Turbulent, rain-soaked race to finish the DTM season: Glock best-placed BMW driver in fourth.

BMW:Turbulent, rain-soaked race to finish the DTM season: Glock best-placed BMW driver in fourth.

Hockenheim. The 2019 DTM season concluded with an eventful wet
race at Hockenheim (GER). Timo Glock (GER, JiVS BMW M4 DTM) was the
best-placed BMW driver, finishing fourth. Joel Eriksson (SWE, CATL
BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) were also in
the points, finishing in sixth and ninth positions. After 18 races,
Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) was the most successful
BMW driver, scoring 202 points and securing third place overall.
Victory in the finale went to Nico Müller (SUI, Audi).

Outside the top ten, Wittmann, Sheldon van der Linde
(RSA, BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) crossed the
line in twelfth, 13th and 14th positions. The race was interrupted due
to a host of incidents at the end of the first lap and then restarted
behind the safety car. The rain, heavy at times, continued throughout
the race.
The DTM season may be over, but the fans still
have one more highlight to look forward to this year: on 23rd/24th
November, three BMW M4 DTMs will be competing at the “Dream Race”
featuring the DTM and the Japanese SUPER GT championship at Fuji
(JPN). Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) and Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) have already
been confirmed as drivers.
Reactions to the 18th DTM race of the 2019 season
at Hockenheim.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“That was another extremely eventful race to round off the
season here at Hockenheim. The weather played a dominant role and
there were a few incidents where we didn’t really make life any easier
for ourselves. That all meant that fourth place for Timo Glock was the
best we could hope for. However, we were aiming for much better
results this race Sunday. And that is true of the 2019 season as a
whole. Congratulations to Marco Wittmann on third place in the overall
standings. He celebrated four wins for us and we also enjoyed success
with Philipp Eng and Bruno Spengler. Despite some trying
circumstances, neither our drivers nor anyone else from our team ever
stopped battling. I am very grateful for that. Now we are totally
focused on working towards 2020, so that we can do better.
Congratulations to Audi on winning the title – and congratulations are
also in order to Aston Martin after a promising debut season. Just
like with the appearance of the Japanese manufacturers at Hockenheim,
the numerous innovations were a breath of fresh air for the DTM 2019.
The series is definitely moving in the right direction. Now we are
looking forward to a highlight to round off the DTM year at Fuji at
the end of November.”
Stefan Reinhold (BMW Team RMG Team Principal):

“That was a very difficult race today. Sometimes we were
involved at the front and sometimes we fell right back. We tried to
use our tactics to push Bruno Spengler up through the field. That was
an unfortunate situation in the pit lane with Marco Wittmann; it was a
matter of centimetres. We saw that the pit lane was really full and
tried to manage the situation but our pit lane neighbour also made his
stop at the same time. These are things that can sometimes go wrong
when things are so tight. We are happy that no-one got hurt. We were
also unable to move up any further with Timo Glock; the pace wasn’t
there. But my team did great work again this season. Thanks to all the
mechanics and engineers for doing a great job for 18 races.”
Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
5th, Race: 12th, Drivers’ standings: 3rd, 202 points):

“Essentially, our race was over after the drive-through penalty.
We still hoped for another safety car to help us get closer but that
didn’t come about. All in all, it was a race to forget. But the season
is over now and I did reach the podium with third place in the overall
standings. That is what counts and we can be proud of that. Compared
to the competition, we didn’t always have the best package. That means
that third place is a nice way to round off a season of ups and downs.”
Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 14th,
Race: 9th, Drivers’ standings: 9th, 106 points):

“Of course, ninth place is not a dream finish. But it was a good
recovery performance after starting from 14th on the grid. The team’s
strategy was great. We stopped at exactly the right moment. That was
perfect. We couldn’t have done any better. Now we have to focus on
next year to make sure that we get the most out of our car. That is
the objective.”
Timo Glock (#16 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid: 2nd, Race:
4th, Driver’s standings: 12th, 58 points):

“That was a shame. I didn’t get it right at the start and my
wheels were spinning. I had big problems with grip all the time and it
was very difficult to get the tyres working in the cold conditions.
When I was behind René Rast, my speed was better but whenever I got
close enough, so much water came in through the air intake that I lost
some engine performance. That meant that I had no chance of overtaking
him. At the end, I was involved in a little battle with Jamie Green.
Of course, it’s a shame that we just missed out on the podium by
finishing fourth. I would have liked to have got there for the guys
but it wasn’t quite enough.”
Bert Mampaey (BMW Team RBM Team Principal):

“The conditions were difficult today. That start procedure was
all about safety, which was absolutely correct. As it was very likely
that we would see a safety car, we decided to split our strategy. We
stayed out for a long time with Joel Eriksson. That secured sixth
place for us, which is good. In some ways, the race reflected how our
season has gone. There were some ups and downs. But we are ready to do
better again next season.”
Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid: 7th, Race:
14th, Drivers’ standings: 6th, 144 points):

