Walkenhorst Motorsport to start the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps from fifth and 14th positions – Timo Glock and Jens Klingmann take to the track in the new BMW M4 GT3.

BMW:Walkenhorst Motorsport to start the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps from fifth and 14th positions – Timo Glock and Jens Klingmann take to the track in the new BMW M4 GT3.

Spa-Francorchamps. Everything is ready for the classic
endurance race in the Ardennes: Walkenhorst Motorsport secured a
promising starting position for the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
(BEL) in Super Pole qualification on Friday evening. Sheldon van der
Linde (RSA) claimed fifth place in the #34 BMW M6 GT3, Thomas
Neubauer (FRA) finished the final qualifying session in the #35 BMW
M6 GT3 in 14th place.

 

Van der Linde is sharing the cockpit in the #34 car with Marco
Wittmann (GER) and David Pittard (GBR). Neubauer will be driving the
#35 car with Martin Tomczyk and Timo Glock (both GER). The two BMW M6
GT3s put on a strong performance in Thursday’s multi-session
qualifying, which was red-flagged several times. The average of the
best times for the individual drivers in each car is calculated to
determine qualifying classification. The 20 fastest cars move on to
Super Pole. This posed no problem for Walkenhorst Motorsport, with
fifth place for the #34 car and #35 in sixth.

On Friday afternoon, it was time for a different event, the FANATEC
Esports GT Pro Series race. This sim racing series is a central
element of the FANATEC GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, which
also includes the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. Each team
nominates a driver who competes in the race on the Assetto Corsa
Competizione platform and can score points for the real overall
standings. Victory at Spa-Francorchamps went to BMW as Pittard won the
sim race for the Walkenhorst Motorsport team.

Super Pole followed on Friday evening, a shootout with two flying
laps for each car. Rain began to fall just before the start of the
final qualifying session, but the conditions were still conducive to
driving on slicks. The two BMW M6 GT3s went out onto the track, one
after the other. Van der Linde recorded a fastest time of 2:18.590
minutes, which was enough to secure fifth on the grid for him and his
team-mates. Neubauer claimed 14th place, going round in 2:19.011 minutes.

“That was a really good Super Pole for us and that makes me happy,”
said van der Linde. “We are also aware that qualifying is not decisive
at Spa, so I am confident about the race. I think that we’ve got a
good race car, which is what counts. But it was nice to be driving in
Super Pole for the first time. Thanks to the team for placing their
trust in me. Now I am hoping that we can record a great result.”

“It is not easy to compete against the world’s fastest GT3 drivers in
Super Pole, and when you see a bit of rain as you are getting into the
car, things get a bit more tense. But we were still able to push on
dry tyres and the track conditions were good,” reported Neubauer. “Us
BMW drivers had a decent qualifying session, and especially Sheldon
did a mega job so congratulations to him. Our plan is now to make a
good start, then to keep our heads down and avoid making any mistakes.”

The #10 BMW M6 GT3 car from Boutson Ginion Racing, competing in the
Pro-Am Cup, will be starting from 45th position. Jens Klingmann (GER),
Karim Ojjeh (KSA), Jens Liebhauser (GER) and Yann Zimmer (SUI) will be
sharing driving duties in this car.

Right after Super Pole, BMW M Motorsport provided a glimpse of the
future as the new BMW M4 GT3 completed several demonstration laps of
the ‘Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps’. The new GT3 flagship, which will
be competing as of 2022, appeared with Glock at the wheel before
Klingmann took over.

“It was so much fun driving the new BMW M4 GT3 here. Those were my
very first laps in this car, but I have to say that all the hard work
that has been put into this race car has really paid off,” explained
Glock later. “As soon as you get into the BMW M4 GT3, you feel good.
The driving position and the level of driving comfort are just as good
as everything else. The car feels very, very good right away and
delivers convincing driveability. The guys really did some outstanding
work. I am already looking forward to getting some more laps in with
the car, but that was a very positive start.”

“Driving the first demo laps with the new BMW M4 GT3 was definitely
something special,” said Klingmann. “That gives you an idea of what
next year will be like, when we will hopefully be battling for overall
wins with that car. But I think that the demo laps were enough to
realise just how much potential the car has. I can now compare it
directly with the BMW M6 GT3, which I am also driving here this
weekend, and I think that the car gets a great reception in the
paddock. A lot of teams have already shown an interest, which shows
that BMW M Motorsport is on the right path with the BMW M4 GT3.”

The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will start on Saturday, 31st July
at 16:30.

Original Press Release

A world premiere like never before.

BMW:A world premiere like never before.

Munich. The new BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental
celebrate their world premieres like no other motorcycle before: they
are starring in the music video of well-known
Big Machine Records
act The Cadillac Three and their new song “Get After
It”. After various digital world premieres, this is another completely
new approach to show a new bike for the first time.

The collaboration with the band from Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
came to life just natural. “One of the most exciting things about this
partnership is being able to combine awesome music and motorcycles. It
was a truly special experience to be the first person in the USA to
ride these new bikes for the first time,” says lap-steel guitarist
Kelby Ray, who is a passionate rider himself.

The video production took place just outside of Nashville in
June with director Dylan Rucker leading the high-octane clip. “This
was such an awesome experience! While recording the track we tried to
incorporate the feeling of getting on that BMW Motorrad bike for the
first time while playing a really loud guitar through huge Marshall
stacks like we do out on the road. I think we nailed it,”
Singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston adds. And the third member of the
band, drummer Neil Mason, says: “We’ve had a great relationship with
Marshall Amplifiers for a long time and when we found out they’d
recommended us to BMW to help launch their new motorcycle with a music
video for “Get After It,” it felt like a big ole hell yes for us.”

Riding a motorcycle while listening to music – both fit well
together, as they promise deep emotional experiences and intense
pleasure on two wheels. It is not for nothing that generations of
artists have dedicated their songs to the experience of motorcycling.

“BMW Motorrad stands for the passion for riding, but it’s also
about meeting people and being part of the community,” says Ralf
Rodepeter, Head of Marketing and Product Management BMW Motorrad.
“Both music and riding a motorcycle are just about pure emotion. I
can’t think of a better song than this awesome track from The Cadillac
Three for this project.” To ensure that beats and basses perfectly
complement the ear while riding, BMW Motorrad has long been engaged in
intensive development work on its sound systems. With its now agreed
long-term partnership with world-renowned British company Marshall
Amplification, the innovation and quality of BMW Motorrad sound
systems are set to reach new heights.

With the Marshall sound system, the new R 18 Transcontinental
and R 18 B offer an intense sound experience. Already as standard both
bikes feature a sound system developed in collaboration with the
British manufacturer Marshall, featuring 2-way speakers integrated
into the front of the fairing. Black speaker grilles with white
Marshall lettering round off the classic look. The Marshall Gold
Series Stage 1 and Stage 2 sound systems are optionally ex works to
provide even more intensive listening pleasure. Up to 4 loudspeakers
and 2 subwoofers with 280 watts of total output provide incomparable
sound quality and “good vibrations”.

