BMW M Sports Trophy: BMW M Motorsport honours the most successful private teams and drivers of the 2021 season.

BMW:BMW M Sports Trophy: BMW M Motorsport honours the most successful private teams and drivers of the 2021 season.

Munich. At the end of the season, BMW M Motorsport honours the
most successful drivers and teams for their performances in recent
months with the BMW M Sports Trophy awards. Victory in this year’s
Drivers Competition went to American Sean Quinlan. He enjoyed many
successes at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4 in GT4 America and GT
America. In the Team Competition, FK Performance Motorsport took
first place, courtesy of its title wins in the DTM Trophy and the
Nürburgring Endurance Series. Furthermore, selected drivers were
given the opportunity to join BMW M Motorsport in Almeria (ESP) this
week for a test.

 

“Even though the current pandemic situation is once again preventing
us from celebrating our traditional end-of-season event together with
the private BMW M Motorsport drivers and teams, we will obviously not
miss out on honouring the winners of this season’s BMW M Sports
Trophy,” said Jonas Krauss, Sales Head of Motorsport. “Through their
success in BMW M Motorsport cars, drivers and teams catch the eye all
over the world, making them outstanding ambassadors for the BMW brand.
Congratulations to Sean Quinlan and FK Performance Motorsport, who
have won the BMW M Sports Trophy Driver and Team Competitions for the
first time. A glance at the winners list for both competitions shows
emphatically just how international the BMW M Sports Trophy is.”

Quinlan scored points towards the Drivers Competition at the wheel of
the BMW M4 GT4 mostly in the GT4 class of GT America and the Pro-Am
class of GT4 America. In GT America, he took six class victories and
was second overall. In GT4 America, he claimed one race win in the
Pro-Am class and a further four podiums, finishing third in the
Drivers’ Championship. “It is a great honour for me to win the Driver
Competition,” said Quinlan. “The BMW M Sports Trophy was a big thing
for us this year, and we kept an eye on the points to see whether we
might achieve a top result. I had more joy than expected in GT
America, in particular. Thank you to BMW M Motorsport for the
fantastic support throughout the entire season. I am already really
looking forward to next season, in which we will start in the IMSA series.”

Second and third places went to the champions in ADAC GT4 Germany and
the DTM Trophy, Michael Schrey (GER) and Ben Green (GBR). Gabriele
Piana (ITA), winner of the BMW M Sports Trophy Drivers Competition for
the past two years and ADAC GT4 Germany champion alongside Schrey in a
BMW M4 GT4 in 2021, finished fourth this year.

In the Team Competition, there was no beating FK Performance
Motorsport. The team can look back on an outstanding season. In the
DTM Trophy, both the Team and the Driver title, courtesy of Ben Green,
went the way of FK Performance Motorsport. The team achieved the same
feat in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS, which was held within the
Nürburgring Endurance Series. The two team principals, Martin Kaemena
and Fabian Finck, are responsible for this success. “For everyone in
our team, being recognised as the best private BMW M Motorsport team
in the world is a fantastic reward for all the hard work,” said
Kaemena. Finck added: “Our team has done an outstanding job this
season. As well as everything we do to create a good atmosphere within
the team, the sporting success is obviously the biggest motivation. As
such, it is great that there is such a strong manufacturer involvement
as the BMW M Sports Trophy. The intensity, with which BMW M Motorsport
supports its private teams within the framework of this competition,
is unique at this moment in time.”

BMW M Motorsport attends test in Almeria with selected drivers.

Last week, selected drivers were given the opportunity to show what
they are capable of at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3, under the watchful
eyes of BMW M Motorsport engineers and BMW works driver Philipp Eng
(AUT). This opportunity was primarily offered to those drivers who had
caught the eye with impressive performances in various BMW M
Motorsport cars. The drivers in action in Almeria, Spain, were Robby
Foley (USA), Ben Green, Benjamin Lessennes (BEL), Thomas Neubauer
(FRA), David Pittard (GBR), Ben Tuck (GBR) and Marius Zug (GER).

The top 25 in the BMW M Sports Trophy Drivers Competition:

Pos.

Driver

Nat.

 

Pos.

Driver

Nat.

1

Sean Quinlan

USA

14

Theo
Oeverhaus

GER

2

Michael
Schrey

GER

15

Ranko Mijatovic

SUI

3

Ben Green

GBR

15

Christian
Konnerth

GER

4

Gabriele
Piana

ITA

17

Gregory Liefooghe

USA

5

Danny Brink

GER

18

Chandler
Hull

USA

6

Robby Foley

USA

19

Yann Zimmer

SUI

7

Christopher
Rink

GER

20

Gustavo Sandrucci

ITA

8

Philipp
Leisen

GER

21

Will Burns

GBR

9

Philipp
Stahlschmidt

GER

21

Gus Burton

GBR

10

Daniel Zils

GER

23

John
Capresto-Dubets

USA

11

Tom Capizzi

USA

24

Steven
Palette

FRA

12

Paolo Meloni

SMR

25

James Walker

GBR

12

Massimiliano
Tresoldi

ITA

The top 10 in the BMW M Sports Trophy Team Competition:

Pos.

Team

 

Pos.

Team

1

FK Performance
Motorsport

6

Auto Technic Racing

2

Walkenhorst
Motorsport

7

Turner Motorsport

3

Adrenalin
Motorsport

8

BimmerWorld Racing

4

Hofor
Racing

9

Team AVIA Sorg Rennsport

5

Stephen Cameron
Racing

10

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport

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Management changes in BMW Group production network

BMW:Management changes in BMW Group production network

+++ Hans-Peter Kemser named as plant director for planned site in
Debrecen, Hungary +++ Petra Peterhänsel will take over at Plant
Leipzig +++ 

 

Munich. The BMW Group has named Hans-Peter Kemser as
plant director for the planned site in Debrecen, Hungary. He will
oversee construction of the future plant from January onwards. The
56-year-old is currently in charge of BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Petra
Peterhänsel will take over from him as head of the site in Saxony. The
55-year-old currently manages the Painted Body, i.e. press shop, body
shop and paint shop technologies, at the BMW Group’s largest European
plant in Dingolfing.

Hans-Peter Kemser will bring years of expertise in the fields of
vehicle production and electromobility to his new role from January
onwards. He has been in charge of BMW Group Plant Leipzig since 2015,
where he was responsible for production of the BMW 1 Series and 2
Series ranges, as well as the fully-electric BMW i3* and, up until
2020, the BMW i8. “Hans-Peter Kemser is an absolute production expert
and his years of experience make him the perfect choice for
successfully implementing the plant ramp-up in Debrecen,” said Milan
Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible
for production. From 2025 onwards, Debrecen will produce the Neue
Klasse, which will be uncompromisingly geared towards electric drive trains.

