Four BMW M 1000 RRs at MotorLand Aragón: BMW Motorrad Motorsport enters the crucial phase of preparations ahead of the 2021 WorldSBK.

BMW:Four BMW M 1000 RRs at MotorLand Aragón: BMW Motorrad Motorsport enters the crucial phase of preparations ahead of the 2021 WorldSBK.

Alcañiz. With two weeks to go until the start of the 2021
season in the FIM FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), BMW
Motorrad Motorsport has entered a crucial phase of preparations.
MotorLand Aragón, the Spanish circuit that will host the opening
races of the year, was the venue for this week’s intensive tests
with the new BMW M 1000 RR. Among those attending were the factory
team, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, with riders Tom Sykes (GBR)
and Michael van der Mark (NED), as well as the two BMW satellite
teams: Bonovo MGM Racing with Jonas Folger (GER) and RC Squadra
Corse with Eugene Laverty (IRL).

 

The test was primarily used to test further developments and
fine-tune the bikes to the individual needs of the riders ahead of the
start of the season. Working closely together, and blessed with ideal
conditions in the Spanish sun, the teams and riders gained a lot of
valuable information for their final preparations.

WorldSBK kicks off the 2021 season with a double-header. The action
takes place from 21st to 23rd May at MotorLand Aragón. Round two of
the season follows just one week later (28th to 30th May), at Estoril, Portugal.

Quotes after the test at MotorLand Aragón.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It
was the last test before it really gets serious – on this same track.
Again, we had productive days under perfect weather conditions without
any large technical issues so we could clearly conduct our test plan.
Already, the satellite teams have shown added value for us because we
can get more confirmation and we can share the test points so we can
get through more work. That is very positive, we still have some
homework to do before the first race but I am confident we will get
there and already in some areas it’s a clear improvement, like top
speed, brakes and so on. Overall I am happy and I am very much looking
forward to finally race.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“It was good to get to the final test in pre-season
preparation at Aragón. We again had good conditions. I think we have
been very fortunate this year with the late start of the season and
selecting to start our testing late has paid dividends. On track
activities – we have been focusing on chassis and electronic work. I
think it is fair to say that we have completed most of that; we have a
good direction going into the Aragón race weekend. Lap times are
difficult to judge as from starting at ten o’clock to the middle of
the day and the end of the day, it is difficult to tell who was
running what tyres. But it is clear that the race pace is very strong
from last year to this year from the competition and we need to be on
point come Aragón race to be in contention for the podium.
Nevertheless, we are happy where we are and we look forward to the
first round.”

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It has been a
very productive test. We have done such a lot now with the electronics
all over, the traction control, the engine brake, the power level
maps. We’ve also been working with different chassis configurations
and set-up and were also trying some things with the engine. Apart
from that it was quite some other fundamental things that we have been
trying. So overall, they have been very busy days. A big thanks to the
whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team that has put in very long hours on
all the preparations. We just need to go back now and use all this
information but certainly there has been a lot gathered and I really
feel we can improve the whole package of the new BMW M 1000 RR. I am
looking forward to the first races now.”

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“They have been fantastic days. All days, the weather was good. On
Monday, it was a bit cold but then it got warmer and warmer so we got
a lot of different weather and track conditions and this was really
good. It was perfect to test here just before the first race. A lot of
things to try, a lot of things to improve but I am really happy with
the progression we are making. Of course it’s always difficult to see
where you are at a test but we will find out at the race weekends. I
am looking forward to some good battles again and to fight with the
other guys on track.”

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “That was our final
test before the start of the season. We once again used the time to
test all our options and directions, from the chassis to the
electronics. We learned a lot, so we are well-prepared for the first races.”

Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “First and
foremost, I am so happy to be back on a bike after six and a half
months off. The big surprise for me was that after this period I was
able to get back on my bike and within two exists be on a good pace.
So we had three really good days, good weather, surprisingly fast lap
times and my main focus has been to improve the baking performance and
we did that. So, job well done and I am really happy with my RC
Squadra Corse team. Now I am looking forward to the first round here
at Aragón after our successful test.”

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Versatile, stylish and sustainable on tour: the MINI Electric with MINI Genuine Accessories.

BMW:Versatile, stylish and sustainable on tour: the MINI Electric with MINI Genuine Accessories.

Munich. The temperatures are rising and with them the
anticipation of outdoor activities and excursions into nature. The
model-specific railing and roof rack systems from the MINI Genuine
Accessories range create ideal conditions for leaving the limits of
urban mobility behind and combining driving pleasure with active
leisure activities. The MINI Cooper SE (combined power consumption:
17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, 16.9 – 14.9 kWh/100 km
according to NEDC) is a particularly sustainable escape from everyday
life. As the only purely electrically driven model in its competitive
environment, it can also be optionally equipped with roof rails. This
means that nothing stands in the way of locally emission-free
transport of roof boxes, bicycles or other sports and leisure utensils.

