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Monthly Archive: July 2013


Worldwide debut of the All-New BMW i3.

Worldwide debut of the All-New BMW i3.

The Ultimate Driving Machine in a new era of Individual Urban Mobility


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 29, 2013 08:30 Eastern Time BMW today introduced the all-new BMW i3 electric car, constructed in a revolutionary way from next-generation materials. The BMW i3 will go on sale in the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2014, and starts with a base MSRP of $41,350, before any federal or state incentives, and before Destination & Handling fees (currently $925).


1.    Highlights & Quick-References: The All-New BMW i3.
2.    The Ultimate Driving Machine: Driving Dynamics Worthy of BMW.

3.    The Future of Urban Mobility.

4.    Design. Aesthetic Appeal with Elegant, Renewable Interior.
5.    Explore the World: (Vehicle Trim Levels).
6.    BMW ConnectedDrive. Mobility Services and New Driver Assistance.
7.    360 Electric. Support and Convenience for Electric Mobility.
8.    Safety: Always a True BMW.

1.    Highlights: The All-New BMW i3:
The new all-electric BMW i3 is a landmark in BMW’s mission to provide a completely sustainable, electric vehicle that still stays true to the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker. The BMW i3 is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand, and is a truly purpose-built electric car. It’s a new era for electro mobility at BMW.

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BMW Power 1-2 at Brickyard Grand Prix

Ganassi Wins North American Endurance Championship
1-3-4 Finish in Grand Sport, 1-2-3 Finish in Street Tuner

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 27, 2013 . . .

Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow won the 3-hour GRAND-AM Brickyard Grand Prix in the No. 2 Starworks Motorsports BMW Riley, finishing 3.438 seconds ahead of the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. The 1-2 finish added an exclamation point to the story of the debut race for the new BMW 4.5-liter powerplant. The victory moved Dalziel and Popow to the top of the Daytona Prototype driver point standings and the runner-up finish won CGRFS a $100,000 payday for the 2013 North American Endurance Championship.

The No. 8 Starworks Motorsports BMW Riley of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Kaffer finished fourth. The No. 02 CGRFS BMW Riley driven by BMW Motorsport’s Joey Hand and 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan finished ninth. The Team Sahlen BMW Rileys finished 12th and 13th. Both Turner Motorsport BMW M3s had a disappointing day, finishing 12th and 13th in the GT class.

“I am so thrilled for everyone; this win is great,” said Peter Baron, Starworks Motorsports Team Principal. “We can’t thank everyone at BMW of North America and Dinan Cars enough for getting us here in a week. Our crew was also unbelievable to get to grips so quickly with a new engine; a different handling car and the drivers were all amazing too. It feels so great that we are kissing the bricks again and now, with a 10 points lead in the Championship, this win could not have come at a better time for our title bid.”

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 5th and 6th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Müller Retains GT Drivers Points Lead

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 21, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL did all it could today at the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, but ultimately ended the 2.45-hour race fifth and sixth in the GT class.

Both Z4 GTE race cars held the lead during the mistake free-race. Maxime Martin set the fastest lap of the race (1:15.907 minutes, L102) in the closing minutes of the contest. Unfortunately, the top speed deficit of the BMWs to the Corvettes and Vipers was very evident on Mosport’s long straights and, while able to run a single quick lap, the BMW’s were unable to stay in front of the larger displacement cars.

Dirk Müller and Joey Hand, driving the No. 56 Z4 GTE, finished fifth, completing 123 laps of the 2.46-mile, 10-turn circuit during the race to retain (unofficially) Müller’s lead in the GT driver standings by five points. Müller started the car from the third starting position, after qualifying fourth and moving up at the green flag after the second place qualifier moved to the rear of the grid. Hand took over just past the one-hour mark and ran a strong third before being demoted to fifth in the closing stages of the race.

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Clean, Fast and Efficient

Clean, Fast and Efficient — BMW Z4 GTE Wins ALMS Northeast Grand Prix and Michelin Green X Challenge Award; Müller and Edwards First, Auberlen and Martin Fourth


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 6, 2013 Dirk Müller and John Edwards, driving the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE, won today’s American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix from the pole position. The win increases Müller’s lead in the GT driver point standings and moves BMW to within (unofficially) three points of the lead in the Manufacturer’s Championship. Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin, in the No. 55 Z4 GTE, finished fourth. The victory also resulted in the No. 56 machine being awarded the Michelin Green X Challenge Award, adding an exclamation point on the story of the day.

On paper, the second victory in the debut season of the BMW Z4 GTE may look to have been an easy one, as the No. 56 machine was almost always at the front of the GT field, but the 2.45-hour race at the Lime Rock Park circuit was never truly decided until the checkered flag waved. The late afternoon race start meant extreme summer heat for both team and drivers. Seemingly as hot as the day, Edwards started the race from his first ALMS pole and ran a trouble-free first stint, pitting on lap 76 for Müller. The final 1.45 hours of the race were not an easy one for the GT points leader, as the race was slowed by multiple caution periods erasing every lead Müller amassed. A late caution closed up the field with some 14 minutes remaining, but when the green flag waved with four minutes to go, Müller would not be denied, winning by .905 seconds.

Martin started the No. 55 Z4 GTE from the second starting position. Early on he was hit, but was able to stay in the lead lap in tenth place. He drove a fine stint to move up to fifth before pitting under green on lap 77 to hand off to Auberlen. A change in strategy was made during the race’s first caution period and Auberlen was pitted a few laps later to top off the fuel and change left side Michelins with the aim to run the remainder of the race. As others pitted, Auberlen moved to the front of the field and increased his lead to almost a full lap. Unfortunately, the plan went out the window when Auberlen was called into the pits for a questionable call by the officials for avoidable contact. He dropped back to ninth, ultimately finishing fourth to add a second top-five finish of the season.

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