“Disability is all relative”: Impressive documentary about Alessandro Zanardi’s “Road to Daytona”.

BMW:“Disability is all relative”: Impressive documentary about Alessandro Zanardi’s “Road to Daytona”.

Munich. BMW brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) has now
started the process of rehabilitation after his serious handbike
accident in June 2020. He has been constantly in the thoughts of the
BMW family since that accident and countless fans around the world
have been sending him their best wishes. Thanks to his fighting
spirit and his impressive personality, Zanardi has become an idol
for many. Some insights into this personality are also provided by a
50-minute documentary that was filmed over several months in 2018
and 2019 as Zanardi prepared for the Rolex 24 at Daytona (USA) in
the BMW M8 GTE: “Alex Zanardi – Disability is all relative”. This
documentary will be broadcast on Sunday (2nd May) on the
German TV channel Sky Sport F1.

 

Zanardi has now begun a programme of rehabilitation after his
accident and is in very good hands. It is a very lengthy healing
process, in which there are rays of hope, but unfortunately there are
also repeated complications. His family have granted their permission
for the documentary to be shown. Zanardi himself viewed it before his
accident and was thrilled with the emotional and impressive way in
which his “Road to Daytona” is represented in this film.

The title of the documentary reflects Zanardi’s attitude to life:
“Disability is all relative”. In his opening quote, he says: “We all
have to deal with restrictions in a certain way. It is all relative.
Life is a journey and we have to accept our limits. No person can fly
like a bird, so you try to deal with the problem if you cannot
overcome it.” Viewers then get to see exclusive insights into the
collaboration between Zanardi and BMW Motorsport, including some
unique scenes from the races at Misano (ITA) and Daytona that will
send shivers down the spine. 

 

Zanardi’s appearance in the BMW M8 GTE for the BMW Team RLL at the
“24 Hours of Daytona” in January 2019 was one of countless highlights
in a long history of collaboration between Zanardi and BMW Motorsport
that stretches back to 2003 and which has witnessed him repeatedly
dealing with restrictions. The Daytona project kicked off in the
spring of 2018. This time, the greatest challenge was adjusting the
BMW M8 GTE to meet Zanardi’s requirements as he needed to be able to
compete in an endurance race without his prostheses: Zanardi
accelerated, braked, steered and changed gear using just his hands.
The Rückenwind Film crew accompanied him all the way through the
process – from initial preparations in Munich (GER) to the finish of
the 24-hour race. They were with Zanardi on his “Road to Daytona” for
eight months.

The 50-minute documentary “Alex Zanardi – Disability is all relative”
will be broadcast this Sunday, 2nd May, at 19:30 CEST on
German Sky Sport F1. The documentary is also available on Amazon (in
Germany, UK and USA).

 

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Confident appearance in the ‘Green Hell’: BMW M4 GT3 completes successful test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

BMW:Confident appearance in the ‘Green Hell’: BMW M4 GT3 completes successful test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Nürburg. BMW M Motorsport has now taken the next important
step in the development of the new BMW M4 GT3. The new flagship in
the portfolio of cars from BMW M Motorsport successfully completed a
series of test drives on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (GER) on
Thursday. The two BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Jens
Klingmann (GER) shared driving duties.

 

The special characteristics of the over 20 kilometres of the
Nürburgring Nordschleife make it the perfect testing ground for the
development of new race cars. It is a very long track with plenty of
options, and its combination of high speeds, fast corners and
significant climbs and descents provide everything that BMW M
Motorsport engineers require for comprehensive vehicle testing. A race
car that emerges from testing on the Nordschleife is well prepared to
take on all other racetracks.

Thursday’s testing focused on gaining initial experience on the most
challenging racetrack in the world, especially with regard to the
durability of components under extreme levels of stress imposed by the
Nordschleife and driving behaviour in those very specific series of
corners. First impressions were very positive for the drivers.

“The debut of the BMW M4 GT3 on the Nordschleife went very well,”
said Klingmann. “My initial feedback is that the BMW M4 GT3 has
retained the strengths of its predecessor on the Nordschleife, while
eradicating its weaknesses. Of course, it’s not possible to transfer
that 1:1 to other circuits from such a special track, but as a driver
you feel right at home from the word go in the BMW M4 GT3. It is not
unpredictable, but it’s fast nonetheless. It was really great fun.”

Farfus said: “It is a great honour for me to be involved so
intensively in the development of the BMW M4 GT3, and to have been
there for the first laps on the legendary Nordschleife. Many thanks to
BMW M Motorsport! It is always special to hit the track for the first
time in a new car, as you never know what to expect and how the car
will behave. The BMW M4 GT3 made a good impression. The driving
experience is very good and we had no technical problems whatsoever on
this challenging circuit.”

