MINI and URBAN-X present “Love the City x Hate the City”: How can we make our cities more livable?

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MINI and URBAN-X present “Love the City x Hate the City”: How can we make our cities more livable?

Munich. What if we could preserve the best sides of
city life and change the worst? In the video campaign “Love the
City x Hate the City” (#LTCxHTC), MINI presents different aspects
of life in the city as well as the associated challenges and presents
projects of the current cohort of the start-up accelerator URBAN-X. As
part of this promotion of aspiring entrepreneurs, MINI is working with
creative thought leaders to find new solutions for greater equity,
participation and design opportunities.

“With #LTCxHTC, we celebrate our passion for cities and the
people who live in them. We are giving the start-up founders and their
courageous steps to tackle the most pressing challenges in our cities
– such as mobility, security, urban infrastructure and energy – a
stage,” says Bernd Körber, Head of the MINI brand.

MINI operates the start-up accelerator URBAN-X together with the
American venture fund Urban Us. The program was founded by MINI in
2016. Since its launch, more than 70 start-ups from different
countries have already gone through the accelerator. A new cohort of
up to ten urbantech start-ups is assembled every six months – selected
from more than 1000 applications per year.

In a creative exchange with designers, engineers and developers of
MINI, the founders of the selected start-ups are supported in the
further development of their business model. The innovations created
in this process address some of the most pressing urban challenges,
from building technology and infrastructure to mobility and energy
supply to public health and civic services. They create cities that we
can all love.

“Amidst the pandemic, cities around the world are confronting issues
of equity, access and opportunity while at the same time addressing
resiliency and sustainability. With people rediscovering what they
love about their cities and new solutions to address climate change
and improve quality of life cropping up across the globe, now is the
perfect time to reimagine city life and support the innovators who aim
to do so,” said Micah Kotch, Managing Director of URBAN-X.

As part of the #LTCxHTC campaign, four innovative start-ups from the
current cohort will also be presented. For example, the start-up
Circuit, which offers free rides on-demand in bustling inner cities as
an emission-free short-haul service. Circuit mediates passengers via
app, helping to reduce congestion and eliminate the need for annoying parking.

The communication platform OneRoof helps people who live in the same
house to network, get to know each other and feel more supported.
Their goal is to turn a group of people who live under the same roof
into a house community.

Thanks to modular, customizable bike pods, Oonee offers safe storage
for scooters and bicycles in inner-city metropolitan areas. The
easy-to-install pods facilitate sustainable urban mobility and enhance
public space through seating and roof greening.

The start-up Thrilling is also part of the current URBAN-X cohort.
Founded in the United States, the company is the first e-commerce
platform to specialize in supporting small, independent vintage and
secondhand stores. By communicating these offers, customers have the
opportunity to minimize their ecological footprint when choosing their clothing.

MINI also remains true to its founding idea in supporting urbantech
start-ups: to challenge the status quo and thus develop new,
sustainable mobility solutions for city dwellers. With URBAN-X, MINI
supports entrepreneurs, engineers and designers in the development of
sustainable, vibrant and sustainable cities.

At the International Motor Show IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, visitors
can find out about URBAN-X at the exhibition stand at the Summit on
the exhibition grounds as well as in the MINI Pavilion on Lenbachplatz
from 7 September to 12 September 2021 and learn more about the
promising start-up teams and their projects. In addition, the start-up
accelerator will also be presented in the BMW Welt.

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

 

 

 

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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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WorldSBK at Magny-Cours: BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to familiar territory.

BMW:WorldSBK at Magny-Cours: BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to familiar territory.

Munich. Having visited the two new circuits of Most (CZE) and
Navarra (ESP), BMW Motorrad Motorsport is returning to familiar
territory this weekend. From 3rd to 5th September, the eighth round
of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2021 will take place at
‘Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours’ in the heart of France. The BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team and riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Michael der
Mark (NED) already know the circuit very well from the WorldSBK.
Jonas Folger (GER) and the Bonovo MGM Racing team, who are competing
in their first full season in the WorldSBK, have already made a
guest appearance at Magny-Cours in the French Superbike Championship FSBK.

 

Magny-Cours lies around 250 kilometres south of Paris, the French
capital, and has been a fixture on the WorldSBK calendar for nearly 20
years. A world championship race took place there for the first time
in 1991 and WorldSBK has visited Magny-Cours each year since 2003. The
combination of fast corners with long, straight sections and tight
hairpin bends makes for a challenging track layout.