“The race really matched how the second half of my season went.
The heavy rain made conditions difficult and we tried to make the best
of it. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. I am just going to forget
about it and go back on the attack next year.”
Joel Eriksson (#47 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid: 4th,
Race: 6th, Drivers’ standings: 11th, 61 points):

“That wasn’t bad today. The pace during the race was fantastic.
We showed that we can also go fast in the rain. It is nice to finish
the season like that. Jamie Green and I had the track to ourselves
when all the other drivers had stopped and we were really fast.
Overall, that was not an easy race but the result was positive.”
Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 15th, Race: 13th, Drivers’ standings: 13th, 42 points):

“Qualifying was poor and I was hardly able to make up any
places. Overall, that was a difficult weekend for us. Looking back
over the DTM season as a whole, I can say that I have learned a lot. I
will build on that.”

Original Press Release

Podium for BMW and Marco Wittmann to start DTM finale weekend – four BMW drivers in the points at Hockenheim.

BMW:Podium for BMW and Marco Wittmann to start DTM finale weekend – four BMW drivers in the points at Hockenheim.

Hockenheim. At the Hockenheimring (GER), Marco Wittmann (GER)
from BMW Team RMG secured second place in the 17th race of the DTM
season. The two-time champion, in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, was the
best-placed BMW driver, reaching the rostrum for the seventh time
this year. Victory went to René Rast (GER, Audi), while Timo Glock
(GER, JiVS BMW M4 DTM), Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) and
Joel Eriksson (SWE, CATL BMW M4 DTM) also finished in the points.

Glock crossed the line in sixth place and Spengler
finished eighth. Eriksson scored two points. Sheldon van der Linde
(RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) had to be content with 16th place on the
4.574-kilometre circuit. Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) retired due
to a technical issue.
This was also the first opportunity
for the DTM drivers to go up against their colleagues from the
Japanese Super GT Championship. Jenson Button (GBR, Honda) recorded
the best result among the guest drivers, finishing in ninth
Wittmann enjoyed a thrilling duel for the win
with Rast at Hockenheim and now has 202 points in the drivers’
standings. He is 21 points behind second-placed Nico Müller (SUI,
Audi), with another 28 points up for grabs on Sunday.
Reactions to the 17th DTM race of the 2019 season
at Hockenheim.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to Marco Wittmann on this second place. He
started from second and was able to hold on to the position until the
finish. He had a bit of bad luck with the safety car as our undercut
would have been his chance to move up, but then the tyres deteriorated
towards the end and he wasn’t able to mount any more attacks. Timo
Glock also performed well, but we lost a bit of time during the pit
stop due to a problem with the door. We got four BMWs into the top ten
today, and we want to take another step in the right direction
tomorrow. Marco has moved closer to second place in the drivers’
standings again. We are going on the attack and of course, we are
aiming to claim that second spot on the podium again. Congratulations
to René Rast on the win.”
Stefan Reinhold (BMW Team RMG Team Principal):

“Well, that was a great start today. All three of our cars made
it into the top ten and the guys did a brilliant job. However,
qualifying was tough this morning so Marco Wittmann’s performance to
claim the podium result was very good. Timo Glock had some extremely
bad luck as he really could have made it to pole position. We made the
best of it during the race. Bruno Spengler did a great job once again
and was on the front foot. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make it to
first place today but we will battle on again tomorrow.”
Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
2nd, Race: 2nd, Drivers’ standings: 3rd, 202 points):

“Today was a good day, with second place in qualifying and then
in the race too. The first stint was OK. I did fall back to third
place but I managed to work my way back and closed the gap to René
Rast just before the pit stop. The situation looked promising. Our
strategy to pit earlier than René also looked good. The undercut would
have worked if the safety car hadn’t appeared, but then I had to slot
back in behind him. After the re-start, I saw my chance and took it
but I realised pretty soon that I could not keep pace with René so he
was able to overtake me with DRS one lap later and the gap stayed the
same after that.”
Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 14th,
Race: 8th, Drivers’ standings: 9th, 104 points):

“From 14th on the grid to finish in the points – I can be
pleased with that. Eighth place is not a dream result, but it was the
best I could do today. We had a good strategy and we stopped at
exactly the right time. Many thanks to the team. We’re happy to claim
the points today.”
Timo Glock (#16 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid: 7th, Race:
6th, Driver’s standings: 12th, 45 points):

“I’m actually lost for words; when have you ever seen a door
just pop open like that? I think that’s the first time that’s happened
in my DTM career. It’s even more annoying that it happened when I was
in fourth place. My pace was very good from the start and I was able
to keep up with Marco Wittmann, but the door kept opening wider and I
lost so much top speed. It’s a great shame. All in all, we have to be
happy that we managed to finish sixth.”
Bert Mampaey (BMW Team RBM Team Principal):

“We had a technical problem with Philipp Eng. We have to wait
here until we get the car back. We learned a bit of a lesson with
Sheldon van der Linde today. We chose a clever strategy, brought him
back in and put on a different set of tyres. Unfortunately, it wasn’t
quite enough. Joel Eriksson was involved in an incident in a tight
racing situation and lost a few places. We did manage to score two
points with him at the end. Congratulations to Marco Wittmann on the podium.”
Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid: 16th,
Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 6th, 144 points):