With a range of 203 to 234 kilometres determined in the WLTP test
cycle, the MINI Cooper SE is ideally equipped to explore new routes
away from the urban jungle. And when it comes to versatility and
transport capacities, the first purely electrically powered model from
the British premium brand is in no way inferior to the conventionally
powered variants of the MINI 3-door. With all four seats utilised, its
luggage compartment volume is also 211 litres. And after folding down
the rear seat backrest, which can be divided in a 60 : 40 ratio, the
storage space increases to 731 litres, just like in a MINI 3-door with
an internal combustion engine. And that’s not all: the railing and
roof rack systems from the MINI Genuine Accessories range turn the
electrified model into a versatile transport talent in no time at all.

The conditions for this are created by the roof rails in matt black,
which are available directly from production site. On the roof of the
MINI Cooper SE, it forms the stable basis for various fastening and
transport systems, which are available in the MINI Genuine Accessories
range for both the MINI Cooper SE and the conventionally powered MINI
3-door and MINI 5-door models. For example, the railing rack available
there as a retrofit product enables the MINI roof box to be locked in
place comfortably and securely. With a tare weight of 13 kilograms, it
offers a capacity of 320 litres. This provides sufficient space for
sports clothing, bicycle helmets or even camping and picnic equipment.
Even skis can be stored in the roof box, which is around 1.90 metres
long. The all-black box has embossed stripes and MINI lettering. It is
lockable and can be opened on both sides.

Because the brand’s typical principle of creative use of space also
applies to the roof of the MINI Cooper SE, there is even room for a
bicycle next to the roof box. With the touring bike holder, which is
also available in the MINI Genuine Accessories range, two-wheelers of
different types and sizes can be mounted upright and securely on the
railing carrier. The holder made of high-strength aluminum fixes the
bike with a lockable clamping system and two tension straps. In
addition, the range includes other transport solutions such as ski
racks and an aluminum luggage basket, which are also compatible with
the railing carrier.

The MINI Cooper SE becomes the ideal companion for a short trip or
weekend excursion with the model-specific Travel & Comfort System.
It consists of a basic carrier that can be firmly mounted between the
headrest rails of the driver’s or front passenger’s seat. Various
system attachments can be quickly and conveniently slipped on and
snapped into place. For example, holders for tablets or hangers and
universal hooks for bags can be securely attached to the backrests of
the front seats.

In addition, a folding table that can be used as a work or storage
surface can be attached to the basic support of the Travel &
Comfort System. It can be adjusted in height and inclination as needed
and is held securely on the backrest of the seat. Another clever
detail of the folding table is the foldable cup holder. An ideal
solution in the fight against impatience and boredom in the rear of
the MINI Cooper SE is the universal holder for tablets with a screen
diameter of between seven and eleven inches. It ensures that the
tablet is securely fastened in an ergonomically optimal position,
making it easy to start an individual entertainment programme for the
passengers in the rear seats on longer trips beyond the city limits.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
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Tel.:
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Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
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E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

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

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

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
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The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
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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
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future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
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Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the Monaco E-Prix.

BMW:Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the Monaco E-Prix.

Munich. Following Jake Dennis’ (GBR) victory in the Sunday
race at Valencia (ESP), the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team travels
to Monaco (MON) and race seven of this season’s ABB FIA Formula E
World Championship with the wind in its sails. Thanks to the 29
points he scored at Valencia, Dennis now lies eighth in the Drivers’
Championship. BMW i Andretti Motorsport is seventh in the Team
competition. For the first time, Formula E will use large stretches
of the Mediterranean principality street circuit that has been made
famous by Formula 1. Maximilian Günther (GER) will be contesting his
first race in his new adopted home. In our preview, we provide you
with the crucial facts and key factors for a successful Monaco E-Prix.

 

You can find detailed information in our Media Guide: https://b.mw/Formula_E_Media_Guide.
It provides detailed information on the technology behind the BMW i
drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, background stories on the technology
transfer between motor racing and production development, the BMW i
Andretti Motorsport Team and the drivers as well as the BMW Group
safety car fleet. It is updated with facts and figures on the
respective event after each race weekend.

 

TRACK FACTS MONACO.

Circuit length

3.318 km, clockwise.

Corners

19 – of which 7 are
left turns, 12 are right turns.

Track surface

Undulating.
More bumps than at Valencia, but not as many as in Rome.

Grip level

Good for a street
circuit. Disadvantages for early qualifying groups are
greater than in Valencia, but not as big as in Rome.