For 60 years, Marshall, originally from Hanwell, London, now
based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes (UK), have produced legendary guitar
amplifiers used by the world’s best musicians. Since 2012 they have
expanded their audio quality into award winning headphones and active
speakers designed for music lovers.

“The legendary Marshall spirit and the development power of BMW
Motorrad just fit perfectly together. It’s the perfect match,” says
Alex Coombes, Commercial Director Marshall. “We’re already looking
forward of much more to come”.

With the new R 18 Transcontinental, BMW Motorrad is adding a
Grand American Tourer to the R 18 family as well as the R 18 B
“Bagger”, which is particularly popular in the USA. As with
the previous R 18 models, the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B
combine the thrilling power of the “Big Boxer” with a
classic chassis concept based on historical models, exclusive
equipment and a stylish design.

The two new members of the R 18 family will be presented on 6
August in Sturgis, South Dakota, USA for the first time to the public.
Worldwide start of sales of the new BMW R 18 B and R 18
Transcontinental will be in September 2021.

You can watch the music video of “Get After It” by
“The
Cadillac Three” here: https://youtu.be/unY5VmGE86g

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries please contact:

Dominik Schaidnagel, BMW Motorrad Communications
Tel.:
+49-89-382-50181, Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49-89-382-57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.de

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E-mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW
Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of
automobiles and motorbikes and also provides premium financial and
mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31
production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a
global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorbikes worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
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The new BMW R 18 Transcontinental and the new BMW R 18 B.

BMW:The new BMW R 18 Transcontinental and the new BMW R 18 B.

The new BMW R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B: “The Big
Boxer” as the Grand American Tourer for luxurious travelling
and as Bagger for cool American highway cruising.


With the new R 18 Transcontinental, BMW Motorrad is adding a
Grand American Tourer to the R 18 family as well as the R 18 B
“Bagger”, which is particularly popular in the USA. As with
the previous R 18 models, the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B
combine the thrilling power of the “Big Boxer” with a
classic chassis concept based on historical models, exclusive
equipment and a stylish design.

This makes the R 18 Transcontinental ideal for travelling and
long-distance rides in American riding style – both for riding solo
and with a pillion and luggage. The R 18 B, on the other hand, is
designed as a “rider’s machine” delivering emotional driving
pleasure and ideal for cool touring and cruising.

Special features of the new R 18 Transcontinental
include:
Front fairing with high wind shield, wind deflector and
flaps. Cockpit with four analogue round instruments and 10.25 inch TFT
colour display, additional headlamp, Marshall sound system, engine
protection bars, cases, top case, seat heating, chrome trim and an
engine in Silver metallic.

In contrast, the new R 18 B does without a top case and, in the
style of a “bagger”, offers a low windshield, a slimmer seat
and a matt black metallic engine among other things.

The most powerful BMW boxer engine of all time with full torque.

The heart of the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B is a
2-cylinder boxer engine, the “Big Boxer”, which is a
completely newly development for the R 18 models. Not only its
impressive appearance, but also its technical specifications show its
ties to the traditional air-cooled boxer engines that have provided
inspiring riding experiences for more than seven decades since BMW
Motorrad began manufacturing motorcycles in 1923. The most powerful
2-cylinder flat twin engine ever built in motorbike series production
boasts an engine capacity of 1,802 cc. It generates an output of 67 kW
(91 hp) at 4 750 rpm. In the 2,000 to 4,000 rpm range, it delivers
more than 150 Nm of torque at all times as well as elemental pulling
power and sonorous sound.

Double-loop tube frame made of steel and a backbone made of
sheet metal formed parts and rear swinging arm with enclosed axle
drive in rigid-frame design.


The heart of the chassis of the new R 18 Transcontinental and R
18 B is a double-loop tube steel frame made of steel with a backbone
of sheet metal formed parts. Its design perpetuates the longstanding
BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame type. The particularly high
manufacturing quality and attention to detail are also evident in
barely perceptible details such as the welded joints between steel
tubes and cast or forged parts. Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear
swinging arm, which is manufactured in a similar design, encloses the
rear axle drive in the same style using bolted connections.

Telescopic fork with fork sleeves, cantilever suspension
strut, light alloy cast wheels and disc brakes in combination with


BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS.

The suspension elements of the new R 18 Transcontinental and R
18 B deliberately dispense with any adjustment options that the rider
has to make. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly swinging-arm
mounted cantilever suspension strut with travel-dependent damping and
automatically adjustable spring preload ensure superior light-alloy
cast wheel control and responsive suspension comfort.
In order to
achieve the best possible ride response even when riding with a
pillion and fully loaded, the rear suspension strut features
travel-dependent damping and
automatic load compensation. As in
the legendary BMW R 5, the tubes of the telescopic fork are encased in
fork sleeves. The fork tube diameter is 49 mm, suspension travel is
120 mm at the front and rear. The new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B
are decelerated by a double disc brake at the front and a single disc
brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed callipers and
BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS.

Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) as standard.

Active Cruise Control (ACC) – cruise control with integrated
distance control for relaxed touring as an ex works option.


The R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B are already equipped as
standard with DCC electronic cruise control (Dynamic Cruise Control).
DCC automatically regulates the riding speed set by the rider. Dynamic
means that the pre-selected speed is kept constant even when riding
downhill. Active Cruise Control (ACC) allows relaxed gliding with
distance control – without the rider having to adjust the speed to the
vehicle in front. With the aid of radar sensors integrated in the
front fairing, the motorcycle is either accelerated automatically to
adjust the speed or the new, standard full integral braking system is
applied for deceleration purposes, depending on the situation on the
road. ACC also ensures particularly safe cornering. Where necessary,
the cornering control system automatically reduces the speed, giving
the rider the right speed for a comfortable and safe banking angle.

Coherent ergonomics for best possible motorcycle control.

The new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B feature a
casual,
so-called “mid-mounted footpeg” position of the
footrests, entirely in keeping with the BMW Motorrad philosophy. This
classic position behind the cylinders is not only typical of BMW, it
also allows a relaxed and active riding position for the best possible
motorcycle control. The R 18 Transcontinental is equipped with an
especially comfortable seat and seat heating as standard to ensure
long-distance riding comfort even in two-person operation. The R 18 B
has a somewhat slimmer two-person seat bench.
The new R 18
Transcontinental is fitted as standard with running boards and the
new
R 18 B with wider and more comfortable footrests than the R 18.

