BMW community’s favorite driver Sabine Schmitz will be starting in CAR’s 2011 Performance Shootout, featuring 12 hot cars, an airstrip and the twisty Zwartkops raceway. Here’s a preview of her making a passenger shriek in an M3 Frozen Gray Edition, as usual.
It appears that the 1M coupe’s official internet reveal date has been moved up – to this Thursday, December 9 @ 6PM EST! Mark your calendars to tune in at that time to witness the 1M fully revealed for the first time.
This video should be 10 minutes of pure joy for carbon fiber fanatics to witness. It features BMW’s new CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) manufacturing plant and many steps of the carbon fiber parts production process. CF will be used extensively in BMW’s future Megacity electric vehicle due in 2013 and is currently used as roof material for some M cars.
The Megacity’s construction will be of a body-on-frame. The lower half is the “drive” module — an aluminum chassis that melds the battery, electric drive system and crash structure. A high-strength, lightweight, carbon fiber passenger compartment is attached on top. The key benefit is weight reduction, a prime consideration in reducing the weight and cost of the battery, while providing sufficient range.
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One of the F10 5-series’ arch rival – the new Audi A6 was just recently revealed last week. Although the test drive reviews will trickle in over time as the car gets into the press’ hands, here is a preliminary comparison of the two sedan’s ascetics and styling.
The M-power.com closed room has now been updated with the video of the newest partial unveiling of the 1M coupe, with a clearer look of the body side crease than the photos from earlier today.
For the second consecutive year, the readers of the German Autobild publication “Autobild Sportscars” have chosen the BMW X6 M as the ‘sportscar of the year’ in the SUV category. The ‘Sportscars of the Year’ awards were held for the 8th time in 2010. More than 68,000 readers participated picking their favourites out of 173 models, divided in 17 vehicle categories. The award ceremony took place during the ‘Race Night’ at the Essen Motor Show.
Andy Priaulx and Dr. Segler pushed the ball forward another step this past Sunday December 5, with an additional piece of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé unveiled to the public at the Autosport Awards in The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London UK.
German F1 racer Nick Heidfeld, we all know from the Williams F1 and now Sauber days has used the words interesting to describe the notion of re-joining forces with BMW, but this time behind the wheel of a future DTM racer. Heidfeld admits that his career in F1 is not yet over, but he tells Auto Bild that he likes the idea of working with BMW again, for whom he was the top driver from 2006-2009. Considering that he is having trouble finding a seat for the coming years, this doesnt seem that far fetched an idea.
The driver line-up for the BMW M3 GT2 campaigns remains unchanged. Andy Priaulx (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR), Dirk Müller (DE), Dirk Werner (DE), Jörg Müller (DE), Uwe Alzen (DE), Dirk Adorf (DE) and Pedro Lamy (PT) will race the BMW M3 GT2. As last year, it is planned to contest the big 24-hour races in Europe. A final confirmation for racing at the Nürburgring (DE), in Le Mans (FR) and in Spa-Francorchamps (BE) will be made depending on regulation decisions and the categorisation of the BMW M3 GT2. Participation in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) has yet to be confirmed for the same reason
Automobile has published its first drive review of the all new 2011 BMW X3. As with most other reviews and first impressions, the 2011 X3 is considered a vast improvement upon the first generation X3. Automobile calls it swifter, more agile, and significantly more refined than its predecessor.