greater visibility and
insights,” said Matt Garman, Vice President of Sales & Marketing,
Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Qualification of 5.000 Software-Engineers.

The BMW Group has launched a major qualification program for
cloud technologies. With the support of ‚AWS Training and
Certification‘ up to 5.000 software-engineers will be trained
globally. Around 2.000 of these will become AWS certified with an
emphasis on machine learning and data analytics. This enables global
teams of the company to prepare existing data in a structured manner,
use it intelligently and generate added value for the company and its
customers. AWS Professional Services and the BMW Group’s data experts
will work with BMW Group employees to identify business challenges and
develop new cloud-enabled solutions for the automotive industry. For
example, the companies plan to develop a natural language processing
solution, optimized for terminology used in the automotive industry,
that can automatically extract, process, and translate data from
diverse text sources.

Unlocking the power of data.

A key element of the collaboration is the further development of
the so-called Cloud Data Hub of the BMW Group. It is the central
platform for managing company-wide data and data solutions in the
cloud. The Cloud Data Hub offers BMW Group employees across all
corporate divisions a central starting point for implementing
analytical and data-driven applications. Via the Cloud Data Hub,
employees use various AWS services already today to process,
interrogate and enrich development-, production-, sales- and vehicle
performance data in the order of several petabytes and to gain
insights through the application of machine learning. For example,
this will enable the BMW Group to better forecast the demand for its
range of vehicle models and equipment options worldwide. In this way,
planning in purchasing, production and sales can be optimized and, as
a result, customer satisfaction can be increased.

More transparency in the supply chain opens up new opportunities.

The PartChain
Platform developed by the BMW Group uses AWS services to enhance the
traceability of automotive parts and critical raw materials throughout
the automotive industry’s highly complex global supply chain. The goal
is to link specific parts and vehicles to assist in defect
investigations, as well as validate that materials are coming from
sustainable and socially responsible sources. By also using AWS
services, the BMW Group will be able to analyze vehicle data to
predict the operating characteristics of parts, proactively make
maintenance recommendations and inform parts suppliers about potential
problems in their manufacturing processes, thus improving quality.

The BMW Group will contribute its expertise from these use cases
to the recently announced Automotive Alliance, which will be based on
GAIA-X standards. As founding member (BMW Group) and “Day 1
Member” (AWS) of GAIA-X, the two companies are striving to
further develop the Cloud Data Hub towards the GAIA-X standards for
sovereign, secure and innovative data spaces. 

Original Press Release

World premieres at BMW SIM Live: Technology transfer from real and virtual motor racing.

BMW:World premieres at BMW SIM Live: Technology transfer from real and virtual motor racing.

Munich. BMW Motorsport SIM Racing presented three spectacular
world premieres at its digital BMW SIM Live event, each of which
take the transfer of technology between real and virtual racing to a
totally new level. The BMW M4 GT3, which is set to become the new
flagship in the BMW M Customer Racing range of race cars from 2022,
made its debut on the iRacing sim racing platform as a prototype
ahead of its first real race outing. The steering wheel in the BMW
M4 GT3 has been developed in cooperation with Fanatec and is the
first of its kind to work in both a race car and a race simulator.
The third global innovation is the concept study of the “Fusion SL”
sim lounge furniture. In just a few simple steps, it can be
converted from a designer table into a fully-fledged race simulator.
With these developments, BMW Motorsport is underlining its
aspirations not only to use the event characteristics of sim racing,
but also to actively promote the industry through such innovations
as the hardware that forms part of its holistic involvement.

 

“With BMW Motorsport SIM Racing, we are following a 360-degree
approach. This means that we have our eye on the big picture,” said
Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “We have achieved
an awful lot in the first year of our involvement. At the same time,
we have also identified great potential and, based on that, have
decided to continue to focus strongly on hardware developments in
2021, with which we can promote technical innovations and develop new
product categories and markets. With this alignment, we are
positioning ourselves in our competitor’s environment in a totally
unique way. We really enjoy developing creative solutions and seeing
fast results with our process partners, with whom we are developing
the world firsts of today and tomorrow.”

