BMW Motorrad at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW 2018.

BMW:BMW Motorrad at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW 2018.

At the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW, the world’s largest show for customised
motorcycles, the hippest customisers from all over the world come to
the East Westfalian town of Bad Salzuflen to celebrate the world of
customised motorcycles from 30 November to 2 December 2018. More than
300 firms will present over 1,000 custom bikes on an area covering
28,000 square metres in four halls – with BMW Motorrad right in the
middle. For the sixth time already, BMW Motorrad is highlighting the
customising potential of its models in cooperation with selected
customiser garages.

Stylish BMW Motorrad custom bikes.

With a total of 15 models, the entire customising range will be
on show at the stand of BMW Motorrad extending over an area of approx.
180 sqm – from the individually customised series production bike,
moderate custom builds to true custom bike treasures requiring a great
deal of craft skills. Striking examples are the “SoulFuel Bikes”,
spectacular conversions by renowned customisers based on the current R
nineT such as the Giggerl by
Blechmann, theIron Racer Mark 2 by
KSpeed as well as the SMW 61-B by
Sosa Metal Works.

The Maximator based on the BMW R 1200 C is
another highlight. The custom bike was built with meticulous manual
care by the BMW Motorrad development engineer Ulf
Musekamp
, who was involved among other things in the
realisation of the BMW R nineT family. His Maximator
took 5th place among 100 bikes in the “Custombike Magazine” readers’ choice.

Exclusive: BMW Motorrad Spezial.

The “BMW Motorrad Spezial” range shows how much customising is
already possible ex works. The high-grade customising parts highlight
the great degree to which customers can already customise their BMW
bike ex works with special equipment, original accessories and the BMW
Motorrad Spezial range.

All this and a great deal more awaits visitors from 30 November
to 2 December 2018 at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW in the Bad Salzuflen trade
fair centre. Opening hours are: Friday from 12 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10
am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

You will find further 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:

Dominik Schaidnagel, Communications BMW Motorrad

Telephone: +49 89 382-60964, Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications Motorrad

Telephone: +49 89 382-57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@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.
As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than
140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles
and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 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 following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

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An interview with António Félix da Costa: “With the BMW iFE.18 we’ve created something very exciting”.

BMW:An interview with António Félix da Costa: “With the BMW iFE.18 we’ve created something very exciting”.

Munich. On 15th December, the opening race in Ad
Diriyah (KSA) sees the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team get its first
season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship underway. BMW works
driver António Félix da Costa (POR) has known the series from Season
1. Now, together with BMW i Andretti Motorsport, he opens a new
chapter. In an interview he talks about the impressive development
of Formula E and the new challenges with the BMW iFE.18 in Season 5.

 

António, Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will
mark your fifth season in the series. How has it developed since the beginning?


 

António Félix da Costa: “Being there from the start, it‘s been really
impressive to see the growth and the changes in Formula E over the
course of the last four seasons. It started as something people didn’t
really believe in, including myself, and now it is something every
driver wants to be a part of. But not only that, look at how
professional it is, how many top manufacturers have entered, how many
fans attend, and the level of sponsors involved. It’s really captured
the interest of the motorsport world. It’s been a really massive
journey for all of us and it’s now a series that everyone takes
seriously. It’s become really, really big.”

What changes for you personally with BMW entering as a manufacturer?

 

Félix da Costa: “Being a BMW works driver in Formula E is something I
aspired to from the beginning. I hoped from season one that BMW would
be involved one day and now, in season five, they are entering
properly. It’s actually all of the pieces of the puzzle coming
together. It’s nice when you have a plan and it works out. I’m really
looking forward to this season – I’m hoping we can achieve a lot together.”

How much can the championship improve with the entry of BMW
and other manufacturers?

 

Félix da Costa: “One big factor for the success of the championship
was how many manufacturers would come along. BMW is a hugely
successful manufacturer around the world and in seasons five and six
they will be joined on track by other big players including Porsche,
Mercedes, Audi, Nissan and Jaguar. For any series to have this level
of interest and commitment from industry leaders is very exciting and
suggests we have a very strong future.”