“I had a technical problem and I lost drive. But regardless of
that, I didn’t have a chance. I wasn’t able to go even one-tenth of a
second faster. That was extremely frustrating.”
Joel Eriksson (#47 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid: 10th,
Race: 10th, Classified as 9th, Drivers’ standings: 11th, 53 points):

“The start went pretty well, as did the re-start but two Audis
spun in front of me; I wasn’t able to avoid them and I came to a halt.
I lost a lot of places due to that, and my race was effectively over.
The pace was good but sometimes there is just nothing you can do.”
Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 9th, Race: 16th, Drivers’ standings: 13th, 42 points):

“That was a difficult day. I started poorly and things didn’t
improve much after that. We have a lot to analyse, and a lot to learn.
I am pretty disappointed.”

Original Press Release

More dynamic performance and individuality for BMW X6 and BMW X7 as well as BMW X5 M and X6 M.

BMW:More dynamic performance and individuality for BMW X6 and BMW X7 as well as BMW X5 M and X6 M.

Munich. From November the third generation of the BMW
X6 (combined fuel consumption: 10.7-6.1 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 243–172 g/km*) will enrich the segment of
Sports Activity Coupés (SAC) with its extroverted looks, outstanding
performance and provocative design. Only a few months later, the new
BMW X5 M (fuel consumption combined: 13.0-12.8 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 296-291 g/km*) and the new BMW X6 M
(combined fuel consumption: 12.7-12.5 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 289–284 g/km*) will set new standards in the
high performance SAV/SAC segment from spring 2020. Powered by potent
4.4 litre V8 petrol engines with BMW M TwinPower Turbo Technology and
441 kW/600 hp and 460 kW/625 hp in the respective Competition
variants, the new M models stand for thrilling driving dynamics. A
wide range of M Performance Parts for enhancing the sporty character
and customising the visual appeal even further will be available for
this trio of luxurious power models as well as for the BMW X7 (fuel
consumption combined: 11.1-6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 252–171 g/km*).

These high-grade accessories developed by BMW M GmbH, are the result
of extensive motorsport expertise gained on the world’s racetracks.
All components are perfectly matched to the specific characters of the
BMW X6, BMW X7 as well as BMW X6 M and BMW X5 M. With these parts
customers can further enhance the visual appeal and sporty
characteristics of their car and customise it according to their
personal tastes. The M Performance Parts do not only affect the car’s
looks of course. They also meet the highest functional requirements
with regard to lightweight construction and aerodynamics.

Exterior: Carbon fibre for striking looks and improved aerodynamics.

The athletic character of the BMW X6 and X6 M as well as BMW X5
M can be impressively enhanced with a large number of M Performance
Exterior Carbon Fibre components. Manufactured by hand and sealed with
a clear finish, the components are given a high-gloss polish for an
impressive depth effect. The honeycomb structure, which is so
characteristic for this material, makes these carbon-fibre reinforced
plastic components so thrilling to look at. The carbon fibre M
Performance ornamental grille for the radiator grille and the carbon
fibre M Performance side sill inserts as well as the carbon fibre rear
diffuser, which will be available shortly afterwards, give the car
purebred racing flair. The diffuser also optimises the air stream at
the rear of the car together with the M Performance high-gloss black
rear fins and the M Performance high-gloss black roof edge spoiler for
the BMW X5 M. These parts also positively affect directional stability
and straight-running capability.

M Performance Frozen Black Wrapping is another visual highlight for
the BMW X6. This consists of a matt black and grey strip with M
Performance inscription, which stretches along the side of the car and
effectively emphasises the design features of the SAC. The perfectly
matching front high-gloss black wrapping upgrades the front of the BMW
X6 while the high-gloss black model inscription enhances the rear
looks of the BMW X7. The M Performance carbon fibre exterior mirror
caps add another stylish and sporty touch to the striking looks of the

Sports brake system and wheel sets for improved handling.

The M Performance brake system installed in the BMW X5 M and BMW
X6 M as standard is optionally available for the BMW X6. Thanks to its
larger, inner-vented and perforated lightweight construction brake
discs, it offers further improved braking response, optimised
deceleration even under extreme conditions as well as maximum
resilience. The brake calipers finished in red are also a visual
highlight which stand out especially in combination with open wheel
designs, For all four models a number of these are available in sizes
ranging up to 22 inches for summer wheel sets and up to 21 inches for
winter wheel sets.