BMW M4 GT3 steering wheel, the first of its kind for race car
and simulator.

BMW Motorsport has collaborated with sim racing hardware producer,
Fanatec, to develop a steering wheel for the BMW M4 GT3 that can be
used in both a race car and a race simulator – a technology transfer,
the likes of which has never been seen before in motor racing.
Absolutely no modifications are required for it to be used in the race
car. The carbon steering wheel is a motorsport design, with
illuminated buttons and magnetic, dual-action shift paddles also made
of carbon. The fact that the hybrid steering wheel perfectly fulfils
both roles was demonstrated emphatically by BMW works driver Philipp
Eng (AUT) at BMW SIM Live. He entered the stage in the real BMW M4
GT3, emerged holding the steering wheel, inserted it into the
simulator, and promptly completed a number of laps in the car’s
virtual counterpart. Extensive tests allow the BMW Motorsport
engineers to constantly monitor the durability of the steering wheel
in real racing situations. It will be available from Fanatec in the
first half of 2021.

“The first time I heard of the idea to design the BMW M4 GT3 steering
wheel to be compatible with a simulator, I was flabbergasted – because
I was thrilled by the concept from the word go,” said Eng. “You have
to take your hat off to the pioneering role that BMW Motorsport and
Fanatec have taken on here, and to the courage to implement a project
of this kind. I know the people who were involved in the development
at BMW Motorsport and at Fanatec, and never doubted that they would
design a superb steering wheel. Compared to the steering wheel in the
BMW M6 GT3, for example, the new wheel has extremely good ergonomics.
It is very comfortable to hold. You can tell that real professionals
have been at work in every area.”

 

The BMW M4 GT3 as a prototype on iRacing.

As with the BMW M8 GTE and BMW M4 GT4 before it, BMW Motorsport has
worked very closely with popular sim racing platform iRacing over the
past few months, in order to integrate the BMW M4 GT3 as faithfully as
possible in the simulation. The difference this time is that the car
is being used as a test car on iRacing even as it is being developed.
As such, the sim racers can follow the development together with BMW
Motorsport, and can help drive the development forward until the final
version is available on iRacing and to real motor racing customers
later in 2021. At the same time as the real car is being developed,
BMW Motorsport engineers have provided their colleagues at iRacing
with CAD data and photos as a reference, which they can then use as a
basis when programming and designing the virtual BMW M4 GT3. In an
additional data package, iRacing received all the information on the
driving dynamics of the BMW M4 GT3. BMW Motorsport engineers use the
same set of data to operate the BMW Motorsport simulator, for example.
In total, over 70 GB of data has already been exchanged. The common
goal: to recreate the actual driving dynamics as realistically as possible.

Philipp Eng was impressed by how successfully this had been achieved
when he took the virtual BMW M4 GT3 for a spin for the first time on
the simulator at BMW SIM Live. “I find it extremely cool that the BMW
M4 GT3 has been introduced on iRacing parallel to its actual
development. After all, I am not only a thoroughbred racing driver,
but also a thoroughbred sim racer,” said Eng, who, as an alpha tester
for iRacing, plays a role in ensuring that the handling of the BMW M4
GT3 is as close as possible to reality. “iRacing is doing a fabulous
job when it comes to being realistic. Just a few years ago, I would
never have believed that something like this was possible. iRacing has
achieved an incredibly high standard in cooperation with BMW
Motorsport. I am very excited to see how good the digital BMW M4 GT3
will be in the end.”

BMW Motorsport, BMW Designworks and Sedus combine
functionality and home design in the “Fusion SL” concept furniture

.

Sim racing is growing in popularity all over the world. As such, the
number of users building comprehensively-equipped rigs at home is also
growing. At BMW Motorsport, this raised the question of how to
integrate these rigs in everyday life. Together with BMW Designworks
and furniture manufacturer Sedus, they have come up with a solution.
The concept study is called “Fusion SL” – a unique combination of sim
racing rig and lounge furniture. The idea was to develop a piece of
furniture that would save space and could be aesthetically integrated
into a modern living environment. It can be converted into a rig in
just a few simple steps, but which is otherwise folded down to serve
as a desk, coffee table or seat, thus making “boost” and “ease”
concepts that can be experienced not only in the car, but also in the
living room.