Track layout

The long
layout, also used by Formula 1, for the first time. Slight
modifications for Formula E in T1 and the harbour chicane.
Steep uphill from T1 to T4, downhill from T4 to T9. Change
in elevation of 42 metres. Mix of fast, medium-fast and slow
corners. High-speed compared to other street circuits.

Top speed

225 km/h.

Attack zone

On the outside
of T4.

Pit lane

Analogue Formula 1
pit lane.

Overtaking

Very difficult.
Narrow circuit, and energy management less critical than at
Valencia, for example. Best opportunity: T10 after the tunnel.

Accident risk

Increased risk
on narrow street circuit.

Key factors

Qualifying
performance, balance over kerbs.

 

 

Quotes ahead of the Monaco E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“The BMW i Andretti Motorsport team heads to Monaco on a high after
the win at Valencia. After that result we are eager to score more
points and taste success. It will definitely be exciting to see the
Formula E cars running on the full Monaco circuit featuring all its
famous sights. Qualifying will be key and with our drivers in group
two and group four, we stand a strong chance of good start positions.
There are many unknowns about this track, especially regarding energy
management during the race. Monaco always manages to bring an element
of anticipation and mystique so we are sure the race will be exciting
and we look forward to a strong result for both drivers and the team.”

 

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):

“I have been watching races in Monaco since I was a child. To now be
able to go racing there myself is something very special. I am really
looking forward to it. Hopefully, we will be able to get a similar
result there to my victory at Valencia last time out.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):

“The anticipation ahead of my home race is huge. Monaco is of very
special significance to every racing driver. Being able to sleep in my
own bed this time makes it all the more special. The circuit has a lot
of challenging and iconic corners, but we feel well prepared for them.
It is definitely going to be a great show.”

 

The FANBOOST vote.

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

 

The BMW Group Safety Cars.

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

*Official data on power consumption and electric range were
determined in accordance with the mandatory measurement procedure and
comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 valid at the time of type
approval. In case of a range, figures in the NEDC take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tire size; figures in the WLTP
take into account any optional equipment. WLTP values are used for
assessing taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also)
based on CO2 emissions, as well as for the purposes of
vehicle-specific subsidies, if applicable. Where applicable, the NEDC
values listed were calculated based on the new WLTP measurement
procedure and then converted back to the NEDC measurement procedure
for comparability reasons. For more information on the WLTP and NEDC
measurement procedures, see www.bmw.de/wltp.
For
further information about the official fuel consumption and the
specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the
‘handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption
of new passenger cars’, which is available at all selling points and
at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfadenkraftstoffverbrauch.
html.

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BMW M Motorsport News, 4th May 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 4th May 2021.

BMW M Motorsport teams are once again in action all over the world in
2021. They are challenging for race wins and titles with the BMW M6
GT3, the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M2 CS Racing, and other BMW M Motorsport
race cars. Our BMW M Motorsport News allows us to give you an overview
of the race action in various championships around the world and any
success enjoyed by the BMW M Motorsport teams. Throughout the year, we
also highlight certain topics in specific press releases.

NLS: The Nordschleife season is up and running.

After the opening round of this season’s Nürburgring Endurance
Series (NLS) was cancelled due to snow, rounds two and three were held
on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) in mid-April and on the first
weekend in May. In April’s race, the BMW Junior Team was the
best-placed BMW team in the #44 BMW M6 GT3. Neil Verhagen (USA), Max
Hesse (GER) and Dan Harper (GBR) finished eighth overall alongside
Augusto Farfus (BRA).
 
Next up was NLS 3 on the first
weekend in May. After four hours of racing, the #99 ROWE Racing BMW M6
GT3, with Nick Catsburg (NED), John Edwards (USA) and Nick Yelloly
(GBR), came home in fifth place. The same car also set the fastest lap
of the race. Just behind them, in sixth place, were Connor De
Phillippi (USA), Martin Tomczyk and Marco Wittmann (both GER) in the
#98 BMW M6 GT3 of ROWE Racing. The fastest time in qualifying, and
with it pole position, went to the #20 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
In the race itself, the Schubert team and its drivers Jens Klingmann
(GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Stef Dusseldorp
(NED) finished eleventh.
 
The BMW Junior Team failed to
finish, but gained more valuable experience looking ahead to the
24-hour race. “Our pace was good, and we made great progress again. We
are confident and well-positioned,” said Hesse.
 
BMW teams
also enjoyed success in the different classes. In the SP10 class for
GT4 cars, Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport secured second place. The
#191 BMW M4 GT4 was driven by Michael Fischer (AUT), Gabriele Piana
(ITA) and Michael Schrey (GER) pilotiert). In addition, the BMW teams
picked up five class wins in both NLS races. The victorious teams
included Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport, Adrenalin Motorsport Team
Alzner Automotive, FK Performance Motorsport, and Schnitzelalm Racing
GmbH.
 
