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
Joey Hand and Dirk Müller drove BMW Team RLL to the top of the GT class podium for a second consecutive time this season at today’s American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. The No. 56 M3 GT will be credited with the most laps led in the two hour contest, but not until the final minutes of the race were slowed by a caution flag was the outcome decided.
Hand started the race from the class pole and led for the opening laps, but lost the lead some twenty minutes into the race after an almost surreal set of circumstances. A few positions behind Hand, teammate Bill Auberlen, in the No. 55 M3 GT, was struck by a competitor and spun around 180 degrees in the … CONTINUED
Congrats to Team BMW RLL on taking the pole position for tomorrow’s Long Beach ALMS race! Joey Hand took pole position in the No. 56 M3 GT with a time of 1:19.090 and Bill Auberlen will start in the #3 position tomorrow. Tomorrow’s ALMS race will be short and furious – only 2 hours from beginning to end, and will be run on a tight street course, so a good starting position was crucial.
We were on site at the Long Beach GP today visiting the BMW paddock and had the opportunity to cheer the BMW M3 GTs on during the qualifying laps and will be back to root for a 1-2 win tomorrow. Check out our photos inside.
BMW drivers dominated this past Saturday’s GRAND-AM event at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama, taking three of four class wins in Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition. In Rolex Sports Car Series competition the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Powered Riley took its third consecutive Daytona Prototype win of the season. The defending class champion drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have now won an amazing 12 of 14 races dating to the beginning of the 2010 season. The second BMW Powered car in the class, the No. 61AIM Autosport entry driven by Mark Wilkens and Burt Frisselle, finished fourth.
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The contrast of racing the 12 Hours of Sebring to racing in the streets of Long Beach, California could not be greater, but BMW Team RLL is looking for a similar outcome – a 1-2 BMW finish in the American Le Mans Series GT class. In the four weeks since the success at Sebring, the team has been preparing for a race only two hours long with increased attention to maximizing the application of the M3 GT’s V8 power to the rear Dunlop tires. Quick acceleration out of the tight temporary street circuit corners is critical to fast lap times at Long Beach – especially exiting the hairpin turn that leads onto the longest straight. Both cars will be aerodynamically trimmed to maximize downforce.
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