Quotes ahead of the Magny-Cours round.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “The
Magny-Cours layout has a bit of everything and is an interesting
challenge for teams and riders. We have been very competitive there
over the last two years. Tom Sykes reached the podium in 2019, while
Eugene Laverty and Tom claimed double pole in a great Superpole
qualifying in 2020. However, this year sees us visit Magny-Cours a few
weeks earlier, which could mean different conditions – it will be
warmer, even though we can probably expect some rain to make an
appearance, as usual. We have set up our BMW M 1000 RR to be ready for
all eventualities. Our aim is to give ourselves a good start position
in qualifying and to keep on reducing to the gap to the very front
during the race.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“The team is looking forward to Magny-Cours. It is a circuit
that has suited the BMW in the past. We have made some good steps
forward with the BMW M 1000 RR and I think the improvement that we
showed in race two at Navarra, we’ve got to keep building on that. The
Magny-Cours circuit is fast and flowing with some slower parts and we
feel that Tom and Michael can have a positive event. FP1 is going to
be really important; we need to find that early set-up for the guys
and end up with a strong races one and two. Overall, we are really
focused on going to Magny-Cours and having some consistent, fair
weather to give a true reflection of the progress we are making and we
look forward to the weekend.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “I am
definitely looking forward to the French round of the WorldSBK at
Magny-Cours. It’s a circuit which has given the BMW podium success in
the past and obviously for me my target is to add to that. The aim is
also to maintain our recent improvement in form that we found for
example at Navarra. That is the target for the weekend. Of course,
there is still work to be done with the new BMW M 1000 RR so we will
try our best to find the best balance and compromise to do this inside
the race weekend.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Magny-Cours is a track which I really enjoy riding. It
always suits me. It has a bit of everything; fast and flowing sectors,
stop-and-go corners, so it is a bit of a mix. Regarding the set-up of
the bike, you also need to find some compromise here and there because
it has all these different type of corners. I really love the first
sector; that is one of my favourite parts of the track, but also the
last sector is always nice for some good overtaking. I am looking
forward to the weekend. We have improved our BMW M 1000 RR a lot and
at Navarra, we struggled more with the high temperatures and I think
we will not have that at Magny-Cours, so hopefully we have a bit more
stable weekend. At Navarra, we made a big step lap-time wise in
qualifying. Unfortunately for me it was so tight that I was still
tenth, but if you look at the lap times, I made a huge step. We
improved the performance there, so that is what we really need at
Magny-Cours as well.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “Magny-Cours is a
great circuit. We competed as wildcard starters in the French
Championship there last year. I am happy that we did that, as it means
that I am familiar with the circuit now. It is a very challenging
circuit, including a real range of corners. There is a pretty long
straight, some slow corners. Sometimes it flows and then you have a
bit of stop-and-go – it has a bit of everything. I hope that we make a
good start to the weekend, work well with the BMW from the word go and
that our race results then build on recent races.”

Track Facts Magny-Cours.

Circuit
length

4.411
km – clockwise

Corners

17 – 9 right-handers, 8 left-handers

Pole
position

Right

Longest
straight

Approx. 900 metres (‘Golf’)

Grip level

Medium

Track
layout

Some
sweeping turns, some stop-and-go passages, fast changes of direction

Strain on
brakes

Relatively high

Amount at full
throttle

32
% respectively 31 seconds

Top speed / lowest
speed

295
km/h / 46 km/h

Best overtaking
opportunity

T5

Key
factors

High
speed through the corners, stability, good delay on entry into
turns, wide range of performance

Original Press Release

BMW is partner of Art Basel in Basel. BMW Group Cultural Engagement celebrates its 50th birthday with virtual BMW Art Car Collection.

BMW:BMW is partner of Art Basel in Basel. BMW Group Cultural Engagement celebrates its 50th birthday with virtual BMW Art Car Collection.

Munich/Basel. From September 24 to 26, 2021, 272
leading galleries from 33 countries and territories will present a
wide range of artistic oeuvres for the first time since the pandemic
during Art Basel in Basel. As longstanding global partner of the shows
in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW will once again offer its VIP
shuttle and celebrates 50 years of BMW Group Cultural Engagement with
an interactive exhibition.

Marc Spiegler, Global Director Art Basel, congratulated and stated:
“Congratulations to BMW Art and Culture from Messeplatz where we
started Art Basel in 1970. We are looking forward to collaborating
with BMW, especially on our joint initiative the BMW Art Journey,
which was created to enable emerging artists to undertake a creative
journey to destinations of their choice, as we are both entering the
sixth decade in promoting the visual arts.”

On the occasion of its anniversary, BMW joined forces with Acute Art
in 2021 to initiate a unique exhibition: For the first time ever, the
renowned BMW Art Car Collection is shown in augmented reality (AR).
The project will make the Art Cars digitally visible anywhere in the
world. Through the app, which is free of charge, the vehicles can be
viewed, placed, and shared on social media either individually or as a
group. To this end, the real Art Cars were carefully scanned from all
angles using a photogrammetry methodology, capturing every detail of
the artists’ intervention on the car’s surface. Finally, the cars were
assembled digitally to create an accurate representation of the Art
Cars in AR. All Art Cars will be available on the App to coincide with
Art Basel in Basel.

On September 22 and 23, 2021, BMW Group is guest at Kunstmuseum Basel
showing the digital BMW Art Car Collection. The BMW Art Car by
Alexander Calder, 3.0 CSL, 1975, will be on display and a specially
created augmented reality area will invite guests to experience the
“rolling sculptures” on-site.

To visit the exhibition please note that prior registration and
booking of a time slot is mandatory. Please register here.

To fully discover and experience the interactive BMW Art Cars, the
Acute Art app is available free of charge on the App
Store
and Google Play.

1. Scan the QR code (in the PDF attached) using your smartphone and
download the Acute Art
App
via the App Store or Google Play.
2. Open the Acute Art
app and select “BMW Art Cars”, select a car and then the “place”
button.
3. Point your phone towards the floor and tap to place
the work. Drag your finger across the screen to rotate and scale it.

The Acute Art app uses cutting-edge technology that works best on
high-end phones with the latest software. The devices supported are
iPhone X or above, and Samsung Galaxy S8 or equivalent. The app
requires a phone with a minimum of 4GB of memory and Apple iOS 11 or
Android 8.0 Oreo (API 24) operating system. For more information,
please visit acuteart.com.