On the Thursday before NLS 3, the new flagship in
the portfolio of cars BMW M Motorsport took it to the track on the
Nordschleife for the first time: the BMW M4 GT3 successfully completed
a test on this unique, over 20 kilometre long circuit.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS: Strong field on the Nordschleife.

The first two races of this season’s BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS
were also held on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) within the
Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). The cup competition featured a
strong field consisting of twelve cars in race one and eleven in race
two. Victory in the opening round in April went to the FK Performance
Motorsport team. The #875 BMW M2 CS Racing was driven by Marc Ehret,
Moritz Oberheim and Nico Otto (all GER). The second spot on the podium
went to Yannick Fübrich (GER), David Griessner (AUT) and Francesco
Merlini (ITA) in the #870 BMW M2 CS Racing run by Adrenalin Motorsport
Team Alzner Automotive. Thomas Leyherr and Lars Peucker (both GER)
completed the podium in the number 899 car of LifeCarRacing / KRAC im
ADAC e.V. In the second race, held on the first weekend in May, it was
Fübrich, Griessner and Merlini who took the victory for Adrenalin
Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. The #875 trio from FK Performance
Motorsport finished runner-up this time. The third and final place on
the podium went to Florian Weber, Davide Dehren (both GER) and Will
Tregurtha (GBR) in the #888 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M2 CS Racing.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy: First races of the season in Monza.

The BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy held its first races of the 2021
season in Monza, Italy on the first weekend of May. Race one on
Saturday saw heavy rain. The first win of the year was secured by
Filippo Maria Zanin (ITA) in the #19 BMW M2 CS Racing of Pro
Motorsport BMW Milano. Second place went to Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) in
the #8 car of BMW Italia. Alessandro Brigatti (ITA / #77) from team
A-Sport & Progetto E20 Cacioli Gr completed the podium in third
position. Race two was held in dry conditions. This time, the winner
was Gustavo Sandrucci (ITA / #16 Progetto E20). Luigi Ferrara (ITA /
#3 V-Action by Nanni Nember) finished second and Leonardo Moncini (ITA
/ #10 V-Action by Effe Group) crossed the line in third position.

Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe: Season-opener in Monza.

The Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS kicked off
the 2021 season in Monza (ITA) in mid-April. Among those in action:
three BMW M6 GT3. Walkenhorst Motorsport lines up with two cars in the
endurance races this season. However, the team from Melle (GER) was
unfortunate in the rainy opening race, with several punctures
resulting in them dropping back through the field. Sheldon van der
Linde (RSA), Marco Wittmann (GER) and David Pittard (GBR) eventually
finished 26th in the #34 BMW M6 GT3. Their team-mates Martin Tomczyk,
Timo Glock (both GER) and Thomas Neubauer (FRA) came home in 32nd
place in the number 35 car. The Boutsen Ginion team were
promisingly-placed for much of the race with the #10 BMW M6 GT3, but
also suffered a puncture with 50 minutes remaining, which forced the
trio of Karim Ojjeh (KSA), Jens Liebhauser and Jens Klingmann (both
GER) to retire. At this point, they were running second in the Pro-Am
class and on course for a podium finish.

Fanatec GT World Challenge America: Podium for Turner Motorsport.

The Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS held its
second event of the season on the first weekend in May at the “Circuit
Of The Americas” in Austin (USA). Saturday’s race was dominated by
heavy rain, which made for extremely difficult conditions. However,
this did not prevent the Turner Motorsport team from securing a spot
on the podium. Michael Dinan and Robby Foley (both USA) finished third
in the #96 BMW M6 GT3. The same duo then came home fifth in the second
race on Sunday.

Italian GT Championship: BMW Team Italia takes victory at season-opener.

The Italian GT Championship kicked off the 2021 season on the
first weekend in May in Monza (ITA). Among those in action again: BMW
Team Italia. It proved to be a successful start to the season for the
#215 BMW M4 GT4. Nicola Neri and Giuseppe Fascicolo (both ITA) ended
the Saturday race in third place in the GT4 AM class. The Italian pair
then claimed their first win of the season in the Sunday race. The
team’s #7 BMW M6 GT3, driven by Stefano Comandini (ITA) and Marius Zug
(GER), finished ninth in the first of the two races, before failing to
finish race two.

GT4 European Series: Podium for the BMW M4 GT4.

There was also a podium result for the BMW M4 GT4 at the opening
round of the 2021 season in the GT4 European Series, which was held in
Monza (ITA) in mid-April. In the second of the two races, Cem
Bölükbasi and Berkay Besler (both TUR) finished second in the Pro-Am
category in the #12 BMW M4 GT4 run by the Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport team.

