MINI and the IAA Mobility 2021: #BIGLOVE – a feeling that lasts.

BMW:MINI and the IAA Mobility 2021: #BIGLOVE – a feeling that lasts.

Munich. #BIGLOVE is the MINI way of showing how two
small words can inspire positive action. Ever since the brand was born
in 1959, MINI has been all about doing more with less and finding the
most creative ways to use space. The current campaign being run by the
British premium brand goes one step further. #BIGLOVE is an expression
of diversity embraced in practice in all its forms, welcoming fresh
thinking and new ideas no matter where they come from. At the IAA
Mobility 2021 in Munich, the MINI brand presented its path towards
more sustainable mobility and an inclusive future for everyone based
on the claim “We’re all different, but pretty good together”.

For the duration of the trade fair, under the motto “BIG LOVE from
Munich”, MINI contributed to the revitalisation of the vibrant
industrial site in the suburbs of Munich called “Sugar Mountain”,
which focuses on creativity, sport, personal fulfilment and community.
The site of the former concrete factory is now enhanced by a
multi-coloured mural on an old tower, designed by London-based artist
Lakwena Maciver especially for the occasion. Lakwena’s artistic style
thrives on bold statements and bright colours. Her aim is to make art
accessible to everyone. This is why she mainly paints in public
spaces, bringing art to people who might otherwise not have access to
it. This approach makes her the perfect partner for MINI, conveyed in
the messages that appear in her colourful mural with the words
“DIFFERENT BUT GOOD TOGETHER” and “BIG LOVE”. The installation will
continue to embellish the district of Obersendling in Munich after the
IAA Mobility 2021 is over.

Sugar Mountain represented the kick-off of MINI’s IAA “Big love from
Munich” campaign with MINI friends taking part in a wide range of
activities here. Exciting matches on the World Club Tennis Court,
high-speed races on the BMX pump track and laid-back tricks on the Jam
Skate Park – they had plenty of space to spontaneously engage in
sports or express their own personal style. There was also the
opportunity to improve their DJ skills at a DJ set master class, with
the sound of relaxed beats providing the perfect background for people
to meet and relax in the spacious community area.

Furthermore, adventurers and outdoor lovers alike experienced an
urban campsite with the AUTOHOME special edition roof tents for the
MINI Countryman. The roof tents, produced for the first time with
recycled materials, are made with bottles collected from the ocean and
fully match the brand’s design and the MINI pioneering spirit, where
every day offers new sustainable adventures and perspectives.

MINI’s IAA BIG LOVE campaign continued in the MINI Pavillon at
Lenbachplatz in Munich where visitors were able to take part in a
variety of activities from culinary to sport. With displays created by
British fashion designer Paul Smith, the MINI Pavilion was also
transformed into a fascinating and versatile hotspot for fresh ideas.
The MINI STRIP, a custom-made one-off car by Paul Smith in
collaboration with MINI, presented here focused on the topics of
sustainability and innovation for increased environmental protection.
The MINI STRIP shines the spotlight on an innovative approach to the
issue of sustainability in automotive manufacturing. Guided by the
overarching theme of ‘Simplicity, Transparency, Sustainability’, the
car showcases inspirational ideas for a more sustainable method of
automotive design.

Visitors also had the opportunity to find out about the future design
of individual mobility and urban living spaces through displays and
panel discussions involving designers and visionaries from the
creative tech start-ups that are being supported in connection with
the MINI Start-up Accelerator URBAN-X. The ideas presented were then
debated live with thought leaders from the dialogue platform “The
Sooner Now” under the motto “The city of tomorrow is made today”.

This dialogue between visionaries and the MINI community during the
IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich was thus entirely dedicated to the crucial
issues of our time facing MINI: urban mobility, sustainability,
cosmopolitanism and individuality. In this way, the future-oriented
brand was able to leave behind positive stimuli and a feeling that
lasts – #BIGLOVE.

In case of queries, please contact:

Press and PR

Sarah Bauer, Press Officer Product Communication MINI

Telephone: +49-89-382-94180


Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI

Tel.: +49-89-382-23662


Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW Motorrad

Telephone: +49-89-382-35108


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 automobiles 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 places sustainability and
resource conservation at the centre of its orientation, from the
supply chain to production to the end of the use phase of all products.








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

All figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP test
cycle. NEDC figures listed have been adjusted to the NEDC measurement
method where applicable. WLTP values are used as a basis for the
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based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for the
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For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and the
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer
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Original Press Release

Contract signed with chassis partner: BMW M Motorsport enters the LMDh class with Dallara.

BMW:Contract signed with chassis partner: BMW M Motorsport enters the LMDh class with Dallara.

Munich. BMW M Motorsport has taken another important step
towards entering the LMDh class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship (IMSA series) from the 2023 season. The chassis for the
two prototype cars will be produced in close collaboration with the
globally-renowned and successful manufacturer Dallara. The contract
was signed on Wednesday at the Dallara headquarters in Varano de
Melegari (ITA).


“In Dallara, we are delighted to have found a partner for our LMDh
project that shares our passion, professionalism and huge ambition in
motorsport and, like us, is fully committed to the goal of writing a
new success story in the history of BMW M Motorsport from 2023,” said
Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, during his trip to Italy. He took
the opportunity, along with Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport, and
Maurizio Leschiutta, head of the LMDh project, to check out the
outstanding development and test capabilities that Dallara has to
offer. “After speaking to all the possible chassis partners, the
decisive factor in our decision was that Dallara, with all its
expertise and experience, was enthusiastic about working together with
BMW M Motorsport. The chemistry was there between us from the word go.
We see our relationship as a real partnership in which we are fighting
for a common goal of success at the racetrack.”

Flasch, Krack and Leschiutta met in Varano de Melegari for
discussions with the lead Dallara engineers and visited the key areas
of the company, including the composite department, its own wind
tunnel and the test track in Varano (ITA). The first test car will be
built in Italy in a close collaboration between BMW M Motorsport
engineers and a team of Dallara engineers assembled specifically for
the BMW LMDh project. The rollout will take place next year at the
Varano circuit.

“Dallara is perhaps the most successful race car manufacturer in the
world and has already played a key role in virtually every relevant
circuit racing series,” said Leschiutta. “As well as the desire to
work with us, several other criteria were of great importance when
making our decision. Dallara is a company that covers the full range
of requirements. Its expertise extends to the fields of chassis
manufacturing, engineering, development, wind tunnel tests, and
simulations. They are very strong when it comes to aerodynamics, which
will be a key factor in the IMSA series. In order to ensure that our
cars are ideally prepared from the outset and to lay the foundations
for success at the racetrack, we are already working closely with
Dallara at a very early stage of development.”

“I’m honoured to have been selected by BMW M Motorsport and with
great enthusiasm I’m looking forward to begin this new adventure”,
said Giampaolo Dallara, President of Dallara. “Back in 1977 I had the
opportunity to work alongside BMW on designing the M1 as Lamborghini
consulting. It was a great experience and a lot was learned. I hope to
repeat the same adventure in LMDh. I firmly believe that we will do
great things together.”

Andrea Pontremoli, CEO and General Manager of Dallara, added:
“Our partnership with BMW M Motorsport is the result of almost 50
years of work in the motorsport industry, engineering and race car
development. It is a privilege to have been selected by BMW for their
next and new challenge in the hybrid prototype racing world. The LMDh
concept and the convergence between IMSA, ACO and FIA has no
precedence in history and that will see our total commitment. We are
looking forward to compete in this new and exciting chapter of the
global motorsport at its highest level.”

Note to editors:                

A new episode of the “MBEDDED” video series will be created on the
BMW Motorsport YouTube channel, focusing on the partnership with
Dallara. It includes exclusive insights from BMW M Motorsport from
behind the scenes of the LMDh project. Follow this link for a short
teaser video of the second episode:

Original Press Release

“Spider-Man” Tim Holland and many more stars from sports and entertainment to open a unique week of golf with the Celebrity Pro-Am.

BMW:“Spider-Man” Tim Holland and many more stars from sports and entertainment to open a unique week of golf with the Celebrity Pro-Am.

  • The flagship event of the European Tour at the Wentworth
    Club (London) is one of the highlights of the golf season and the
    third event of the Rolex Series.
  • Celebrity Pro-Am, live concerts and spectators as
    knowledgeable as they are enthusiastic: the BMW PGA Championship
    is a “Festival of Golf”.
  • It represents the final chance for European players to claim
    qualification points for the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits.
  • Hole-in-One Award for a good cause: for the first
    hole-in-hole at the 14th, BMW will donate around £80,000 pounds
    (the equivalent value of a BMW iX) to the Alzheimer’s Society. The
    player will keep the fully-electric vehicle for one year.


A Hollywood star had the honour of opening the BMW PGA
Championship tournament week. British actor Tom Holland, well known
for playing Spider-Man in numerous Marvel productions, teed off in
the Celebrity-Pro Am on Wednesday morning in front of the iconic
Wentworth clubhouse. A host of celebrities took the opportunity to
enjoy the West Course and the return of tens of thousands of
spectators at the opening of “The Players’ Flagship”. Tomorrow will
see a world-class field of players join battle for the title, second
only to the Open in European golf. Some of the pros will also be
looking to secure a spot at the Ryder Cup.

Holland went round the course with his twin brother Harry and
Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington. It is the first time
that the 25-year-old has competed in the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am.
The same applied to English pro footballer Adam Lallana and former
tennis pro Daniela Hantuchová (CZE). More top-level sportspeople were
also swinging their clubs: Olympic gold medalists James Guy (ENG,
swimming), Samantha Quek (ENG, hockey) and Denise Lewis (ENG,
heptathlon), as well as former world football stars Robbie Fowler,
Paul Ince and Andrij Schewtschenko. Pop music also enjoyed renowned
representation from chart-toppers like Ronan Keating, Niall Horan,
Brain McFadden and Keith Duffy.

Facts about the BMW PGA Championship 2021.


