For the past week, the BMW Performance Center offered a BMW Performance Driving School event at the legendary Lime Rock Park, featuring the all new F10 M5, the E92 M3 coupe and the 1M coupe.
An M5POST member was in attendance and shares with us his experience, photos and a video.
The Rimac e-M3 has now been acknowledged as the fastest accelerating electrical vehicle (EV). Its record breaking run, which happened in April 2011, has now been confirmed and acknowledged by the FIA. The electric E30 M3 covered the first eighth of a mile in 7.549 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.808 seconds).
A full mile was completed in 35.347, which is still pending the FIA nod. The driver (and owner of the Rimac tuning company) Mate Rimac is already working on … CONTINUED
We bring you the first ever look at the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe prototype in live action – from a recent test session on the Nurburgring track.
This is the first we’ve seen of the prototype on the Ring, as well as being fitted with M Sport Brakes.
As always, don’t worry about the headlights and tail lights of the prototypes at this stage of testing. They are merely fakes for testing purposes. Expect the 4GC to share the lights with the rest of the upcoming 4 … CONTINUED
Although not full hi-res images, BMW has posted on its facebook page the first photos of M Performance Parts fitted on the F31 3 Series Touring and F11 5 Series Touring.
As expected, both the F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions – including black kidney grilles, front bumper splitters (carbon fiber for the F11), carbon fiber mirror caps, rear diffuser, side skirt trim, M Performance brakes, M Performance exhaust system and 20″ wheels (different styles for the F31 and F11).… CONTINUED
We’ve captured the next generation X5 M prototype on video for the first time and despite all its camouflage and cladding, still impresses with its furious sounds on the Nurbrugring test track. Have a look and listen inside.
Think there are a lot of 1 Series in Taiwan? If you didn’t, this should change your mind. This recent meet saw over sixty 1 Series in attendance, with twenty of them being 1M coupes, which would be impressive even in a big BMW market like the US or Germany.
Check out the event videos and photos.
We haven’t spotted the F82 M4 Coupe at the Nurburgring since July, when the F82 was spied for the very first time in public testing. Well, it’s now back at the Ring during an onslaught of BMW prototype testing in the past week, including the F80 M3, F82 M4, F36 4 Series Gran Coupe, F15 X5 M, 3 Series GT, and the M6 Gran Coupe.
Below are the most recent photos and a video of the F82 M4 in testing at the Nurburgring, as well as a … CONTINUED
Here’s a fun matchup. Watch as the BMW F10 M5 drags against the Tesla Model S to 100MPH. Here are their specs on paper:
Tesla Model S – 443 lb-ft torque @ 0-5100rpm, RWD, 0-60mph 4.4s (factory quoted), 4,647 lbs
F10 M5 – 502 lb-ft torque @ 1500-6560rpm, RWD, 0-62mph 4.4s (factory quoted), 4,288 lbs
The race is a close one and many variables shift the advantage to the Tesla S in such a race. For one, the race is only to 100MPH. Although … CONTINUED
Check out how the BMW M Performance exhaust for the F30 335i sounds in these videos from startup, idle, and revving at stop.
A year ago, BMW announced its involvement in the development of “Car-to-x” communications technology which will allow future allow drivers to “see” long distances ahead, into areas currently hidden from view, and even around not just one but many corners.
Car-to-x communication entails electronic networking of vehicles and roadside infrastructure, with the aim of exchanging information directly both between road users and between road users and roadside infrastructure (such as traffic lights, traffic signs, bridges, tolls and even dangerous roads). Car-to-x communication is a comprehensive communication network … CONTINUED
Have a look at some videos showing the assembly and internals/technology of the N20 engine.
The BMW N20 is a turbocharged inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine which replaced the N52 and BMW N53 inline 6 cylinder engines beginning in 2011. The N20 is an inline 4, but is considered a replacement for the straight-6 N52 and N53 because it powers equivalent models. It features a twin-scroll turbocharger, variable valve timing (VANOS), variable valve lift (valvetronic) and direct injection.
The N20 is currently used in:
EAS has dynoed a 2013 M6 DCT coupe. The M6 with its S63Tu motor is rated from the factory at 560hp / 502 lb-ft torque. This particular M6 put down a max 503hp / 488lb-ft torque (SAE) at the rear wheels. This was achieved on regular 91 octane pump gas and a Dynojet 224xLC.
There are still slots open for free dynos, so check inside if you are from the SoCal area and would like to run your F10 M5 or F12/F13 M6 on … CONTINUED
The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T tries to dethrone the 2013 BMW 328i from the front of the entry-level luxury segment on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.
Several BIMMERPOST members attended a 3-day HPDE together at the Mazda Laguna Seca raceway two weekends ago. The driving event was hosted by the Porsche Club and all members had a great time while seeing the good representation of BMW cars in attendance.
M3POST member radiantm3 shares his photos and videos from the event.
See just what it takes to maneuver 560 horses as they’re unleashed on BMW’s track in Spartanburg, SC
A hell of a ride: Liri Farfus gets a taste of the Nordschleife. As the wife of a BMW works driver you follow countless races closely, always hoping your husband puts in a great result, coming home without a scratch. However, Liri Farfus wanted to experience a lap of the Nordschleife by herself – and joined Augusto as a co-driver in the “Green Hell”.
The Porsche Cayman R is the final hurrah for the current generation of Cayman’s, so it should be the best, right? The Smoking Tire pits it against their other favorite midsized sports car, the BMW 1 Series M to find out how they stack up.
Watch a 2012 BMW Motorsport DTM test drive at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal by Joey Hand, via his on-board helmet cam.