Further testing has been scheduled and the BMW M4 GT3 will return to
the Nürburgring Nordschleife at the start of June. Ahead of the
24-hour race, the new BMW M Motorsport flagship will be introduced to
the public for the first time. Over the course of the year, the BMW M4
GT3 will also have the opportunity to make its first test appearances
under race conditions in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS).

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BMW Group expands e-drive production network: Start of battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg

BMW:BMW Group expands e-drive production network: Start of battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg

  • BMW Group now producing high-voltage batteries and
    battery
    components at three locations in Germany alone:
    Dingolfing,
    Leipzig and Regensburg
  • Less than a year from decision to start of production in

    Leipzig and Regensburg
  • Production of battery components for BMW Group’s fifth generation
    of fully-electric vehicles

 

Munich/Leipzig/Regensburg. The BMW Group is launching
production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and
Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. It has been
less than a year since the decision was made to expand production
capacity for e-drives in Germany. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch
series production of battery modules on Monday, 3 May 2021, while BMW
Group Plant Regensburg began coating battery cells for high-voltage
batteries in April 2021. High-voltage batteries will also be produced
in Regensburg from 2022. “We expect at least 50 percent of the
vehicles we deliver to our customers worldwide to be fully electric by
2030,” said Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President Production
Engines and E-Drives. “And we are systematically expanding our
production network for electric drive trains in response to this.”

The company is investing more than 250 million euros in its
Regensburg and Leipzig locations alone to supply the BMW Group’s
growing number of electrified vehicles with high-voltage batteries.
High-voltage battery components will be used in production of the BMW
iX* and BMW i4, both of which will be released onto the market
shortly. The production systems are highly flexible and will also
supply battery components for other BMW Group electrified vehicles in
the future.

“We are increasing capacity at existing locations and developing
capabilities at others. In this way, we can make the most of our
associates’ expertise and experience and offer them long-term, secure
jobs,” Nikolaides added. The BMW Group is investing a total of around
790 million euros in expanding production capacity for drivetrain
components for electrified vehicles at its Dingolfing, Leipzig,
Regensburg and Steyr locations between 2020 and 2022.



Production of battery modules at BMW Group Plant Leipzig

Leipzig is the BMW Group’s pioneer plant for electromobility and has
been building the BMW Group’s first fully-electric vehicle, the BMW
i3*, since 2013. Now, the location will also produce electric
drivetrain components.

“We are continuing on this track with the launch of battery module
production and further enhancing the plant’s future viability for
electromobility,” confirmed Hans-Peter Kemser, Plant Director of BMW
Group Plant Leipzig. “Plant Leipzig will play an important role in
supplying the growing number of BMW Group electrified vehicles with
battery components.” The successor to the MINI Countryman, scheduled
to come off the production line in Leipzig from 2023, will be released
onto the market with an electric drive train. “The expertise and
experience gained by staff at our location over the years can be put
to good use. Construction of the battery module lines will make a
major contribution to long-term job security,” emphasised Kemser.

From May 2021, the 10,000 sq. m. production area previously reserved
for the BMW i8 will be used for manufacturing battery modules.
Production will get underway with 80 employees working in battery
module production; by the end of the year, there will be a staff of
around 150. The company will invest more than 100 million euros in the
initial phase of battery module production at the Leipzig location
between 2020 and 2022.

However, the production line for battery modules that just ramped up
is only the beginning: The company has already decided to further
increase capacity for battery module production at its Leipzig
location. A second production line will come on stream in 2022. This
will ensure the company has sufficient volumes to meet growing demand
for drivetrains.



Production of battery components and high-voltage
batteries at BMW Group Plant Regensburg

BMW Group Plant Regensburg already produces two electrified models –
plug-in hybrid variants of the BMW X1* and BMW X2* – and will start
building the fully-electric BMW X1 in 2022. The site’s e-mobility
expertise and experience will now also be used in production of
battery components and high-voltage batteries.

The first of four coating lines for fifth-generation battery cells
went on stream in April 2021, occupying a production and logistics
area of more than 40,000 sq. m. “Regensburg has made a successful
start to production of electric drivetrain components – this is an
important milestone in our transformation,” according to Frank
Bachmann, Plant Director of BMW Group Plant Regensburg. The three
other systems will ramp up in stages between now and the end of 2021
to supply the growing volumes needed for the BMW Group’s fully
electric vehicles. Up until now, battery cells have been coated at BMW
Group Plant Dingolfing and the BMW Brilliance Automotive Plant
Powertrain in Shenyang, China.

Coating increases the battery cell’s mechanical robustness and
thermal conductivity. This helps improve insulation and cooling of the
fifth-generation e-drive’s even more powerful battery cells. From
2022, the plant in Regensburg will produce high-voltage batteries from
battery modules. A total of 100 employees already work in battery
component production at the Regensburg site; by the end of 2022, there
will be more than 300. The company will invest more than 150 million
euros in ramping up production of battery components and high-voltage
batteries between 2020 and 2022.