GT/GT4/TC America: One-two-three for the BMW M2 CS Racing in Texas.

In the USA, the second event of the season in GT America, GT4
America and TC America was held on the first weekend in May. The venue
was the “Circuit Of The Americas“ in Austin, in the US state of Texas.
In the two races held in each of the series, BMW teams again enjoyed
numerous successes. In GT America, Sean Quinlan (USA) celebrated the
GT4 class win in race two at the wheel of the #119 BMW M4 GT4 of
Stephen Cameron Racing. In GT4 America, Quinlan ended race two in an
outstanding third place overall (second place in the Pro-Am class)
together with Gregory Liefooghe (USA). Jon Miller and Chandler Hull
(both USA) claimed a class victory in the Silver category in the #94
BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4 in GT4 America. The Classic BMW team
finished on the podium in the Silver class in both races with the #11
BMW M4 GT4: the duo of Steve McAleer (GBR) and Toby Grahovec (USA)
came home third and second in their class.

In TC America, the BMW M2 CS Racing was unbeatable in Sunday’s
race. The BMW teams celebrated an impressive one-two-three. Jacob Ruud
(USA) of the Classic BMW team made it onto the top step of the podium
with the #81 BMW M2 CS Racing. ST Racing driver Samantha Tan (CAN) was
runner-up in the number 428 car, while Steve Streimer (USA / #30 Hard
Motorsport) completed the success in third place. The BMW teams had
already enjoyed a top-three lock-out in the TCX class in Saturday’s
race, with Ruud and Tan in first and second place, followed by John
Hennessey (USA / #50 Classic BMW) in third.

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BMW Group Strengthens Leadership Position in Battery Technology with Investment in Solid-State Innovator Solid Power

BMW:BMW Group Strengthens Leadership Position in Battery Technology with Investment in Solid-State Innovator Solid Power

 ### Start of joint Press Release from all partners involved ###

Louisville, Colorado, USA. Solid Power, an
industry-leading producer of all solid-state batteries for electric
vehicles, today announced a $130 million Series B investment round led
by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and Volta Energy Technologies.
Ford and the BMW Group have also expanded existing joint development
agreements with Solid Power to secure all solid-state batteries for
future electric vehicles.

The investment positions Solid Power to produce full-scale automotive
batteries, increase associated material output and expand in-house
production capabilities for future vehicle integration. The BMW Group
and Ford aim to utilize Solid Power’s low-cost, high-energy all
solid-state battery technology in forthcoming electric vehicles.

“BMW and Ford now share leading positions in the race for solid-state
battery-powered electric vehicles,” said Doug Campbell, CEO and
co-founder of Solid Power. “Solid Power now plans to begin producing
automotive-scale batteries on the company’s pilot production line in
early 2022 as a result of our partners’ continued commitment to Solid
Power’s commercialization efforts.”

Solid Power has demonstrated its ability to produce and scale
next-generation all solid-state batteries that are designed to power
longer range, lower cost and safer electric vehicles using existing
lithium-ion battery manufacturing infrastructure.

Solid Power’s leadership in all solid-state battery development and
manufacturing has been confirmed with the delivery of hundreds of
production line-produced battery cells that were validated by Ford and
BMW Group late last year, formalizing Solid Power’s commercialization
plans with its two long-standing automotive partners. 

“Solid-state battery technology is important to the future of
electric vehicles, and that’s why we’re investing directly,” said Ted
Miller, Ford’s manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply
Research. “By simplifying the design of solid-state versus lithium-ion
batteries, we’ll be able to increase vehicle range, improve interior
space and cargo volume, deliver lower costs and better value for
customers and more efficiently integrate this kind of solid-state
battery cell technology into existing lithium-ion cell production processes.”

“Being a leader in advanced battery technology is of the utmost
importance for the BMW Group. The development of all solid-state
batteries is one of the most promising and important steps towards
more efficient, sustainable, and safer electric vehicles. We now have
taken our next step on this path with Solid Power,” said Frank Weber,
Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Development. “Together we
have developed a 20 Ah all solid-state cell that is absolutely
outstanding in this field. Over the past 10 years BMW has continuously
increased the battery cell competence– important partners like Solid
Power share our vision of a zero-emission mobility.”

Solid Power is currently producing 20 ampere hour (Ah) multi-layer
all solid-state batteries on the company’s continuous roll-to-roll
production line, which exclusively utilizes industry standard
lithium-ion production processes and equipment.

