BMW M GmbH will get a new chairman from 1 January 2015, with Franciscus van Meel taking over from retiring chief Dr. Friedrich Nitschke.
The appointment is notable because van Meel, 48, joins BMW after leading Audi’s quattro GmbH division – and has not even joined BMW Group yet: his first day is 1 October.
Van Meel has worked at Audi AG since 1996, in chassis development and technical management, becoming MD of quattro GmbH in 2012.
However, earlier this year, van Meel was reportedly stood down … CONTINUED
Vorsteiner presents the GTS program for the F80 M3 / F82 M4.
Like everybody else, Alekshop wanted some answers about the F8x dynos and performance. Some say the engine is underrated, and some say it’s just right. Dinan recently showed 484 crank horsepower, but questions swirled about the methods: did the engine really come out of the car, or did Dinan run the car on the Dynapack and estimate engine crank horsepower. We don’t know, but Alekshop has access to a Dynapack and that gave them an idea. They decided to take their Alekshop F82 project … CONTINUED
New sighting of the upcoming FWD 1 Series sedan (F52), this time showing some of its head lights.
The F52 1 Series Sedan is built upon the FWD platform which will also underpin the the next generation 1 Series hatchback and 2 Series Coupe/Convertible to follow after this sedan. It will also be offered with AWD xDrive.
BMW has previously gone on the record as saying that it “sees little need for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series,” but it seems that the company has either … CONTINUED
Here’s one sweet 6 Series Gran Coupe by Sonic Tuning, featuring:
20″ BC Forged HB09 Wheels
Enlaes M6 Diffuser
Lowered on H&R Springs.
Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt navigates the BMW i8 around the Hockenheim (short track) in 1:15.0.
At the same time, they ran the Boxster in 1:14.9 and Jaguar F-Type in 1:15.2.
Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the 2015 BMW M4 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car.
Congrats to our very first US i8 owner, from Houston Texas.
The limited M235i M Performance Edition arrives in Canada.
Alpha-N has developed a tune for the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Here are the dyno results and power figures from a first member’s install.
This 2 Series gets equipped with some goodies from Hartge.
Another great driving tour by Rick F., this time taking us through Tennessee and North Carolina.
Hopefully these great journals by him have been serving as inspiration for all our members to go out there and DRIVE your BMWs – fast, slow, short, long, just drive!
Teaser of the Akrapovic M4 livery.
Here’s a nice guide to to understanding carbon fiber weaves and fabrics by RW Carbon.
The rumormill churns for the next gen M5/M6 returning to an all new V10 engine, and the introduction of a X1 M model and M5 Touring based off the upcoming G31 5 Series Touring?
Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve 96 dealers within the Central and Eastern regions of BMW’s dealer network. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, and Craig Westbrook, Vice President – Aftersales, BMW of North America, were in attendance and spoke at the opening.
“BMW Group year-to-date sales in the U.S. set a new benchmark, topping 246,000 vehicles in the first eight months of this year, and … CONTINUED
A member shares some notes and photos from the 1200 mile service of his F80 M3 (same process as for the F82 M4).
A look at the BMW M4 M Performance Exhaust pre installation.