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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.

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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
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Sometimes it’s mad fun (and great sounding) to rip off some revs in your BMW in enclosed spaces such as tunnels or underground garage. So how would the 560hp F10 M5 MotoGP Safety Car with its Akrapovic exhaust system sound in the BMW Welt? As you can see in the video inside, pretty damn awesome!

First Look at BMW M3 DTM Safety Car

01/18/2012 at 6:55 PM
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BMW will return to the DTM race series beginning this year with six DTM M3 race cars. We’ve already seen the DTM M3s, and now we get a peek at the BMW M3 DTM Safety Car for the first time, albeit in not yet final form.

The M3 DTM Safety Car’s exterior shows a new hood design with extra venting and host of BMW M Performance parts – carbon fiber splitters, black grilles, carbon fiber mirror covers, carbon fiber trunk spoiler lip, and black competition wheels.

The interior … CONTINUED

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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.

via SPEED:

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 … CONTINUED

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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 … CONTINUED

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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.

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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.

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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 … CONTINUED

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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.

Autoshows
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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.

Future updates are still coming so be sure to check in on the thread.

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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.