Petra Peterhänsel will take over as the new head of Plant Leipzig.
The trained quality specialist has been with the BMW Group since 2012
and brings a wealth of international experience spanning all areas of
the automotive industry. “I am delighted to welcome an experienced
production expert like Petra Peterhänsel to strengthen our management
team,” underlined Nedeljković: “Just like Hans-Peter Kemser, she
brings extensive process know-how and outstanding leadership
qualities. Both will push forward with our focus topics, the
transformation towards electromobility, digitalisation and further
expansion of sustainability.”

Exciting challenges await the designated plant directors at both locations.

Construction of the first buildings for the future BMW Group plant in
Debrecen in the east of Hungary will get underway in early 2022,
starting with the central office building and a training centre, to
complement the infrastructure that has already been built, with roads
and car parks, as well as water and energy supplies. The buildings and
equipment required for car production will be put out to tender in the
near future. All technologies – from press shop to body shop, paint
shop and assembly – are planned for BMW Group Plant Debrecen. The
plant will be the first production location for the Neue Klasse. Going
forward, the site will employ up to 1,000 people, so that up to
150,000 vehicles per year can be built in Hungary. At the time of its
planned commissioning in 2025, the plant will set new benchmarks for
flexibility, digitalisation and productivity in production.

Electrification also continues to progress in Leipzig. The plant
recently celebrated 20 years since the decision to build in Leipzig
and, today, it is the BMW Group’s pioneer plant for electromobility:
It has been building the BMW Group’s first fully-electric vehicle, the
BMW i3*, since 2013. The location also began producing battery modules
this year, creating around 175 new jobs in this area so far. The
company has already decided to further increase capacity: A second
production line will come on stream in 2022. The expertise and
experience gained by staff at our site in the field of electromobility
over the years will also be leveraged for production of the successor
to the MINI Countryman, which will be built in Leipzig as a
fully-electric vehicle.

BMW i3: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
power consumption combined: 13.1 kWh/100 km (NEDC)/16.3-15.3 kWh/100
km (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km.

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May your December be MINI and bright – Festive MINI Electric embarks on charity tour.

BMW:May your December be MINI and bright – Festive MINI Electric embarks on charity tour.

Munich. Lighting the way after the Festive MINI
Electric’s first public appearance at The Lexicon Bracknell in
Berkshire, on the 25th November, the car is travelling to
various locations around the UK, driven by project creator Nicholas
‘Nico’ Martin.

The sen-sleigh-tional project first started over three years ago,
with Nico hand-wrapping his MINI in fairy-lights and displaying it in
his local town of Bracknell. However, in December 2020, without the
usual Christmas switch-on displays delivering much-needed festive
spirit, Nico realised he could use the Festive MINI to bring joy and
positivity to people on their own doorsteps, whilst also raising
awareness and over £5000 for the MS
Trust
and Duchenne UK,
two charities very close to his heart.

Nico said, “I’m so pleased to be back with the Festive MINI charity
tour. I just knew last year I had an opportunity to cheer people up
and also to raise funds for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK. Both
charities mean a lot to me – unfortunately my mother was diagnosed
with Multiple Sclerosis six years ago, and in 2019 I was asked to take
the Festive MINI to surprise an incredible young boy, Marcus Rooks,
who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. When I saw his
face light up with so much joy and excitement, I realised that I had
created something truly special. Ever since meeting him and learning
about his condition, I’ve wanted to support him in any way I can.”

This year, Nico has introduced a guest charity spot taken up by Alzheimer’s Society and he
has rallied support from MINI UK, Festive Lights and Italian smart
lighting company Twinkly, to up the voltage on his project and make it
bigger and better than ever, with an aim of raising as much money as
possible for the three special causes.

Nico added: “I’m so grateful for the incredible support behind the
project and the teams involved this year. The MINI Electric is even
more exciting to drive and means all my trips on the tour are
environmentally friendly and the app-controlled Twinkly lights with
their amazing customisable animations really give the car a bit of
extra magic. I can’t wait to get out on the road to spread some
Festive MINI spirit and raise lots of money for the three charities!”

David George, Director, MINI UK said, “We’re extremely humbled to be
a part of Nico’s fundraising project with the Festive MINI Electric.
It’s a wonderful idea that will bring people together, make them
smile, and also raise funds for some amazing charities.”

For more information on the Festive MINI Tour and to keep updated on
where it’s headed visit www.festivemini.com

Donate here:  https://festivegiving.org.uk/fundraising/festive-mini/

Follow Nico’s journey on Instagram: @drivingwithnico

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Sarah Bauer, Product Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-94180
E-mail: sarah.bauer@mini.com

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

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

The BMW Group

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

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

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

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Electrifying moments at BMW Welt: First customers take delivery of their fully-electric BMW i4 vehicles.

BMW:Electrifying moments at BMW Welt: First customers take delivery of their fully-electric BMW i4 vehicles.

Munich. From the heart of the BMW brand –
fully-electric on the road: The first BMW i4 vehicles were delivered
at the BMW Welt last weekend. Bernhard Kuhnt, Senior Vice
President BMW Group Market Germany
, is delighted: “It
is a very special moment for us when we hand over brand new models to
customers for the first time. The BMW i4 shows in an emotional way how
well fully-electric mobility and sporty driving dynamics fit together.
For us, it is therefore clear: the BMW i4 will offer our customers a
whole new dimension of driving pleasure.”

On this special occasion, the BMW Group did not miss the opportunity
to invite the customers of the first BMW i4s to an accompanying
programme around the fully-electric Gran Coupé in Munich.

Customers are excited

Stefan Ballin, owner of an electrical contracting company and one of
the first customers, was delighted to take delivery of his BMW i4: “It
wasn’t possible, at the time I placed the order, to take a test drive,
but I knew the BMW i4 was exactly the right car for me! I was
impressed by the concept – the symbiosis of range, elegant design and
unmistakeable BMW sportiness. I also wanted a car that would show how
we, as an innovative company, can comfortably integrate
electromobility into both our private and working environments. I’m
also looking forward to sporty driving pleasure with zero emissions in
the i4 – because the electricity I need to run it will come from our
own photovoltaic system.”

Bernhardt Kuhnt confirmed: “With the BMW i4, we have
absolutely struck a chord. You can see this from the very high demand
for this car. We are delighted to be expanding our electrified product
line-up with this sporty, fully-electric Gran Coupé at exactly the
right time and to present the first vehicles to our customers today –
three months earlier than originally planned. The first delivery of a
BMW i4 today, and the first BMW iX in about a week, are further
milestones for the BMW Group on the road to electromobility.”

One in four BMW Group vehicles in Germany electrified

Kuhnt goes on to explain: “One in four BMWs delivered in Germany
today already comes with a fully-electric drive train or is a plug-in
hybrid. By the end of the third quarter, around 41,900 electrified
BMWs and 8,820 electrified MINIs had been delivered to customers this
year. The fully-electric MINI Cooper SE alone already accounts for
about 20 percent of MINI brand sales. The BMW Group has almost doubled
its sales of electrified models in Germany compared with the previous
year, at around 25 percent.”