Wentworth Club, London. Home of the European Tour

West Course (7,267 yards/6,646 metres, par 72).

Course record: Alex Noren (SWE, 62 strokes, 2017).

Defending champion.

Tyrrell Hatton (ENG).

Ryder Cup Qualification.

The BMW PGA Championship represents the final chance for European
golfers to score points for the Ryder Cup or to get themselves
noticed. Eight players will qualify for the squad led by captain
Padraig Harrington (IRL), and four more will qualify as wild cards.
This quartet will be announced by Harrington on Sunday evening at the
Wentworth Club.

Playing field.

The field battling for the prestigious BMW PGA Championship title includes:

  • Major winners Adam Scott (AUS), Shane Lowry (IRL), Justin Rose
    (ENG), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Martin Kaymer
    (GER), Danny Willett (ENG), Graeme McDowell (NIR).
  • 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel (USA).
  • 2011 and 2012 BMW PGA Championship winner Luke Donald (ENG).
  • Reigning BMW International Open winner Viktor Hovland (NOR).
  • Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt
    Fitzpatrick (all ENG), Alex Noren (SWE).


The Alzheimer’s Society is the largest British charitable
organisation that supporting people with dementia and their carers. If
a player scores a hole-in-one at the 14th, BMW will donate £78,370,
the value of this year’s Hole-in One Car – a fully-electric BMW iX
xDrive40 Sport – to the Alzheimer’s Society. The player will also be
able to use the car for a term of one year. The European Tour will
donate 10 Euro for each birdie recorded in the tournament, and 100
Euro for each eagle.

Prize money.

8 million US dollars.

Festival of Golf.

Celebrity Pro-Am, the Championship Village, the delightful yet
challenging West Course, the spectators: the BMW PGA Championship is
an atmospheric festival of golf. The live concerts at the weekend in
the Championship Village will also contribute to the unique flair of
the BMW PGA Championship. Saturday evening will feature an appearance
by chart-toppers “Clean Bandit”, followed by rock trio “Feeder” on Sunday.

Previous BMW PGA Championship winners.

2020     Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)

2019      Danny Willett (ENG)

2018      Francesco Molinari (ITA)

2017      Alex Noren (SWE)

2016      Chris Wood (ENG)

2015      Byeong-hun An (KOR)

2014      Rory McIlroy (NIR)

2013      Matteo Manassero (ITA)

2012      Luke Donald (ENG)

2011       Luke Donald (ENG)

2010      Simon Khan (ENG)

2009     Paul Casey (ENG)

2008     Miguel Ángel Jiménez (ESP)

2007     Anders Hansen (DEN)

2006     David Howell (ENG)

2005     Angel Cabrera (ARG)

Original Press Release

BMW is partner of the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries. New format to be presented in Berlin from September 16 to 18.

BMW:BMW is partner of the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries. New format to be presented in Berlin from September 16 to 18.

Munich/Berlin. From September 16 to 18 and in
addition to its traditional event held in May, Gallery Weekend Berlin
will present its first edition of Gallery Weekend *Discoveries in
Berlin. As part of this new series of exhibitions, the majority of the
49 participating galleries will showcase their latest artistic
discoveries. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, BMW Group
Cultural Engagement supports this new format as partner as well and
will again provide the VIP shuttle service for the galleries.

The first edition of Gallery Weekend *Discoveries will kick off a
series of exhibitions in which the galleries will highlight their
newest discoveries. Artists not previously shown in the respective
gallery will be presented to a broad public for the first time. While
some artists’ work will be featured in solo exhibitions, others will
be shown as part of additional or group exhibitions.

On Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 the participating
galleries will be open to public and all citizens of Berlin and its
guests are invited to visit them from 11.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

For further information about the participating galleries and the
artists, please refer to the website
In addition, the website will serve as an ongoing collection of
journal entries on collectors, artists and critics over the course of
the year and will give continuous insights into Berlin’s art scene.

Initiated by Berlin gallerists in 2005, the Gallery Weekend brings
together different gallery exhibitions that are spread across the
whole city. With its latest edition Gallery Weekend Berlin illustrates
the co-operative nature and close collaboration of the city’s
galleries now more than ever and strengthens Berlin’s position as an
art destination. Gallery Weekend *Discoveries is an event developed
and organized by the Gallery Weekend Berlin network and continues to
anchor the date in September on the international arts calendar. Both
events highlight the vital work of galleries as they champion and
foster support for their artists, working alongside them to facilitate
and conceive innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions. The weekend
provides opportunities to discover new names or deepen existing passions. 

Media Preview
Gallery Weekend *Discoveries will
offer journalists the opportunity to visit galleries for a preview on
Tuesday, September 14. The respective contact persons are available at
the galleries and are looking forward to your visit from 10.00 AM to
3.00 PM.

In addition to the Gallery Weekend, BMW Group also supports the Preis
der Nationalgalerie which will be awarded on October 7 this year.
Furthermore, and in course of the digital partnership BMW OPERA NEXT,
the company also cooperates with Staatsoper Unter den Linden and
invites again to the long-standing open-air format ‘State Opera for
all’ on September 18 and 19, 2021.

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382

Press Contact Gallery Weekend *Discoveries 2021


Participating galleries and artists at Gallery Weekend 2021

Guido W. Baudach, Jasmin Werner* / Borch
, Ragnar Kjartansson / Galerie Isabella
, Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Wu Tsang /
, Mara Wohnhaas* / Galerie Buchholz, Peter
Fischli /Buchmann, Des Hughes, Anna & Bernhard
Blume, Bettina Pousttchi / Capitain Petzel, Tobias
Pils*, Joe Bradley / Carlier I Gebauer, Julie
Mehretu, Richard Mosse / ChertLüdde, Juan Antonio
Olivares*, Robert Rehfeldt*, Monia Ben Hamouda* / Mehdi
, N. Dash, Mathieu Mercier / Crone,
Ruscha Voormann*, Donald Baechler / Dittrich &
, Daniel Hölzl*, Julian Charrière /
Ebensperger, Philip Gröning* /
, Megan Marrin*, Claudia Hill* / Eigen +
, Igor Hosnedl*, Karl-Heinz Adler / Konrad Fischer
, K.R.M. Mooney*, Wolfgang Laib / Lars
, Nuri Koerfer* / Galerie Friese,
Ambra Durante*, Asana Fujikawa* / Max Hetzler,
Matthew Barney, Julian Schnabel, Raphaela Simon / Galerie
, Uwe Wittwer / Kewenig, Jamie
Diamond*, Sean Scully / Klemm´s, Jonas Roßmeißl* /
Noah Klink, Alison Yip* / Klosterfelde
, Kasia Fudakowski / KOW, Michael E.
Smith / König Galerie, Amanda Baldwin*, Eva Helene
Pade*, Navot Miller*, Heather Day*, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi*, Fabian
Warnsing*, Johanna Dumet*, Xiyao Wang*, Denise Rudolf Frank* /
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
, Brook Hsu* / Tanya
, Kate Mosher Hall* / alexander
, Su Yu Hsin* / Daniel Marzona, Axel
Hütte / Meyer Riegger, Paulo Nazareth /
, Win McCarthy* / neugerriemschneider,
Tomás Saraceno, Jorge Pardo / Michel Majerus Estate, Takashi Murakami
/ Peres Projects, Harm Gerdes*, Donna Huanca /
Plan B, Paul Stoie*, Ciprian Muresan /
, Emma Jääskeläinen* / Schiefe Zähne,
Phung-Tien Phan* / Esther Schipper, Cemile Sahin*,
Liu Ye / Galerie Thomas Schulte, Abraham
Cruzvillegas, Richard Deacon / Société, Thornton
Dial* / Soy Capitán, Dirk Lange* / Sprüth
, Henni Alftan*, Louise Lawler, Andro Wekua, /
, Christopher Aque* / Galerie Barbara
, María Magdalena Campos-Pons / Tanja
, Rachel Garrard* / Galerie Barbara
, Cudelice Brazelton IV*, Andreas Siekmann /
Wentrup, Mary Ramsden*, Nevin Aladağ  /
Barbara Wien
, Peter Piller / Kunsthandel Wolfgang
, Birgitt Bolsmann*

Exhibitions as part of the Discoveries section are indicated with an
asterisk (*).

Original Press Release

BMW Group is showing Automated Valet Parking for the first time at the IAA Mobility 2021.

BMW:BMW Group is showing Automated Valet Parking for the first time at the IAA Mobility 2021.

Munich. At the International Motor Show (IAA)
Mobility 2021, which will take place from September 7 to 12 in Munich,
the BMW Group will be showcasing in a variety of ways what premium
urban mobility could look like in the future. One example of this is
the Automated Valet Parking project, which was developed together with
the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and other
partners. For the first time, interested parties will have the
opportunity to experience automated and driverless parking and service
functions up close in a unique demonstration.

The focus of the impressive demonstration is the new technology
flagship of the BMW Group, the BMW iX. As an innovator in the
development fields of software, digital services and networking, the
fully electric SUV is able to communicate with the infrastructure  and
to carry out automated, driverless parking processes. Particular
attention is paid to the safety of the driving maneuvers and the data
exchange required for this between the vehicle, smartphone app and
parking garage infrastructure. In doing so, the BMW Group is
underlining that safety always has the highest priority. In addition
to the complete parking process, viewers experience other automated
service functions such as washing or charging the BMW iX with the help
of robots.

The demonstrations will take place during the entire IAA Mobility
2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the parking garage West at Messe
München. A shuttle service connects the main entrance of Messe Ost
with the parking garage West. An IAA ticket is not required for the visit.

Original Press Release

BMW M Motorsport News, 7th September 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 7th September 2021.

DTM: Pole position and podium for Marco Wittmann in Spielberg.