 

How exciting is it to be part of a whole new project like the
BMW iFE.18?

 

Félix da Costa: “It’s really exciting to be part of something new.
I’m still young and quite fresh with a manufacturer, so being able to
develop a new project within a company like BMW is great. There are a
lot of top people involved in Munich who are very excited to see this
new baby being born and grow as quickly as possible.”

How does it feel to drive the BMW iFE.18?

 

Félix da Costa: “The new car felt great from day one. The
driveability is really good. Of course, like everyone on the grid, we
were worried about how we would perform against our competitors but we
turned up at the Valencia test and showed we have a well-performing
and reliable car. With the BMW iFE.18 we’ve created something very
exciting and I can’t wait to race it in season five.”

How much can your work at the racetrack contribute to the next
generations of electric production cars?

 

Félix da Costa: “For BMW, having the Formula E project allows them to
challenge themselves more. The race programme gives them a test-bed, a
lab, for the development of the electric drivetrain. We encourage the
road car developers to really push and go as aggressive as they can
with their development tools. I think Formula E has already helped BMW
to set the bar with e-mobility and I think it will help to raise it
even higher in the coming years.”

 

How much fun are electric road cars to drive?

Félix da Costa: “Electric road cars are cool, fun and exciting and I
think Formula E is a fantastic way to showcase this. In Formula E we
do have to manage our energy to get to the end but this is additional
motivation to us. Our goal is to reduce energy consumption and if we
are learning new driving styles to do so then this is something we can
take into the way we drive on the roads in everyday life.”

 

Coming back to racing: What are the main technical differences
between the BMW iFE.18 and the Gen1 car?

 

Félix da Costa: “The generation two car looks a lot nicer – it’s a
big step forward with how futuristic and aggressive it looks. On a
technical side, we have more power and more range, which makes the car
change during the race unnecessary. Also, we have got the
brake-by-wire system. This is a big step forward for us as it allows
the software side to control all of the braking and deceleration of
the car, and when we brake how much regeneration goes back into the battery.”

 

Can you please explain the new rules concerning power modes?

 

Félix da Costa: “During the races we will now run at 200 kW
throughout, which was our qualifying power from last year. In
qualifying we will even have 250 kW available now. This year we will
also have ‘Attack Mode’: you have to go slightly off-line to trigger
it, then you have a certain amount of time that you can run with 225
kW. This will allow us to go faster, attack, defend and will encourage
people to run different strategies throughout the race.”

 

What are the special challenges you as a driver and the car
face on the narrow and often bumpy street circuits?

 

Félix da Costa: “Street tracks are always a big challenge for racing
drivers. Traditionally, we only got to race on one or two a year, but
with Formula E almost every race is a street track, which is an
incredible new challenge. I always loved street circuits and even
before Formula E had great memories of winning the Macau F3 Grand Prix
twice and being on the podium in Monaco. I really enjoy going to bumpy
tracks with no room for mistakes.”

 

What are your expectations for Ad Diriyah and Season 5 in general?

Félix da Costa: “The test in Valencia went well for us. Topping the
timesheets gives us a lot of confidence but we need to stay humble.
Our competitors are extremely strong so we are taking a cautious
approach to Ad Diriyah. We’re not really sure what to expect from the
event but we approach it with as much strength and motivation as we
can and then we will build our goals and expectations for the season
from there.”

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And the winner is: IRRC Champion Danny Webb wins the 2018 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

BMW:And the winner is: IRRC Champion Danny Webb wins the 2018 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

Munich. The winner of the 2018 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy is:
Danny Webb (GBR). The reigning International Road Racing
Championship (IRRC) champion picked up a total of 485 out of a
possible 500 Race Trophy points. This saw him clinch victory by a
hair’s breadth with a thrilling head-to-head race at the top. Michal
Filla (CZE) finished in second place with 483.02 points, less than
two points behind. Third place went to Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR).