Impressive driving dynamics thanks to model-specific chassis
technology and electric drive train

The BMW i4 combines characteristic sportiness with elegant design –
and brings electromobility to the traditional core of the BMW brand.
The four-door Gran Coupé is the first fully-electric BMW consistently
geared towards driving dynamics. Impressive driving dynamics and high
range are combined by harnessing the power of efficient drive
technology and intelligent lightweight construction.

Range and innovative technology were also purchasing considerations
for Ronny Scharschmidt, whose firm implements regional construction
projects with renewable energies: “I decided on the i4 because of the
range and the many new driving functions and on-board sensors that
make driving safer and more comfortable. My first long drive in the
BMW i4 will be from Munich directly home to Saxony-Anhalt: In the
meantime, there are enough fast chargers that you don’t have to worry
about charging anymore.”

Convenient charging

When BMW Group customers buy an electrified vehicle, it comes with a
BMW or MINI Charging Card that gives them access to one of the world’s
largest charging networks. BMW also offers two options for convenient
charging at home: the BMW Wallbox and the Smart Wallbox from BMW Group
partner NewMotion. For example, this wallbox also enables company car
drivers to precisely record charging processes for accounting purposes.

 

BMW Group electro-offensive continues

In addition to the two main innovation flagships, the BMW iX and BMW
i4, the BMW i3, MINI SE* and BMW iX3* are already on the market. These
will be followed in the coming years by fully-electric versions of the
BMW 7 Series, BMW X1 and the high-volume BMW 5 Series. Every plant in
Germany will produce fully-electric cars from 2022 onwards. A
fully-electric successor to the MINI Countryman and the all-electric
Rolls-Royce Spectre will also be released onto the market. By 2023,
the BMW Group will have at least one fully-electric model on the roads
in about 90 percent of its current market segments. The BMW Group
expects fully-electric vehicles to account for at least 50 percent of
its global sales in 2030.

*Consumption/emissions data:

BMW iX3: Power consumption in kWh/100 km combined:
18.9-18.5 WLTP

MINI Cooper SE: Power consumption in kWh/100 km
combined: 16.9-14.9 NEDC, 17.6-15.2 WLTP

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

BMW Group Corporate Communications

 

Micaela Sandstede, press spokesperson, Market Germany

Telephone: +49 89 382-61611

E-mail: Micaela.sandstede@bmwgroup.com

Eckhard Wannieck, Head of Communications Corporate, Finance, Sales

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544

E-mail: eckhard.wannieck@bmwgroup.com

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

E-mail: presse@bmw.de

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
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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*Consumption/emissions data:

BMW iX3: Power consumption in kWh/100 km combined:
18.9-18.5 WLTP

MINI Cooper SE: Power consumption in kWh/100 km
combined: 16.9-14.9 NEDC, 17.6-15.2 WLTP

Original Press Release

Road Atlanta, Spartanburg, Sebring: BMW Junior Team concludes US tour with a 24-hour race in the BMW M4 GT3.

BMW:Road Atlanta, Spartanburg, Sebring: BMW Junior Team concludes US tour with a 24-hour race in the BMW M4 GT3.

Sebring. BMW M Motorsport and the BMW Junior Team ended two
eventful weeks in North America with the 24 Hours of Sebring (USA).
Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) started
with a visit to BMW Team RLL at Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta (USA).
This was followed by a tour of the BMW Group plant in Spartanburg
(USA), a trip to see Verhagen’s family at their home, and then the
test race with the new BMW M4 GT3 at Sebring International Raceway,
where Hesse and Verhagen competed alongside US drivers Bill
Auberlen, Robby Foley and James Clay. The race in the Creventic 24H
Series served as the final test for the new car at one of the
toughest circuits in the world. BMW M Motorsport also used the
weekend to hand over the new BMW M4 GT3 from the test crew at BMW
Team RMG to the North American teams.

 

BMW Junior Team on tour.

For Harper, Hesse and Verhagen, the USA trip began at the season
finale of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where they
accompanied the BMW works drivers and BMW Team RLL all weekend,
attended important meetings, and experienced the processes in a BMW M
Motorsports works programme at first hand. “We learned an awful lot in
the collaboration with BMW Team RLL and the BMW works drivers,” said
Hesse. “Plus, it was nice to be involved in the farewell race for the
BMW M8 GTE and sample the atmosphere at Road Atlanta.”

This was followed by a trip to the largest BMW Group plant in the
world, in Spartanburg, where the BMW Junior Team gained first-hand
insights into the production of BMW X models. “As we are representing
BMW as drivers, it was cool for us to see how production works in the
largest plant in the world in Spartanburg,” said Verhagen. “It is
huge, and we only saw a small part of it. Hopefully, we will return
sometime and check out some other areas. It was really fascinating.”

Harper, Hesse and Verhagen, together with their mentor Jochen
Neerpasch, who accompanied the BMW Junior Team throughout the entire
trip, then visited the BMW Car Club of America Foundation, which
possesses a fascinating exhibition of vintage BMW vehicles and other
BMW collectibles. A special wall drawing was dedicated to the
motorsport history of Jochen Neerpasch. The group saw out the evening
with a barbecue with Verhagen’s family, who live in Mooresville (USA)
near Spartanburg.

For Neerpasch and the Juniors, the trip to the USA marked the end of
two years together. “So far, the guys have exceeded the expectations
we had of them at the start, which were pretty high anyway,” said
Neerpasch. “All that they are missing is experience. They are already
setting lap times like those of the top drivers. They need more race
outings, and they are sure to get them next season.”

Harper was also positive in his appraisal of his time as a BMW Junior
so far: “We have come a long way since the first NLS race almost two
years ago. It is incredible how much we have learned in that time –
both as racing drivers and as people. Our training is hard, but it is
paying dividends. I think our results in the BMW M6 GT3 this season
have proved that.”

BMW M4 GT3 test outing under race conditions at Sebring.

Last weekend was all about the BMW M4 GT3 – not only for the BMW
Junior Team, but also for BMW M Motorsport. The 24 Hours of Sebring
was the final endurance test for the car, before it goes in search of
victories and titles from January 2022. When it does so, it will be in
the hands of private BMW M Motorsport teams, some of which are based
in North America.

For this reason, BMW M Motorsport took the opportunity at Sebring to
hand over the BMW M4 GT3 from the test crew, BMW Team RMG, to the US
teams, who will run the car in the coming season. Engineers and
mechanics from BMW Teams RMG and RLL worked together for the outing at
Sebring. The Turner Motorsport and BimmerWorld Racing teams were also
involved with drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and James Clay and
gained valuable experience with the new car.

