A year ago, BMW announced its involvement in the development of “Car-to-x” communications technology which will allow future allow drivers to “see” long distances ahead, into areas currently hidden from view, and even around not just one but many corners.
Car-to-x communication entails electronic networking of vehicles and roadside infrastructure, with the aim of exchanging information directly both between road users and between road users and roadside infrastructure (such as traffic lights, traffic signs, bridges, tolls and even dangerous roads). Car-to-x communication is a comprehensive communication network which any road user can take part in. It would operate via WLAN or mobile phone connections.
Following four years of R&D work, the field operational tests have now begun. 20 BMW cars and 5 BMW motorcycles are taking part in … CONTINUED
A convertible version of the BMW 1M Coupe never made it to market, but here is a real life look at how it may have looked had it been approved.
Spotted on the streets was this 1M conversion or replica version. The lack of orange stitching on the seats indicates that this is either not a full conversion (with 1M interior) or simply a convertible 1 Series with 1M body panels and parts attached.
We recently attended the awsome Weyermann Malzfabrik classic car show in Bamberg, Germany.
The show was held on the factory grounds of Weyermann, a beer malt maker. Actually in typical German fashion their full name is: Malzfabrik Mich. Weyermann® GmbH & Co. KG.
Weyermann makes the malts that beer breweries used to make various flavored beers. They make one of the main ingredients for making beer. And they are at the top of their game. Sold in over 130 countries, their product is a household name in the beer industry. One of the “small’ brewers in the states uses their malts. You might have heard of Sam Adams.
Anyways… here is a look at their annual classic (oldtimer treffen) car show held every July. I know next’s year show … CONTINUED
Have a look at some videos showing the assembly and internals/technology of the N20 engine.
The BMW N20 is a turbocharged inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine which replaced the N52 and BMW N53 inline 6 cylinder engines beginning in 2011. The N20 is an inline 4, but is considered a replacement for the straight-6 N52 and N53 because it powers equivalent models. It features a twin-scroll turbocharger, variable valve timing (VANOS), variable valve lift (valvetronic) and direct injection.
The N20 is currently used in:
E89 Z4 sDrive28i
E84 X1 xDrive28i
F25 X3 xDrive28i
Taking after the Nurburgring M5 Ring Taxi, the Norwegian track Rudskogen has also purchased and prepped a 2013 F10 M5 to serve as its official track car. First modifications have been made to the interior - in the form of a rollcage and Recaro seats all around.
Next up will be the brakes and suspension.
We spoke very recently at length to a trusty source within BMW who is familiar with the development of the upcoming F80 M3 sedan / F82 M4 coupe and we were able to learn the following bits of news:
HORSEPOWER / TORQUE
Regarding power output, the previously estimated 450HP figure is an overestimate. Instead, expect the horsepower output to be in ballpark of the current E90/E92 M3.
What will be increased greatly however, is the torque figure. The F80/F82’s multi turbo inline 6 cylinder engine [recently exposed] will add approximately 100 lb-ft more torque over the current M3 (which outputs 295 lb-ft torque). This would put the new M3/M4 in the range of 395 lb-ft torque. There’s nothing like forced induction for thrust!
We were also glad to learn that … CONTINUED
Have a look at Studie project 6 Series Gran Coupe, their take on giving the already gorgeous 6 Series Gran Coupe an even sportier look.
The project car is based on a Mineral White 640i Gran Coupe.
Insideline dyno tests the Cadillac ATS 2.0 liter turbo which is rated by GM at 272 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque from 1,500-5,500 rpm, and running at 20 PSI.
See how this engine dynos against the 2013 BMW 328i with its 2.0 liter turbo 4 cylinder engine rated from the factory at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
Despite these factory numbers, are German horses larger than American horses in real world testing? See inside.
Remember the announcement made in July by BMW and Toyota regarding their plans to work together on the joint development of architecture and components for a future sports car? Few details were given about the end products for each respective company other than that the jointly developed sports car will not be identical nor share exterior designs and that they will be sustainable sports cars with environmentally friendly technology.
We expected the cars to feature technologies in which BMW and Toyota are market leaders — carbon fiber and hybrid tech, respectively.
Toyota’s UK chief Jon Williams has now indicated to Autoblog at the 2012 Paris auto show that the sports car is likely to be a hybrid. “In terms of the next developments we have announced a partnership … CONTINUED