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Today, BMW of North America publicly unveiled a special livery, which pays homage to the IMSA 3.0 CSL, for the two BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM cars that will race in the 2015 edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21st. The unveiling took place during “Cars & Coffee at the Concours” which is part of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend in Northern Florida. 1975 12 Hours of Sebring winning drivers Brian Redman, Sam Posey and Hans Stuck, 1972 -1980 BMW … CONTINUED

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BMW of North America will mark the 40th anniversary of two key milestones in the company’s history in the United States at the 20th-annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, March 12-15, 2015. Forty years ago, BMW of North America began operating as a subsidiary of BMW AG, and only days later, BMW Motorsport scored its first US victory at the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring.

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Marco Wittmann (DE) was at BMW Welt in Munich (DE) on Friday to pick up his BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition [more details]. BMW M GmbH designed this edition of the BMW M4 Coupé in honour of the 2014 DTM champion. In a tribute to the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, the Champion Edition is offered exclusively in Alpine White. The model was modified at the BMW Individual factory. The matt-black bonnet and boot lid with the eye-catching stripe design display close links with the … CONTINUED

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A strong partner for the new season: when BMW Motorsport races in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) in 2015, it will be joined by Shell as its new Premium Technology Partner.

From 2015, Shell is also the only “recommended supplier of genuine BMW engine oil” and “BMW’s only recommended oil supplier for aftermarket engine oils”. This exclusive cooperation is now being extended to the racetrack, where the teams will race on Shell Helix Ultra and … CONTINUED

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Bet you didn’t know that the S65 V8 from the E90/E92 M3 was the basis for so many racing engines.

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BMW’s new figurehead for the GT racing scene has been given its first run: last Saturday, the test track on the premises of the BMW factory in Dingolfing (DE) provided the stage for the roll-out of the BMW M6 GT3, with which BMW teams will compete in national and international series, as well as at iconic endurance races, from 2016 onwards. The car left the garage for the first time at precisely 14:00 with Jörg Müller (DE) at the wheel. This gave the BMW … CONTINUED

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BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Daytona 24 Hours on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL.

With car numbers chosen to honour that car, the no. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the no. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the chequered flag fourth. Bill Auberlen (US), Augusto Farfus (BR), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Dirk Werner (DE) completed 725 laps … CONTINUED

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BMW drivers began the 2015 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season at today’s 2.5-hour BMW Performance 200 with a fourth place finish in the Grand Sport class and third, fifth and sixth place finishes in the Street Tuner class. A total of nine BMWs were entered in the race.

Trent Hindman and Ashley Freiberg were the top finishing BMW drivers in the race, with finishing driver Hindman – the 2014 GS driver’s champion, taking the checkered flag in fourth place. Driving the No. 46 Fall-Line … CONTINUED

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Here’s a first look at the many IMSA liveries for the 2015 racing season, including BMW’s Z4 GT3s and various other teams.

Detroit 2015: BMW 3.0 CSL

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The legendary BMW 3.0 CSL made a rare auto show appearance today at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Some history via wikipedia:

In 1973, Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0CSL and co-drove a 3.0CSL with Dieter Quester to a class victory at Le Mans. Hezemans and Quester had driven to second place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, being beaten only by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in another 3.0CSL.

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BMW of North America today announced a multi-year partnership with Daytona International Speedway to serve as the title sponsor for the season-opening IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. In 2015, the two-and-one-half-hour race, which is officially titled the BMW Performance 200, will run on Friday, Jan. 23, as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend. This will be the fourth-straight year BMW has served as the title sponsor for the CTSCC season-opener. As with previous years, BMW will feature a unique pace … CONTINUED

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Motorhead hosted their first Hill Climb event held on the winding stretch of road that makes up the amazing Mazda Turnpike located on Hakone mountain. This special event played host to a wide range of racing machines from Super GT (BMW Z4 GT3) to classic race cars along with a high powered drift machine all with the sole intentions of attacking these fast paced, dangerous road.

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How much faster is a race car than a street car? To find out, Matt drove BMW’s newest version of the Z4, the Z4 sdrive35i, and then jumped into a championship winning Z4 that was built by Turner Motorsport.

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The Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay marked the third round of the trend-setting race series for Formula vehicles with electric drive. BMW is the “Official Vehicle Partner” of the innovative championship and was in action once again in Uruguay, ensuring safety on the track with the BMW i8 Safety Car and the BMW i3 Medical Car. Also, BMW DTM driver António Félix da Costa made another appearance for Team Amlin Aguri. However, a technical problem forced him to retire before the end of … CONTINUED

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A one-off documentary on the 50-year history of BMW Motorsport in touring car racing is available now: “ADRENALIN -THE BMW TOURING CAR STORY”, produced by brothers Tim and Nick Hahne (both DE). Together with their crew, the two filmmakers spent an entire year travelling throughout Europe, during which time they conducted about 30 interviews with BMW Motorsport drivers and management past and present. They also dug out previously unreleased archive material.

Because of this they were able to produce a 123-minute, in-depth, breath-taking and emotional … CONTINUED

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Watch the highlights of the first season in the BMW M235i Racing Cup. Action-packed racing on one of the most demanding race tracks on the planet: the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Enjoy!

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Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin reportedly buys controlling share in Nurburgring

Our friend Dale Lomas over at Bridgetogantry.com is reporting that our beloved ‘Ring has been sold again. Well… actually it’s Wirtschafts Woche that is reporting the sale. Dale has just translated the article and let his followers on BtG and PistonHeads know.

The Nurburgring seemingly has a new owner, as Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin has reportedly swooped into the void left by a struggling Capricorn. So says respected German business weekly Wirtschafts Woche.

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A little over a week after BMW works driver Marco Wittmann (DE) received the coveted 2014 DTM Champion trophy at the season finale in Hockenheim (DE), on Monday he visited the home of BMW in Munich (DE). The 24-year-old visited the BMW Group plant in Munich. Then Wittmann introduced himself to the employees at the centre for research and innovation (Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum (FIZ), the technological heart of the BMW Group.

In the morning Wittmann took a look behind the scenes during an extended … CONTINUED