BMW Team RLL had an excellent start to the 2012 American Le Mans Series season. At the 60th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring (US) the no. 56 BMW M3 GT claimed overall victory in the GT class after 307 laps of the “Sebring International Raceway” and a dramatic final stage of the race. Over the course of the thrilling marathon, Dirk Müller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and Jonathan Summerton (US) shared the driving duties. Last year, Müller and Hand (along with Andy Priaulx) crossed the line as winners in the BMW M3 GT at the season opener.
The sister BMW M3 GT, number 155 was driven by Jörg Müller (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Uwe Alzen (DE). The trio finished the race, which saw a … CONTINUED
Two 335i F30 race cars (the first we know of in the world) will debut in South Africa on March 31, 2012. These cars are built and raced by ADF Motorsport based at the Kyalami Race track. They will race in the Bridgestone Production Cars race in the WesBank Super series and be broadcast on Supersport in South Africa.
About ADF Motorsport:
At the end of November 2007, BMW SA Motorsport made the decision to withdraw from South African motorsport for the near foreseeable future. Whilst the rest of SA was enjoying their holiday on the beach, five-time South African champion Anthony Taylor approached marketing and publishing specialist Donovan van Heerden to secure their sponsorship, to assist him and ex-BMW SA Motorsport race engineer, Freddie Pretorius, … CONTINUED
Follow VSmotorsport’s build of a E92 M3 coupe race car which they intend to race in the SCCA T2 class.
The M135i Concept has debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow. It previews the upcoming M135i, the next vehicle which will join the ranks of BMW’s new M Performance vehicle lineup (in addition to the already revealed M550d and X5/X6 M50d). It also represents the first petrol/gasoline M Performance model. If that’s not enough firsts, this concept is also the first official look at the F21 3-door hatchback.
No specs have been released on the M135i yet, but BMW has printed that it employs a straight six-cylinder petrol power plant featuring M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 hp.
For the original BMW press release on the M135i Concept, see http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=652925
The M135i Concept was introduced as part of BMW’s DTM presentation, … CONTINUED
From Tuesday to Thursday the BMW drivers completed a total of 969 laps, amounting to almost 4,000 kilometres. Andy Priaulx (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR), Bruno Spengler (CA), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Dirk Werner (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) were all in action. Test and development driver Wittmann took the place of Joey Hand (US), who was on duty for BMW Team RLL in Sebring (US) as it continued its preparations for the 2012 American Le Mans Series.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “Every test is very important for us, particularly in the current phase, as we are fast approaching the homologation deadline. After this point, much of the development work on the car is subject to a freeze. Furthermore, improving the car’s performance is another central issue. We … CONTINUED
The 2012 BMW M3 DTM Safety Car was revealed last evening at the Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe’s “Ball des Sports” in Wiesbaden. It will serve as the safety car for the 2012 DTM European race series in which BMW will compete with its M3 DTM cars. Press release:
BMW Motorsport was a prominent feature in many regards at the Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe’s “Ball des Sports” on Saturday evening. The arrival of BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, along with BMW DTM drivers, Bruno Spengler (CA) and Dirk Werner (DE), was in keeping with the occasion: they and their partners pulled up to the Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden (DE) in the new BMW M3 DTM Safety Car. Based on the BMW M3 GTS, the car was specially modified by … CONTINUED
Munich, 30th January 2012. BMW Motorsport returns with six BMW M3 DTM cars in 2012 as it makes its comeback in the DTM. One of the cars, the Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM, will bear the design of Castrol EDGE and Aral Ultimate. This marks an extension of the existing, long-term partnership between Castrol and BMW Motorsport, and sees Aral Ultimate presented as partner of BMW Motorsport in the DTM.
“For many years we have put our faith in high-performance Castrol lubricants, and have celebrated countless successes together on the racetrack,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “For that reason, everyone here at BMW Motorsport is delighted that we are able to build on this established partnership in the DTM. Castrol EDGE and Aral Ultimate are high-performance … CONTINUED
A new automotive interest web series called DRIVE has been launched and the first episode features a track and race very familiar to BMW enthusiasts - the fabled Nurburgring and its 24 Hour race. Plenty of BMW and other racing eye candy inside.
BMW took second place at the most recent 24 Hour Nurburgring race back in June 2011 and BMW uses the track extensively to develop and test its new models, the prototype versions of which are often spotted by our spy photographers.
The Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona kicks off beginning tomorrow afternoon and Turner Motorsports will be competing with its Prep 2 GT class E92 M3 coupes.
Piloting the two M3s is an all star cast of professional motorsport drivers Dirk Mueller, Joerg Mueller, Dirk Werner, Bill Auberlen, Billy Johnson, Paul Dalla Lana, Michael Marsal and Boris Said.
This will be the Turner team’s third run for a Rolex watch in the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
US TV Schedule:
Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona, live coverage on SPEED TV
* 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern, Saturday, January 28, pre-race show
* 3:30 – 11:00 p.m. Eastern, live coverage of Rolex 24
* 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern, speedtv.com video stream
* 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Sunday, January 29, live coverage of … CONTINUED