The 22 inch M Performance light alloy wheel Star Spoke Styling 749 M,
available in either burnished Jet Black and matt black for the BMW X6
for example, combines physical lightness with extraordinary design and
sporty performance. Thanks to a special manufacturing process, the
wheel weighs approximately one kilogram less than a comparable cast
wheel. This optimises steering behaviour and improves driving dynamics
overall. The weight-optimised 22 inch M Performance matt/burnished Jet
Black forged wheel Y-Spoke Styling 785 M for the BMW X7 in extravagant
bicolor look also emphasises the luxurious character of the vehicle.
The M Performance light alloy wheel Double Spoke Styling 809 M with
mixed tyres (front: 295/35 ZR21 107Y XL; rear: 315/30 ZR22 107Y XL)
for BMW X5 M, BMW X6 M and its Competition models in matt Jet Black
with colour M Performance print on the other hand radiate unfiltered
motorsport ambience.

High performance atmosphere in the luxurious interior.

The already striking motorsport character of the BMW X5 M and
BMW X6 M and the respective Competition models can be enhanced even
further. With the M Performance steering wheel the driver has a
perfect grip on the action even under dynamic driving conditions. This
is due to the extremely high-grip alcantara handling area with large
thumbrests and special underlining for excellent stability and a
direct steering feel. In addition to standard details such as the red
centre marking and the silver-grey, hand-sewn cross-stitch, the
M Performance steering wheel is also available with M Performance
steering wheel trim in carbon fibre with M Performance inscription and
alcantara insert. To match this, the shift paddles can also be
selected in an M Performance finish featuring carbon fabric instead of
the standard chrome surface. For example there are the M Performance
floor mats with M Performance inscription, a pennant in the hallmark M
colours and a surround in leather look including decorative seam in
contrasting colours. A very stylish motorsport-inspired extra for the
BMW X6 and BMW X7, which is standard in the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M, are
the optionally available set of stainless steel pedal rests and the
stainless steel footrest.

Experience the M Performance spirit even when the car is stationary.

The four BMW X models radiate the thrill of motorsport and of M
Performance in particular even at a standstill. For example the M
Performance slide set for the BMW LED door projectors is a very
eye-catching option. When the doors are opened, it projects the BMW M
logo or other M Performance motifs onto the asphalt. The M Performance
key holder made of high-quality alcantara with carbon fibre insert
makes the look and feel of the the M performance idea come alive.
Thanks to internal hex screw in M Light Blue, the car key is firmly
connected to the holder and therefore effectively protected from being
scratched or damaged. The M Performance tyre bags made of high-quality
and resilient plastic protect wheels sized up to 22 inches. They not
only make storing and transporting the wheels a clean and safe affair,
but also bring a racing feel to your garage thanks to their
distinctive M Performance design. And each bag is clearly marked so
allocating tyres is easy.

BMW X5 M: Fuel consumption combined: 13.0 -12.8 l/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 296 -291 g/km

BMW X6 M: Fuel consumption combined: 12.7 – 12.5 l/100km; CO2
emissions combined: 289 – 284 g/km

BMW X6: Fuel consumption combined: 10.7 – 6.1 l/100km, CO2 emissions
combined: 243 – 159 g/km

BMW X7: Fuel consumption combined: 11.1 – 6.5 l/100km, CO2 emissions
combined: 252 – 171 g/km

Original Press Release

Camille Blatrix premieres ‘Sirens’ for BMW Open Work. BMW Open Work and BMW 8 Series Convertible to be presented in the BMW Lounge.

BMW:Camille Blatrix premieres ‘Sirens’ for BMW Open Work. BMW Open Work and BMW 8 Series Convertible to be presented in the BMW Lounge.

London/Munich. Featuring more than 160 of the world’s
leading galleries, Frieze London takes place for the 17th time from
October 4-6, with preview days on October 2 and 3, 2019. As a
long-term partner of the fair, BMW will welcome the visitors to the
BMW Lounge at the fair and present a diverse program during the
opening days. As in previous years, BMW will also provide the VIP
shuttle service transporting the fair’s VIP guests with the 7 Series
and the X7.

BMW Open Work by Frieze
The acclaimed
Paris-based artist Camille Blatrix has been commissioned for the third
edition of BMW Open Work by Frieze. Curated by Attilia Fattori
Franchini, BMW Open Work gives artists a platform to push the
boundaries of their artistic work, starting the project with a
creative dialogue between arts, technology, engineering and design to
pursue their practice in innovative new directions. Blatrix’s
sculptures are interjected with coded references, creating emotionally
charged, uncanny objects that offer new relational possibilities.
Machine-like in their appearance, the works disguise the artist’s
labor, each sculpture combining industrially fabricated elements with
those that are meticulously handcrafted using a variety of traditional
techniques. Blatrix presents his new commission for BMW Open Work at
Frieze London 2019.

Titled “Sirens”, the project is the result of an
intense collaboration with BMW Individual, BMW Group’s division
specialized in car customization. Central to the project is a
sculpture which presents materials that are similar to those of a
vehicle but transformed into strange and unfamiliar forms, away from
automotive functionality. The main sculpture is presented in front of
a BMW M850i Convertible (combined fuel 10,8 – 10,6 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 246 – 241 g/km). This intentional display suggests a
dialogue between the artwork and the vehicle, a pull of attraction and
repulsion, familiar yet uncanny. The vehicle, placed between spaces,
also becomes a dialectical part of Blatrix’s installation, raising
questions about functionality and desire, looking at the sculpture and
recognizing itself in it, even if declined in a different
Apart from the main work, a series of eerily synthetic
sculptures, accompanied by a mesmerizing sound work, transforms the
BMW Lounge into an intense but intimate environment.