Walkenhorst Motorsport driver Marco Wittmann (GER) continued his
impressive run at the fifth race weekend of the DTM season. He has
picked up points in each of the ten races so far. Wittmann was the
best-placed BMW driver in the Saturday race at the Red Bull Ring
(AUT), finishing seventh. He started Sunday in sparkling form,
securing pole position in the #11 BMW M6 GT3. In the race, he was
embroiled in a compelling battle with Ferrari driver Liam Lawson
(NZL), behind whom he ultimately finished in second place. Following
his third podium of the season, Wittmann now lies fourth in the
Drivers’ Championship with 121 points, 26 points off the lead.

Wittmann: “The start from pole was very good at first. We were
immediately able to open up a gap between Liam Lawson and the rest of
the field. We basically had good pace in the race too. In the end, we
lost first place in the pit stops, which is a big talking point this
season. Nevertheless, we scored more valuable points towards the
championship today.” Wittmann was referring to the fact that a number
of manufacturers have an advantage during the tyre change this season,
as the wheel nuts on their cars are fastened directly to the rims,
saving time. However, this type of attachment is not possible on some
of the cars, including the BMW M6 GT3.

Timo Glock (GER) twice finished tenth to score points for ROWE Racing
in Spielberg. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) was very unlucky on both
days. After excellent qualifying results, with fourth on Saturday and
third on Sunday, he failed to finish both races.

DTM Trophy: One-two-three for the BMW M4 GT4.

The BMW M Motorsport teams celebrated a one-two-three in the DTM
Trophy at the Red Bull Ring (AUT) and claimed five of a possible six
podium places over the course of the two race days. Victory in
Saturday’s race went to Ben Green (GBR) in the FK Performance BMW M4
GT4, ahead of his team-mate Yann Zimmer (SUI) and Theo Oeverhaus (GER)
in a Walkenhorst Motorsport-run BMW M4 GT4. A total of six BMW drivers
made it into the top ten. On Sunday, five BMW M4 GT4 finished in the
points – two of them on the podium. That time, Michael Schrey (GER)
came home second in the Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport car. He was
followed over the finish line in third place by Green, whose second
podium of the weekend was sufficient to regain the lead in the
Drivers’ Championship. With 148 points, he now leads Sunday’s winner
William Tregurtha (USA, Mercedes) by ten points. Schrey is third with
110 points and still within striking distance.

BMW M2 Cup: Double success for Oeverhaus.

Theo Oeverhaus (GER) not only made it onto the podium in the DTM
Trophy at the Red Bull Ring (AUT), but also dominated both races in
the BMW M2 Cup. The 16-year-old secured pole position for both races
at the wheel of his BMW M2 CS Racing. After good starts in both races,
he went on to take commanding victories. In doing so, he was seemingly
unaffected by the turbulent racing going on behind him, which featured
some remarkable battles. “It was a dream weekend. Two wins, two poles
– just perfect,” said a delighted Oeverhaus. “I barely noticed all the
turmoil behind me. My re-starts after the safety car were really good.
I was immediately able to open a gap and stay clear of it all.” Second
and third place on Saturday went to Colin Caresani (NED) and Louis
Henkefend (GER). On Sunday, Henkefend finished runner-up behind
Oeverhaus and ahead of Nicolas Hancke (GER). In doing so, he extended
his overall lead. Now with 133 points to his name, he only has a
five-point lead over Fabian Kreim (GER), who finished fifth and fourth
in Spielberg. More information on the BMW M2 Cup can be found on the
official website
Images and video material can be downloaded here in the ‘Media’

GTWC: 3-hour race at the Nürburgring.

The scheduling clash with the DTM meant Walkenhorst Motorsport had to
field a different driver line-up in race four of this season’s Fanatec
GT World Challenge Endurance Cup at the Nürburgring (GER) at the
weekend. In the #34 BMW M6 GT3, regular driver David Pittard and his
new team-mates Jake Dennis and Nick Yelloly (all GBR) ended the
three-hour race in 12th place. Pittard had previously
finished runner-up in the Pro category in the Fanatec Esports GT Pro
Series on Saturday, scoring valuable points for Walkenhorst Motorsport
in the Team competition. Regular drivers Martin Tomczyk (GER) and
Thomas Neubauer (FRA) were joined by Nick Catsburg (NED) in the #35
BMW M6 GT3, and the trio finished the race in 15th place.
Boutsen Ginion Racing and its drivers Jens Klingmann (GER), Karim
Ojjeh (KSA) and Jens Liebhauser (GER) struggled with technical issues
in the race. They eventually came home 12th in the Pro-Am class.

GT4 European Series: Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport on the Pro-Am podium.

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport made it onto the podium in the Pro-Am
class at the GT4 European Series event at the Nürburgring (GER).
Hansan Tansu and Yagiz Gedik (both TUR) finished second in their class
in the #11 BMW M4 GT4 on Saturday. Their team-mates Cem Bölükbasi and
Berkay Besler (both TUR) were seventh overall in the best-placed BMW
M4 GT4. Paolo Meloni (SMR) and Massimiliano Tresoldi (ITA) from the
W&D Racing Team finished fourth in the AM class, narrowly missing
out on a podium. The BMW M Motorsport teams did not produce any top
results in the Sunday race.

Italian GT: BMW Team Italia on the podium with the BMW M6 GT3.

Marius Zug (GER) and Stefano Comandini (ITA) impressed in both races
in the Italian GT Sprint Championship at Imola (ITA) and were rewarded
for their strong performances with a place on the podium. They came
home fourth on Saturday, narrowly missing out on a podium with the BMW
Team Italia BMW M6 GT3. However, they went one better on Sunday,
finishing third to secure their place on the podium. Their team-mates
Nicola Neri and Giuseppe Fascicolo (both ITA) were second in the
GT4-AM class in their BMW M4 GT4 on Saturday, but failed to finish the
Sunday race.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy: Luigi Ferrara bags a brace at Imola.

The fourth race weekend in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy was all
about Luigi Ferrara (ITA). He won both races at Imola (ITA) and took a
big step towards the top of the overall standings. Now with 101 points
to his name, he trails the leader Gustavo Sandrucci (ITA) by just nine
points. Sandrucci finished runner-up behind Ferrara in the opening
race, but had to settle for sixth place in race two. Third place on
Saturday went to Lorenzo Marcucci (ITA), while Marco Zanasi and
Alessandro Brigatti (both ITA) joined Ferrara on the podium on Sunday.

24h Barcelona: ST Racing claims GT4 class victory.

The ST Racing team celebrated victory in the GT4 class at the 24-hour
race in Barcelona (ESP). After 638 laps of racing, Samantha Tan, Nick
Wittmer (both CAN), Chandler Hull and Jon Miller (both USA) came home
well ahead of their closest rivals to take the class win and finish an
impressive 12th overall. Daren Jorgensen, Brett Strom (both
USA), Nathan Freke (GBR) and Danny van Dongen (NED) from the RHC
Jorgensen-Strom by Century team finished runner-up in the GT4 class to
complete a one-two for the BMW M4 GT4.

GT World Challenge America: Victory for Turner Motorsport in
the BMW M6 GT3.

Robby Foley and Michael Dinan (both USA) claimed the first win of the
season for Turner Motorsport in race two of the Fanatec GT World
Challenge America at Road America (USA). After 41 laps of racing, the
duo in the #96 BMW M6 GT3 came home 4.6 seconds ahead of their closest
rivals. Foley and Dinan had previously finished seventh overall,
fourth in the Pro category, in the first race of the event, which took
place on the last weekend in August. They now lie fourth in the
Drivers’ Championship with 87 points.

GT4/GT/TC America: Victories and podiums aplenty for BMW teams.

BMW M Motorsport teams claimed many victories and podiums across
various series and classes at the Road America (USA) race weekend at
the end of August. The BMW M4 GT4 was in action in both the GT4
America and GT America series at the iconic circuit. Meanwhile, the
BMW M2 CS Racing and the BMW M240i Racing were out on track in TC America.

In GT4 America, the BMW M4 GT4 took five of the six places available
on the podium. In race one, it was James Walker and Bill Auberlen
(both USA) of the BimmerWorld Racing team who took victory, ahead of
Tom Capizzi and John Capresto-Dubets (both USA) of Auto Technic Racing
and the second BimmerWorld Racing duo of James Clay and Nick Galante
(both USA). Tim Barber and Cole Ciraulo (both USA) finished runner-up
in the Silver class for CCR Racing/Team TFB. The second race was won
by Sean Quinlan and Gregory Liefooghe (both USA) in the Stephen
Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4, ahead of Capizzi and Capresto-Dubets, who
again finished runner-up. Harry Gottsacker and Tyler Maxson (both USA)
won the Silver class for ST Racing. In GT America, Quinlan took
victory in the GT4 class in both races as an individual starter for
Stephen Cameron Racing.

BMW M Motorsport achieved a top-five and a top-six lock out in TC
America. Jacob Ruud (USA) won race one in A BMW M2 CS Racing for
Classic BMW. He was followed home by a further three BMW M2 CS
Racings. Fifth place went to Austen Smith (USA) in a BMW M240i Racing
run by Auto Technic Racing. That earned Smith victory in the TC class.
In race two, no fewer than six BMW M2 CS Racings led the field home.
The race was won by Stephen Cugliari (USA) of Accelerating
Performance, ahead of Hard Motorsport drivers Ruud and Steve Streimer
(USA). This was the same trio that had celebrated on the podium after
the opening race – only in a different order. Smith finished third in
the TC class this time.

BTCC: A win and four podiums for BMW teams in Thruxton.

The last weekend in August saw the British Touring Car Championship
(BTCC) at Thruxton (GBR) for the second time this season. There was
more cause for celebration for those at the wheel of the BMW 330i M
Sport – particularly Adam Morgan (GBR), who took victory for the Car
Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team in the third and final race on
Sunday. He was followed home in second place by Colin Turkington
(GBR). The Team BMW driver had finished 12th and sixth in the first
two races and is the top BMW driver in the Drivers’ Championship in
fifth place. Morgan is just below him in the standings in sixth place.
He ended the first two races at Thruxton in seventh and eighth place.
Tom Oliphant (GBR) made two appearances on the podium, finishing third
for Team BMW in races one and two. He rounded the weekend off with
12th place in the third race. BMW continues to lead the
Manufacturers competition with 532 points.