Cockpit featuring classically designed round instruments and
10.25” TFT colour screen with map navigation for convenient route
planning and extensive connectivity as standard.
The
cockpit, specially designed for the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18
B, with four analogue round instruments and a 10.25 inch TFT colour
display, blends into the classic appearance harmoniously. Featuring
the iconic “BERLIN BUILT” lettering, it follows the classic
style of the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B on the one hand, and
on the other hand offers a perfectly readable TFT colour display
providing a maximum of functionality and information.

Three riding modes as well as ASC and MSR as standard for a
high degree of riding fun and safety. Reversing aid and Hill Start
Control as an ex works option.


In order to meet individual customer needs, the new R 18
Transcontinental and R 18 B also feature the three riding modes
“Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” as standard,
which is unusual in this segment. The standard equipment also includes
ASC
(Automatic Stability Control), which ensures a high level of
riding safety.
In addition, the new R 18 Transcontinental and R
18 B are equipped with an engine drag torque control (MSR) as
standard. In addition to other options, a reversing aid makes
manoeuvring a comfortable affair and the Hill Start Control function
makes starting off uphill easy.

The new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B: Iconic streamlining
combined with rigid frame look and modern technology.


The new R 18 Transcontinental stands out as a luxurious tourer
and the new R 18 B as a stylish “Bagger” with its
characteristic “streamlining”, which perfectly integrates
the front fairing, cases and, in the case of the R 18
Transcontinental, the top case. They transfer the iconic style of the
great tourers and cruisers of yesteryear to the present day. The
purist design, which has been shaped by numerous BMW Motorrad
classics, lives on in many details. Functional and style-defining
elements such as the double-loop tube frame, the 24 litre pear-drop
fuel tank, the open universal shaft drive or the double-line paintwork
(ex works option) are reminiscent of legendary BMW boxer motorcycles.
The suspension also harks back splendidly to the old days. Together
with the double-sided swinging arm and a cantilever suspension strut,
the rigid frame layout of the R 5 has been perfectly transferred to
modern times.

Audio system with Marshall sound system: A new digital sound
dimension as standard ex works.


With the Marshall sound system, the new R 18 Transcontinental
and R 18 B offer an intense sound experience. Already as standard the
new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B feature a sound system developed
in collaboration with the British manufacturer Marshall, featuring
2-way speakers integrated into the front of the fairing. Black cover
grilles with white Marshall lettering round off the classic look. The
Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 and Stage 2 sound systems are optionally
ex works to provide even more intensive listening pleasure. Up to 4
loudspeakers and 2 subwoofers with 280 watts of total output provide
incomparable sound quality and “good vibrations”. For 60
years, Marshall, originally from Hanwell, London, now based in
Bletchley, Milton Keynes (UK), have produced legendary guitar
amplifiers used by the world’s best musicians. Since 2012 they have
expanded their audio quality into award winning headphones and active
speakers designed for music lovers.

The R 18 Transcontinental First Edition and R 18 B First
Edition:


Exclusive look in paint and chrome.

Right from the time of market launch, the new R 18
Transcontinental and R 18 B will be available worldwide as exclusive R
18 Transcontinental First Edition and
R 18 B First Edition
versions. They combine the R 18 look with exclusive features in
classic black paintwork with white double-lining. Further highlights
are the specially designed surfaces (Chrome Package), high-grade
stitching on the seat and the
“First Edition” lettering.

Large variety of parts allow for perfect customizing and
optimum individualisation. Exclusive Option 719 equipment.


The Original BMW Motorrad Accessories range offers a maximum of
individualisation options for tailoring the R 18 Transcontinental and
R 18 B to your personal taste. The design collections of milled
aluminium parts familiar from the R 18 and R 18 Classic, which were
created together with Roland Sands Design, are also available for
the
new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B. With regard to audio
systems, BMW Motorrad cooperates with the British manufacturer
Marshall. For the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B, BMW Motorrad
offers a range of particularly high-quality and exclusive optional
extras as “Option 719”, such as Option 719 Galaxy Dust
metallic paint finish and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories.

The new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B highlights:

  • Handlebar-mounted fairing for excellent wind and weather protection.
  • High wind shield (R 18 Transcontinental).
  • Low wind shield (R 18 B).
  • Cases in body colour paint finish (27 litres, with audio 26.5 litres).
  • Vibration-decoupled top case in body colour paint finish
    (48
    litres, with audio 47 litres, R 18 Transcontinental only).
  • Wind deflectors in body colour finish (R 18 Transcontinental only).
  • 24 litre fuel tank.
  • Cockpit with four analogue round instruments and 10.25 inch TFT
    colour display.
  • Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1 802 cc.
  • Output 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm, maximum torque 158 Nm at 3 000 rpm.
  • More than 150 Nm available at all times from 2 000 to 4 000 rpm
  • Open-running, gloss nickel-plated universal-shaft drive based
    on
    the classic role model.
  • Elaborately manufactured double-loop tube steel frame with
    backbone of sheet metal formed parts provide the optimal package.
  • Rear swinging arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.
  • Telescopic fork with fork sleeves and cantilever spring strut with
    travel-dependent damping as well as automatic load compensation
    ensure optimum riding under all conditions.
  • Comfortable ergonomics for relaxed cruising and touring with the
    best possible motorcycle control.
  • Disc brakes at the front and rear and cast light alloy wheels.
  • BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS.
  • Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) as standard.
  • Active Cruise Control (ACC) – cruise control with integrated
    distance control for relaxed touring as an ex works option.
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology, classically interpreted.
  • Adaptive turning light with swivel module for even better
    illumination of the road when cornering as an ex works option.
  • Engine guard (R18 Transcontinental only)
  • Seat heating as standard (R 18 Transcontinental only).
  • Heated grips as standard.
  • Continuously adjustable rocker switch (in connection with running
    boards;
    standard for R 18 Transcontinental).
  • Keyless Ride for convenient activation of functions.
  • Three riding modes as well as ASC and MSR as standard.
  • Reverse assist for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control
    for easy hill starts as ex works option.
  • Three attractive colours: In addition to black and the 719 Galaxy
    Dust metallic option, the new R 18 B and R 18 Trancontinental are
    also available in
    Manhattan metallic matt.
  • The R 18 Transcontinental “First Edition” and R 18 B “First
    Edition”: Exclusive look in paint and chrome.
  • Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad
    Accessories as well as a cool Ride & Style Collection.
  • “Option 719” equipment available as particularly high-quality
    and exclusive optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories.

Original Press Release

MINI partners with Vhils Studio, Iminente and Underdogs through the MINI VOICES platform.

BMW:MINI partners with Vhils Studio, Iminente and Underdogs through the MINI VOICES platform.

