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).

Original Press Release

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.

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/.

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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

A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

BMW:A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

Munich. Spring comes earlier, summer stays longer,
and autumn also has its special charm in the South Tyrol region.
Italian lifestyle meets Austrian-German culture before a spectacular
mountain backdrop. Active holidaymakers will find ideal conditions for
cycling and hiking tours between Mediterranean vegetation and
spectacular rock formations, especially in the area around the
traditional spa town of Merano. And after the fruit and wine harvest,
numerous regional folk festivals and culinary specialities turn the
trip to South Tyrol into an journey of culinary delights.

Even Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria took on the rather
arduous journey at the time across the Alps to seek relaxation in
Merano and enjoy a breath of the South. Today, visitors can reach the
Etsch Valley quite quickly and comfortably via the Brenner motorway
and an express road called “MeBo”, which connects Merano
with Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. But the fastest route is
rarely the most beautiful route to reach your destination. When
driving in a car which has been designed for versatile driving fun,
such as the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined:
4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 121 g/km)
the desire to take a more scenic route arises almost automatically.

Delivering a top output of 140 kW/190 hp and a maximum torque of 400
Nm generated by its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI
TwinPower Turbo technology, the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 takes
on steep mountain passes in spirited style. Dirty or wet road
conditions don’t stand in its way since the electronically controlled
ALL4 all-wheel drive system responds to changes in traction conditions
within a few milliseconds. It distributes the power precisely between
the front and rear wheels and always directs it to where it can be
most effectively converted into driving fun. This also applies to
sporty cornering on the hairpin bends, where the ALL4 system is backed
by Performance Control and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC).

There are a number of high alpine roads which cross the border from
Austria to Italy. At a maximum altitude of around 1,500 metres, the
Reschen Pass, which is passable in all seasons, is the lowest Alpine
crossing in this region. From Landeck, the road leads across the Inn
valley and the Nauders plateau to the Reschensee lake. The church
tower of Alt-Graun, which juts out of the water, still reminds us of
the villages that sank into the waters of the dammed lake after the
construction of a storage power station 70 years ago. Anyone leaving
the Brenner motorway near Sterzing can reach Merano via the Jaufen
Pass, which is located at almost 2.100 metres above sea level. This
connection is comparatively short, but with around 20 narrow bends it
offers plenty of opportunity to experience hallmark MINI go-kart
feeling. Even higher up is the Timmelsjoch, which connects the Ötztal
region in Austria with the Italian Passaier valley. Along the route,
at up to 2,500 metres, there are magnificent views of snow-capped
peaks and a landscape of alpine meadows, forests and barren rock.

Once in Merano, visitors immediately become aware of the
Mediterranean climate. This is due to the city’s location in a basin
into which mainly warm air from the south flows. And this is also why
palm trees and other Mediterranean plants thrive, as do the colourful
flowers and plants in the public parks in the city centre. Historical
buildings such as the municipal theatre and the Kurhaus (spa house)
remind us of Merano’s boom as a tourist resort in the late19th and
early 20th century. The extensive spa promenade on the banks of the
river Passer was also built at that time. The centre of the city,
which is closed to car traffic, is characterised by its picturesque
arcades (Lauben). Beneath magnificent arches, it is home to
old-established shops, cafés and restaurants that attract locals and
visitors alike.

You can enjoy plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures until well
into the autumn in South Tyrol. Not long afterwards, the action shifts
from the valley to the mountains. As soon as the first slopes are
covered with snow, numerous ski areas attract winter sports
enthusiasts. The youngest attraction for skiing enthusiasts is located
about 50 kilometres south-east of Merano. In the Carezza ski area, a
new cable car is currently being built featuring a mountain station
which is integrated into the rocky landscape almost invisibly. The
arrival hall is designed in the style of an atmospherically
illuminated cave and is thus reminiscent of the crystal palace from
the legend of the dwarf king Laurin, which is widespread in South
Tyrol. The Carezza ski area covers around 40 km of slopes and is a
popular destination for excursions and holidays, not only in winter.
The tourist area stretches from the high altitudes of the Dolomites to
Lake Carezza, where Empress “Sisi” spent the early summer
days more than 120 years ago.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

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

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

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

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/

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power
consumption and range are measured using the methods required
according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. The information is
based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, ranges take into
account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as
optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information has already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. For these
vehicles, values other than those stated here may apply for
calculating taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

More information about the official fuel consumption figures and
the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be
obtained from the “Guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions
and power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of
charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at
https://www.dat.de/co2/.

Original Press Release

Virtual trends: BMW and Epic Games celebrate long-standing technological partnership.

BMW:Virtual trends: BMW and Epic Games celebrate long-standing technological partnership.

