Maximilian Günther reaches fifth position in Monaco as best-placed German driver.

BMW:Maximilian Günther reaches fifth position in Monaco as best-placed German driver.

Monaco. In the seventh race of the season in the ABB FIA
Formula E World Championship, Maximilian Günther (GER) crossed the
finish line fifth in his adopted country, Monaco (MON). He just
missed out on the podium but equalled the best result of the season
and scored ten important points in the overall standings. After a
tight, thrilling race, Günther missed out on second place by just
four-tenths of a second in the #28 BMW iFE.21. Having won the
Valencia E-Prix (ESP), Jake Dennis (GBR) suffered back luck this
time. A not-at-fault collision early in the race put him at the back
of the field and he was unable to score any points. With the first
half of the season completed, BMW i Andretti Motorsport is now in
fifth place in the team standings with 55 points.

Günther finished third in qualifying to reach Super Pole where he
secured fifth position on the grid. The BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver was involved in some close-fought duels on the Formula 1
circuit in the principality. He moved up as high as third place and
was battling for his first podium finish of the season. Günther fell
back to fifth place as drivers attempted to get their ATTACK MODE
timings right, but sound energy management gave him the opportunity to
make up some ground towards the end of the race. A minor collision saw
Günther’s chance of a podium finish disappear however, when Oliver
Rowland (GBR, Nissan) clipped him from behind in the port chicane.
Victory went to António Félix da Costa (POR, DS Techeetah).

Dennis’ first race in Monaco, and the first after his maiden Formula
E victory in Valencia, did not go according to plan. Starting from
14th on the grid, he was involved in a not-at-fault
accident on the very first lap and dropped to the back of the field.
He subsequently also received a drive-through penalty for excessive
energy use. Dennis finished the race in 16th place in the
#27 BMW iFE.21.

The FIA Formula E Safety Car, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired
by JCW, pulled the field back together around 15 minutes before the
end after René Rast (GER, Audi) had retired, ensuring that there would
be plenty of excitement in the final stage of the race.

Races eight and nine of this season’s ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship take place on 19th and 20th June in
Puebla (MEX).

 

Reactions to Race 7 in Monaco.

 

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

“It was fantastic to be back here in Monaco and race on the full
track. It’s been a day of mixed fortunes for our two drivers. Fifth
place for Maximilian after P5 in qualifying is a very good result.
It’s important for him to be back in the points and it’s also a good
finish for the team. Unfortunately for Jake it wasn’t the strong
result we had hoped for after such an impressive weekend in Valencia.
We go into the six-week break now and look forward to continuing our
progression up the standings.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21, starting position:
5th place, race result: 5th place, points: 22,
driver standings: 16th place):

“First of all P5 was a good start position for us. The race itself
was very spectacular and very strategic. When do you take the ATTACK
MODE, when do you use energy? Every overtaking move was right on the
edge. At one point I was running in P3 but then after the ATTACK MODES
I ended up in P5 fighting with Jean-Éric Vergne. He slightly touched
me in turn 6 and then had the better run through the tunnel to
overtake me. To sum it up, a bit of a shame to have missed the podium
here, but we had a good race and scored good points. That was
important for everybody.  All in all it was a positive day in Monaco.”

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21, starting position:
14th place, race result: 16th place, points:
33, driver standings: 10th place):

“My race was a bit unfortunate. I was in the middle of the pack and
there was a backlog into turn 7. As I got hit, the car flipped into
reverse gear and I lost a lot of time. After that we managed the race
and hoped for a safety car. It came out towards the end but it just
wasn’t enough to gain a lot of positions. I think the biggest thing we
can take away from here is that we learned the track in Monaco. The
performance wasn’t that bad. It is what it is and we move on now.”

 

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 appears as a new
safety car since the Rome E-Prix. 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’.

*Offizielle Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, CO2-Emissionen und
Stromverbrauch wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren
ermittelt und entsprechen der VO (EU) 715/2007 in der jeweils
geltenden Fassung. Angaben im NEFZ berücksichtigen bei Spannbreiten
Unterschiede in der gewählten Rad- und Reifengröße, im WLTP jeglicher
Sonderausstattung. Für die Bemessung von Steuern und anderen
fahrzeugbezogenen Abgaben, die (auch) auf den CO2-Ausstoß abstellen,
sowie ggf. für die Zwecke von fahrzeugspezifischen Förderungen werden
WLTP-Werte verwendet. Aufgeführte NEFZ-Werte wurden ggf. auf Basis des
neuen WLTP-Messverfahrens ermittelt und zur Vergleichbarkeit auf das
NEFZ-Messverfahren zurückgerechnet. Weitere Informationen zu den
Messverfahren WLTP und NEFZ finden Sie unter www.bmw.de/wltp.
Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den
offiziellen spezifischen CO2- Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen
können dem ‘Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-
Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen’ entnommen
werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen, bei der Deutschen Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, und unter https://www.dat.de/co2/
unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

Original Press Release

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.

