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.

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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

Industrial-scale 3D printing continues to advance at BMW Group

BMW:Industrial-scale 3D printing continues to advance at BMW Group

Munich. The BMW Group is taking the next step in the
systematic integration of additive manufacturing. The aim is to scale
additive manufacturing up to industrial levels and firmly establish it
in various areas – primarily vehicle development and production – to
positive economic effect. The BMW Group benefits fully from the
advantages of the technology, which offers fast availability of
components, flexible component design, and the ability to manufacture
parts without elaborate tools.

Daniel Schäfer, Senior Vice President for Production Integration and
Pilot Plant at the BMW Group: “Processes such as additive
manufacturing help us to speed up development cycles and get our
vehicles to series maturity faster. 3D printing also shortens the
production times of components while meeting rigorous quality requirements.”

3D-printed components for small series production

Since the middle of this year, the BMW Group has been additively
manufacturing metal and polymer parts for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. They
are made at various points in the process chain and different sites
across the global production network.

The components concerned are for the vehicle body and passenger cell,
and are highly functional and rigid. The process for manufacturing
them was developed and prepared for application in automotive
production by the BMW Group, at the company’s own Additive
Manufacturing Campus, which also produces polymer parts by multi-jet
fusion and selective laser sintering.

At BMW Group Plant Landshut metal parts are currently made by laser
beam melting. In production, the metal 3D-printed components are
fitted to car bodies in an almost entirely automated process. Polymer
components from the Additive Manufacturing Campus and the metal
substrate for the trim panel are fitted in the automobiles.

 

Component development through generative design

The degree to which additive manufacturing can be used in parts
production was ascertained in the early stages of the vehicle
development. Engineers as well as production and materials experts
examined hundreds of components, focusing throughout on the economic
benefits of the new technology, and on the weight and geometry
advantages compared with conventionally manufactured parts. Components
were selected for 3D printing based on a series of criteria and
requirements, which were defined and translated into “machine
language” with the help of data scientists. This marked the start of a
new AI system enabling the BMW Group to identify faster and earlier on
which components could potentially be produced by 3D printing.

Parts that had previously been virtually impossible to realise are
engineered by generative design, which uses computer algorithms for
rapid component development. Together, experts and computers create
parts that make the best possible use of materials in production. Many
potential applications are only possible at all thanks to generative
design, and 3D printing technologies are particularly suitable for
creating their complex forms and structures, which were previously
impossible to produce with conventional tools.

For the BMW Group, generative design resulted in topology-optimised
solutions, where form and function have been significantly enhanced.
The components are around 50 percent lighter than comparable
conventional components and make the best possible use of the space
available, as is the case with the damper for the rear lid.

 

Additive Manufacturing Campus

Since June the BMW Group has pooled its entire technology expertise
at the Additive Manufacturing Campus just outside Munich. The new
campus also provides training for associates from around the world to
use the new technologies, and is the home of prototype component
production. At the moment the centre of excellence has up to 80
associates and already operates about 50 metal and polymer processing
systems. A further 50-plus systems are operating at other production
sites around the world.

Original Press Release

BMW Group Purchasing steps up sustainability activities and paves the way for future e-mobility growth

BMW:BMW Group Purchasing steps up sustainability activities and paves the way for future e-mobility growth

Munich. The BMW Group is increasingly gearing up its
purchasing for future growth in e-mobility and setting new standards
for sustainability. The expansion of e-mobility makes value creation
in the supplier network more important than ever, both with respect to
CO2 emissions and sourcing of so-called critical raw materials, like
those needed for producing battery cells.

“We believe sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing
activities. So, as we accommodate the planned growth in electrified
vehicles in the supplier network, we are at the same time integrating
our sustainability requirements into all contract awards. In this way,
we are taking sustainable development to the next level. Particularly
as a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability
and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board
of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

The BMW Group aims to have more than seven million electrified
vehicles on the roads by 2030 – two thirds of them fully-electric. At
this scale, BMW Group Purchasing is ensuring not only that the supply
chain can handle higher volumes, but also implement requirements for
sustainable development. In this way, BMW Group Purchasing is making a
vital contribution to the company’s transformation towards e-mobility.

 

High flexibility accommodates growing demand for e-mobility

Growing demand for electrified vehicles will also increase the need
for the components and parts that go into producing these vehicles.
With regard to battery cells, in particular, BMW Group Purchasing is
implementing various measures to accommodate this growth. The BMW
Group sources the current fifth-generation battery cells from four
suppliers – making it less dependent on individual suppliers.

“Volume flexibility is a basic premise and decisive criterion in the
selection of our battery cell suppliers. For our fifth-generation
battery cells, we have agreed 20% flexibility in the quantities to be
purchased: in both directions – up and down,” added Wendt.