The joint learning began with tests during the week and peaked with
the 24-hour race at one of the toughest circuits in the world, with
countless bumps that really put the car through its paces. After two
repairs, following collisions, and some minor issues during the race,
the BMW M4 GT3 crossed the finish line after 457 laps. Hesse and
Verhagen were the two Juniors who took part in the race. Harper was
only involved in the tests, as he is classed as a Gold driver, of
which only one may be registered per team. The Gold driver for this
race was Auberlen. “The circuit is different to the ones we are
familiar with in Europe,” said Hesse, summing up the test under race
conditions. “Unfortunately, there were two incidents in the race,
which resulted in long repairs. Apart from that, the BMW M4 GT3 did
very well. Racing here was a valuable experience.”

The American drivers drew a very positive conclusion. “The first
impression of the BMW M4 GT3 is that it looks fantastic,” said
Auberlen. “Then I drove it, and I can say that it is far better in
every area than the BMW M6 GT3. With a 24-hour race in Sebring, we put
the BMW M4 GT3 to the toughest test imaginable.”

Foley said: “A fantastic car. You can immediately feel the two years
of development that have been invested in the BMW M4 GT3. The systems
in the interior, with which the driver works, are a big step forward
compared to the BMW M6 GT3. The car is very user-friendly.”

This was backed up by Clay, who was driving a GT3 race car for the
first time in Sebring: “Given that the BMW M4 GT3 is far faster than
the GT4 cars I have driven previously, I found it very easy to adapt
to the car, as the car is very well thought out and easy to operate. I
was able to focus fully on the driving.”

The BMW M4 GT3 will contest its first race in the hands of BMW M
Motorsport teams in January 2022, at the 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE). This
will be followed by the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) at the end of the
month. The detailed race programme for the BMW Junior Team will be
announced at a later date.

 

Original Press Release

BMW SIM Racing crowns its champions and presents innovative new features at the end-of-season finale.

BMW:BMW SIM Racing crowns its champions and presents innovative new features at the end-of-season finale.

Munich. BMW SIM Racing broadcast the third edition of BMW SIM
Live on Saturday and Sunday live from BMW Welt in Munich (GER). This
was the end of the season grand sim racing finale at the event which
celebrated its debut back in 2019. For the first time, the final
races in the BMW SIM Cups were held on the three major simulation
platforms, iRacing, rFactor 2 and Assetto Corsa Competizione. The
titles went to Joshua Rogers (AUS, BMW SIM GT Cup, iRacing), Erhan
Jajovski (MKD, BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup, rFactor 2) and Nils Naujoks
(GER, BMW SIM Time Attack, Assetto Corsa Competizione). A total
prize purse of approaching 90,000 euros was up for grabs at the
weekend, however the focus of the two shows was also on the 2022 BMW
SIM Racing season and some fascinating technological innovations –
including an all-new motion platform in collaboration with D-BOX and
RaceX, as well as an entry-level steering wheel devised with Fanatec.

 

“Twice is a repeat, three times is tradition,” said Pia Schörner, BMW
Group Head of Gaming and Sponsoring. “That is exactly what we wanted
to achieve when we started to get involved in the sim racing and
Esports community. We want to be a long-term and reliable partner –
and that is what we are. Events like BMW SIM Live are a key element in
this. Congratulations to all the winners of the BMW SIM Cup finals!”

BMW SIM CUP FINALS.

On Saturday, the opening evening of BMW SIM Live was all about the
finals of the BMW SIM Time Attack on Assetto Corsa Competizione and
the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup on rFactor 2. Both races were showdowns
between the twelve drivers who had qualified for the final over the
course of the season. On Sunday evening, the sim racing elite crowned
its champion in the BMW SIM GT Cup on the iRacing platform. 23 drivers
battled it out for victory in two races – first in the virtual BMW M8
GTE and then the BMW M4 GT3. The trophies for all three BMW SIM Cup
champions were designed by BMW Group Designworks and made from
sustainable materials, in line with the ‘circular design’ approach. At
the BMW Group, this is based on the four principles: RE:THINK,
RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.

BMW SIM Time Attack.

Nils Naujoks was the winner after 20 minutes of racing in the BMW M4
GT4 on the digital Silverstone circuit, being awarded prize money of
8,000 euros. Second place and 4,000 euros went to Daniel Savini (ITA),
with third place and 2,000 Euros to Tobias Pfeffer (GER).

Nils Naujoks said: “This was the reward for all the hard work in the
week preparing for this race. I really feel at home at Assetto Corsa
Competizione. It was a bit hectic for me in qualifying and also before
the start but the race itself went very well.”

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

Thirteen rivals competed against each other in the BMW M2 CS Racing
on the virtual Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Erhan Jajovski was the
winner after a dramatic battle that lasted to the final corner. With
this victory, he successfully defended last year’s title and secured
prize money of 6,000 euros. Marcell Csincszik (HUN) had to admit
defeat by only a narrow margin, but by finishing second was rewarded
with prize money of 3,000 euros. Third place and 1,500 Euros went to
Jiri Toman (CZE).

Erhan Jajovski said: “It has always been very close between Marcell
and me this season and that was also the case in this final race. I
was surprised that he did not attack me earlier in the race as we
always were very close behind each other. In the end I was lucky, I
think. I very well defended the inside line in the final corner and am
very happy about my victory.”

BMW SIM GT Cup.

Coming from P5 on the grid after the first race of the evening with
the BMW M8 GTE on the Sebring International Raceway, which determined
the starting positions for the Main Race at the virtual Red Bull Ring,
defending champion Joshua Rogers stormed through the high-class field
with his BMW M4 GT3 and took the win as well as 25,000 US Dollars of
prize money. P2 went to his Coanda Simsport teammate Charlie Collins
(GBR), who will receive a 15,000-US dollar cheque for his success.
Team Redline driver Diogo Pinto (POR) finished third to gain 7,500 US Dollars.

Joshua Rogers said: “I was very nervous before the race, especially
because our starting position wasn’t ideal. For me coming in for my
pitstop early made sense in order to stay out of trouble and get some
clean air afterwards. This undercut worked in the end. I pushed really
hard until I could see that my strategy would play out, as soon as the
others came in for their pitstops. Then a gained a lot more confidence.”

BMW SIM TECHNOLOGY: BMW HAPTIC PLATFORM AND FANATEC CSL
STEERING WHEEL BMW.

The big technological innovation for the coming season is the BMW
haptic platform, which BMW SIM Racing has developed in collaboration
with D-BOX and RaceX. Exclusive know-how from BMW Motorsport’s
professional racing simulator is incorporated in the moving platform
for sim rigs. BMW SIM technology motion cueing, in particular, takes
the quality of the BMW haptic platform to a new level. ‘Motion cueing’
is a translation of the driving dynamic values arising from the
simulation environment into ‘cues’ – transformed stimuli that provide
the driver, as precisely and realistically as possible, with
information on what the virtual car is doing at that moment,” said
Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW SIM Technology. “In short, the better the
motion cueing, the more realistically the sim racer feels the
movements of the haptic platform. This not only hugely improves the
driving experience – the so-called immersion – but also helps to drive
the vehicle at the limit and to develop the vehicle set-up more accurately.”