Original Press Release

“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).

 

Original Press Release

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).

Original Press Release

Performance runs in the family: The MINI John Cooper Works models.

BMW:Performance runs in the family: The MINI John Cooper Works models.

Munich. When characteristic driving pleasure rises to
a thrilling race feeling, the John Cooper Works logo immediately comes
into focus alongside the unmistakable design features of the British
premium brand MINI. Each John Cooper Works model combines individual
style with challenging performance in its own unique way. The current
starting line-up of top athletes includes models from the small car
and premium compact segments. Each of them guarantees extreme driving
pleasure and fascinating charisma through drive and chassis technology
derived directly from motorsport as well as specific design features
in the exterior and interior.

The connection between MINI and John Cooper Works is based on a
decades-long tradition, joint successes in racing and a shared
awareness of driving pleasure, individuality and premium quality. Six
decades ago, the sports car designer John Cooper paved the way for the
classic Mini on the race tracks and rally tracks. Three overall
victories at the Monte Carlo Rally helped the British small car to
legendary status as early as the 1960s. In the more recent past, the
sporting career was marked above all by the six overall successes for
MINI in the Dakar Rally.

With the current John Cooper Works models, the passion for top
performance can also be experienced in everyday traffic. Their
technology, developed with racing know-how, and their
performance-oriented appearance secure them an exceptional position in
their respective competitive environment. As an original in the
premium segment of small cars, the MINI John Cooper Works (fuel
consumption combined: 7.1 – 6.8 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.1 – 6.9
l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 161 – 155 g/km
according to WLTP, 163 – 158 g/km according to NEDC) embodies the
classic three-door body concept in a particularly sporty form.
Exclusive open-air pleasure creates an additional appeal in the MINI
John Cooper Works Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 – 7.1
l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.4 – 7.1 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2
emissions combined: 167 – 161 g/km according to WLTP, 169 – 163 g/km
according to NEDC). Both models now enter the race with fresh design
accents. The most important changes to the exterior include the
reduced surface design at the front, the hexagonal radiator grille,
which has gained in size and presence, new side scuttles and a clearly
designed rear apron, in whose lower area a particularly striking
diffuser now frames the two tailpipes of the sports exhaust system.

A 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology
ensures spirited power delivery in both models. It generates a maximum
output of 170 kW/231 hp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. The drive
torque is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual
transmission as standard and an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission
as an option. The MINI John Cooper Works needs 6.3 seconds (automatic:
6.1 seconds) to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h. Its top speed is
246 km/h. Its top speed is 246 km/h. The MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds (automatic: 6.5
seconds) and reaches a top speed of 242 km/h (automatic: 241 km/h).

With their chassis technology precisely tuned to the performance
characteristics of the engine, the two top sports cars enable an
intense performance experience. A sports brake system developed in
cooperation with the specialist manufacturer Brembo is just as much
part of the standard equipment as the 17-inch John Cooper Works
light-alloy wheels. The latest version of the Adaptive Suspension is
now available as an option, which with its new frequency-selective
damper technology ensures an optimised balance between sportiness and
ride comfort.

The two John Cooper Works models open up a further dimension of
inspiring performance and unrestricted suitability for everyday use
for the premium compact segment. With their variable interior space,
five fully-fledged seats, the most powerful engine ever developed for
MINI models and the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard, they have
the ideal prerequisites to enthuse additional target groups for
extreme sportiness. The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman (fuel
consumption combined: 7.9 – 7.4 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.0 – 6.6
l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 180 – 168 g/km
according to WLTP, 161 – 151 g/km according to NEDC) combines its
extremely sporty character with the individual body concept of a
modern Shooting Brake. Four side doors, the two split doors at the
rear and the dynamically stretched roofline help it to achieve modern
functionality and a lifestyle-oriented appearance. As the largest and
most versatile member of the Performance family, the MINI John Cooper
Works Countryman (fuel consumption combined: 8.2 – 7.6 l/100 km
according to WLTP, 7.0 – 6.6 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions
combined: 188 – 173 g/km according to WLTP, 161 – 152 g/km according
to NEDC) is characterised by its robust appearance and particularly
generous interior space.