Munich The use of innovative technologies and
strategic partnerships provides a crucial competitive edge, especially
in the digital age. The BMW Group is well aware of this fact – indeed
as early as 2016, the company became the first automotive manufacturer
worldwide to join forces with the computer games industry. Epic Games’
Unreal Engine was coupled with virtual reality technology to create
new and innovative development methods and tools that are now used in
many design and work processes. This user experience development
technology has already been presented to a wide general audience at
CES 2019, where the BMW Vision iNEXT on display there at the time
invited visitors to take a virtual test drive. Important elements of
the new BMW iX’s design evolution were thus realized from the outset
with the game engine, which also played a decisive role in the
planning for the new BMW i4 plant. Many BMW dealerships and branches
already offer virtual vehicle inspections and test drives. Unreal
Engine was also used for the launch of the new BMW iX in the #NEXTGen
digital broadcast (link). Using Unreal Engine’s virtual production
tools, new technology that has primarily been used in Hollywood to
date, the all-electric vehicle was presented in an innovative set-up
called “The Cave”.

From virtual to real vehicle 

The possible uses of game technology and virtual reality
applications are manifold in the automotive sector. The BMW Group, the
first automotive company together with Epic Games to define and
structure an enterprise licence for the industrial use of Unreal
Engine, designed a self-developed mixed reality system. This is
consistently used and expanded in vehicle development. The BMW iX is
the first car that has been developed using the game engine we
modified for our purposes. BMW’s use of Unreal Engine is invaluable,
especially in the strategic innovation fields. You can very quickly
create 3D renderings, for example, that take account of light effects
and light reflections on different materials, among other things. But
most importantly, it allows the functional and user experience to be
brought to life and implemented in real time at a very early
development stage. These advantages led to the early development of
the technology into a global platform. 

With its new Driving Simulation Centre in the Research and Innovation
Centre, the BMW Group is setting standards (Link).
Equipped with 14 simulators and usability laboratories over 11,400 m²,
it is the most modern and versatile simulation centre in the
automotive industry. The company is thus providing its vehicle
development and research teams with every opportunity to realistically
test and simulate the product requirements of the future. Besides
high-tech motion systems that respond immediately to every driving
input, a visualisation of the virtual world that is as true-to-life as
possible is essential for a realistic driving experience. Here, too,
the BMW Group is relying on Unreal Engine from Epic Games.

Innovative and complex production planning
Just
how flexible and diverse the possible applications of a game engine
like this can be is demonstrated by its use in production planning for
the new plant where the BMW i4 will be manufactured in future. With
the aid of real-time 3D renderings, production steps and space
requirements for items such as tools or spare parts can be precisely
planned and designed. This virtual reality technology was already used
in 2018 to configure the individual workstations for the upcoming
production of the new BMW 3 Series. This meant that for the first
time, it was possible to recreate a complete production facility in
virtual reality, test new work and manufacturing processes in a
realistic 3D environment and adapt them to actual requirements.

Try before you buy: how new technologies benefit
customers
Car buyers also benefit from the use of game
technology and virtual reality. The Emotion Virtual Experience (EVE)
created by BMW, which is now available via 6,400 stations at more than
2400 BMW dealerships and branches worldwide, allows vehicles to be
experienced first-hand in virtual reality. EVE provides customers with
a photorealistic 3D representation of any BMW or MINI in every variant
available across global markets, which can then be viewed on any
display or with VR glasses down to the last detail. They can move
around the vehicle and select colours and extra fittings in real time
– not to mention open doors or the boot, look under the bonnet, and
slide back the convertible roof. It is also possible to sit in the
virtual vehicle and take a test drive, of course. Even lighting
conditions and panorama sets can be simulated so that customers can
view their future vehicle in the city, in the mountains, or on a
racetrack. EVE, which bases its visualization on Unreal Engine from
Epic Games, can be used to display more than 50 vehicle variants in
total, including every trim level.

BMW #NEXTGen meets Hollywood
This autumn, Unreal
Engine from Epic Games was also used for the launch of the new BMW iX
and the MINI Vision Urbanout at the BMW #NEXTGen digital broadcast in
spectacular surroundings – created with technologies that were
originally developed for the production of a Sci-Fi TV series and
since then has been used on several Hollywood feature films. “The
Cave” is a virtual production film studio that allows you to
place people and objects in various virtually created environment
scenarios. As these are projected photorealistically and in real time
on huge LED screens, not only is an incomparable three-dimensional
effect created for the viewer, but the object itself is also
appropriately illuminated through the use of the LEDs. Actors and
objects really merge with their environment without any further post
production. What is impressive about this innovative staging is that,
thanks to camera and object tracking, the background always moves with
the viewer. As a result, the background doesn’t remain static and the
perspective always appears natural and real, which provides an extra
layer of realism for the viewer.