Sébastien Mailhot, CEO of D-BOX Technologies Inc., said: “D-BOX
prides itself in creating the world’s only high-fidelity haptic
feedback experience worthy of the FIA’s official stamp of approval.
Combined with BMW’s unparalleled attention to details and knowledge,
we have been able to tinker with the feedback even more precisely,
which allowed us to craft the most accurate sim racing experience,
rivaling what only multi-million dollar simulators are capable of
doing today.”

Richard Schouteren, CEO of SIM-LAB B.V., added: “We are proud that
BMW has chosen our RaceX branded frame as basis for this new motion
platform. Our long-lasting partnership with D-BOX injected with the
professional BMW sports simulation software make this an unprecedented
ride for the e-racing community.”

As well as the BMW haptic platform, BMW SIM Racing has also been
involved in another hardware project. In conjunction with Fanatec,
they have come up with an entry-level sim racing steering wheel that
offers newcomers to the sport the highest possible quality at an
attractive price of 139.95 euros. The steering wheel is called the
Fanatec CSL Steering Wheel BMW and is available in the Fanatec online
shop now. This product once more pays testament to the BMW SIM Racing
principle to not only support and promote top-level sim racing, but
also to give any digitally interested racing enthusiast the
opportunity to experience this Esports discipline.

BMW SIM RACING NEWS.

As at the first two events, BMW Esports again used BMW SIM Live to
introduce its programme for the coming season, present news about
BMW’s sim racing project, and inspire with technological innovations.

 

Cups, teams and cars.

In 2022, victories and titles are again at stake in the BMW SIM GT
Cup and BMW SIM Time Attack. The BMW M4 GT3 is the only car in the BMW
SIM GT Cup on iRacing. The BMW SIM Time Attack on Assetto Corsa
Competizione features the full range of virtual BMW M Motorsport cars
– from the BMW M2 CS Racing and the BMW M4 GT4 to the BMW M4 GT3. New
to the programme is the BMW SIM Trophy, in which drivers from all over
the world can win trophies in different cars and on different
platforms, which are then presented at BMW SIM Live 2022.

BMW Team Redline, BMW Team BS+COMPETITION and BMW Team G2 Esports
will line up as BMW SIM Racing teams at the major events on various
platforms in 2022.

The virtual BMW M4 GT3, which was a big success on iRacing in 2021,
will also be available on Assetto Corsa Competizione from 24th
November and in the mobile game Real Racing 3 in 2022. There will be a
completely new car on rFactor 2 in 2022, the BMW Formula Pro. BMW is
the first manufacturer to present an initial concept for a special car
design for this virtual championship. The free areas of the BMW
Formula Pro car were designed by BMW Group Designworks. “In the
virtual world, designers have the freedom to present things that were
physically impossible up to now,” said Michael Scully, Global
Automotive Director at BMW Group Designworks, describing the appeal of
this task.

 

About BMW Esports.

BMW has been collaborating with five of the world’s best teams as a
partner in the classic League of Legends game since 2020. Cloud 9,
FNATIC, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports and T1 fly the BMW colours in the
biggest events in the industry. The highlight of the first
collaborative season in 2020 was the Worlds, in which G2 esports and
FNATIC made it to the knock-out stage of the finals in the battle of
the world’s best teams. G2 Esports even made it to the semi-final. The
Dota 2 specialists OG Esports are a new addition to the ‘United in
Rivalry’ squad as of 2021. The involvement in Esports gives BMW
completely new touch points with a dynamic, rapidly growing community;
making Esports an important future field for BMW marketing activities.
BMW has prominent representatives in sim racing as well, and has
integrated BMW SIM Racing into its racing programme as a standalone
pillar. The BMW SIM Cups attract the world’s best sim racers, who do
battle for wins, titles and attractive cash prizes in virtual BMW
racing cars. BMW SIM Racing teams are taking part for the first time
in 2021. BS+COMPETITION, G2 Esports, Team GB and Team Redline
represent BMW on various simulation platforms.

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.

About D-BOX.

D-BOX creates and redefines realistic, immersive entertainment
experiences by moving the body and sparking the imagination through
effects: motion, vibration and texture. D-BOX has collaborated with
some of the best companies in the world to deliver new ways to enhance
great stories. Whether it’s movies, video games, music, relaxation,
virtual reality applications, themed entertainment or professional
simulation, D-BOX creates a feeling of presence that makes life
resonate like never before. D-BOX Technologies Inc. (TSX: DBO) is
headquartered in Montreal with offices in Los Angeles, USA and
Beijing, China. Visit D-BOX.com.

About SIM-LAB.

SIM-LAB B.V. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality sim racing
related hardware. SIM-LAB’s drive is to enhance virtual racing
experiences with uncompromising solutions that push the boundaries of
e-sports. With in-house engineering and production facilities we
combine Dutch Design with high-end craftsmanship. The RaceX frame is
composed of 50 mm diameter tubes of aluminum welded together, forming
an extremely rigid single-piece frame. Assembly of the Cockpit is done
within moments by attaching the wheel-deck and pedal-deck. Because of
the choice of material, the aluminum tube sub-frame weighs eight
kilograms, which makes it the perfect platform for the BMW motion solution.

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Podium for Michael van der Mark and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at season finale in Indonesia.

BMW:Podium for Michael van der Mark and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at season finale in Indonesia.

Mandalika. Strong performance at the finale in Indonesia: the
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and Michael van der Mark (NED) have
rounded off the 2021 season in the FIM Superbike World Championship
(WorldSBK) with a podium finish. The Dutchman rode his BMW M 1000 RR
to third place in a rainy second race on Sunday. In the first race,
van der Mark had finished sixth in largely dry conditions. Tom Sykes
(GBR) completed the two races on the Mandalika International Street
Circuit in tenth and fifth positions. Heavy rainfall caused severe
schedule delays at the season finale.

 

In the Superpole on Saturday morning, Sykes secured sixth spot on the
grid with van der Mark in ninth place on the third row. Extremely
heavy rainfall started just before the scheduled start of the first
race on Saturday afternoon and the conditions made it impossible for
any racing to take place on Saturday. The schedule was changed to
include two long races on Sunday.

The start of race one on Sunday morning was delayed by 15 minutes due
to a rain shower. However, the riders were able to start on dry tyres.
Van der Mark fell back a little at the start but worked his way
forward to reach fifth place at the halfway point of the race. He then
dropped down one place in the closing phase, crossing the line in
sixth position. Sykes made a good start to move into fourth place and
was briefly in third. From lap two onwards, he maintained his position
in fifth before falling back in the second half of the race to cross
the finish line in tenth position.