Both Ford and the BMW Group will receive full-scale 100 Ah cells for
automotive qualification testing and vehicle integration beginning in
2022. Solid Power’s all solid-state platform technology allows for the
production of unique cell designs expected to meet performance
requirements for each automotive partner. Solid Power’s truly
all-solid cell designs achieve higher energy densities, are safer and
are expected to cost less than today’s best-performing lithium-ion
battery cells.

“Volta invested early in Solid Power when our team of energy and
commercialization experts found they had not only promising
technology, but also a fundamental focus on manufacturability. After
all, a breakthrough battery will not find a place in the market if it
can’t be produced at scale with acceptable costs,” said Dr. Jeff
Chamberlain, CEO of Volta Energy Technologies, a venture capital firm
spun out of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National
Laboratory focused on investing in breakthrough energy storage and
battery innovations. “The fact that Solid Power is already producing
multi-layer all solid-state batteries using industry-standard
automated commercial manufacturing equipment is why Volta is excited
to ramp up its earlier investment. The company’s partnership with BMW
and Ford will further accelerate the full commercialization of Solid
Power’s batteries and position both car companies to be among the
first to have EVs on the road powered by safer, affordable,
high-energy solid-state batteries.”

                   ### end of joint Press Release from all partners
involved ###

For the BMW Group, it is clear that high-performance and sustainable
energy storage systems are the key success factor for the individual
mobility of the future. The development of highly innovative and
sustainable battery cells is therefore one key element of the next
phase of transformation of the BMW Group.

The BMW Group is accelerating its development for the battery
technology of the future: This goal is also reflected in the Neue
Klasse, which the BMW Group first presented at its annual conference
in March. This new generation of vehicles, which will be launched by
the middle of this decade, will be uncompromisingly electric, digital,
circular – and clearly focused on all-electric drivetrains.

With the Neue Klasse, the BMW Group aims at the level of
state-of-the-art internal combustion engines in terms of range and
manufacturing costs. Therefore, electric mobility “engineered by
BMW” is intended to appeal to and convince new groups of buyers
worldwide. For this sixth generation of BMW e‑drive technology,
featuring the next level of Lithium-Ion batteries, the company
evaluates correspondingly different cell formats, cell chemistry and
also cell modules in the current development phase. A key goal is to
create truly green, low-carbon and recyclable batteries.

Solid-state battery for serial use – demonstrator vehicle well
before 2025

However, the BMW Group with its extensive in-house expertise in the
complete value chain of electric drive for years, is already planning
further into the future beyond this next generation:

By the end of the decade, the energy density of battery cells is
expected to increase by at least a mid-double-digit percentage range –
from an already high level today.

The battery cell of the future will be powerful, safe,
cost-effective, and recyclable – from material selection to
recyclability after the use in the vehicle. For the end of the decade
the BMW Group has announced an automotive-compatible all solid-state
battery for series production. A first demonstrator vehicle featuring
this technology will be on the road well before 2025.

Electric offensive in full swing

Thanks to intelligent vehicle architectures and a highly flexible
production network, the BMW Group will have around a dozen
all-electric models on the road as early as 2023.

In addition to the BMW i3*, MINI Cooper SE* and BMW iX3*, which are
already on the market, two key innovation drivers, the BMW i4* and the
BMW iX* will be put on the road this year– the BMW i4 even three
months earlier than originally planned.

In the coming years, all-electric versions of the high-volume BMW 5
Series and the BMW X1 will follow. In addition, there will be an
all-electric BMW 7 Series as well as the successor to the MINI
Countryman and other models. As early as 2023, the BMW Group will have
at least one all-electric model on the road in around 90 percent of
its current market segments.

By 2025, the BMW Group will increase sales of all-electric models by
an average of significantly more than 50 percent per year – more than
ten times more than in 2020. In total, the company will have delivered
around two million all-electric vehicles to customers by the end of 2025.

Based on current market expectations, the BMW Group is planning that
by 2030 at least 50 percent of its global sales will consist of
all-electric vehicles. In total, the company will bring about ten
million all-electric vehicles onto the road over the approximately
next ten years. This also means that the BMW Group is strategically on
target of achieving the EU’s ambitious CO2 reduction targets in 2025
and 2030.

The investment in Solid Power again demonstrates the BMW Group´s
capability to identify the leading tech start-ups and to join forces
on the way to achieve pathbreaking next generation technology. Various
BMW Technology scouting offices around the world, outstanding startup
accelerators, the BMW Startup Garage and BMW i Ventures, are always on
the lookout for leading edge or disruptive tech in an increasingly
competitive ecosystem.
As a result, BMW sets the standard for
successful start-up collaboration, venture funding and corporate investment.