The enchanting refrain “Come to my harms and let your worries
”, sung by Blatrix’ “Sirens”, dramatizes the seductive,
fascinating pull exerted by functionality and industrial processes.
Making use of BMW Individual’s technical skills and craftsmanship,
Sirens” thus explores the primal and emotional relationships
to labor, manufacture and materiality, creating a dialogue about
sources of desire.

BMW Open Work by Frieze
BMW Open Work by Frieze
is a major artistic initiative bringing together art, design and
technology in pioneering multi-platform formats. For its premier in
2017, artist Olivia Erlanger integrated a motion-sensitive sculpture,
audio and immersive fog in her work “Body Electric”; in 2018, Sam
Lewitt engaged with BMW intellectual property and engine production to
conceptually and physically explore the production cycle of a BMW
engine in “CORE (the ‘Work’)”.

BMW Group’s program during Frieze London 2019
celebrate the opening of Frieze London 2019, Soho House and BMW i host
an art talk at Shoreditch House. In conversation with Miranda Sawyer,
multimedia artist Nástio Mosquito and musician Billy Childish will
debate about the question “Why bother with art when music exists?”.
Soho House and BMW i have been cooperating internationally in the
creation of events and experiences focusing on contemporary art,
innovation and design.

To learn more about this year’s BMW Open Work by Frieze
commission, BMW and Frieze invite you to an art talk with the artist
Camille Blatrix, curator Attilia Fattori Franchini and Thomas Girst,
Head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement, on October 3, 2019 at the BMW
Lounge at Frieze London from 3.00 to 4.00 pm.

For further questions please contact: 
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-151-601-27806

Prof Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-24753


E-Mail: presse@bmw.de


E-Mail: press@frieze.com

About Frieze
Frieze is the world’s leading
platform for modern and contemporary art for scholars, connoisseurs,
collectors and the general public alike. Frieze comprises three
magazines—frieze, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week— and four
international art fairs—Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York
and Frieze Los Angeles. Additionally, Frieze organizes a program of
special courses and lectures in London through Frieze Academy.

Frieze was founded in 1991 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp,
with the launch of frieze magazine, the leading international magazine
of contemporary art and culture. In 2003, Sharp and Slotover launched
Frieze London art fair, which takes place each October in The Regent’s
Park, London. In 2012, they launched Frieze New York, which occurs
each May in Randall’s Island Park, and Frieze Masters, which coincides
with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to
modern. In 2018, Frieze announced the launch of Frieze Los Angeles,
which opened February 14–17, 2019 at Paramount Pictures Studios, Los
Angeles. In 2016 Frieze entered into a strategic partnership with
Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.

About Camille Blatrix
Camille Blatrix (*1984 in
Paris) graduated from the Ecolé nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de
Paris. Solo exhibitions include: La Verriére, Bruxelles (upcoming);
Unlimited, Art Basel (2019); Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation
d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2019); Kunstverein
Braunschweig, (2018); Taylor Macklin, Zurich (2018); CCA Wattis
Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2016); and Mostyn,
Wales (2015). Blatrix has additionally participated in group
exhibitions at: Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard Galleries, NY (2018);
Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2016), FRAC Île-de-France,
Paris (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); and Sculpture Center, New
York (2015). Furthermore, he partook at the Lyon Biennale (2015) and
in 2014, Blatrix won the Prize Fondation d’entreprise Ricard.

About Attilia Fattori Franchini
Attilia Fattori
Franchini is an independent curator and writer based in London. She is
co-founder of the not for profit platform Opening Times and
contributes critical essays and reviews to international publications.
She is the curator of BMW
Open Work
by Frieze; Curva
, a residency project in Favignana, Sicily; Falling
, a film program for Vienna Contemporary and is currently
preparing upcoming exhibitions in Naples and Milan. Past projects
include: 061 Termoli Art
, Italy (2019); Could you visit me in dreams? as part of curated_by 2018, Vienna; Red Lake
at Point Centre
for Contemporary Art
, Nicosia (2018); ARS17+ at Kiasma, Museum, Helsinki (2017);
Europa and the Bull at LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina, Kosovo (2016);
Kuvan Kevät, Kuvat Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki (2015); Bold
Tendencies, London (2015); and HAND, Barbican Centre, London (2013).

About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment
For almost
50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100
cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of
its long-term commitment on contemporary and mod- ern art, classical
music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs
as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The BMW Group
takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities for
granted – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.

In London, additional partnerships include the BMW Classics in
Trafalgar Square where BMW hosts an annual live concert with the
London Symphony Orchestra free of charge to the public. The brand also
co-initiated the live-art focused format ‘BMW Tate Live’ together with
Tate Modern.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview

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Local favourite is second member of ‘Dream Team’: Kamui Kobayashi to drive the BMW M4 DTM at Fuji.