Holistic approach to sustainability

The BMW Group has a clear mission to ensure the “greenest electric
vehicle comes from the BMW Group”, starting in production. The BMW
Group already sources only green power for its manufacturing locations worldwide.

The BMW Group’s energy goals are geared towards the long term. The
company reduced its emissions per vehicle produced by more than 70
percent between 2019 and 2006.The aim is to lower these CO2 emissions
by another 80 percent by 2030. This means the BMW Group will have
reduced its CO2 emissions from production to less than ten percent of
what they were in 2006.

A further corporate objective is to reduce CO2 emissions in the
supplier network by 20 percent by 2030. At the same time, the BMW
Group has reached an agreement with its suppliers that they will only
use renewable green power for producing fifth-generation battery
cells.


From battery cell to high-voltage battery

Production of high-voltage batteries can be broken down into two
stages: Battery modules are produced in a highly automated process.
The lithium-ion cells first undergo a plasma cleaning, before a
specially developed system coats the cells to ensure optimal
insulation. Next, the battery cells are assembled into a larger unit,
the so-called battery module. The BMW Group obtains its battery cells
from partners who produce them to the company’s exact specifications.
The BMW Group uses different battery cells, depending on which
provides the best properties for each vehicle concept.

The battery modules are then installed in an aluminium housing,
together with the connections to the vehicle, and the control and
cooling units. The size and shape of the aluminium housing and the
number of battery modules used differ according to the vehicle
variant. This ensures the high-voltage battery is optimally adjusted
to the vehicle.

Global e-drive production network focused in Germany

The high-voltage batteries and battery components needed for all BMW
and MINI electrified vehicles come from the company’s own battery
factories in Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg in Germany, as well as
from Spartanburg (USA) and Shenyang (China). The BMW Group has also
localised production of high-voltage batteries in Thailand, at its
Rayong plant, and is working with the Dräxlmaier Group for this.
Munich is home to the e-drive pilot plant and the Battery Cell
Competence Centre, where the BMW Group is conducting a full analysis
of battery cell value creation processes and refining technology for
its production processes.

The company produces electric motors at the Competence Centre for
E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and at BMW Group Plant Landshut. BMW
Group Plant Steyr builds the housing for the highly integrated
fifth-generation e-drive.

With the BMW Group’s electro-offensive now in full swing, increased
production capacity is needed for electric drivetrain components.
Thanks to intelligent vehicle architectures and a highly flexible
production network, the BMW Group will have about a dozen
fully-electric models on the roads from 2023. The BMW i3*, MINI Cooper
SE* and BMW iX3* already on the market will be joined later this year
by the BMW iX* and BMW i4. Between now and 2025, the BMW Group will
increase its sales of fully-electric models by an average of well over
50 percent per year – more than ten times the number of units sold in
2020. By the end of 2025, the company will have delivered a total of
around two million fully-electric vehicles to customers. Based on
current market forecasts, the BMW Group expects at least 50 percent of
its global sales to come from fully-electric vehicles in 2030. In
total, over the next ten years or so, the company will release about
ten million fully-electric vehicles onto the roads.

This means the BMW Group is strategically on track to reach the
European Union’s ambitious CO2 reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 as well.

BMW
i3: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; power
consumption combined: 16.3-15.3 kWh/100 km WLTP; CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km.

BMW
i3s: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; power
consumption combined: 16.6-16.3 kWh/100 km WLTP; CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km.

MINI Cooper SE: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100
km; power consumption combined: 17.6-15.2 kWh/100 km WLTP,
CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

BMW iX3: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
power consumption combined: 17.8-17.5 kWh/100 km WLTP, CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km.

BMW iX xDrive50: Power consumption combined: < 21 kWh/100 km in the WLTP test cycle; CO2 emissions combined:
0 g/km (data is provisional and based on forecasts)

BMW iX xDrive40: Power consumption combined: < 20 kWh/100 km in the WLTP test cycle; CO2 emissions combined:
0 g/km (data is provisional and based on forecasts)

BMW X1 xDrive25e: Fuel consumption combined: 1.9-1.7
l/100 km WLTP, power consumption combined: 15.4-15.0 kWh/100 km WLTP;
CO2 emissions combined: 43 g/km. 

BMW X2 xDrive25e: Fuel consumption combined: 1.9
l/100 km WLTP; power consumption combined: 13.7 kWh/100 km WLTP,
CO2 emissions combined: 43 g/km. 

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BMW SIM News, April 2021.

BMW:BMW SIM News, April 2021.

BMW SIM Racing has an extensive and diverse programme in store for
the Esports community in 2021 – from BMW SIM Cups and BMW SIM Racing
teams to technical innovations. In our monthly BMW SIM News, we
briefly summarise news from the world of virtual racing, and provide
information on driver backgrounds, teams, technology, and much more.
Over the year, we also regularly focus on individual subjects in
separate press releases.

