Just in time to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the BMW Group’s international cultural commitment, the legendary BMW Art Car Collection can now be seen for the first time within a virtual video tour on the Internet. For the first time, an extensive virtual overview of the origin, history and development of the collection is available on the Internet. In addition to extensive photographic material, a film has been devoted to every single one of the 17 “works of art on wheels”, each of which was designed by an internationally well-known artist. Historic racing footage and artists’ statements as well as renowned representatives from art and culture are to be seen. The BMW Art Cars can be viewed at www.bmw-artcartour.com.
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BMW Team RLL continued their dominance in the ALMS GT class by winning at the Northeast Grand Prix ALMS race at Lime Rock this afternoon. The No. 56 M3 GT took advantage of its pole position on the starting grid to bring home the 1st place finish, at the hands of drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Muller.
This win represents BMW’s 3rd consequent ALMS victory (following wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Long Beach, the first two races of the season) and extends both BMW’s overall manufacturer’s lead and individual car lead.
The No. 56 M3 GT finished a comfortable 20.378 seconds ahead of the second place No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche, which made a costly stop for a tire puncture with only 6 minutes left … CONTINUED
BMW Team RLL has set themselves up well for tomorrow’s ALMS Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock by qualifying in the 1 and 2 spots on the starting grid for tomorrow. Joey Hand took pole position with the No. 56 BMW M3 GT car with a 50.925 second lap (each lap is 1.474 miles). Not only was this the fastest lap during qualifying, but it was also a new qualifying lap record.
BMW’s No. 55 M3 qualified second under the piloting of Dirk Werner with a 51.179 lap.
Be sure to catch the race live on ESPN3.com tomorrow at 2PM ET or via replay on ESPN2 on Sunday from 1-3PM ET. The race will span 2 3/4 hours.
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BMW Team RLL Driver Bill Auberlen previews this weekend’s ALMS race at Lime Rock by giving us some insight into his experiences and thoughts on the Lime Rock race and motorsport park.
Here’s the very first look at the new BMW M3 DTM race car spied during its first trials on the German track Oschersleben. The M3 DTM car will see its first official action when BMW returns to the DTM in 2012.
The M3 DTM will be introduced next week and BMW motorsport enthusiasts will have the chance to see the car in person — during DTM weekend in Munich’s Olympic Stadium on the 16th and 17th of July. It will be presented to the media for the first time during a presentation at the BMW Welt on July 15th.
An epic race journal from M3POST member karussell who not only competed in, but finished, the recent 24 Hour Nurburgring Race. Along with 4 drivers, he piloted car #215, an E36 M3 running in V5 which is a stock class for gas engines between 2.5L and 3.0L in size. There were 13 cars in their class. They managed to be only one or 134 cars to cross the finish line out of 202 from the 170hp to 670hp classes. Read about his excellent experience during the entire weekend inside.
Following the annual pause in the American Le Mans Series season for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, BMW Team RLL returns to action at Lime Rock Park on July 9th for the Northeast Grand Prix.
With BMW on top of the GT class point standings following wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Long Beach races, the team heads to Lime Rock Park with the lead in all ALMS GT class championships and fresh from a two-day Dunlop tire test at Road Atlanta on June 15 and 16.
“The BMW Team RLL guys have been champing at the bit to get back to the track after such a long hiatus,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “We are the hunted instead of the hunter at the moment … CONTINUED
Here is a video recap of the very first M Festival and BMW’s 2nd place finish in the 24 Hour Nurburgring race. M Festival festivities took place next to the race track and included three days of fun for M enthusiasts, including M Night, M Coros, M Fan Flight, and M Party. Check out some video highlights inside.
Even more coverage from last week’s Nurburgring 24 Hour Race, with a huge batch of photos from all over the Nurburgring facilities and grounds – including some exclusive access to the race paddock areas, race cars, public visitor’s areas, etc.