Since more than 50 years after its first edition, Art Basel has
become one of the artworld’s leading events, attracting gallerists,
artists, curators, journalists, and art lovers from all over the globe
edition after edition. BMW Group is delighted to take part in this
success story as a long-term partner. The BMW Group laid the
foundation of its cultural commitment in 1971. At that time the
artists Gerhard Richter was commissioned to create three large-scale
paintings for the entrance hall of the new Munich corporate
headquarters. Since then, a hundred long-term cultural initiatives of
the BMW Group in the fields of modern and contemporary art, classical
music, jazz and sound as well as in architecture and design have been
well established throughout the decades. BMW Group was receiving
manifold congratulatory
messages
to celebrate 50 years of BMW Group’s cultural engagement.

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone:
+49-89-382-24753
Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com 

www.press.bmwgroup.com
Email:
presse@bmw.de

Sarah Degen
Art Basel
Senior Media Relations
Manager
Telephone: +41-58-206-2774
Email: press@artbasel.com

Irene Due
Acute Art
Head of Communications
Telefon:
+44 203 751 0563
E-Mail: irene@acuteart.com

Original Press Release

Patrick Cantlay wins the BMW Championship in an epic playoff.

BMW:Patrick Cantlay wins the BMW Championship in an epic playoff.

  • Patrick Cantlay (USA, 261 strokes) wins the penultimate PGA
    TOUR Playoff tournament to move to the top of the FedExCup
    rankings ahead of the season finale.
  • A birdie at the sixth extra hole saw Cantlay overcome his
    compatriot Bryson DeChambeau. The two had been locked in a
    thrilling duel for 24 holes in the final round.
  • More than 100,000 golf fans enjoy the 15th anniversary of
    the BMW Championship, which took place at the Caves Valley Golf
    Club (Owing Mills, Baltimore area) for the first time.
  • Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka,
    Justin Thomas and Cantlay qualify for Ryder Cup Team USA.

Baltimore/Munich. After an enthralling final round duel with
Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay has secured the prestigious BMW
Championship 2021 title and his first Playoff victory. Victory had
to be decided in a playoff, after both tied on a total score of -27
– the lowest winning score to par in the history of the tournament.
DeChambeau was unable to match Cantlay’s birdie at the sixth extra
hole, having passed up several good opportunities to claim the win
during the playoff.

“On behalf of everyone at BMW, I’d like to congratulate Patrick
Cantlay on winning the 2021 BMW Championship, and say thank you to
everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success,” said Oliver
Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “We at BMW have
long considered the U.S. to be our second home, and this event is an
important part of what we do – beyond serving as a national platform
for our brand and products, it also provides an opportunity to raise
money for the Evans Scholars Foundation.”

Cantlay and DeChambeau, who played together in the final group on
Sunday, quickly pulled away from the field to put on a duel that
seemed more like matchplay. With Cantlay one stroke behind at the
17th, it seemed that the result had been decided when he landed his
drive in the water. However, DeChambeau only recorded a bogey after a
chip shot went wrong, allowing Cantlay to stay in the running with a
bogey of his own. Cantlay then kept his sporting chances alive,
sinking a 21 yards on the 18th green while his rival missed from much
closer in.

This pattern was set to continue in the playoff: DeChambeau put on a
brilliant display with the driver and his irons and on several
occasions he was presented with an easier putt to claim victory – but
he proved unable to sink them, while Cantlay got himself out of a
tight spot more than once with challenging putts. The decisive moment
came at the sixth extra hole for Cantlay, who had been by far the
strongest player on the greens throughout the week.

South Korea’s Sungjai Im claimed third place, four strokes back
(-23), ahead of Rory McIlroy (NIR, -22) and Erik von Rooyen (RSA,
-21). Sixth place was shared by Dustin Johnson (USA) and Sergio García
(ESP, both – 20), who are approaching top form just in time for the
PGA TOUR Final and the Ryder Cup after middling seasons.

All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars
Foundation (ESF) and its mission of awarding full tuition and housing
college scholarships to caddies who would otherwise not be able to
afford to study. The BMW Championship has contributed more than 36
million dollars to the foundation since the tournament debuted in
2007. The final total for the 2021 tournament will be calculated in
around a week’s time. Alongside the ticket sales, the revenue from the
Pro-Am tournament also makes an important contribution. This year’s
Pro-Am event featured 23-time Olympic swimming champion Michael
Phelps, rapper Macklemore (both USA) and star photographer Paul Ripke
(GER) on the tee.

The BMW Championship represented the final opportunity for US golfers
to score points for the Ryder Cup. The first six players in captain
Steve Stricker’s squad have now been confirmed: Collin Morikawa,
Dustin Johnson, Bryson de Chambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and
Patrick Cantlay. Stricker will call up another six wild card entrants
after the TOUR Championship. Qualification for the Ryder Cup Team
Europe will end after the BMW PGA Championship (Wentworth Club, 9th to
12th September).

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BMW GROUP LAUNCHES THE RE:BMW CIRCULAR LAB.

BMW:BMW GROUP LAUNCHES THE RE:BMW CIRCULAR LAB.

Munich. The BMW Group is launching its new
communication and experience platform “RE:BMW Circular Lab”.