Kevin Siggy at the wheel of a real Formula E car.

A dream came true for BMW Team Redline driver Kevin Siggy (SLO) last
weekend. Ahead of the Valencia E-Prix in the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship, he was able to claim his prize for topping the overall
standings in the 2020 ‘ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge’, the
chance to drive a real Formula E car. Siggy completed his laps in the
Gen2 car at the ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ and had a first taste of the
forces at work in the cockpit. “The car was really cool and it was
fantastic to be able to drive on the real racetrack in it,” said Siggy
afterwards. “I hadn’t expected it to feel so lively through the fast
turns. I had oversteer a few times and the front wheels locked up a
few times when braking. The Formula E car is tricky to drive. That’s
why it’s absolutely understandable that we went out behind the safety
car. In particular, I was impressed by the torque and the power that
is applied through the turns and under braking. You just don’t feel
that in the simulator. Overall, I tried to squeeze every last drop of
enjoyment out of this drive.”

Siggy spent the entire race weekend in the paddock, visiting the pit
area for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, where team principal Roger
Griffiths showed him the BMW iFE.21 and explained how everything works
in the team. Siggy also met BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver
Maximilian Günther (GER), who he had coached last year for his sim
racing appearances in the ‘Race at Home Challenge’.

IMSA iRacing Pro Series.

Two out of three races in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series took place in
April. BMW works drivers celebrated some fine results. This applied
first and foremost to Philipp Eng (AUT), who drive the virtual BMW M8
GTE to victory in the season-opener at Sebring and in the second race
at Laguna Seca. After these two wins from two races, he heads the
overall standings before the third and final race on 6th May, at Road
Atlanta. “I am delighted to be back racing in the IMSA iRacing Pro
Series,” said Eng. “I think it is always great for there to be a
virtual race series taking place in parallel to the one in the real
world. The calendar is short and sweet, with three races. I have
prepared extremely well for all three races and, just like last year,
I am taking it very seriously. We are lucky that we have a very strong
team in the background to take care of setup and strategy. Now I am
really excited about the finale. The competition is really strong, so
winning the championship would mean even more to me.” Behind Eng,
Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Connor De Phillippi (USA) secured one-two
results for BMW in Sebring and Laguna Seca respectively. Augusto
Farfus (BRA), John Edwards (USA) and Turner Motorsport driver Robby
Foley (USA) are also competing for BMW.

iRacing 24h Nürburgring.

The BMW SIM Racing Teams celebrated a top-three lock-out in the
virtual BMW M4 GT3 at one of the highlights of the season on the
iRacing simulation platform, the Special 24h Nürburgring powered by
VCO. After 153 laps on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, Maximilian
Benecke (GER), Chris Lulham (GBR) and Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen
(NED) claimed victory for the BMW Team Redline. “Pole position,
fastest lap and then the race win – that was a mega race for us and
there were only a few heart-stopping situations. The car did really
well and it felt like we could go to the limit on every lap,” was how
Benecke summed it up. Team BMW Bank crossed the line in second place,
followed by the BMW Team GB in third position.

G2 Esports.

The BMW Team G2 Esports has enjoyed an eventful month with numerous
races on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform. Without a doubt, the
greatest success was Nils Naujoks’ title win in the British GT Esports
Championship with the virtual BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 class. Naujoks had
already won the race at the start of April on the Brands Hatch
circuit, where his team-mate Gregor Schill finished in third place.
After finishing fourth in the penultimate race, Naujoks recorded a
dominant victory from pole position in the season finale to claim the
class win and the title.

G2 Esports was also very active at the wheel of the virtual BMW M6
GT3 in April. The high point was marked by victory for Naujoks and
Arthur Kammerer in the third round of the SimGrid Sprint Cup at the
Imola circuit. The G2 Esports team crossed the line in 16th place at
the season-opener in the prestigious ‘The SimGrid x VCO World Cup’,
the 12h Bathurst.

Interview with Nils Naujoks.

Congratulations on winning the title in the British GT Esports
Championship! What did you think about the season and the
championship format?

Nils Naujoks: “Many thanks! The races with multiple classes were
certainly something new for us. For virtually my entire sim racing
career, I have been involved in one-make cups or have just raced
within one class. And if I had been involved in a race with multiple
classes, I was normally in one of the faster cars. So, I had to get
used to looking in the mirror a lot more and learn how to let the
faster GT3 cars go past without losing any time myself. In addition,
the real racing drivers also had to adjust to the sim racing
environment and they had to get used to the level as well. That
improved from race to race, so that there were no more major incidents
towards the end of the season.”

How important is collaboration like that with BMW SIM Racing
for you as a team, and for the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform?