BMW:Local favourite is second member of ‘Dream Team’: Kamui Kobayashi to drive the BMW M4 DTM at Fuji.

Munich. The BMW ‘Dream Team’ for the ‘Dream Race’ is taking
shape. After the announcement of BMW works driver and BMW Brand
Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) has now
been confirmed as the second of three drivers for the first joint
race event between the DTM and the Japanese SUPER GT series at Fuji


The ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, at which representatives of the DTM
manufacturers will take on Japanese opposition from Honda, Lexus and
Nissan, will take place from 22nd to 24th
November at Fuji (JPN).

“Like Alessandro Zanardi, our second driver for the Dream Race is
another real gem. Kamui Kobayashi will make his race debut for BMW
Motorsport and is sure to attract plenty of interest in the ‘Dream
Race’ from many of his Japanese compatriots and fans,” said BMW Group
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Kamui has shown his class and
versatility in Formula 1, Le Mans, and the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship. He is sure to be fast in the BMW M4 DTM too. We will
reveal the third driver in our ‘Dream Team’ for Fuji shortly.”

Kamui Kobayashi will drive a BMW Motorsport touring car for the first
time at the 4.563-kilometre circuit, which is within sight of the
iconic Mount Fuji. The 33-year-old Japanese driver’s career includes
75 Formula 1 Grands Prix and two second-place finishes at the 24 Hours
of Le Mans. At the Hong Kong E-Prix (CHN) in December 2017, Kobayashi
drove two races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for what was at
the time the MS&AD Andretti Formula E team.

“First of all, I would like to thank BMW Motorsport for the offer to
race in one of their BMW M4 DTM cars at the ‘Dream Race’ at Fuji.  And
also, I want to say thank you to Toyota for letting me take this
opportunity,” said Kobayashi. “Fuji will be my first time driving the
BMW M4 DTM, but BMW Motorsport gave me the opportunity to prepare a
little bit and get an idea of the car. I will do my best to give the
fans a good show with the BMW M4 DTM.”

Before the Japanese man was welcomed on board, BMW Motorsport had
already announced Alessandro Zanardi as its first member of the ‘Dream
Team’. This will be the Italian’s second appearance in the DTM, having
made a guest start in August 2018 at Misano (ITA), where he claimed a
sensational fifth place on the Sunday. The Fuji race will be
significant to Zanardi for another special reason: the racetrack will
be the venue for the paracycling competitions at the 2020 Paralympic
Games in Tokyo (JPN) which Zanardi aims to qualify for. The Italian
has already won four Paralympic gold medals and is a twelve-time world champion.

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Heading for freedom in the BMW Isetta.

BMW:Heading for freedom in the BMW Isetta.

Munich. Thousands of exhibits in the Berlin Wall
Museum on Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, commemorate the history of the
once divided city, the tightly controlled border between East and West
and the people who sought their way to freedom against all odds. On
the upper floor near the window, which overlooks Checkpoint Charlie,
there is the smallest escape car ever used: a BMW Isetta. Klaus-Günter
Jacobi (79) regularly accompanies visitors through the museum as a
tourist guide. What only few people are aware of: Jacobi does not only
know all about many escape attempts, but that it was his idea to hide
a person inside the tiny bubble car and to cross the border with the
unnoticed passenger. This is how his best friend managed to escape
from East to West Berlin. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall,
BMW recounts the tale of Klaus-Günter Jacobi, his friend Manfred
Koster and the mini-car, which helped nine people escape the GDR. This
story is the plot of the movie “The Small Escape”, which will premiere
on 2 October 2019 as a TV spot, on Youtube and on other social media
channels of the BMW Group.

The elaborately produced blockbuster-style movie takes the audience
back to the year 1964. Jacobi’s family had already left the East of
the city in 1958, three years before the construction of the Berlin
wall. When his old friend Manfred Koster asked him to help him escape
from the GDR, he came up with a bold plan. His BMW Isetta was to serve
as the escape car. The moto-coupé measuring only 2.30 meters in length
and 1.40 meters in width would arouse little suspicion with the border
soldiers, or so he hoped. And even today it stills seems virtually
impossible to hide a person inside a BMW Isetta. The bubble car is
already a very tight fit for two people on the seats directly behind
the front door. The hiding place for his friend was built behind the
seat bench directly next to the engine. Car mechanic Jacobi carried
out the conversion in his former training workshop in
Berlin-Reinickendorf. He cut an opening into the trim behind the seat
bench, shifted the shelf upwards and removed the spare wheel, heating
and air filter. He also exchanged the 13-litre fuel tank for a 2-litre
canister to make space for the hidden passenger.