The RE:BMW Circular Lab is an invitation to accompany the BMW Group
on its journey of transformation into a circular economy. The RE:BMW
Circular Lab focuses on circular thinking and awareness of new,
sustainable courses of action. The BMW Group aims to use the RE:BMW
Circular Lab to raise awareness of circularity: circular rather than
linear. Rethinking the entire process. Reducing what can be reduced,
and reusing what can be maximally reused.

Communication and experience platform for enhanced dialogue,
cooperation and new perspectives
The newly
created communication and experience platform RE:BMW Circular Lab is a
hybrid experience for every user. Its aim is to communicate the BMW
Group’s development as a sustainable organisation in a manner that is
transparent, interactive and accessible to all. Numerous features and
exciting, informative storytelling offer an authentic insight into the
BMW Group’s progress towards holistic product development, the
responsible use of resources, and its transformation into a circular economy.

On this path, the BMW Group is guided by four basic principles:
RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE. The BMW Group uses the RE:BMW
Circular Lab to tell the story of its transformation on the basis of
these principles; however, the platform is also an invitation to
collaborate and participate in discussion. To underscore the joy of
discovering new perspectives together, the RE:BMW Circular Lab invites
everyone to walk this path and shape the future collectively. Special
emphasis is placed on interactivity and dialogue: users can attend
analogue and digital workshops and use social media to experience the
BMW Group’s transformation into a circular economy in a variety of
ways. At the same time, insights into topics such as circular economy
and circular design aim to provide exciting ideas for personal action.

Four guiding principles: RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and
RE:CYCLE
An overview of the four principles of circular economy:

RE:THINK – We keep circularity in mind during all our deliberations.

The key principles are RE:DUCING, RE:USING and RE:CYCLING throughout
the process and far beyond: new materials, new technologies, new
processes and above all new ideas. We have to rethink all our
activities within the BMW Group and beyond.

RE:DUCE – Using less to achieve more, wherever and
however we can.

This opens up enormous creative scope for ideas and possibilities.
Imagine a new premium segment for the future, with new materials,
different components and flexible combinations. The art is to leave
things out without compromising on the driving experience.

RE:USE – Extending the use of our products for as
long as we can.

We extend and expand the value, possible applications and use of our
products by means of modernisation, digital functions and many other
options. New mobility concepts will provide an interior that can be
used in a variety of ways: for work meetings, for gatherings with
friends, and as an additional living room. And, naturally, to drive
from A to B. What is important is daily use and how we can inspire our
customers every day.

RE:CYCLE – Keeping resources in circulation for as
long as we can.

Using as many unmixed mono-materials as possible. Using materials
that are already in circulation, such as recycled plastic, recycled
aluminium and recycled steel. Detachable connections are essential for
easy dismantling. Being able to separate materials more easily makes
it easier to recycle them. What is important is the environmental
footprint of our products and our business operations as a whole.

Have fun discovering circularity with the CIRCULAR
HEROES
The BMW Group is fundamentally resetting its
design strategy with circular design, which focuses on circularity
throughout the design process and far beyond. “Circular design is all
about creating more with less; fewer resources, more emotion,” says
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design,
explaining the fascination of circular design.

The principles of circular design are brought to life in a playful
manner by the CIRCULAR HEROES, four sustainable characters created by
Milanese architect and designer Patricia Urquiola who are constantly
exploring the possibilities of design, shape, materials and colour.
“Every time I work with BMW, I learn something new about mobility and
the possibilities it offers, but this particular project is
one-of-a-kind. I had the opportunity to experiment, work with utopian
models and even venture beyond design boundaries,” says designer
Patricia Urquiola, talking about her work on CIRCULAR HEROES. As each
CIRCULAR HERO represents the various types of bond between parts and
materials, each of them has their own specific approach.

The BMW Group understands the RE:BMW Circular Lab as an invitation to
join it on the circular path and shape the future – with the goal of
discovering new perspectives together.

At the occasion of  IAA Mobility in Munich the RE:BMW Circular Lab
will be presented at the BMW Group Open Space (Max-Joseph-Platz,
Munich). Visitors are invited to join interactive workshops.

Discover the RE:BMW Circular Lab now:

www.bmw.com/circular-lab

RE:BMW Circular Lab

The BMW Group is pioneering the development of a circular economy and
efficient resource management. With the RE:BMW CIRCULAR LAB, the BMW
Group shares an authentic insight into the company’s contribution
towards holistic product development, the careful use of resources and
the transformation towards a circular economy. The platform is also an
invitation for collaboration and exchange: the RE:BMW CIRCULAR LAB
invites everyone to take the journey with us to shape the future
because it is about the joy of discovering new perspectives together. 

Original Press Release

The BMW iX3 makes its film debut in Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.”

BMW:The BMW iX3 makes its film debut in Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.”

The BMW iX3’s integration in the new Marvel Studios film coincides
with the launch of the updated model. The new features introduced for
the iX3 in September 2021 primarily affect the design of the exterior,
and there are also changes for the interior and equipment. The update
brings the BMW iX3 closer stylistically to the new family of BMW
premium electric vehicles headlined by the BMW iX and BMW i4.

Along with the BMW iX3, the BMW M8 sports car in melbourne red (BMW
individual color) also makes an appearance in the film. Both take
center stage in action-packed set pieces that showcase the power and
agility of both vehicles.

About Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”.

Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars
Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left
behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings
organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as
Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as
Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.

“Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” is directed by Destin
Daniel Cretton and produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with
Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth serving as
executive producers. David Callaham & Destin Daniel Cretton &
Andrew Lanham wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in global
cinemas beginning in September and releases in U.S. theaters September
3, 2021.

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BMW plant and Formula E: Eugene Laverty visits Berlin.

BMW:BMW plant and Formula E: Eugene Laverty visits Berlin.

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BMW WorldSBK rider Eugene Laverty and his wife Pippa visited Berlin in mid-August and had a busy schedule. Their first port of call was the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau, where they were given a warm welcome. During the tour of the plant, the Lavertys took a look behind the scenes of the motorcycle production and met many of the employees.

Berlin. BMW WorldSBK rider Eugene Laverty (IRL) and his wife
Pippa visited Berlin in mid-August and had a busy schedule. Their
first port of call was the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau,
where they were given a warm welcome. During the tour of the plant,
the Lavertys took a look behind the scenes of the motorcycle
production and met many of the employees.


 
From Spandau, they travelled to Berlin-Tempelhof. Laverty
had been planning to visit his BMW colleagues in the FIA Formula E
World Championship for a long time, and finally had the opportunity to
do so at the finale of the 2021 season – the BMW i Berlin E-Prix
presented by CBMM Niobium. It goes without saying that he also took to
the track on two wheels. Appropriately for the Formula E finale,
Laverty took the brand-new, fully-electric BMW CE 04 scooter for a
spin.
 
“I really enjoyed my time in Berlin where I was able
to combine a visit to the BMW plant as well as the final round of the
Formula E World Championship,” Laverty said. “I felt a fantastic
camaraderie amongst my BMW colleagues both at the plant and at the
race track. I’d never before had the chance to visit somewhere quite
like the BMW plant, the level of technology and the quantity of bikes
produced daily is phenomenal!”
 
“It was cool to get the
chance to ride the track layout on the brand new electric BMW CE 04
scooter,” Laverty continued. “The bike is such an impressive piece of
kit ideal for riding around the city. I was keen to test the bike’s
top speed on the closed circuit. I am a racer after all! The fight for
the Formula E world title went right down to the wire so as a race fan
it was great to be there and feel a part of it. Thank you to everyone
at BMW for making me feel so welcome.”

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The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

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

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BMW Welt’s comprehensive program for IAA Mobility 2021 from September 6 to 12.

BMW:BMW Welt’s comprehensive program for IAA Mobility 2021 from September 6 to 12.

Munich. Workshops, deep dives, a digital live talk
and activities for the whole family centered around sustainability,
the circular economy, electromobility and micromobility – BMW Welt is
offering a varied and inspiring program as part of IAA Mobility 2021,
which is being held for the first time in Munich. From September 6 to
12, visitors to the exhibition, Munich residents and anyone interested
can experience the mobility of tomorrow in and around BMW Welt and
engage in activities themselves. During this period, BMW Welt will be
open to the public daily from 9 in the morning to 8 in the evening.

Focus on the circular economy: workshops, digital live talk
and deep dives.

A workshop on the circular economy will take place for the first time
at the IAA in BMW Welt’s Junior Campus. In the RE:BMW Circular Lab,
anyone aged 12 or over can get hands-on experience of the circular
economy in 35-minute sessions, meet four CIRCULAR HEROES and create
functional circular products from used plastic. Sustainability and the
circular economy also take center stage in the FUTURE FORUM by BMW
Welt, the platform for innovative movers and shakers, as part of the
IAA. On September 9 at 6 pm, experts from business and politics invite
you to a free digital live talk entitled “Reclaim the Future: Let’s
Close the Loop: Creating a Circular Economy” to discuss the
opportunities and challenges of the circular economy. The FUTURE FORUM
by BMW Welt also offers “Genius Sessions” every 30 minutes, held in
German and English, in which three topics are examined: “On the Way to
Emission-free Mobility”, “Charging Made Easy – The Future is
Electric”, and “From Production to Recycling: Sustainability in the
BMW Group”. 

The micromobility experience and guided tours. 

Satisfy your curiosity with a visit to the action-packed
micromobility experience outdoors and in the foyer of the BMW Welt
Auditorium. In addition to an exhibition of innovative mobility
concepts for urban transport, there are BMW E-Scooters, X2City
scooters and more to ride around a test track, plus various guided
tours. Visitors can also look forward to a special cinematic highlight
in the Auditorium where they can immerse themselves in a fantastic
virtual world and experience a unique performance. Guided tours in
German and English are available several times a day throughout the
IAA week. In addition to tours of BMW Welt, there will be 30-minute
Genius Deep Dives targeted at BMW i, BMW M and BMW Luxury.

For more details about the extensive IAA program at BMW Welt see
below and also here.

BMW Welt’s IAA Mobility 2021 program at a glance:

Focus on the circular economy: workshops, digital live talk
and deep dives.