BMW, Epic Games and agency partners Elastique. & NSYNK pushed the
technology to the max in an unseen way by adapting it from a movie- to
a TV-production workflow, being able to switch between several cameras
as well as adding an additional augmented reality (AR) layer. The
AR-layer made it possible to stage the fully digital MINI Vision
Urbanout  as well as several digital props within the scene – with a
perfect and playful illusion as the result.

“Very early on, BMW saw the possibilities of what Unreal Engine could
offer in the automotive industry and devised some truly ingenious
customizations that enable collaborative design, visualization,
digital prototyping and virtual simulation of behind-the-wheel
experiences,” said Doug Wolff, Business Development Manager, Epic
Games. “With the release of the BMW iX launch film, BMW went a step
further to leverage the virtual production tools in Unreal Engine,
deploying the same LED stage workflow in use by the most sophisticated
Hollywood productions. This latest development is further evidence of
how advanced BMW are in their multiple use-cases and platform design
for game engine technology.”

Thanks to the extremely successful and productive collaboration
between the BMW Group and Epic Games, this will be further developed.
The potential created by using game engine technology is not only
huge, with efficiencies in so many areas, it also offers comprehensive
features that can be optimally and seamlessly integrated into various
design and production processes. Unreal Engine is an important
component of the VR/AR experience platform that, together with BMW
game engine developers, makes the above-mentioned applications
possible and opens up new ways of using the technology within the BMW Group.

Together with automated driving, the consistent expansion of
networking as we move toward a digital and emission-free future is one
of the core areas of activity used by the BMW Group to drive forward
the transformation of the mobility industry as part of its strategy.

Original Press Release

Adventures amid glaciers and volcanoes: A ride in the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 on Iceland’s Ring Road 1.

BMW:

Adventures amid glaciers and volcanoes: A ride in the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 on Iceland’s Ring Road 1.

Munich. Iceland is a country of contrasts on the
north-western edge of Europe. The island state in the North Atlantic
is as famous for its hot springs as it is for its huge ice fields.
Traditional horse breeding is still as successful here as is the
internationally significant aluminium production. Tourism has also
recently become increasingly important as an economic sector. The
pristine natural beauty located near the Arctic Circle, the
fascinating variety of the landscapes and the contrast created by
active volcanoes and snow-covered glaciers attract visitors from all
over the world.

A weekend trip is definitely not enough time for exploring Iceland’s
main attractions. The special charm of the island is only revealed on
a round trip. However, Iceland’s road network is thin. Many places are
only accessible via gravel roads, especially in the interior of the
country. Iceland’s most important road link, Ring Road 1, is no
exception. It has been developed into a multi-lane motorway around the
capital city of Reykjavik, while some other sections of the Hringvegur
are not even asphalted. The MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (combined
fuel consumption: 6.5 – 6.2 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 149 – 142 g/km) is the ideal all-rounder for going on an
Icelandic adventure amid glaciers and volcanoes. Its ALL4 all-wheel
drive system distributes the power of its 131 kW/178 hp 4-cylinder
petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology between the front
and rear wheels as required on any surface and in any driving
situation. 16.5 centimetres of ground clearance ensure sufficient
clearance even on rough surfaces. A storage volume of between 450 and
1,390 litres is available under the tailgate of the five-seater so
that the luggage required for a longer tour can be easily accommodated.

Ring Road 1 runs along Iceland’s coast for 1,350 kilometres,
sometimes right on the coast and sometimes a bit further inland. The
starting point is the ferry pier in Seyðisfjörður, where the MINI
Cooper S Countryman ALL4 sets foot on Icelandic soil for the first
time. On the way south, the road follows the coastline, which features
many fjords, for about 200 kilometres. Soon Vatnajökull comes into
view. With a surface area of more than 8,000 square kilometres, it is
the largest glacier in Europe. Vatnajökull is located at the centre of
the national park of the same name, which also includes picturesque
river landscapes, waterfalls and active volcanoes.

Further along the route, detours into the interior lead over unpaved
roads, across gravel deserts and through seemingly unreal landscapes
of cooled lava rock. Near the village of Selfoss, it’s worth leaving
Ring 1 and heading north for about 60 kilometres to see a spectacular
natural spectacle. The two-tier Gullfoss waterfall together with the
neighbouring geysers forms the “Golden Ring”, which is one
of Iceland’s greatest sights.

After returning to the Hringvegur, we soon reach the island’s
capital. More than 60 percent of the 350,000 Icelanders live here and
in the neighbouring region. Reykjavik is a modern metropolis with a
lively art and music scene as well as two special landmarks. The
Perlan geothermal power plant, together with restaurants and leisure
facilities, is located under a large glass dome and uses hot water
from deeper layers of the earth to heat not only the city’s
residential buildings but also the pavements of the main shopping
streets. A similarly spectacular example of Iceland’s modern
architecture is Hallgrímskirkja, built on a hill in the centre of the
city. It was designed in the 1930s, but was not completed until around
50 years later. The concrete pillars on the front side, reminiscent of
basalt columns, are particularly striking. A viewing platform on the
74.5 metre high church tower allows visitors to look far beyond the
city limits into Iceland’s natural landscape.