Munich. In several European countries, MINI is
supporting authentic entities and start-ups which are tackling today’s
social challenges with their unusual ideas and demonstrating how a
sustainable, socially responsible future can be shaped. The #MINI
VOICES platform is created for personalities and initiatives that have
the potential to change the world. Their presence on MINI’s social
media channels gives them the opportunity to provide inspiration worldwide.

MINI Portugal’s partnership with Vhils Studio, Iminente and Underdogs
has been launched with a film demonstrating perfectly the four
entities’ shared values – tolerance; equality; solidarity; inclusion –
and their passion for art, culture, and urban environments. Future
joint projects this year will include a cinema as a new artistic area
of the Festival Iminente. The drive-in cinema will be exclusively
supported by MINI.

Pedro Faria, General Manager MINI Portugal, says: “We are very
pleased with the partnership with these three cultural entities,
recognized at national and international level, both for their talent
and for their innovation. Being able to share experiences, learn about
other perspectives and collaborate on various projects will allow the
brand to assume an active voice in the celebration of urban culture,
as a movement for the progressive transformation of cities.”

“With this new partnership, we intend to continue our role as
promoters of culture, and develop, together with MINI, artistic
projects that can positively contribute to the enrichment of urban art
and to the improvement of life in the cities”, highlights Romain
Trevisan, CEO of Vhils Studio, Iminente and Underdogs.

Finding unconventional solutions and rethinking what already exists
has always been part of the MINI identity. With its clever use of
space, the classic Mini was a pioneer in efficient mobility,
predominantly geared towards the city lifestyle. Today, the MINI
Electric takes that spirit even further with an all-electric
powertrain. Off the road, MINI has participated in several projects
that seek to improve the quality of life in urban environments. This
partnership, which will initially run for 12 months, underscores the
importance of providing a new look at cities and of the well-being of
all communities and different lifestyles.

For further information, please visit: https://www.mini.com/en_MS/home/minivoices.html

About: Vhils Studio
Peeling away the layers of
our material culture as a contemporary urban archaeologist, Portuguese
artist Vhils reflects on the impact of urbanity, development and
increasing uniformity on global landscapes and human identity. His
unique visual language has been materialized through a vast body of
supports and contexts, creating powerful propositions about the
present human condition. His work is represented in several public and
private collections in several countries.

About: Iminente
Iminente is a comprehensive
platform that aims to provide experiences of urban culture, promoting
the relationship between cities, their inhabitants and creative
production. Bringing together a diversity of artistic areas, including
music, contemporary art, dance, performing arts, architecture, design,
fashion, cinema, recitals, and gastronomy, it is the materialization
of an urban creative movement that aims to create visibility and
opportunities for artists, disseminating the urban culture.

About: Underdogs
Underdogs is a cultural
platform based in Lisbon, Portugal, which brings together a gallery
with two exhibition spaces, a public art programme, the production of
artistic editions and the development of commissioned artistic
projects. Established in 2010 and consolidated in its present form in
2013, Underdogs works with a diverse cast of Portuguese and
international artists linked to the universe of contemporary
urban-inspired art, fostering the development of close relationships
between creators, the public, and the city to promote art as an
everyday experience.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Sarah Bauer, Press Spokesperson Product Communication
MINI
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E-mail: sarah.bauer@mini.com

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

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

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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Original Press Release

The MINI Electric as a company car: Biogena takes over the largest MINI Cooper SE fleet.

BMW:The MINI Electric as a company car: Biogena takes over the largest MINI Cooper SE fleet.

Munich. On Saturday, 17 July 2021, the employees of
361° Health Company Biogena took delivery of their new fully electric
MINI Cooper SE (power consumption combined: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km
according to WLTP, 16.9 – 14.9 kWh/ 100 km according to NEDC). The
Austrian family-owned company, which is known for the development,
production and marketing of premium micronutrient preparations, offers
its employees modern and sustainable driving pleasure with up to 135
kW/184 hp. Biogena has been pursuing a sustainable strategy for years,
which includes ecological products, reforestation and efficient
environmental protection, therefore it fits perfectly with the British
premium brand. At the beginning of the year, Biogena gave every
employee the opportunity to order a petrol-branded MINI Cooper SE as a
company leasing vehicle. By ordering the 82 vehicles in total, the
company is sending out a further signal for electric mobility and
sustainability and is now also giving employees the opportunity to
experience local emission-free driving fun.

“The pulsating performance of the E-MINI is a perfect match for
the passionate spirit of the Biogena team,” explains Biogena
Managing Director Julia Ganglbauer.

With the MINI Cooper SE, electric mobility in urban traffic is
combined for the first time with the brand-typical characteristics of
the original in the premium segment of small cars. Since its market
launch in 2020, more than 30,000 units have already been sold
worldwide. These figures are particularly underlined from the first
half of 2021, when global sales of all electrified MINIs are already
at more than 15 percent.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
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.mini.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/.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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BMW M Motorsport News, 26th July 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 26th July 2021.

DTM: Pole position for the BMW M6 GT3 at the Lausitzring.

Round two of the season in the new DTM: This weekend, the Lausitzring
(GER) hosted the GT3 series in glorious summery conditions. Sheldon
van der Linde (RSA) secured the first pole position in the DTM for the
BMW M6 GT3. The ROWE Racing driver set the fastest time in qualifying
on Saturday morning. Van der Linde then led for much of Saturday’s
race in the #31 BMW M6 GT3, before eventually finishing third.
However, he was subsequently handed a time penalty for a moment of
carelessness from the pit crew, which saw him relegated to ninth
place. The best-placed BMW M6 GT3 on Saturday was the #11 Walkenhorst
Motorsport car, driven by Marco Wittmann (GER), who came home seventh.
Wittmann climbed seven positions from 14th on the grid. Timo Glock
(GER) struggled with tyre wear before finishing eleventh in the #16
ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.

Glock was then the best-placed BMW driver in Sunday’s qualifying,
securing fifth place on the grid. Van der Linde started the race from
seventh place, with Wittmann again 14th. In race two on Sunday, van
der Linde came home fifth, just ahead of Wittmann who produced another
impressive fightback to finish sixth. Glock twice ended up in the
gravel during a hectic start to the race, and fell well back down the
field as a result. He eventually crossed the finish line in 13th place.

The third race weekend of the 2021 season will take place at Zolder,
Belgium, from 6th to 8th August.

DTM Trophy: Three podiums for the BMW M4 GT4 in Lusatia.

There was another strong display from the BMW M Motorsport teams at
the second event of this season’s DTM Trophy at the Lausitzring (GER).
Seven BMW M4 GT4s finished in the top ten in Saturdays race, with that
figure rising to eight on Sunday. Spearheading the BMW contingent was
Ben Green (GBR) in the #10 BMW M4 GT4, who was runner-up in both races
for the FK Performance Motorsport team. In race two on Sunday, Green
was joined on the podium by Michael Schrey (GER) in the #2 BMW M4 GT4
of Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport.

