After more than 12 uninterrupted years, a changeover at the head of BMW Motorsport is in the offing. On 30 June 2011, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen will pass on the baton to his successor Jens Marquardt and retire from his post. 43-year-old Marquardt will join the company on 1 January 2011, going dual with Theissen for the first six months of the year to familiarise himself with his new task. This will ensure the seamless execution of the 2011 racing programme and preparations for the … CONTINUED
The supercharged Rennspec 2001 E46 M3, piloted by Charles Ng, recently captured 1st place in the Limited FR Super Lap Battle time attack event. Congrats to Rennspec! Details, video and photos inside.
To help celebrate BMW winning the 2010 ALMS GT Manufacturer and Team Championship, the BMW exhibit at the 2010 LA Autoshow has the actual M3 GT2 car on display, flanked by the E92 M3 Competition and X6 M.
Sebastian Vettel (DE) has done it: At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the 23-year-old secured the drivers’ title in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in a nail-biting season finale to become not only the sport’s youngest-ever world champion, but also the first Formula BMW graduate to win world motorsport’s premier title.
Think you got some driving skills? Think again after you see this clip of an E30 M3 driven by Patrick Snijers at the 1988 Manx rally stage en route to winning the Rally Isle of Man, widely acknowledged as one of the great drives in British rallying history.
Director of BMW Motorsports, Dr. Mario Thiessen, answers some questions and provides some further insight on BMWs return to DTM racing in 2012. Q&A inside.
BMW announces and celebrates its return to DTM racing with a short nostalgic look into its DTM past. We can’t wait for 2012!
Here’s an update on the E30 Baja 1000 Rally car currently undergoing its build at 2010 SEMA. Baswell and his team have only two weeks until the Baja 1000 rally race but it looks like they are making good progress. The E30 rally racer has now received a new roll cage and suspension from Bilstein, as well as a complete subframe. The majority of the car will be built right at SEMA.
Ever wonder how a street car like the M3 Competition matches up against a pure race car such as the M3 GT? R&T has put it to a track test, along with getting M3 GT driver Tommy Milner’s feedback on the two cars. Results inside.
The German DTM touring car race series, to which BMW has just announced a return in 2012, will be coming to the US in 2013! The plan is to stage 12 races of this high-performance four door sedan racing series in the US beginning in 2013, races which will be staged with NASCAR and Grand American road racing events. Traditionally, DTM races take place on European tracks such as the Nurburgring and Hockenheim.
The return of BMW to the DTM starting in 2012 is official! This was confirmed by the company during the DTM race weekend at the Hockenheimring. BMW last competed in the DTM in 1994. The BMW M3 will be used as the basic DTM vehicle, a car that has enjoyed unique successes in the field of touring and sports car racing in the past. Eric van de Poele (BE) and Roberto Ravaglia (IT) celebrated two DTM titles with the racing version of BMW’s most sporty … CONTINUED
Tommy Milner (one of the champion BMW Rahal Letterman Racing GT2 drivers) details the experience and results at Petit Le Mans, the last ALMS race of the season, at which the BMW team captured the manufacturer’s championship.