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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep
23

BMW Team RLL Finishes Third and Fourth at Circuit of the Americas

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 21, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in today’s inaugural American Le Mans Series race at the Circuit of the Americas. Both BMW Z4 GTE machines ran strongly for the majority of the race, only to fall victim to the top speed advantage of the Corvettes and Vipers in the closing stage of the 2.75-hour event.

John Edwards and Dirk Müller claimed third in the No. 56 Z4 GTE for Müller’s second consecutive podium appearance. The result, combined with the withdrawal of the No. 4 Corvette during the race, moves Müller (preliminary) to second in the GT driver point standings, 13 points behind the leaders.

Despite qualifying fourth, Edwards had to start the No. 56 car from the rear of the entire field of 33 cars due to a miscue of the team with the qualifying tires. He charged back to fifth in class before pitting on lap 24, some 50 minutes into the race. Müller rejoined the race in ninth and drove an equally strong first stint to be in third before making his final pit stop on lap 48. Müller then charged to second position and hounded the leading Corvette for the remainder of the race. On the last lap, he was unable to defend the Viper on the long, uphill front straight and was forced to settle for the last step of the podium.

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Sep
18

INSIDETRACK OCTOBER 2013

EASY-LOAD, EASY-STOW BIKE RACKBring up to three bikes on your next trip with the compact, lightweight BMW Foldable Rear Bike Carrier. Designed for the 6 Series, Z4 and X3, it features a convenient tilt function that lets you easily access the open trun…

Sep
10

The BMW i8 – Ushering in a New Era of Sustainable Performance

The BMW i8 — Ushering in a New Era of Sustainable Performance
Correction — Priced from $135,700 plus destination and handling in the U.S.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 11, 2013 The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price was misstated in the original announcement about the new BMW i8. The 2014 BMW i8 will be priced from $135,700 plus destination and handling fees. This is before any federal or state incentives for which the i8 may qualify.

The BMW i8 at a glance

  • First plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group and world’s most forward-looking sports car; revolutionary interpretation of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure; groundbreaking premium character clearly defined in terms of sustainability.
  • 2+2-seater with LifeDrive architecture developed specifically for BMW i, aerodynamic groundbreaking body design and visionary interior design deliver an intense driving experience; Life module passenger cell made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP); drive system technology, high-voltage battery, chassis, and crash and structural functions integrated into the aluminum Drive module; curb weight: 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg); Cd: 0.26; very low center of gravity (below 18 inches/460 millimeters); well-balanced weight distribution.

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Sep
09

BMW Drivers Podium in Every Class at Laguna Seca

BMW Drivers Podium in Every Class at Laguna Seca;
Lime Rock Park Season Finale to Decide Titles

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – Sept. 9, 2013 Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, driving the No. 01 CGRFS Telcel/TELMEX BMW Riley, finished second in Sunday’s 2.75-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car race at Laguna Seca Raceway. The duo’s third runner-up finish in the last four races keeps their battle for a fourth consecutive Daytona Prototype driver’s championship alive. Now only eight points behind the leaders, the title will be decided at the Lime Rock Park season finale on Sept. 28.

The No. 02 CGRFS Cessna BMW Riley, driven by IndyCar stars Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, made a second appearance this season to race in support of Pruett and Rojas’ title challenge. Dixon and Franchitti finished third, resulting in an 11-point lead in the team point standings for the Ganassi team. BMW remains second in Daytona Prototype Manufacturer standings.

The No. 43 Team Sahlen BMW Riley of Dane Cameron and Wayne Nonnamaker finished ninth.

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Sep
03

BMW Team RLL Finishes 3rd and 4th at Baltimore


Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 31, 2013 . . .
BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in today’s American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Baltimore that will go into the record books as the shortest race in ALMS history due to a crash on the first lap that cost the event half of its duration.

The checkered flag flew only one-hour-and-fourteen-minutes after the green flag waved with Dirk Müller and Joey Hand finishing third in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE and the No. 55 machine of Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin coming home fourth.

The crash occurred just after the green flag waved, blocking the circuit and involving eight cars. Polesitter Bill Auberlen, in the No. 55 Z4 GTE, just skirted by and Joey Hand, starting the No. 56 Z4 GTE from the 11th position, was able to stop the car untouched. The restart began with two laps behind the pace car and the always quick thinking Bobby Rahal called Hand into the pits immediately – sacrificing the Californian’s minimum drive time and points – to get Müller in the No. 56 right away. Hand may have set a record for the shortest drive in ALMS history, but the move put Müller in the lead and gave him the best chance to stay in the race for the driver’s title. Unfortunately, following the race’s last restart Müller was slowed by a prototype car that missed the line through the chicane and was passed by both Corvettes.

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