 

In the event of enquiries please contact:

Corporate Communications

Bernhard Ederer, BMW Group Innovation Communications
Tel.: +49
(0) 176 601 28556, e-mail: bernhard.ederer@bmwgroup.com

Max-Morten Borgmann, BMW Group Corporate
Communications
Tel: +49 89 382-24118, e-mail: max-morten.borgmann@bmwgroup.com

Benjamin Titz, Head of BMW Group Design, Innovation &
Motorsport Communications
Tel.: +49 (0)179 – 743 80 88, e-mail: benjamin.titz@bmw.de

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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.

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Innovation driver for hydrogen technology and tomorrow’s sustainable CO2-free mobility

BMW:Innovation driver for hydrogen technology and tomorrow’s sustainable CO2-free mobility

+++ Bavarian Economic Affairs Minister Hubert Aiwanger and BMW
Group Board of Management Member Dr Andreas Wendt impressed by
Landshut Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre’s expertise
in manufacturing components for hydrogen propulsion

+++ Innovative capabilities and industrialisation expertise
showcased in small series of BMW i Hydrogen NEXT from 2022

Landshut. Development of CO2-free drive
technologies is a top priority for the BMW Group. Hydrogen vehicles
can also play an important role in the growth of e-mobility and will
become an additional option in the long term. Just like electric
vehicles, hydrogen vehicles come with an electric drive train.
However, they do not obtain the energy they need from high-voltage
batteries, but produce it directly on board the vehicle from hydrogen.
In this way, the use of innovative hydrogen technology can help
further decarbonisation.

The Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre (LuTZ) in Landshut
plays a key part in this by producing essential components for the
hydrogen-electric drive train that will be installed in the BMW i
Hydrogen NEXT from 2022 and supplying them for installation of the
fuel cell system in Munich. Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs
Hubert Aiwanger and BMW Group Board of Management Member Dr Andreas
Wendt were able to see the company’s strong innovation capabilities
and industrialisation expertise in the field of hydrogen for
themselves at today’s “Hydrogen Technology Day”.

“I am convinced hydrogen technology will gain traction – and I am
committed to making Bavaria a high-tech location for hydrogen
technology. This is a constructive way of responding to the climate
debate,” stated Hubert Aiwanger, Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria
and the state’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development
and Energy, on a visit to the component plant in Landshut in Lower
Bavaria. “The focus now is on building a hydrogen infrastructure at
national and international level, from production to application.”

“Here at our Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre, we are
creating important innovations for the mobility of the future,” said
Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG
responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “We are developing
highly complex components tailored to the demands of our cars. In this
way, the location is making a vital contribution to the company’s
transformation towards e-mobility. More than ever, our in-house
component production in Landshut serves as an innovation driver.”

Small series of second-generation BMW i Hydrogen NEXT from
late 2022

Hydrogen vehicles generate the electrical energy needed from hydrogen
directly in the vehicle and offer a number of advantages. They are
best suited for customers who frequently drive long distances, require
a great deal of flexibility or do not have regular access to electric
charging infrastructure. Refuelling takes just a few minutes, as it
does with conventional fuels. Vehicles that run on hydrogen produced
using renewable energy can make an important contribution to meeting
climate goals.

The BMW Group will pilot a small series of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT
from 2022, based on the current BMW X5 and equipped with a hydrogen
fuel cell e-drive that only emits water vapour. The BMW Group is
building on its experience with fifth-generation e-drives to develop
this vehicle.

However, the conditions needed to be able to offer BMW Group
customers a hydrogen vehicle are not yet in place. Further commitment
is necessary – particularly with regard to the hydrogen filling
infrastructure and requirements throughout the entire energy system,
where green hydrogen must be available in sufficient quantities and
produced at competitive prices for individual mobility.

In Germany, the European Union and other major regions of the world,
lawmakers have recognised the significance of green hydrogen for the
energy system of the future. The European Union has mad hydrogen
technology a focal point with the “Green Deal”. The BMW Group welcomes
these activities. Major Asian markets, such as Japan, Korea and China,
have expressed a strong interest in establishing infrastructure for
hydrogen vehicles. The conditions for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will
develop differently around the world.

Highly innovative components from Landshut for fuel cell
system

Preparations are already underway in Landshut for the fuel cell
system that will be used in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT from 2022. The
production location in Lower Bavaria will manufacture highly
innovative components for the small series: the so-called stack
housing made of light metal, which holds the fuel cells, and the media
end plate made of plastic and light metal castings, which creates an
air and watertight seal around the stack housing. “Media” refers here
to the hydrogen, oxygen and coolant that are channelled into the
housing through the media end plate to initiate the chemical reaction
in the fuel cells. These complex components are specifically designed
to withstand prolonged contact with hydrogen.