Green, who had started the season with a victory in the opening race
at Monza (ITA) back in June, was once again in contention for the top
step of the podium in both races. In race one, he missed out on the
win by less than half a second, crossing the finish line in second
place. Race two was even closer. Green led at times before eventually
finishing just three-tenths of a second behind the winning car. In the
championship standings, Green is currently second after four races.
Schrey, who won race two of the season at Monza and added another
podium at the Lausitzring, is third in the Drivers’ Championship. In
the Team competition, FK Performance Motorsport is currently second,
ahead of Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport.

BMW M2 Cup: New racing series makes its debut at the Lausitzring.

The new BMW M2 Cup made its debut during the DTM weekend at the
Lausitzring (GER). The new series features spectacular racing with the
BMW M2 CS Racing. 17 cars were in action at the season-opener in the
Lusatia region of Germany.

The dominant driver on the inaugural weekend of the BMW M2 Cup was
Tim Heinemann (GER), who secured both pole positions in the #78 BMW M2
CS Racing and went on to claim comfortable lights-to-flag victories in
both races. In Saturday’s opening race, Heinemann finished almost nine
seconds ahead of his closest rivals. In race two on Sunday, his lead
was over four seconds. Runner-up in race one was Fabian Kreim (GER /
#43). In race two, second place went to 16-year-old Salman Owega (GER
/ #7). The third place on the podium in both races was occupied by
Louis Henkefend (GER) in the #17 BMW M2 CS Racing.

The second event of the season takes place from 6th to 8th August at
Zolder, Belgium. More information on the BMW M2 Cup can be found on
the official website bmwm2cup.com. Image and
video material is also available for download here in the ‘Media’ section.

IMSA: Eventful race weekend at Lime Rock Park.

 

The second half of this season’s IMSA series got underway at Lime
Rock Park (USA) in mid-July. The competitors in the IMSA WeatherTech
Championship and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge had an eventful
race weekend at times. On Friday, unsettled weather presented a real
challenge for the teams. In GTD qualifying in the IMSA WeatherTech
Championship, the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 finished seventh.
The only way was up for drivers Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley (both
USA) in the Saturday race, which was scheduled to last two hours and
40 minutes. However, an intense thunderstorm forced the race to be
suspended after 90 minutes, and it was never re-started. That left
Auberlen/Foley in fifth place. They currently lie second in the
Drivers’ Championship.

Friday’s qualifying for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge was
shortened following a crash. Auberlen qualified second in the #95
Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4, which he shares with Dillon Machavern
(USA). In the two-hour race on Saturday, a technical issue resulted in
the duo dropping well down the field. They eventually finished 16th in
the GS class. Foley and Vincent Barletta (USA) were eighth in class in
the #96 BMW M4 GT4. The AutoTechnic Racing team competed with the #52
BMW M4 GT4, driven by Attilio Albani and Elivan Goulart (both USA).
They came home eleventh in the GS class. Auberlen and Machavern
continue to lead the GS standings, but are now tied at the top of the standings.

British GT Championship: Leaders Century Motorsport on the
podium at Spa-Francorchamps.

The British GT Championship was in Belgium at the weekend, where
Spa-Francorchamps hosted round four of the 2021 season. It was another
successful weekend for the Century Motorsport team – despite the
additional weight the team had to bear as a result of its brace of
victories at round three at Donington (GBR). Gus Burton and Will Burns
(both GBR) in the #57 BMW M4 GT4 secured pole position in a
hard-fought qualifying session on Saturday. The two-hour race on
Sunday was an eventful one. In the end, Burton/Mills finished third
overall in the GT4 class and second in the Silver class. Their
team-mates Andrew Gordon-Coldbrooke and Chris Salkeld (both GBR) gave
a courageous fightback in the #9 BMW M4 GT4. Having dropped through
the field following a drive-through penalty, they recovered strongly
to finish fifth overall and fourth in the Silver class.   

In the GT4 Drivers’ standings in the British GT Championship, Burton
and Burns still hold a commanding lead with 111.5 points. They are
followed in second place by Gordon-Coldbrooke and Salkeld with 81
points. Burton/Burns also lead the Silver class, with
Gordon-Coldbrooke/Salkeld the top pair in the Pro-Am competition. In
the GT4 Team standings, Century Motorsport are top with 196.5 points
and a seemingly-unassailable lead of 132 points.

Super GT Championship: Round four at Motegi.

The Japanese Super GT Championship held its fourth round of the
season at Motegi (JPN) in mid-July. In the thick of the action was BMW
Team Studie with the #7 BMW M6 GT3, driven by Seiji Ara and Tomohide
Yamaguchi (both JPN). The summery heat, with temperatures reaching 33
degrees Celsius, made for challenging conditions. In Saturday’s
qualifying, the #7 was the fastest Pro-Am car and finished 13th
overall. However, the team then had to retire from Sunday’s race due
to a technical issue.

Original Press Release

Julien Creuzet starts BMW Art Journey 2021. Artist based in France searches for the unexpected among the familiar roots of his ancestors in Martinique.

BMW:Julien Creuzet starts BMW Art Journey 2021. Artist based in France searches for the unexpected among the familiar roots of his ancestors in Martinique.

Munich/Basel/Paris. BMW Art Journey winner 2021
Julien Creuzet, represented by High Art, Paris, started the first part
of his BMW Art Journey on July 15, 2021. In Martinique, he will
explore the unexpected and surprising in the familiar environment of
his ancestors.

The BMW Art Journey is part of BMW Group’s global cultural
engagement, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Committed in the fields of modern and contemporary art, classical
music, jazz and sound as well as architecture and design, the BMW
Group has been an integral part of culture on a global scale.

Inspired by the Martinican thinker, critic and poet Édouard Glissant
who had written about the concept of creolization, “It is a mixture of
arts, customs and languages ​​that produces the unexpected,” Creuzet
will make five trips in total to the Antillean islands Martinique and
Guadeloupe between July 2021 and Spring 2022.

Creuzet himself was raised in Martinique, but never had the chance to
work there. About his BMW Art Journey he says: “I strive to make my
contribution, to give back by offering my experience and a place, a
living world, a workstation for long-term experimentation. My journey
is related to a long-time project that I had in mind, but I was never
able to realize it. It is a good opportunity for me to return and to
re-connect with my native land. I have shown and shared my practice
and perspective around the world, but never in the land of my ancestors.”

During his BMW Art Journey Julien Creuzet will focus on three
artistic projects around the geographically and culturally distinct
region of the Antilleans. Filming landscapes, underwater scenes, and
local festivals such as carnival, on the ground and with drones, he
will create a video in collaboration with local contemporary artists
and musicians.