As had happened on the previous day, the rain arrived just as the
second race was about to begin on Sunday afternoon. The start was
delayed by more than one and a half hours and the race was shortened
to twelve laps. Van der Mark immediately moved up into the top 5 and
was involved in a thrilling duel for third place on the wet circuit
with new world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR / Yamaha). Van der
Mark prevailed in this battle, claiming another podium finish to round
off the season. It was a strong end to a weekend during which van der
Mark had struggled with gastrointestinal problems. Sykes fell back a
little at the start but was back in fifth place after a few laps. He
crossed the finish line in this position.

The races in Mandalika were the last in which Sykes and BMW Motorrad
Motorsport competed together, marking the end of three years of
working together. From 2019 to 2021, Sykes competed in 90 races for
the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, claiming six podium finishes and three
pole positions.

“After having the pleasure to experience such successes together in
the past years, I would like to thank Tom on behalf of BMW Motorrad”,
said Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad. “I remember when we
announced our reborn World Superbike project together at EICMA 2018
and started a great journey. Beginning with the S and implementing the
M RR, we are very thankful for his contribution to the development of
the bike. Podiums and several pole positions have underpinned his effort.”

Quotes after the Mandalika season finale.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “That
was a very moving weekend. It was a bit of a tricky start as Mickey
was pretty ill. He was very weak, so we reduced the number of laps for
him in the practice session to give him a break. It was also an
emotional weekend, as it was the final weekend with Tom on the BMW.
Then we had that Saturday, when extreme weather conditions prevented
the race from taking place. Absolutely torrential rain made racing
impossible but it did give Mickey some more time to recover. Both
riders did a good job in qualifying, with Tom in sixth and Mickey
ninth on the grid, which gave us a really good starting position for
the races. Mickey was able to convert that really well into sixth
place in the first race, although he was struggling with fitness at
the end of the race. He may otherwise have been able to do a bit
better. Tom had problems with his front tyres and then fell back to
tenth position. That was also not so satisfying for him. However, the
result in race two was really excellent. It was great to round off the
season with a podium for Mickey and a really good fifth place for Tom.
It’s lovely for him to get that result in his final race for our team
and I would like to thank him again for all the work he has
contributed to this project and the successes he has recorded for us.
I wish him all the best for the future. I would also like to
congratulate Pata Yamaha and Toprak on winning the title – respect. It
was wonderful to be here at the Mandalika International Street Circuit
on Lombok. We got a great reception here, from BMW Indonesia too, and
the atmosphere is phenomenal. Races like this definitely belong in the
world championship. Overall, that was certainly a satisfying season
for us. Compared to last year, we have taken a big step forward.
Mickey needed a bit of time to get a really good feel for the BMW, but
he produced some great races towards the end of the season. He
improved continually in qualifying too. We made regular modifications
to the motorbike as it was the first year with the BMW M 1000 RR for
us too. Results improved towards the end of the year and we were able
to close the gap to the leaders in the races as well. It is definitely
a positive trend and we are aiming to continue in this direction next
year. I am confident that we can then take the next step.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“I think Tom did a really good job. He has come back from a a
nine-week lay-off and it was also his farewell ride on the BMW M 1000
RR. So a lot of emotions for Tom. He handled it superbly well,
professional as he is. He went out there, qualified well in sixth
position and to end up with fifth in the final race is testament of
his quality. Mickey has not been feeling well all weekend and he
started really slowly with very limited laps. In one respect I think
the rain has probably helped his performance this weekend because of
his physical strength but, after a delayed start, he had a strong race
one and an even stronger race two. He just proved that he is still a
force in the wet and we are looking forward to get the opportunitiy to
get these podiums also in the dry conditions. So, great job by Mickey
and the whole team to finish off with a podium. In the 2021 season, we
had our ups and downs. Of course the biggest down of the year was
Tom’s serious crash. It has been quite a problematic year for us in
the sense that it started so late in a very compressed series and then
two fly-aways at the very end that came very late. But overall it has
not been too bad. We’ve had a win and some podiums and I like to look
at the positives, and the fact that Mickey is 20-something points off
being fourth in the championship. I think that should really be
applauded because for his first year on the bike that’s fantastic. We
know he can only get better so maybe he can be in the top-3 next year.
So that’s the positive for me. I want to thank Tom for his efforts, he
has been a great team member. Right from the end of 2018 when we
signed him he was a pillar of the team, he got the initial results and
drove the team into the right direction with his experience. We hope
that he can get his chance again in WorldSBK and prove his credentials
and, whatever he does, we wish him well. He will always be part of
this success and this chapter of the WorldSBK project.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Race one this morning was quite fun. At the start, it was a
bit wet here and there and this track has quite a lot of grip with
slicks in the wet patches. So I was enjoying the first part of the
race and thought I could be battling for the front but then it started
to dry pretty quick. I was battling for fifth, fourth position,
feeling good and my pace was okay but I was still not feeling well. At
the end of the race I was frustrated because I ran out of energy and I
lost another position. I was really angry about that but I had to deal
with it. Then race two unfortunately was postponed but it was the
right decision. When we went racing, the track was fully wet and it
was still raining a little bit. I knew that the track would have a lot
of grip and these 12 laps I think were long enough. I had a good start
and okay first laps. It was so much fun and at a certain point I was
battling with Toprak. We had some really nice battles on track, it
went back and forward and I really enjoyed it. To finish the season
with third place is incredible, it is always nice to finish the season
on the podium and especially knowing we had so much fun. I think the
season has been quite good but we want to make steps forward this
winter to be able to fight for the podium more often and also in the dry.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It was
fantastic to finally get back in the racing arena. Honestly, after the
accident that I had and the break of nine weeks to come back here to
competition I think was a tall ask and working with the guys is always
a pleasure. I got settled in right away on the circuit in Mandalika.
They have done a fantastic job, so to come here to this great track at
this venue at this part of the world is already a pleasure and, as the
weekend progressed, to qualify on the second row was already quite
good, I think. Into race one, we got a good start and we were at the
back of the leading bunch but just couldn’t manage that with some
limitations I had with the package so I unfortunately dropped back and
then made some mistakes myself. But regarding race two, fantastic. The
surface is great in the wet conditions. There was another delay but
there was great support from the crowd in the grandstand and finally
we were able to get another race in front of those guys. I think it
was a great race from a spectacle point of view. I enjoyed the racing
and the grip the track offered in the wet. In general, the 2021 season
was bitter-sweet for obvious reasons. At the start, we were not quite
where we needed to be in terms of development and we had some issues,
but I still was the strongest BMW rider. Donington was great for me,
Mickey and BMW. This was probably the highlight of the season.
Development was always difficult; we tried to do that during the
events and race at the same time but it’s always a pleasure to work
with the guys and we gave our best. When I came to the project three
years ago, I joined a fantastic brand and I was happy to be part of
the BMW team. We had some great success in the first year considering
where we were at. In year two, we unfortunately had some technical
DNFs and stuff. Unfortunately, the only concern I have in these three
years is that I don’t think we ever got to see Tom Sykes’s full
potential in a race. The only glimpse we have ever seen was in
qualifying. But for me and the team and mainly for BMW I was really
hoping we could get the package so I could show my qualifying
performance over 21 laps. That is the biggest thing I have missed in
these three years but we tried, had some good results, and I have to
thank everyone involved for the efforts and appreciate the work.”