Original Press Release

The BMW Group emphasizes its consistent focus on sustainability at the 2021 IAA Mobility: More stringent CO2 targets go hand in hand with concrete measures and concepts for implementation

BMW:The BMW Group emphasizes its consistent focus on sustainability at the 2021 IAA Mobility: More stringent CO2 targets go hand in hand with concrete measures and concepts for implementation

  • Increased pace in the battle against climate change
  • Commitment to a clear course to achieve the 1.5-degree target
  • 50% reduction in global CO2 use-phase emissions by 2030
  • Over 40% reduction in CO2 emissions during life cycle
  • Circular economy: Up to 50% use of secondary material planned
  • E offensive: Delivery volume for battery cells almost doubled –
    ten million all-electric vehicles within ten years
  • BMW i Vision Circular demonstrates the potential of a car that is
    consistently aligned to material cycles
  • Four additional concept vehicles for a pioneering sustainable
    mobility mix on two and four wheels
  • All-electric core models BMW iX and BMW i4 celebrate their motor
    show premiere

Munich. The BMW Group is putting circular economy and
sustainable urban mobility at the centre of its presence at the 2021
IAA Mobility. At the motor show, the company is consistently
demonstrating its sustainability and CO2 targets as well as its
concrete measures and concepts to achieve these goals.

More stringent CO2 targets and consistent focus on a circular economy

The BMW Group is increasing the pace of its efforts to combat climate
change. Looking ahead to the introduction of the Neue Klasse, the
company is further strengthening its self-defined objectives,
announced in summer last year, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions,
whilst also committing itself to a clear course that supports the 1.5
degree target for the limitation of global warming. The Neue Klasse
will also see the BMW Group hugely increase its use of secondary
materials with a firm focus on the principles of the circular economy,
whilst also promoting better framework conditions for establishing a
market for secondary materials.

To achieve a further reduction in CO2 emissions, the focus is on the
utilisation phase of vehicles, which account for 70% of the BMW
Group’s CO2 footprint. By 2030, the CO2 emissions per vehicle and
kilometre driven will be at least halved from 2019 levels. The
commitment of all manufacturers when it comes to combatting climate
change can best be compared when looking at the entire life cycle of a
vehicle, including production and upstream supply chain. Here, the BMW
Group is planning a reduction of CO2 emission per vehicle of at least 40%.

“How companies are dealing with CO2 emissions has become a major
factor when it comes to judging corporate action. The decisive factor
in the fight against global warming is how strongly we can improve the
carbon footprint of vehicles over their entire life span. This is why
we are setting ourselves transparent and ambitious goals for the
substantial reduction of CO2 emissions; these are validated by the
Science Based Targets Initiative and will deliver an effective and
measurable contribution,” said Oliver
Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
in Munich on Thursday. “With the Neue Klasse we are significantly
sharpening our commitment and also committing ourselves to a clear
course for achieving the 1.5 degree target.”

The most powerful driver on this path to climate neutrality is
electric mobility, with the BMW Group’s Neue Klasse set to provide
significant further momentum to the market. During the next ten years
or so, the company will be putting around ten million all-electric
vehicles on the road. As early as 2030, at least half of global
BMW Group sales will be all-electric vehicles, with the MINI brand
offering exclusively all-electric vehicles from 2030.

Against this background, the BMW Group has also almost doubled the
delivery volume for battery cells – a volume of EUR 22.36 billion has
been agreed with the relevant suppliers for the fifth generation of
the BMW electric drive.

BMW i4 and iX as drivers for promoting e-mobility at the IAA Mobility

With the BMW iX and the BMW i4, two important core models of this
electric offensive are introduced to the general public for the first
time on the occasion of the 2021 IAA Mobility. The BMW iX, the new
technological flagship of the BMW Group, is a spearhead in the areas
of electromobility and digitisation. BMW eDrive technology of the
fifth generation enables locally emission-free driving pleasure with
electric four-wheel drive and an extended range. With the
BMW i4
, all-electric mobility is now available for the first
time in a premium mid-range model. Electric mobility has reached the
core of the BMW brand. The BMW i4 combines locally emission-free
driving pleasure in a particularly sporty style with ample space and
the practicality of a four-door Gran Coupe.

Fully electric versions of the high-volume BMW 5 Series and the BMW
X1 will follow in the years to come. The same is true for the BMW 7
Series and the successor of the MINI Countryman. In 2023, the BMW
Group will have at least one fully electric model on the road in
around 90% of its current market segments.

BMW Motorrad is also consistently pursuing an electromobility
strategy for metropolitan areas. The BMW CE 04, also presented at the
2021 IAA Mobility, ensures sustainable driving pleasure on two wheels
. With its electric drive, future-oriented design and innovative
connectivity solutions, the new scooter combines the functions of
mobility and communication. 


CO2 reduction through circular economy: BMW i Vision Circular
shows enormous potential

However, climate friendly mobility is not automatically created
through a higher number of electric vehicles on the road. Furthermore,
it is crucial to reduce the use of primary material and the related
environmentally harmful exploitation of resources and their often
CO2-intensive processing – especially when it comes to car
manufacturing, one of the most resource-intensive industries.

As part of its holistic approach to sustainability, the BMW Group
aims to increase significantly the percentage of secondary materials
in its vehicles. On average, current vehicles are manufactured using
almost 30 percent recycled and reusable materials. With the ‘Secondary
First’ approach, BMW Group plans to successively raise this figure to
50 percent.

With the BMW i Vision Circular, the BMW Group is
demonstrating the consistent design of a car according to the
principles of a circular economy. The overall design goal of this
visionary vehicle was to create a vehicle that is optimized for closed
material cycles and achieves a rate of 100% recycled materials or 100%
recyclability. In addition to bio-based and certified raw materials,
materials that have already passed through a product life cycle –
so-called secondary materials – are used for this purpose. This also
applies to the energy storage system: The solid-state battery of the
BMW i Vision Circular is 100% recyclable and almost completely made
from recycled materials. At the same time, it will achieve a
considerably higher energy density with significantly fewer of the
most valuable resources.

“We have included circularity in our concept right from the start
when designing the BMW i Vision Circular. That’s why this visionary
vehicle is full of innovative ideas that combine sustainability with
new and inspiring aesthetics – we call this approach Circular Design,”
explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. Circular
Design is based on the four principles RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.

Four additional groundbreaking concepts for sustainable urban mobility

Under the umbrella of electric mobility, digitisation and
sustainability, the BMW Group will be presenting four additional
groundbreaking concepts for a versatile and sustainable mobility mix
on two and four wheels at the 2021 IAA Mobility – in addition to the
BMW i Vision Circular.

With the BMW i Vision AMBY, the first high-speed
pedelec, the company is presenting a visionary two-wheel solution for
urban mobility of tomorrow. From the outside, the BMW i Vision AMBY
resembles an e-bike, but offers significantly more possibilities. The
electric drive system comprises three speed stages for different road
types: Up to 25 km/h for use on cycle paths, up to 45 km/h on
inner-city roads and up to 60 km/h maximum speed on multi-lane roads
and out-of-town. The speed modes available to the rider are stored on
a smartphone app. Manual selection of the speed level is conceivable,
as is the automatic detection of position and road type by means of
geofencing technology and the associated automatic adjustment of the
maximum speed.

The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY has a similar approach,
combining the benefits of a motorcycle with those of a bicycle. It is
an extremely emotional, electric mobility concept for clever mobility
in and out of the city combined with maximum flexibility. Through an
automated speed limitation system, thanks to innovative geofencing
technology, the rider can also travel on roads (up to 60 km/h) as well
as on bicycle paths (up to 25 km/h). Unlike the BMW i Vision AMBY, the
BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY accelerates using a throttle grip and has
typical motorcycle footrests instead of pedals.

As a legal framework for such vehicles with a modular speed concept
does not yet exist, the AMBY visionary vehicles are meant to provide
stimulus for such legislation to come into effect.

BMW Motorrad is represented with another concept at the 2021 IAA
Mobility – the
BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02. This is
neither a classic motorcycle nor a scooter, but a completely new
mobility offer. It is an easily accessible, electric two-wheeler for
those aged 16 and above who want to be mobile and independent. The
emphasis is on fresh looks, ease of use and plenty of emotions.

MINI Vision Urbanaut as a space concept for the mobility of
the future

The main attraction of the MINI brand at the IAA is the MINI Vision
Urbanaut, an innovative and fully electric vision of space for the
mobility of the future. Here, typical MINI characteristics are
translated into the future of mobility and given an individual
interpretation. The MINI Vision Urbanaut is the epitome of
“clever use of space” and a response to the needs of future
cities and lifestyles. The interior, in particular, is completely new
in design and uses sustainable materials such as cork for the floor
and steering wheel or recycled fabrics for the seats. The reduction of
components and the absence of leather and chrome underline the
sustainability of the visionary concept.

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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.






Original Press Release

The BMW i Vision AMBY.

BMW:The BMW i Vision AMBY.

Munich. With the BMW i Vision AMBY, the first
high-speed pedelec for urbanists, the BMW Group is presenting a
visionary two-wheeled solution for the urban mobility of tomorrow.
From the outside, the BMW i Vision AMBY looks similar to an e-bike,
but it offers significantly more possibilities. It is one of five
different concept vehicles with which the BMW Group is presenting its
vision of individual mobility in cities and their surrounding areas at
the IAA Mobility event. Under a single umbrella spanning electric
mobility, digitality and sustainability, the five pioneering concepts
create a versatile mobility mix on two and four wheels fuelled by
sustainable thinking which comprehensively addresses an extremely wide
range of mobility needs.

The BMW i Vision AMBY and BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.