The most important thing they have in common is an irresistible
forward thrust that comes from the power of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder
engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology. The drive unit develops a
maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm. It is
combined with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as standard. In
both models, the ALL4 all-wheel drive system takes on the task of
distributing the ample drive torque between the front and rear wheels
precisely and as required in every driving situation. The system is
supported by the mechanical differential lock integrated into the
automatic transmission. It acts as a transverse lock to reduce the
speed compensation between the front wheels. With a locking effect of
up to 39 percent, it promotes traction on unpaved terrain or in
adverse weather conditions as well as driving dynamics during sporty cornering.

A Brembo sports brake system with four-piston fixed calliper disc
brakes on the front axle ensures superior deceleration performance
even for the top athletes in the compact segment. Another component of
the standard equipment are the 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy
wheels. Adaptive Suspension is also available as an optional extra for
the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

In all John Cooper Works models, a cockpit characterised by sporty
flair supports the performance experience. The redesigned Nappa sports
leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons on high-gloss black
surfaces and John Cooper Works logo can be heated as an option. John
Cooper Works sports seats with integrated headrests, a stainless steel
pedal set, an anthracite-coloured roof liner and a specific gearshift
or gear selector lever also come as standard. The standard equipment
in the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works
Countryman also includes the multifunctional instrument display, which
is available as an option in the other two top sports cars. In all
models, a new operating system offers optimised options for quick and
intuitive control of vehicle functions, audio programme,
communication, navigation and apps. Live widgets on the 8.8-inch touch
display of the central instrument now serve to activate the desired
menu item, which can be selected with a swiping motion similar to that
on a smartphone.

Two colour worlds are now available for the graphic display on the
central instrument and the multifunctional instrument display on the
steering column. The “Lounge” and “Sport” modes
offer relaxing blue and turquoise tones and an animating combination
of red and anthracite, respectively, which can also be linked to the
corresponding settings of the standard MINI Driving Modes for a
comfortable or sporty vehicle setup if desired.

Newly compiled trims and equipment packages allow the configuration
of all John Cooper Works models to be easily and specifically tailored
to personal requirements. The John Cooper Works Trim is available as
an alternative to the standard equipment. This option includes
particularly attractive exterior paint finishes such as Chili Red,
Rebel Green, Rooftop Grey metallic or Island Blue metallic. It also
includes John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in size 18 inches for
the models in the small car segment and 19 inches for the compact top
sports cars, as well as exterior and interior surfaces in Piano Black
high gloss and Dinamica/leather upholstery in Carbon Black.

The comfort, connectivity and driver assistance equipment packages
offered for all John Cooper Works models have also been carefully put
together. New to the range for all top sports cars is the Lane
Departure Warning system included in the Driving Assistant. In
addition, Active Cruise Control now also includes a Stop & Go
function for the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible. It can be used in conjunction with the 8-speed Steptronic
Sport transmission and enhances comfort in those situations where a
slow flow of traffic temporarily slows down extreme driving pleasure.

In case of queries, please contact:

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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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Original Press Release

The next step: BMW Motorsport expands its involvement in sim racing and cooperates with four top teams.

BMW:The next step: BMW Motorsport expands its involvement in sim racing and cooperates with four top teams.

Munich. BMW Motorsport is expanding its sim racing activities
in the coming year. As well as various different BMW SIM Cup
formats, it will focus on new partnerships with four top teams and
founding a “BMW Motorsport SIM Academy”. A “BMW SIM World Tour” is
also planned, and is scheduled to start with a roadshow in Austria
in 2021. Even more virtual BMW race cars will be available on the
most important sim racing platforms, and the development of
innovative sim racing hardware with BMW Motorsport know-how will
also continue. The goal is to incorporate the sim racing community
as an equal partner in all programmes and, together, to continue the
boom that virtual motor racing in Esports has enjoyed in 2020.

 

“In recent months, we have experienced an incredible dynamic in sim
racing,” said Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “At
BMW Motorsport, we have learned a lot this year and are determined to
put what we have learned into practice, with regard to our 2021
programme. The area of hardware development will also focus on
technological innovations and new developments next year. Our BMW SIM
Cups will once again play an important role, but in an adapted form.
Our cooperations with four of the best sim racing teams in the world,
and our new academy, see us continue our approach of promoting sim
racing as part of the community through mutual dialogue. Together, we
will continue to fuel the growth in this exciting Esports sector. The
BMW Motorsport sim racing programme provides the ideal basis for this.”

 

BMW SIM Cups.