A second project is an eight months-long workshop with the art
students of Beaux-Arts de Fort-de-France (Campus Caribbean des Arts),
opening a studio for their artistic work. One focus of the workshop
will be about the creation of “bwadjacks” – sculptures made of
modified cars and materials which are usually found on scrapyards, in
a gesture of circularity.

Lastly, Creuzet will work on a project with the local fauna of the
Antilleans. Drawing inspiration from natural forms, he aims to create
new hybrid sculptures recycling plastic and other materials. The
results of his BMW Art Journey are expected to be shown during Art
Basel in Hong Kong in 2022.

About Julien Creuzet at High Art, Paris
Julien
Creuzet (b.1986) lives and works in Montreuil, France. He creates
protean artworks incorporating poetry, music, sculpture, assemblage,
film and animation. Evoking trans-oceanic postcolonial transactions in
relation to multiple temporalities, the artist places his own
inherited past, present and future at the heart of his production.
Eluding generalized narratives and cultural reductions, Creuzet’s work
often spotlights anachronisms and social realities to construct
objects of irreducibility. Recent solo exhibitions include Camden Arts
Center, London (upcoming); Palais de Tokyo and Fondation d’entreprise
Pernod Ricard, Paris. His work was featured in group exhibitions at
Manifesta 13, Marseilles; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Musée
d’Art moderne de Paris and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Creuzet is a
nominee for the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2021.

Julien Creuzet was selected for BMW Art Journey 2021 from a shortlist
of three artists represented by galleries originally accepted into
this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong, in an online jury process.
The international jury of experts included Claire
Hsu
, Executive Director, Asia
Art Archive
, Hong Kong; Matthias Mühling,
Director, Städtische Galerie
im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau
, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto
Re Rebaudengo
, President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,
Turin; Philip Tinari, Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art,
Beijing
; and Samson Young, artist and winner of the
first BMW Art Journey. 

About the BMW Art Journey
Launched in 2015, the
BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art
Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging artists
worldwide. Since 2020, the circle of eligible artists has broadened
and includes not only emerging and mid-career artists from the
Discoveries sector, but also artists represented by galleries founded
no more than ten years ago at Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong. In
recognition of the ongoing exceptional circumstances caused by the
pandemic, the jury conducted its selection process online. The
selected artists were then invited to submit proposals, based on which
the winner was selected.

Past winners of the BMW Art Journey include sound and performance
artist Samson Young (presented by a.m. Space, Hong
Kong, at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2015); video artists
Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr (presented by Galerie
Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show in 2015);
Abigail Reynolds (presented by Rokeby, London, at
Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong in 2016); Max Hooper
Schneider
(presented by High Art, Paris, at Art Basel’s Miami
Beach show in 2016), Astha Butail (represented by
GALLERYSKE, New Dehli, Bangalore, at Art Basel´s Hong Kong show in
2017), Jamal Cyrus (represented by Inman Gallery,
Houston, at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show in 2017); Zac
Langdon-Pole
(represented by Michael Lett, Auckland, at Art
Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2018), Lu Yang (represented
by the gallery Société, Berlin, at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2019)
and Leelee Chan (represented by Capsule Shanghai at
Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2021).

Art Basel and BMW will collaborate with the artist to document the
journey and share it with a broader public through print publications,
online and on social media via @julien.creuzet,
@artbasel
and @bmwgroupculture.

For further information and press material about the BMW Art Journey
artists and their projects, please visit the press section: www.bmw-art-journey.com/press

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Affairs
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
24753
Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

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Email:
presse@bmw.de

Sarah Degen
Art Basel
Senior Media Relations
Manager
Telephone: +41 58 206 2706
Email: press@artbasel.com

Original Press Release

Stimulating ideas for urban mobility: BMW Group Research unveils innovative concepts for cargo bike and e-scooter.

BMW:Stimulating ideas for urban mobility: BMW Group Research unveils innovative concepts for cargo bike and e-scooter.

Munich. In recent years, there has been an increase
in traffic in many city centres, and the mobility requirements of the
people who live there remain high. In its role as a premium provider
for individual mobility, the BMW Group is actively helping to create
the liveable city of the future. Here, its approach to mobility also
looks beyond the company’s core business. The BMW Group has already
presented a number of innovative micromobility solutions to the public
in the past, including the BMW Motorrad X2City, the Personal Mover Concept and the BMW Vision E³ Way elevated road concept. With
the unveiling of the electrified bicycle Concept DYNAMIC CARGO and the
e-scooter Concept CLEVER COMMUTE, the BMW Group engineers are once
again demonstrating their unrivalled ability to transfer know-how from
the automotive sector to concepts for micromobility vehicles.



Concept DYNAMIC CARGO: unexpected cycling pleasure plus
exceptional variability.

  • Compact, three-wheeled cargo bike concept with high agility,
    flexible usage options and increased year-round suitability
  • Variably usable loading platform with innovative attachments for
    transporting loads and/or children as well as for leisure activities

Bicycles offer great flexibility of use, produce zero emissions and
are one of the fastest and most efficient means of transport in urban
areas. However, rainy, cold or slippery conditions are usually all it
takes for the majority of cyclists to switch to public transport or
their car instead. The same applies when they need to carry loads that
are too large for a standard luggage rack to handle, such as a larger
food shop, or to transport children. A wide range of cargo bikes are
now available that offer an additional alternative to using the car
for urban trips. However, many cargo bike concepts are wider and,
above all, longer than normal bicycles due to the requirements for
transporting loads and/or children. In conjunction with the resulting
additional weight and the possible payload, this leads to restrictions
of varying degrees compared to normal bicycles, particularly with
regard to driving agility and handling.

“Our goal was to develop a concept that retains the agility and
driving feel of a normal bicycle while adding innovative, safe
transport options” says Jochen Karg, Head of Vehicle Concepts in
the BMW Group’s New Technologies and China division. “The
“Concept DYNAMIC CARGO” is the first dynamic ‘pick-up’ cargo
bike that combines driving pleasure with flexible use and increased
year-round suitability.”

The key component of the three-wheeled Concept DYNAMIC CARGO is the
front main frame, which is connected to the rear section via a pivot
axle and tilts in corners. The rear section remains stable through all
corners without tilting towards the road. This combines with the
electrified powertrain – which is activated as soon as the rider
starts to pedal and drives the two rear wheels – to make the cargo
bike just as easy to ride as a standard bicycle. As well as producing
far greater riding stability in all weather conditions compared to
two-wheeler designs, the rear wheels with their rigid, non-pivoting
axle mounting also provide the basis for a versatile, pick-up-style
transport platform. This can be fitted with a selection of innovative
modular attachments for carrying luggage and/or children. The modular
design principle paves the way for many more use cases, too. The
non-pivoting design of the transport platform has the additional
benefit that the rider is barely aware of any extra weight being
carried, enabling safe, stable transportation of all loads while also
ensuring a pleasurable riding experience.