AMBY is a neologism for “adaptive mobility”. The BMW i
Vision AMBY and BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY Vision Vehicles (see also the
separate press release on the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY) interpret the
basic idea of adaptive urban mobility on two wheels in different ways.
The two vehicles are both fitted with an electric drive system with
three speed ratings for different types of roads. The drive system
enables speeds of up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) on cycle tracks, up to 45
km/h (28 mph) on city-centre roads and up to 60 km/h (37 mph) on
multi-lane roads and outside urban areas. However, insurance plates
and a corresponding licence are required for the higher speeds. While
users of the BMW i Vision AMBY high-speed pedelec have to constantly
pedal in order to benefit from the assistance of the electric drive
system, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY accelerates via a throttle
grip/throttle lever and has motorcycle-style footrests instead of pedals.

The modes available to the rider are stored in the app on the
smartphone linked with the “AMBY” Vision Vehicle. Manual selection of
the modes is perfectly feasible, as are automatic recognition of
location and road type via geofencing technology and the associated
automatic adjustment of top speed. In the absence of any existing
legal framework for a vehicle of this kind with a modular speed
concept, the “AMBY” Vision Vehicles set out to prompt the introduction
of such legislation and by consequence developments of this nature.
The BMW Group is therefore showing its keenness to remain part of the
mobility conversation in cities, even if in the years ahead those
cities offer motor cars an increasingly small space in which to function.

Defying categorisation.
“Everywhere you look,
apparently established categories are being blown apart – and that’s a
good thing. In the future, classifications such as ‘car’, ‘bicycle’
and ‘motorcycle’ should not determine the nature of the products we
think up, develop and offer,” explains Werner Haumayr, Vice President
BMW Group Design Conception. “Rather, this paradigm shift gives us the
opportunity to tailor products to people’s lifestyles – as we can see
with the BMW i Vision AMBY high-speed pedelec. This vehicle occupies
the space between a bicycle and a light motorcycle and allows our
customers to decide for themselves which roads or routes they want to
travel on through an urban area. They have all the flexibility
possible, at the same time as turning the pedals and keeping
themselves fit. The modes and clever route selection are intended to
make it one of the fastest travel options through a city.”

The BMW Group views the BMW i Vision AMBY as an attractive means of
transport for the future in larger cities. As a second vehicle for a
family or an entry point into the world of pedal-driven, electrified
two-wheeled vehicles, the BMW i Vision AMBY offers an extremely varied
range of applications. It hugely expands the usage scope of a
conventional e-bike through clever technologies related to the three
riding modes.

The design: more than an e-bike.
The design of
the BMW i Vision AMBY is defined by visual lightness and powerful
athleticism. And every detail promises that it is capable of more than
a regular e-bike. The frame structure is larger and the impression is
one of greater strength and stability in every respect. The modern
frame geometry feels like a mixture of racing bike and sporty e-bike.
The upper frame tube, crafted from four sculptural aluminium profiles,
represents an expressive and modern statement of intent – and not only
in visual terms. A slightly rising sweep to its design underscores the
dynamic intent. The space between the profiles also offers stowage
room for a backpack or laptop bag. Located just before the handlebars
is the smartphone integration pad, which holds the device safely in
place using magnets and ensures it is highly visible.

The battery is positioned in the centre of the frame. Its 2,000 Wh
enables a range of up to 300 km (186 miles), depending on the riding
mode. Thanks to fast charging technology, it recharges in only three
hours. The drive unit, which is positioned close to the pedals and is
also black in colour, only provides assistance when the pedals are
being turned. Power transfer is by low-maintenance toothed belt, and
the transmission is integrated into the drive system. A sophisticated
single-sided swinging arm otherwise unique to BMW Motorrad links the
rear wheel with the frame. 120 mm of suspension travel front and rear
is ideal for all applications in and around town at speeds of up to 60
km/h (37 mph). The 27.5-inch wheels are fitted with larger and wider
tyres than normal in order to ensure exceptional comfort and safety
even at higher speeds.

Impressively integrated details and ease of
The design of the handlebar stem as part
of the frame has a very technical and high-quality feel. A slim,
horizontal LED light strip is integrated into the wide handlebars and
underscores the cutting-edge, technical look of this frame section.
Likewise fully integrated brakes and internally routed cables set the
seal on the aura of technical modernity covering the handlebar area.
The vertical LED rear light is integrated into the seat post. Below
it, an e-ink display shows the riding mode in use.

The rear wheel with central fastening can be released and removed
easily for optimum ease of transportation. The wheel in the front
suspension fork can likewise be removed in the classical way with a
screw. The result is a compact construction, and the battery can also
be removed and stored separately, which reduces load weight.

Focus on sustainability.
A pedal-driven
two-wheeled vehicle brings many benefits to urban conurbations as a
means of transport – in terms of zero emissions functionality, traffic
area development and energy efficiency – through its underlying
concept alone. The BMW i Vision AMBY two-wheeler also forms part of
the circular economy messaging for the BMW i Vision Circular, which is
likewise celebrating its premiere at the IAA 2021 Mobility. The frame
can be clearly recognised as being made from the same anodised
secondary aluminium as the main body of the BMW i Vision Circular.
Added to which, parts of the handlebars and battery cover are
manufactured from “floating grey polymers”, a recycled plastic also
employed in the bumpers of the Vision Vehicle. These materials can be
fed back into the BMW Group materials cycle more easily once the
product has reached the end of its life. An oil derived from rapeseed
is used as brake fluid. And the BMW Group was also careful to ensure
the components of the BMW i Vision AMBY were produced locally in
Germany and – with the supply chain in mind – transportation distances
for them were kept to a minimum.

More details on the sustainability-related themes around the BMW
Group’s concept vehicles at IAA Mobility 2021 can be found on the BMW
Circular Lab microsite at, in the BMW Circular Hub at
Max-Joseph-Platz in central Munich and in connection with the BMW i
Vision Circular Vision Vehicle.

Smartphones act as a key.
Users can prime the
BMW i Vision AMBY for use, load their stored licence classes and apply
the required level of insurance cover on demand using a specially
developed app. The app therefore takes on the role traditionally
performed by a vehicle key. It uses familiar smartphone identification
functionality (e.g. facial recognition) in the same way as the Digital
Key, which was introduced by the BMW Group in an automotive industry
first and turns a compatible iPhone into a digital car key by allowing
customers to unlock, lock and, of course, start their BMW safely and
easily. Other basic functions and status requests (e.g. the current
and scheduled charge level) are also available, as when using the BMW
app. The electrically adjustable seat post is optimised biometrically
to match the profile stored in the app, with the settings adjusted
according to pre-entered data – such as the height and inside leg
measurement of the user – before setting off. Over-the-air updates
allow customers to download software updates and adjustments at any
time. The smartphone shown on the Vision Vehicle charges inductively
on the magnetic bracket low down in the rider’s field of view. These
connectivity options also bring theft-proofing and the free
programmable immobiliser as a basic function. And the search function
“Where is my BMW i Vision AMBY” is just a click on a smartphone away.

Geofencing technology plays a central
Instead of the user choosing the riding mode
themselves, geofencing technology – in combination with the detailed
HERE map service – is able to create the relevant parameters for
automatically setting the speed mode (25/ 45/ 60 km/h [15.5/ 28/ 37
mph]) and corresponding insurance cover. This geofencing technology
enables the vehicle to recognise the type of road being used and
automatically adjusts the maximum permitted speed accordingly. This
means the BMW i Vision AMBY can turn from a pedelec into an
S-pedelec-type vehicle or even one similar to a motorcycle. Manual
mode control is, of course, also provided in order to give the user
maximum freedom when it comes to using the various types of route.
However, intelligent technology ensures the relevant traffic and
safety rules are still kept to at all times. The mode engaged is shown
on the display using e-ink technology – this makes it easy for other
road users to identify the mode activated/selected.

Other technological functions that could be included in the BMW i
Vision AMBY are an ABS system optimised for bicycles, an automatic
high-beam assistant and brake light assistant, and a daytime riding
light – all of which could increase safety. A tyre pressure monitoring
system similar to that fitted to BMW Group motorcycles is also a
possibility. Meanwhile, a proximity radar operating over a range of up
to 140 m gives the user a visual and acoustic warning (via the app) of
vehicles approaching from the rear, and rounds off the range of
possible safety features.

Performance data for the BMW i Vision AMBY

Battery:       2,000 Wh
Charging time:  three hours (fast charging)
Vmod1:      up to 25 km/h / 15.5 mph
Vmod2:     up to 45 km/h / 28 mph
Vmodmax:   up to 60 km/h / 37 mph

300+ km / 186+ miles
(up to 25 km/h / 15.5 mph Vmax)

180 km / 112 miles (up to 45 km/h / 28 mph Vmax)

75 km / 47 miles (up to 60 km/h / 37 mph Vmax)

Wheelbase:    1160mm (frame size M/ L)
120 mm
front & rear
Weight:    approx. 30 kg

Original Press Release

The BMW i Vision Circular.

BMW:The BMW i Vision Circular.

Munich. With the BMW i Vision Circular, the BMW Group
is looking ahead to a compact BMW for the year 2040 that is focused
squarely on sustainability and luxury. The four-seater is fully
electrically powered and offers a generous amount of interior space
within its around four-metre-long footprint. It has furthermore been
designed according to circular economy principles across the board and
therefore symbolises the BMW Group’s ambitious plan to become the
world’s most sustainable manufacturer in the individual premium
mobility space.

The Vision Vehicle is one of five different concept vehicles with
which the BMW Group is presenting how it envisages individual urban
mobility at the IAA Mobility 2021 event. Under a single umbrella
spanning electric mobility, digitalisation and sustainability, the
five pioneering concepts create a versatile mobility mix on two and
four wheels fuelled by sustainable thinking, which comprehensively
addresses an extremely wide range of mobility needs in the face of
fast-changing requirements and growing challenges.