Last year’s successful Cup formats on various sim racing platforms
will be continued and expanded in 2021. This allows the best sim
racers in the world to continue to compete in the BMW M8 GTE on the
iRacing platform within the BMW SIM GT Cup. Over the course of the
year, the BMW M4 GT3 will also be introduced. The virtual version of
this car is currently being developed by iRacing at the same time as
the real car is being developed. The BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup will
also offer spectacular racing again. However, it will no longer take
place exclusively on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, but at various
racetracks within the support programme for the GT Pro Series on
rFactor 2. New to the programme is the BMW SIM Time Attack by Assetto
Corsa Competizione. This sees drivers race against the clock with the
BMW M4 GT4 in monthly competitions. All participants have the same
goal: to compete at the BMW SIM Live event, which will once again
provide the stage for the grand finales of all the BMW SIM Cups in 2021.

BMW Motorsport cooperates with top sim racing teams.

The partnerships with four of the best sim racing teams in the world
underline the fact that BMW Motorsport is very ambitious and
determined to celebrate victories in Esports. Team Redline, Williams
Esports, G2 Esports and BS+COMPETITION will compete with BMW cars and
represent BMW Motorsport at many top-class sim racing events on the
biggest platforms in 2021. Each team brings its own specific strengths
and different focusses to the partnership. Team Redline can look back
on a unique success story in sim racing and is one of the favourites
in every race that features a Redline car. The Williams Esports team
is positioned very broadly in sim racing and regularly challenges for
victories and titles on many different platforms – with the same name
as the Formula 1 team. BS+COMPETITION has a big squad of so-called
hybrid racers, who are successful in real and virtual motor racing.
BMW and G2 Esports already cooperate successfully in other areas of
Esports. Sim racing is now being added to this cooperation. The focus
of G2 Esports Sim Racing is on outings in the Assetto Corsa
Competizione simulation.

BMW Motorsport SIM Academy.

With the construction of its own academy, sim racing is being given a
physical home at BMW Motorsport. At the “Home of BMW Motorsport SIM
Racing”, ambitious and inexperienced sim racers will be given the
opportunity to call on the extensive range of training opportunities
and motor racing expertise at BMW Motorsport. This begins with
coaching from professional sim racers in the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing
partner teams, and continues through to mental training courses, which
BMW works drivers have been attending regularly for many years, in
order to optimise their concentration during races. The training
sessions at the BMW Motorsport SIM Academy are available streamed
online and – as soon as it is possible again – in person. The academy
is currently being set up. Further details of this programme will be
announced during the first half of 2021.

BMW SIM World Tour.

Also new for 2021 is the BMW SIM World Tour. This will – if the
pandemic situation allows it – kick off in April 2021 with an
innovative roadshow through Austria, under the motto “From Showroom to
Racetrack”. Mobile BMW racing simulators offer customers and
interested parties the opportunity to enjoy an immersive motorsport
experience, with the prospect of winning attractive prizes and a place
in the national final. A total of 40 event days throughout Austria are
planned for the pilot project. The car of choice for the virtual heats
will be the entry-level model in the BMW M Customer Racing range – the
BMW M2 CS Racing.

Original Press Release

Changes at BMW Motorsport: Farewell to BMW Teams RBM and Schnitzer, BMW Team RMG now involved in the GT3 development.

BMW:Changes at BMW Motorsport: Farewell to BMW Teams RBM and Schnitzer, BMW Team RMG now involved in the GT3 development.

Munich. The international motorsport landscape is currently
undergoing a raft of changes – and as a result, this also applies to
the works-based BMW Motorsport team line-up. Therefore, the long
collaboration with the iconic BMW Teams RBM and Schnitzer will not
continue. BMW Team RMG will be working with BMW Motorsport to
develop the new BMW M4 GT3 in the coming season.

After the premature end of the Class 1 DTM, the fields of activity
for BMW’s works-based presence had to be adapted. BMW Team RMG, that
previously was one of the works teams in the DTM and celebrated two
driver’s titles with Marco Wittmann (GER), will serve as a development
team for the new BMW M4 GT3 in the future.

In contrast, the collaboration with BMW Team RBM is ending, as there
is no longer a classic works involvement in the new, customer
racing-based DTM.

The BMW Motorsport family has enjoyed many fantastic successes with
Bart Mampaey’s (BEL) team on the international motorsport stage over
25 years. Founded in 1995, the team became an official BMW works team
in 2006 after being crowned European and World Touring Car Champions.
Two more World Championship titles followed. With its outstanding
performances, BMW Team RBM has made a major contribution to the fact
that BMW became one of the most successful manufacturers in the World
Touring Car Championship. Since the return to DTM in 2012, BMW Team
RBM has been one of the BMW works teams in the series and claimed nine
race victories.

The necessary realignment of the works-based team structure also
means that the partnership with BMW Team Schnitzer will not be continued.