RE:BMW Circular Lab workshop at BMW Welt’s Junior Campus

When:                          14x a day, September 7
to 12, from 08:20 to 19:00,

                                     every 40 minutes

Where:                         Junior Campus workshop
at BMW Welt

                                     Am Olympiapark
1, 80809 Munich

Language:                   German / 4x English

Recommended age:  12 years and over (children under
18 must be accompanied

                                     by an adult)                                      

No. of participants:    Maximum of 10

Entry:                           Free of charge

Registration:               bmwwelt-juniorcampus.de/overview

How can we live more sustainably, conserve resources and at the same
time maintain our standard of living? How can mobility help to shape a
better future? The new “RE:BMW Circular Lab” workshop in the Junior
Campus of BMW Welt will address those questions. This is the first
time that the Junior Campus has offered a workshop aimed at youngsters
and adults alike. The 35-minute session includes activities relating
to circularity. Participants will gain an insight into the BMW Group’s
circular design principles and its Circular Heroes. They will then
focus on their own lifestyles and how the circular economy can be
applied in their day-to-day lives. Finally, they will make functional
circular products from used plastic.

Note: Participants can bring clean plastics with them such as screw
caps. Plastics labeled HDPE, LDPE or PP are ideal.

Digital live talk at the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt and the 1E9
think tank on the circular economy on September 9.

 

Title:     “Reclaim the Future: Let’s Close the Loop:
Creating a Circular Economy.”

When:   September 9 at 18:00

Where:  Virtual event live from the FUTURE FORUM by
BMW Welt

Entry:    Free of charge

To combat climate change, pollution and the consumption levels of a
growing population, it will not be enough simply to reduce
CO2 emissions. Instead, our economic system must be
transformed so that we stop squandering resources and avoid as much
waste as possible by recycling all materials. The aim must be to
create a circular economy. While the theoretical concept is easy to
understand, implementing such a circular system presents challenges.
Together with experts from business and politics, we aim to find out
what solutions already exist and what needs to be done to help the
circular economy make the break-through.

The live stream of the event in English is available free of charge
on the website
of the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt
and on the Facebook channel of BMW
Welt & BMW Museum
.

FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt Genius Sessions

 

When:       13x a day, September 6 to 12, from 10:00
to 17:00, every 30 minutes

Where:      Deep Dives (German and English) in the
FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt

Entry:        Free of charge

Topics:     “On the Way to Emission-free Mobility”

                 “Charging Made Easy – The Future is Electric” 

                 “From production to recycling:
Sustainability in the BMW Group”

BMW Welt guided tours at the IAA at a glance.

Guided tours of BMW Welt (30 minutes)

When:      September 6 to 12, from 10:00 to 18:00

Entry:      8 € / Concessions 7 € (reduced admission
price for IAA MOBILITY Experience ticket holders)   

Tickets:   Available at the pay desks at BMW Welt

Deep dives on BMW i, BMW M and BMW Luxury (30 minutes each)

When:      September 6 to 12, from 10:00 to 12:00 and
14:00 to 18:00

Entry:       8 € / Concessions 7 € (reduced admission
price for IAA MOBILITY Experience ticket holders)            

Tickets:    Available at the pay desks at BMW Welt

If you have any questions please contact:

LHLK

On behalf of BMW Welt

Stefanie Fredrich

Email: bmw-welt@lhlk.de, phone:
+49 89 720-187-17

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Quality field does battle for the prestigious title and tickets to the Playoff finale.

BMW:Quality field does battle for the prestigious title and tickets to the Playoff finale.

  • The top 70 players of the PGA TOUR season tee off this week
    at the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club (Owing Mills,
    Baltimore).
  • By the end of the penultimate Playoff event, only 30 pros
    will remain in the race for the FedExCup.
  • Qualification period for Ryder Cup Team USA ends after the
    BMW Championship.
  • Hole-in-One Award: An ace on the 17th will win the pro a BMW
    iX – and one fan a BMW i4.

Baltimore/Munich. The next highlight of the 2021 golf season
is just around the corner: the climax of the PGA TOUR season. When
the US state of Maryland hosts the BMW Championship (26th to 29th
August, Caves Valley Golf Club) for the first time this week, only
the top 70 pros in the FedExCup ranking will be eligible to tee off.
They will be fighting it out for the 30 places at next week’s season
finale. Adding an extra dose of intrigue will be the Ryder Cup (21st
to 26th September, Whistling Straits), as the BMW Championship is
the final opportunity for the Americans in the field to score
qualifying points, as they strive to make it onto captain Steve
Stricker’s team.

More facts on the 2021 BMW Championship.

Venue.

Caves Valley Golf Club, Owing Mills (US state of
Maryland).
Championship Course (7,542 yards, par 72).
Venue
for the U.S. Senior Open 2002, Palmer Cup 2007, Women’s Golf
Championship 2009, LPGA International Crown 2014.

Defending champion.

Jon Rahm (ESP).

Ryder Cup qualification.

The BMW Championship is the last opportunity for Americans to pick up
points towards Ryder Cup qualification. Six players qualify
automatically for captain Steve Stricker’s team, with a further six
called up as wildcards. Qualification for Ryder Cup Team Europe ends
after the BMW PGA Championship (Wentworth Club, 9th to
12th September).

The players.

Among those challenging for the prestigious BMW Championship title
will be:

  • Defending champion and world number one Jon Rahm (ESP).
  • FedExCup leader Tony Finau (USA).
  • Olympic champion Xander Schauffele (USA).
  • Two-time BMW Championship winner Dustin Johnson (USA).
  • Two-time FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy (NIR).
  • Reigning BMW International Open champion Viktor Hovland (NOR).
  • All the reigning major winners: Hideki Matusyama (JPN, Masters),
    Phil Mickelson (USA, PGA Championship), Rahm (U.S. Open), Collin
    Morikawa (USA, The Open).
  • All the players in the top ten in the latest world rankings.

