Here is an fascinating look into BMW’s Research and Innovation Center and the prototyping/design process of the first prototypes of each BMW model, each built by hand. Especially cool is the look into a “0 Vehicle,” a prototype milled out of a solid block of aluminum to help ensure the highest quality standards. Its purpose is to check that every single body part fits the body exactly to spec. There’s also some insight into the camouflaging process.
Any guesses as to which 0 Vehicle is … CONTINUED
Here is the latest video touting the virtues of the BMW Performance parts and accessories.
BMW conducts both extreme cold and extreme heat testing of all its prototype vehicles as part of each model’s development process. A lot of the extreme heat testing is performed in US’ infamous Death Valley, which regularly reaches 120-130F in the summer (with a record of 134F in 1913, the second hottest temperature ever recorded). In this video, BMW test engineers speak a bit about the extreme heat testing process, as well as what the experience is like.
This is a must action video of the monstrous 700+hp Manhart V8RS 4.4L M3 with the engine transplant from X6M! It’s in German, but when you have sights and sounds like this, words are barely necessary. Just look at the driver’s reaction and you can imagine the fury of this car.
You’ve all seen the Top Gear M3 vs C63 vs RS4 episode, now read about ex-Stig Ben Collins’ personal review of each car from the episode. This is a great read [see inside]!
When we posted up the first TV commercials for the new 6 series two days ago, there was a pretty big stir. Not over the car or its design, but over the commercial and what the meaning was. Some focused on the two men smiling at each, some focused on the little girl and others bemoaned the fact that the cars weren’t racing around a purebread race track.
First and foremost, we need to understand that these commercials are created by the marketing team, and aren’t a … CONTINUED
Official BMW press release and RLL team reaction video from last night’s exciting 1-2 win at the 12 Hours of Sebring ALMS race.
The release of the new (non-US market) 1-Series Hatchback is imminent– but that isn’t stopping BMW from doing the final testing of the partially camoflaged test bed. Gmotors.tv has snagged this video of the car testing in Munich.
The JOY theme continues into the advertising campaign for the new for 2012 BMW 6 Series, titled JOY FLOWS. With the recent introduction of the Coupe to compliment the convertible, it seems BMW is ready to kick off its broader media campaign, and has put out this visually vivid commercial.
The commercial takes place in a european fountain shooting water onto the cars, think: upscale wet t-shirt contest .
Photos of both cars getting down and wet in the fountains are available in our official threads for both … CONTINUED
Our community’s first review of the M3 M Performance exhaust has been posted by lucky owner aajami. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s OEM quality and fit, as well as maintaining the factory warrantty. Check out the review, photos, and video inside.
Active Autowerke held its 30th anniversary spring social this past weekend. Attendance was high and the rides were stunning. A slew of photos and a video from the enthusiast gathering have been posted inside.
Bobby Rahal previews the first race of the ALMS season at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Also a reminder that BMW will be holding its BMW Conversations live chat from Sebring today (Thursday). Details are inside.