Aug 31

BMW Celebrates 100 Years of Performance at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA

In celebration of the BMW Group’s 100th anniversary, BMW of North America and The Petersen Automotive Museum will feature “BMW: 100 Years of Performance,” from September 1 through October 14th. The exhibit will showcase five of BMW’s most memorable race and street cars including a 1970 ALPINA 2002ti racecar, a 1977 IMSA 320i Turbo race car driven by David Hobbs, a 1979 M1 classic BMW, the 2000 FW22 Formula 1 car driven by Ralf Schumacher and an iconic BMW 507 roadster. Additionally, the much beloved M3 GT2 BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons will join the museum’s existing display of BMW Art Cars for a limited time. The exhibition and is included with regular museum admission.

Since its inception, BMW has been a company focused on innovation and performance. From the introduction of the Neue Klasse in 1962 and the later establishment of the BMW 3 Series as the market-leading sports sedan to track-dominating racers such as the E30 M3 and 3.0 CSL, BMW has been at the forefront of driving performance and automotive technology for 100 years.

“BMW has built its reputation for performance on the track and on the streets with cars like those we’ll be displaying at The Petersen,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President of Marketing at BMW of North America. “More importantly though, this collection of iconic BMWs demonstrates not only where we’ve been, but what the BMW brand stands for – and will continue to stand for – as we move into the next 100 years.”

The oldest car on display during this special exhibition is the 1970 ALPINA 2002ti which had its original paint and body work restored in 2014 and has seen much track time at the hands of drivers such as Nick Craw, John Morton, Danica Patrick, Boris Said, Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner. It is powered by a 2.0 liter SOHC four-cylinder engine which is fed by dual two-barrel side draft Solex carburetors.

The 1977 IMSA-spec 320i Turbo racecar is one of BMW’s most outlandish looking cars, more so than even the famed “Batmobile” E9 CSLs. The 320i Turbo was powered by a potent Formula 2-based M12 turbocharged engine that was rumored to be putting out in excess of 650 horsepower, and later saw duty in Formula 1 where it was capable of making well over 1000 horsepower. This particular example of the 320i Turbo was piloted by British hot-shoe David Hobbs.

Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, the 1979 Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed M1 was BMW’s first mid-engine production car. It was powered by a twin-cam, fuel-injected 3.5L straight six-cylinder engine and accelerated from 0-60 miles per hour in a brisk 5.4 seconds. Conceived and built for racing, the M1 received general homologation for the entire production series and was equipped with an elaborate suspension with double wishbones on each wheel, gas-pressure dampers and anti-roll bars.

The 2000 FW22 F1 car represents one of Formula 1’s greatest eras, that of the screaming naturally aspirated V10. This car was piloted by Ralf Schumacher and while it didn’t win any races outright, it was able to secure a third place finish in the points race for the season. The car was designed by the famous Williams F1 team and features a carbon fiber chassis, pushrod suspension and BMW’s E41 2.9 liter V10 engine.

The 2010 M3 GT2 BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons was the 17th vehicle to be entered into BMW’s famed Art Car collection and most recent example prior to the upcoming unveiling of John Baldessari’s work later this year. The E92 M3 GT2 is based on the production E92 M3 and features a restricted version of its high revving naturally aspirated V8 and modified versions of the factory Sachs suspension. The M3 GT2 was campaigned by a number of race teams both in the US and abroad and the Koons car was run at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“The Petersen is honored to be able to play host to these incredible cars and to have such a fantastic partner in BMW,” said Adam Langsbard, chief marketing officer for the Petersen Automotive Museum. This group of cars is rarely seen outside of specific events or BMW’s own collection and as such, this very limited exhibition at the Petersen is not to be missed whether you’re a fan of BMW or race cars in general. “We’re proud to be able to work with such a dedicated company and group of people.”

Aug 29

BMW Announces New M Performance Packages for Most Models

Aftersales Business Development & Marketing is excited to announce the availability of the new M Performance Package for most models. The new M Performance Package is available through VIA (VDC Installed Accessory / Port Installed Program) and is the perfect solution for those who are looking to add even more excitement to their BMW. The packages consist of various aerodynamic and performance parts that are sure to make your BMW stand out from the crowd. Since these parts are being offered as a package, customers can save around 10% or more over ordering the parts individually through VIA.

Aug 29

BMW Z4 Production Ends

The E89 Z4 has ridden off into the sunset. The very last E89 Z4 rolled off the line at BMW’s Regensburg, Germany plant a week ago – on August 22. It was a Z4 sDrive35is in Valencia Orange Metallic.

The E89 Z4 has sold more than 115,000 copies globally since its introduction in 2009.

The Z4 will be replaced by the Z5 (see news/photos), a product of BMW’s joint sports car platform venture with Toyota.

Aug 29

BMW Team RLL – Michelin GT Challenge at VIR – Race Final

Fifth and eighth after a hot race in Virginia.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 28, 2016… In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, the two BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLMs finished fifth and eighth in the race that was only for GT cars. It was the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner that finished ahead of the No. 100 sister car of John Edwards and Lucas Luhr. The leading cars completed 90 laps of the 3.27-mile, 18-turn VIRginia International Raceway in the two-hour-and-forty-minute race that had just one full course yellow six minutes from the checkered flag. The GTLM class win went to the No. 3 Corvette.
From fifth and sixth on the grid, after a clean start, it was Werner who had the best getaway and at the end of lap one had moved ahead of Edwards. Then on lap two the No. 100 slipped to seventh and remained in this position until, at the end of lap 13 after 22 minutes of running, it lost its right rear wheel. Edwards managed to get back to the pits for four new tires and fuel, but then received a drive through for a pit stop penalty, which he took at the end of lap 15, and this dropped him back to 18th overall and ninth in class. It also forced a change of strategy from two to three stops. By then the No. 25 car, which was a lap ahead, had moved up to third, 3.8 secs off the lead.
At the 40-minute mark and after 23 laps, Werner was still third and Edwards was fighting his way through the GTD field from last in the GTLM class. On lap 25 Werner had a short excursion off the track and dropped down to seventh and 15 secs off the lead. At the end of lap 30 Werner pitted and Auberlen took over after the car was refueled and fitted with new tires. Following the first round of pits stops for the GTLM class, and at the end of lap 33 and the first hour of running, Auberlen was seventh and Edwards ninth in class and back on the same lap as the leaders. Edwards pitted for new tires and fuel on lap 41 and Luhr took over at the wheel of the No. 100 car. Auberlen was running eighth at the halfway mark with 44 laps completed.

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