To implement the project, the engineering quality of BMW Motorsport,
design expertise of Michael Scully and his BMW Designworks team, and
the production performance of Sedus – one of the leading full-service
providers for office furnishings and workplace concepts – were brought
together. “The ‘Fusion SL’ concept combines the best of two worlds,”
said Scully. “It is not necessarily intended to replace the high-end
sim rigs used by professionals. Our goal was rather to make sim racing
and the hardware required attractive for new target groups – and, to
be honest, their fellow occupants. It is not easy to strike the right
balance between the necessary stability, portability, flat profile,
torsional rigidity and a visual impression that will bring the piece
of furniture out of the cellar and into the living room, as many of
these aspects contradict each other. However, design is all about
overcoming these challenges.” Ernst Holzapfel, Head of Marketing at
Sedus Stoll AG, added: “The ‘Fusion SL’ concept is the perfect home
office for sim racers. The Wooom chair is its perfect partner. One
minute you can be relaxing comfortably in it, the next it offers you
everything you would expect from a good racing seat, with its sporty
seating position and good lateral support, thanks to the padding provided.”

Original Press Release

Your World. My BMW. The new-generation app for BMW customers. Now available in 30 European markets, China and Korea.

BMW:Your World. My BMW. The new-generation app for BMW customers. Now available in 30 European markets, China and Korea.

Munich. Ever since the introduction of the BMW i
Remote app in 2013, followed by the BMW Connected app, BMW has offered
its customers the option of effortless connectivity between their
smartphone and vehicle. A new-generation app is now available to
customers in 30 European markets, China and Korea: the My BMW App
features a new-look design, intuitive and simplified user experience,
and new services to support individual electromobility.

“With the new app generation, we are taking a further step in
extending the digital customer experience around our vehicles and thus
meeting the increased customer demand for digital services and
functions,” said Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President BMW Group
Connected Company Customer. “With the My BMW App and the

MINI App, we seamlessly integrate our vehicles into the digital
lifestyle of our customers. Both apps offer a lot of useful content
both for the daily use of the vehicle and in the personal interaction
with us as a brand, which we are continuously expanding”.

Stephan Durach, Senior Vice President BMW Group Connected Company
Development, Technical Operations, adds: “My BMW and the MINI App set
the standard for usability, safety and reliability. User feedback and
information on the behaviour of users of the previous generation of
the app were critical to the development process. The two apps include
popular and frequently used functions, and the new platform allows us
to continuously add new functionality, adapted to our customers’ needs.”