Since the battery cell accounts for much of the cost of the drive
train in electrified vehicles, this is a key lever for long-term cost
reduction. The main focus is on cell raw materials and battery cell
production. The BMW Group is therefore consolidating its extensive
know-how in these areas at its own Battery Cell Competence Centre.

Focus on sustainability makes an impact on the BMW iX

The BMW Group is steadily expanding its sustainability activities in
parallel with the strong growth in e-mobility. Purchasing focuses on
three main areas: 1. compliance with environmental and social
standards and respect for human rights; 2. protecting natural
resources; and 3. reducing CO2 emissions in the supply chain.

These measures are already delivering results in the BMW iX (combined
power consumption: < 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km): Relying on renewable green power to produce battery cells and increased use of secondary material reduces CO2 emissions in the BMW iX supply chain by 17%, compared to the same vehicle produced without these measures.

At the same time, the BMW Group is also limiting its use of critical
raw materials and has reduced the amount of cobalt in the cathode
material for the current fifth-generation battery cells to less than
10% and increased the amount of secondary nickel to up to 50%. The
e-drive no longer requires the use of rare earths.

Compliance with environmental and social standards controlled
through transparent processes before, during and after the contract
is awarded 

The BMW Group is a trailblazer for corporate due diligence in the
supplier network. As early as 2008, the company began addressing this
issue and subsequently insisted on comprehensive environmental and
social standards when commissioning deliverables for the BMW i3. Since
2014, all BMW Group direct suppliers have been contractually obliged
to respect human rights, comply with expanded environmental and social
standards and to introduce management systems to promote occupational
safety and protect the environment. These requirements must also be
contractually passed on to subcontractors.

“We don’t just hand off responsibility to the supplier network; we
take responsibility jointly with our direct suppliers. We benefit from
our years of experience and are creating processes to achieve better
transparency and traceability,” explained Wendt.

BMW Group Purchasing does not rely on contractual obligations alone
for this, but is also implementing a large number of additional
measures as part of a transparent process. A risk filter is used to
evaluate potential supplier locations worldwide even before the call
for bids. The next step is to require possible suppliers to outline
their sustainability activities in a detailed questionnaire. External
partners also work with internal appraisers to review selected locations.

Compliance with the defined sustainability requirements is a
prerequisite for awarding a contract. Throughout the contract period,
external partners work with internal appraisers to verify compliance
with sustainability requirements through questionnaires and audits.

If discrepancies arise during any of these steps, the BMW Group
agrees on corresponding measures with the suppliers. In this way, BMW
Group Purchasing is monitoring thousands of locations every year.

The company has also established a procedure that can be used to
report non-compliance with social and environmental standards anonymously.

Special focus on critical raw materials

Eliminating infringements of human rights and environmental standards
presents a particular challenge in the case of critical raw materials
– for example, for lithium and cobalt, both of which are key
components for production of battery cells. For both raw materials,
BMW Group Purchasing has therefore implemented additional measures to
ensure cobalt extraction and processing takes place in compliance with
sustainability standards and to avoid problems with working
conditions, e.g. child labour. The company is therefore sourcing
cobalt and lithium directly from the mines and making it available to
battery cell suppliers.

“As well as guaranteeing predictable pricing, this enables us to
anchor our sustainability standards in contracts and ensure cobalt and
lithium are mined and processed in an environmentally and socially
sustainable manner. We saw this for ourselves when we inspected mines
in Australia and Morocco,” explained Wendt.

Another major challenge is ensuring respect for human rights and
compliance with environmental, health and safety standards for
extraction of raw materials when the process is not industrialised,
but takes place under the most basic artisanal conditions. For this
reason, as part of its corporate due diligence, the BMW Group is
actively taking responsibility and participating in local projects,
based on the principle of “empowerment before withdrawal”. In 2018,
the BMW Group joined forces with other partners to create the
cross-sector “Cobalt for Development” initiative in Congo. The aim of
the project, which is implemented by the German Agency for
International Cooperation (GIZ) is to develop and professionalise
artisanal mining in the region, so that it meets the BMW Group’s high
sustainability requirements and could again become an option for
sourcing cobalt in the long term.

Additional sustainability measures for other critical raw
materials

The BMW Group has implemented additional measures to tighten
compliance with environmental and social standards for the additional
critical raw materials. Here, BMW Group Purchasing goes beyond
contractually agreed sustainability standards and is getting more
involved in the supply chain through corresponding agreements made
directly at particularly critical points in the supply chain.

Mines and smelters are a focal point: Here, direct contact can be
increased through collaborations. It is also important that mines and
smelters are certified according to strict, internationally recognised
standards. To this end, BMW Group Purchasing is actively involved in
international standardisation initiatives focused on raw material
extraction, such as the IRMA standard, which is the most accepted,
most ambitious and most comprehensive of all mining standards.

