Sep 27

BMW Returning to 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA WEC Starting 2018

BMW has just announced that it will be joining the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018. This also represents the return of BMW to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it last raced in 2011. BMW claimed overall victory there in 1999 with the open prototype BMW V12 LMR. The last time a BMW took its place on the grid at the endurance classic near the river Sarthe was in 2011: back then, the BMW M3 GT finished third in the LM GTE class.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt states (in press release below): “Starting with the 2018 season, we want to further expand our activities in GT racing and compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship… This obviously also includes our return to Le Mans, which we are particularly looking forward to. The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing.”

 

Sep 26

G30 5 Series Sedan Bares Nearly All

The G30 5 Series has been spotted with what is likely the minimal amount of camouflage we’ll see before its official full reveal. Most of the car is now revealed except for the side character line and parts of the front and rear end. The sedan prototype spotted here is the 530e plug in hybrid version.