Charity.

All proceeds from the 2021 BMW Championship will benefit the Evans
Scholars Foundation and its mission of awarding full tuition and
housing college scholarships to caddies. Since 2007, the BMW
Championship has contributed more than $36 million to fund caddie
scholarships.This year, a record 1,045 Evans Scholars are enrolled in
19 leading universities nationwide.

Prize money.

9.5 million US dollars.

Hole-in-One Award.

At this year’s BMW Championship, the spectators will have their
fingers crossed particularly tightly that the pros will hit an ace.
Should a player high a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during
one of the tournament rounds, he will be rewarded with a
fully-electric BMW iX – and the fans do not go home empty-handed
either. Everyone who has entered the “Win the i4” competition goes
into a draw to win a fully-electric BMW i4.

History.

The history of the BMW Championship began back in 1899, when the
tournament made its debut as the Western Open. This makes it the
third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR calendar. Only the Open
Championship and the U.S. Open have been around longer.

Previous winners and venues of the BMW Championship.

2020     Jon Rahm (ESP)                             Olympia Fields CC (Chicago)

2019      Justin Thomas (USA)                     Medinah CC (Chicago)

2018      Keegan Bradley (USA)                  Aronimink GC (Philadelphia)

2017      Marc Leishman (AUS)                   Conway Farms GC (Chicago)

2016      Dustin Johnson (USA)                   Crooked Stick GC (Indianapolis)

2015      Jason Day (AUS)                            Conway Farms GC (Chicago)

2014      Billy Horschel (USA)                      Cherry Hills CC (Denver)

2013      Zach Johnson (USA)                      Conway Farms GC (Chicago)

2012      Rory McIlroy (NIR)                         Crooked Stick GC (Indianapolis)

2011      Justin Rose (ENG)                          Cog Hill G &
CC (Chicago)

2010      Dustin Johnson (USA)                   Cog Hill G & CC (Chicago)

2009     Tiger Woods (USA)                        Cog Hill G & CC (Chicago)

2008     Camilo Villegas (COL)                    Bellerive CC (St. Louis)

2007     Tiger Woods (USA)                        Cog Hill G & CC (Chicago)

Original Press Release

BMW M Motorsport News, 24th August 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 24th August 2021.

DTM: Marco Wittmann enjoys more success in the BMW M6 GT3 at
the Nürburgring.

Two weeks after taking victory at Zolder (BEL), Walkenhorst
Motorsport again had cause for celebration at round four of this
season’s DTM at the Nürburgring (GER): Marco Wittmann (GER), in the
#11 BMW M6 GT3, finished third in race two to claim another podium.
Wittmann had previously secured a promising third place on the grid in
Saturday’s qualifying for race one. However, the team knew that it
would be tough to achieve a podium finish, due to the extra 25
kilograms he was carrying following the victory at Zolder. At the end
of the 40-lap race, Wittmann crossed the finish line in fifth place.

In a wet qualifying for race two on Sunday, the two-time DTM champion
again put the #11 BMW M6 GT3 third on the grid. The safety car then
made two appearances in an eventful race. As Walkenhorst Motorsport
had already come in for an early pit stop, Wittmann had to fight his
way back past those drivers that had not yet stopped at the restarts.
He did so superbly and ultimately came home in third place to secure
the final spot on the podium. “That was one of the most eventful races
of my DTM career,” said Wittmann. “The second restart was particularly
chaotic. We were five cars side-by-side coming into the first corner,
and I just hoped that I would somehow get through in one piece. I
passed five or six cars within just a few corners. It could easily
have gone wrong, but it worked out and I had a lot of fun.” Wittmann
now lies third in the Drivers’ Championship.

The ROWE Racing team had a mixed weekend. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)
fought back from 18th on the grid to finish sixth in the #31 BMW M6
GT3 in Saturday’s race. In the Sunday race, the South African was in
with a shout of a podium finish until his BMW M6 GT3 was hit by
another car at the second restart. The result was a broken steering,
which forced van der Linde out of the race. His team-mate Timo Glock
(GER) had to settle for 19th place in the Saturday race. However, the
tide turned on Sunday when Glock, in the #16 BMW M6 GT3, worked his
way from 20th on the grid to eighth place. In doing so, he scored his
first points of the DTM season. After the race, he was promoted to
seventh place following a penalty handed to one of his rivals.

DTM Trophy: One-two for the BMW M4 GT4 in the Eifel mountains.

BMW M Motorsport teams in the DTM Trophy once again impressed with a
strong display at the Nürburgring (GER). Saturday’s race produced a
one-two for the BMW M4 GT4. The dominant driver was Ben Green (GBR) in
the #10 BMW M4 GT4 of FK Performance Motorsport. Starting from pole,
Green took a comfortable lights-to-flag victory. Michael Schrey (GER)
followed him home in second place, in the #2 BMW M4 GT4 of Hofor
Racing by Bonk Motorsport, to make it a BMW one-two.

Schrey finished fourth in the Sunday race, but was then handed a
five-second penalty which saw him relegated to eighth place. The
best-placed BMW driver was Yann Zimmer (SUI) in the #50 BMW M4 GT4,
who finished sixth for FK Performance Motorsport. His team-mate Green
finished just behind him in seventh, ahead of Schrey. Green and Schrey
lie second and third in the Drivers’ Championship. Green trails the
current leader by just three points.