Since the 1960s, Schnitzer Motorsport has been one of the most
influential and successful teams in the world of international GT and
touring car racing – always with BMW race cars. BMW Team Schnitzer has
forever earned an important place in BMW history, thanks to many
prestigious national and international triumphs in renowned
championships and at legendary endurance races, like those at the
Nürburgring and at Le Mans. Through its passionate commitment and
magnificent success, Schnitzer has also been instrumental in shaping
the BMW brand in terms of sportiness and dynamics. The level of the
team’s performance was demonstrated most recently at the Nürburgring
24 Hours, when it finished third under the leadership of Herbert
Schnitzer jun.

Quotes:

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM): “It is a
great shame, but we respect the fact that BMW Motorsport is unable to
continue the collaboration with us as a works team. I would like to
thank BMW for the fantastic partnership, which we have enjoyed for 25
long years. BMW has always been at our side, from the very beginning
to the final curtain in the DTM, and our relationship will remain a
strong one, even if we are no longer a works team. Times are changing
and we are all facing a challenging future. At RBM, we will initially
reduce our racing activities. However, that does not mean this is the
end of our motorsport chapter. We want to continue in motor racing and
see what options arise. I also think that we can apply the values and
skills that we have at RBM in other industries outside motorsport.
They always say: when one door closes, another one opens. So I am very
excited to see what opportunities come our way in the future.”

Herbert Schnitzer jun. (Team Principal BMW Team
Schnitzer):
“We very much regret that, given the changes in
motorsport, it is no longer possible to continue the cooperation with
BMW Motorsport. However, we obviously understand and respect the
decision. We are proud that we Schnitzers have, together with BMW,
shaped international motorsport for so many decades. It is a pleasure
to look back on all the big successes we have enjoyed together in such
a wide range of categories. We are also very proud to be a part of
motorsport history at BMW. We would like to thank BMW Motorsport for
this long, unique partnership. BMW was our life and our passion.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG): “We
are very much looking forward to our new role as development team for
the BMW M4 GT3, and thank BMW Motorsport for the faith it has placed
in us. The BMW M4 GT3 is the new flagship of BMW Motorsport, and we
will do our bit to make it another successful BMW. For us as racers
and technicians, it is very exciting to be closely involved in the
development of a race car. We will now apply all our know-how and
skills to this project.”

Note to editors: Over the course of the coming week,
we will pay tribute to the two departing BMW teams, RBM and Schnitzer,
and will look back at milestones in the shared history.

Original Press Release

The perfect example of synergies between real-world motorsport and sim racing: the BMW M4 GT4.

BMW:The perfect example of synergies between real-world motorsport and sim racing: the BMW M4 GT4.

Munich. The BMW M4 GT4 played a leading role in the technology
transfer between real-world motorsport and sim racing in the 2020
season. The introduction of the car on the simulation platforms
iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione is just as much a new
dimension of creating synergies between real-world and virtual
racing as the livery contest and the virtual track day with the BMW
M customer racing car. BMW Motorsport SIM Racing followed all these
projects with intense media coverage.


 
“The BMW M4 GT4 is a superb example of what we mean when
we emphasise that the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing projects are also
about synergies between real-world and digital racing. This pillar of
our racing programme is self-contained, but pays in to all of the BMW
Group’s motorsport,” says Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW Motorsport SIM
Racing. “Building the bridge between real-world and digital racing
makes a great deal of sense in the case of a BMW M customer racing car
such as the BMW M4 GT4. Many customers have explicitly asked for this
car to be implemented. On the one hand, to have spectacular virtual
races – particularly during the pandemic – and on the other hand, to
practice for the next real appearance at home, and in doing so have
almost exactly the same driving experience as in the real-world racing
car. Enabling a much larger customer base to test the BMW M4 GT4
virtually, and in doing so to get a good initial impression, might
result in one or more additional interested parties in a real car. No
doubt we will apply this principle again in future projects with BMW
racing cars.”
 
Development of the digital BMW M4 GT4.

The digital version of the BMW M4 GT4 made its debut on the
simulation platform iRacing at the start of June. Over the course of
the year, the platform Assetto Corsa Competizione also introduced the
car. To make the driving experience as realistic as possible for the
sim racers, the BMW Motorsport engineers collaborated extremely
closely and transparently with the simulation platform
colleagues.
 
In the case of iRacing, the developers
received two large data packages of several gigabytes from BMW
Motorsport. Dittrich explained the process in a press release at the
end of May 2020 as follows: “The first package contained the CAD data
with all the specifications of the car parts. That is exactly the same
data that a supplier gets from us to produce the real component.
iRacing also scanned a real car, in this case the Turner Motorsport
BMW M4 GT4. The second large data package contained all the
information on driving dynamics. We use the same data set to do
simulate lap times or to operate our BMW Motorsport simulator, for
example. This data includes damper curves, engine performance curves,
axle kinematics, weight distribution, aerodynamic values: any figures
that we had calculated for the car we passed on to iRacing. iRacing
ended up knowing as much about the car as our customer teams do.”
 