“The Small Escape” shows how the BMW Isetta was turned into an escape
car and how the risky border crossing played out. The thrilling
history lesson was produced by director Alex Feil, camera man Khaled
Mohtaseb and set designer Erwin Prieb in Hollywood blockbuster style. 
The props, costumes, vehicles and street sets were created in Budapest
to stage a faithful 1960s Berlin setting. A checkpoint complete with
wall and border strip was recreated resulting in an oppressive
atmosphere which continues to grow throughout the course of the film
to then culminate in a happy end. “Since their invention, automobiles
have brought freedom and self-determination to humankind. Cars bring
people together. This is something one should always also keep in mind
in the current debate. The movie emphasises this. The moving escape
story with the BMW Isetta can also be seen as a symbol of the
invaluable value cars and individual mobility can have. It’s all about
freedom, independence and dreams. Our movie recognises the drive and
courage of the people who made this successful escape possible”, says
Jens Thiemer, Head of BMW Brand Management.

On 23 May 1964, shortly before the border crossing closed on
midnight, the BMW Isetta converted by Klaus-Günter Jacobi, rolled
underneath the opened barrier. Shortly after crossing, he freed his
friend Manfred from his hiding place behind the seat bench and took
him in his arms delirious with joy. This was the only time Jacobi’s
BMW Isetta was used as an escape car, but his achievement was to
inspire imitators. Eight further GDR citizens managed to escape to the
West over the following years in a similarly converted BMW Isetta.
Today this car is on display in the Berlin Wall Museum. The movie “The
Small Escape” will also be a permanent exhibit of the permanent
exhibition on spectacular escape attempts.

The movie „The Small Escape“ can be watched on the BMW Group Youtube and other
channels. The detailed story of Klaus-Günter Jacob, his BMW Isetta and
the spectacular escape of his friend across the internal German border
is told on www.bmw.com.

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The new BMW X5 M and BMW X5 M Competition. The new BMW X6 M and BMW X6 M Competition.

BMW:The new BMW X5 M and BMW X5 M Competition. The new BMW X6 M and BMW X6 M Competition.

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BMW M GmbH is unveiling the third generation of its high-performance executive-class Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) models.

  • Third generation of the high-performance BMW M GmbH models in
    the luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe
    (SAC) segments. Overall concept reprises the classical M blueprint
    for dynamics, agility and precision; combines with the versatility,
    extrovert design and modern luxury for which BMW X models are renowned:
    BMW X5 M Output: 441 kW/600 hp, max. torque: 750 Nm
    (553 lb-ft); fuel consumption combined: 13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km (21.7 –
    22.1 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 296 – 291 g/km.
    BMW X5 M Competition Output: 460 kW/625 hp, max.
    torque: 750 Nm (553 lb-ft); fuel consumption combined: 13.0 – 12.8
    l/100 km (21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined:
    296 – 291 g/km.
    BMW X6 M Output: 441 kW/600 hp, max. torque: 750 Nm
    (553 lb-ft); fuel consumption combined: 12.7 – 12.5 l/100 km (22.2 –
    22.6 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 289 – 284 g/km.
    BMW X6 M Competition Output: 460 kW/625 hp, max.
    torque: 750 Nm (553 lb-ft); fuel consumption combined: 12.7 – 12.5
    l/100 km (22.2 – 22.6 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 289 – 284 g/km.
  • Significant power hike: high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with
    M TwinPower Turbo technology. Maximum output raised by 18 kW/25 hp /
    37 kW/50 hp (Competition models) over predecessors – to as much as
    460 kW/625 hp. Peak torque: 750 Nm (553 lb-ft). Ultra-high-rigidity
    engine mounting. Cooling and oil supply systems tuned to top-level
    dynamic performance. Sports exhaust system delivers emotionally
    stirring soundtrack.
  • Versatile power delivery of unwavering authority: eight-speed M
    Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Characteristics of M xDrive
    all‑wheel-drive system with rear-biased setup can be adjusted in
    4WD / 4WD Sport modes. M xDrive teams up with Active M Differential
    to optimise traction and dynamics.
  • Matchless performance: Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph)
    in 3.9 seconds / 3.8 seconds (BMW X5 M Competition and
    BMW X6 M Competition) – up to 0.4 seconds faster than predecessors.
  • Unique overall concept raises performance above that of any rival.
    Seamless interplay of powertrain, chassis and body serves up
    sublimely controllable agility and dynamism in spades. Intensive
    setup work at the Miramas and Arjeplog testing facilities, on the
    Nürburgring-Nordschleife and at other race circuits.
  • Show premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2019. New BMW X5 M, new
    BMW X6 M and Competition models will be launched together
    (from April 2020).
  • Extensive package of measures increase stiffness of the body
    structure and suspension mountings. Model-specific chassis
    technology with bespoke kinematic and elastokinematic properties.
  • M-specific adaptive suspension with electronically controlled
    dampers, active roll stabilisation, M Servotronic steering and DSC
    (Dynamic Stability Control) including M Dynamic Mode. M light-alloy
    wheels in 21‑inch format at the front axle and 22-inch at the rear
    fitted as standard for Competition models, optional for the BMW X5 M
    and BMW X6 M.
  • M compound brakes with outstanding stopping power. Integrated
    braking system enables individual configuration of pedal feel under braking.
  • Extrovert body design represents visual expression of supreme
    potency. Familiar SAV / SAC proportions combine with signature M
    features optimising cooling air supply and aerodynamics: large air
    intakes, BMW kidney grille with double bars, M gills on the front
    side panels, roof/rear spoiler, rear apron with diffuser elements,
    exhaust system with two sets of twin tailpipes. Competition models
    have standalone design elements. BMW Individual special paint finish
    available for BMW X models for the first time.
  • Exclusive, luxurious interior: raised seating position creates
    majestic M feeling. Generous feeling of space, high degree of
    variability, M‑specific cockpit design. BMW Head-Up Display with
    M-specific readouts fitted as standard. M multifunction seats and
    BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full leather trim also standard.
    Exclusive leather upholstery for the Competition models.
  • Setup buttons for direct access to the settings for the engine,
    dampers, steering, M xDrive and braking system. Two individually
    composed overall setups can be selected using M buttons on the
    steering wheel.
  • M Mode allows driver assistance system interventions, instrument
    cluster displays and Head-Up Display readouts to be configured
    individually. Choice of ROAD and SPORT settings, plus TRACK
    in the Competition models.
  • Standard specification includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional
    with navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant,
    and the Parking Assistant. Large selection of driver assistance
    systems and BMW Laserlight available as options.