Naujoks: “It helps the whole sim racing scene hugely when a major
player like BMW decides to get involved. It demonstrates recognition
of what we are doing and helps us to make our intensive hobby more
professional, as well as making sim racing more attractive for
partners. Of course, we at G2 Esports benefit from this as we have
more resources to work with than other teams, and it provides
additional motivation.”

What highlights do you and the team have to look forward to now?

Naujoks: “The British GT Esports Championship was only the beginning
– the season is just getting started. We are focusing on the SimGrid
and SRO series, which have already begun or will be starting soon.
This series contain sprint and endurance formats, meaning that the
weeks and months ahead will be anything but boring for us. The results
in the British GT Esports Championship mean that I have received a
wildcard for the SRO championship, which is a huge help in terms of
time management. I won’t have to complete hot laps each week to
qualify. We only have to wait a few weeks for the next highlight, the
24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the ‘Sim Grid x VCO World Cup’, where
we are hoping to score plenty of points in the BMW M6 GT3.”

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

Jiri Toman (CZE) and defending champion Erhan Jajovski (MKD) are the
latest pair of sim racers to secure their tickets for this year’s BMW
SIM M2 CS Racing Cup finale on the rFactor 2 platform. Toman was
declared the winner after a dramatic finish to the third race of the
season in the virtual one-make trophy at Silverstone. Second place
went to Marcell Csincsik (HUN), who had already claimed his ticket for
the finale with victories in the first two races. Risto Kappet (EST)
finished in third place. Jajovski secured his first win of the season
in the fourth race of the season, which took place on the Nürburgring
Grand Prix circuit. Jajovski had dominated the series last year before
winning the season finale at the BMW SIM Live 2020 event. Johannes
Drayss (GER) and Joonas Raivio (FIN) followed him to complete the
podium. Csincsik, Toman and Jajovski will be joined at the finale by
Michal Smidl (CZE), who secured his place by finishing second in the
second race of the season. The two final races in the BMW SIM M2 CS
Racing Cup take place on 3rd May (Sebring) and on 17th May (Indianapolis).

Original Press Release

Innovative ideas for more sustainability: BMW Group invites startups worldwide to collaborate

BMW:Innovative ideas for more sustainability: BMW Group invites startups worldwide to collaborate

Munich. The BMW Group has set itself ambitious goals
to increase sustainability. To achieve this aim, the company is
inviting startups worldwide to participate in the Open Call 360°
Sustainability Challenge.

Collaboration with young companies can play a key role in promoting
the use of innovative technologies. That is why the BMW Group launched
the BMW Startup Garage back in 2015 and is now taking the next step
with the Open Call 360° Sustainability Challenge.

“We are looking forward to receiving applications from business
founders around the world. We have believed for a long time that
startups have a key role to play in helping us shape individual,
connected and sustainable mobility,” says Bernhard Schambeck, head of
BMW Startup Garage.

The Challenge defines seven innovation areas in which startups can
put forward their products and solutions: Recyclable Materials,
Sustainable Supply Chain, Energy-efficient Production, Mobile
Intelligence, Intelligent Building Management, Customer-centric
Mobility, Sustainable Technologies. There is also a “wild card” option
for exciting topics that do not fit into any of these categories.

The BMW Startup Garage will evaluate all innovations submitted. The
startups chosen will be invited to pitch their solution in late July,
with the chance to win the BMW Group as a client. The final winners
will be recognised at the IAA Mobility in Munich in September. The
decisive factor in selecting startups and determining whether they
move on to the next round is how the solution contributes to
sustainability at the BMW Group in the defined innovation areas.

The winning startups will gain access to the BMW Startup Garage’s
venture client programme. Candidates will have the chance to learn
more about the programme and the seven areas they can apply in during
a one-hour virtual event held from 4-5 p.m. on 11 May. Registration
for the Challenge is now open on the BMW
Startup Garage
website. All applications must be received no
later than 28 June.

BMW Group offers long-term collaboration and extensive network

The BMW Startup Garage shares ideas with more than 1,000 startups
in about 30 countries every year, seeking out innovations that deliver
real benefits for the BMW Group’s products, services, systems and
processes. This secures the company early access to innovations that
can be customised before they are ready to market.

In return, the startups gain valuable insights into automotive
processes and have the opportunity to build a network within the
company. They also receive assistance with refining their business
plan. The aim of the programme is to evaluate and enable startups as
suppliers and long-term partners for the BMW Group. Since the Startup
Garage was founded, more than 100 young technology companies with an
investment volume of over 2.8 billion US dollars have gone through the programme.