The concept is rounded off by a facility for adding a modular system
of weather protection. Together with the superior riding safety, which
proves especially useful in adverse weather, this makes the Concept
DYNAMIC CARGO an attractive means of transport all year round.

Although the BMW Group will not manufacture the Concept DYNAMIC CARGO
itself, it is already in discussions with potential licensees.



Concept CLEVER COMMUTE: the perfect companion for the “last mile”.

  • Ergonomic design suitable for everyday use, excellent riding
    stability and extremely compact when packed up
  • Genuine mixed-mobility option: innovative “public transport mode”
    makes it easy to incorporate travel on public transport into longer journeys
  • Ideal for park & ride: minimal size when packed makes it ideal
    for carrying in the car boot

E-scooters have firmly established themselves in the urban mobility
mix, thanks to sharing schemes in particular. They offer flexible
usability, zero local emissions and the ability to get city dwellers
to their destination extremely quickly over short “last-mile” urban
journeys. The uptake of e-scooters for private ownership has been
relatively slow to date. Robust models that can be ridden safely are
difficult to take onto public transport or carry by car due to their
size, while small, more portable models suffer from poor riding stability.

With its Concept CLEVER COMMUTE, the BMW Group is now presenting an
e-scooter that folds easily for carrying on public transport and/or by
car without compromising on riding stability in any way. In public
transport mode, the footboard folds up at the sides and the rear wheel
pivots into the resulting aperture from below. This mechanism shortens
the wheelbase of the CLEVER COMMUTE substantially so that it can even
be carried on an escalator without difficulty. This is an important
requirement if the journey includes underground transport routes. It
can also be rolled along on both wheels in this mode, rather like a
trolley case. And the front wheel’s integral hub motor provides an
electric impulse that makes it easier to push the CLEVER COMMUTE up
ramps. The e-scooter’s compact dimensions when folded up means it
should be possible to take it on all forms of public transport free of charge.

The CLEVER COMMUTE can be folded up to a size that fits easily into
small vehicle boots, with larger boots able to accommodate several of
them for family outings. In the BMW Group range, this means that the
CLEVER COMMUTE fits into luggage compartments lengthways from the
3 Series upwards, for example, without any need to fold down the rear
backrest, and it can be carried crossways in MINI boots.

With its unique product characteristics, the CLEVER COMMUTE is a
versatile companion in the city and allows any journey to be completed
quickly, safely and easily. Its transformability makes it a truly
ideal solution for multimodal travel.

Although the BMW Group will not manufacture the Concept CLEVER
COMMUTE itself, it is already in discussions with potential licensees.

Both micromobility concepts have been designed in such a way that the
electric range can be scaled with regard to the respective
application. One final very important feature for city use is the
battery pack, which can be removed and charged at home.

Original Press Release

After victory in Saturday’s race both BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers in the points in London.

BMW:After victory in Saturday’s race both BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers in the points in London.

London. In a tumultuous Sunday race, Maximilian Günther (GER)
and Jake Dennis (GBR) scored valuable points in the overall ABB FIA
Formula E World Championship standings. Günther had started the 13th
race of the season from sixth on the grid and crossed the line in
the same position. Dennis followed up his win at the London E-Prix
(GBR) on Saturday with a courageous recovery performance, clawing
back eight places to finish ninth, having started from 17th on the
grid. A drive-through penalty just before the end of the race put
paid to his chances of a better finish. The MINI Electric Pacesetter
inspired by JCW, the official FIA Formula E Safety Car, appeared
twice after incidents had occurred.

Günther drove a commanding race after a disappointing Saturday. He
had delivered proof of his pace during the morning qualifying session,
securing a place in the Super Pole competition for the seventh time
this season. He reached sixth in the battle for grid positions,
recording a time of 1:20.398 minutes. Günther was unable to steer
clear of all the incidents as the race progressed at the London
exhibition centre, but he displayed plenty of stamina to maintain his
position to the finish line.

Dennis gave another strong performance in the free practice session,
ending the session in second place as he had done on the previous day.
However, his starting position in the drivers’ standings meant that he
had to compete in qualifying group one. He was the first driver out on
the track and secured third place, before being pushed back down to
17th as the session progressed. Dennis mounted a spirited chase in the
race and spent some time ahead of Günther before being knocked back to
ninth place due to a drive-through penalty for a technical infringement.

Formula E rookie Dennis is now fourth in the drivers’ standings, with
81 points. Günther is in 15th place, with 62 points. BMW i Andretti
Motorsport is fifth in the team standings with 143 points.

The Season 7 finale will take place in three weeks, at the former
Berlin-Tempelhof (GER) airport. After races 14 and 15 complete the
season, one driver will be crowned world champion for the first time
in the history of Formula E.

 

Reactions to Race 13 in London.

 

Roger Griffiths (BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team Principal,
team standings: 5th place):

“The second race here in London was much more eventful. Everyone was
a little more conservative yesterday but it was much more aggressive
today. In the end, we finished with both cars in the points. That’s
what we came here for and that is what helps us in the championship.
Maximilian came home in sixth place; Jake finished ninth. It was a
great performance from Jake, who worked his way up from P17 after a
somewhat disappointing qualifying session. Maximilian reached
Superpole again. We are now fifth in the team standings and we had a
great time here in London. Formula E organised a fantastic event. Now
we are heading into the final two rounds of the world championship in
Berlin. Let’s see what we can achieve.”

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21, starting position: 17th place,
race result: 9th place, points: 81, driver standings: 4th place):

“Overall, we can be very happy with our weekend. We scored points
twice and had a win to celebrate. My car behaved really well from FP1
to the final race on Sunday. We were superfast in each session. I
don’t think that we were ever outside the top five, apart from during
qualifying of course. We moved up from 17th to seventh place and then
I got a drive-through penalty, so that was a bit of a shame. But
overall, it was a great weekend. Now I am looking forward to Berlin.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21, starting position: 6th
place, race result: 6th place, points: 62, driver standings: 15th place):

“All in all, it was a solid day. I felt good in my car during free
practice and built a good foundation for qualifying. I can also be
very pleased with group qualifying. I put in a good lap in Superpole,
although the first drops of rain had started to fall. We were just two
tenths of a second away from pole position, which shows how close it
was. We were banking on racing in the rain, but unfortunately that
didn’t happen so the pace was not quite ideal. I also had the feeling
that we could have used attack mode better to finish higher up, but in
motorsport there’s no point thinking about could have, would have. We
gave it everything and scored some good points.”

 

The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra
100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame
in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite
driver in the four days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into,
each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are two ways to vote:
Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/
or via the official Formula E App.

 

The BMW Group Safety Cars.