Circular economy and secondary materials cut CO2
The BMW Group’s overriding aim as it strives
to achieve climate neutrality is to reduce CO2 emissions throughout a
vehicle’s entire life cycle. Besides electrifying the product
portfolio and switching to renewable energy for manufacturing, the
company is focusing particularly on circular economy principles and
the use of secondary materials. These materials, such as secondary
aluminium and secondary steel, can be obtained by recycling waste
material and then reused. The process for supplying secondary
materials is far less harmful to the environment and carbon intensive
compared to the extraction and manufacture of primary material. This
can bring about a major improvement in a vehicle’s carbon footprint,
especially on the supply chain side. At present, vehicles from the BMW
Group are manufactured using nearly 30 per cent recycled and reused
material on average. The ‘secondary first’ approach is intended to
gradually increase this figure to 50 per cent.

“The BMW i Vision Circular illustrates our all-encompassing,
meticulous way of thinking when it comes to sustainable mobility. It
symbolises our ambition to be a pioneering force in the development of
a circular economy,” explains Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of
Management of BMW AG. “We lead the way for resource efficiency in
production and we are seeking to extend this status to all stages of
the vehicle life cycle. This is a question of economic sustainability
too, as the current trend in commodity prices clearly shows the
financial consequences in store for any industry that is reliant on
finite resources.” He adds, “We will take the next big step towards
achieving this with the ‘Neue Klasse’ models. We appreciate there are
many BMW fans longing for a first foretaste of the ‘Neue Klasse’, but
the BMW i Vision Circular isn’t it. I can promise, however, that, on a
sustainability level, the ‘Neue Klasse’ is being developed with the
same mindset applied for the BMW i Vision Circular.”

The overriding design aim for the BMW i Vision Circular was to create
a vehicle that is optimised for closed materials cycles and achieves
100% use of recycled materials / 100% recyclability. This involves
making particular use of materials that have already completed a
product life cycle – or secondary materials as they are known –
alongside certified bio-based raw materials. The same applies to the
energy storage device: the all-solid-state battery in the BMW i Vision
Circular is 100 per cent recyclable and manufactured almost entirely
using materials sourced from the recycling loop. It will achieve much
higher energy density with significantly reduced use of the most
valuable resources.

Circular design – a new approach.

“We gave thorough consideration to circularity from the outset
during the design process for the BMW i Vision Circular. As a result,
this Vision Vehicle is packed with innovative ideas for combining
sustainability with a new, inspirational aesthetic – we call this
approach ‘circular design’,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW
Group Design. Circular design embraces the four principles of

RE:THINK. Circular product design begins by thinking
about things differently. For the BMW i Vision Circular this meant
scrutinising processes and manufacturing technologies and thinking
differently. The function performed by each component part up to now
was examined, after which the part was removed without replacement or
cleverly repackaged where appropriate and then designed to enable
closed materials cycles.

RE:DUCE. “I do more with less” has long been an
integral part of the BMW i philosophy. The BMW i Vision Circular
demonstrates this through the rigorously applied reduction in the
number of component parts, material groups and surface finishes,
dispensing completely with exterior paintwork, leather and chrome, for
instance. Materials from bio-based raw materials also help to minimise
environmental impact and contribute to a smaller carbon footprint. As
far as the digitalisation features are concerned, smart control panels
reduce both complexity and the use of materials. In addition to this,
digital surface treatments enable a reduction in the number of
hardware variants at the same time as opening up whole new
possibilities for design.

RE:USE. Ideally, a sustainable product will have a
long lifespan, with a rich and enjoyable product experience making
people a lot more enthusiastic about using the product – and using it
for longer. One way of ensuring this happens is by incorporating
digitality to create new experiences. The display options via digital
display surfaces in the exterior and interior of a car and the
availability of “option as a service” allow users to constantly bring
something new to the vehicle. Constant updates over the air and cloud
computing keep the product technically up to date for longer. And the
vehicle’s life cycle can also be extended by refurbishing and
re-design. Easily detachable connections make it far simpler for users
to replace individual materials and component parts, allowing them to
keep restyling the vehicle.

RE:CYCLE. When it comes to the materials used, the
focus with the BMW i Vision Circular is on recycled materials
(“secondary first” approach) which are intended to be reused again at
the end of the product life cycle. Having a small number of different
mono-material groups with connections that can easily be undone is
crucial for good recycling. For this reason, the BMW i Vision Circular
avoids bonded connections or composite materials and uses intelligent
types of connection, such as cords, press studs and quick-release
fasteners, instead. It showcases a purpose-developed, aesthetically
appealing quick-release fastener for the wheels, seats and instrument
panel that creates a ‘joyful fusion’. The laser-etched graphic in the
centre of the quick-release fastener is made up of the letters of the
word “circular” arranged in the form of a circle. A special socket
wrench separates the component parts joined by the fastener with a
single rotation. The ‘joyful fusion’ fastener creates a theft-proof
and stable connection and, at the same time, allows many component
parts of the vehicle to be dismantled with just a single tool.

“BMW has always known how to resolve apparent contradictions in its
products,” explains Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design. “With the BMW i
Vision Circular, we have set ourselves the challenge of designing a
100% circular vehicle, while at the same time meeting – and in some
respects exceeding – our customers’ self-evident expectations when it
comes to lifestyle and luxury.”

Re-interpreting classical icons – the front
The puristic front end clearly conveys the
aesthetic power of circular design. In keeping with the principles of
“RE:THINK” and “RE:USE”, the number of parts here has been reduced to
the max. Instead of having a chrome surround with bars, the kidney
grille has been newly interpreted as a digital surface. The kidney
surfaces extend across the entire width of the front end, merging the
headlights and grille into an unmistakable “double-icon” that will
continue to be a clear BMW identifier. At the same time, the kidney
surfaces are turned into a graphic interface. In the future, digital
design could make geometric variations in lights and bumpers
redundant, helping to reduce the quantity of materials and tools required.

A discreet line graphic on the kidney surfaces constitutes the sole
decorative element in the front end. Using a process of intelligent
surface refinement, it brings a new and artistic twist to the familiar
parallel kidney bar look. This line graphic forms a recurring theme
that is also found in the windows, the rear end, the roof, wheels and
floor coverings. The BMW i Vision Circular has no other additive trim
elements or badging of the sort currently used to signify quality. The
brand logo on the front end is engraved and the vehicle badge is
laser-etched to avoid using extra add-on parts.

The surfaces below the windscreen are made from secondary aluminium.
An additional sensor cluster between the two kidney elements groups
together technological features, enabling simple disassembly within a
single removable element. The bumper area further down is manufactured
from recycled plastic with a sophisticated marbled surface.

A new silhouette for BMW – the side view.
circular design approach exudes puristic clarity when viewing the car
in profile too. The BMW i Vision Circular has a clear mono-volume
design made up of just a small number of parts, with the array of
different materials used reduced to a minimum. The design language
here is clear and accessible. The proportions, meanwhile, take BMW in
a new direction. The vehicle extends in an unbroken volume from the
front to rear axle, offering a generous breadth of interior usability
within a small footprint. Even at a standstill, the rising roofline
and a cowl panel pushed well forward give the compact silhouette the
appearance of surging dynamically down the road. The wheels form
almost the outer limits of the vehicle, combining with the prominently
flared wheel arches to produce a hunkered-down, sporty stance.
Together with its electrified architecture, the Vision Vehicle offers
a luxury-class interior on a small car footprint.

The large-surfaced, flush-glazed passenger compartment lends a sense
of modernity and lightness to the flanks. Instead of using a chrome
trim strip as a surround for the window graphic, there is a slim
digital surface extending like a ribbon around the Hofmeister kink.
This is not only a stylistic element, but also a display and
control/operation surface. It can be used to show information about
the vehicle status and guide users to the door opener using light as
they approach the car. When the door opener is touched, the two portal
doors open in opposite directions, making it easy for the driver and
passengers to climb aboard and opening up the generously sized interior.

Refined surfaces rather than paintwork.

The BMW i Vision Circular deliberately avoids the use of paint
for the exterior, and instead features a main body made from secondary
aluminium with a light-gold anodised finish. The calmer feel of this
Anodized Mystic Bronze shade contrasts with the more “animated” and
richly coloured surface at the rear made from heat-treated steel. The
heat treatment process creates the colour Temper Blue Steel, an
alluring interplay of bluish purple surfaces whose cloud-like aspect
would lend a highly individual touch to any vehicle. The refinement
processes employed for the individual surfaces give them significant
visual impact, while preserving the raw materiality of the two metals
for optimal reusability. This shows how it will be possible to refine
surfaces using innovative processes in future without the need for
paint finishes.

Innovative details in the wheel area.
The tyres
in “Vivid Blue Rubber” are made from certified, sustainably cultivated
natural rubber and have a slightly transparent appearance. Extra
coloured, recycled rubber particles are added to the tyre compound for
strengthening, creating an intriguing terrazzo effect and purposefully
highlighting the reuse of materials. The wheel rims are designed and
manufactured with minimal materials use. Rim centres with maximum
permeability provide brake cooling, while the more enclosed surfaces
to the outer reaches of the wheels ensure the greatest possible
aerodynamic efficiency. The wheels are fixed in place using the
“joyful fusion” quick-release fastener that adorns the centre of the
wheel, forming a sophisticated visual highlight. Only visible when
looking from above, a narrow fin is integrated centrally in the rear
section of the glass roof. It contains the communications and antenna
technology, and provides information on the status of the vehicle
(open/closed, charge level of the battery, etc.). It also integrates
the high-mounted centre brake light.

Monolithic and modern – the rear end.
The rear
end also has a puristic, clear appearance. All the display surfaces
and light functions are integrated invisibly into the dark glass
tailgate, replicating the approach taken at the front end. When the
car is switched off, only the two-dimensional BMW logo in the dark
glass surface is visible. Switching the car on activates both the
functional light elements and the line graphic at the front end. Below
the tailgate, a clearly sculpted surface made from secondary steel
creates a striking horizontal movement. A slight uptick here injects
the rear end with dynamic flair and provides a high-class border.
Moving further down, the perfectly minimalised and aerodynamically
optimised black bumper – likewise made from visibly recycled plastic –
rounds off the rear-end design at its point lowest to the road.