On the northern section of Ring Road 1 the landscape is also
characterised by the contrast between the icy glacier surfaces and the
hot springs, whose water rises from the volcanic interior of the
earth. Iceland lies on the so-called Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The North
American and Eurasian plates meet directly under the island. That is
the reason why hot thermal water and molten rock rise to the surface
and keep changing the island’s landscape.

The MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 makes full use of its four-wheel
drive on a detour to the Vestfirðir peninsula, which features many
rugged fjords. The craggy coastal landscape of this arctic region in
the extreme northwest of Iceland is mostly only accessible via unpaved
gravel roads. The path to the fishing village of Reykhólar, located in
the far west, leads past massive mountain formations of volcanic
origin. After the strenuous tour we relax in one of the natural pools,
which are widely used in this region and are pleasantly warm in all seasons.

Just like its breathtaking natural beauty, the island’s history as a
base for trade and fishing can be seen in almost every village along
Ring Road 1. In Sauðárkrókur it’s worth stopping to refuel at the
Verzlun H. Júlíusson general shop, which still exudes the charm of the
early 20th century. The small town has a fishing port and is also
considered to be the main Icelandic horse breeding centre. Nowhere
else on the island will you find more horse breeding farms than in the
region around Sauðárkrókur.

Iceland’s varied nature has more surprises in store even after having
travelled more than 1,000 kilometres on Ring Road 1 and having gone on
numerous trips across unpaved terrain. Near Reykjahlið, the bluish
shimmering geothermal water in Jarðböð Cave really invites you to take
a dip. Going for a walk on the steaming sulphur gas fields of the
surrounding area is also a great thrill. And Europe’s mightiest
waterfall also awaits in Iceland’s north. The water masses of the
Dettifoss waterfull plunge about 100 metres into a gorge of about the
same depth.

The magnificent landscape and the many ways you can experience nature
at its most pristine, make Iceland such an exceptionally alluring
destination. And in spite of the sporty temperament of the
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4, the beauty of the island simply makes
you want to “slow down”. Only on the way back to
Seyðisfjörður’s pier, however, travellers should not trundle along but
should rather get a move on in order to board the ferry on time.
Because the ferry that connects Iceland with the rest of Europe leaves
port only once a week.

In case of queries, please contact:
Corporate Communications

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

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


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

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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The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power
consumption and range are measured using the methods required
according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended.  The information
is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, ranges take
into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as
optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information has already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. For these
vehicles, values other than those stated here may apply for
calculating taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

Further information about the official fuel consumption figures
and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be
obtained from the “Guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions
and power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of
charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at
https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Group founds company: IDEALworks GmbH to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

BMW:BMW Group founds company: IDEALworks GmbH to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

Munich. The BMW Group breaks new ground in the field
of logistics as it founds IDEALworks GmbH – a fully-owned subsidiary
headquartered in Munich. The aim is to become a leading supplier of
autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics sector. The name
“IDEAL” stands for  Industry
Driven Engineering for
Autonomous Logistics.

“In founding IDEALworks, we are creating a new business segment for
our logistics solutions. In recent years, our logistics innovation
team has been working in depth on the digitalization and
automatization of production logistics and has developed some unique
solutions. The Smart Transport Robot, STR, in particular has met with
great response and has seen demand from both within and outside of the
BMW Group.  Founding IDEALworks GmbH is now the logical next step for
the BMW Group as a driver of innovation,” explained Milan Nedeljković,
the member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for
Production, to mark its foundation.

“We are entering completely new terrain with IDEALworks GmbH.  Up
until now, our development has focused on automotive production and
its logistics,” said Jimmy Nassif, CTO IDEALworks GmbH. He continued:
“Our perspective is changing now. We are becoming a provider of
logistics robotics beyond the automotive industry. We are preparing
some innovations for the coming months.”

Since 2015, the innovations team from BMW Group Logistics has
been working on future-focused industry 4.0 solutions in the fields of
virtual reality, augmented reality, in- and outdoor logistics robots,
paperless logistics and smart devices. Many of these solutions are
already in series production at BMW Group production locations. In
2019, BMW Group Logistics received the prestigious Deutscher Logistik
Preis [German Logistics Award]. The Smart Transport Robot and its
management software were also recognized as part of this award.