However, expansion of other local projects like “Cobalt for
Development” is also conceivable, as well as extending direct
purchasing of critical raw materials.

Responsible management of natural resources

In addition to compliance with environmental and social standards and
respect for human rights, responsible management of nature’s finite
resources also plays a central role.

To safeguard reserves of critical raw materials, the BMW Group has
set itself the goal of significantly increasing the percentage of
recycled raw materials it uses, so-called secondary material, by 2030
and using raw materials multiple times in a circular economy. The
growth in e-mobility makes the idea of the circular economy
increasingly important, because of the many critical raw materials
needed for battery cells. Secondary material reduces CO2 emissions
substantially compared to primary materials: by about factor four to
six for aluminium.

Reduction of CO2 emissions in supply chain delivering results

The BMW Group aims to reduce supply chain CO2 emissions per vehicle
by 20% from 2019 levels by 2030. Without corrective measures, CO2
emissions per vehicle in the BMW Group supply chain would increase by
more than a third by 2030 – mainly due to highly energy-intensive
production of battery cells and increased use of aluminium. The
company intends to reverse this trend. One of the ways it is doing so
is by making carbon footprint a decision criterion in its contract
award processes. In particular, the use of green electricity for the
production of the battery cells in the BMW iX has led to a significant
reduction in CO2 emissions in the supply chain.

Original Press Release

Endurance test at the North Cape: The BMW iX undergoes final winter testing.

BMW:Endurance test at the North Cape: The BMW iX undergoes final winter testing.

Munich. A year prior to market launch, the series
development process for the BMW iX is forging ahead as scheduled.
Following the presentation of the final design of the BMW iX at the
#NEXTGen 2020 in Munich, prototypes of the new technology flagship are
now ready for final winter testing north of Scandinavia. The endurance
test, which is being held under extreme weather conditions beyond the
Arctic Circle, serves, among other things, the fine tuning of drive
and suspension systems. Moreover, the electric motors, four-wheel
drive system as well as charging technology, high-voltage batteries
and heat management are put to the demanding acid test under sub-zero temperatures.

The tuning and test drives take the prototypes of the BMW iX as far
as Europe’s most northerly regions. On deserted roads in Finnish
Lapland and to the North Cape on the Norwegian island of Magerøya,
both the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and the suspension
control systems have to prove their functionality and reliability in
particularly demanding road and weather conditions. In the process,
test engineers evaluate above all the interaction between drive and
suspensions systems on road surfaces with a low friction coefficient.
Unsecured tracks, icy roads and ice surfaces especially prepared for
test-driving on the edge of the Arctic Circle offer the ideal
conditions to precisely coordinate the motor control technology, the
electric four-wheel drive and suspension control systems right up to
the limits of longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics.

The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular and scalable
future BMW Group construction concept. It was conceived from the
outset for purely electric mobility, and with the latest development
stage of BMW eDrive Technology, intelligent lightweight construction
and optimized aerodynamic characteristics it sets new benchmarks in
efficiency within the competitive environment of the luxury Sports
Activity Vehicle (SAV). Two electric motors together generate a
maximum power output of more than 370 kW/500 hp according to current
calculations. An integral part of the endurance test at the North Cape
is also the final tuning of the intelligent four-wheel drive system
BMW xDrive and adaptive adjustment of the axle-specific yaw moment,
which in addition to stability and traction also constantly optimizes
the BMW iX’s efficiency. The aim of the development is to achieve an
extremely low combined power consumption of less than 21 kWh per 100
kilometres in the WLTP test cycle and a range of more than 600
kilometres, likewise according to WLTP, values which are untypical of
this class.

During the winter test, the components of BMW eDrive Technology are
faced with very special challenges. The high-voltage batteries and the
charging technology undergo in extremely low outdoor temperatures
field testing for everyday use in the deep of winter. Likewise,
displays informing of charge level, range and operating status as well
as the heat management system, which constantly ensures the optimum
operation temperature of the drive system and high-voltage batteries,
demonstrate their resistance to extreme sub-zero temperatures. 

Within the shortest time, the challenging test programme demands more
from the BMW iX prototypes than the future production models have to
withstand during their entire life cycle. The evaluation of all test
results and the resultant fine tuning of all drive and suspension
components of the BMW iX will pave the way during the coming months
for the launch of a new era of driving pleasure.

BMW iX:
Combined power consumption:
< 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.
* Data on driving performance,
energy consumption and range are preliminary and based on forecasts.

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.

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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/.

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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

New film “The Drop” again invites the global BMW M Community to “M Town”.

BMW:New film “The Drop” again invites the global BMW M Community to “M Town”.