Original Press Release

BMW Group Plant Spartanburg to Expand Plant Logistics Operations

BMW:BMW Group Plant Spartanburg to Expand Plant Logistics Operations

+++ Includes a $100 Million Investment in a New One Million Square
Foot Facility +++ Training center to be completed in summer 2022 +++
More than 11.4 billion US dollars total investment in the site since
1992 +++

Spartanburg, S.C.  BMW Manufacturing announced that
it will expand its logistics operations to a new building . Total
investment in the new building is approximately $100 million. When
completed, the new logistics center will be nearly one million square
feet in size with an opportunity for future expansion.

“For nearly three decades, BMW has called South Carolina its second
home. This expansion in our logistics operation represents our
continued commitment to this state, and it will prepare Plant
Spartanburg for the future,” said Dr. Robert Engelhorn, president and
CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The new warehouse will allow us to
consolidate our logistics processes as well as implement efficiency
measures for a more sustainable logistics operation.” 

When the new logistics center opens in the middle of 2022, it will
allow BMW to consolidate two offsite warehouse operations – one for
returnable containers and another for body shop parts – into one
efficient onsite location. Inside the warehouse, shipments from
suppliers will be sorted, then delivered to their respective Plant
Spartanburg technologies. The result is a faster, leaner, more
efficient supply chain.

To minimize the impact of truck traffic in the area and allow for
easy access to BMW, two private bridges will be constructed to connect
the logistics center to the BMW campus.

Update on New BMW Training Center

Construction is well underway on the new $20 million, 67,000 square
foot training center on the BMW campus, which was announced in
February. When completed in the summer of 2022, the building will
feature multiple classrooms for both professional development and
technical training, an outdoor amphitheater, and a unique concept of
outdoor meeting and workspace that includes wireless capabilities. The
training center will also be home to BMW’s well-known apprenticeship
program – BMW Scholars. 

Since 1992, the BMW Group has invested more than $11.4 billion in its
South Carolina factory. BMW Group Plant Spartanburg is the largest BMW
Group plant in the world, producing more than 1,500 vehicles each day.
The plant exports more than two-thirds of its models to 125 global
markets. For seven consecutive years, it has been the largest exporter
by value in the United States. The model portfolio includes five
top-selling BMW X models, four Motorsport X models, and two plug-in
hybrid electric X models. The factory has a production capacity of up
to 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 11,000 people.

Original Press Release

BMW Group and Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) honour ten organisations from ten countries with the Intercultural Innovation Award.

BMW:BMW Group and Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) honour ten organisations from ten countries with the Intercultural Innovation Award.

Dubai. The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance
of Civilizations (UNAOC) have bestowed ten organizations from ten
countries with the Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) for their
outstanding social commitment. The award ceremony took place last
night at the Expo 2020 in Dubai, on the margins of the themed week on
Tolerance and Inclusivity, and the International Day of Tolerance.
“The Intercultural Innovation Award honours people and projects that
promote diversity, tolerance and inclusion in a particularly creative
way. These are the values that move us forward as a society and as a
company. We are convinced that progress requires cohesion – that is
what the BMW Group stands for. Together with UNAOC, we make a
meaningful contribution to respectful dialogue,” says Ms. Ilka
Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human
Resources and Labour Relations Director, and patron of the award. The
awards ceremony was also attended by Her Excellency Ms. Reem Ebrahim
Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the
United Arab Emirates and Managing Director of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau.

“As the Intercultural Innovation Award celebrates its 10-year
anniversary, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and
the BMW Group continue to collaborate to promote a more inclusive
global community by strengthening grassroots initiatives that are
deeply committed to fostering intercultural dialogue and
understanding. We count on continuing this ever-growing collaboration
between UNAOC and the private sector, which has shown to amplify and
strengthen the work of social innovators around the world. It is their
commitment and visionary thinking that have given the UNAOC-BMW Group
partnership such value and impact,” said Mr. Miguel Angel Moratinos,
High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

Diversity and understanding – for strong civil societies worldwide.

The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
(UNAOC), through the Intercultural Innovation Award, have been
promoting intercultural understanding and strenthening civil societies
for the past ten years. This year, 1,100 organizations from 120
countries applied to the open call. With the support of an
Internationa Jury, ten organizations were selected, coming from ten
different countries: Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India,
Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Switzerland. The awardees will each
receive financial support of 20,000 US Dollars. They will also receive
professional mentoring from the BMW Group, UNAOC and the consulting
firm Accenture. Among other things, the selected organizations will
benefit from business and strategic project support and become members
of the Intercultural Leaders network, which connects professionals and
specialists worldwide. Yesterday’s award ceremony was hosted by Mr.
Miguel Ángel Moratinos, the High Representative for UNAOC, and Ms.
Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human
Resources and Labour Relations Director, and patron of the award.

Since its inception, the Intercultural Innovation Award has been
conferred to 71 organizations, reaching more than five million people
worldwide with their projects. The BMW Group and the United Nations
Alliance of Civilizations have very recently agreed to continue their
successful partnership in the years to come.

The award winners (in alphabetical order):

Initiatives of Change International – International
Trust Building (Switzerland).
The International Trust Building
programme supports communities in times of conflict and social
upheaval, providing resources to address and overcome conflict issues.
For example, board games have been developed for young people in
Indonesia who are vulnerable to extremist groups. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/international-trustbuilding/

La Cana, Productos Con Causa – Knitting a Better
Future (Mexico).

La Cana is a non-profit organisation that promotes fair working
conditions and vocational training for women in prison. La Cana
enables these women to produce high-quality handmade products and earn
an income away from crime. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/knitting-a-better-future-la-cana/

Mediterranean Youth Foundation – Dialogue on the
Human Fraternity Document (Egypt).

This project is the world’s first inter-religious youth dialogue. It
uses workshops to empower youth to implement the concept of “human
fraternity” in their communities and counter hate speech, extremism
and intolerance. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/dialogue-on-the-human-fraternity-document/

MITTI Social Initiative Foundation – MITTI Café
Inclusion with Every Meal (India).

MITTI Café runs “inclusion cafés” staffed by people with
disabilities. By facilitating interaction, MITTI Café promotes
awareness of inclusion and provides a safe workplace for people with
disabilities. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/mitti-cafe-inclusion-with-every-meal/ 

 

Peacegeeks Society – Arrival Advisor (Canada).

Arrival Advisor provides refugees and migrants with reliable
information about the asylum application and immigration process in
Canada. The app provides newcomers with all the information they need.
Once downloaded, they can access all resources anonymously and
offline. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/arrival-advisor-peacegeeks-society/

Place Network – Emerging Leaders (France).