IDEALworks GmbH launches its first product with the Smart
Transport Robot

The Smart Transport Robot, STR, was developed in 2015 in
collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute. The flat, autonomous and
mobile robots can transport goods weighing up to one ton to their
destination. They independently calculate the best route and move
freely around the space using the SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and
Mapping) navigation method. The SLAM algorithm does not require
permanent navigation transmitters to be installed in buildings and can
therefore be set up quickly in a new environment without requiring any
structural adjustments. An integrated battery module from the BMW i3
is able to supply the STR with power for at least an entire shift. The
next generation of the STR will be rolled out at the end of 2020.
Currently, more than 130 STRs are already in series production at
several different BMW Group production sites.

Successful pilot projects in the non-automotive sector

“With the Smart Transport Robot, we have launched a highly
competitive product. From October  onwards, we have been carrying out
pilot projects at companies from a wide range of industries. These
trials show just how robust and versatile the STR is,” explained
Markus Bauer, COO IDEALworks GmbH. “The success of the pilot
project and the resulting demand for the STR were decisive in founding
IDEALworks GmbH. We want to develop IDEALworks into a top player among
the providers of industrial logistics robots in the long term,”
Bauer continued.

The new company IDEALworks GmbH is located in Munich.

In its initial phase, the team consists of around 30 experts from a
wide range of fields and nationalities.

Get in touch with IDEALworks here:

www.idealworks.com


Communications at IDEALworks GmbH:

hello@idealworks.com

If you have any questions, please contact:



Corporate Communications

Hanns Huber, Communications Production Network BMW Group

Telephone: + 49 89 382-31181

E-Mail: Hanns.HA.Huber@bmw.de


Julian Friedrich, Head of Communications Production Network BMW
Group
Telephone: + 49 89 382-25885

E-Mail: Julian.Friedrich@bmw.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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BMW Group named sector leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2020.

BMW:BMW Group named sector leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2020.

Munich. The BMW Group has taken first place in the
“Automobiles” category of the latest rating published by S&P Dow
Jones Indices for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World and
Europe (DJSI), earning 80 out of a possible 100 points. The BMW Group
is therefore listed as the most sustainable automotive company in the
world and is the only automobile manufacturer to be consistently named
among the industry leaders since the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
were created.

A total of 39 companies from the automotive industry were evaluated
in 2020. The results showed that the BMW Group has improved in all
three areas of evaluation (Governance & Economic, Environmental,
Social dimensions).

“The fight against climate change and how we use resources will
decide the future of our society – and, also, of the BMW Group. For
this reason, we have made sustainability and resource efficiency the
centre of our business alignment and anchored this approach in all
divisions. We see this as an important building block for successfully
shaping our future, since our business model and sustainability are
inseparable for us,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of
Management of BMW AG.

The BMW Group’s current sector leadership in the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indices reflects the continuous improvements the
company has already implemented in recent years. For example, across
its international production network, the BMW Group has reduced energy
consumption per vehicle produced by 40 percent and CO2 emissions by
about 70 percent since 2006. All production locations obtain their
electricity exclusively from renewable sources. The BMW Group also
reduced CO2 emissions from its new vehicles sold in Europe by around
42 percent between 1995 and 2019. The company has systematically built
high environmental and social standards into its supply chain
management and is a leader in this field.

It is now taking the next step in the fight against climate change
and towards responsible resource management. The BMW Group just
presented its new strategic direction for sustainability in July.

The company is setting itself clear targets for CO2 reduction up to
2030. What is new is that these goals extend for the first time
throughout the entire lifecycle: from the supply chain through
production to the end of the use phase. The aim is to reduce CO2
emissions per vehicle by at least one third overall. For the fleet of
over 2.5 million vehicles produced by the BMW Group in 2019, this
would correspond to a reduction of more than 40 million tonnes of CO2
throughout their lifecycle by 2030.

The BMW Group is now seeking to reduce its emissions from production
(Scope 1+2) by a further 80 percent from 2019 levels by 2030. CO2
emissions will then be less than 10 percent of what they were in 2006.

In addition to sourcing 100-percent green power from 2020 on, the BMW
Group will systematically invest in optimising its energy efficiency.
The remaining CO2 emissions from production worldwide will be offset
using appropriate certificates. This means BMW Group production will
be climate-neutral at all its plant locations from 2021.

The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions from BMW Group vehicles by 40
percent per kilometre driven by 2030. This will be achieved through
massive expansion of e-mobility. In ten years, there should be a total
of more than seven million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads
– around two thirds of them with a fully-electric drive train.

The BMW Group will also reduce its supply chain CO2 emissions per
vehicle by 20 percent from 2019 levels. A supplier’s carbon footprint
will be established as a decision criterion in the contract award
processes going forward. The company leads the way as the first
automobile manufacturer to set concrete CO2 targets for its supply chain.