Summary of highlights

  • The My BMW App is the new universal interface to
    the vehicle. It displays information on the status of the vehicle
    and, depending on the equipment, allows functions to be activated
    remotely (e.g. to locate the vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, or
    monitor the vehicle surroundings (Remote 3D View)).
  • Destinations are easy to find via the integrated search function
    and can be sent directly from the app to the vehicle’s navigation
    system. It is also possible to transmit destinations from
    third-party apps. The map shows the current traffic situation,
    filling stations and charging stations, as well as parking options.
  • Customers are informed of available Remote Software
    Upgrades
    via the
    My BMW App and can easily download
    these upgrades at home before transferring them to and installing
    them in the vehicle. With Remote Software Upgrades, the BMW Group
    offers customers with BMW Operating System 7 new and improved
    digital features on a regular basis and the ability to ensure that
    their vehicle software is always up to date.
  • The BMW Digital Key, which turns an iPhone into a
    vehicle key, offers convenient set-up via the My BMW App in just a
    few steps (the necessary hardware needs to be available in the
    vehicle). The BMW can then be used without a physical key and this
    access can be shared with up to five other people. If desired,
    restricted rights, such as a reduced maximum speed, can also be
    applied when sending a key – perfect for novice drivers.
  • With My BMW, Amazon Alexa can be used in vehicles
    with BMW Operating System 7. Once the customer has linked their
    Amazon account in the app, they can use the voice assistant in the
    vehicle by saying the activation word “Alexa” or at the touch of a
    button. Customers can use this voice control to play music, access
    news, control compatible smart home devices and access thousands of
    skills. Alexa is initially available in Germany, Austria, Spain,
    Italy and Great Britain. The voice service will be rolled out in
    more countries from March 2021.
  • The app offers additional features for electrified BMW
    vehicles
    , including an improved overview of the electric
    range, charging status and charging history. Customers can use the
    charge and climate timer to optimise the charging process by
    defining specific time slots for charging and set departure times.
    Pre-conditioning is also available (to heat the vehicle in winter or
    cool it in summer, for example) for enhanced comfort.
  • With the introduction of BMW Points, customers
    will be rewarded for electric driving in a BMW plugin hybrid model:
    customers collect points and can then redeem them for free charging
    time from BMW Charging. The My BMW App allows
    customers to keep track of their BMW Points and to manage them. BMW
    Points is already available in Belgium, Germany, France, Austria,
    the Netherlands and Switzerland.
  • Personalisation: Once linked with a personal BMW
    ID
    , individual preferences can be set in any current BMW
    vehicle quickly and automatically. Thanks to the My BMW App, logging
    in is now even easier – instead of manually entering a username and
    password, customers can simply scan a QR code to securely transfer
    their user settings. Users can also choose a profile picture via the
    app, which is now automatically transferred to the vehicle.
  • The My BMW App offers easy access to the BMW ecosystem. It can be
    used to contact BMW Service Partners directly, and
    customers can keep an eye on their vehicle’s service requirements in
    the app. Service appointments can be made directly from the app if
    needed. BMW Roadside Assistance can also be contacted via the app in
    the event of problems with the vehicle. If consent is given, the
    service personnel will see the location of the vehicle and its
    status so that immediate over-the-air assistance can be provided. At
    the same time, customers can track the service vehicle’s journey.
    The app also offers easy access to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store and
    the BMW Online Shop.

The new-generation app can be downloaded free of charge from the
Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. By mid-2021, My BMW will be
available in 23 languages and more than 40 countries, including the
USA, Canada, Brazil and Mexico, as well as additional markets in
Southeast Asia.

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MINI develops concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.

BMW:MINI develops concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.

Munich. The evolution of
the MINI model range is focused on the ongoing expansion of electric
mobility and offering new opportunities to experience the brand’s
hallmark driving enjoyment – which also opens up new possibilities for
the John Cooper Works brand. Future MINI vehicle architectures mean
that extreme performance and genuine driving enjoyment will also be
available with electric drive as well as combustion engines.

MINI is already making great strides when it comes to electric
mobility. The MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid model
(combined fuel consumption: 2.0 – 1.7 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 14.0 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 45 – 40 g/km) led to five percent of the brand’s total
sales being electrified. Following the highly successful launch of the
all-electric MINI Cooper SE (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
combined power consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), this share doubled to around ten
per cent within just a few months. Based on this experience, and
looking ahead to future technology, MINI is now preparing the next
step in the development of electric John Cooper Works models.

“With the MINI Electric, we’ve shown how well brand-typical driving
enjoyment and electric mobility can be combined,” says Bernd Körber,
Head of the MINI brand. “Now it’s time to translate the passion for
performance of the John Cooper Works brand to electromobility. That’s
why we’re working to develop concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.”

The current focus on the development of a MINI John Cooper Works
Electric demonstrates just how important electric mobility is in terms
of the brand’s future direction – the goal is a unique blend of
sustainability, performance and passion. “John Cooper Works models
with conventional combustion engines will still continue to have an
important role to play, to make sure we’re addressing the wishes and
needs of performance enthusiasts all around the world,” says Bernd
Körber. “With this new focus on electric performance, we’re also
creating the opportunity to sharpen the distinctive profile of the
John Cooper Works brand more than ever before.”


In case of queries, please contact:
Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Spokesperson Communication MINI
Tel.:
+49-89-382-61742
E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-
89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com


Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million automobiles and more
than 175.000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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

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

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

Original Press Release

Maximilian Günther ends Formula E tests at Valencia with the best time of the week in the BMW iFE.21.