 

BMW Motorrad Motorsport awarded a total prize fund of 100,000 euros
this year, which was divided among the 30 best-placed participants. On
top of this were bonuses in various categories, for example, for the
11 riders and teams that won the championship title in their series,
for the “Best BMW Rider in Class” or for the “Best Newcomer”. The BMW
Motorrad Race Trophy, which was launched in 2014, was held for the
fifth time this year. 139 riders from 19 different nations registered
for the Race Trophy this season. They competed for 85 teams in 25
different championship classes.

 

The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy rankings are calculated using a complex
system. A rider can attain a maximum of 500 points, regardless of how
many races are held in their respective championship. They consist of
race points for results in the races, as well as bonus points, for
example, for pole positions and winning the championship title.

Race Trophy winner Danny Webb dominated the International Road Racing
Championship on his Wepol Racing by Penz13 BMW S 1000 RR. The Brit
picked up the full number of championship points in each race and
secured the IRRC championship title at the penultimate round of the
season in August. This performance also made him one of the favourites
in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. He ended up bagging 485 points in the
Race Trophy and securing the winner’s prize money of 15,000 euros.

Webb had a fierce rival, however, in Michal Filla of the Czech
Republic, who made an impression in the Alpe Adria Road Racing
Championship Superstock class (AARR STK). The BMW Sikora Motorsport
rider won the first nine of the twelve races of the season on his RR.
It was only in the tenth race that his winning streak came to an end,
but by then Filla had already secured the championship title. Filla
picked up 483.02 points in the Race Trophy – not even two points
behind Webb. He finished the head-to-head race in second place, with a
cash prize of 10,000 euros.

Third place in the 2018 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy also went to a
champion who picked up win after win in his championship, Ilya
Mikhalchik of the alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW team. The Ukrainian
celebrated winning the title in the International German Championship
(IDM). In the 14 races of the season, Mikhalchik topped the podium as
winner nine times. He picked up a total of 466.18 points in the BMW
Motorrad Race Trophy. He received a cash prize of 7,500 euros for
finishing third.

“Congratulations to the winner Danny Webb and all successful
participants of the 2018 Race Trophy,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Director Marc Bongers. “We experienced another season packed with
thrilling races with victories and triumphs for BMW riders around the
world. We are proud of our customers’ successes and thank them for
representing the BMW Motorrad colours so impressively all over the
world. Once again, they were supported by our extensive network of BMW
Motorrad Motorsport experts. And with success, the riders involved in
the Race Trophy picked up 100 wins and a total of 383 podiums this
season – on the racetrack as well as at major international road
races, including the Isle of Man TT and the Macau Grand Prix. This
year they celebrated title wins in no fewer than 11 international and
national championships. What a result! We look forward to supporting
the privateer BMW racers around the world with our proven customer
racing programme once again in 2019 – and to further successes for the
BMW Motorrad Motorsport community.”

As part of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, the riders and teams that
win the title in their championship are rewarded additional bonuses of
2,500 euros for the team and 2,500 euros for the rider. The 11
champions of the 2018 season are:

  • Markus Reiterberger (GER) – alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW – FIM
    Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000)
  • Danny Webb (GBR) – Wepol Racing by Penz13 – International Road
    Racing Championship (IRRC)
  • Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing Team – BMW Combined Road Race
    Challenge (BMW RRC)
  • Michal Filla (CZE) – BMW Sikora Motorsport – Alpe Adria Road
    Racing Championship Superstock class (AARR STK)
  • Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) – alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW – International
    German Championship (IDM)
  • Keith Farmer (GBR) – Tyco BMW Motorrad – British Superbike
    Championship Superstock class (BSB STK)
  • Carmelo Morales (ESP) – Graphenano EasyRace SBK Team – Spanish
    Championship (RFME CEV)
  • Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FRA) – Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise –
    French European Bikes Championship (FR EU)
  • Federico D’Annunzio (ITA) – FDA Racing – Italian National Trophy
    1000 (INT)
  • Jordan Szoke (CAN) – Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team –
    Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK)
  • Amirul Hafig Azmi (MAS) – TOC HKMTOYO Racing Team – Malaysia
    Superbike Championship Superstock class (MSC STK)

 

 

2018 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Final top 30*.

