A technical deep dive and interview with BMW M engineer on the chassis underpinning the F80 M3 and F82 M4.
Mr. Barbisch, the BMW M3 that has now been replaced already had an excellent suspension …?
Bernd Barbisch: The previous BMW M3 already offered a very good suspension basis. It was a benchmark – the one to beat.
Using intelligent lightweight construction we were able to take a considerable step forward in terms of driving dynamics.
The role model here was the BMW M3 CSL, where reduced weight … CONTINUED
At the BMW Group, the fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun: A project in the bumper production of the Landshut plant shows how the virtual and the real worlds can merge in everyday production procedures even today. Thanks to a non-contact gesture detection system, after bumpers have passed through the paint shop they now undergo an efficient and highly reliable quality control – via hand gestures.
Innovation from the gaming world.
Automated gesture detection has long been introduced in various industries, such as the gaming market: … CONTINUED
BMW and GoPro have teamed up to integrate the GoPro App with ConnectedDrive BMW cars. A GoPro camera may now be configured and controlled using BMW’s iDrive controller and screen. Take a ride with Justin Bell as he takes the barnd-new BMW M4 out for laps and finds the entire lineage of BMW M3 performance cars.
The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro have announced the first-ever, mass-produced integration of a GoPro camera with an automobile’s on board infotainment system. In BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, a GoPro camera may now be configured and controlled using BMW’s state-of-the-art iDrive controller and high-resolution screen. Starting in July 2014, the integration will be functional on all model year 2012 and later BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, when used … CONTINUED
The new BMW Smart Charging App makes it possible for BMW i customers to automatically identify the best rates and times for charging their electric vehicles at home. Developed by the BMW Group and available for Android and iOS devices, the BMW Smart Charging App is integrated with the BMW i Remote App, which allows drivers to get vehicle information via their smartphone. The BMW Smart Charging App has the potential to save customers as much as $400 annually on their electric bills. BMW … CONTINUED
BMW explains that the F80 M3 and F82 M4 Active Sound Design is responsible for only 2-3% of the sounds you hear in the interior cabin.
A video interview with the project manager for the BMW M3/M4, Michael Wimbeck, covering the cars’ suspension, differential, exhaust, driveshaft and steering rack on the new F80 M3 and F82 M4.
Good video showing the technologies and engineering used to reduce weight and increase efficiency of the BMW i8. Look for these ideas and processes to flow down to traditional powered models in the coming years.
BMW M3 and BMW M4 Inside (part 5): smartly light, rigid, precise. Interview with M engineer Florian Staiger.
BMW M3 and BMW M4 project engineer Florian Staiger.
Florian was in charge of integration of the complete vehicle.
It is generally the case that the top model of the regular series is lighter than the M automobile that is derived from it. Why is this so?
Historically, the M automobile always used to weigh about 100 kg more than the BMW vehicle it was based on.
Right away … CONTINUED
Due to the high demand for carbon fiber in automotive production, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers is going to triple the capacity of the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, WA (USA). This has been announced today by the joint venture partners, SGL Group and BMW Group, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the planned site expansion. The expansion will be funded by an investment of 200 million US dollars, in addition to the previously invested 100 million US dollars. The site expansion, scheduled to be … CONTINUED
Part 4 of the Inside BMW M3 / M4 series by M-power.com. This one focuses on the M3/M4′s sound and exhaust system.
Here’s part 3 of BMW’s inside the BMW M3 and M4 interview series. This one interviews BMW M engineer Juergen Poggel, Head of Development M Engines.
So a new engine has been developed for the BMW M3 and BMW M4?
Jürgen Poggel: Yes. The previous engine was a naturally aspirated V8. For the new BMW M3 and BMW M4, we in the M engine development department in Munich’ Preussenstrasse have designed an M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder design and readied it for series production.
What is … CONTINUED
Catch our videos of various BMW lighting technologies in action, including BMW Laser Lights (on the i8), OLED lights, Night Vision, and Selective High Beam Assist.
With bonus pics of the BMW i8 interior lighting.
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.
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 … CONTINUED
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
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.
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
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.