The BMW Group has been represented in the ABB FIA Formula E
World Championship as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ since the very
beginning and will continue to provide the fleet of safety cars for
season 7 of the fully-electric racing series. Alongside the BMW i8
Roadster Safety Car (fuel consumption (combined): 2.0 l /100 km;
energy use (combined): 14.5 kWh /100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46
g/km)*, which has been modified specially for racing use, the MINI
Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will be appearing as a new safety
car from the Rome E-Prix onwards. The development of the car based on
the new MINI Cooper SE represents a hitherto unique collaboration
between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E. The fleet
also includes the BMW i3s (Power consumption in kWh/100: 14.6-14.0
(NEDC); 16.6-16.3 (WLTP), electric range in km: 278-283 (WLTP))* as
‘Race Director Car’ and the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in kWh/100:
17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km: 450-458
(WLTP))* in its roles as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Rescue Car’.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model. The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

Original Press Release

WorldSBK Sunday at Assen: both BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders show fighting spirit and strong chasing performances.

BMW:WorldSBK Sunday at Assen: both BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders show fighting spirit and strong chasing performances.

Assen. The two riders from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
showed fighting spirit to deliver convincing performances once again
in Sunday’s race in the FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen
(NED). In the Superpole race, Tom Sykes (GBR) put on a thrilling
chase to move up from 18th to seventh place. In the afternoon,
Michael van der Mark (NED) overcame difficulties during race two to
improve by five places and secure another top result by finishing
sixth. After his crash on Saturday, the race doctors did not grant
clearance for Jonas Folger (GER) from the BMW satellite team Bonovo
MGM Racing to compete on Sunday.

 

After some heavy rainfall, there was still water on and around the
circuit in the morning, causing the warm-up session to be postponed by
50 minutes. The start of the morning’s Superpole race was then also
pushed back by ten minutes. The track was then dry, but conditions
still proved to be treacherous in places. Sykes once again gave a
fantastic chase. Starting from 18th on the grid, he moved up ten
positions with his BMW M 1000 RR on the first lap and secured seventh
place on lap four. That was where he finished the sprint race,
claiming seventh spot on the grid for the afternoon’s second race. Van
der Mark also made a good start from ninth only to take a fall a short
time later. This put him eleventh on the grid for race two.

At the start of the second race, two riders collided at the front in
turn one – while van der Mark was able to leap forward six places to
move into fifth. Sykes claimed seventh position on lap one, but then
fell back a little. Van der Mark also lost some time. During the
second half of the race, van der Mark and Sykes were then involved in
a duel lying in eighth and ninth places, all while closing in on the
top six. Events took a dramatic turn coming into the final lap; van
der Mark was able to overtake two rivals and secure sixth place, while
Sykes took a tumble. He was able to rejoin the race and finished 15th
to score a point.

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, was at Assen to experience the
race weekend on site. “It was super to be back again,” said Schramm on
Sunday afternoon. “I hadn’t been here for over a year and I really
missed it. It was also the first time that I had seen the new BMW M
1000 RR in action in the WorldSBK. It was great to see the BMW family
again and to view the progress that we have made with the M RR. That
is what made it a good weekend.”

BMW Motorrad Motorsport can now look forward to a first in two weeks’
time; Most, in the Czech Republic, will host the WorldSBK for the
first time when the sixth event of the season takes place there from
6th to 8th August.

Quotes after race two at Assen.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Our
achievements did not match our expectations today. Things did not go
smoothly. Michael made a very good start to the Superpole race in the
morning, but he crashed after letting his motivation get the better of
him. The after-effects of that certainly hampered his efforts in the
second race. He had a great race nonetheless, finishing sixth from
eleventh on the grid. Tom had a really strong Superpole race this
morning, moving up from the back of the field to seventh with some
outstanding pace. That pace could have taken him to within grasp of a
podium from seventh on the grid this afternoon. He fell back a little
in the early stages of the race and then battled his way back together
with Michael. He then slipped out over the front wheel just before the
end, but was able to cross the finishing line in 15th to score a
point. Overall, we definitely could have done better this weekend. I
think that we have shown potential but we were not able to convert it
into results as we had hoped.”  

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“After Saturday’s race one where we were reasonably happy
with the results overall and showed strong lap times, we were looking
to carry those over into today. But it was a tough Superpole Race. For
sure, Michael felt he needed to be with that front group of riders
which yesterday’s pace indicated he could do that. But he
unfortunately crashed out which was a disappointment and set him back
to 11th on the grid for race two. Tom managed to push his way through
and improved on his starting position, which was perfect. Going into
the race, there was a bit of a coming together at T1 which unsettled
the pack, but Michael settled back into a rhythm. However, he couldn’t
find the grip he was looking for. Tom was waiting for his tyre to come
to him but again got stuck in a battle where he was just off the
leading two packs. Overall, it was a tough race. We expected a little
more from the performances but all in all we are showing the
improvement of the bike and that gap to the front is getting narrower
at every event. This is the target with the podium in sight. We take
the positives from this weekend and move to Most where we will pick up
the game from there.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“This morning’s crash was a stupid mistake by myself. I
really wanted to go for it, and on the fastest corners of the track I
tried to go even faster which was a silly mistake on my behalf. In
race two, I had an okay start. I had a bit of luck at T1 starting in
P11 and by the end of lap one I was in fifth but I didn’t have the
pace or the grip I was hoping for. I was struggling to keep the bike
on track and I just didn’t have any more to give so it was quite
tough. But at the end of the race I found a little extra pace and
managed to catch and pass Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alex Lowes so P6
wasn’t too bad in the end. But I really wanted more.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We managed to
start race two on the third row which was a lot better. We got a much
cleaner start to the race as the guys did a bit of work to the BMW M
1000 RR. We used the harder rear tyre and just couldn’t find the grip
we needed at the beginning of the race but having said that, the bike
stayed very constant throughout the race. Unfortunately coming into
the last corner before entering the final lap, I tried to close the
line and square the corner off and lost the front. It was such a slow
speed crash, but I wasn’t able to save it. It’s such a shame, the bike
today was good enough for that top-six and it would have been nice to
be consistent the whole weekend. It certainly seemed we have made some
good improvements including both me and Michael. A disappointing end
to the weekend but we can take the positives from it, and we will
focus on that and try to build on it for the next round.”

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “It was a really
great weekend – until the crash. I am delighted that we were able to
show once again that we have the speed and that we can really compete.
That did us all a lot of good. I actually wanted to race today. I am
still in some pain and a bit stiff walking, but I felt ready.
Unfortunately, the race doctors did not give me the OK. I would like
to thank the team for their great work nonetheless and for getting us
back on track. Thanks also to everyone who has sent their best wishes
after my crash. Now it’s time for a few days of recovery and then we
will go back on the attack at Most the weekend after next.”

Original Press Release