Extensive commitment to worldwide startup scene

The BMW Startup Garage is one of four pillars on which the BMW
Group bases its collaboration with startups around the world. Through
BMW i Ventures, the BMW
Group invests in fast-growing technology start-ups that can create
strategic value added for the company – focusing on areas including
digital vehicle technologies, autonomous driving and on-demand
mobility. BMW i Ventures secures the BMW Group access to the
technologies of the future.
To support sustainable startups and entrepreneurs, the BMW Foundation Herbert
Quandt
launched the accelerator program RESPOND operated by
UnternehmerTUM. RESPOND is the world’s first accelerator program that
supports responsible leadership and thereby helps scale sustainable
business models for a better future in line with the UN Agenda 2030.
Since 2016, the MINI Startup Accelerator URBAN-X has worked with more than
60 startups whose innovations are making life in the city better, more
pleasant, more convenient, more sustainable or more experiential.
These startups are working on solutions for some of the biggest
problems facing cities around the globe, in categories such as
mobility, infrastructure, energy and recycling.

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Performance runs in the family: The MINI John Cooper Works models.

BMW:Performance runs in the family: The MINI John Cooper Works models.

Munich. When characteristic driving pleasure rises to
a thrilling race feeling, the John Cooper Works logo immediately comes
into focus alongside the unmistakable design features of the British
premium brand MINI. Each John Cooper Works model combines individual
style with challenging performance in its own unique way. The current
starting line-up of top athletes includes models from the small car
and premium compact segments. Each of them guarantees extreme driving
pleasure and fascinating charisma through drive and chassis technology
derived directly from motorsport as well as specific design features
in the exterior and interior.

The connection between MINI and John Cooper Works is based on a
decades-long tradition, joint successes in racing and a shared
awareness of driving pleasure, individuality and premium quality. Six
decades ago, the sports car designer John Cooper paved the way for the
classic Mini on the race tracks and rally tracks. Three overall
victories at the Monte Carlo Rally helped the British small car to
legendary status as early as the 1960s. In the more recent past, the
sporting career was marked above all by the six overall successes for
MINI in the Dakar Rally.

With the current John Cooper Works models, the passion for top
performance can also be experienced in everyday traffic. Their
technology, developed with racing know-how, and their
performance-oriented appearance secure them an exceptional position in
their respective competitive environment. As an original in the
premium segment of small cars, the MINI John Cooper Works (fuel
consumption combined: 7.1 – 6.8 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.1 – 6.9
l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 161 – 155 g/km
according to WLTP, 163 – 158 g/km according to NEDC) embodies the
classic three-door body concept in a particularly sporty form.
Exclusive open-air pleasure creates an additional appeal in the MINI
John Cooper Works Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 – 7.1
l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.4 – 7.1 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2
emissions combined: 167 – 161 g/km according to WLTP, 169 – 163 g/km
according to NEDC). Both models now enter the race with fresh design
accents. The most important changes to the exterior include the
reduced surface design at the front, the hexagonal radiator grille,
which has gained in size and presence, new side scuttles and a clearly
designed rear apron, in whose lower area a particularly striking
diffuser now frames the two tailpipes of the sports exhaust system.

A 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology
ensures spirited power delivery in both models. It generates a maximum
output of 170 kW/231 hp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. The drive
torque is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual
transmission as standard and an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission
as an option. The MINI John Cooper Works needs 6.3 seconds (automatic:
6.1 seconds) to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h. Its top speed is
246 km/h. Its top speed is 246 km/h. The MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds (automatic: 6.5
seconds) and reaches a top speed of 242 km/h (automatic: 241 km/h).

With their chassis technology precisely tuned to the performance
characteristics of the engine, the two top sports cars enable an
intense performance experience. A sports brake system developed in
cooperation with the specialist manufacturer Brembo is just as much
part of the standard equipment as the 17-inch John Cooper Works
light-alloy wheels. The latest version of the Adaptive Suspension is
now available as an option, which with its new frequency-selective
damper technology ensures an optimised balance between sportiness and
ride comfort.

The two John Cooper Works models open up a further dimension of
inspiring performance and unrestricted suitability for everyday use
for the premium compact segment. With their variable interior space,
five fully-fledged seats, the most powerful engine ever developed for
MINI models and the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard, they have
the ideal prerequisites to enthuse additional target groups for
extreme sportiness. The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman (fuel
consumption combined: 7.9 – 7.4 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.0 – 6.6
l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 180 – 168 g/km
according to WLTP, 161 – 151 g/km according to NEDC) combines its
extremely sporty character with the individual body concept of a
modern Shooting Brake. Four side doors, the two split doors at the
rear and the dynamically stretched roofline help it to achieve modern
functionality and a lifestyle-oriented appearance. As the largest and
most versatile member of the Performance family, the MINI John Cooper
Works Countryman (fuel consumption combined: 8.2 – 7.6 l/100 km
according to WLTP, 7.0 – 6.6 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions
combined: 188 – 173 g/km according to WLTP, 161 – 152 g/km according
to NEDC) is characterised by its robust appearance and particularly
generous interior space.