BMW:Maximilian Günther ends Formula E tests at Valencia with the best time of the week in the BMW iFE.21.

Valencia. BMW i Andretti Motorsport has successfully completed
the official tests ahead of Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship at ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ at Valencia (ESP).
Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) did a total of more
than 500 laps over the course of the three test days. As he did last
year, Günther clocked the fastest time of the week. On Tuesday, he
lapped the circuit in 1:11.760 minutes in his BMW iFE.21. Dennis
ended his first official outing as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver with a fastest time of 1:12.047 minutes.

 

As well as the usual programme, the test also included a full race
simulation to practice all the processes, looking ahead to the start
of the season, which is scheduled for 16th/17th
January 2021 in Santiago de Chile.

Quotes on the Formula E test at Valencia:

Roger Griffiths (team principal BMW i Andretti
Motorsport):
“All in all we are very happy with the way
things have been running here. It’s always nice to be on top of the
timing sheets at the end, but we don’t get any points in the
championship for that. It’s all about the work that we accomplished in
the last few days and we really had no hold-ups and reliability issues
at all. Maximilian Günther has obviously carried his speed from season
six over into season seven. We are also very pleased with the way Jake
Dennis has progressed over the course of the test. He gave us very
good feedback and got up to speed very quickly.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21): “It is obviously
great to have set the fastest time of the week again, as we did last
year. Having said that, the focus of the tests was not on lap times.
We were fully focussed on completing our programme, and we did a good
job of that. We had worked very hard and well in the run-up to this
test. Here at Valencia, we took the opportunity to try some different
things with the new car. I think we did a very good job.”

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21): “I think we can be
happy with our performance during this test. The car seems to be
working well. Personally, I was able to adapt to the specific demands
of Formula E very quickly. I familiarised myself with the software and
all the other processes, so that I now feel far better prepared for
the first race in Santiago. I am now very much looking forward to my
first race in January.”

Original Press Release

BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

BMW:BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

Munich. The BMW Group has once again recognised
employees around the world for their outstanding social commitment
this year. The BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment were presented
to five employees, two of whom received special awards from the Vera
and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation. Each award is endowed with 5,000
euros, which benefits the respective service projects directly. This
year’s award-winners come from India, Germany and South Africa. Owing
to the special circumstances this year, five additional finalists will
each receive a financial award of 2,500 euros, which will also benefit
these employees’ service projects.

“Courageous commitment to society is increasingly important,
especially in unprecedented times like the current pandemic.
Encouraging every individual to take responsibility is a priority for
me. Our Employee Awards contribute to this by recognising our
associates’ commitment,” explained Ilka Horstmeier, member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and
patron of the award.

Many BMW Group employees are involved in volunteering – in their own
region or in international projects. The diversity of this commitment
is also reflected by the candidates for the award: The 111
applications submitted came from 16 different countries. Due to
current hygiene requirements, this year’s award ceremony was held as a
digital event broadcast to different locations worldwide. 

International commitment

After just six months with the BMW Group, Sankar
Sundaralingam
from Chennai, India has been recognised with
the BMW Award for his Ooruni Foundation. As a co-founder and trustee,
Sundaralingam has been involved since 2015 in providing an educational
support programme for AIDS orphans and organising a job market for
people with disabilities, as well as collecting food donations for
people in need and launching various environmental campaigns. He plans
to use the cash prize to finance the studies of 22 young people.

Ludwig Donharl has worked as an energy maintenance
engineer at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing since 1987. He has shown a
selfless dedication to helping young people in Kenya since taking a
holiday there in 2017 – building a school for 200 children and eight
teachers largely on his own initiative. Donharl realises a wide range
of different projects with the donations he collects, including
supporting a young man who had suffered an accident and needed an
operation so he could return to work. Donharl’s colleagues recognised
his outstanding personal commitment with the BMW Group Associate
Award, which was presented for the first time this year. All company
employees had the chance to choose one of the award-winners in an
online vote.