The BMW Group is firmly committed to the Paris Climate Agreement.
These new targets put the company on a course that is significantly
more ambitious than the two-degree goal.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Kai Zöbelein

Press spokesperson Sustainability, Urban Mobility

Telephone: +40-89-382-21170

Mailto: Kai.Zoebelein@bmw.de

Media website: www.press.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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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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An interview with Edwards and Krohn: “Winning a title is a great way to end the season”.

BMW:An interview with Edwards and Krohn: “Winning a title is a great way to end the season”.

Munich
.
Together with BMW and BMW Team RLL, John Edwards (USA) and
Jesse Krohn (FIN) crowned their 2020 season in the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship (IMSA) with a title win. They claimed the
GTLM titles in the Michelin Endurance Cup, a competition
representing the four endurance races held in the IMSA. In an
interview, Edwards and Krohn speak about the special challenges of
endurance races, the perfect team effort as key to success and their
personal season highlights including winning the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA).

 

The Daytona win was the start of a streak of success for Edwards and
Krohn in the #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE. They also finished the other three
endurance races of the season on the podium. These have been, after
Daytona, the six-hour race and the ten-hour ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road
Atlanta (USA) and the season finale 12 Hours of Sebring (USA). For the
Michelin Endurance Cup, points are awarded in specific intervals
throughout the race. In a 24-hour race, for example, these ‘check
points’ come after six, 12, 18 and 24 hours; in a six-hour race, it’s
after three and six hours. Those cars who are leading the race at
these ‘check points’ collect points for the drivers’, teams’ and
manufacturers’ standings in the Michelin Endurance Cup. In the 2020
season, not only the driver’s title went to Krohn and Edwards, but BMW
Team RLL won the team classification and BMW was the best manufacturer.

John, Jesse, congratulations on winning the title in the
Michelin Endurance Cup. What does this title mean to you?

John Edwards: “I think it’s a great way to end the season, closing
out with a championship. For us, the Michelin Endurance Cup was a big
focus, especially after winning the first race of the year, the 24
Hours of Daytona. From then on it was an additional part of our
strategy in endurance races to target to be leading at the check
points in order to collect the points for the Endurance Cup. I think
it’s a testament to the job the team can do when you have 24 hours, 12
hours, ten hours of racing. It’s a testament to how the team is
functioning as a whole and so I’m really proud to be a part of it.”

Jesse Krohn: “I am also super proud that we were able to win this
endurance title because in races, the longer they go, the more
difficult it gets. When you have to survive for ten, 12, 24 hours that
is, like John said, really a testament to the team’s ability in
endurance races and doing a great job over a long distance. It’s
really a great achievement for the whole team that we were able to win it.”

You have been on the podium in all four endurance races of the
season. What are the keys to success in endurance racing compared to
shorter 2 hour 40 races?

 

Krohn: “It’s a different mentality approaching the longer races
because you know you got to be there at the end and there is a lot of
strategy involved getting in that position that gives you the chance
to win or to finish on the podium. So it’s a completely different
approach to the sprint races where you got to qualify well and it’s
even more taking risks throughout the race. You don’t have to think
about the long game so much as in endurance races. It’s different and
this year we really did it well.”

Edwards: “I think it’s really challenging. Especially in IMSA with
the different classes and then how close we are especially to the GTD
cars because, as Jesse said, you have to be there in the end but as
soon as you back off in an IMSA race you are going to lose a lot of
time due to passing traffic and so on. At places like Sebring and Road
Atlanta actually, which have finishing the race at night, it’s quite
challenging to determine how much risk you’ll take because you need to
be there at the end but when you pull back too much then GTD cars
won’t let you by and prototypes will take advantage of you. You have
to find that balance of quite a bit of aggression and still managing
to keep the car together. I think it’s also important to highlight how
many pit stops the team takes part of over an endurance race, and the
strategy as well is constantly changing over that time. I think at
Daytona, we had a fast car which came to us at the end of the race
when the track heated up but more importantly we also called the
strategy perfectly. It put us in a great position and for me it’s a
huge emphasis on the team, even more than in the sprint races.”

The team effort – what makes BMW Team RLL so strong in this regard?

Krohn: “It’s a special team, for sure. The team spirit and the way
everybody works together is really great and everybody has a really
good relationship with each other. There’s a very open atmosphere and
it is very clear that everybody has their own job, everybody do their
specific work super well and you know that you can always rely on the
guy next to you. And I think that really puts the team on a different
level and allows us to have this success that we’ve had.”

