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
Darrin Steele, Chief Executive Officer, USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation and Mark Greenwald, Executive Director, US Speedskating will be embedded within the BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) during the 59th Annual Twelve Hours of Sebring sports car endurance race on March 19 to learn best practices in team performance that can help their athletes selected for the U.S. Olympic Team.
As part of BMW Group’s partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and four National Governing Bodies (NGB) – USA Bobsled & Skeleton, US Speedskating, USA Swimming and USA Track & Field – BMW consulted with the teams to find out how the automaker can help the teams improve their training and performance.
BMW continues to prepare for their re-entry to the German Touring Car Championship DTM beginning in 2012. BMW Motorsport announced yesterday that they will support three teams, each lining up with two BMW M3 DTM cars. The recently founded race team Reinhold Motorsport will join the teams Schnitzer and RBM. When it comes to success, BMW Schnitzer surely is to most renowned team. Schnitzer was not only involved in the DTM victory 1989, but also had tremendous success in recent years including a 1st place in 2010′s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (see full list below).
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen is looking forward to the collaboration: “The concepts presented by BMW Team RBM, BMW Team Schnitzer and Reinhold Motorsport GmbH ultimately convinced us. This is an … CONTINUED
M3post member davem3fan will be pitting his mostly stock E90 M3 ZCP in the One Lap of America race against the entire field and more modified cars like the Schaut Active Autowerke E90 M3. Make sure to follow along his race journal thread as he updates before (prep and testing), during, and after the race.
This morning (Monday, February 28th) BMW delivered to Dorna Sports the official cars for the 2011 season, during a presentation in Munich and in the presence of Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and President of BMW M Division Dr. Kay Segler.
In front of the largest GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series crowd, the TELMEX Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Rileys swept to a 1-2 victory at the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The No. 01 TELMEX/Target BMW/Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal finished 2.46 seconds ahead of the No. 02 Target/TELMEX machine of Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya. Both cars covered 720 laps of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course during the race with Hand leading a race-high 116 laps. All of the BMW engines in the Rolex 24 were prepared by Dinan Motorsport.