Munich. “Welcome to M Town”: With a new film, the BMW
M GmbH is continuing its successful campaign focusing on the global
BMW M Community’s virtual Eldorado. The “The Drop” attracts horsepower
enthusiasts and petrolheads once again to “M Town”, where, since 2018,
everything has revolved around the most powerful letter in the world
and the passion for high performance. This time, director Micky
Sülzer, who was already responsible for the iconic videos about the
special life attitude in “M Town” two years ago, is presenting the
broad spectrum of current BMW M models, some of which boast extremely
eye-catching body colours, whilst incorporating special vehicles from
BMW M’s Heritage fleet, including a red BMW E30 M3.

“M Town is the most successful digital campaign from the BMW M GmbH,
particularly as the entire BMW M Community throughout the world
actively participates and shapes it. This enthusiasm and this
identification create that very special something that makes BMW M so
unique. Therefore, we are happy to continue this success story with
the next film whilst also giving a small glimpse into the future,”
says Lothar Schupet, Director Global Sales and Marketing BMW M.

Since 2018, “M Town” has served as the social and digital
communication platform for BMW M fans all over the world. They
register with bmw-m.com as citizens of  “M Town” and create their own
individual digital BMW M pass. “M Town” stands for unique
storytelling, original online videos, numerous creative products in
the BMW M Town
merchandising shop
and a large number of events around the
globe. Visitors to BMW Welt in Munich gain a very realistic impression
of “M Town” on a specially designed 180 square metre exhibition area.

As we are familiar with from the previous online videos, numerous BMW
M vehicles also play the leading role in the new film “The Drop”. A
total of 18 various models from BMW M’s latest range make shorter or
longer appearances in “The Drop”. The spectrum of exceptional
high-performance vehicles ranges from the BMW M2 CS (combined fuel
consumption: 10.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
238 g/km*) to the BMW M8 Gran Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
10.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 244 g/km*). In
addition to some hidden highlights, special one-offs such as the BMW
M2 by FUTURA 2000 and the BMW M3 Pickup from the year 2011, which
delivers a charging station, are also featured. So, for the first time
in an “M Town” film, the BMW M GmbH is offering a small glimpse into
an electrifying future and blending “Utopia” with the real future.
2021 will already witness the first electrified model from BMW M as a
performance variant based on the new BMW i4, and further models –
including high-performance vehicles – are to follow.

The protagonist of the film, in which notable influencers from the
automotive scene were also involved, drives a red BMW E30 M3 from the
BMW M Heritage fleet. Moreover, BMW M GmbH classics are represented by
a M3 GTS, a BMW M3 CRT, a BMW M4 GTS and a BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

Totally in line with the Community concept, the new film showcases
not only vehicles from the BMW M GmbH fundus but also from “M Town”
citizens. For this purpose, members of the BMW M Community provided
their own vehicles for the shooting of the film. These special places
had been previously raffled off in an online campaign.

Agencies

Created by Jung von Matt

Produced by Zauberberg Productions

Directed by Micky Sülzer

BMW M2 CS:

Combined fuel consumption: 10.4 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 238 g/km*.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe:

Combined fuel consumption: 10.7 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 244 g/km*.
*The fuel
consumption, CO2 emissions, electric power consumption and
range figures were based on the new WLTP test cycle and translated
back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability
between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for
vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on
CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from
the values stated here (depending on national legislation). 

Original Press Release

Focus on production: BMW Motorsport to call time on its Formula E involvement after Season 7.

BMW:Focus on production: BMW Motorsport to call time on its Formula E involvement after Season 7.

Munich. After seven successful years, BMW Group will end its
involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the end
of the coming season. As a partner from the word go, BMW has
consistently supported the Formula E project and been instrumental
in the series’ success story. BMW has enjoyed victories and podiums
with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team. BMW Group has always used
Formula E as a tech lab for production.

The same engineers who develop the drivetrains for electric
production vehicles are also responsible for the drivetrains in the
race cars. Examples of the successful transfer of technology between
the Formula E project and production development include new findings
regarding energy management and energy efficiency, the transfer of
software for power electronics from racing to production, and an
improvement in the power density of the e-motors.  

When it comes to the development of e-drivetrains, BMW Group has
essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology
transfer in the competitive environment of Formula E.

Furthermore, the strategic focus of BMW Group is shifting within the
field of e-mobility. In the future, greater emphasis will be placed on
the comprehensive scaling of the offering and global production. BMW
Group plans to have put one million electric vehicles on the roads by
the end of 2021. The goal is to increase this figure to seven million
by 2030, of which two-thirds will be fully-electric.

Since entering a works team in Season 5, BMW i Andretti Motorsport
has claimed four victories, four pole positions and nine podiums in
its 24 races so far. In the coming season, the team will do everything
it can to achieve as much sporting success on the track as possible
with the BMW iFE.21 and drivers Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake
Dennis (GBR).

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