Visibly sustainable luxury – the interior
Inside, the BMW i Vision Circular seeks to
create a luxurious ambience, employing materials and production
processes that are indicative of a responsible approach to the
environment and its resources. The interior of the BMW i Vision
Circular thereby highlights what will be possible in the future when
it comes to circularity and purposeful selection of materials – and
the kind of intriguing aesthetics that might emerge as a result. This
involves using not just the right basic materials in the form of
mono-materials but also clever new joining techniques for them which
avoid the use of glue in order to ensure optimum suitability for
dismantling and sorting at a later stage. In order to minimise the
amount of waste and offcuts, all components and materials will be
manufactured to fit exactly using processes such as 3D printing. Any
surplus material will be systematically fed back into the materials cycle.

The interior – modern, light and supremely sustainable.

The two outer-hinged portal doors swing wide open to
reveal a light and airy interior. The basic colour scheme for the
cabin is composed of taupe with elements of grey and the light mint
green shade (“MONOchrome Mint”) used for the floor and side trim
panels. This coordinates perfectly with the taupe/violet “MONOchrome
Taupe” finish for the front and rear seats to create a modern and
homely atmosphere. Gold-bronze metal accents in the same Anodized
Mystic Bronze shade used for the exterior add a warm and sophisticated contrast.

The interior greets the driver and front passenger with a high degree
of transparency and an open sense of space. The glass roof with
pronounced rearward placement of the windscreen header gives those in
the front the impression they are sitting in the open air while also
maximising the feeling of spaciousness experienced within a small
footprint. The four seats have been intentionally designed to look
more look like pieces of furniture. In the front, two separate lounge
seats with integral head restraints create an exclusive ambience.
Their velvet-like upholstery is made from recycled plastic and is held
within a light-gold aluminium frame. The seats rest on a slender
mono-post base with fore/aft adjustment. Together with the
accompanying omission of a centre console, this design has the effect
of creating vast amounts of legroom for passengers in the second row.
The back of the slim front seat shells is made of recycled plastics
with a terrazzo-look finish. Another circular ‘joyful fusion’
quick-release fastener for simple dismantling can be found here,
allowing the metal and fabric to be easily separated and sorted, and
then reused.

Re-interpreted instrument panel.
The global
user experience in the BMW i Vision Circular, like its material
qualities, deliberately showcases a more distant future with greater
in-car intelligence and more sensors that react to the user. Reducing
the number of components while also grouping functions together
creates a ‘phygital experience’. This newly coined term refers to
turning digitality into a haptic experience. Depending on the use
case, this involves either implementing the underlying technology in a
highly integrated, virtually invisible manner as an extension of the
‘shy tech’ approach or – as demonstrated by the instrument panel –
deliberately showcasing it and bringing it to life as an artistic icon.

The classical instrument panel is turned into a next-generation
phygital user interface. Here, it takes the form of a hovering,
V-shaped sculpture that projects out into the cabin. At its heart is a
3D-printed, crystal body with nerve-like structures running through
it, great visual depth and an enthralling lighting effect. This is
where the vehicle’s “thinking” is visualised, allowing the user to see
its intelligence at work. The instrument panel also serves as an area
for interaction though, giving form to the fundamental idea of
creating experiences that extend far beyond displays and buttons. The
crystal body is bordered on both sides by naturally treated wood that
has been responsibly sourced and externally certified, as is the case
with all bio-based raw materials. Gold-bronze elements made from
anodised secondary aluminium connect the instrument panel to the
A-pillars. The metallic side sections once again feature the ‘joyful
fusion’ quick-release fasteners for straightforward dismantling.

Displays reimagined.
The information area you
would normally expect to find in a central information display is
located above the instrument panel at the bottom of the windscreen.
This display area takes the Head-Up Display as first brought out by
BMW to a whole new level. All relevant information is projected onto
the bottom area of the windscreen across its entire width. Driving
displays for the driver can be found here together with communications
functions and entertainment features for the passengers. Information
can be moved directly into the user’s field of vision or hidden, as
desired. Intelligent use of technologies therefore transforms the
existing windscreen into an information source, eliminating the need
for any other displays in the interior at the same time, and is
another example application of shy tech at work. The projected content
is controlled by means of interaction pads in the steering wheel,
while passengers can easily connect their mobile devices to the
vehicle and then call up individual content in the windscreen’s front
passenger section or activate the personal speakers for a seamless
infotainment offering. From the outside, a graduated black printed
surface with a gold-bronze pattern gives added effect to the display
area of the windscreen.

3D-printed steering wheel.
The steering wheel
forms a link between past and future at the same time as reducing the
quantity of material and components. The rim has been 3D-printed from
bio-based material, with the wood powder variant shown here giving the
steering wheel a natural and warm feel. The unconventional, central
positioning of the vertical spoke in gold-bronze adds a modern twist.
It incorporates another crystal interface area featuring backlighting
and displays similar to those of the instrument panel. To the left and
right of the steering wheel’s centre, in the vicinity of the driver’s
thumbs, are pads that are activated by the thumbs moving towards or
touching them and operated by thumb movements (similar to today’s
multifunction steering wheels). These pads are phygital touchpoints
that reinforce the principle of “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road”
and control the content shown in the windscreen’s information area.

Display surface connects the exterior with the
The display and operating surface below the
windows visible on the outside of the car can be found on the inside
too, forming a connecting element between interior and exterior. Here
again, it extends back into the rear of the car and around the
Hofmeister kink. Featuring the same crystal appearance as the
instrument panel and ambient lighting, this element in the sidewall
adds to the intriguing and mystical aura produced in the cabin. It
additionally incorporates a number of functions, including the power
window switches, door openers and the controls for the sunshade in the
roof. This means it forms the only electronic component in the doors,
and it can be simply removed as a module when dismantling the vehicle
and then separated and sorted.

Inviting rear compartment.
The pronounced
rearward placement of the windscreen header provides passengers in the
rear with a separate glass roof featuring a mechanical shading
function. This function comprises two glass panels with a pattern of
parallel lines that can be pushed together to vary the degree of
shading between 50% and 100%. The use of two panels for the shading
function results in a very slim design that does not add to the
height. Here, intelligent graphic design has led to an innovation
which does not require any additional technology or electronics yet
still achieves the maximum effect.

In addition to this, the rear of the cabin has been shaped into a
large, slightly raised bench seat, which offers an inviting space for
two with its amply proportioned, softly padded side bolsters. The head
restraints look like cushions placed on a supporting structure,
further emphasising the soft, cosy character. The audio speakers are
located beneath the head restraint cushions. Each seat has its own
dedicated sound zone, meaning that individual audio content can be
enjoyed anywhere in the vehicle without acoustic interference. Direct
sound control reduces the number of parts required and simplifies
removal of the system. This is just one example of the possible ways
in which modern technical features can be subtly integrated into an
interior setting that has the appearance of a comfortable apartment.

Sophisticated details in the rear.
The fabric
upholstery for the seats in MONOchrome Taupe is made entirely from
recycled material, but has been woven here into an elaborate Jacquard
design. The lavish upholstery is further enhanced by precise quilting
and is held in place by press studs for easier dismantling, as on the
front seats. The rear bench seat is bordered by an anodised aluminium
frame in gold-bronze. The method for joining the seat upholstery to
the frame is another noteworthy detail here, as the fabric is
interwoven with the frame by means of a cord. The connection can be
undone again manually when it is time to dismantle the seat. The
deep-pile carpet in MONOchrome Mint creates a pleasant atmosphere
throughout the vehicle. It has the characteristic pattern of lines
familiar from the exterior printed into it and is manufactured from
100 per cent recycled plastic. In the C-pillar, a glass iDrive
Controller from a BMW iX enjoys a second life with a new function as a
lamp – a very smart touch that illustrates the principle of “RE:USE”.

The sound design of the BMW i Vision
The composer Hans Zimmer and Renzo Vitale,
Creative Director Sound BMW Group, came up with an exclusive sound
design for the BMW i Vision Circular that makes its circularity
audible. “The idea was to combine different samples to keep injecting
new life into the sounds inside the vehicle, in the same way its
materials get a new lease of life,” explains Hans Zimmer. “The concept
of objects potentially having an almost infinite lifespan inspired us
to also use samples from physical instruments from a bygone age, such
as a famous old cello that still works in modern times thanks to the
wonders of digital circularity.” Taking the materials used in the
vehicle as a starting point, the duo also experimented with samples
and loops of sound elements, enabling them to discover a spectrum of
sounds produced by the materials in the car. Each and every tone
featured here captures the movements of the exterior structures, the
interior areas, the materials, the lights and the visual animations.

Vehicle-to-grid opens up new possible uses.

Alongside all its material and design innovations, the BMW i
Vision Circular also offers the possibility of usage in a
bidirectional charging scenario. Here, the vehicle would act as a
mobile energy storage device and feed power to its surroundings, e.g.
buildings and infrastructure. It can even be fed back into the power
grid to help absorb peaks in demand.

Data-based smart mobility
for maximum efficiency in urban traffic.
key measure in the drive towards sustainable urban mobility extends
beyond the actual vehicle: making intelligent use of the available
real-time and long-term traffic data for maximum mobility efficiency.
To date, the BMW Group has manufactured far in excess of 14 million
connected vehicles that are now on the world’s roads. What’s more, the
degree of connectivity and the precision of the sensor technology used
are constantly improving. The information gathered by each vehicle
isn’t just used to support its own functions though. With the user’s
consent, it is shared with the entire connected fleet, allowing all
vehicles to benefit from this swarm intelligence. Speed
recommendations could be optimised to make better use of traffic light
phases (“green wave”), traffic flows forecasted more accurately and
periods of congestion minimised as a result of vehicles communicating
with each other and their environment. CO2 emissions caused
by stop-start traffic or even searching for a parking spot could be
reduced significantly across a large number of users.

