The first race appearance at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) in 2011 turned out to be a great success for Team BMW Motorsport: The no. 42 BMW M3 GT with Jörg Müller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Uwe Alzen (DE) at the wheel crossed the line as the winner in the first round of the VLN Endurance Championship. The second BMW M3 GT (no. 43), driven by Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE), took the chequered flag in second, 51 seconds behind the sister car after four hours of running.
With sunny conditions and temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, the VLN fans experienced a gripping race, which saw the front-runners racing closely together for most of the time. Having started from first (no. 43) and … CONTINUED
George Plasa tuning has assembled this F1 sounding “BMW Judd 134″ race car based off the 1-series, featuring 550PS (542hp). It has to be heard to believe. Check out the videos inside.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J - March 25, 2011… BMW Motorsport announced today that Joey Hand will join teammates Dirk Müller and Andy Priaulx to drive the No. 56 BMW M3 GT at this year’s 24 Heures du Mans endurance race on June 11-12, round three of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC). The same trio driving the BMW Team RLL M3 GT had the perfect start to the ILMC season and American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season with the GT class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 19.
The Le Mans race will be Hand’s first outing on European soil for BMW Motorsport. His outright victory at the 24-hour race in Daytona driving the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Powered Daytona Prototype at … CONTINUED
Official BMW press release and RLL team reaction video from last night’s exciting 1-2 win at the 12 Hours of Sebring ALMS race.
The very first race of the 2011 American Le Mans Series racing season just concluded at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the BMW team picked up right where it left off last season when it won the Manufacturers Championship - this time with a 1st and 2nd place finish at Sebring!
The #56 BMW M3 placed 1st and the #55 M3 placed 2nd. #56 was driven by Dirk Müller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB), while #55 was piloted by Dirk Werner (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Augusto Farfus (BR). The two M3 GT cars dominated for most of the race, alternating from the 1st to the 3rd positions for the majority of the 12 hour race. Their teammate from last year, Tommy Milner, … CONTINUED
BMW has officially debuted the 1M coupe MotoGP Safety Car. At the curtain raiser on 19th March, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe will for the first time be deployed as the official Safety Car for the MotoGP events – in advance of its market launch late in April. The BMW Safety Car is a one-off built by BMW M GmbH specifically for this race series. Only the 250 kW/340 hp straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engine and the entire drivetrain were taken over unchanged from the production model.
Details and photos are inside.
Bobby Rahal previews the first race of the ALMS season at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Also a reminder that BMW will be holding its BMW Conversations live chat from Sebring today (Thursday). Details are inside.
The 1M MotoGP Safety Car was recently unveiled and will be one of the M cars serving as a safety car for the 2011 MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycling championship. But the 1M coupe won’t be serving its safety duties in regular form. It has been gussied up, sporting an Akrapovic exhaust, large rear wing, large M striping, black wheels, black exhaust tips, vented hood, black grilles, and a front spoiler chin, some of which we hope will become available accessories.
We’ve also posted a bonus shot (courtesy of Autogespot) of the 1M MotoGP safety car with an S1000RR, carbon edition (180hp, tinted windshield, Akropovic titanium exhaust and lots of carbon fiber).
This Saturday, March 19th, the American Le Mans Series picks up the 2011 season with the 12 Hours of Sebring. BMW Team RLL is set to continue last year’s success of winning both the Team and Manufacturer titles in the GT class. For 2011, BMW Team RLL will race two newly constructed BMW M3 GT cars (picture shows the 2010 model). The drivers for the no. 55 BMW M3 GT will be Dirk Werner (Germany), Bill Auberlen (USA) and Augusto Farfus (Brasilia) while Dirk Müller (Germany), Joey Hand (USA) and Andy Priaulx (Great Britain) will alternate behind the wheel of the no. 56 M3 GT.
Prior to the race on Saturday, BMW will continue their succesful BMW Conversations series on Thursday, March 17th at 2:00 - … CONTINUED