Pos.

Name (Nat.)

Race Series / Class

Points

1

Danny Webb
(GBR)

IRRC

485.00

2

Michal Filla
(CZE)

AARR STK

483.02

3

Ilya Mikhalchik
(UKR)

IDM

416.18

4

Carmelo Morales
(ESP)

RFME CEV

423.00

5

Markus Reiterberger
(GER)

STK1000

403.43

6

Kenny Foray
(FRA)

FSBK

401.92

7

Jordan Szoke
(CAN)

CSBK

396.00

8

Florian
Brunet-Lugardon (FRA)

FR
EU

394.92

9

Amirul Hafig Azmi
(MAS)

MSC STK

377.20

10

Keith Farmer
(GBR)

BSB STK

375.00

11

Bastien Mackels
(BEL)

IDM

369.69

12

Arnaud Friedrich
(GER)

AARR STK

326.61

13

Peter Hickman
(GBR)

BMW RRC

326.39

14

Ben Young
(CAN)

CSBK

324.00

15

Roberto Tamburini
(ITA)

STK1000

314.00

16

Didier Grams
(GER)

IRRC

306.18

17

Federico
D’Annunzio (ITA)

INT

301.00

18

Alex Barros
(BRA)

BRSBK

298.29

19

Jonathan Germany
(FRA)

FR EU

292.19

20

Karel Hanika
(CZE)

AARR SBK

288.73

21

Julian Puffe
(GER)

IDM

270.59

22

Marek Červený
(CZE)

IRRC

268.55

23

Luca Salvadori
(ITA)

INT

268.00

24

Sharulnizam Ramli
(MAS)

MSC STK

263.60

25

Erno Kostamo
(FIN)

IRRC

262.73

26

Travis Wyman
(USA)

MA STK

250.86

27

Luca Vitali
(ITA)

CIV

248.18

28

Danilo Lewis
(BRA)

BRSBK

232.00

29

Samuel Trépanier
(CAN)

CSBK

220.00

30

Michal Prášek
(CZE)

AARR STK

212.79

*The full rankings are listed online at:

http://www.bmw-motorrad-motorsport.com

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BMW Group recognises suppliers for outstanding innovations

BMW:BMW Group recognises suppliers for outstanding innovations

Munich / Landshut. The BMW Group has honoured
suppliers for their outstanding innovations and development work for
the fifth time with the BMW Supplier Innovation Award: A total of 15
suppliers were recognised for their achievements and exceptional
collaboration on Wednesday evening at BMW Group Plant Landshut. In the
categories Productivity, Sustainability, Efficient Dynamics,
Digitalisation and Emotional Experience five winners were selected.

The BMW Group’s global network of 3,200 suppliers at 4,500 production
locations in around 50 countries plays a decisive role in implementing
new developments. Every day, BMW Group vehicle plants worldwide take
delivery of more than 31 million parts. The companies that supply the
BMW Group ceased to be just suppliers of components years ago and have
now become system developers and innovation partners. Over the years,
their share of value creation at the company has risen steadily and
currently stands at over 70 percent. The BMW Group’s annual purchasing
volume totals around 60 billion euros.

“Close cooperation with our suppliers is the basis for guaranteeing
supply security at all our production locations worldwide, as well as
ensuring innovation in future areas of mobility,” according to Dr.
Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. It is no coincidence
that the Supplier Innovation Award 2018 was presented at the Landshut
plant, explained Wendt in his speech in front of 250 CEOs and managing
directors of top suppliers: “This is not only home to a large share of
our inhouse component production, but also our innovation hub for
components and innovative solutions: The LuTZ, our Lightweight
Construction and Technology Centre in Landshut, embodies our passion
for innovation.”

