SPEED has named its 2011 Drivers of the Year in three categories, IndyCar, USAC, and Sports Cars. BMW Driver Joey Hand was named the top sports cars driver.
SPORTS CARS (by John Dagys): This one was pretty much a no-brainer: Joey Hand. While others such as Anthony Davidson or Scott Pruett enjoyed dominant seasons, their success came driving for a single team.
Joey got it done with four organizations – Chip Ganassi Racing, BMW Team RLL, BMW Team Schnitzer and Dick Johnson Racing. From his career-defining overall win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona to his GT victory at the Twelve Hours of Sebring and class podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Hand showed his ability to quickly adapt to new environments, further proof by … CONTINUED
Power, motion, and light inspired American artist Jeff Koons as he worked on the legendary BMW M3 GT2. Bearing his unmistakable style, the entire body of the artwork is adorned with vivid, streamlined colors against a black background, giving the viewer an impression of motion and speed from every angle. But the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Jeff Koons doesn’t just dazzle on the racetrack, it also exudes dynamism at a scale of 1:18 in its limited-edition miniature version. The metal model is a full-detail reproduction of the original vehicle, for which the artist intentionally selected a contrasting silver interior. The removable hood allows you to see the engine inside, the trunk can also be opened, and the air ducts are easily visible. The cockpit and … CONTINUED
VAC Motorsports brings us some sights from the 2011 Professional Motorsport World Show held in Cologne Germany. Lots of high performance parts on display – from professional racing (all the way up to F1) to tuning solutions for the casual racer and tuners like many of our members.
GC Automobile, a French racing team which builds silhouette race cars has taken a standard BMW 1M coupe and converted it into a radical looking race car, with a new heart. That new heart is an American Chevy V8 engine tuned by Sodemo Development to produce a maximum output of 550HP.
For those of us who take the M3 to the track, I think it would be fair to say that a part of us always wishes that the M3 could just be a little faster, a little lighter, and a little more like a race car.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as putting racing parts on our street cars — most of us don’t rebuild our brake calipers every year, drive on roads without potholes, or have neighbors who can tolerate the unmuffled music from our S65 — yet we all have a racing driver within us that wants to go fast.
With this in mind, Richard of M-World took a trip to the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show to talk to the experts who are involved … CONTINUED
BMW unveiled their new M3 DTM racer (with paint and sponsor colors!) to the public at the Essen Motor Show (Essen Germany) this past weekend. The show goes until December 4th, 2011. IF you are a “car nut” (aren’t we all!) you ought to go if you are in the area. Here are some pics of the new M3 DTM car and its rivals (past and future). BMW also had a nice display of their Performance Parts lineup.
Follow along an M3POST member’s epic Germany roadtrip journal featuring a massive set of automotive related photos. He takes us from the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums to a BMW owned dealership in Munich, to the Nurburgring and finally to the BMW Museum and Welt.
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Here’s a beautifully produced and pulse racing official trailer for the cinematic documentary “24hours – ONE TEAM. ONE TARGET” a documentary film on the BMW Motorsports team’s win at the 2010 24 Hours of Nurburgring race.
Racing game fanatics will soon have an extra item for their Christmas lists. Fanatec, a German company specializing in input devices for serious gamers, has revealed their BMW M3 GT2 Clubsport steering wheel. What’s so special about this steering wheel? It’s a dual-use actual steering wheel that is not only a gaming wheel but also genuine steering wheel.
This 350mm steering wheel is compatible with Fanatec’s Clubsport base for the Sony PS3 and the PC. At the heart of the base is a quick release system which allows the wheel to be installed and removed instantly.
Fanatec showed off this unique steering wheel at the 25th anniversary celebration of the BMW Regensburg plant. Dirk Adorf, a touring car champ, demonstrated by using the wheel in a BMW 320si … CONTINUED