Jörg Kaufmann founded the Children’s Cancer Research
Society. As its chairman, he and the organisation’s 45 members set
themselves the goal of making childhood cancers curable – no matter
how rare the cancer may be. The association has funded research
projects worth more than one million euros over the past ten years.
The organisation’s biggest success so far was in promoting an antibody
therapy that has now become well established. The prize money from the
BMW Group Award will benefit a cancer research project at the Dr. von
Hauner Children’s Hospital in Munich. 

The Vera and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation will present not one, but
two special awards this year. One of these will go to another founder:
Solly Makgatho from South Africa. The production
employee realised there was great need for safe accommodation for
children in his community. While volunteering as a legal advisor, he
submitted his idea for a separate relief organisation to the
government – laying the foundation for the Gauteng Community
Organisation (GCO) in 2011. Since then, the organisation has provided
no fewer than 120 orphans with shelter, care and education. The
children live in so-called “Green Houses” offering safety, meals and
therapy. The financial award will be used to renovate existing accommodation.

The Doppelfeld Foundation’s second special award went to
Sipho Machaka, also from South Africa. In addition
to working in the paint shop at Plant Rosslyn, he also serves as a
mentor, advisor and trainer at the Golden Youth Club (NPO). This
dynamic initiative offers dance, art and music projects so children
and teenagers can occupy their time in a meaningful way. There are
also opportunities for the young people to educate themselves about
environmental topics and human rights. Machaka himself teaches them
how to live a sustainable lifestyle and seeks to boost their
self-esteem. It is already clear what the next project will be: He
wants to use the financial award to set up a youth centre.

Since there can be no official award ceremony this year, due to the
pandemic, the BMW Group has decided to offer all remaining finalists a
financial award. The employees will each receive 2,500 euros for their
efforts to ensure disadvantaged families in Kenya can afford health
insurance; to support people with disabilities in Tunisia; to provide
hospice care; to develop a test system to identify Covid-19
infections; and to give people with Down syndrome in South Africa the
chance of living a fulfilling life. The BMW Group Awards for Social
Commitment have been presented since 2011. Almost 1,000 projects have
been showcased and 38 award-winners honoured to date.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Angela Konert, Corporate Communications, Human Resources

Telephone: +49 89 382-50591, Angela.Konert@bmw.de 

Eckhard Wannieck, head of Corporate and Culture Communications

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

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

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

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupView

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroup

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw-group/

Original Press Release

Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

BMW:Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

Munich.
The 2020 season was the first in which BMW Motorsport
established sim racing as a standalone, equal pillar in its racing
programme. The focus was on the BMW SIM 120 Cup and the BMW SIM M2
CS Racing Cup as separate digital BMW one-make cups with a top-class
field, but BMW cars and BMW works drivers also enjoyed numerous
successes at renowned sim racing events outside of these cups.

 

“Top teams, top drivers, and full starting grids. The response to the
two BMW SIM cups that we set up in collaboration with iRacing and
rFactor2 in our first year was massive,” said Rudolf Dittrich, Head of
BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “The world’s best sim racers contested both
one-make cups, and made for fantastic racing action. You can see just
how seriously they took the competition by the impressive line-up for
the finals at BMW SIM Live. We, along with the community, are looking
forward to spectacular final races.”

BMW SIM 120 Cup.

In the BMW SIM 120 Cup on the simulation platform iRacing, more than
2,000 drivers from around the world contested the six races of the
season at Daytona, Sebring, the Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Road
Atlanta and Interlagos. The reward for each victory was 2,400 US
dollars, while the second-placed team received 1,200 US dollars. The
drivers in third place shared 600 US dollars. In the finals, further
cash prizes of more than 27,000 US dollars in total are at stake.

Teams that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

Maximilian Benecke / Maximilian Wenig – Team Redline

Josh Rogers / Mitchell deJong – Coanda Simsport

Laurin Heinrich / Alexander Voß – BS+COMPETITION

Agustín Canapino / Sami-Matti Trogen – Williams Esports

Tuomas Tähtelä / Valtteri Alander – KOVA Esports

Sebastian Job / Graham Carroll – Red Bull Racing Esports

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

In the second BMW one-make cup, the best sim racers went head to head
on the platform rFactor2 in the virtual BMW M2 CS Racing at the
legendary Nürburgring. Most of the races were on the Nordschleife, in
a variety of conditions. Come sunshine, rain or darkness: only the
real ‘Green Hell’ experts prevailed there. The best of them will now
contest the finals at BMW SIM Live, where they will do battle for a
total prize fund of 3,500 euros.