The winners of the BMW Supplier Innovation Award 2018 are:

Category “Productivity”

3Con: World’s fastest press
laminating system

BMW joined forces with 3Con to build the world’s fastest press
laminating system, which can attach sewn leather and synthetic-leather
coverings to an injection-moulded part with a cycle time of only 30
seconds. Thanks to rotating combination tools, left-hand and
right-hand drive components can be produced in sequence with no
integration restrictions. This reduces production costs by more than
80 percent.

Category “Sustainability”

BASF SE: Best CO2
performance with ambitious goals

In the report published by the non-governmental organisation CDP,
BASF achieved the best performance in CO2 emissions and anchoring the
fight against climate change within the company. BASF is also working
to reduce its own suppliers’ emissions and is essentially oriented
towards the global two-degree target.

Category “Efficient Dynamics”

LG Chem: 12V lithium-ion battery

Thanks to the 12V lithium-ion battery from LG Chem, the current
system using two heavy lead starter batteries can be replaced by a
lead-acid battery and a lightweight lithium battery. This saves weight
and reduces CO2. The lithium-ion battery is also more powerful than a
lead-acid battery, with better recuperation ability – which makes the
system even more environmentally-friendly.

Category “Digitalisation”

Inrix: On-street parking

The ConnectedDrive on-street parking service makes it easier for BMW
customers to find parking in 68 cities across Europe and the US. The
navigation system shows streets where parking is likely to be found in
graphic form. This saves time and reduces CO2 emissions.
The service was recently improved by integrating ultrasound data from
the BMW fleet.

Category “Emotional Experience”

Preh GmbH: Modular
centre-console control panel

The modular centre-console control panel combines different
technologies in a single component. Instead of many individual
switches and outlets, there is just one interface, which allows
customers to choose their preferred configuration. Thanks to its
modular principle, it can be used in numerous BMW series.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Saskia Eßbauer, Corporate and Culture Communications,
Saskia.Essbauer@bmw.de,

Telephone:

+49 89 382-18364

Mathias Schmidt, Head of Corporate and Culture Communications, mathias.m.schmidt@bmwgroup.com,

Telephone:

+49 89 382-24544

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 30 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 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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Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

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A glimpse of the future: BMW Group uses virtual reality to design future production workstations

BMW:A glimpse of the future: BMW Group uses virtual reality to design future production workstations

Munich. Virtual reality is increasingly finding use
in BMW Group production. A few months before production of the new BMW
3 Series ramped up in Munich, BMW Group planners have completely laid
out individual workstations in a virtual world. This includes cockpit
preassembly, for example, where the cockpit is put together before
being installed in the vehicle. For the first time, building, systems,
logistics and assembly planners, together with production employees,
were able to assess the whole of the new production area in virtual
reality and test new procedures in 3D.

Matthias Schindler, responsible for Virtual Planning and
Implementation in Production at the BMW Group: “Virtual reality
technology has enabled us to set up cockpit preassembly workstations
quickly and efficiently. Time-consuming trial installations that
replicate the workstation in its actual dimensions were no longer
needed. And the fact that all the specialists involved – from
logistics experts to systems planners to production employees – were
easily able to exchange ideas in the early stages was an important
added benefit for the team. We were more transparent, more flexible
and faster overall.”

Production of the existing cockpit continued during preparations
without any constraints, since planning only took up space in the
virtual world. Being able to work with the same data and software also
saved specialist departments and production staff a lot of time.
Because it is so easy to use, experts were able to assess how much
space the new system needed, for example, quickly and easily and
incorporate production employees’ know-how in planning from the
beginning. Following a brief introduction and without any specialised
knowledge, the team of representatives from different specialist areas
was able to launch the project immediately. The software handles
complex calculations for real-time rendering of all objects in
virtual-reality glasses and simulations.

The basis for this kind of planning is digitalised 3D factory data.
For the past several years, the BMW Group has been capturing the real
structures of its plants in digital form with millimetre accuracy,
using special 3D scanners and high-resolution cameras. This creates a
three-dimensional image of production in the form of a so-called cloud
diagram. Time-consuming, digital reconstruction of real structures and
manual recording on site are no longer needed. Whether planning future
workplaces or entire assembly halls, BMW Group departments can now
combine existing data with a virtual “library” of shelves,
lattice boxes, small load carriers and around 50 other widely-used
operating resources.