Edwards: “I agree with Jesse and I think it’s important to also
highlight that in addition to winning this championship and being on
the podium with the #24 car in every endurance race, the #25 also won
the six-hour race at Road Atlanta and we have also won Daytona two
years in a row as a team. It all came together for us in the #24 this
year but this was just a highlight of how the team has been in the
last couple of years. And when you look at who is next to you,
particularly all of the BMW drivers that they bring to races, in a way
it doesn’t matter who they send because they have such strong drivers.
We’ve had Philipp Eng in our car, of course this year we had Augusto
Farfus and Chaz Mostert who both did an amazing job. And I’m very
proud to be a part of that programme.”

Your personal highlight of the season for sure was winning the
24 Hours of Daytona in January? Now, with some time passing by, what
are still your strongest memories of that success?

Edwards: “True! I actually remember a moment in the middle of the
race, probably around midnight or one o’clock in the morning. I got in
from my triple stint in the night and was sitting in the pits with
Philipp Eng who was driving the #25 sister car. I think it was you,
Jesse, in the car, making moves and moving up the field and we had
good pace. Philipp looked at me, kind of hit me on the knee and said:
‘You will win this race, man.’ And I looked back and meant to myself:
‘It’s still way too long to go for a talk like this.’ I still remember
that moment because he had all the confidence that we would win it and
I just wanted to focus on the things we could control at that moment.
But of course the best memory was watching Jesse cross the finish line
because in the last couple of hours we had a lot of stuff up in the
air. The strategies were still playing out and obviously we had called
it well but in the background I wasn’t sure how this will play out
until we saw it. Also on one of the final pit stops, a prototype
stalled his car and blocked Jesse’s entry in the pit lane and I
thought that was the end of the race for us. I thought that would put
us back to third and cost us the race win so it was very emotional in
the race and I remember the feeling of watching Jesse cross and
knowing we have finally done it. Chaz Mostert, Augusto Farfus and I
hugged and jumped up and down on the pit wall. It was so much joy but
mostly also relief as it was so stressful leading up to that moment.
So for me the biggest moment in my mind is that big hug with my
team-mates on the pit wall as we watched Jesse cross the line.”

So Jesse, your biggest moment then certainly was crossing the
line in the #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE?

Krohn: “Yes, 100 per cent. I just spoke about this at the weekend at
Sebring, how long ago in a way our Daytona win was but how clear it
still is in my memory. It was like we had just won it yesterday,
because it was such a special race, a special moment for myself and
for the team. When I think of crossing the finish line: I would much
rather be in the car in the final hour, because I can get the job done
and I don’t have to stress on the pit wall and have things out of my
control. It was also something special for me that the team showed
trust in me and put me in the car to bring the race home. When I
crossed the finish line, I was just trying to soak in the feeling. I
knew how special it is and when I drove slowly around the track in the
inlap, I just felt the moment and it was very special. I knew I had a
very happy team waiting for me once I got to the pits.”

After Daytona, you and the team wanted to take the momentum to
the next rounds, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused all racing
activities to stop for a few months. How challenging was that for
you as drivers and BMW Team RLL?

Edwards: “I think it has been a difficult year for everyone, wether
you are in motorsport or not. For us in motorsport, we stayed at home
and we drove on our sims a lot. And I think for us in the #24 car it
was actually probably easier than for most people because we had a
great result, we got to enjoy and celebrate our success for a little
bit longer than we planned with quite a long time between races. But I
think it would have been much worse to have a bad race at Daytona and
then have to go into lockdown because when you have these bad races
all you want to do is get back and make up for it. We have been able
to come home and proudly wear our Rolex’s around the house while we
waited for the next race (laughs).”

Krohn: “John said it well, we were very lucky that we had the race
win and went into lockdown with a good result. But obviously it was
not ideal for anyone and we would have liked to kept going and I still
hope that things will get back to normal rather sooner than later.”

After the season resumed, what were your other highlights?

Edwards: “Obviously the fact that we were on the podium in every
endurance race was really special. And in addition to that, we led at
a lot of the check points in the middle of the races which count
towards the Endurance Cup. Although we had some podiums also outside
the endurance races, for me the whole endurance season is really what
I look back on. In the six-hour race at Road Atlanta, we had a good
pace and ultimately came home ‘only’ in third but it was a very tight
and intense race. And then the Petit Le Mans, it was a bit of a
bittersweet race as we won the Endurance Cup but came home third but
we were leading with some time to go before Augusto got pushed off by
a prototype. So for me, this Petit Le Mans race was a bit of a
highlight although we did not have the luck to finish with it a win
but for me that was a really strong race by all three of us driving
the car and a strong race by the team and the performance of the car.
Unfortunately it was just bad luck that put us to third instead of
winning the race. But that was for me a great example of a race that
we executed pretty much perfectly.”

Krohn: “Yes, I agree with John, the endurance championship definitely
was a highlight but the whole season itself was a bit of a highlight
because we knew that we had a package that every week can fight for
the win so it was really exciting to go to all the races, knowing that
if we executed well we would be able to fight for wins and podiums. So
in general, this year we’ve been consistently more competitive, we’ve
really made a step from last year to this year to really challenge for
race wins. We were in the mix all the time, overall doing a good job.”