PLACE Network was launched in 2017 and offers a platform for
refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to make their success stories
visible and motivate them to actively participate in the social life
of their adopted country. The project highlights the cultural, social
and economic benefits of migration for society. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/emerging-leaders-place-network/

Politize! Civic Education Institute – Politize!
Ambassadors Programme: Promoting Civic Empowerment for All (Brazil).

Since 2018, the Politize! Ambassador Programme has been sharing
knowledge, training opportunities and education experiences with young
people who want to participate in the political life of their
communities. Civic education workshops train young people to become
leaders in politics and society. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/politize-ambassadors-program/

Spielen in der Stadt – Always Remember, Never Forget (Germany).

Always Remember, Never Forget is a joint project of Spielen in der
Stadt e.V. (Playing in the City) and the Munich Documentation Centre
for the History of National Socialism. Schoolchildren find new ways of
engaging with Munich’s National Socialist past through creative film,
dance theatre and performance formats. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/always-remember-never-forget/

Street Project Foundation – Creative Youth Boot Camp:
Art for Social Transformation (Nigeria).

The Creative Youth Boot Camp brings together young people from over
200 ethnic groups in Nigeria to get creative together. Performing arts
are used as a means to address and counteract social conflicts. The
young people’s stories become scripts for theatre performances and
radio play series that they produce together. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/creative-youth-booth-camp/

Strengthening Youth Leadership Collective – SMART
Advocates: For Effective Dialogue to Address Grassroots Conflicts (Sri Lanka).

The Youth Leadership Collective is a community of young people who
have been engaged in community development work across all ethnic and
religious lines in Sri Lanka since 2013. The SMART Advocates Programme
trains people to take action against hate comments and misinformation
on social media platforms. More information: https://interculturalinnovation.org/smart-advocates-sylc/

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Milena Pighi, BMW Group Spokesperson Corporate Citizenship

Phone: +49-89-382-66563, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de

Alessandro Girola, Programming Coordinator, UNAOC

Phone: +1 929 274-6217, Email: alessandrog@unops.org

Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com/deutschland

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of
automobiles and motorcycles with its BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW
Motorrad brands, and a provider of premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and
assembly plants in 15 countries; the company has a global sales
network with representatives in over 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved global sales of more than 2.3 million
automobiles and over 169,000 motorcycles in 2020. Earnings before tax
in the 2020 financial year amounted to EUR 5.222 billion and turnover
was EUR 98.990 billion. The company employed 120,726 people worldwide
as at 31 December 2020.

Long-term thinking and responsible action have always been at the
heart of the BMW Group’s economic success. The company set its course
for the future very early on and consistently places sustainability
and resource conservation at the centre of its approach – from the
supply chain and production right up to the end of the use phase of
all its products.

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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative
of the UN Secretary-General, which aims to improve understanding and
cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and
religions and help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.

UNAOC was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments
of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. In
January 2019, H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos assumed the position of
High Representative for UNAOC, succeeding H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz
Al-Nasser, who succeeded H.E. Mr. Jorge Sampaio.

UNAOC maintains a global network of partners, including states,
international and regional organizations, civil society groups,
foundations, and the private sector, to improve cross-cultural
relations between diverse nations and communities.

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Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad presents the ConnectedRide Cradle.

BMW:BMW Motorrad presents the ConnectedRide Cradle.

Munich. For riders who like to use their smartphone
for map navigation, BMW Motorrad now offers the ConnectedRide Cradle.

The ConnectedRide Cradle serves not only as a simple cradle for
comfortably using the smartphone as a satnav while riding. In addition
the navigation map and vehicle data such as lean angle, acceleration,
deceleration and much more can be displayed via the BMW Motorrad
Connected App using the Multi-Controller.

Thanks to individually adjustable side clamps, the ConnectedRide
Cradle is suitable for many different smartphone sizes and charges the
smartphone inductively according to the Qi standard with a maximum of
7.5 W or wired via a USB-C connection with a maximum of 7.5 W (1.5 A
at 5 V). An LED charging indicator (can be switched off) provides
information about the phone’s charging status.

For security, the ConnectedRide Cradle can be locked to the
motorcycle’s holder, if the holder supports this.

The ConnectedRide Cradle can also be used on older BMW Motorrad
models (e.g. BMW R 1200 GS K50) and fits all BMW Motorrad models
equipped with the optional equipment “Preparation for navigation
system (option 272)” – as well as models equipped with
Multi-Controller and the option of retrofitting the navigation
preparation via the BMW Motorrad workshop system (except R 1200 RT, R
1250 RT, K 1600 models). On older motorcycles without a TFT instrument
cluster, operation is possible via the control element of the
“Preparation for navigation unit SA 272”. The prerequisite
for displaying vehicle data is “On-board computer Pro (option
221)”.
The ConnectedRide Cradle cannot be used with the
Navigator 4-Button Mount Cradle.

In order to be able to fully use the functions described, the
BMW Motorrad Connected App version 4.0 or higher must be used. BMW
Motorrad recommends that you always install the latest updates to
ensure proper functioning.

A Bluetooth connection is required to enable the app to be
controlled via the motorcycle’s navigation preparation control
element. The smartphone must be equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy
version 4.2 at least in order to comply with the security requirements
(LE Secure Connections) for the connection. Smartphones with older
Bluetooth versions are therefore not supported.

Bluetooth pairing takes place within the BMW Motorrad Connected
App and is only required once during initial setup.

The following smartphones fit in the ConnectedRide Cradle:

  • All mobile phones with the following dimensions:
    Minimum
    130,1×65, 5×6.9mm; maximum 162.5×78,1×8.8mm. This includes the
    following mobile phones for example.
  • Apple: iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS,

    iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11
    Pro,
    iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone 12, iPhone 12
    Mini,
    iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13
    Mini,
    iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Samsung: Galaxy A3, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8 Plus, Galaxy A9,

    Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy
    S10, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Tipp: Insertion into the
    ConnectedRide Cradle with the camera module at the bottom right),
    Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy
    Note 10 Plus, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Huawei: P20, P30
  • Google: Pixel 2 XL
  • HTC: U11

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

    In case of queries please contact:

    Dominik Schaidnagel, Communications BMW
    Motorrad
    Telephone: +49-151-601-50181, Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

    Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW
    Motorrad
    Telephone: +49-151-601-57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

    Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and
    BMW Motorrad
    Telephone: +49-151-601-35108,  Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

    Internet: www.press.bmw.de
    E-mail: presse@bmw.de

    The BMW Group
    With its four brands BMW, MINI,
    Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
    premium manufacturer of automobiles and 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 2019 was € 7.118 billion on
    revenues amounting to € 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the
    BMW Group had a workforce of 126,016 employees.

    The success of the BMW Group has always been based on
    long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore
    established ecological and social sustainability throughout the
    value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear
    commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

    www.bmwgroup.com
    Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup
    Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/BMWGroup
    YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupView
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroup
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw-group/

Original Press Release