Drivers that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

 

Michal Smidl – Varga Sim Racing

Risto Kappet – R8G Esports

Nikodem Wisniewski – Williams Esports

Erhan Jajovski – R8G Esports

Zbigniew Siara – Buttler-Pal Motorsport

Peyo Peev – HM Engineering

Jakub Brzezinski – Williams Esports

Yuri Kastorp – R8G Esports

Hany Alsabti – R8G Esports

Joonas Ravio – Zansho Simsport

Other sim racing successes for BMW cars and drivers.

“Aside from our own BMW SIM cups, we have also seen tremendous
momentum in sim racing this year, in part due to the pandemic, which
has spawned new race series in very rapid succession,” said Dittrich.
“BMW cars and BMW drivers brought home numerous wins and titles on
various simulation platforms. It was particularly interesting to see
with just how much passion and ambition many BMW works drivers got
involved with sim racing. And some of them were rewarded with
prestigious wins. I would love for us to be able to build on that in 2021.”

One of the big winners among the ranks of the BMW works drivers was
Bruno Spengler (CAN). He won two titles on the platform iRacing.
First, in the virtual BMW M8 GTE, he won the IMSA iRacing Pro Series,
set up by the IMSA series during the enforced break from real-world
racing. In addition to Spengler, many other regular IMSA drivers
contested the series, including BMW representatives Nick Catsburg
(NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards, Connor De
Phillippi and Robby Foley (alle USA). In autumn, Spengler also won the
title in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO with
Team BMW Bank and his driver colleagues Kay Kaschube and Nils Koch
(both GER) at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. All of the races in the
series were at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Also in the virtual BMW Z4 GT3, Eng alongside Laurin Heinrich,
Alexander Voß (both GER) and Team BS+COMPETITION celebrated the
overall win at the iRacing 24h Nürburgring. BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver Maximilian Günther (GER) won the Pro title in ‘THE RACE
All-Star Cup’ on the platform rFactor 2 and also performed very well
in the ‘ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge’ with a few race wins. In
that competition, Team Redline driver Kevin Siggy (SLO) in the virtual
BMW iFE.20 won the sim racers title, which saw him also snag a
starting spot in the finals of the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup at BMW SIM
Live. The twelfth and final starting place for these finals went to
Cem Bölükbasi (TUR) for his win at the sim racing event organised by
Jochen Schweizer. Bölükbasi, Siggy and Heinrich joined forces with
Coque Lopez (ESP) to form the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team for the
V10 R-League on the Assetto Corsa platform and enjoyed several
successes against top-class competition in the inaugural season of the
team competition.

The DTM also held a digital championship this year. The team title in
the DTM Esports Championship on the platform RaceRoom went to the crew
of team captain and BMW DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). Timo
Glock (GER) and Lucas Auer (AUT) were also in action in the virtual
BMW M4 DTM as pro racing driver representatives. The sim racer
driver’s title went to Moritz Löhner (GER), who, as a member of
Sheldon van der Linde’s team, was also racing in a BMW M4 DTM.

BMW SIM Live on 5th December 2020.

BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be broadcast from 4.00 PM CET on
5th December via a livestream on the BMW Motorsport and BMW
Esports channels, will include the final races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup
and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the season’s race winners come
together they will be competing for a total prize fund in excess of
25,000 euros.

BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will use the event framework to present its
extensive programme for the upcoming season. This will be expanded
significantly in many areas, to do justice to the momentum of the
rapidly emerging digital racing sector. Plans include the one-make cup
competitions, hardware developments and collaborations. BMW Motorsport
SIM Racing will present several spectacular world premieres in these
areas at BMW SIM Live 2020.

Link to YouTube stream:
https://b.mw/sim_live
.

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