Munich, 29th June 2011. An era has ended: On Wednesday Mario Theissen was officially bade farewell during an emotional event in Munich’s BMW Classic. On 1st July Jens Marquardt assumes sole responsibility for BMW’s motor racing projects.
More than 100 friends and associates from all phases of his career, including the reigning Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Nick Heidfeld, Alessandro Zanardi, Peter Sauber, Franz Tost, Norbert Haug, Stefano Domenicali and the current BMW works drivers, looked back together with Mario Theissen on the past years, … CONTINUED
M3POST member shawrf1 brings us amazing photo coverage of the entire Nurburgring 24 Hour race weekend, including photos from the race, BMW’s M Festival, and the race paddocks.
The Nurburgring 24 Hour Race has just recently concluded and the BMW No.1 M3 has managed to make the podium with a second place finish! Porsche managed to take the top spot. The No.1 M3 GT managed to consistently move up positions throughout the race. At the 12-13 hour mark, the No.1 M3 was still running 5th, but by the 14th hour, the M3 had moved up to the number 2 position.
Congrats to BMW Motorsports!
Over 7 hours of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race has been raced and the BMW Motorsports #1 M3 is currently running in 6th place. Unfortunately the #7 M3 is running several lapse behind. Inside are some links to follow the rest of the 24 Hour Nurburgring Race.
Our coverage from M Festival continues. BMW had an awesome lineup of cars at display during M Night, but besides the new M3 CRT and the new M5, there were also the M3 GT2 race car, an E46 M3 GTR and the E90 M3 Ring Taxi on display.
We’ll have our fingers crossed for BMW at the 24h race this upcoming weekend. In the meantime enjoy these photos! Thanks to Dackelone!!
As previously announced, BMW will be returning to DTM racing – beginning in the 2012 DTM season with a new M3 DTM race car. As part of the DTM event at Munich’s Olympic Stadium on 16th and 17th July 2011, BMW will present a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car for the first time.
Along with the 2012 DTM Concept Car, on display will be the 1987 BMW M3 DTM, the BMW M1 Procar from 1981, and the Mini Rally Monte Carlo car from the 1960s.
Le Mans, 12th June 2011. Twelve years after the BMW V12 LMR achieved its triumphant overall victory, BMW Motorsport is back on the podium at the Le Mans (FR) 24 Hours: In the hard-fought LM GTE class, Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Müller (DE) and Joey Hand (US) finished third in the no. 56 BMW M3 GT. Final-stint driver Hand crossed the finish line at the “Circuit de la Sarthe” after 313 thrilling laps and having covered a distance of over 4,200 kilometres.
In contrast, the drivers of … CONTINUED
Le Mans, 10th June 2011. BMW Motorsport secured excellent grid positions for the 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR). In the third qualifying session, Augusto Farfus (BR) set the fastest time in the LM GTE class, recording a 3:57.592 minutes lap in the no. 55 BMW M3 GT. This meant pole position for the 27-year-old and his fellow BMW drivers, Jörg Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE). The second BMW M3 GT (number 56) will tackle the 79th running of the endurance classic from third on … CONTINUED
The countdown is on to one of the most important and iconic races in the world: On Wednesday Team BMW Motorsport will be on track for the first time as it prepares for the Le Mans 24 Hours (FR), which starts at 15:00hrs on Saturday.
Anticipation ahead of the endurance classic at the “Circuit de la Sarthe” is rising every day among the drivers and team members. This year’s race also forms part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC). Following the one-two in the GT … CONTINUED
The BMW Z4 GT3 has been modified/upgraded for the 2011 GT3 race season, fine-tuning its aerodynamics for better performance and BMW’s ECU408 engine management controller, with the Power400 electronic control unit is responsible for controlling all the actuators. Gearshifts are now initiated using two paddles.
Check out the world premiere of the first upgraded 2011 BMW Z4 GT3 (team Alpina Watches), raced in the France GT Championship.
M-power.com has released a teaser video for the M Festival being held at the 2011 Nürburgring 24h Race, with some of our forum members making cameos! The M Festival is scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd throughout Sunday, June 26th 2011.
Here is a terrific video for any fans of the M3 GT cars and ALMS. The interview features Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen prior to the Sebring race answering live questions from the “BMW Conversations: Live at Sebring” live chat. The BMW RLL team went on to win the 12 hour Sebring race with a 1-2 place finish. The BMW drivers provide some great insight about:
their pre-race rituals
the M3 GT cars
driving the … CONTINUED
BMW Motorsport has just put out this short video thanking its 50,000 facebook fans. The video wants to highlight BMW Motorsports connections with its fans, via facebook in this case, but more importantly, the video has some really neat footage of the various BMW Motorsport cars, so it was worth 2 minutes of my life just for that Take a look at the video, and their facebook page is available here: http://www.facebook.com/BMWMotorsport
Joey Hand and Dirk Müller drove BMW Team RLL to the top of the GT class podium for a second consecutive time this season at today’s American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. The No. 56 M3 GT will be credited with the most laps led in the two hour contest, but not until the final minutes of the race were slowed by a caution flag was the outcome decided.
Hand started the race from the class pole and led for the opening laps, but lost the … CONTINUED
Congrats to Team BMW RLL on taking the pole position for tomorrow’s Long Beach ALMS race! Joey Hand took pole position in the No. 56 M3 GT with a time of 1:19.090 and Bill Auberlen will start in the #3 position tomorrow. Tomorrow’s ALMS race will be short and furious – only 2 hours from beginning to end, and will be run on a tight street course, so a good starting position was crucial.
We were on site at the Long Beach GP today visiting the BMW … CONTINUED
BMW drivers dominated this past Saturday’s GRAND-AM event at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama, taking three of four class wins in Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition. In Rolex Sports Car Series competition the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Powered Riley took its third consecutive Daytona Prototype win of the season. The defending class champion drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have now won an amazing 12 of 14 races dating to the beginning … CONTINUED
The contrast of racing the 12 Hours of Sebring to racing in the streets of Long Beach, California could not be greater, but BMW Team RLL is looking for a similar outcome – a 1-2 BMW finish in the American Le Mans Series GT class. In the four weeks since the success at Sebring, the team has been preparing for a race only two hours long with increased attention to maximizing the application of the M3 GT’s V8 power to the rear Dunlop tires. Quick … CONTINUED
Its no secret that MINI was going to WRC with the Countryman, in fact they made the annoucement at the Paris Autoshow with the debut of the WRC concept car.
However, now its gotten fully official with the launch of the full on WRC MINI Team!
A special event was held at the MINI plant in Oxford.