“Having the Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre here
at the site gives us a real advantage over our competitors. We have
innovative capabilities and industrialisation expertise; we are able
to develop strategically crucial innovations ourselves and, at the
same time, we can reliably assess external partners and suppliers,”
said Dr Wolfgang Blümlhuber, head of Technology Driving Dynamics,
Light Metal Casting in the Purchasing and Supplier Network. “In a
technological transformation, success doesn’t happen by itself.
Courage, pioneering spirit and a long-term shift in competence have
been part of the secret of our success in the past – and our highly
qualified employees and their willingness to change play a key role,”
according to Willibald Löw, Chairman of the Works Council of BMW Group
Plant Landshut.

Fuel cell system in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT

Within the drive train, the fuel cell system of the BMW i Hydrogen
NEXT is continuously fed with hydrogen from CFRP tanks and generates
up to 125 kW of electrical power for the electric motor mounted on the
rear axle. The underlying mechanism for this is a chemical reaction
between hydrogen and oxygen, with water the only reaction product. Two
700-bar tanks, which together hold six kilograms of hydrogen,
guarantee extensive range in all weather conditions and can be
refilled in just three to four minutes.

The electric motor in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is the same
highly-integrated fifth-generation e-drive used for the first time in
the BMW iX3. The high-voltage battery that sits above the e-drive
serves as a performance buffer and provides additional dynamics for
acceleration. The drive train system delivers a total output of 275 kW
(374 hp).

Over 40 years of experience with hydrogen technology

The BMW Group has over 40 years of experience with hydrogen
technology and more than 20 years in the field of hydrogen fuel cell
technology. Both the technology and the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT are being
developed in Munich. Hydrogen is also not new to the Landshut
location: Back in 2000, Plant Landshut fitted the technology flagship
of the day, the BMW Hydrogen 7, with a hydrogen combustion engine and
cast components shaped using sand cores. “Plant Landshut represents
the power of innovation from Lower Bavaria,” underlined Dr Stefan
Kasperowski, head of BMW Group Plant Landshut. “With the current
innovations for alternative CO2-free drive technologies,
the BMW Group is once again making a clear commitment to the
location.” As the BMW Group’s largest component plant worldwide, the
Landshut location has six different technologies at its command and
concentrates cross-technology pre-development expertise at the
Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre.

In addition, the BMW Group is already using hydrogen fuel cell
technology wherever it makes sense to do so: The fleet of several
hundred fork-lift trucks with fuel cell drive trains currently
deployed in logistics at the car plants in Spartanburg and Leipzig
will be further expanded in stages.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Communications BMW Group Plant Landshut
Saskia
Eßbauer, BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Communications
Landshut
Telephone: +49 151 6040 3232, Email: Saskia.Essbauer@bmw.de

BMW Group Corporate Communications
Sandra
Schillmöller, Corporate Communications, Communications Purchasing and
Supplier Network,
Telephone: +49 151 601 12225, Email: Sandra.Schillmöller@bmw.de

BMW Group Innovation Communications
Carolin
Seidel, BMW Group Innovation Communications, press spokesperson,
Research, New Technologies, Innovation, Telephone: +49 151 601 90340,
Email: Carolin.Seidel@bmw.de


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BMW Group Plant Landshut
At BMW Group Plant
Landshut, around 3,600 employees produce light metal cast engine,
suspension and body structure components, plastic components for the
vehicle exterior, carbon body components, cockpit and equipment
options, electric drive systems, special engines and drive shafts.
Plant Landshut is the BMW Group’s largest component plant and supplies
components to all BMW Group vehicle and engine plants worldwide – and
therefore for virtually every BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicle, as
well as for BMW Motorrad. BMW Group Plant Landshut stands for
component production characterised by digitalisation and geared
towards sustainability, and is committed to responsible use of
resources.
With forward-looking technologies, BMW Group Plant
Landshut assumes the role of innovation driver in the technological
transformation of the automotive sector and its supplier industry. At
the Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre (LuTZ) adjacent to
the plant, specialists from a wide range of disciplines are brought
into development processes for new vehicles in the early stages and
help actively drive sustainable development of future vehicle models.
BMW Group Plant Landshut is a socially responsible, innovative and
attractive employer for the region of Landshut and Lower Bavaria.
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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 its course for the future early on and is
making sustainability and resource efficiency the focus of the
company’s strategic direction – from the supply chain, through
production, to the end of the use phase, for all its products. 


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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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



Production of battery modules at BMW Group Plant Leipzig

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Holistic approach to sustainability

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

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

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


From battery cell to high-voltage battery

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

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

Global e-drive production network focused in Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BMW SIM News, April 2021.

BMW:BMW SIM News, April 2021.

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

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

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

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

IMSA iRacing Pro Series.

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

iRacing 24h Nürburgring.

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

G2 Esports.

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

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

Interview with Nils Naujoks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

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

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