Further insights with the BMW i Insight Vision
The BMW i Insight Vision App offers a novel new way
of experiencing and exploring the BMW i Vision Circular interactively.
The app uses a wealth of different examples to visualise the four
basic principles of circular economy – RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and
RE:CYCLE. All aspects of the Vision Vehicle can be discovered in an
entertaining way with the help of augmented reality. Additional
information, background details and facts have been added to enrich
the user experience and offer a wide variety of insights into both the
design process and the materials and technologies used. The app’s
design has been modelled on the My BMW App. The BMW i Insight Vision
App experience is available exclusively on the show stand.


The BMW Group is staging a RE:BMW Circular Lab as part of the
IAA event to provide further information on the topic of circular
economy. The BMW Group intends to win the public over to the circular
economy approach with this hybrid experience and communications
platform. Under the umbrella of the four fundamental principles of
circular design the RE:BMW Circular Lab invites visitors to the IAA to
gain a first-hand experience of what circular economy and circular
design mean during workshops. “Circular Heroes”, as they have been
named, will offer their users an easy, fun and artistic way of
familiarising themselves with the principles of circular design that
is also factually correct.

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.

Munich. As a completely new concept between bicycle
and motorbike, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY taps into fresh
possibilities for the innovative, urban mobility of the future. It is
one of five different concept vehicles that the BMW Group will use at
the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich to showcase its vision of individual
mobility in and around the urban setting.

Under the common umbrella of electric mobility, digitalisation and
sustainability, these five pioneering concepts form a versatile and
sustainably conceived mobility mix on two and four wheels that
comprehensively addresses a highly diverse range of mobility needs.

BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY and BMW i Vision AMBY.

AMBY stands for “Adaptive Mobility”. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY and
the BMW i Vision AMBY (see BMW i Vision AMBY press release) interpret
the fundamental idea of adaptive urban mobility on two wheels based on
differing facets. Both vehicles are electrically powered with three
speed levels for different types of road. The drive allows up to 25
km/h on cycle paths, up to 45 km/h on inner-city roads and up to a top
speed of 60 km/h on multi-lane roads and out of town. A helmet,
insurance licence plates and the relevant driving licence are required
to be able to travel at higher speeds, however. While the BMW i Vision
AMBY as a high-speed pedelec requires constant pedalling in order to
gain assistance from the electric drive, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY
is accelerated using the throttle grip and has footrests instead of
pedals, as is typical of a motorcycle.

The modes available to the rider are stored in the app on the
smartphone that connects to the respective AMBY vision vehicle.

Manual selection of the speed level is conceivable, as is
detection of the road by means of geofencing technology, thereby
allowing automatic adjustment of the top speed. As there is currently
no legal basis for such a vehicle with a modular speed concept, the
idea behind the AMBY vision vehicles is to prompt legislation that
will enable this kind of set-up. In this way, the BMW Group is
demonstrating that it will continue to be involved in providing
mobility options in big cities in the future and offers innovative solutions.

New stimuli for emotional mobility on two wheels.

“The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY takes us into new territory. For us,
the focus is on user behaviour – the question is: how will customers
want to get around in the future? What will they expect their vehicle
to be capable of? This was precisely the starting point of our
deliberations. Our aim was to develop an extremely emotional vehicle
for smart mobility in and around the city that offered maximum
freedom. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY really does enable our customers
to experience urban life in a whole new way, cover distances more
flexibly and “break free” of the city from time to time, too. At the
same time, BMW Motorrad is consistently pursuing its electromobility
strategy for urban conurbations. It’s a fascinating introduction to
the world of BMW Motorrad that also promises maximum riding pleasure,”
explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad.

The design – the DNA of BMW Motorrad.

The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY defies all existing categories: visually
akin to the world of bicycles, it is a motorbike at heart. Its slender
proportions promise ruggedness and adventure, while its design
suggests clear echoes of the expressive style and layout of an BMW
Enduro motorbike. With chunky treads on both the 26-inch front wheel,
which has a thinner tyre, and the 24-inch rear wheel with its more
rounded tyre, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY clearly shows that it is
both willing and able to go anywhere. The firmly integrated seat with
a height of 830 mm is just as typical a motorbike feature as the fixed footrests.

The seat also acts as a design element over the flat, rising upper
frame section, creating a striking flyline. This produces a completely
new, fresh look for BMW Motorrad – a link between the e-bike and
motorbike world.
The large energy storage unit and drive unit
form a dark graphic block at the centre of the frame.

The large-dimensioned bicycle fork on the front wheel features
protectors and gives the entire front section a more massive, powerful
look. A small headlight with the U-shaped BMW Motorrad light signature
is a clear reference to the roots of the concept, as is the double LED
element as a tail light. Another BMW Motorrad feature is that the BMW
Motorrad Vision AMBY is accelerated from the handlebars, as is
customary on a motorbike.
With a total weight of just 65 kg, the
BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY is significantly lighter than other
motorbikes, ensuring it offers excellent manoeuvrability and agility.

Colour and material concept featuring depth and unexpected details.

As compared to a conventional combustion engine, the concept of the
electric drive in the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY means there is little
in the way of visible mechanics.
For this reason, its technical
heart is deliberately disguised and showcased in a striking
machine-like style. This accentuates the highly elaborated colour and
material concept, which goes well beyond the traditional dark
underlying colour scheme and use of white highlights.

In its use of materials, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY
cross-references two other concept vehicles that will also see their
world premiere at the IAA Mobility 2021: The BMW i Vision Circular and
the BMW i Vision AMBY. The trim material used on the energy storage
unit – known as “floating grey polymers” – is also used in the bumper
of the BMW i Vision Circular. It consists of recycled plastic and can
itself be fed back into the material cycle at the end of the product
lifecycle. Meanwhile the material used for the seat is also to be
found in the saddle of the BMW i Vision AMBY and in the tyres of the
BMW i Vision Circular. Based on recycled plastic granulate and
sporting a fascinating terrazzo look, it demonstrates how several
materials can be given a second life with a new form and function.

Asymmetrical design of the sides of the vehicle.

In keeping with the unexpected, self-assured character of the BMW
Motorrad Vision AMBY, its two sides have deliberately been designed
distinctively. On both sides, the white “AMBY” lettering catches the
eye above the light-coloured drive unit, making a striking statement
as a stylised graphic on the trim of the energy storage unit. While
the lettering on the left gains additional visual depth from a
colourfully shimmering, iridescent drop shadow, the inscription on the
right appears deliberately without a drop shadow. Below the energy
storage unit there are two iridescent elements that add a further accentuation.

On the right-hand side of the vehicle, three small turquoise blue
tubes visibly emerge from the silhouette, clearly alluding to the
electric heart of the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY. Next to this is a
quote by Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: „Electro-mobility will
be very significant for the future of motorcycling. We foresee a slew
of upcoming products with a focus on electric propulsion, particularly
in the field of urban mobility. And I’m not only thinking of classic
scooters here, but also of alternative modern, emotional products.
Electro-mobility on two wheels needs to be really fun and adventurous
and BMW is committed to developing corresponding products.”

On closer inspection, the interplay between the technoid pixel font
with the classic serif font reflects a great attention to detail at
several points: together these bridge the gap between the past and the
future – just like the vision vehicle itself. The coordinates on the
right are a reference to the BMW Motorrad Design Studio in Munich,
where the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY came into being. On the opposite
side, the letters “AMBY” also appear in Morse code, but with dashes
visualising the dots. In their perfect interplay, all these carefully
conceived details create a unique graphic and a highly contemporary
sense of style.

The smartphone as the key.

The specially developed app enables the user to activate the BMW
Motorrad Vision AMBY for riding, read in their stored driving licence
classes and make use of the appropriate insurance cover on an
on-demand basis as required. In this way, the app performs the classic
key function while also making use of the customary identification
options provided by the smartphone such as Face ID. Basic functions
and status queries (e.g. current charge status) are available as in
the BMW App. Further developments and adjustments to the software can
be provided to customers at any time via over-the-air
The smartphone shown in the vision vehicle charges
inductively on the magnetic holder in the rider’s lower field of
vision. These connectivity options would also allow anti-theft
protection and the freely programmable immobiliser to be offered as
basic functions.
And the answer to the question “Where is my BMW
Motorrad Vision AMBY?” would be just a click away on the smartphone, too.

Geofencing as a key technology.

Instead of choosing the riding mode yourself, geofencing technology
combined with the detailed HERE map service could provide the required
parameters for automatically adjusting speed levels (25/45/60 km/h)
and the matching insurance cover. This technology enables the vehicle
to detect the type of road, cycle path or slow-traffic area currently
being used so that the maximum permitted speed can be automatically
adjusted. In this way, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY would transform
from a vehicle similar to an S-pedelec to something that is more
motorcycle-inspired. The user cannot override the mode. The required
licence plate takes the form of an innovative display surface, so the
mode selected at any given time can be easily recognised and read by
other road users.

Additional technological innovations are conceivable for the BMW
Motorrad Vision AMBY, too: an optimised ABS system could further
increase safety, as could an automatic high beam or brake light
assistant, as well as daytime running lights. A tyre pressure
monitoring system such as the one already available as an optional
extra in BMW Group motorcycles is also conceivable. Finally, potential
safety features could also include a distance radar with a range of up
to 140 m to provide a visual and acoustic warning in the app when
there is a vehicle approaching from behind.

The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY shows one possible manifestation of what
the modern, urban mobility of tomorrow might look like. It is intended
as a blueprint to drive forward conversations about future-oriented
travel in cities.

Figures of the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.

Battery: not specified

Output: not specified

Vmod1: up to 25 km/h

Vmod2: up to 45 km/h

Vmodmax: up to 60 km/h

Range: approx. 110 km (combined according to WMTC)

Wheels: Studded spoke wheels with 26-inch front and 24-inch rear

Seat height: 830 mm

Unladen weight: approx. 65 kg

Original Press Release