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04/09/2014    2:43 PM
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BMW LIGHT DAYS WORKSHOP

Last night we at BIMMERPOST were invited to test the new headlight features of current BMW models and also to take a look into the future of BMW lighting at BMW’s Light Days Workshop. We share the info and experience with you below.

HISTORY

To start, BMW AG gave us a little history of BMW headlight design on past BMW models. BMW has been using the double round headlights since 1963 on the e3 and e9 models. In 1990 BMW was the first in production to offer xenon headlamps for the e34 and e38 models.

Starting with the e39 BMW introduced Angel Eye (Corona) rings. These rings serve two purposes – as DRL (daytime running lamps) and for styling. They makes a BMW instantly … CONTINUED

04/05/2014    5:00 PM
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Endurance fans at the qualifying race for the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) will be witness to a world first on Sunday: after BMW announced the first-ever use worldwide of laser light technology in a production vehicle, BMW Motorsport is now also the first manufacturer to compete at a race with this innovation. The four BMW Z4 GT3s run by BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS are being equipped with innovative headlamps, similar to those which will also be available for the BMW i8 from the autumn of 2014. With this, the BMW Z4 GT3 heralds a new era in headlamp technology in motorsport.

“It is no coincidence that the first time we use the new laser light … CONTINUED

03/28/2014    11:00 AM
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Justin Bell takes the BMW X5, the World’s first SUV equipped with Night Vision Technology, for a drive through downtown Los Angeles. The catch – he’s blindfolded.

03/21/2014    10:00 AM
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Front- and taillights give every BMW model an unmistakable look. But furthermore the development of light means increasing driving safety. Have a closer look at the latest LED and laser light technology.

03/17/2014    8:45 AM
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A show of NVIDIA Tegra technology in new cars on display at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.

03/15/2014    3:00 PM
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The lucky folks over at Motor Trend get a chance to drive the upcoming X5 eDrive plug in, follow the link to their full article, but here are some select quotes:

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You might be asking what it’s good for, other than silently cruising the Whole Foods parking lot. The idea is to be able to recapture some of the energy normally thrown away while braking and return it in the opposite direction. (Think of it in the same way Formula 1 uses its Kinetic Energy Recovery System.) It works fantastically for that.
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With nearly six times the capacity of the current Activehybrids, the X5 eDrive Plug-in will have a full electric range of about 18 miles and a top speed north of 70 mph, and will … CONTINUED

03/15/2014    2:00 PM
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Herbert Diess, BMW Board Member for Research and Development revealed plans to reduce the number of platforms that BMW and MINI will use for their vehicles to just two. One for Front-wheel drive (FWD) cars and a second for Rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars. To put this into perspective, Many many years ago, BMW would actually develop each and every car as its own separate platform, and went as far as to mock the concept of platform-sharing. Of course, time and economics change. Today, BMW shares its cars and SAVs across 5 platforms.

As BMW customers and fans, we’ve gotten a good look at the FWD platform, which underpins the new MINI as well as the upcoming 2-Series Active Tourer. The next G chassis BMWs will … CONTINUED

02/20/2014    4:40 PM
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Many BIMMERPOST members change their wheels for cosmetic reasons, but also to reduce unsprung weight. If BMW has its way, we could soon be seeing a massive reduction in BMW wheel weights by way of carbon fiber wheels. The i8 has already been announced with a CFRP wheel option, which saves 3kg / 6.6lbs per wheel, but Autoexpress appears to be reporting on CFRP wheels for standard non-i models.

According to BMW’s lightweight construction manager, Franz Storkenmaier, “we save 25 percent in weight compared to a forged alloy wheel with the hybrid wheel [with alloy spokes and a carbon fiber rim] and another 10 percent if it’s completely carbon.” Now BMW just has to convince European regulators that they’re strong enough to be safe on … CONTINUED