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Marc Márquez extends record winning sequence in the BMW M Award: fastest qualifier in MotoGP™ in the BMW M anniversary season.

BMW:Marc Márquez extends record winning sequence in the BMW M Award: fastest qualifier in MotoGP™ in the BMW M anniversary season.

Valencia. The finale at Valencia, Spain, marked the
end of a special season for BMW M in MotoGP. 2018 was the 20th season
for BMW M as “Official Car of MotoGP”. The BMW M Award for the fastest
qualifier is an integral feature of decades of involvement at the top
level of motorbike racing. Since 2003, this award has traditionally
been handed over at the season finale. One man seems unbeatable in the
race to claim the winner’s car: record holder Marc Márquez extended
his winning run in the BMW M Award, claiming the sought-after prize
for the sixth time running.

This year, Márquez was rewarded for his performances with the BMW M3
CS (combined fuel consumption: 8.5 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions:
198 g/km*). The official award ceremony took place on Saturday at the
MotoGP finale at Valencia. The car for this year’s winner was handed
over to Márquez by Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP organiser Dorna
Sports, and Markus Flasch, President of BMW M GmbH.

Márquez has already made history several times with the BMW M Award.
He won it for the first time in 2013, becoming the first rookie to top
the special ranking. In 2015, the Spaniard became the first rider to
win the BMW M Award for three consecutive years. He became the
exclusive record holder in 2016 with his fourth straight victory. In
the current 2018 season, Márquez won the BMW M Award with a total of
341 points, 73 points ahead of his closest challenger Andrea Dovizioso.

By choosing the BMW M3 CS as the BMW M Award winner’s car, BMW M GmbH
has provided a real highlight in the anniversary season. It is the
most powerful production car from the M3 series to date. It takes just
3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. Its powerful M TwinPower
turbo inline-six-cylinder engine delivers a performance of 460 hp and
a torque of 600 Nm. A 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with
Drivelogic takes care of the power transmission in the BMW M Award
winner’s car. The adaptive M suspension in the BMW M3 CS guarantees
the highest dynamic handling right up to the limit. The sporty
appearance of the car is highlighted by the paintwork in Frozen Dark
Blue, the 19-inch light alloy double-spoke wheels, the full leather,
fine-grain Merino bi-colour upholstery, as well as further fittings
highlights such as the M steering wheel in Alcantara.

“I can hardly believe that I have won the BMW M Award for the sixth
time running,” said Márquez at the award ceremony at Valencia. “One
year ago, I announced here that my objective for 2018 was to claim
this sixth victory – and I have actually managed it. That makes me
very proud. Now I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel of this
fantastic BMW M3 CS. I want to thank BMW M GmbH for providing the BMW
M Award as an accolade for the fastest qualifier. This shows special
appreciation for us as MotoGP riders. The prospect of winning this
prize provides even more motivation for us when qualifying starts on Saturdays.”

“We are delighted with the successful partnership with BMW M, which
now spans two decades. In BMW M, we have been fortunate to have a
strong and reliable partner at our side for 20 years now – and the BMW
M Award has long established itself as an integral part of the MotoGP
season. After all, we are presenting the award for the 16th time
today,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “This award is
fantastic. Our MotoGP riders produce top performances every time they
take to the track for qualifying – and what better way to honour these
performances than with an exclusive prize like the BMW M Award? Every
year, BMW M GmbH presents outstanding cars to the winners, and the BMW
M3 CS continues this tradition. It is no wonder that the prize is so
coveted among the riders, and I take my hat off to Marc Márquez.
Congratulations on this impressive sixth win in a row.”