The most important thing they have in common is an irresistible
forward thrust that comes from the power of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder
engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology. The drive unit develops a
maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm. It is
combined with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as standard. In
both models, the ALL4 all-wheel drive system takes on the task of
distributing the ample drive torque between the front and rear wheels
precisely and as required in every driving situation. The system is
supported by the mechanical differential lock integrated into the
automatic transmission. It acts as a transverse lock to reduce the
speed compensation between the front wheels. With a locking effect of
up to 39 percent, it promotes traction on unpaved terrain or in
adverse weather conditions as well as driving dynamics during sporty cornering.

A Brembo sports brake system with four-piston fixed calliper disc
brakes on the front axle ensures superior deceleration performance
even for the top athletes in the compact segment. Another component of
the standard equipment are the 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy
wheels. Adaptive Suspension is also available as an optional extra for
the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

In all John Cooper Works models, a cockpit characterised by sporty
flair supports the performance experience. The redesigned Nappa sports
leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons on high-gloss black
surfaces and John Cooper Works logo can be heated as an option. John
Cooper Works sports seats with integrated headrests, a stainless steel
pedal set, an anthracite-coloured roof liner and a specific gearshift
or gear selector lever also come as standard. The standard equipment
in the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works
Countryman also includes the multifunctional instrument display, which
is available as an option in the other two top sports cars. In all
models, a new operating system offers optimised options for quick and
intuitive control of vehicle functions, audio programme,
communication, navigation and apps. Live widgets on the 8.8-inch touch
display of the central instrument now serve to activate the desired
menu item, which can be selected with a swiping motion similar to that
on a smartphone.

Two colour worlds are now available for the graphic display on the
central instrument and the multifunctional instrument display on the
steering column. The “Lounge” and “Sport” modes
offer relaxing blue and turquoise tones and an animating combination
of red and anthracite, respectively, which can also be linked to the
corresponding settings of the standard MINI Driving Modes for a
comfortable or sporty vehicle setup if desired.

Newly compiled trims and equipment packages allow the configuration
of all John Cooper Works models to be easily and specifically tailored
to personal requirements. The John Cooper Works Trim is available as
an alternative to the standard equipment. This option includes
particularly attractive exterior paint finishes such as Chili Red,
Rebel Green, Rooftop Grey metallic or Island Blue metallic. It also
includes John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in size 18 inches for
the models in the small car segment and 19 inches for the compact top
sports cars, as well as exterior and interior surfaces in Piano Black
high gloss and Dinamica/leather upholstery in Carbon Black.

The comfort, connectivity and driver assistance equipment packages
offered for all John Cooper Works models have also been carefully put
together. New to the range for all top sports cars is the Lane
Departure Warning system included in the Driving Assistant. In
addition, Active Cruise Control now also includes a Stop & Go
function for the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible. It can be used in conjunction with the 8-speed Steptronic
Sport transmission and enhances comfort in those situations where a
slow flow of traffic temporarily slows down extreme driving pleasure.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
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E-mail: julian.kisch@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

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP
figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All figures are already calculated on the basis of the new WLTP
test cycle. NEDC values listed have been calculated back to the NEDC
measurement procedure where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basis for the definition of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at www.bmw.de/wltp can be found.

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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Original Press Release

An interview with Jake Dennis: “Probably my best day in motorsport so far”.

BMW:An interview with Jake Dennis: “Probably my best day in motorsport so far”.

Munich. It was a day to remember for Jake Dennis (GBR). The
BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver dominated the Sunday at the DHL
Valencia E-Prix (ESP) of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
He secured pole position, led the race from start to finish and
celebrated his first victory in only his sixth race in this
championship. In an interview, the 25-year old speaks about this
success, his learning curve in Formula E, the collaboration with
team-mate Maximilian Günther (GER) and looks ahead on the remaining season.

What does this win mean to you after the tough start of the season?

Jake Dennis: “Getting your first win in Formula E is always something
special, it’s obviously your first goal and dream. And being able to
do it so early in the season on race six is a cool feeling. Credit to
the team for doing such a good job with the strategy to allow me to
deliver the results in qualifying and also later in the race.” 

What were the keys to success?

Dennis: “I think having the patience is the key to success. In
Formula E it’s very much like a poker game and to trying to understand
where to show your car at and where not, I think we managed that
perfectly in the race. We pushed where we had to and then we’ve saved
energy where we could do and it worked out. That’s why we came from A
to B the fastest and that’s why we won the race.”

Where do you rank this win in your career? 

Dennis: “It is definitely one of my best, for sure. I think it was
more of a challenge to get this race win. In Formula E, it is so
difficult to put everything together, but to get pole position and the
race win, I’d probably say it has to be my best day in motorsport in
terms of the whole package. But yeah, this race win is definitely one
of my favorites so far.”