Virtual track day with the BMW M4 GT4.

To give potential customers the opportunity to experience the
BMW M4 GT4 in the race simulator, the first BMW Motorsport SIM Racing
Track Day was held at the end of June. A selection of BMW M customer
racing drivers took to the track at the virtual Nürburgring and
received tuition from well-known “instructors”: BMW works driver
Philipp Eng, who enjoys great success in the simulator himself, and
the three sim racers Alexander Voß, Laurin Heinrich and Nils Koch. In
addition to the pure driving experience, the procedure during a race
was also simulated, with free practice sessions, qualifying and races.
Instructors used a voice app to give the participants valuable tips on
set-up work with digital race cars.
 
“With their various
commitments and activities, BMW has long demonstrated how seriously
they take the field of sim racing,” said Eng in the press release at
that time. “This event showed that once again. I think it’s great that
customer teams and drivers from the BMW Sports Trophy are also being
given the opportunity to collaborate with sim experts.”
 
BMW M4 GT4 livery contest.

In July 2020, BMW Motorsport SIM Racing announced the BMW M4 GT4
Livery Contest with the tagline “THE FUSION OF REAL WORLD AND SIM
RACING” – a design competition in which entrants from the sim racing
community were able to let their creativity run free, and even have
their dream design feature on the real-world
racetrack.
 
Chan Wen Bin prevailed over numerous rivals
with his suggested design for the BMW M4 GT4 and received a cash prize
of 3,000 US dollars and the joy of having his design used on a real
racing car. The BMW M customer racing team FK Performance contested
the season finale of the DTM Trophy in Hockenheim with the BMW M4 GT4
in the winning design in November 2020.
 
The 27-year-old
graphic designer from Malaysia won over not only the top-class jury
consisting of multi-media artist and BMW Art Car artist Cao Fei,
Michael Scully (Global Automotive Director @Designworks) and BMW works
driver Bruno Spengler with his design; BMW Motorsport fans also had
the opportunity to vote for their favourites via social media and
influence the decision.
 
“With the BMW M4 GT4 Livery
Contest we showed that in addition to racing drivers, you can also
integrate and speak to other communities, as well as support graphic
designers digitally via sim racing and make them more well known,”
says Dittrich.
 
BMW SIM Live on 5th December 2020.

BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be broadcast from 4.00 PM CET on
5th December via a livestream on the BMW Motorsport and BMW
Esports channels, will include the final races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup
and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the season’s race winners come
together they will be competing for a total prize fund in excess of
25,000 euros.
 
BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will use the event
framework to present its extensive programme for the upcoming season.
This will be expanded significantly in many areas, to do justice to
the momentum of the rapidly emerging digital racing sector. Plans
include the one-make cup competitions, hardware developments and
collaborations. BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will present several
spectacular world premieres in these areas at BMW SIM Live 2020.
 
Live streams of the BMW SIM Live 2020:

 
BMW Motorsport Youtube: 
https://b.mw/sim_live

BMW Motorsport Facebook: https://b.mw/sim_live_FB
BMW Motorsport Twitter: https://b.mw/sim_live_TW   
BMW Motorsport Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/bmwmotorsport
BMW Esports Twitter: 
https://b.mw/esports_sim_live_TW

Original Press Release

Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

BMW:Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

Munich.
The 2020 season was the first in which BMW Motorsport
established sim racing as a standalone, equal pillar in its racing
programme. The focus was on the BMW SIM 120 Cup and the BMW SIM M2
CS Racing Cup as separate digital BMW one-make cups with a top-class
field, but BMW cars and BMW works drivers also enjoyed numerous
successes at renowned sim racing events outside of these cups.

 

“Top teams, top drivers, and full starting grids. The response to the
two BMW SIM cups that we set up in collaboration with iRacing and
rFactor2 in our first year was massive,” said Rudolf Dittrich, Head of
BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “The world’s best sim racers contested both
one-make cups, and made for fantastic racing action. You can see just
how seriously they took the competition by the impressive line-up for
the finals at BMW SIM Live. We, along with the community, are looking
forward to spectacular final races.”

BMW SIM 120 Cup.

In the BMW SIM 120 Cup on the simulation platform iRacing, more than
2,000 drivers from around the world contested the six races of the
season at Daytona, Sebring, the Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Road
Atlanta and Interlagos. The reward for each victory was 2,400 US
dollars, while the second-placed team received 1,200 US dollars. The
drivers in third place shared 600 US dollars. In the finals, further
cash prizes of more than 27,000 US dollars in total are at stake.