BMW M2 Cup: Exciting battle for the championship lead.

The new BMW M2 Cup was also at the Nürburgring (GER) at the weekend
for its third event of the season. An exciting battle for the
championship lead developed over the course of two thrilling races on
Saturday and Sunday.

In Saturday’s opening race, Louis Henkefend (GER) took a comfortable
second win of the season in the #17 BMW M2 CS Racing. He crossed the
finish line almost six seconds clear of his closest rival. In doing
so, Henkefend extended his championship lead – briefly. “That was a
perfect race,” said Henkefend afterwards. “I grabbed the lead in turn
one and then had a clear track in front of me. I am really happy, as I
have scored valuable points in the championship.” Behind him, Fabian
Kreim (GER / #43) and Nicolas Hancke (GER / #99) were embroiled in a
hard-fought battle for second place. Kreim had the upper hand for a
long time, but it was Hancke who eventually prevailed and took second
place. As such, the podium featured Henkefend, Hancke and Kreim.

Race two on Sunday was another thriller with the drivers in the BMW
M2 CS Racing cars making a host of spectacular manoeuvres on a dry
track. This time, it was Hancke who added victory to the second place
he recorded on Saturday. “It has been a long road onto the podium. I
was lacking a bit of pace in the first few races, but it was better
here at the Nürburgring. I am incredibly happy with the result,” said
the #99 BMW M2 CS Racing driver. Second place went to Kreim, with
Davit Kajaia (GEO / #5) taking third. Henkefend had to settle for
sixth place after receiving a penalty for failing to observe track limits.

That result saw the championship lead change hands and Kreim is the
new leader with 97 points. Henkefend is now second with 95 points,
followed in third place by Hancke (76 points). The BMW Junior Team
visited the BMW M2 Cup paddock at the Nürburgring weekend. Dan Harper
(GBR), Neil Verhagen (USA) and Max Hesse (GER) called upon their
experience to give the drivers some valuable tips. More information on
the BMW M2 Cup is available on the official website: bmwm2cup.com.
There, you will find images and videos to download in the ‘Media’ section.

GTWC: New driver pairings for Walkenhorst Motorsport.

Walkenhorst Motorsport will compete with three established drivers
and three new drivers in the cockpits of the two BMW M6 GT3 in the
remaining two races of the season in the Endurance Cup, within the
FANATEC GT World Challenge Europe, at the Nürburgring (GER, 5th
September) and Barcelona (ESP, 10th October). Jake Dennis (GR) will
make his GT debut for BMW M Motorsport alongside regular driver David
Pittard (GBR) in the #34 car. Just a few days ago, he ended his rookie
season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with BMW i Andretti
Motorsport in third place in the overall standings. The third driver
in the all-British line-up will be Nick Yelloly (GBR). At the wheel of
the #35 BMW M6 GT3, regular drivers Martin Tomczyk (GER) and Thomas
Neubauer (FRA) will be ably assisted by Nick Catsburg (NED). Catsburg
and Yelloly not only won the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours together in a
BMW M6 GT3, but also raced for Walkenhorst Motorsport in the
Intercontinental GT Challenge so know the team very well. The change
in the driver line-up is due to a schedule clash with the DTM, in
which Marco Wittmann (GER) is driving for Walkenhorst Motorsport on
the same weekends, while Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) and Timo Glock
(GER) compete for ROWE Racing.

Super GT Championship: BMW Team Studie in action at Suzuka.

BMW Team Studie was back in action in the Japanese Super GT
Championship last weekend – this time at Suzuka (JPN). The
300-kilometre race was originally scheduled for the end of May, but
had to be postponed to August due to the coronavirus. The #7 BMW M6
GT3 of BMW Team Studie was once again driven by Seiji Ara and Tomohide
Yamaguchi (both JPN). In Saturday’s qualifying session, the duo was
14th fastest. However, in Sunday’s race, which took place under cloudy
skies and in temperatures of about 30 degrees, the #7 dropped back
through the field as the result of a drive-through penalty. In the
end, Ara/Yamaguchi came home in 25th place.

GT4 Scandinavia: Second event of the season at Gelleråsen.

GT4 Scandinavia staged its second event of the season last weekend.
This time, Gelleråsen Arena (SWE) hosted the two races. Flying the
flag for BMW was the 996 Lestrup Racing Team with the #98 BMW M4 GT4.
Alternating at the wheel were Joakim Walde and Victor Bouveng (both
SWE). The duo had previously taken victory and claimed another podium
result in the Pro-Am class at the season-opener at Fällfors (SWE) in
June. At Gelleråsen, Walde/Bouveng finished fourth, narrowly missing
out on another podium. They were then unfortunate and failed to finish
in race two on Sunday.

BTCC: Milestone victory for Colin Turkington at Knockhill.

Colin Turkington (GBR) reached a milestone at round five of the
British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Knockhill (GR) in
mid-August. In the first of the three races, Turkington took a
comfortable victory in the #2 BMW 330i M Sport run by Team BMW – this
was the team’s 100th victory in the BTCC and the 75th time they had
celebrated together with BMW. Turkington then finished runner-up in
race two. His team-mate Stephen Jelley (GBR) stepped onto the podium
after race three, having finished third in the #12 BMW 330i M Sport.
Turkington ended the third and final race of the weekend in eighth
place. After five race weekends, BMW tops the Manufacturer standings
with 439 points and a lead of 55 over its closest rivals.

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