BMW X5 M fuel consumption combined: 13.0 –
12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 296 – 291 g/km 

BMW X5 M Competition fuel consumption combined: 13.0
– 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 296 – 291 g/km

BMW X6 M fuel consumption combined: 12.7 – 12.5 l/100
km [22.2 – 22.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 289 – 284 g/km 

BMW X6 M Competition fuel consumption combined: 12.7
– 12.5 l/100 km [22.2 – 22.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 289 – 284 g/km

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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.

More information about 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 current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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Interview with Jens Marquardt: “We must, and will, improve next season”.

BMW:Interview with Jens Marquardt: “We must, and will, improve next season”.

Munich. The 2019 DTM season is on the finishing straight. The
BMW teams’ preparations for the grand finale at the Hockenheimring
(GER), with races on 5th and 6th October, are
in full swing. The BMW drivers have six wins, a further seven
podiums and six pole positions to their name so far this season.
Marco Wittmann (GER) still has a mathematical chance of finishing
runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship. In an interview, BMW Group
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt discusses a difficult season for
BMW M Motorsport in the DTM and looks ahead to 2020.


Mr Marquardt, the final round of the DTM at Hockenheim is
almost upon us. What are your goals for the two races?

Jens Marquardt: “We want to head into the winter break on the back of
at least one victory at Hockenheim. We owe that to our fans, at least.
They have supported us brilliantly, despite a difficult year in the
DTM. We want to thank them for that. We have shown over the course of
the season that our overall package has what it takes to win races.”

How would you sum up the season so far?

Marquardt: “Of course we are not happy with where we find ourselves
after 16 DTM races. We started the season well, but, for various
reasons, we have run out of steam a little since the middle of the
season. This is not what we demand of ourselves. We want to be
challenging for the title right down to the final round of a
championship. The fact that we have not managed that this season is a
disappointment for everyone. At the same time, we will use that
disappointment to spur us on and motivate us for next season. We must,
and will, improve next season, so that we have a say in who wins the title.”

What are the reasons for this, and how will you approach the comeback?

Marquardt: “After a season like this, in which we have come up short
of our own expectations, we will optimise a number of areas – based on
the means we have at our disposal. For example, we are currently
examining exactly what configuration and structure the BMW M4 DTM will
be run in the future. We must obviously get to grips with such issues
as reliability. Our two works teams will continue to play a key role.
Although there is always potential for improvements on both sides, the
crews of Bart Mampaey and Stefan Reinhold are working at a very high
level. For this reason, we are also planning on working with our RBM
and RMG works teams next season. At the same time, we are also
performing a self-critical analysis in Munich and are pinpointing
things we want to do better in the future, in order to also restore
some consistency to our results. The prerequisite for all this is
passion. That is what made us and our team strong and helped us to
titles in the past, and that is what I want to see from every single individual.”

How does the driver line-up look?

Marquardt: “Our drivers are just as much a part of the overall DTM
package as the car and the teams. As such, we will also be looking
closely at this area. Our goal has to be to remain as compact as
possible, both in qualifying and the race. This season, we have not
always been as successful in this regard as we were in the second
qualifying session at the Nürburgring, when five of our six drivers
set times within one tenth of a second of each other. We are also
performing an analysis to identify the cause of this.”

Generally speaking, how many seats are up for grabs?

Marquardt: “We are planning on at least six BMW cars for next year’s
DTM. Whether there will be a private BMW team remains to be seen. Our
premise remains that the private team can cover the running costs
itself. BMW will not take on any additional budget. That is not the
underlying idea – and would not be expedient, neither for us nor the
team. BMW has a very clear philosophy in that regard.”

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