Original Press Release

Celebrating the festive season in MINI style.

BMW:Celebrating the festive season in MINI style.

Munich. MINI makes your wishes come true. When
looking for gifts for family and friends or additions to your own wish
list, the MINI Lifestyle Collection provides plenty of inspiration.
MINI fans young and old alike will be sure to find what they are
looking for here. Just browsing through the wide range of products
will already put you in a festive mood.

Stylish companions
for every day and on your travels

The bags and cases of the MINI Lifestyle Collection are stylish
companions and look good in every setting:  The MINI Contrast
Zipper Totepack
really proves its worth when you head for
the office or the shops. The black bag made of recycled PET features a
padded laptop compartment on the back, a printed MINI Wing logo and
zips in the contrasting colours white and energetic yellow. An
additional laptop compartment and an interior compartment with zip
fastener ensure orderly conditions inside the bag. The MINI
Contrast Zipper Laptop Bag
is an alternative or supplement
that is consistent in colour, design and material. With compartments
for laptop, documents and pens, it is ideal for making a stylish
appearance at business meetings.

The MINI Tricolour Block Duffle Bag offers enough
space for taking a short break from everyday life. It is made of
white, water-repellent canvas with a rubberised bottom and handles in
black and has a removable shoulder strap and a snap hook for keys
inside.  Unmistakably MINI: The contrast stripes in Energetic Yellow
and the MINI lettering printed on the front.

The hard-shell cases from the MINI Lifestyle Collection, available in
various sizes, provide flexible storage options when travelling with
the whole family. Four wheels, a pull-out handle and a waterproof zip
with TSA combination lock make travelling comfortable and safe. There
is an embossed MINI logo on the front of the cases. The MINI
Trolley
 is a real eye-catcher thanks to its bright
“Chili Red” paintwork and a capacity of 76 litres. Ideal for
shorter trips: The MINI Cabin Trolley in classic
black, with a volume of 36 litres, practical front opening and
removable laptop bag. And for stylishly travelling youngsters, we
recommend the MINI Kids Trolley in Chili Red. Its
interior features numerous compartments and its lining printed with
bulldog and car motifs makes packing and unpacking a pleasure.

Comfortable, sustainable, authentic: New textiles from the

MINI Lifestyle Collection.

Comfort and authentic design make the new textiles from the MINI
Lifestyle Collection popular with MINI fans big and small alike. The
MINI Loop Wing Logo Sweatshirt Women’s made of soft
organic quality cotton in a diagonal fleece structure is very cosy to
wear. It is available in black or Chili Red. A loop-embroidered MINI
Wing logo in white or black and contrasting stripes on the neckline,
sleeve ends and waistband add fashionable accents. The MINI
Loop Wordmark Sweatshirt Kids
is also made of 100 percent
organic quality cotton. The Chili Red version has accents in Icelandic
and black, the green sweatshirt has black and white applications. The
MINI lettering in black or white is also featured.

Great fun for little MINI fans.

Young parents and their offspring will be delighted with the gifts
for children of all ages listed in the MINI Lifestyle Collection. With
the MINI Cars and Stripes Gift Set even the youngest
children are ready for MINI from head to toe. Packed in a gift box,
the set for children aged between six and nine months includes a cap
with a classic stripe design and white MINI lettering and five pairs
of socks in different colours and patterns. The MINI Knitted
Car
is lovingly knitted, cuddly and machine washable. With
its bodywork in Chili Red, a black roof and yellow headlights, it is
characterised by distinctive MINI design. The MINI Bulldog
is an equally stylish and similarly cuddly playmate for the
little ones. Grey corduroy with white front, movable legs and a red
neckerchief with black MINI Wing logo give the MINI mascot
irresistible charm.

Driving fun in the children’s room is guaranteed with the
MINI Pull Toy Car. The speedster painted in classic
red is made of FSC-certified beech wood. It has a white roof and
bonnet stripes, treaded rubber tyres and a solid cord for pulling.
Young drivers aged 18 months and over can switch to the MINI
Baby Racer
. The push car in the latest MINI design features
Chili Red paint finish, white bonnet stripes and large wheels with
low-noise rubber tyres. Standard equipment: A childproof steering
wheel and a removable and washable seat cushion. Fun for the whole
family is guaranteed in classic style with the MINI Pick-up
Sticks
. 41 bamboo sticks with multicoloured stripes challenge
the players’ skills. They are housed in a cylindrical box with the
MINI Wing logo printed on it.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Sarah Bauer, MINI Lifestyle Collection Communication

Tel.: +49-89-382-94180
E-mail: sarah.bauer@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, 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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