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The star of the 2011 Geneva Autoshow for BMW was without a doubt the Vision ConnectedDrive concept roadster. Here is a new video of the making of the concept, which gives a very nice behind the scenes look at how all the members of the team work together in a small and tight environment, this video is well worth the watch!

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Here are some pics of the Doerr / Avotre 1-series track car from Hockenheim this past weekend. Unfortunately the car retired early due to losing 4 of its wheel bolts off its M3 spec wheels.

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BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said this week at Geneva that the company was “surprised” by Volkswagen’s move to take an 8% stake in SGL Carbon SE, with whom BMW has a joint venture for production of carbon fiber. However, he added that that BMW’s joint venture with the carbon-based products maker is expected to be unaffected by the deal, at least for the time being.

BMW plans greater use of the lightweight but strong carbon fiber material carbon fiber in its future vehicles. BMW and SGL planned … CONTINUED

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The lease and residual rates for the 2011 1M coupe has now been released. Check inside for the data.

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Looking for a primer on Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP)? Learn more from this white paper by an M3post moderator explaining the basics and dispelling some myths behind this increasingly popular material in production cars and aftermarket parts.

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Here’s a great M3 video review by the guys at Flatoutproject, featuring three M3s being run and reviewed in the Alps, along with some scenic stops along the way.

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Still not sure if you want to order a 1M? Performance drive one yourself at the Spartanburg Performance Center this Summer. The 1M will be added to the performance center driving school fleet in just a few months time.

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Here is a great clip fully explaining the details and ideas behind the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive vehicle, a concept that shows how cars could be connected to their environment and driver in the future.

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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.

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The countdown to the F10 M5 has officially begun. Here’s another teaser video from M-Power.com starring Dr. Kay Segler, CEO at BMW M GmbH, and some shots of a slightly disguised M5 during winter testing. We’re looking forward to learning all the details about the M5 in the coming weeks.

But, if that’s not good enough for you or you simply can’t wait that long, M-Power.com might have something for you. Register at the M-Power.com Closed Room and let BMW M know which dreams you associate with … CONTINUED

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Some say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so we’ll make this short, especially since most of you can’t wait to scroll down to see all the goodies below. Huge 1-series enthusiast Dackelone embarked on a not-so-short trip to the Welt just to witness the Black 1M live and to share his photos with everyone. A big thanks to him! So without further ado….. see inside!

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Here are the first pics of the Netherlands-only limited edition Frozen Gray M3 Coupe Track Edition, courtesy of Autogespot. The track edition’s special bits include:

-frozen gray (matte) paint over black novillo leather w/ red stitching
-equipped w/ (zcp) competition package
-black 359m wheels
-black front grill
-bmw performance exhaust
-bmw performance splitters (carbon fiber)
-bmw performance spoiler (carbon fiber)
-bmw performance mirror caps (carbon fiber)
-brake calipers painted red