And there was also another reason why that was a special win…

Dennis: “Yes, there is a mechanic in the BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Team, Chris, who was already my mechanic ten years ago when I was
crowned champion in my first single-seater season in the InterSteps
Championship. When our paths crossed again when I came to BMW, I sent
him a picture of us celebrating together ten years ago in 2011 – of
course he had this picture, too – but I sent it to him and wrote:
‘Let’s try and replicate this this year’. And it’s amazing that we’ve
managed the same result ten years later, both in completely different
scenarios than in 2011. Back then, we were completely unexperienced,
him as a mechanic and me as driver. Now we are both at the top of our
game, we’re experienced in motorsport now and it was cool to share
this memory and this moment with Chris and replicate what we did ten
years later. So it only made sense that we had a photo together – a
similar one to that from 2011.”

Were you more nervous in qualifying or at the race start? 

Dennis: “I was probably more nervous in qualifying to be honest. It
was a big opportunity for me with the drying track conditions and it
only takes one small mistake to lose that opportunity. And then going
to the start of the race, the pressure was rather low, I didn’t really
feel that nervous surprisingly.”

How big was the advantage of knowing the Valencia track? 

Dennis: “I don’t think it was any advantage knowing this track
already, I just think it wasn’t a disadvantage. Obviously, everybody
knows the circuit and obviously so did I, so it more was the one time
in Formula E this season, where I wasn’t at a disadvantage because
obviously 90 percent of the field aren’t rookies so they know most of
the tracks already. It definitely helps the situation to start the
weekend on the right foot and it wasn’t required for me to learn the
circuit in FP1 and FP2.”

How does the collaboration with Maximilian Günther work? 

Dennis: “Maximilian and I have a great relationship, he was super
happy for me to get the win and vice versa, when his day will come for
sure. We work really well together, Maximilian is super professional
and detailed on everything. So yes, we have a good working combination
and it definitely drives the team forward in a positive manner. We try
to get the best out of our package the whole time.”

How much did you learn in your first six Formula E races? 

Dennis: “I’ve learned a hell of a lot in my first six races in
Formula E, definitely! We’ve had the full roller coaster experience,
we started from the back and came forward, we started from the middle
and now literally we started from the front leading every lap and then
getting the win. So we’ve had every scenario now and it’s much easier
starting from the front, that’s what I have learned, so qualifying is
super important. But the whole six races have been a massive learning
curve from me and still I have so much to learn in comparison to the
other drivers.”

What is the biggest challenge in Formula E for you so far? 

Dennis: “The biggest challenge in Formula E has to be putting the
whole weekend together perfectly. It’s so easy to make one small
mistake in practice or qualifying or the race and then your day is
ruined, so just trying to put everything together and having a smooth
weekend and that’s definitely the most challenging part in Formula E.”

After you win you said “we’re back in it” – so what are your
goals for the races to come? 

Dennis: “I think we are all back in the hunt, we’re only 22 points
behind the lead after six races so we’re definitely there. Back in
group two in qualifying now, eighth in the championship, we’ve made a
big step forward in the team championship, so yeah, it’s all eyes on
for Monaco in a couple of weeks where we will try to get again another
big points before we will have a big break afterwards. It’s again a
new circuit for me but I’m sure it will be a cool event and I’m very
much looking forward driving in Monaco for the first time.” 

Knowing the whole race calendar now, what venues are you
looking forward to most? 

Dennis: “The two race events I’m looking forward to the most are
definitely New York and London. I’m really much looking forward to
having my home races as I don’t live too far from London, so it will
be for sure something special for me racing there, hopefully with some
fans at this point, that would be awesome. And then New York, I always
wanted to go to New York in the last ten years but I somehow never
made it there and to have the opportunity going there now as a Formula
E racing driver racing on the streets of New York is something pretty
special to me. I really hope that we get a good result in New York, I
think it’s a special race and yeah, just hoping for good weather.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport Media Guide, Season 7, ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

BMW:BMW Motorsport Media Guide, Season 7, ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport is set to contest its third season as a
works team in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which has
achieved official FIA World Championship status for the first time
ahead of its seventh season.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport will be competing with BMW iFE.21s. Their
core is the BMW i drivetrain Racing eDrive03, which is a result of
unprecedented close collaboration between production and motorsport
engineers. The technology transfer between motorsport and production
development is more intensive in the Formula E project than ever
before in the history of BMW.

Maximilian Günther will once again be appearing in the #28 car. Jake
Dennis will take over the cockpit of the #27 car as he celebrates his
Formula E debut at the first races in Diriyah.

The BMW Motorsport media guide provides detailed information on the
technology behind the BMW i drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, as well as
background stories on the technology transfer between motor racing and
production development, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team and the
drivers. It is updated with facts and figures on the respective event
after each race weekend.

Original Press Release