BIMMERPOST member Advevo, Andre de Vries, a race car driver and BMW enthusiast shows off his driving skills and the 1M coupe’s control in some great drifting action at the Papenburg Test Track, a track usually reserved strictly for testing cars in development.
A pair of Estoril Blue II F30 M Sport models were recently spotted by a site member at the BMW UK HQ in Bracknell. The two models were a 330d M Sport and a 320i M Sport xDrive.
The F30 3 series M Sport begins production next month.
At today’s SMMT 2012 International Automotive Summit at Canary Wharf, London, Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, announced that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder petrol engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be produced exclusively at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham.
Ian Robertson said: “Our Hams Hall engine plant, which last week celebrated production of the three-millionth engine since the plant was opened in February 2001, will make an important contribution to the future success of the new BMW i brand and the company’s strategy for achieving sustainable mobility. The new 3-cylinder petrol engines will enable our future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to set new standards for … CONTINUED
The 2012 Apple WWDC (developers conference) keynote presentation has just wrapped up, during which Apple unveiled the new iOS 6 for all iOS devices. One of iOS6’s new features is one which will have implications for BMW models.
A new feature called “Eyes Free” will officially integrate Siri functionality into cars. BMW, together with eight other automakers, will be launching products to integrate Siri into their cars within the next 12 months (the others include GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda). Apple briefly described Eyes Free in this way: “Hands-free allows you to keep your hands on the steering wheel while you’re using your phone. We want to integrate Siri even better in the car.”
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Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt can run fast, but can’t seem to drive fast very well? He and his E92 M3 were again involved in an accident in Half-Way-Tree, St. Andrew over the weekend.
Information on what led to the crash is unknown however several photographs show that the front end of a BMW motorcar driven by Bolt suffered damage. Nevertheless, Bolt escaped serious injury when he crashed his motorcar.
This is the second accident in recent years that Bolt has been involved in. In 2009 he crashed his BMW M3 into a ditch in the vicinity of the Vineyards Toll Plaza along Highway 2000. The car flipped a few times before landing upside down.
BMW Group sales recorded solid growth once again in May. With 156,957 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 147,565 / +6.4%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever May sales result. A total of 728,029 (prev. yr. 667,523 / +9.1%) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year, exceeding the previous year’s first five months by more than 60,000 units.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Monday, “Our vehicle portfolio continues to be in strong demand and once again we achieved record sales in the month of May. Exceptional new products such as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, which we launched on the 1st of June, as well as … CONTINUED
Featuring serene comfort, understated elegance and cutting-edge functionality, the exclusive BMW Individual 7 Series special edition by Didit Hediprasetyo combines the sophistication of a BMW 7 Series with the rising fashion designer’s lightness of touch. Created in close collaboration with the BMW Individual factory, the car embodies the Paris-based Indonesian’s sweeping concept of luxury. The collaboration with designer Didit Hediprasetyo is the first of its kind in Asia and this special one-off is available on the market since May 2012. BMW Individual 7 Series by Didit Hediprasetyo will be limited to 5 units, with each designed according to the character and personality of individual clientele.
The design: an extra-special experience as standard.
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Some beautiful photos of some serious M hardware, an E30 M3 with S38 M5 engine swap and an ESS Supercharged E92 M3 coupe. Here are some details on the cars.
Updated with more info on E30: Job started late Nov 2010 started on the engine swap we have dropped in 1992 BMW ///M5 (E28) S38 3.6l engine. *not e36 m3 * We striped this motor all the way down the block and converted to 3.8l stroker, ported the block for stroker build high compression all new parts pistons, lifters, valves and cams by vac motorsports and a used polished crank 3.8l from germany and much more, the head outlet is ported and inlet is also ported and polished so engine is like brand new. Also … CONTINUED
For the last two years the Sauber F1 Team mechanics have been using their downtime to slice a Formula One racing car lengthwise down the middle with the precision of true craftsmen. Chief Designer Matt Morris quite literally gets underneath the skin of the F1 car, pointing out where and how the individual components are located within the chassis. Everything is packed in pretty tightly.