Teams that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

Maximilian Benecke / Maximilian Wenig – Team Redline

Josh Rogers / Mitchell deJong – Coanda Simsport

Laurin Heinrich / Alexander Voß – BS+COMPETITION

Agustín Canapino / Sami-Matti Trogen – Williams Esports

Tuomas Tähtelä / Valtteri Alander – KOVA Esports

Sebastian Job / Graham Carroll – Red Bull Racing Esports

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

In the second BMW one-make cup, the best sim racers went head to head
on the platform rFactor2 in the virtual BMW M2 CS Racing at the
legendary Nürburgring. Most of the races were on the Nordschleife, in
a variety of conditions. Come sunshine, rain or darkness: only the
real ‘Green Hell’ experts prevailed there. The best of them will now
contest the finals at BMW SIM Live, where they will do battle for a
total prize fund of 3,500 euros.

Drivers that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

 

Michal Smidl – Varga Sim Racing

Risto Kappet – R8G Esports

Nikodem Wisniewski – Williams Esports

Erhan Jajovski – R8G Esports

Zbigniew Siara – Buttler-Pal Motorsport

Peyo Peev – HM Engineering

Jakub Brzezinski – Williams Esports

Yuri Kastorp – R8G Esports

Hany Alsabti – R8G Esports

Joonas Ravio – Zansho Simsport

Other sim racing successes for BMW cars and drivers.

“Aside from our own BMW SIM cups, we have also seen tremendous
momentum in sim racing this year, in part due to the pandemic, which
has spawned new race series in very rapid succession,” said Dittrich.
“BMW cars and BMW drivers brought home numerous wins and titles on
various simulation platforms. It was particularly interesting to see
with just how much passion and ambition many BMW works drivers got
involved with sim racing. And some of them were rewarded with
prestigious wins. I would love for us to be able to build on that in 2021.”

One of the big winners among the ranks of the BMW works drivers was
Bruno Spengler (CAN). He won two titles on the platform iRacing.
First, in the virtual BMW M8 GTE, he won the IMSA iRacing Pro Series,
set up by the IMSA series during the enforced break from real-world
racing. In addition to Spengler, many other regular IMSA drivers
contested the series, including BMW representatives Nick Catsburg
(NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards, Connor De
Phillippi and Robby Foley (alle USA). In autumn, Spengler also won the
title in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO with
Team BMW Bank and his driver colleagues Kay Kaschube and Nils Koch
(both GER) at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. All of the races in the
series were at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Also in the virtual BMW Z4 GT3, Eng alongside Laurin Heinrich,
Alexander Voß (both GER) and Team BS+COMPETITION celebrated the
overall win at the iRacing 24h Nürburgring. BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver Maximilian Günther (GER) won the Pro title in ‘THE RACE
All-Star Cup’ on the platform rFactor 2 and also performed very well
in the ‘ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge’ with a few race wins. In
that competition, Team Redline driver Kevin Siggy (SLO) in the virtual
BMW iFE.20 won the sim racers title, which saw him also snag a
starting spot in the finals of the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup at BMW SIM
Live. The twelfth and final starting place for these finals went to
Cem Bölükbasi (TUR) for his win at the sim racing event organised by
Jochen Schweizer. Bölükbasi, Siggy and Heinrich joined forces with
Coque Lopez (ESP) to form the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team for the
V10 R-League on the Assetto Corsa platform and enjoyed several
successes against top-class competition in the inaugural season of the
team competition.

The DTM also held a digital championship this year. The team title in
the DTM Esports Championship on the platform RaceRoom went to the crew
of team captain and BMW DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). Timo
Glock (GER) and Lucas Auer (AUT) were also in action in the virtual
BMW M4 DTM as pro racing driver representatives. The sim racer
driver’s title went to Moritz Löhner (GER), who, as a member of
Sheldon van der Linde’s team, was also racing in a BMW M4 DTM.

BMW SIM Live on 5th December 2020.

BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be broadcast from 4.00 PM CET on
5th December via a livestream on the BMW Motorsport and BMW
Esports channels, will include the final races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup
and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the season’s race winners come
together they will be competing for a total prize fund in excess of
25,000 euros.

BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will use the event framework to present its
extensive programme for the upcoming season. This will be expanded
significantly in many areas, to do justice to the momentum of the
rapidly emerging digital racing sector. Plans include the one-make cup
competitions, hardware developments and collaborations. BMW Motorsport
SIM Racing will present several spectacular world premieres in these
areas at BMW SIM Live 2020.

Link to YouTube stream:
https://b.mw/sim_live
.

Original Press Release

An interview with Jake Dennis: “At the level we are racing at, you have to be sensible and work together”.

