Our coverage from M Festival continues. BMW had an awesome lineup of cars at display during M Night, but besides the new M3 CRT and the new M5, there were also the M3 GT2 race car, an E46 M3 GTR and the E90 M3 Ring Taxi on display.
We’ll have our fingers crossed for BMW at the 24h race this upcoming weekend. In the meantime enjoy these photos! Thanks to Dackelone!!
As previously announced, BMW will be returning to DTM racing – beginning in the 2012 DTM season with a new M3 DTM race car. As part of the DTM event at Munich’s Olympic Stadium on 16th and 17th July 2011, BMW will present a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car for the first time.
Along with the 2012 DTM Concept Car, on display will be the 1987 BMW M3 DTM, the BMW M1 Procar from 1981, and the Mini Rally Monte Carlo car from the 1960s.
Le Mans, 12th June 2011. Twelve years after the BMW V12 LMR achieved its triumphant overall victory, BMW Motorsport is back on the podium at the Le Mans (FR) 24 Hours: In the hard-fought LM GTE class, Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Müller (DE) and Joey Hand (US) finished third in the no. 56 BMW M3 GT. Final-stint driver Hand crossed the finish line at the “Circuit de la Sarthe” after 313 thrilling laps and having covered a distance of over 4,200 kilometres.
In contrast, the drivers of the second BMW M3 GT, number 55 – Augusto Farfus (BR), Jörg Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE) – left the endurance classic empty-handed. The trio had battled for 276 laps, repeatedly fighting their way back after being hampered by … CONTINUED
Le Mans, 10th June 2011. BMW Motorsport secured excellent grid positions for the 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR). In the third qualifying session, Augusto Farfus (BR) set the fastest time in the LM GTE class, recording a 3:57.592 minutes lap in the no. 55 BMW M3 GT. This meant pole position for the 27-year-old and his fellow BMW drivers, Jörg Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE). The second BMW M3 GT (number 56) will tackle the 79th running of the endurance classic from third on the grid. Andy Priaulx (GB) had posted this car’s best lap with a time of 3:58.426 minutes during Wednesday’s first qualifying session.
However, the triple world touring car champion and his team-mates, Dirk Müller (DE) and Joey Hand (US) were … CONTINUED
The countdown is on to one of the most important and iconic races in the world: On Wednesday Team BMW Motorsport will be on track for the first time as it prepares for the Le Mans 24 Hours (FR), which starts at 15:00hrs on Saturday.
Anticipation ahead of the endurance classic at the “Circuit de la Sarthe” is rising every day among the drivers and team members. This year’s race also forms part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC). Following the one-two in the GT class at the 12-hour race in Sebring (US) and third at Spa-Francorchamps (BE), BMW Motorsport will go into the third round of the ILMC full of confidence.
However, team manager Charly Lamm’s (DE) team is expecting an exciting race. The … CONTINUED
The BMW Z4 GT3 has been modified/upgraded for the 2011 GT3 race season, fine-tuning its aerodynamics for better performance and BMW’s ECU408 engine management controller, with the Power400 electronic control unit is responsible for controlling all the actuators. Gearshifts are now initiated using two paddles.
Check out the world premiere of the first upgraded 2011 BMW Z4 GT3 (team Alpina Watches), raced in the France GT Championship.
M-power.com has released a teaser video for the M Festival being held at the 2011 Nürburgring 24h Race, with some of our forum members making cameos! The M Festival is scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd throughout Sunday, June 26th 2011.
Here is a terrific video for any fans of the M3 GT cars and ALMS. The interview features Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen prior to the Sebring race answering live questions from the “BMW Conversations: Live at Sebring” live chat. The BMW RLL team went on to win the 12 hour Sebring race with a 1-2 place finish. The BMW drivers provide some great insight about:
their pre-race rituals
the M3 GT cars
driving the M3 GT cars compared to the production M3
cockpit view and demonstration
driver change demonstration
And what do the two drivers drive as their personal cars? M3s … CONTINUED
BMW Motorsport has just put out this short video thanking its 50,000 facebook fans. The video wants to highlight BMW Motorsports connections with its fans, via facebook in this case, but more importantly, the video has some really neat footage of the various BMW Motorsport cars, so it was worth 2 minutes of my life just for that Take a look at the video, and their facebook page is available here: http://www.facebook.com/BMWMotorsport