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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 … CONTINUED

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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.

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We have posted a rare in-car i8 acceleration launch video to our YouTube page.

Our video shows the i8′s gauge graphics as the car accelerates in Sport Mode, as well as providing a listen at the i8′s raw mechanical sounds as it accelerates. While the production i8 will be equipped with Active Sound Design (enhanced interior sound technology), this particular car we’re hearing has its Active Sound Design (ASD) disabled for testing purposes. ASD will not be able to be turned off by the driver … CONTINUED

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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.

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A show of NVIDIA Tegra technology in new cars on display at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.

Motor Trend drives the X5 eDrive

03/15/2014 at 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 … CONTINUED

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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 … CONTINUED

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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 … CONTINUED

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Technical specs and diagrams for the BMW 4 Series, M3 and M4 LED headlights.

How M Adaptive Suspension Works

02/03/2014 at 9:30 AM
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Great technical explanation of how adaptive suspension (including M Adaptive Suspension) works.

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Online Entertainment from BMW ConnectedDrive stands for premium in-car music pleasure. The option provides direct access to the entire world of music and a range of spoken content. Online Entertainment’s latest partner is the music provider Napster, which offers a catalogue of over 20 million titles covering every possible genre – from rock, pop and soul to classical and jazz – in addition to thousands of audiobooks.

Connectivity from vehicle to music provider is via the car’s built-in SIM card, which ensures optimum transmission quality … CONTINUED

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Note: This is a global press release (not applicable to all markets).

January 22, 2014

Munich. From the spring of 2014, the pleasure of driving can be experienced in a whole new dimension. BMW is extending its range of engines for the latest additions to the model portfolio and is presenting at the same time four further models equipped with BMW xDrive. The intelligent four-wheel drive system, for example, will be available for the first time in the BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition, an extensive … CONTINUED