BMW:An interview with Jake Dennis: “At the level we are racing at, you have to be sensible and work together”.

Munich. Jake Dennis (GBR) is set to make his debut in Season 7
of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with BMW i Andretti
Motorsport. He and Maximilian Günther (GER) are currently attending
the official Formula E tests at Valencia (ESP)

with the BMW iFE.21. In recent years, Dennis has shown his
versatility in the DTM, GT and Formula racing, and as a simulator
and development driver for the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula
1 Team. In an interview, he discusses his expectations ahead of his
first Formula E season, the advantages of his racing simulator
experience, and his general viewpoint on the subject of electromobility.

Welcome to BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Jake!
How and when were you approached by the team?

Jake Dennis: “It all started just through having one connection to
BMW i Andretti Motorsport, which allowed me to do a simulator test,
just to see how the performance was. That test went well. That then
progressed on to a test session on the real racetrack, which went also
really well and we had a bit more of an understanding after that, that
we have kind of a chance to get a seat. When things aligned, what the
team needed and what I wanted, we’ve put together the contract.”

You are currently doing test laps at Valencia in the BMW
iFE.21. How does it feel to be part of Formula E?

 

Dennis: “It feels great! I wanted to progress over the past couple of
years into Formula E as the series has really taken off in the past
years. Gaining the FIA World Championship status now is obviously
massive. It’s nice to call myself a Formula E driver and to finally
put some laps in the car with BMW is a real pleasure. Can’t wait for
the first races in Santiago.”

What are you looking forward to most?

Dennis: “To race in the locations we drive at. Getting to race in
Santiago de Chile, in New York, in Rome and in all the other great
cities is just sensational. The tracks are cool as they are all street
circuits but at the same time this will also be the biggest challenge
for me. Not knowing the circuits is definitely a challenge being a
rookie. I think you can learn the car to a certain level pretty
quickly but learning the tracks against drivers, who have even up to
seven years experience will be tough. I think it’s an advantage to
have driven there before, but at one point obviously everybody has to
be a rookie, so this year it’s my go.”

Will Maximilian Günther be more of a partner or more of an opponent?

Dennis: “Maximilian and I are both competitive guys and there is no
question that we want to beat each other, but I think at the level we
are racing at now, you have to be sensible and you have to work
together to make the programme work. We both want the best for the
team and we both want the fastest car underneath at the end of the
day. That means working together and developing the programme as
quickly as possible is the aim and that’s for sure what we do. It
makes no sense to be rivals, that is more when you are 16 or 17 years
old and your aim is Formula 1 and you think everybody is your enemy,
but now obviously we are older and more matured and you see the bigger picture.”

What’s you first impression of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team?

Dennis: “I like the team a lot. The combination of BMW and Andretti
is very strong. The team is highly professional and it has a good mix
of nationalities, which is a great benefit as you get different views
and different opinions.”

How does your wealth of experience in simulator driving help
in Formula E?

Dennis: “My experience in simulator driving helped me most likely to
get the Formula E seat I’d say, because if I had been slow in the
simulator during the evaluation I think I would not be sitting here
today for sure. But in terms of driving the actual car it doesn’t make
a big difference. Some drivers are really fast on simulators and some
drivers are rather slow, but on track they are just as fast as you. I
think in reality it doesn’t really help me to deliver any more
performance on track but it helps just having more experience on
simulators to help to develop the BMW simulator at the factory.”

Do you have much experience on street circuits?

Dennis: “I don’t really have a lot experience on street circuits
genuinely. I did the ones at Macau and Pau and places like Norisring,
but it’s nothing like Formula E. You just try to build up as much
knowledge as you can but Formula E is so unique with the tracks
they’ve developed, that you probably never really build up enough
knowledge before you go into Formula E. I like it that the circuits
are so tight and twisty and for the fans it’s great to see the cars so
close. All the street races I’ve done so far I really enjoyed so I
think there’s no reason to not enjoy the ones where you race in
Formula E.”

Are you an early bird in normal life? Because you’ll have to
be on Formula E race days…

Dennis: “I’m kind of getting used to the early starts of the day, due
to the early starts in Munich during the simulator days. I’m quite
good at waking up early, I think I don’t need a lot of sleep in
general. But if it’s a possibility, I’m happy to sleep a bit longer
than on race days in Formula E.”

What’s your general opinion on e-mobility?

Dennis: “My general opinion about e-mobility is that it will only
become bigger and bigger. I still love a big engine and super-fast,
loud cars but I am realistic and I know how big the electric world is
going to be and I’m super excited to be now part of the programme and
to get more of an understanding the way the world and the way the
project is going. Just from season one until now – the amount of
technology and development which has happened in Formula E is sensational.”

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