“There are hardly enough superlatives to describe Marc Márquez’
successes in the BMW M Award,” said Markus Flasch, President of BMW M
GmbH. “He has prevailed regularly against some very strong competition
since 2013 and proved just how talented he is as fastest qualifier in
the MotoGP. The fact that he has now won the BMW M Award for the sixth
time running is more than just impressive. Marc has made history again
with this success in our anniversary season as a MotoGP partner.
Congratulations on this exceptional performance. We are delighted to
hand over this exclusive BMW M3 CS today. This prize is a token of our
appreciation for his outstanding performance. I am sure that it will
provide him with extreme driving pleasure – just like the winner’s
cars of the last five years.”

As with the scoring system for the race, the riders receive points
for their positions in qualifying at each Grand Prix weekend. The
rider who has picked up the most points at the end of the season wins
the coveted BMW M Award, in the form of an exclusive BMW M automobile.
The record holder is Marc Márquez, who has now claimed the BMW M Award
six times in a row. Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner each have three
wins to their name. Jorge Lorenzo has been honoured as the best
qualifier twice to date while Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden have each
won the award once.

For more information about BMW M GmbH and the involvement as the
“Official Car of MotoGP”, see: www.bmw-m.com.  

* All figures relating to
performance, fuel/electric power consumption and emissions are provisional.

The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power
consumption figures were determined according to the European
Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The
figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in
Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of the
selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional
equipment, and may vary during configuration.

The values are already based on the new WLTP test cycle and
are 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).

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and
specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included
in the following guideline: ‘Leitfaden über den
Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch
neuer Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide to the fuel economy, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger
cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all
dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT),
Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

BMW M3 CS: combined fuel consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 198 g/km (provisional figures)

Original Press Release

Difficult challenge for BMW M Motorsport in the rain-affected WEC round at Shanghai.

BMW:Difficult challenge for BMW M Motorsport in the rain-affected WEC round at Shanghai.

Shanghai. BMW Team MTEK started the China round of the FIA
World Endurance Championship (WEC) from the front row of the grid,
but multiple red-flags and wet conditions made the ‘6 Hours of
Shanghai’ a challenge, and the team had to settle for sixth and
ninth in the LM GTE Pro class.

 

It was the first time the BMW M8 GTE had run in very wet conditions
and it was also the team’s debut at the “Shanghai International
Circuit”, making the challenge tough.

The #81 BMW M8 GTE started from second place, but a mid-race safety
car period fell at the wrong time to benefit the team’s strategy,
leaving drivers Martin Tomcyzk (GER) and Nick Catsburg (NED) to cross
the line in sixth place. The #82 sister-car pushed hard and was
running in fifth place in the final hour, but a stop-and-go penalty
dropped Tom Blomqvist (GBR) and António Félix da Costa (POR) to ninth.

Comments on the ‘6 Hours of Shanghai’:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“While our colleagues were victorious in the FIA GT World Cup at
Macau, we did not have so much fortune in the ‘6 Hours of Shanghai’.
We had some tough conditions to battle with and a lot of strategy
calls to make. Like other teams, we were unlucky when the safety cars
fell, and tyre choices didn’t always work out. It was the first time
we have run the BMW M8 GTE on the full wet tyres, and we have some
improvements to make there, but we showed in practice and qualifying
that we are strong in the dry and damp.”

 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):

“In the end we can’t be happy with the result. To do well in a
difficult event like this you need to make perfect calls and have some
luck – unfortunately, this was not our race. But we did see the
potential of the car earlier on in the weekend –  in the dry and damp
we got up to speed on a new track and qualified on the front row. We’d
not yet driven the BMW M8 GTE in the wet, so we were really learning
‘on the job’ – it’s difficult to learn new conditions in the race.
That said, every race is a learning curve, but we always come back stronger.”

Martin Tomczyk (#81 BMW M8 GTE):

“It was not the Sunday that we expected. After a strong performance
in the damp in practice, we thought we would be quick in the wet but
we really struggled in the heavy rain, which we’ve never driven the
BMW M8 GTE in before. Now it’s the winter break so we need to make the
most of the time and come back stronger.”

Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE):

“It was a disappointing race for us. We need to get a better
understanding of the wet tyre because we simply had no pace today.
It’s a shame because in qualifying the BMW M8 GTE felt great. We
learned a lot today and have a good gap before Sebring to work on our
wet weather set-up.”

 

António Félix da Costa (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“The end result is not great, but we started with a well-executed
race. Even though we did not have the pace today, we took some
gambles, some of which worked and some didn’t. We fought hard to run
in fifth place but a late-race penalty dropped us back. It was
disappointing but there’s a big gap between now and Sebring, so we
have time to improve.”

Tom Blomqvist (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“It’s not the result we were hoping for but it was really difficult
with the red flags interrupting things. The last three hours went more
smoothly but we didn’t have the pace in these wet conditions. There’s
a lot that we need to look at and understand –  at some points in the
race we had pace but not at others, so we need to discover why we were
not consistent. We’ve learned lots and there are plenty of positives
to take away – it is simply part of the learning process when you
compete with a new car.”

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Augusto Farfus, BMW Team Schnitzer and the BMW M6 GT3 triumph at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

BMW:Augusto Farfus, BMW Team Schnitzer and the BMW M6 GT3 triumph at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

Macau. The winners of the 2018 FIA GT World Cup are Augusto
Farfus (BRA) and BMW. After his success in the qualifying race on
Saturday, the Brazilian went on to win the main race on Sunday in
Macau (CHN) as well. Starting from pole position, Farfus, in the BMW
Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3, led the race for all of the 18 laps and
in doing so clinched another BMW win at the renowned “Guia Circuit”. 

With it a motorsport era also comes to an end: long-standing
Schnitzer Team Principal Charly Lamm (GER) sat on the pit wall for
the last time in this role in Macau.

At the start, Farfus asserted himself at the front of the field and
in the following laps went on to extend his lead. His rivals managed
to close the gap in the final stages of the race, but Farfus kept a
cool head in the narrow urban canyons, didn’t make any mistakes and
brought the BMW M6 GT3 home in first place.

Farfus and BMW Team Schnitzer are a proven combination in Macau. They
celebrated victory together on the 6.120-kilometre street circuit in
2009, in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Last year
Farfus finished second in the Saturday race in the BMW M6 GT3 Cao Fei
Art Car fielded by the team from Freilassing (GER). The double success
in the qualifying race and the main race saw Farfus and BMW Team
Schnitzer enjoy the perfect weekend this year.

Quotes from the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director:
“Congratulations to Augusto, Charly Lamm and BMW Team
Schnitzer on this fantastic success. That was a more than impressive
performance on one of the most difficult street circuits in the world.
The team provided Augusto with a perfect car, and Augusto showcased
all of his skill. It is not every day that someone is so dominant on
both days in Macau. There couldn’t have been a better farewell for
Charly Lamm as team principal.”

Charly Lamm, Team Principal BMW Team Schnitzer: “A
dream came true. This place is magical, the races here are always a
season highlight. We have raced here with BMW touring cars for many
years, and we have fielded the BMW M6 GT3 in Macau since 2017. My
thanks go to BMW that we were able to compete here again this year.
Even though there were no overtaking manoeuvres during the race, you
could feel the intense suspense throughout. Augusto couldn’t afford to
make even the smallest mistake, otherwise his rivals would have
pounced. He drove a perfect race. I have experienced many wonderful
moments in my racing career – and the win today was definitely one of them.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW M6 GT3, car number 42): “I don’t
really know what to say. BMW put their trust in me, we sat down
together and came up with a plan, and implemented it perfectly. That
doesn’t always work out. The race today wasn’t easy. The track had
less grip than yesterday. I knew that I couldn’t afford to make even
the smallest mistake because the guys behind me were fast. I think
that the battle at the top between the various brands was unusually
close for this track. I’m delighted that I brought home the win. BMW
Motorsport, Charly and BMW Team Schnitzer gave it their all here. It
means a great deal to me. A few years ago, Charly and I lost a
championship here, now we have won the World Cup. It’s also really
special to Charly – I’m very grateful to him.”

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