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10/23/2011    11:15 AM
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Here is the first look at the BMW M3 DTM decked out in full M Performance gear. It was revealed this evening, two days prior to the car’s debut at the season ending DTM event at Hockenheim.

Speaking at the event, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, revealed that “The car’s aerodynamics were developed in close collaboration with the engineers from series production. The BMW Group boasts impressive resources in this field and the wind tunnels are ultra-modern. This – and the Title Partner BMW M Performance Accessories – shows that the entire company is behind the 2012 DTM project and is working hard towards it… Old-school DTM fans will recognize from the typical BMW M stripes that the appearance is based on the original BMW M3 cars … CONTINUED

10/03/2011    11:35 AM
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Munich/Atlanta, 1st October 2011. BMW has written another chapter in motorsport history in the USA at the finale of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia. BMW Team RLL won a second consecutive manufacturers’ championship in the GT class to complete a 2011 hat-trick of titles. The drivers’ and team championships had already been secured two weeks ago with one race still to go. The last time BMW achieved this feat was in 2001 with the BMW M3 GTR. BMW only returned to the ALMS with the BMW M3 GT in 2009.

After a thrilling race, Dirk Werner (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Augusto Farfus (BR) ultimately achieved a third place finish, completing 367 laps around the … CONTINUED

09/25/2011    8:00 PM
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How Fast is a 530hp | 442 lb-ft V10 Powered BMW Z3 to 211mph? This custom Z3 race car which we previously featured shows just how staggeringly fast it is.

Many 18 year olds have lofty car dreams, but few have accomplished what young 18 year old Bulgarian BMW enthusiast Denislav Shishev been able to do by transforming a junked Z3 M Coupe body into a V10 442rwhp M Coupe racer, powering just 3,130 pounds. The 5.0L V10 is the high powered motor from the E60 M5 and has been tuned to 530hp / 442 lb-ft torque for this race spec Z3.

Impressively, Denislav had been racing with an E30 M3, but will be piloting this monster Z3 going forward. Via http://www.denislavshishev.com/

09/25/2011    5:00 PM
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For a second consecutive year BMW Power swept the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships.

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Competing in the uber-competitive Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Powered Riley clinched a second Engine Manufacturer’s title for BMW with a second place finish in the September 17 Emco Gears Classis. Winning five races, including the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona, during the season it was in fact the runner-up finish at Mid-Ohio that clinched the title as the points tie with Chevrolet (also with five wins) was decided by second place finishes.

Driver Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas also celebrated a second consecutive Driver’s … CONTINUED

09/18/2011    6:30 PM
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A strong start to the season followed by consistent podium finishes throughout the midpoint of the year culminated in the first American Le Mans Series GT Driver championships for the No. 56 BMW Team RLL M3 GT of Dirk Muller and Joey Hand, and the second consecutive Team championship for BMW Team RLL. The Muller /Hand pairing clinched their first titles as teammates with a grueling second-place finish in Saturday’s American Le Mans Monterey race at Laguna Seca Raceway, marking BMW Team RLL’s eighth consecutive podium finish in GT competition.

“A Drivers Championship – against this year’s competition – is fantastic,” said Joey Hand. “Dirk and I are a great team. We had a great showing from our Crowne Plaza and Avnet partners this weekend. It was … CONTINUED

09/17/2011    12:15 PM
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Monterey, CA. – September 16, 2011… BMW Team RLL driver Joey Hand recorded the sixth pole of the season for the No. 56 M3 GT in this afternoon’s qualifying session for the American Le Mans Monterey to extend the BMW Team RLL qualifying streak to a total of seven consecutive poles in 2011. His lap of 1:22.226 minutes around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit bested the 12-car GT field by a margin of .898 seconds. Hand and co-driver Dirk Muller lead the GT driver point standings with a total of five podium finishes that include three consecutive victories to start off the season.

Teammate Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 55 M3 GT in the third position with a 1:23.132 minute lap. Auberlen and co-driver Dirk Werner … CONTINUED

09/01/2011    4:55 PM
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We’ve posted the best sound/video clip and photos yet of the F10 M5 safety car, showing off its M5 Akrapovic exhaust standing still and at launch. Videos and photos are courtesy of 5POST member Bmill, who was one of the lucky VIP in attendance at the BMW M Experience at the Indy MotoGP this past weekend.

08/29/2011    1:02 PM
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Yet another excellent european delivery journal thread! But, the photos never get old and boy are there a lot of those in this journal, which features tons of bucket list level events and places to see.

Member ///M1 started with pickup at The Welt, followed by the ‘mandatory’ factory tour, and once done, a spirited 550+km drive North to Cologne, where for all 3 days he was hosted by the Scuderia Ferrari team in the Formula 1 Paddock during the German F1 Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. As a side note, he is on a life-long dream to visit every single active F1 circuit in the world, and is now at the half-way mark. His subsequent trip through Central and Eastern Europe was timed such … CONTINUED

08/28/2011    1:50 PM
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Our coverage of M cars from this weekend’s BMW M Experience at the Indianapolis MotoGP continues with the first exhaust clips of the F10 M5 safety car showing off its badass Akropovic exhaust system, the production F10 M5, and some more 1M safety car pics.

The videos below were taken during the M5 safety car’s police escorted drive from the race track to downtown Indianapolis, where it was shown off to BMW M Experience VIPs and passerbys.